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    JulieSS learning to crawl

    I'm starting this sketchbook to have something public so that I have to actually work a bit harder on improving myself, and to have somewhere else than Facebook to post stuff.

    Things I am currently focusing on:
    - overcoming my fear of starting on a drawing
    - stop trying to make the perfect line with every stroke I do
    - working in shapes and forms

    I need to learn more about EVERYTHING wohoooo!

    I have got a tablet and I've used it quite alot the last year. Although I have to admit, I HAVE BEEN CHEATING.
    Yes. I will crawl into my hole now and hide
    But, I've come to the conclusion I want to improve all over, in general, and learn important things from the bottom up. Not just copy colors etc with the eyedrop tool in Photoshop and paint them onto my own stuff. I've got some stuff I've made and drawn I'm happy with, but I wanna leave them out for now as they are something completely different than this, starting from rock bottom.

    I've bought two "learn to draw" books and working my way through the first one now.

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    - pencil drawings from "tasks" in one of my books
    - gesture drawings (90sec)
    - free hand drawing from Photoshop (I know one of the eyes is a bit funny)


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    A good start, congratulations! I can see the potential, keep it going

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    Here is a horse head I did last night. It turned into more than planned!

    Areas I'm unhappy with:
    - the top of the head where the hair is, haven't figured out how to draw hair etc with a pencil yet
    - need to work on values, which I kinda already know
    - the horses right eye doesn't look right, it seems to be sticking out too much
    - needs more detailing around the lips and nostrils

    Happy that:
    - it looks like a horse
    - jawbone looks better than expected
    - overall it is better than I thought it would be


    It might look a bit strange proportion wise because of two things, one it's a foal and two, my freehand drawing hehehe... It's neck is alot skinnier than an adult horses for example.
    Sadly the picture takes away a bit of depth but also like I said... need to work on values.
    PS: The horse has got one glass eye, I didn't forget to color it!

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    I've wasted most of December with being scared of my pencil and also my tablet. Don't know how to turn this habit around!
    I have done some pencil practice but my poor mobile phone camera can't seem to capture them in a respectable way. Thinking of joining one of the anatomy study groups I found here on the forum to give myself a definite kick up the a**.

    The tulip is made in Painter, I'm trying to check it out a bit more instead of only using Photoshop.

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    Some quick dog sketches with a little bit of sneaky color on them.

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    Tips for sketching hair, in particular counterintuitively benefits from using block coverage and the odd strands of hair with carefully placed highlights. It's tempting to draw every strand but this will be far from realistic.

    I you use the eye dropper tool people will know

    Good luck on your sketchbook journey
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    Thanks for the feedback, are you thinking of the horse drawing? Any help is appreciated, like I said, I got no clue how to do it with a pencil yet, hehe.. digitally I got the hang of it more than with a pencil, like fur for example. Still easy to overcomplicate it though!
    I have done a couple of dogs earlier where I painted on every single strand of hair and like you said...it doesn't look good at all. I have saved them just to look back on like a warning! Hehe.

    Some 1 minute gesture drawings.
    It is interesting to see that it took me about 6 drawings before I switched my brain off and started to do it the easy way.

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    I'm letting this poor thread down.
    Some quick sketches. I'm trying to learn how to use Painter.

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    good start,stay loose! coming along very well.
    "The one hope of producing better work is through the conception,not the material"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieSS View Post
    Some 1 minute gesture drawings.
    It is interesting to see that it took me about 6 drawings before I switched my brain off and started to do it the easy way.
    Sounds familiar. Even though I've been doing gestures every day for about a month now, it still takes me a few to get going.

    Dodson has some good advice (leave restatements as-is), but I think Nicolaides goes even further on the topic of drawing more/worrying less. In particular, he stresses the importance of experience during studies, rather than product. Keeping that in mind has helped me with the anxiety of staring at a blank page.

    Nice sketchbook here--keep going!

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    Haha, yes, I am indeed suffering from that anxiety too! It's like trying to start writing an essay at school, isn't it!

    Instead of doing smart things like studies I've been playing around in Painter.
    I did the lineart myself from a reference picture, then used drop tool for the colors. Been testing different brushes and woring with the "grainy water" blender on different resat settings.
    The eye is not the best, but the overall result was better than expected, never done a bird before.

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    Found a bodybuilding book and did some sketches. I was quite happy with the first few men in the one with several sketches on, so then I started focusing too hard and they all ended up being stubby, small men! Sigh.

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    Trying again, I don't understand why it says that sometimes my post must be approved by a moderator and sometimes not?

    I did sort of a value practice today, on the first one I tried to do with picking my own colors while looking at the picture with the colors still present, with the second one I desaturated the original and tried to copy the colors I could see.

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    A quick skull before bed, this was quite fun (about 5 minutes) and I will definitely do more skulls and from different angles.
    The colors turned a bit funny when I resized in Painter but they are not the important bit here anyway.

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    If you see the mistakes, why don't you fix them afterwards?

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