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    alizak - a newbie on a mission

    Hi all,

    I think the title of my sketchbook says it all. I am pretty much a complete newbie - I used to love drawing when I was in high school, then in university I only doodled during lectures, then in my first year of my PhD (which I subsequently quit) I did some life drawing classes and I haven't drawn since then - so no drawing since 2005!!!

    Since my ex-husband dumped my pregnant ass I have been trying to bring my creative side back - so I am dusting off my pencils and getting into it one again. With two little ones to chase around every day I don't have much time for art - but I am going to try my hardest to draw at least one thing a day. I'm hoping one day to write and illustrate books for children within the fantasy genre - so this is the start of my journey! I'm currently reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards, so a lot of my sketchbook entries will be exercises from that book.

    Thanks for reading if you got this far and please leave a comment if you want me to come check out your sketchbook - I would also love any critiques - I'm here to learn!

    Thanks all - alizak.

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    More exercises

    These are some of the initial (pre-instruction) exercises from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - my hand, a chair and a corner of a room.

    I am hoping that by the time I finish this book that I can improve upon all of these drawings.

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    For fun

    Some more sketches from the last week. Tried to sketch some onions while my three year old had some art time - I think it looks semi-decent, but I think I am still not really looking at what I am drawing as much as I should be.

    The poses are from posemaniacs - and were very quick - a bit too rigid I think - but I will definitely be practicing more using posemaniacs - it is a very useful tool for someone like myself who can't get out to a life drawing class.

    As a side note - should I be making my attachments smaller?? They seem a bit on the large side.

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    Thanks for dropping by my sketchbook.
    Something I can see that you may benefit from greatly is a warm up exercise to improve line quality. basically you draw two points, then try and draw a free hand straight line between them. After that, do 3 and then try a free hand curved line through all 3 points.
    I've only just started this sort of warm up myself, but I really want to improve my line quality. Its all about drawing with your arm in this exercise though.
    Anyway, great start, very admirable trying to get art together while dealing with two yunguns. Thanks again for the sb post, always welcomed. Ill check back here regularly :3

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    Jaik - thanks for visiting my sketchbook and for the advice - line quality is definitely something I need to work on so I will definitely be trying out your warm up.

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    Upside down sketches

    Working through Drawing the Right Side of the Brain - did the upside down drawing exercise. First drawing is a copy of Picasso, second is by a unknown artist and the third is Egon Schiele.

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    Good start, I've gone through 'drawing on the right side of the brain' too and it is a good primer for drawing from life. It isn't a useful book with concerns to drawing from the mind, but it is a good starting point and I commend you for working through it.

    Keep posting and keep up the good work, thanks for visiting my sb

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    nice work so far!
    you seem to have a good grasp of basic anatomy and form
    and i agree with Jaik about warm up sketches to improve the fluidity and accuracy of your linework,
    another way to warm up that i've always found to be really useful especially in drawing from life, is one minute gesture drawings.
    limiting your time forces you to focus on the larger movement and overall shapes of what you're trying to study, you can always go back into these drawings later and add detail if you want.
    When doing these or other gesture work i'd try using larger media a brush or wide marker, for the same reason as restricting your time, it will force you to focus on larger shapes and gestures!
    helped me a ton in art school to get fluidity into my linework!
    cheers, and keep posting
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    A good start in here, I really like the "upside down sketches", I can imagine they are a really great warm-up technique.
    Another great thing is to try this out: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php
    Try making lots of stuff in the shortest possible time, like 30 sec. It really gets you into the correct mindset for painting! Keep up the good work!

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    Thanks for your replies!

    Hunin Thanks for visiting my SB

    silarvalla Thanks for your kind words - I will definitely get in some gesture drawings - thanks for the tip!

    Urötskidoji I've bookmarked that site and I'm looking forward to having a go with it tonight after the girls have gone to bed - thanks a heap

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    Some sketching from my imagination last night that I did while at a friend's house. Obviously I was avoiding hands and bodies in general - I definitely need to use refs to be able to draw an anatomically correct female. But hey it was fun just to sketch away without any consequences.

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    Good job on the imaginative drawings. Love the mushroom, your eyes are well done on that piece too. Dont be scared of legs though! Practice makes perfect, or something motivational along those lines.. feel free to paraphrase.

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    Thanks Jaik - yep I just need to jump in and give it a go - no more avoiding!

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