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    Hello everyone.

    I enjoy drawing but never really had any direction with it and have always had distractions. I'm 25 now and I've finally decided to take it seriously.

    I've decided to start working from the very beginning, completing various exercises in books teaching the fundamentals as well as sketching my own things daily.


    First here are a few of the exercises I've been working on during the past week.
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    Here are some sketches. I've found it hard to commit to my lines as I feel the messy style better hides the great imperfections of my drawings.
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    Here are some more exercises I've been doing from beginners drawing books as well as some sketches from the imagination. None of the real life observation stuff is translating into my drawing from imagination unfortunately.

    I've been working on value/shading in my books and love how much dimension they add to my drawings. I'm especially pleased with the drawing of my left hand. My best drawing yet.
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    I've mostly been working with pencil but started to work with pen and wash since my last post. I love how wash brings everything together in the picture. I still need to get better acquainted with using a brush and varying the amount of dilution.

    For pen, creating value has been hard for me. I know the key is spacing but for more complicated shapes is when I've been having trouble.

    Everyday I've been drawing for around a hour or so but I really want to kick it up to 3-4 hours per day. I'm already far behind in terms of age so I've got a lot of catching up to do!
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    Looks like a good start, especially with the still life drawings. Screw age, just keep making slow and steady progress for the rest of your life and you'll be awesome. Keep it up, and you'll notice subtle, obvious improvements on a regular basis.
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    rishenko - Thank you for the comment. I'll do my best to keep drawing; age should never be an excuse!

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    I've started messing around with vine charcoal since my last post. I love how simple it is to create value with this medium and how forgiving it is when you make mistakes. But because of the messiness and how I don't have a well ventilated area to use fixative spray I'm gonna stop using vine charcoal and keep working with pencils.
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    Hi! Good start. Maybe you need to get your hand more under control. Beside drawing from observation, try to train straight lines (as banally it sounds) and then ellipses. Simply put two points on paper and try to connect them with line. Start with shorter distances and keep drawing and drawing. Remember to fixate wrist and use only shoulder/elbow to move your hand. I filled lots of pages of this excersize and it definitely helped me refine my linework (althou I need to train much more ). Dont get demotivated by age! I am almost 25 too and i started not so long ago so I feel little bit same Have fun.
    My sketchbook - Please, help me grow Critique very appreciated
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    Rubajz - Thank you for the advice! I have to admit I wasn't doing any of those exercises you mentioned to get my hand control better.

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    Since last update I started working more on faces. When I start using my bigger sketchpad (8.5"x13") my proportions have started to become very inaccurate. I've been having trouble especially on the nose and eyes. Also since I've been using pencil again filling in values are such a pain in the ass!

    Last picture is of fabrics using conte which I will start messing around with.
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    Worked on some really large (18"x24") gray paper using conte for the first two drawings. The bag came out decent since it was a simple object to draw but the coat was disappointing. Towards the end I just gave up looking for accurate values. I just smudged the conte with my fingers and never really bothered using the gray paper as a middle value.

    For the last drawing I realized that I had a hard time drawing circular figures in a composition. The plate for the cup on the bottom right was really giving my massive problems that I just got frustrated and stopped with the drawing before I realized I didn't add in the cast shadows!
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    Well I just finished going through all the exercises in my first drawing book. I used Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, which is a book I bought before I started browsing through CA. While it didn't really teach me any specific techniques, it made me play with a lot of mediums which I found useful.

    The last chapter focused on life drawings and got me messing around with framing my drawings as you can see in the ones drawn in charcoal below.

    I also noticed my linework is needs A LOT of practice, especially for my pencil drawings. Rubajz commented on how to improve it above and I'm really going to make it a goal of mine to improve my lines and inject some confidence into them.

    Other than that I'll be working through New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which I wish I started with from the beginning. I guess I was just suckered into the title of the first book I used since I was lacking confidence.
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    Keep up the hard work! I'm seeing improvement.

    Edit: As for line work, try doing some (blind) contour drawing! It can be very helpful.

    Also, simply doing line exercises is also good. Challenge yourself to draw straight and curved lines without actually looking at anything. Draw two points and connect them. Rinse, repeat... Try doing those exercises before you start drawing to "remind" yourself about the line quality. Also, don't be afraid to be bold! If you get the line in the wrong place, it's not the end of the world (especially if you are able to see that it's wrong- seeing is half of the battle). In some cases, I'd say it's better to have a confident yet misplaced line than one that is shaky and out of control and kind of sort of maybe in the right place.

    Just my thoughts...
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    The faces in #8 look really nice!

    I've found it hard to commit to my lines as I feel the messy style better hides the great imperfections of my drawings.
    Could be something that came out of my mouth!
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    Syrella - Thank you for the advice on the blind contour drawing. I will use that for warming up once in a while!

    Robomat - Thank you for the kind words. Let's both work on refining our lines!

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    Below are the first few exercises from New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I can already see improvements from my first portraits and can't what results I can get after completing the book.

    The first portrait is from imagination, while the second is a self-portrait.

    On the drawing for the corner of my room I really struggled with perspective. Gotta add that to my list for things to study up on.

    Last one is the upside-down drawing exercise that is pretty common. While the book told me it should take me 40 minutes to an hour I ended up spending over 2 hours on it! A lot of nitpicking and erasing can do that.
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