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    been scanning them mostly, earlier one were photographed which i actually think looks better as the scanner light distorts the tone of the graphite, seems to make the arks just look chalky.

    wish the warrior was my idea..just a photo ref copy, I think he is out of proportion too which areas stand out to u?
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    Re the warrior: his legs definitely look short to me. The thigh is usually two heads high, while the calves are usually 1 and 1/2 heads, with the last 1/2 head being the ankle and foot. Leg length used to give me a little trouble because I always thought I was drawing them too long and overcompensated. I do really like your line quality, though.
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    Bodied thanks for that, I can now see what you mean, I have not really studied anatomical proportions at all. I could see something was wrong just could not tell what exactly so thanks I now know something eles I need to work on.

    Gosh so much to learn.
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    Really like your pencil sketches.

    But at the last picture (the first thing) I was thinking about, what you drawed :>
    (After I must read the description and then: "Ahhhhhhh...." xD )

    Then I must say, that I love, how you use shading. I'm not good at it

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    Some stuff i have been working on over the last few days some okish some just plainly sucks

    First pic are figure photo ref studies second and third are figure studies from the imagination and the results are not so good.
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    The next lot are as follows

    portartait of christian bale from American Psycho

    Wildlife: wanted to practice drawing fur, fairly pleased with the result

    Studies of Michangelo's David
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    Still try to push the imaginbative stuff

    the first is a lame characyter attempt need to do more researchg to get ideas before I do these but seems when i get photo refs i just seem to end up cpoying and more then usimg it to drive my idea . Never used phot refs for imaginative work before i used to think it was cheating before i came on here so it seems to slow down my mental flow some how but i know its needed to bring much much more realism to my work.

    The second pic done this eve is a sketch for an idea, twop warriotrs facing off in a seculded bamboo forset, looks so clumsy i know but its get to get the ideas down compositions ect, hope to be abale to come back to this one day and do somthinh with some dramatic ligting to create some atmosphere in teh scne. And create poses that look natural lol.
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    Looking good! Especially your animal studies. Keep at it!
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    First of all I want to say thanks to asll the people stopping by my sketchbook and those leaving comments. Learning at home has it advanagtages you getto do what you want ect, but its good to get feedback from your peers and words of encourgament are so motivational.

    Here are some gesture drawings I have done today. Pickedd up a copy of michael hamptons constructive anantomy and it just seems easier for me to access then bridgeman or loomis altjhough I am now down talking either. hOWEVER on refelection I think Hamptons's apparoach is geared towards life drawing it gives you a way to look at the modelk and think throygh the body and appreaciate the things going on. He stresses building from the insiode out. Been useful for me as i have long been used to seeing the body as a set of contour libes wiythout thinking about all the structures.

    Only on chapter one which is all abour gesture drawing and thinking about weight and balance, these drawings are of photo refs of dancers from the net.
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    So its time to start studying hands

    decided to work through Michael Hampton's chapter in Design and Invention, first copied his shape formula for constructing the hand and then too a few of the illustrations in there and tried to reduce them to the basic essential shapes and then draw the contours again to help me further understand the principle. Be interesting to get people feedback on this approach or it anyone eles is working in this way. Not too pleased with the final out come I am really bad at drawing fingers.

    Not 100 sure how to use the Bridgeman, some people say copy, some copy memorize and duplicate???probably my ignorance but not 100 sure how copying some ones line work will help me to draw the hand from my imagination, but its probably because I am new to all this and don't fully understand all the principles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ja1307 View Post
    Not 100 sure how to use the Bridgeman, some people say copy, some copy memorize and duplicate???probably my ignorance but not 100 sure how copying some ones line work will help me to draw the hand from my imagination, but its probably because I am new to all this and don't fully understand all the principles.
    To me it looks like one of your biggest weaknesses is that you seem to concentrate way too much to contour, and you don't seem to construct your characters/forms at all, so the Hampton thing is a step to the right direction. Though pay attention to the length and size of the fingers compared to the palm.

    As for Bridgman the copying part is to memorize how to draw it right (like say, drawing something 100 times correctly is better than drawing something 100 times wrong) and it can also train your muscle memory.
    Here's something about studying Bridgman:
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    Did a value study of a white cup and saucer, I know that the curved dimensions are off because I struggle a lot drawing circles and ellipses. Decided not to complete the rending fully as I had picked out the major values. Thinks it looks a bit muddled and maybe hard to read overall be interesting to get other peoples thoughts.Tried to get tonal variation by working with a 2H, 2B and 5B lead no sure if the outcome really works well.
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    TinyBird thanks for the feedback you are about me focussing too much on contour as this is how i have always drawn. Its only recently that I have begun to understand and address construction and i have a lot to learn. I shall be making much more of a concentrated effort to do this and break things down into shapes and simple forms. Thanks for the links regarding Bridgeman.
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