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    Use yourself as reference when you're doing the mapping exercise from Keys to drawing or find a little statue and place it in front of your window on a sunny day.You can see I used a Shrek statue and then I made a self portrait while looking at a window in my living room under the light bulb at night.I was surprised how powerful the technique was since I didn't do any eye measurements to get the proportions right and it came out really,really accurate.
    Your best bet is going to be a statue,preferably a white one because you can block the shades that fall on it better but grey or terracotta will work too.You're either going to have to find a statue in the park,buy a little one from an art store or make one yourself from clay which will help you when you study anatomy and proportions too.
    It's good that you do different sorts of studies but I think you're not doing enough of them.You literally need to fill pages with studies and repeat them over and over until you're doing them from your own memory.
    Also,try to work from black and white photos with high contrasts.That's how I improved at rendering and you've seen how those portraits look or just place stuff under a lamp and start shading.
    Now get to work!
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    Kriss: I'll consider getting a statue or something like you suggested. It would probably be easier since they don't move lol. I definitely want to do more practice with the mapping. Yeah, it's a bit hard for me to focus on one thing to study just because there are so many things I need to improve on that I'm not always sure what I should be concentrating on. I agree that I should be doing a lot more than what I've been doing. Thanks for the advice ^.^

    I'm trying to get in the habit of updating this thing at least every other day, so even though I don't have many drawings to upload today, I'm planning on doing a lot more tomorrow. I've been doing the tutorials on Drawing Tutorials Online for the past two days and I really believe that I've learned so much from them already. I'm not going to post my drawings from them just because I'm not too sure if I'd be violating some sort of copyright.

    I do have one figure drawing that I did to practice the use of form that I learned from the site (reference). It's not that great to be honest. I also did a few gestures of my cat and drew my hand. It really came out funky looking around the fingers O.o
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    Wow I'm starting to feel like every minute I don't spend drawing is a waste of time. I'm actually really enjoying myself when I draw. I've always sort of felt this way to a certain extent, but not to this degree. It's nice =)

    I did a few gestures of my hamster a little bit ago. Not the greatest, but I'm trying to get the hang of drawing animals. I used to only draw animals when I was a little kid, so I kinda want to get back into drawing them. I did some studies of my mouth and nose before my neck started to kill me from holding it in the same position for so long. I also drew a quick sketch of my boyfriend with vine charcoal, which was fun. I might do some more egg studies tomorrow since I think they are very helpful when it comes to shading.

    I'm hoping that by the end of the summer I will have improved noticeably.
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    I have a few things from the past couple of days.

    The first is a few doodles and a bad self-portrait that I lost motivation to finish after my sister said it looked like a fat man haha. The second is just a quick figure study (reference). Had a hard time with the hand. I can draw hands okay by themselves, but once I try to draw them on the figure they look so crappy. I also drew a longer self-portrait today, took me about an hour and a half. I think the one I did a couple of posts ago looks more like me, but whatevs. Actually, the more I look at it, the creepier it looks O.O
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    I realized I don't draw too often from my imagination. Really got to change that, especially since I don't want to always rely on references. I started practicing a less scribbly way to do gestures. I think it looks soo much better. I just need to work on my line quality a bit more. I probably need to work on longer studies as well so that I can get better at shading.

    The first drawing is from imagination and the second from a photo.
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    Been a bit lazy lately. Got to keep going!
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    Updating this thing finally. So much for posting every other day haha. The summer is almost over and school starts in one week for me. I definitely did not make good use of my free time over the past few months, but compared to other lazy summers, I did make some progress. I'm going to be taking a class on the human figure and a painting class this semester. I will be working my butt off to see some improvement by the end of the school year. Maybe by that time I will be good enough to start doing commissions. Wish me luck

    The first is a WIP master copy of a Sargent painting link. The rest are stuff from pixelovely's gesture drawing tool and from life.
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    Whew, it's been a while. Things have just been so hectic with school, so I haven't had much time to update. I'm taking a painting class and a human figure class this semester, so I'll have plenty to show from that. I have quite a few things to upload, but I'll try to limit them to the more "quality" stuff I guess. I'll upload the rest tomorrow.
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    i can see the improvement from the first post to the last .... the gesture drawings figure studies faces everything is looking good in the latest posts keep up the good work!!
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    Those first two gesture drawings from your last post are very nice, the fluid, thick strokes you used to describe the figure look good. Try also experimenting with line weight, and for your portraits, try expanding the range of values you're using, instead of light shading, try showing the full range of values, darkest and lightest! But you are doing great, keep working! And experimenting.
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    Hey! I really love your portraits, they are very nice, mostly the eyes, they are so living. Your lines are pure and delicate, the colours and tones are gentle. I like your fast sketches too, they are very interesting, they have stories of your personality. Keep drawing!

    PS.: Don't write UGLY to your drawings! It is so negative, and not true!

    Peace
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    Hey there Amber! Thanks for dropping by in my sketchbook and thank you for your lovely and inspiring comment.
    What a lovely sketchbook you have here, why no more updates? I think you are in a right track and your portraits are already showing a huge improvement from the beginning of this sketchbook. I think the most important step that I have taken so far during my art journey is when I actually learned how to learn. People kept saying me to do more stuff from imagination but I think only now I've actually realized how important it is. And it is important to apply those things that you have been learning. For example I'm studying muscles now and I've found it really helpful to do them from memory and imagination afterwards. Only now that I started doing it I've started to really learn them, because that is the way you save them in your memory. Sometimes you need to study, draw from memory, study and repeat it many times more before you understand and remember them but you will eventually and it is really rewarding. Also remember that you won't have motivation to draw every day, sometimes you really need to force yourself to do something even if you really don't feel like it. But even if you draw 30 mins in a day it is better than nothing. And every small step will take you closer to your dream. So just draw draw draw, study from art books, do them from memory and imagination, even when you don't feel like it. Also remember constantly to ask yourself what is working in your drawings and what is not. If you do study, ask yourself afterwards did you learn the thing you were studying? If not, study it more! If you don't understand where some muscle attaches, find it out! Eventually you notice that the things start staying in your memory and it will make you want to push even harder and harder
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