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    27th January 2012

    Started drawing my hands. I know this isnt very interesting and wont get me any crits, but I need to start somewhere.. And I find it kind of fun.

    Need to practice cross hatching and also set up proper lighting because Im always in consta darkness...

    Oh and a value study... This was cool, I think Ill do more of them, except I dont know how to do it on anything but a cloth :3
    All the lines and shading are alot smoother in real life, still getting used to this scanner..
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    28th January, 2012

    So did some more value studies, about 30min each. I attempted cross hatching on the second one, definitely need more practice at that. It came out better in the scan though, not sure why.
    Then I watched the first 30min of Aeon Flux and did some gesture drawing and copies of the screen paused. Not very good but it was the first time Ive done something like this and I had fun. Might do some more.
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    29th January. 2012

    Value study, some gestures and a couple of faces from aeon flux screen pauses.
    Looking forward to starting Uni so I can draw people on public transport.
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    30th January, 2012

    Was at work today so not a heap. Very disrupting, this thing called a job.
    Did some value studies of fruit, trying to get down cross hatching and general form.. not too bad, not too good. Second image is the same sort of deal with the swan, then I wanted to try and do values of a portrait with only horizontal shading, no line work or vertical lines, it didnt turn out too bad, his eye is horribly off on the right, not even aligned, but I was more practising the technique. Atleast you can tell its a child and cept he is meant to be indian and I dont think he quite has the traits, oh well :3
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    Check this, http://www.artinstructionblog.com/dr...ight-and-shade and the other stuff i posted in my thread. Nice start, keep it up
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    1st of February, 2012

    eclip-se Thanks! That link is a really good page, going through it now. Also found a video of those peanut shape things that were all over your pages so i now know what they are lol. Very fun.


    Ok first page was shading from imagination, after that its all from the above mentioned tutorial. I found a video on the internet about the peanut shapes, so I've started doing some of them. Plays a lot with imagination too which I like.
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    I think this is a nice start . I agree with what Rarebit said about loosening up and drawing what you enjoy as well as the studies, and it might be my imagination but it seemed from your posts afterwards like you're enjoying it more. There's already improvement here - keep it up!!
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    2nd February 2012

    Bobtail Thanks for the kind words! I do enjoy them, very much like the scientific side of art, I find it interesting, its the reason I want to work through bammes book and work at all the muscles and stuff. And my imagination isnt great and something I really have to work on.

    Small update. Didnt do much yesterday. Tried to use some of the peanut-shape warm ups as inspiration and turn them into characters, it didnt work well.. I really want to practice some mech stuff which I may do in the next couple of days which is why I started some cube practice and lighting.

    Also need to practice perspective x.x
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    4th of February 2012

    Hello all.
    So today, started off with some peanut shapes, then went on to 1min gestures from pictures I found on the web.
    Picked the two most suitable (the ones i remembered most of it) and rendered them from memory, about 10min each. Then worked on some Loomis and the faces, I am proud to say, actually looked like young people not 50 year old deformed circus freaks.
    Then I finished up with some imagination, drawing mostly on what i did yesterday and a car. All from my imagination I am proud to say.

    PS: Sorry for image spam >.<
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    4th February, 2012

    Got a couple of solid hours in.
    Started with loomis, because I could, didnt go to well. Got fed up with heads and moved on.
    Did some 1minute gestures of random photographs, then chose my favourites and tried some 5minute gestures. Spent too much time on the face details on the first one, more balanced on the second. Im still trying to work out what to prioritize in a gesture.
    1hr 15min drawing from imagination follows, with no refs, kinda just made it up.. guess thats what you call imagination...
    Then just practising different kinds of gestures, mostly done from pose maniacs. Also from the music video "The thought of you" by Ryan Woodward. Amazing. I love the way he does gestures, I learn a lot just by watching it over and over.
    At the very end theres some random reffed sketches while i was waiting for a friend to arrive, she was late -.- so i didnt expect to put quite so much detail into them.
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    I like you determination and that you're posting every day, fundamentals can be boring but it pays of. Maybe you already know, but there's a weekly Spartan Camp over at Community activities, they've been really useful to me, maybe it's something for you as well? Good luck, keep it up and, very nice music video

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    5th of Feb, 2012

    do9 Thanks! And those Spartan Camp things look interesting, I missed this one but will def do the next one.

    Ok so today followed the same sort of routine as other days, couple of peanut shapes, then 1min gestures. My faves were then 5minute gestures, I marked them this time so that maybe I could get some crits just on basic gesture drawing, anatomy, form etc?
    5min Gestures
    1. http://raw.abduzeedo.com/post/169770...-rocha-is-lake
    2. http://bestbookmarks.net/art/ani-hum...ennette-newell
    3. http://www.cuded.com/wp-content/uplo...r_1600_931.jpg
    4. http://qinni.deviantart.com/art/Let-Me-Out-190672677


    After this i practised some movement sort of gestures from Bammes, and sitting down. I decided not to spend as much time on this and move on to the head and skull as Ill be doing gestures pretty often anyway.

    PS. My imagination still sucks.. I mean really? a slug and a "female" cartoon dragon.. WELL DONE... *claps self* >.>
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    Hi just wanted to say that you and I are probably at about the same stage - I think you are doing an awesome job with all of your studies and hope we can both grow on CA - good luck!

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    Hi there Jaik,

    You are drawing a lot so thats a good thing, I actually already see some progress already, some of your poses now look more natural.

    The biggest tip I would give is, yes draw a lot but dont let quantity over ride quality, and I dont mean quality as in finished pieces I mean how valuable the sketches and studies are to your development.
    The biggest thing that will help you improve is being super active in your thinking whilst drawing, why is this like this, why does this make this etc.

    I look forward to seeing you progress

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    6th of Feb, 2012

    Alizak Thanks for the encouragement, I hope we can help each other in the future
    TFSean Quality over quantity is probably a good way to go now. I do take notes on what I learn in a separate notebook, but I've taken in your advice today and forced myself to study values by copying images instead of just orbs. Any crits would be helpful!


    Ok so today. Sorry guys! But I dont have that much to put up ;_; but I hope the pieces have a bit better quality to them today. Atleast in showing my progress thus far.

    The first, you can see a new warm up technique Im using, drawing straight lines, curves, circles etc. Im really trying to improve my line quality. Then over the top I did two value studies of images.. They turned out okay. The Originals are here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliejigsaw/6798630171/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/a-a-m_2010/6791186451/

    Then was a gesture drawing, half ref, half imagination.. Dont know why she has a saucepan and a kitchen knife.. its no better than the transvestite dragon.. But i tried to do some cross hatching and shading. Failed miserably. And her face looks like she was hit with the pan she is carrying...

    Then another value study. This one is probs my fave so far, from ref again. Wish I thought of this concept.. but I didnt..
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenrhazlett/6733541757/
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