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    Smile Draw, paint & animate - Mistle learns 'em all!

    EDIT 12/Nov/2012: Currently setting the whole animation aspect aside (indefinitely) so I can focus on building up my drawing/painting skills and concept art as a potential future path. But I'll leave it in the title as it's catchy

    Hello all!

    I've been drawing here and there my entire life, however I've never really taken it very seriously. I'm 19 years old now and really want to get into the field of animation.
    However, before I do that, I need to massively improve my basic drawing skills.

    I don't have a proper grasp on the human anatomy/figure, and I'd also really like to improve my digital painting skills. These are the two main things I will focus on in this thread. Hopefully I will start to see improvement. (it takes many many hours of struggle to complete a digital piece, so I need to also improve my efficiency).
    But of course I will not limit myself to only those two areas. I'll practise a whole range of different things and build a library of knowledge & skills.

    After I become more confident with the fundamentals, I will then start incorporating animation. Animation is my ultimate goal artistically and career wise. Anything from actual animation, character design, storyboards, storytelling, background art, concept art etc etc.
    I will hopefully build a portfolio by the end of this year that'll land me a position in an Australian animation course. So as well as sketchbook work, I'll also update with WIPs and finished portfolio pieces.

    Along with digital, I also work with graphite, colour pencil, pen, copics.

    I have a DA page but I don't update it very often. A lot of the work on there is old and before I really decided to take it seriously. But I'll still put a link regardless: http://www.mistle22.deviantart.com
    And here's links to some of my better works (as of writing this):
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    I welcome any & all critiques and feedback!
    I'd love to hear from everyone, no matter what you have to say.
    Thanks for reading this! The journey begins in post #2


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    To start off, I've gotten into the first chapter of Andrew Loomis "Figure Drawing for all its Worth" and also pose maniacs. Here's the very rough results, 30 sec drawing on posemaniacs. I've got a long way to go, but hey, that's why I've made this topic

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    Went up to 60 sec instead of 30 sec this time. Not too happy with the results.. I think the skeleton poses came out better, but overall I'm still not very good haha

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    Nice doodles. Great start to begin! Welcome!

    Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.

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    Some more figure drawing, this time with graphite. I'm progressing through the Loomis book slowly but surely. I've read everything up to this point, including all the perspective and such. I haven't put it into action yet but I feel I understand it to a certain degree.

    I'll slow down with posting figure drawing from now until I start to see noticable improvement. In the meantime I'll try some proper (non-30 sec) figure drawing, as well as facial structure and such. I may even sketch down lots of different animals, as I'll need those skills in the animation industry.

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    Done purely for painting practise. Ignore the horrible/creepy facial structure... lol. It's actually really embarrassing haha

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    Frog study. Practising painting with values

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    Yay animation! It's a really fun industry to work in, if your stubborn, and a little bit weird ^_^.
    Personally the most valuable studies I've found were perspective and gesture- so many gestures >.<
    also, when your doing painting studies, I recommend working with very simple objects initially.
    There's a reason painters start with fruit and vases- it gives you the opportunity to study value and colour, while reducing the amount of time spent on structure and particulars. A subject like the face needs quite a bit more time than a fruit bowl, so you other cop out on the structure, or take away from the time spent on other subjects.

    Trying to render something complex that is poorly structured is not as educational as something simple that is structured correctly.

    Below I sketched some quick ways you can easily check your drawing's accuracy.
    First, break the complex down into simpler chunks. You can see that you've made his nose too long, and cut off the back of his head.
    Also, vertical and horizontal lines are great references - because they're always constant.

    Hope this is helpful! The most important thing for an aspiring animator is simple stubborn effort. Just keep working for it and you'll get there
    Happy sketching!

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    Wow, thanks for the advice! I'll definitely work from it. I've already planned out some simple objects that I'll paint next
    And your breakdown of my frog sketch is really helpful, I'll be sure to keep a better eye on accuracy and proportions in the future.

    Might I say, I just went through some of your sketchbook and was blown away. You're at a place where I want to be someday! All your drawings are so lively and interesting. And there's so much.
    I know I have to focus on realistic figure drawing first, but after I feel confident with that, I can't wait to start exaggerating poses and such and really capturing that cartoony style.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I'll be sure to be present in your sketchbook also

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    Some more gesture drawing, as well as my first hand studies!

