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    Ohaeri's willpower challenge sketchbook

    I could get long and tedious here, but I'll try not to. Basically I am frightened to death of drawing. This is my attempt to push past the fear. I had the same problem with abstract art and once I got past the fear I really enjoyed it. I suspect (and hope) the same thing will happen with drawing/painting/concept art.

    Read a book on willpower that helped me grok my resistance a bit. Going through it bit by bit. I'm starting small and working my way up, starting with one drawing a day. I'd ask you to wish me luck but, I think that at the moment what I need most is determination. Especially since just sitting with it and finishing something tiny made me go a little loopy!

    Thumbnail (some of my old abstract art, a fractal in this case) followed by today's drawing. (Apologies for it being digital; I just moved and my scanner is still buried somewhere.)

    It's a hilariously bad contour drawing of a cruet on my desk!
    Last edited by Ohaeri; March 27th, 2012 at 12:36 PM.
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    Sorry, reverse psychology took a hold of me and as soon as I read the title I had to go look in. I liked your thumbnail, I thought it was very pretty.

    With the contour drawing I'd recommend making your lines more curved because they look a bit too angular.

    Good luck on the willpower challenge
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    I didn't even think of the whole reverse psychology aspect. It's just that it's really bad right now and I'm not terribly ambitious at the moment. I think (may be wrong) that could be a turn-off for most of the people on ConceptArt. I anticipate that once I get over whatever it is that's causing painting and drawing to be such an exercise in discomfort, I'll have much bigger ambitions. That's how it happened with my abstract art. (Glad you liked it, by the way!) Anyway . . .

    How's this?
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    That does look better. And to be honest I think it's admirable that you're trying to gain more willpower in your art and I'm pretty sure that's not going to be a turn-off here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanda View Post
    That does look better. And to be honest I think it's admirable that you're trying to gain more willpower in your art and I'm pretty sure that's not going to be a turn-off here
    I sure hope so

    Today's drawing practice, more about glass . . . I'm thinking I'll figure out how raised glass patterns work in general with something I already know (writing) and work from there. It's not much but it actually took me an hour of staring at a Mason jar, half of which was me going, "OMG what if I get it wrong?" But hey, at least in the end I got it done.

    Also gestures, which happened some time later as a way of pushing myself to do a bit more before bed. Some of them even look people-like! XD
    Let's do this.
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    Hark, a block!
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    This one didn't actually turn out actively bad for once. Enjoy it while it lasts!
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    And we're back to active badness! That didn't take long. Not that I mind, I think I may actually be feeling the fear starting to melt away, or maybe it's just taking a break or something. Either way, I feel pretty good.

    A contour drawing of my cell phone. It's an extremely odd design. (Also, not very functional, by which I mean that it does things like shutting off when you take it out of your pocket due to silly on/off button placement.) It's also curvy, which is something that I need practice at, methinks.
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    I spent all of today upgrading (basically) from a really old, crappy version of Photoshop to my very own brand new Photoshop CS5 Extended Educational Edition. Super happy right now, but also really tired and didn't have much time for drawing. So all you get today is grey on grey! Apologies in advance. Usually I find grey a nice, soothing, neutral color, so I always use it--and I didn't think about the ramifications of painting my object in the exact same shade.
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    hey man, your abstract fractal peace is really beautiful, for the drawing, you're going in the good way,
    Start with simple objects and shape without color and when you'll feel more comfortable with that,
    you move on more complicated subject. Keep working and if you have also other abstract things, just share with us
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    If you really want to learn to draw, it would be a good idea to perhaps pick up a book on the subject to have as a guide. This is the book I first used, and I found it very helpful in getting to know the basics of shading and perspective and things like that. http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Draw-Now-Peel/dp/0939217163 (there may be better ones, i don't know. i just used that one by chance) Wish you well on your journey, and don't be afraid! It's just a piece of paper (or a photoshop document, hehe), it can't hurt you! Make it do what you say
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    You're off to a good start by working with simple shapes -- it's a great way to practice structure and lighting. (You also said you like gray, which is great because grayscale is perfect for learning values!)

    Keep working on the simple shapes, but try to think about their volume and how the light/shadows are describing them. Push your values (i.e. lights / darks). Working with a ball or an egg will really help because you can really clearly see the light turn over the form and how it makes that shape look like the shape it is. Try painting either one of those and see how you do. (An egg is especially good because they're small enough to sit nicely on your desk and easy to get. It's also nice if you have a white one so you'll clearly see how the shadow/light is working and it'll already be sort of in grayscale for you -- don't shine the light directly on it because you'll wash it out.. just have it set in a normally lit room and see how you do.)

    Keep up the good work! ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by bouroune View Post
    hey man, your abstract fractal peace is really beautiful, for the drawing, you're going in the good way,
    Start with simple objects and shape without color and when you'll feel more comfortable with that,
    you move on more complicated subject. Keep working and if you have also other abstract things, just share with us
    Thanks for the advice! My goal is to keep in a middle state of comfort--not too comfortable, but not so uncomfortable that I dread drawing. I'm looking forward to finding my scanner so that I can show some more pencil studies.

    Be careful what you wish for on the abstract thing, I've got a whole ton of pieces. I was an active fractal artist for seven years before I decided it wasn't what I wanted to do for a living (still love it as a hobby, though!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Liffey View Post
    If you really want to learn to draw, it would be a good idea to perhaps pick up a book on the subject to have as a guide. This is the book I first used, and I found it very helpful in getting to know the basics of shading and perspective and things like that. http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Draw-Now-Peel/dp/0939217163 (there may be better ones, i don't know. i just used that one by chance) Wish you well on your journey, and don't be afraid! It's just a piece of paper (or a photoshop document, hehe), it can't hurt you! Make it do what you say
    EDIT: After having looked at the price, I think I will go ahead and get this now. I expected it to be much more expensive.

    I do also have a few extra art books along the lines of Bridgeman, Rubins, Hale, Loomis, etc. but they are still packed somewhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by Riley Stark View Post
    Keep working on the simple shapes, but try to think about their volume and how the light/shadows are describing them. Push your values (i.e. lights / darks). Working with a ball or an egg will really help because you can really clearly see the light turn over the form and how it makes that shape look like the shape it is. Try painting either one of those and see how you do. (An egg is especially good because they're small enough to sit nicely on your desk and easy to get. It's also nice if you have a white one so you'll clearly see how the shadow/light is working and it'll already be sort of in grayscale for you -- don't shine the light directly on it because you'll wash it out.. just have it set in a normally lit room and see how you do.)

    Keep up the good work! ^_^
    I'll do this study tonight (currently on my lunch break) and please let me know if I go too far in the other direction as far as pushing values goes. I don't think that's much of a danger, but you never know.

    I'll also be visiting everybody's sketchbooks tonight as well. Now I've got to go eat before I run out of time for lunch.
    Last edited by Ohaeri; March 17th, 2012 at 11:16 AM.
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