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    EndlessStair's Sketchbook

    I finally decided to start a sketchbook after lurking for a while.
    My main focus at the moment is anatomy with the goal of drawing/painting believable figures from imagination (interested in fantasy genre).

    Anyway, I'm starting with mostly anatomy studies and some doodles, hopefully to post some more original stuff as I improve. Studies include (in no particular order) Bridgman, Vanderpoel, Loomis, Rubins, Michael Hampton.

    For reference I usually use:
    The Drawing Script, Artsy Poses, Pixelovely, Drawing Tutorials Online, Posemaniacs.

    Crits and advice appreciated!

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    wow, crazy amount of studies. Thats totally the way to get better. Just keep pushing and do a lot from imagination too

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    @ Noro - Seems like all my anatomy knowledge evaporates as soon as I try to do something out of imagination. Will keep pushing through!

    @MangaCrazy101 - Thanks!

    Some digital work in Sketchbook Pro/Photoshop
    ref is from Drawing Tutorials Online. I've learned a lot from that site also.

    I've heard it's best to learn colour mixing using traditional media? So far I've only really tried colour in digital, with some weak attempts at oil paint.

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    Great studies. That is -definitely- the way to improve, and don't worry if they don't stick automatically or even within a few months. Over time you might not notice the little anatomy corrections, but other people will, and one day you'll look at a recent painting and feel like it's all come together.

    The painting is really nice. I'm not much of a painter, so I'll just say it looks like a great piece.

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    Pencils

    Nice drawings ..drawing advice ..keep your pencil sharp or your sketches

    turn woolly and without definition..

    for light and form you can use .. 2/4B.. for line and tone HB berol or steadtler..

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    These are awesome studies!! Keep up the great work and keep on improving

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    what a crazy amount of studies O_O i´m impressed. they all look so nice, so keep doing them!

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    the digital painting is looking good.

    "Many of life's failures are the people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
    -Thomas Edison

    Concept Art Sketchbook - http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=219673

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    Very impressive work.

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    @ Noro - Seems like all my anatomy knowledge evaporates as soon as I try to do something out of imagination. Will keep pushing through!
    I was the same. I'd do a lot of studies, feel like I had the hang of it, and the next day I'd try to draw from imagination and I could recall only a hazy impression of yesterday's work. How I solved it, and this seems an extremely obvious approach to me now but it only occurred to me after a long time, was that I'd make a page of copies/studies, working on them until I was sure they were right, and then I'd put the page and everything away and pull out a black sheet of paper and then immediately I'd try to draw everything again from memory, or slight variations on it. I would try to draw it perfectly, I'd take a minute and try to think exactly how something went, but the main aim was that I was putting down each muscle, each bone, make sure that I was remembering all the points and seeing exactly what I wasn't remembering. After I did that for a page, I'd make another page of copies from a book and repeat the process. After doing this just three or four times, what only takes less than a day, I found things stuck to a great level, at least for me.

    It's maybe a dumb/obvious suggestion but for me doing this made a huge difference.

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    Practiced rendering a few different materials today. I'm using basic sphere in Sculptris as reference. Thanks all for warm welcome and advice!

    ZombieGrub : Thanks! I'll try to be patient and wait for the payoff
    kliest : Hey I'll keep that in mind
    Roope Maatta : Appreciate the motivation!
    Lagarto : Thanks!
    kimozabbi : Cheers!
    Grosby : Thanks, I'll definitely give that a try!

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    Gah, those studies are absolutely overwhelming. I wish I had the same patience. Working on it though. The colours of the figure painting are all very appealing.

    I do have one crit for that last material study though - try using less soft brushes. They have a tendency of flattening a form and giving it a very cheap and airbrushy feel.

    Otherwise, great work!

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    @iambanana - Hey, thanks for looking! I'll go for a harder edge brush and try to paint more opaquely.

    Some more Bridgman studies; knees, lips, and a few ears. I tried some heads from memory. Was a bit of a struggle but not the worst thing I've ever drawn D:

    Turning them in space still feels awkward (seems to take a lot of mental effort) but I feel some progress.

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    Some memory stuff today and a few from posemaniacs.

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    My poor planning ended up with her being scalped
    Photo ref is by jjsphoto via The Drawing Script.

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    Loomis head construction study today.

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    Few hours value study. Learned a lot from it.
    Reference:http://lovecastle.org/draw/greyscale...anum_stock.jpg
    Ref Photo by Marcus Ranum:www.ranum.com

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    Started learning about colour theory and light effects. Trying some quick sketches out of imagination to apply what I've studied so far.

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    Hi, really impressive body sketches! The digitals are also nice.
    Looking forward to see what's coming in here in the future.

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    This is just impressive!
    Great anatomy sketches, damn I wish I was that good too

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    @Trixtar - thanks!
    @Greenhouse - thankyou, must try to update more often!

    Moar sketches: Bridgman, some from photos, some from memory, doodles etc. thanks for looking!

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    This is really good. Do not let up for one moment! I started not long ago myself. Anatomy can be mundane but the rewards are fulfilling. From the knees drawings I could tell it was George Bridgeman
    How often do you draw?

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    Very strong studies, and I love the painterly quality of your digital works. Your alternating between copying and working from memory is awesome. Very inspiring since its something that I have a lot of difficulty with myself

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    It's progress, NOT perfection.
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    amazing work , and the studies are really amazing with the notes on it , and your shading is really good

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    @sapeleboy - thanks!, I try to draw a little something every day though it can be a struggle
    @Ghast - cheers, thanks for looking
    @alisn - glad you like it

    Some loose figure stuff from imagination to see how much I can remember... and some quick landscape sketch in Photoshop. Is there a way to space images?

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    Its always a struggle trying to learn but the rewards far fulfilling.

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    Somehow I've gone two months without posting. I went back to uni, quit uni, and am now figuring out my next step. I managed to finish a sketchbook (60 pages), which I'm pretty happy about as my last two took me an entire year. On to the next one! Expecting to be working more digitally as well (scanning is a pain lol) and I've started oil painting.

    The following = photo studies courtesy of Artsy Poses, The Drawing Script, Pixelovely & Online Life Drawing, some Drawing Tutorials Online exercises, my wooden mannequin, horned lizards (google images), and some figures/random doodles/dragons out of imagination.Thanks for looking!

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    Female bust/rough sketch of David that I might paint. ref from Online Life Drawing.
    Some measuring/proportion issues I think but definitely getting better.

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    I can definitely see lots of improvements.

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    The sheer volume and tenacity of your work is inspiring. Great to see some animal and color studies recently.
    I think it'd be great for you to do some more pieces outside your sketchbook in different materials and scale.

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