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    How's my progress?

    Welcome everyone!

    There are many amazing and talented artists on here, so I finally decided to create my own sketchbook and reveal some of my artwork to you all, and I think I will be able to improve drastically looking at other peoples work and improvements.

    I'm 20 years old and for my age I believe I need a lot practice to get to the level of a lot of people on this website, so plenty of critiques would be very helpful.

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    No problem man,

    You are using the Manage attachments box? have you specified your name in the copyright box, and the subcategories that it should be listed under? If it has uploaded correctly the name of the file should appear under the Manage attachments button on the previous page.


    Looking forward to seeing your work

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    I thought it would be a good idea to break out of my comfort zone and try and sketch a little quicker this week. I have a lot more to post up, which I will do over the weekend, but I think these observations of photographs I sketched have turned out pretty good for me anyway, I'm already feeling an improvement in my quick sketching, all done in 10 minutes.
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    Here is a quick 20 minute study of the human skull, I'm trying to improve my anatomy and I believe this reveals how well my process is doing, I want more of this pastel paper! I'll do other angles of the skull this weekend as well.
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    Mainly focused on Loomis studies over the week, they've been extremely helpful, but here is what I've done this week, I think I'll swap back to moleskine paper after this weekend, fine grain paper just isn't great for me.
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    Quick sketch of Dexter after Loomis studies, really helped capture the gesture.
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    Hi, welcome to CA!
    Good start on Loomis, keep going

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    Thanks for the crit, I've just had a quick look through your sketchbook, your progress is astonishing! seriously, can't wait to see more works in your sketchbook

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    Here is some sketches and studies I've compiled this week, carried on with the Loomis head studies and moved on to drawing hands, I find hands very difficult but the Burne Hogarth's dynamic hands book really helped a lot, I preferred it to Loomis's approach anyway, really enjoyed sketching these, I might study how to draw the Human figure more over next week!Name:  Loomis head studies.jpg
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    Loomis hand studies.
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    Then from imagination, not very good, but they were drawn straight after the Loomis studies.
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    Hogarth studies.
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    Then observation of my own hands from yesterday.
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    Decided I will study arm and torso anatomy this week, here are some sketches I drew from Brigdman's constructive anatomy book today, I'll post a lot more up next weekend hopefully.
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    Nice start, great studies

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    Those last studies are looking good, keep it up

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    Finally have time to post the studies up I said I would practice, there isn't much sorry guys, I have to much college work to catch up on, so hopefully college won't restrict me from work I'm actually interested in if I finish it today/tomorrow. My Intuos4 came yesterday though! I had a little doodle time on it yesterday afternoon, I can't wait to post up some digital paintings on here, but here are the studies anyway. The one's on double pages took about 10-20 minutes each, and the two on the single page took about 5.
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    Some sketches from today/yesterday.
    Loomis figures.
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    Walter Bishop (John Noble)
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    First quick sketches with my new tablet, Bridgman arm studies.
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    Painting I'm working on now, I was just wondering how I should build up tone using grey-scale, I thought I'd stay away from proper colour until I understand how light works on objects, faces etc, and just wondering if anyone can crit on this so far, the angle of the face looks a bit wrong like I pointed out, but the values are looking OK (for me), I would be great if any of you guys could give me some advice, or look at some artists that work on this, thanks if anyone can help.
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    Think I'll just leave it here, for me I don't think it turned out too bad, probably have a look at Michael Hampton's books later on.
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    It's been a while since I last posted here but I'm happy to be back and able to get going on my own work again, college assessment took most of my time away from personal improvement, but now I've got two weeks off to sketch whatever I want! Here is some stuff I've got working on this week, I really do need to practice more.
    Michael Hogarth's figures from memory, and some doodles

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    Hey there! I would say your progress is looking quite good
    I'm 19 as well, and I think our progress is somewhat similar, so you're not behind on me anyway!
    The studies are looking quite good. I hope you feel like you're learning a lot from them

    I would love to see some actual pieces from you, though! And making your own things is also a very good study!

