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    Dave's Sketchbook, learning to learn

    EDITED: I started working and it is hard for me to find time to just draw but I try my best and I will try to keep this updated, thank you SO much for your feedback and critics, these forums are one of the best places I've ever been in.

    Btw, I changed the thread's thumbnail because I love my humble egg.



    Hi there, folks from

    I'll be brief (this is about drawing, not talking): My name is Dave and I am a expat Spaniard living in the UK. So far I know almost nothing about Art and I'm studying a degree which is not even related to it (I'm doing English Language). However, I enjoy drawing as to forget the passing of time whenever I give it a try. I've always felt that there's something of beauty and magic within me and I'll do whatever it takes to be able to give expression to it. I borrowed Figure drawing for all it's worth by Andrew Loomis and started studying by myself several months ago. That's it. I really hope you can criticise my humble attempts and correct me throughout this long journey.

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    The charcoal sketch of the girl from behind is a good start, as for the others, I think it would be beneficial to do your studies slightly larger.

    Great to see you starting up a sketchbook! If you can, I would highly recommend you attend some life drawing sessions, fantastic for learning and meeting other artists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHCS View Post
    The charcoal sketch of the girl from behind is a good start, as for the others, I think it would be beneficial to do your studies slightly larger.

    Great to see you starting up a sketchbook! If you can, I would highly recommend you attend some life drawing sessions, fantastic for learning and meeting other artists.
    Thanks a lot for answering

    The problem about the girl portrait is that I used a model as a reference (photograph) and I want to be able to draw from imagination, so it doesn't have much merit : / Thanks for the advice, I'll try to make them larger once I'm confident enough (right now I'm scared and my lines are shaky and awful).

    As for the classes...good god that would scare me to death. I haven't ever studied art or anything related to it XD

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    The last two look really good! I think you should definitely start by working from reference - it's definitely important to work from imagination too, but i would say working from reference is SO important in the beginning and you build up your knowledge of how the body looks, works, twists, etc. Then you can take bits of what you learned from reference and put it in your drawings from imagination. (:

    And you can find art classes for beginners! I took one at the art museum close to me, once a week we would go and sit in one of the galleries and draw something there. Very low stress, no homework, it was a lot of fun. I would recommend looking into it! Keep it up!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonndreams View Post
    The last two look really good! I think you should definitely start by working from reference - it's definitely important to work from imagination too, but i would say working from reference is SO important in the beginning and you build up your knowledge of how the body looks, works, twists, etc. Then you can take bits of what you learned from reference and put it in your drawings from imagination. (:

    And you can find art classes for beginners! I took one at the art museum close to me, once a week we would go and sit in one of the galleries and draw something there. Very low stress, no homework, it was a lot of fun. I would recommend looking into it! Keep it up!
    Thanks for encouraging! I need to stop being such a pussy and try to look for a class, obviously a BEGINNERS class and yes, you're right. I've just finished my Literature essay and gonna try to sketch by using references (just looking at them for a minute or so). Let's see what happens =)

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    More sketches on human figure. Just used reference for a couple of them, still trying to create the form without looking at anything. Tomorrow I'll try to use both techniques, looking at the reference for just half a minute and then trying to draw it.

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    More sketches on the human figure. I used some references this time but no in the usual way. I just looked at them for 30 seconds in order to get the basic shape and changed their pose as I drew. As neonndreams said, this is better than just trying to imagine the whole image.

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    I've decided that I want to try to be (obviously, someday in the future) a conceptual illustrator, I love concept design, I think it wonderful and beautiful. I know I've got such a long path ahead, but I am determined.

    Although I'm studying English Language at the moment, I've divided my days so that I can study and "study" drawing as well, at least 2 or 3 hours a day. I'm following Andrew Loomis for human figure and head, and Perspective Made Easy for foreshortening, environment and stuff. looking forward to keep posting here!

    Here are some sketches on human heads

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    Hey, that's great that you're reading Loomis; it's a great place for a figurative art student to begin. Echoing the previous comments in this thread, in order to create believable images, you need to study and understand how the world around you works. Study Loomis, study photo refs, and don't forget that you can use yourself as a resource as well. Draw your face, your hands, your feet, find a full-length mirror if you can and draw yourself drawing, whatever. I would also like to recommend drawing everyday objects from life - that will push your ability to observe and recreate a variety of 3-dimensional shapes in perspective. Keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    Hey, that's great that you're reading Loomis; it's a great place for a figurative art student to begin. Echoing the previous comments in this thread, in order to create believable images, you need to study and understand how the world around you works. Study Loomis, study photo refs, and don't forget that you can use yourself as a resource as well. Draw your face, your hands, your feet, find a full-length mirror if you can and draw yourself drawing, whatever. I would also like to recommend drawing everyday objects from life - that will push your ability to observe and recreate a variety of 3-dimensional shapes in perspective. Keep up the good work!
    Thanks a lot for answering and the encouragement My biggest problem lies on the fact that I can't study art in a academy because of my studying another degree at university (which doesn't have anything to do with drawing). I'm such a beginner and some concepts are hard for me to understand. For instance, trying to memorise anatomy bones and muscles is driving me crazy lol

    I'll try to upload more drawings asap, once I've finished some papers for uni

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    Dierat, I answered to your comment but it says my message needs to be aproved, I don't know why it lasts that much time. Anyways, thanks a lot for the encouragement, I'll try my best in order to learn how the world works, it fascinates me =)

    Here are some more sketches from imagination on heads and figure, I started the chapter where Loomis talks about planes, I do understand that everything is made of planes but can't really understand how light affects them, I need to study hard : /

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    Dave, A great start to a sketchbook, now the real challenge is keeping up with your studies. Loomis is a great place to start for any artist. Don't get discouraged and just keep up the studies! You'll do great!

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    Thank you very much for your words, I'll try MY BEST, whatever it takes

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