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    Lovegazing Sketchbook

    Hello there! My name is Mollie. I started this when I was fifteen and returned and edited this post when I was sixteen. I'm still probably bottom tier but I try my best.
    I enjoy character art and stuff like that and hope to be an illustrator. Please go to the last page if you want to see things that are a bit better than these.
    (I'd originally posted a really awful WIP here of something that sort of pains me to look at it now, so please accept this self portrait as an apology.)
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    This is a little bit older, but it's the piece I'm most proud of and my summer project.
    I wish I could've done a bit more with the color depth, but I got a pretty good grade on it.
    Some stuff from one of my actual sketchbooks coming soon.
    (The girl is Nina. I draw her a bunch. Guy is Rhett. I draw him a bunch because something about the angular stuff on his face is really fun to draw.)

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    Hi, welcome to CA
    Don't worry about "measuring up" to anyone here, the way I see it comparing yourself to others will just make you feel dissapointed and maybe even jealous. Just work on being the best you can be!
    I like your painting style already, the strokes are really soft and transition nicely. Nice colors too! I kind of want to see you develop that lineless styles more, it looks interesting. Try making your lines a color other than black. It seems like when you draw hair you're drawing from what anime hair looks like rather than hair in real life; you're thinking in line rather than mass. GURNEY! You should paint from life and photographs and try to duplicate old master paintings

    And now for some links, don't know if you're familiar with Andrew Loomis, but reading over his books would be a great idea. Figure Drawing for all it's worth is a really good one. Bridgeman is also a good source to learn from, but he can be kind of confusing and you need to really think when you study him, just copying his lines doesn't help you much. Learn from the pictures, not the text. Matt Khor has a blog full of digital painting tutorials and tricks that you should check out, this is an awesome tutorial, this place has tons of old master paintings you can study from, and finally the links in my signature are good for online figure/gesture drawing [nsfw].
    Okay, that's all. Now go draw!
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    Aw, man, Vertical! Thank you so much, especially with the advice on the hair! It's really helped. I already had the links to the Loomis books and have been meaning to study them but only got a bit through Drawing the Head and Hands. I'll be sure to make some time to study more, as well as photographs. I have one photo study WIP sitting about but am lacking in motivation. Although I do have a real passion for drawing characters and telling stories, it's pretty obvious that I need a fair amount of real serious technical study to improve on that. (It's just that I'm really full of ideas at all times. Whoops.) Thankfully tomorrow is a studio day so I can download some Loomis and Bridgman books and study them there where there's access to all sorts of materials.
    Meanwhile, here is a drawing of a woman and some marker silhouettes inspired by something I saw on Tumblr. It's helped me out with action poses a bit.

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    And another imgainative drawing, here in colored pencil. I read through that "How I See Color" tutorial, so, practice. Not sure if it worked or if i went against every rule entirely and it looks like a ball of shirtless bony cat vomit.

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    I've been feeling really bad about my art/improvement lately. I feel like it's going a lot slower than I'd like and it makes me kind of sick, especially considering that my deepest dream right now is to go to college at all. And the unreachable, most heartfelt desire I've probably ever had is CalArts but I just have been swamped by everything under the sun and am not measuring up to my own expectations. Kind of burnt out almost, uncreative, unmotivated... and I lost my tablet pen, that alone making me want to break some necks.
    Anyway, the first two are observational drawings from class freshman year.
    The third is more recent, just muscular-male study from pictures.

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    Stupid, stupid, unfinished lighting/anatomy practice on an OC.
    Excuse me while I curl up and cry. I'm so sour tonight.

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    You're back! Hooray! Don't leave again :| . If you're feeling demotivated, why not try THE DEATHLINE CHALENGE?
    Basically you set 3 goals to be accomplished by this time next year and post what you did to reach them EVERY DAY YOU CAN in the Crimson Daggers sketchbook. There will be some kind of meeting review thing every month. It seems super inspiring and challenging. I haven't started yet, but I'm gonna pick my goals tomorrow and start.

    And no way! I'm trying to get into Calarts this year! Emphasis on the trying, I really doubt I'll get accepted...Character Animation? btw, maybe you should make an account here, it's full of people trying to get into Calarts, they'll give you some advice. Also sheesh, I don't think you need to be stressing this much about college yet, you're just 15! Unless you crazyskipped some grades and are already a senior, you have plenty of time to get better before you have to apply.

    That sucks about the tablet

    And now for some philosobabble. Link link, and don't force yourself to be creative; just do what comes to you.

    K seeya. Also I subscribed.

    EDIT Now I see the value study. Use reference if you have to, don't use textured brushes to block in and besides they kinda make the skin look like stone, and don't call anything you do stupid ever, work as hard as you can on everything you do and do it to the best of the ability. If it's important then put it in teh critique section to see what you can make better about it. Fix every problem you're aware of that you can fix before you say you're done with something. Flip the canvas to get a new perspective on what you're drawing/painting.
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    Whoa, thank you, man. I worry about college a lot, and yes I'm a sophomore, but... it's my dream to go to a nice college where I can finally learn at my own speed. The public school system is a fickle and cruel mistress. And yes, Character Animation. I'm going to try and start working on some animation when I reclaim my pen. That's kind of my ultimate goal, my hope, and what I try to work toward every moment of my waking life, but... yeah. It's kind of a huge stretch considering.
    I'll make an account there immediately! Thanks for introducing me to that.
    And thanks for, you know, everything else. It really made my night. (Also, are you going to Portfolio Day in DC? My school is taking a field trip there, and even though they only really look at sketchbooks for underclassmen, I'm really looking forward to the feedback. I'll be there for a few hours and then we go museum hopping.)

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    sent you a pm, and you're totally welcome
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    It appears I can't send any PMs until I have ten posts. Shame. I guess I'll post then.
    This is a height chart for some of the characters I draw. Just as a form of reference and so that I can work on defining their different body shapes. I know it's not the best in terms of variety or proportion. The faces especially are... not great. -distressed-

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    Hehe just going through your messages here - Vertical has some great advice! (just went and bookmarked a bunch for myself... P

    Yeah, you're definitly gonna feel the burn of demotivation at times. One thing to do is against all things.... at least if you can, draw at least 1 hour a day. You'll seriously feel the improvement coming on faster this way. Reference helps too and actually, as much as it might hurt, looking at how other people do things helps you work out your kinks too!

    Your last work wasn't that bad at all! I know for sure though that if you're gonna work on more defined body anatomy, also work on more defined faces? I can still see the simplification of anime in there and it off balances the lovely rounded detail of the character's torso with the simplicity of the face.

    Maybe you should start with just the basics before you go all out! I feel like you might be doing too many things at once (trying anatomy, trying posture, trying lighting practice at the same time etc). That's why a lot of us just do figure drawings for a while... which is like just a big bunch of random sketches of ambiguous people in poses in stuff. Because then your aim is no longer to make a good completed work, but just to get accustomed and used to how people look and are shaped and all.


    Please - keep it up!!!

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    Why do you need 12 characters? Sounds like a crazy complex story.
    I'll wait and see how you develop their variety, right now they're all kind of the same but you said they're a work in progress.

    I'm too tired to find exactly the post I want, you should just read through this whole blog. There's tons of great stuff on character design.
    and um this too
    K good luck
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    They're RPCs. Not really one coherent thing and some of them belong to my partner! I just enjoy drawing them. RPCs generally means more flexibility and stories, which means more ideas.
    And I will definitely take a look! Thanks for all the links. You're a true bro.

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    i would suggest doing gesture of the head so you can familiarize yourself with the proportions!

    great job, and awesome work ethic!

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