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    Blunder's Blund-o-rama

    Hello fine folks of CA!

    Long time lurker, first time poster here.

    Welcome to my sketchbook, a place where ill try to share my studies and progressions. I'm aiming to explore different mediums and at the same time getting some decent foundational studies done. That, and having fun and getting a few laughs along the way.

    A little about me: Currently working as an Industrial Engineer but for whatever reason after something different in life. I started getting into drawing around a year ago and have since then been doodling a bit here and there. In the last few months I've really started getting some momentum which has resulted in me posting this, getting out of hiding. Right now I'm trying to draw as much from life as possible and mainly focusing on foundational studies.

    As far as studies goes I’ve done some Loomis, some Bridgman and some exercises from “Keys to Drawing”. I recently come to the realization that I’ve copied a bit too mindlessly, something I’m trying to change. I have taken up Michael Hampton’s Figure Drawing book and currently trying to get my head around gesture drawing, trying to get more rythm and better flow.
    I commute almost 3 hours per day so I try to make the most of that, sketching fellow passengers and reading up on theory. I also have been hitting up open life drawing's once a week.

    So please, take a look around and if you leave some advice/feedback/critique - I'd be more than happy. Be as open hearted as you like, I sure can take it.

    Starting off with a drawing off Yoda from photo ref done with watercolor pencils.
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    Some stuff from starting up until now

    Starting off with some different stuff from when I started out until where I am now.

    First pic is some old stuff from when I was starting up.
    2nd: Studies from Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis - (definitely copied to much)
    3rd: Random studies and scribbles throughout the year, studies from Drawing from the right side of the brain
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    Some more old things;
    1st and 2nd, having fun with some classic childrens books characters
    3rd, is a selfportrait
    4th, we have Goosemouth! Made with watercolor pencils and ink
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    Hoi! Here's a bunch of various studies

    1st and 2nd collage is some different bridgman stuff. Not sure how much it have helped my anatomy though, think I've copied without really thinking why a bit to much. I also have the tendency to crop my legs, something I need to work on.

    3rd collage is Loomis head studies, these have definitely helped out. Gonna buy the reprint as soon as the paycheck arrives.
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    MOOOOARRR

    Some more Star Wars stuff (not really THAT in to it, just that I got a ST picture book in the bookshelf closeby) and then there's some various photo referenced stuff (for the Swede's that might be looking Reinfeldt and Bert is making guest appearances ^^).
    The one to the right in the bottom is a self portrait gone wrong that I had some fun with, Abe's even there to watch my back!
    Ending off with some male orangutangs, awesome looking animal if you ask me! Definitely a favorite among the apes.
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    Life drawings

    Good evening folks!
    Been attending a few open to the public life drawings;

    1st and 2nd is from my first life drawing ever, could feel it getting better throughout the session. Had (and still have) problems getting some feeling of weight on the legs, also tend to crop from the knee and downwards.

    3rd and 4th is from the second session

    5th and 6th is from the third session, tried to think more about gesture than during the previous sessions. Also tried out some markers (which I kinda liked) and a brushpen which I definitely wasn't ready for - couldnt control it what so ever
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    Stuff from my pocket sketchbook

    Some more stuff;

    This time a few pages from my pocket sketchbook, which I always carry around with me. These are mostly done while commuting, hence you'll see sleeping people here and there. Got heaps of sketches portraying sleeping people from a back-side view.

    I've also noticed that I tend to get caught when I get something bigger, A5-A6 sizes are rarely noticed though.
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    Hello and welcome to CA! Hope you have a blast here!

    So far, so good! I'm really liking those bridgeman studies you did. Nice fluidity and movement. Your portraits are also coming along nicely. In your life drawings, your lines get a little scratchy. Try capturing the figure with longer, smoother strokes. A good way to practice making longer strokes is by drawing from your arm instead of your wrist. It really helps straighten your lines and build confidence!

    Keep it up! You're on the right path!
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    You have a great grasp on shading and lines. The anatomy and studies look great. Your only weakness is facial anatomy, andbthats really just a slight feature placement issue. The shading also looks good. Good job!
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    more commuting stuff

    Hey again folks!

    Yay, first commenters!

    @Aresa, Thanks for the warm welcome, I can already feel an increase in motivation just by having started up this so I'm sure it'll be right up my alley! Also really appreciate the feedback, you're very much correct! Just got back from a life drawing session where I tried to really think about working from the shoulder and keeping the lines going - hard but it got better and better!

    @Frostelle, Thank's alot for the compliments and the feedback! You're absolutely right about the features. I got a tendency to put in the features before I am done blocking in the head - might be partly due to that. gonna try using some more construction lines to get it all in to place a bit more, that and some more careful observation. I'll get back over to yours and leave a comment there, you're latest zombie girl was way cool!

    Alright!
    1st of is some more stuff from my pocket sketchbook, mostly been drawing people on the tram here in my home city.

    2nd and 3rd is from tonights life drawing session. Used A3 size for the first time, didnt really make use of the whole paper hehe. Tried Aresa's tip above and tried to force myself to do longer lines and only use the shoulder. Had lots of problems with weight and balance (more than usual I should add ) but I think it got better through out the session.

    Thats all for tonight folks!
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    Much better! Your linework in your latest life drawings are looking smoother than before! They also have more fluidity. It is hard to draw from your arm instead of your wrist, at first. I struggled with that when I started out, but you'll get use to it. Keep up the great work!
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    Some more random stuff

    Top of the morning to ya!

    Thanks a lot for your comment Aresa! I'll keep on pushing shoulder mode, can feel it getting better and better

    And now to the upload
    1st is a few more pages from my pocket sketchbook - commuting people

    2nd is some various observational stuff I've been doing

    3rd is me trying out a variant of the random shape thing that AustenFM does from time to time (they're awesome). I tried segmenting up a sleeping guy infront of me into smaller shapes. The result got pretty boring though, definitely gonna do more random shapes though, seem to be a nice practice!

    4th is me sketching my brother when he was here visiting the other weekend. The one in colored pencil felt pretty good
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    Hey folks, here's some more stuff;

    Trying to do a few pages of posemaniacs each day, here's a collage of that. Usually vary between 30 and 60 secs.
    I'll try not to upload to much of that in the future seeing as it is pretty boring.

    Some more bridgman studies (and some Jack Hamm), neck and torso.

    Got asked by a friend if I could do a small illustration on Gandhi so right now I'm doing some photostudies of his face and trying to get a feel for who he was so I at least can do him some justice. It'll be a portrait with a spinning wheel faded in the background. Trying out some different color combinations, think I'm going with orange - not sure how to go about making it "pop" though. Been reading up a bit on composition to try make it a bit interesting as well.
    On a sidenote, gonna start attaching the original photo in the corner. It really makes it apparent how much stuff that's actually placed wrong and distorted. Eyes for example

    Last off is a photo studie from a blue whale, did not seem to capture the action from the picture though, in retroaspect I also see that a lot of the stuff is out of place.

    That's all for now, back to the drawing board!
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