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    I think for 19 you've already made a really impressive start, are trying out interesting angles and poses and different coloring methods
    Honestly my best advice is keep drawing what you love but try to test yourself with each pic.. like.. i see you're a zelda fan, maybe there's a location in one of the games you really like, try and draw a pic based on it :3 or.. like create some OCs (you might already have some)
    but yeah just keep drawing, i like what i see so far!

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    nice start and confident lines

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    Hey nice stuff you've got here! I envy your hand studies.

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    I have to agree with Rhubix, and would also recommend that you study old cartoons to see how they do things along with the following:
    Adam Phillips (Hitchhiker, Bitey of Brackenwood)
    SunnyGOES (Ninja vs. Demon, Warmachine)
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    frayed-symphony - thanks! and good idea, i might do some environment studies from some of my favourite games/movies
    Hunin - thank you!
    DinaCardillo - thanks! but don't be too quick to envy. without references my hands still look like blobs haha
    FightingSeraph - will do! thanks

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    Adding bulk to the frame is what I'm up to now... and it's proving really difficult ._. can't get the proportions looking right, especially in the legs. and the torso posture looks sort of "tight". However over 2 days I'm already seeing slight improvement, so I just need more practise I guess.

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    Bulk is hard... I'm usually good when it comes to references, but I just can't seem to get this right. Any advice other than more practise? (which i will do! )

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    Was supposed to do a whole set of 5 min landscape thumbnails, but ended up spending 30 min on this one... My first ever btw. There's something pleasant about not worrying about the outcome, I just messed around on a single layer and this was the result.
    Also, I colour dropped from the original, but only after I finished did I realise that it might not be such a good idea to do so?

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    My very first skull studies. Focuses on line mainly and just quickly added shadows/highlights afterwards.

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    Starting to see some improvement, so that's good. Still long ways to go though!

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    Some more based on Loomis but not only relying on copying, used my mind to put some of the pieces together. Getting easier as I get more confident, but still slow and steady.

    If anybody reading this has any advice whatsoever, I'd love to hear it

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    Followed a painting tutorial for this. Also from life reference. Decently happy with it, could be better though. But I mean, compare this to the girl face I did I few posts up.... huge improvement imo.

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    I was getting fed up that my "adding bulk to frame" wasn't looking very good, even though I was trying really hard. So I decided to read on in the Loomis book to see what's next and if I'm ready for it. And man, lucky I did! Loomis goes in depth with the bulk properly and explains proper alignments and landmarks. I should start seeing improvement again now.

    Here's what I've done so far. Focused mainly on legs as they're my weakness.

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    Some more hands from reference. I still draw spaghetti hands without references :/ need to fix that

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    You seem to have a good grasp with tablets, but may I suggest going more traditional, at least for studies. It certainly helped me. Also, I'm assuming those last ones where done with a pencil-like brush, not an actual pencil, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong lol

    And keep it up! Those studies look great It's good that you can see your own mistakes, you've already won half the battle

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyCharm View Post
    You seem to have a good grasp with tablets, but may I suggest going more traditional, at least for studies. It certainly helped me. Also, I'm assuming those last ones where done with a pencil-like brush, not an actual pencil, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong lol

    And keep it up! Those studies look great It's good that you can see your own mistakes, you've already won half the battle
    Thanks! I plan to do a lot more traditional study, I actually just bought a Moleskine sketchbook which is great for dry media. And yeah, the last few things I posted above were a pencil-like brush haha

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    Some more hands, this time from memory/without reference. A bit sloppy, but still a lot better than I would have done without studying hands for a few weeks! I guess work does pay off.

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    Went to the zoo to draw. Unfortunately I ended up with my camera out and sketchbook away most of the time. So I only got a few sketches of animals, but it's better than nothing. I'll have to go back again one day but this time without a camera (lucky I got some good shots)

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    Some perspective and studies from Loomis. Not my best, maybe I rushed a bit. The perspective is based off Loomis, however I did it all myself. Had difficulty locating a VP when it is off the paper to the far right. Any tips on how to do it traditionally? Wouldnt be a problem on computer as I'd just extend the canvas.

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    Landscape thumbnails. About 20 mins each. one layer

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    Some more:

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    i see you study the figure a lot, that's nice! you got some cool speed paintings.. now i recommend working on perspective, the first painting in post #28 looks like a racing track going up an down, also, try working with photos with more realistic colors, keep it up!

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