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    Clovie's Sketchbook :)

    Hi everyone!
    I've finally worked up the courage to make an account and start a sketchbook here. : )

    So...a little bit about myself I guess:
    I'm 18, in my first year of university. I've been drawing for quite a while, but only very recently, (about a month ago) have I started doing this a bit more seriously: drawing every day, doing studies, trying to learn anatomy properly, etc.

    Anyways, right now, I feel quite motivated (there are so many inspiring sketchbooks here!), but also like I'm in serious need of improvement and feedback. So hopefully, starting this sketchbook will help me practice more, and in better ways. : )

    I guess I'll reserve this first post for the thread's icon.

    Edit: I guess I'll use this as the icon for now...
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    Here's the first batch, there's not much. I've decided to just put stuff I've done today.

    I started with a bunch of 30-second and 1-minute gesture drawings from http://lovecastle.org/draw/. Then I did some studies from Bridgman's Life Drawing.

    For the Bridgman studies, I tried to emulate his sketchy line quality...but I'm not sure if that's a good way to go. Should I instead focus more on being careful and accurate?

    Another question: I see a lot of people doing digital photo studies. Do you keep switching from the window with the photo to the window with the program? Because that sounds kinda tedious. Or do you copy-paste the photo beside your painting...?

    Edit: Argh, got a green dot on the last picture when I was resizing it and didn't save a back-up...
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    Just did a quick self-portrait. I'm not very good at symmetry...

    Sorry about the yellow-y photos, I don't have a scanner with me right now.
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    Again, a few quick 30 second to 1 minute poses, some studies from Bridgman, and then I did my first digital study today with my scissors. : )
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    Hi, Bridgman is a good place to start, I see a lot of people using his books.

    Also regarding the digital painting, It's easier if you have two monitors
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    Woo, digital studies! I need to do more of those. Meh... I need to to more of everything.
    I just started my sketchbook today too, so, hi.

    Also, I work on a tiny laptop with a tiny screen, so I know what you mean about reference not fitting very well. A good method I've recently adopted is to plop your reference straight into your image in another layer, then put a mask on it so that it doesn't take up alot of space, and you can easily pan it around to the part of the reference that you need to see.
    "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that.
    Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."


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    @fireblade: Oh I see...two monitors would be nice.
    @blue skies: Hello. Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll try that when I get tired of the objects on my desk. I'm trying to do more traditional media stuff right now though.

    I switched to using a mechanical pencil today for parts of the studies. I tried drawing some poses from my head...they're kinda embarrassing, but I did promise myself I would post everything. :l

    Did some 10 minute portrait/pose studies from http://lovecastle.org/draw/.
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    I have a school assignment due on Thursday that I'm kinda screwed for because of procrastination, so I didn't have too much time to draw today...and I probably won't have too much for the next few days until Thursday's over.

    So here are some 30s/60s gesture drawings a little bit of studies.
    I think I'll make my non-gesture drawings a bit bigger from now on.

    I don't have much variety here so far...and I really should. There are so many things I should do...so I'll write a to-do/goal list for what I want to get into my sketchbook (I'll probably start these after my assignment is finished though):

    - more still lives
    - environments
    - more digital studies, including from photos
    - studies in marker and pen
    - more imaginative work
    - perspective studies
    - composition studies

    Edit: added some more stuff on the to-do list.
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    Looking good, especially that Bridgman stuff.
    Heh. I have a running 'general art goals' list taped to my desk next to me.. it goes:
    anatomy
    environments (perspective)
    colour studies
    object studies
    silhouettes
    creatures
    gesture drawing
    life drawing

    And some more specific stuff. It never ends, huh?
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    Heyy! Good start! loving your body sketches! they got a lot of movement! very nice!!
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    @blue skies: Thanks! And yeah...I wanted to add more stuff to that list immediately after I posted it. And even now, I still want to add more stuff...but I think I'll just leave the edit button alone for a while. >.<
    At least it means we have things to work towards though...:')

    @Cheezah: Thanks! That's nice to hear since I've been trying to get those action lines.

    I tried to make up some poses from my imagination today. Since I'm not very creative with those, I just put down some random action lines and made up poses from those...not sure that worked so well though.

    My university has a life-drawing club (which I'm so glad exists!) that meets every Tuesday, so I went to the session today and did some stuff in conte. Our model was reading a book half the time, it was kinda funny. xD
    I'm not very good with conte...haven't yet figured out how to get those big smooth lines out of them, only thin little wimpy ones. It's nice to be able to work on such a big scale once in a while though.
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    Had very little time to draw today, and even when I did, I felt so stressed that I couldn't draw very well.
    I'm preparing for a late night up...finishing that assignment...
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    April 5th

    Today was the last day of classes!
    I celebrated by buying a banana from my dining hall and painting it. =D
    I think when I paint still-life...one of my biggest problem is picking the exact right colours. I'm sometimes tempted to pick the colours (exaggerated ones) that I would usually use to paint. Also, I kinda failed on that little hairy thing that comes out of the banana stem.

    Then I did my usual 30/60 second gesture poses and Bridgman studies. His drawings are really hard to understand sometimes...

    Then I did a quick enviro study, my first one. Photo from http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=130469. The colours are pretty off, I think mine are too saturated and don't have enough contrast.
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