    Hope to see more from you soon, take care

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    Just another portrait study, I find it a lot more difficult to draw the face straight on so it was a bit more challenging for me. Also used the smudge tool out of curiosity to remove cross hatching, think it turned out ok. Should be posting a lot more which I will over the weekend, stuff from life and imagination on the way next!
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    Drapery study from life, so much more challenging than using photo reference.
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    Observation and Imagination figures.
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    Fine Liners are from Imagination, really need to practice more from imagination/memory.
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    Really like the work, seems like you have a good grasp on lineweights in your sketches and studies. Really like some of those quick pose gestures in your last post. Keep it up!

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    Blueflies: Thank you very much man, I appreciate the encouraging words!Stuff from this week, the holidays are coming so I'm going to try and study a lot harder!
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    You are already improving.

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    Awesome studies dude, can't wait to see more : 3 I like your traditional stuff a lot, and it looks like your starting to get the hang of digital too. Looking great!

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    You got a great view for distances, but sometimes you loose your attention to them, I think it would be better if you draw big as possible (even loomis recommend this, in his books). Yeah... and try to strenghten your knowledge with doodles, especially of the body (draw some topmodels ), also you should work more on the face features and stop to use too much helplines, they are blocking the view on the full drawing and your result looks unnatural or unproportional if you position the helplines wrong. I apologize for my english ^^

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    KONM, Telohs: Thanks guys, really appreciate the encouraging words
    Neyut: Thanks dude, I'm trying to understand what you mean by 'helplines' do you mean try and work with tone rather than line? I just use them quick lines as I am trying to limit my time on getting proportions right as a quicker improvement option, but I definitely agree with you on working on a larger scale, I bought a bigger sketchbook, I think the dimensions is B4 moleskine so not much bigger, I was disappointed because I was trying to work A4 instead!

    Well sorry but no update at the moment, I have a hospital appointment tomorrow for an Upper Endoscopy ): but I have been working A LOT more from imagination so hopefully I can update by Sunday, and hopefully get some crits to see where I need to be improving.

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    Well, I tried to work a lot more from my imagination to test myself on the amount I've learnt from the studies,
    I think I'm seeing a good improvement but it would be great if I could get some crits from anyone who views this post
    but if not I'll carry on the way I'm going, I'm certainly enjoying myself with it.
    I think I'll go back to photo studies for a couple of weeks while mixing in imaginative work
    I want to try and lose lines and build up in colour/tone rather than depending on a structure.
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    Only page of observation, Michael Hampton's figure drawing.
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    Decided that one of the sketches I did would be a good idea to practice painting with,
    a little small sorry about that, I think it's working ok, I should have made it a lot bigger
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    I have to say, I'm very impressed. Your studies are nicely done and something I REALLY liked stuck out to me: you have beautiful lines. It sounds unimportant (maybe?), but lines are usually a big struggle for artists, but you capture your figures in simple shapes and with minimum lines. Very good! Also your portrait of the man is very well done. You even got his line of vision right! Yay!

    Can't wait to see more.

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    I agree with Nisshoku, your line work is quite nice, especially on the clean sketches. I really like the Dexter portrait it turned out awesome. I am afraid of jumping into digital painting ( need to get at drawing first ) especially on blending values. If you have any tips for a noob like me it would be much appreciated! Keep up the awesome studies dood!

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    hey there benjamin! it is nice to see someone my age and starting too!
    nice start!!
    loomis and bridgman are great for getting the planes and the construction of the figure. and you're starting nice! the amount of work is great!

    about photoshop: i think it is not good jump into it right now. it a great deal for paintings and compositions sketches and stuff... but for line drawings and studies, you should keep you good old pencil and paper.

    i don't know if you already do, but it is great to engaje in a drawing class.
    there are also some nice teachers in youtube if you search there.

    thats it, keep up the work! maybe we will learn together!

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