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    A New Beginning

    Hey guys,

    Not much to say really. I've only been drawing less than a year but in that time I've realized that more than anything I want to do illustration professionally one day. I don't have much time to achieve that goal if I'm going to succeed out of college, so drawing at least a few hours every day is important to me. I'll only be posting my digital work here, because it's too much of a hassle to figure out how to get my real sketchbooks up.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy it. More than anything, I'd love some critiques.

    Current Books:
    "Color and Light" by James Gurney
    "Dynamic Figure Drawing" by Burne Hogarth
    "Drawing Lessons From The Great Masters" by Robert Beverly Hale
    "Atlas of Human Anatomy" by Stephen Rogers Peck
    "Animal Anatomy for Artists" by Eliot Goldfinger

    Most pictures are studied from photos from here: http://www.lovecastle.org/draw/

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    Okay, here it goes. Without wasting too much time explaining, these are my sketches for the last week. I drew a lot more, but these are the best for each day, and this week I drew less than usual. I also draw the figure from life 2 days a week on traditional mediums, and I tend not to put those online.

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    Some more. I really need to learn to properly draw faces, and I've started experimenting with other brushes.

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    A few more. Over the past few days I did a lot of life drawing, which I do on traditional mediums (usually with graphite), and which I can't really post here without a scanner or a decent camera. Two of the images below were just sketches I did when I was dead tired after about 6 hours of life drawing.

    I've also purchased a whole lot more drawing books, and hope to get some interesting things from them.

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    Ok, for this one I started on landscapes, having never drawn any before. I'm also trying to learn a bit with brushes. First two were photos, last was imagination. They were all intentionally drawn really zoomed out, because I was trying to focus on color. I haven't done any formal color exercises yet (I plan to), but I have read through a lot of "Color and Light" By James Gurney, and I expect to be spending a lot of time with that and whatever other color-theory resources I can get my hands on.

    But I also think I'm not going to update for a while. The process takes too long, and as much as having a log is nice (even if no one sees it) I think I'd rather spend that time actually drawing.

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    EDIT: and it would appear the picture isn't showing up. I'll deal with it later I guess.

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    Here's an update.

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    Nice SB . Well I see that you make a few small mistakes with propotions but I think if you do some more character studies that problem will fix it self . About your Landscapes , try to create more detail by using also different kind's of brushes and there size . Also you can try to create more deep by using a those typical distance fog and less colors in the background .

    Keep it on

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    Nice start ! Can see your figure studies improving already - keep it up!

    Your environments are looking slightly blurry - I've only just started environments and I did exactly the same thing! Someone suggested using hard-edged brushes instead of the softer ones and it was a great improvement for me - I'd really recommend it !

    Please drop by my sketchbook and help me improve!
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    Bobtail, I tried using harder brushes like you suggested, and also tried to emulate what I supposed other artists did with brushes. I'm not really happy with the result, but I think the harder brushes were a good idea if nothing else. I'm also trying some imagination stuff, but I think I'm done with that for a while now and I'll go back to working on photo and life studies. At least right now those are the only things that are coming out half-way decent.

    Finally, does anyone know why all of my work with color looks so washed out?

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    It's all about the grind baby. More images from imagination. For inspiration I draw a squiggle or two randomly then turn it into what I think it looks like. For the first one, I limited myself to 30 min, then added 5 minutes for each successive one. The newest pictures are, as always, on top.

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    Alright here's an unorganized mess of an update. I've decided to start doing studies of random objects in my house. I'm drawing 2-6 hours a day now, haven't missed a day since before I started this sketchbook, virtually everything is studies give or take a few quick sessions of imaginative work.

    This update represents a very small sampling of my work since the last update. I've nearly filled an entire 160 sketchbook in the last 3 weeks as well, but I have trouble updating traditional stuff.

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    P.S. since it's bugging the hell out of me I have no idea what's up with that monster's deltoid. I gave myself a 30 minute time limit and since my process was to randomly draw lines and then refine into what I thought I saw, that slipped through the cracks. Hate making excuses but that deltoid has some weird stuff going on o.O

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    Still alive, still drawing every day. Just too lazy to keep posting, which is actually being the oposite of lazy since time spent posting is time not drawing.

    Here's a more or less random selection:

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    Here's a quick 1-hour sketch. I'm awful at colors, but on the bright side I finally feel like my values are getting somewhere. I timed myself, and I didn't get done as much as I'd hope, and there's obviously no refinement. I don't even think I'm done, but I decided to take a break by posting this because I haven't posted in a while and I like to pretend at least a few people see this.

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    Here are some pieces. I tend to set a certain amount of time aside and get as far as I can. I go back to some but I haven't finished any yet. At this point finishing pieces isn't really my priority.

    It's also been exactly 3 months since my self-promise to draw everyday, and so far so good. I'm not sure if I should be happy I'm in such a good rhythm, or disappointed with my progress, I hoped to improve faster, though I've learned that progress has to be slow to be meaningful.

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    Reviving the thread I guess. I haven't missed a day since my last post, but I got tired of posting because no one responded.

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