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    Hello! Thanks for viewing my sketchbook!

    My name is Mikaela or Zath. I'm 20 years old and I'm a Junior in college majoring in Psychology though my passion has always been more for art. Currently torn on this path and maybe this will give me more confidence to pick up art more strongly again.

    I was worried to start a sketchbook since I have no scanner or camera for traditional work, at the moment. And I don't have any money to get them. When I do find a job (hopefully soon) these are at the top of my list.

    BUT I'd really like to get input so I can learn. Kinda nervous. I know I'm a beginner so I hope I don't burn any eyes out there. I'm working on fixing that and hopefully you guys can help!

    Thanks for you time! Much appreciated!

    And here we go...
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    First batch

    These are my newest studies recently. All done in Painter. Still not used to the program (fail).

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    Some random pic from google. I'm going to keep on the resources from now on though. I want to credit the right person. :/ (1.5 hrs)

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    Landscape study. Resource: Google. (3 hours)

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    Original photo:www.scottchurch.deviantart.com (2 hours)
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    more

    WIP Reference- Florence and the Machine: Lungs cover

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    Hands study. References= Bridgeman and my own hand
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    Doodle. Hoping to fix this up more. Any tips? Especially on the composition.
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    I've recently realized that I'm somewhat out of practice since injuring the tendons in my hand and not being able to practice for a month. Guess I'll have to work the rust off. Spring break so hopefully I'll be able to post a lot more!
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    Are you working on a tablet? Keep up the hand studies, they look good.
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    @House Hatke: Yes I am working from a tablet. I haven't used it in a while so it's a bit foreign at the moment. And thanks I will. Glad to know I'm doing something right.
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    Go go go! Zath's Sketches
    45 min Gesture Drawings. Need to learn to loosen my grip...:/

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    Still life/value study of this freaky Valentines Day thing I have. The one on the right is just re-imagination.

    Argh. I'm planning on working in pencil at the moment so no more today (till I get a scanner).
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    Okay so...

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    Gesture Drawings (1min ea.)

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    (30min- 1hr ea.) Still life of a Peppermint Pill Bottle. The one on the right is the partially imagined one.

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    Another shot of the WIP I'm working on. Changed things around a bit.

    Sadly that's all I got done today. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to work more. But for now, sleep.
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    Unexpected personal things occurred so this is the first time in about a day I've picked up my tablet. I find myself growing frustrated with learning how to paint what's in my head. It always comes out too fuzzy. look @ WIP for my meaning. Just gotta keep trying I guess. :/


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    My WIP. I can never get it to look right when I add in color over values. Any tips?

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    (1 min ea.) gesture drawings Reference(s): pixelovely.org

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    More hand studies. Reference: My own hands.
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    Nice work so far. Especially the hands.

    One thing I notice that may help you is the line quality of your gestures. The poses are definitely starting to get that flow to them, but the sketchiness of the lines seem to be impeding them from reaching their full potential. I see it less so on your hand sketches than the full body poses. One way I found to help me correct that in my own gesture drawings was to try and make sure that I thought about which direction I wanted the line to flow before I laid it down and only allow myself to move in one direction to the other. If I needed to make one straight line for the entire leg for instance, I would only let those lines move from hip to foot, no going backwards. Hope this might help you!
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    good job for getting started on studies! Don't give up More observation stuff will help you a long way!
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    hey zath. seems to me you're off to a good start :3 drex already pointed out some useful tips on the gestures-- think about what direction of the figure's limbs are moving in and 'generalize' it with one simple stroke. if that doesn't sink in yet perhaps try to simplify the limbs with basic shapes (sphere/cylinder/cube/pyramid/etc).

    keep studying and drawing/painting!
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    Hey! I like the hand studies, the proportions look okay and that's a good thing. Keep working!

    As for so-called chicken scratching (messy lines), there's something that helped me to curb this habit somewhat. When you sketch stuff from reference, quick gesture drawings in particular, try not to look at your drawing too often and focus on the reference instead - even try to imagine your pen is actually following the shape of the reference object, and not marking lines - kinda like tracing, only not. At the same time try to draw without breaking the line if possible. Needless to say, your first drawings probably won't resemble the reference object much, but slowly you should recognize the actual shapes in the lines you just drew. This is not a method should be applied to any sort of final sketch, but I feel it helps to get yourself familiar with the form and therefore leads to more confident strokes. I believe it's from the book Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain, you might wanna check it out if you feel like it.
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    @ Drex: Yeah that does help thanks!

    @Nerferinn: Thanks!

    @CecilHartlely: I'm sorry I don't see anything. Maybe you could repost or something. I'm curious to what you posted.

    @benny nihil: Hello! So you mean more of a blind contour? I'll start giving that a try with the hands especially. I actually checked out "How to draw from the right side of your brain" Maybe I missed something that would've helped with that. Guess I could check it out at the library again. Thanks for your time and tips!
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    I feel bad I haven't been posting for the past three days. Things keep coming up. But I did draw yesterday and the day before.

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    Gesture drawings from Pixelovely.com (03/15/2012)


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    Gesture Drawing from a pixelovely.com "take a class" (Part 1; 03/16/2012)

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    Part 2 of the the "take a class"


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    A landscape study WIP Reference from : umbradenoapte-stock.deviantart.com

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    WIP of my own (no reference...yet) The previous WIP I was posting I scrapped out of frustration and decided to work on figuring out landscapes a bit more first.
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