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    DS's Sketchbook

    Hello! I've been lurking here for a while. Made an account and lurked some more. Finally decided to start posting, figured a sketchbook was a good enough way to do it

    Little bit about me: I'm currently 26. Live in Canada. Art has always been a kind of therapy for me, helped me get through some rough times, just doodling. I don't expect to ever do it professionally, but that doesn't mean I don't want to improve as much as I can. I think I started really loving art when I started reading a lot of fantasy in Jr.High, and getting into the cover art, kind of moved into both an interest in traditional fine art, as well as all sorts of comicbook/sci-fi/fantasy/videogame illustrations.

    C&C Always appreciated!

    Thanks for looking!

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    Wow! Nice start!
    Honestly I like the cup the most, but its great to see your doing figure studies too!
    Can't wait to see more!

    Pete

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    @Taroan: Thank you kindly! Hopefully I'll have more still-life under my belt soon

    Did these about a week ago, using one of those figure drawing scripts that cycle through photos for half an hour. Wasn't to sure about how to go about the 30-second ones and it really shows.

    The last one I started right after finishing, with no timer. I think it took about 2-3 hours to finish, but I think the warm-up really helped.

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    Thanks for looking!

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    Arg, the holidays and work are so hectic I barely have half an hour to myself. Can't wait for christmas break, hopefully I'll get lots of practice in then.

    For now, thought I'd post a wip of a personal piece I'm sketching out.
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    I'm a really messy sketcher So I tend to sketch in different colored pens and pencils so I can keep track of what I'm doing, then I scan and play around and change things, sometimes it helps me see flaws on the monitor I didn't catch looking at the actual sketch in front of me.

    Any advice on this one would be awesome

    Thanks for looking!

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    Wow, your gestures look awesome!
    Seems like you have a good feel for figures
    and dynamic, everything expresses emotions.
    Thats the level I would like to reach one day

    Thanks for stopping by and keep posting!

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    With the holidays being done, I finally have some time to draw again

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    Fairly quick color study of orange slices from a photo.

    I have to learn to get along with my watercolor pencils better, I have a bad tenancy to layer them thick and it screws with how well they dissolve.

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    hello dsiwek you have some nice figures study here keep working buddy

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    Thanks Layu and bdouah!

    Kind of a wip I've been working on for months. Usually I just poke at it when I'm not feeling particularly inspired so that I'm at least getting something done.
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    All those little dots are torture lol. The crow is from a photo ref

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    Thank you, alkakapoor48

    So... being inspired by some of the breathtaking environment art I've been seeing around here, I decided to try one from my head, just to gauge where I am and what I need to improve on. I think "blobs" and "everything" covers it
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    Round two was with a photo ref, and considerably more effort/planning. Landscapes and buildings are really intimidating, just because there's usually just so much to it...
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    Both were done with those felt tipped markers.

    Again, C&C is loved! Thanks for looking!

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    Hi and welcome to CA. Great start to your sketchbook...especially lovin that crow.






    - A man diligent and skillful in his work will stand before kings -
    - All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty -

    "You can't design what you don't know." Jeff Watts (as seen in Windmaker's SB)
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    the crow is dope. really loving the detail you've put into it. i like the shading you've done in post #3 too, the one of the woman. looks like you are pretty balanced so far in the short sketches and longer ones, which i think is good (: keep it up! i can't see the second pic in your last post though, maybe think abt uploading them to CA so the images don't become broken over time for whatever reason? it's fun to look back as you improve (:

    "the world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - w.b. yeats

    sketchbook. comments/advice appreciated (:
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    Thanks for the SB comment! You're doing some interesting stuff here, the environment from ref in marker has some good things going for it, a nice sense of space.

    On the figure drawing stuff you posted, re: what to do with the very short poses, this link might help... maybe not the first example, but the second and fourth ones especially show good ways to capture the whole pose in just a few lines. With 30s and 1min gestures, the important thing is getting a sense of the basic thrust of the pose; just a general line of action is a pretty good way to start. =)

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    Jephyr X: Thank you kindly!

    neonndreams: Thanks! Not sure why you couldn't see that image, it is uploaded with the CA uploader thing :/ hmmm

    Revidescent: Thanks so much for the link!
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    Blarg, I got to celebrate the start of the New Year by getting a nasty cold and spending the rest of my holiday break barely able to breathe :/ So instead of practicing I spent my time napping and puttering away at this:
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    Painted (acrylic) version of the sketch I posted earlier. Lot of issues with it (GIANT HEAD omg) but it was good to unwind a bit I think. Clearly, I've been playing to much Skyrim

    Anyways! I also bought myself a book of nude model photos recently, and I'm definitely looking forward to studying from that lots as well. Here's the first one from it:
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    Thanks for looking!

