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    Eat the Path & HederaHiberna - Sketchbook Exchange Diary

    This is a joint sketchbook for myself and HederaHiberna as part of a project where we draw daily, post the results and share lessons learned as well as critique. We're both amateurs determined to improve and having someone to learn with provides extra motivation.

    Usually, we take turns at the start of each week picking a theme and five reference photos based on that theme, drawing one a day from Monday to Friday. On Saturday we draw from the imagination on the same theme, using what we learnt during the week. Sunday is reserved for finishing off unfinished pieces.

    The project has been running for little over a month. The theme of the week are as followed:

    Week 1 - Faces
    Week 2 - Jumping People
    Week 3 - Judo
    Week 4 - Gentlemen
    Week 5 - Hands
    Week 6 (current) - Unthemed various + Studying Bridgman

    Any and all outside critique welcome, this is not our special tree club house for cool kids only, set-up in a public place for no one to interfere with. Suggestions on activities for the week and paths of learning also very much welcome. Even if you want to just poo-poo the whole idea, that's fine, I guess.


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    Going to upload in chronological order, grouping each week to a post.

    These are pre-project drawings when I was drawing for the first time on my own.

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    Week 1 - Faces

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    Week 2 - Jumping People

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    Week 4 - Gentlemen

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    Week 6 (current) - Unthemed various + Studying Bridgman (mostly turned into sketching poses)

    Last image is Thursday's upload. Satisfied with this whole sketching poses from posemaniacs, probably going to keep on doing this whenever. Think buying a mechanical pencil will make the whole thing easier.

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    HederaHiberna

    So I'm the other member and below you find my efforts.
    I still have some catch-up work to do.

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    First sketch is an almighty clusterfuck of horrible mistakes. Decided to take the reference, sketch it quickly and then draw it model from different angles. I couldn't do it, I just couldn't imagine it. Somewhat disturbing as it should just be a matter of, well, observation and logic but my brain collapsed like so many punctured lungs. The reference sketch is okay but the stomach is too long as I didn't realise how short the model was.

    Second sketches are the usual deal. I enjoy those quick sketches and I'm consciously aware of the learnings seeping in but the legs are slightly too long in two of the sketches.

    I also found a mechanical pencil which makes chicken scratching considerably easier. Yay.

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    Once again had fun doing sketches, despite obvious mistakes of the ever expanding man. Really beginning to understand the shape of the muscles and why they are. Legs are fun to draw.

    Week 7 will be reading "Ron Tiner - Figure Drawing Without A Model" as well as drawing a model per page, drawn many different angles, four pages a day minimum. What I drew today is the kind of thing I'm getting at.

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    Fun, fun, fun.

    A little less accurate than I know I could have done these but I deliberately did them with some haste. Might spend a little more time on faces tomorrow though. Badly marked in facial features just make the whole thing look a little shitty.

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    I love the idea of this blog!! And I'm the first to comment So, welcome!!
    The only tricky part is going to be separating your guy's work apart from each other.

    You guys have very different styles which is cool because you can learn from each other.

    The first thing I notice with you Eat the Path is your lines, try to make them smoother and lighter. Let your pencil skate on the paper don't press down so hard and if you want the darker lines, use a darker pencil but its better to work very light anyway and that's something I need to work on too! Also, when drawing realistically try not to outline so much. Work your lines into your figure and give some shape to the drawings

    As for you Hiberna, your shading is great and I love your heads (I'm bad at them )but try working on proportion. One way you can do this is by working on structure and gesture! Structure can also help round out your shading too!

    How about for your next few weeks you guys work on gesture within the figure, identifying structural shapes, and definitely some foreshortening!

    Keep posting! I want to see more!!!
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    Short by one sketch because I've run out of time; doing early shift at work tomorrow.

    Generally same as usual. First page of sketches is wonky due to not drawing the head first and having to squash it up at the top. Third picture, figure on the left came out worse than the rest because I decided to plan ahead rough in some key locations before I connected them up. Turns out just doing it by eye works a lot better for me and I guess it's good that the proportions are not horribly wrong because of this.

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    The first thing I notice with you Eat the Path is your lines, try to make them smoother and lighter.
    Yeah, I always knew that in reality there are not dark outlines to everything but it helps so much to have clear divisions. I'll drop that habit when I get as good as HH at shading.

    Thanks for the comment and advice. HH expresses the same sentiment but is too unconscious right now to state such.

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    Today is the day of the missing feet. Proportions are more or less correct but my planning is a little lacking. Busy day, ran out of time, two sketches will be produced on Sunday.

    Used much harder pencil this time and turned out more shitty than normal. I guess I'm inclined to blame the pencil because I don't normally make the obvious mistakes you can see.

    Getting kinda bored of this exercise. I want to start applying my knowledge to something, although I'll probably forget it all and freeze up when I'm required to use it.

    @HH
    Yes, I don't spend much time on the fingers, usually because it's kinda unclear on some of the models with low res textures.

    First image is a bit inconsistent. The weird pose and having to overlap sketches probably didn't help.

    Second image, bottom right figure is pretty good. The torso looks like it has the correct thickness and volume to it. Generally head shapes have improved.
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