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    A pile of 30-second gesture doodles (except the top left one in the last picture, I cheated and paused it for a minute) I did using one of those timed figure drawing tools...

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    I wanted to set it for the 30-minute exercises where they start doing longer poses, but I clicked the wrong one and didn't realize it until I had filled nine pages in my book

    Set it to male-only models since I find them a lot harder than women... didn't realize until I had looked back that my male gestures are wonky stick-figures Hopefully it'll be easier to do them more fleshed out as I get more comfortable with the male form.

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    Another figure study, wanted some practice drawing men, and was attracted to the really dark shadows in the reference photo

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    Beautiful work, great start. The best thing you can do is just keep drawing. Don't try to hit a home run every time, learn from everything you draw and everything you see.

    Loomis is a good place to start, just keep going!

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    Looking good for the first posts

    And if you are interested, on http://www.pixologic.com/turntable/ are some nice 360 rotatable sculpts for getting the 3d filing into your studies

    Good luck

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    Bletch, bit of a crappy and entirely unproductive week Thankfully, I have all weekend to myself!

    Not much to show this time. Some scribbles, did a bit of reading from Loomis' Head and Hands book.
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    Super quick sketch from a photo. Mostly to unwind/relax/cheer up. Female profiles are quite a comfort-zone for me I think...
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    Thanks for looking! Hopefully this weekend will be a bit more fruitful.

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    Your gesture drawings are great! Especially since they're only 30 second gestures. What are the things you're looking to improve upon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSiwek View Post
    Super quick sketch from a photo. Mostly to unwind/relax/cheer up. Female profiles are quite a comfort-zone for me I think...
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    This is showing lots of potential! I think the shading and the style looks great, as if it has been easily drawn with comfort (which perhaps it has? ) I can see your work improving with every post! Your colour work is also very nice, you seem to naturally know what looks good.

    Keep studying

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    Very nice start, just keep in mind structure of the objects ) Will wait for more)

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    Welp, not to productive lately I went to the zoo to try and get some practice working from life but it being Saturday, I ended up getting really annoyed with the crowds. Maybe I'll try stopping by some evenings after work and see if I can squeeze in an hour here and there before it closes.

    Here are the two I did get done.

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    Ugh wow its been a while Super busy and sick and life hassles and bleh. BLEH. I'm alive though!
    Kind of depressing how little I've gotten done

    Some sketches and ideas that never really went anywhere:
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    Some gestures:
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    Spent a while on this mostly, was nice to lay some color down at least:
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    Here is the ref

    Back on the bicycle I guess! Hopefully my next update wont be a month from now

    Thanks for looking!

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    Couple of non-human studies for fun

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    Used various pictures from Google image search, mostly some line work anatomy drawings of bat skeletons.

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    Used a ref from a National Geographic photo. Gulper Eels have to be one of the coolest things ever Not a lot of reference of deep sea critters though :/

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    Hey, mate. Not a bad start. Good that you're already well into your gestures and portrait studies.

    I think currently your figures are ahead of your heads, atleast in your studies. Perhaps it'll help to get to grips with parts of the face in isolation, like say, the eyes. Have a go at doing a few self portraits from the mirror, it'll help you gage depth and all that better than a flattened image on the screen.

    Other than that, keep up the good work!

    Take a look? - Sketchbook - Tumblr -
    Also, why not check these guys too?

    Krysjez - Clur
    Cheers
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    Well, this is kind of awkward and embarrassing... it's been almost a year since my last post Last year has been kind of a soul-crusher, but I did get some drawing done. Not a whole lot of studying, which always makes me want to whip myself.

    Hopefully thread necromancy isn't to much of a crime when there's some actual stuff to upload? >.>

    First a smattering of older stuffs:
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    Some more recent-ish stuff:
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    And a watercolour sketch I did today The medium hates me but I'm determined to figure it out.
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    Thanks for looking. Apologizes again for the zombie thread.

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