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    Sketches from an artist zombie

    Hi all,

    I have recently started drawing again after a gap of about 2 years when I didn't produce a single creative thing. It feels good holding a pencil again, creating stuff, but I stumble and tools I easily used before feels strange to me now, so yea, artist zombie, that's what I feel like right now.

    Anyhow, I'm very interested in perspective, so that is what I'm concentrated on right now. I'm also reading Loomis whenever I get the chance. I can't draw people, they always end up too long and sadly too mangaesque, but hopefully that will change.

    So, today I'll give you, two horse-studies (if I have understood the word correctly) I've inked, some horse scribbles without any references and two sheets of cubes and stuff in perspective.

    Please leave a comment if you feel like it, especially if you're badass with perspective. Thank you.

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    Good job on the horses, I just think you could try varying the thickness of the lines. And the perspective studies are good, now try something more complex. What about a cityscape? Keep posting for us to see your improvements.

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    Hello,

    time for an update. Cojac I might have to disappoint you a bit, I haven't drawn something more complicated. Sorry, but on the other hand I have done two small live studies on bunnies! It's really hard with them all hop hop hopping around, but I think I understand their anatomy a little bit better now.

    I also had to draw some cube/wedge-thingies in perspective and have realized that Perspective made Easy doesn't deal with:
    1. obtuse/acute angles
    2. hl not perpendicular with gp
    I have tried figuring out this myself, but it boggles my mind. Instead I will try reading Perspective and Theories of Shadow, it's a thin book with really difficult language (at least for me).

    So, that's my rant for today, enjoy the pictures!

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    Your bunnies are cute ^^

    There is a nice website that can help you for the perspective : http://handprint.com/HP/WCL/tech10.html

    I don't know if the language use will suit you. It's a bit long and I didn't read the all thing yet, but to me it's quite well explained, and it seems exhaustive. I hope it can help you.

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    Hello,

    thank you Theotenai, I visited the bunnies today again, but I didn't have my sketchbook with me so I couldn't draw them also thanks for the link, it looks promising. The language looks a bit difficult, but I have a lot of dictionaries so I'll manage

    Today I only upload sketches of a critter I made up when things were really slow at work last week. His name is Bob. I tried to make a full painting of him as well, but the perspective got all messed up so I think I have to read up on it some more and draw a whole lot of more cubes as well.

    Anyhow, say hi to Bob and thank you for looking.

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    Hullo all,

    time for another update. I'm home from work today, being ill, so I thought I should take the opportunity to do some sketches from references. So I fired up lovecastle's drawing script and drew some female nudes (that's why I changed the title by the way), about four minutes each. I made some horse sketches as well, after getting bored with all the nude flesh

    I'm going to read some Loomis now and hopefully come back with a few sketches (that will look much better) later today. Oh yeah, I tried making some thumbs in psp7 yesterday, it didn't amount to much, but I put them here anyway.

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    I like your sketches so far! It seems like you've got a strong sense of volume. The forms feel solid despite the lack of tone or shading. I'd say just keep at it. Remember to do some life drawing along with your perspective and constructive anatomy lessons.

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    Hi there,

    so far it is a good start there. But you have to keep at it, in order to get better. Believe, if you push it, you will get better pretty fast in the beginning. The learning curve is steep first and gets lower then. You are in the perfect time to get some victories.

    dont think to much of the perspective of things. at the moment you should (of course depending on the stuff you wanna do later) just draw stuff from life. And don't stick to the outline to much. I have seen you trying to analyse the form and shape of things and thats a good thing. just dont get to analyse-y and logical, just keep practicing and have fun. and draw what you love. if you are capable of drawing the stuff you love to draw, you will get interested in stuff that was beyond your reach before (like backgrounds for example) and so on.

    but now go back to the drawing board, I want to see some progress

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    Hello guys,

    I really feel quite bad right now, I promise to come back with some new sketches the very same day and then I disappear for a month, not uploading anything and not even thanking for the nice comments I got.
    I'm sorry

    Okay enough with that and back to the important things:

    Enimael, thank you for your comment, I heartily agree. I have a tendency to be a bit too mathematical about art. I'll try to avoid that.

    Syrella, thank you for the encouraging words!

    And last, but not least: a collage of cat sketches. The first ones are from imagination, then when I realized I have no clue of what a cat really looks like, I made a few sketches of my cat Tore. Of course he refused to stay put more than a few seconds, but I think I managed to capture him, at least partly. At the bottom there are a few sketches of two cat characters I'm thinking up. One is supposed to be tall and gangly and the other one short and dumpy. Hopefully they will end up as sculptures.

    That's all for today, thank you!

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    I have an idea. Lunch-sketches. I have 60 minutes lunches at work and eat for about 15 minutes. The rest of the time I can spend drawing! I feel so excited and I do hope I can stick to this scheme.

    Admittedly I didn't draw anything this lunch and tomorrow I won't be able to either, but next week, then I will fill this thread with sketches! Until then I tease you with three mini sketches I drew while waiting for my Mac to install Windows 7...

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    Ugh... I felt very uninspired this lunch (mainly because my boss had scolded me earlier for browsing conceptart at work, oops). However, I still tried to sketch something just to stay committed to my idea of lunch sketches.

    Enjoy and hopefully something better will pop up tomorrow.

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    Horray!

    Today everything went much better! I drew a few 2 minute sketches of horses and a few thumbs for the reindeer creature from my last post. I haven't made a decent painting for ages so I think I'm going to try and do one with this creature... but first I should do a few more thumbs.

    Anyways, thank you for looking!

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    More sketches! Admittedly not lunch sketches as I did them around 8 pm, but still

    My cat again if anyone wonders, thanks for looking!

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    Hullo!

    No lunch sketches yesterday I was out representing my company so I really couldn't sneak away during lunch and draw for a while, I had to be pleasant and informative

    Anyway, today on the other hand I didn't need to be pleasant to anyone, so I wolfed down my lunch and went away drawing. I learned two things today: one hands are still difficult to draw, two, but they are really fun!

    So today I give you: hands, thanks for looking and if you want to see the refs, they're on DA.

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    Great start! Love the kitties

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    v nice shapes on all of them!

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    Thank you Care and AllyAlbon for your nice comments! ^^

    I really didn't plan to upload anything today, but then I got this idea about drawing a horse/dog/llama-thingy with simple geometric shapes to see if it could help me with my perspectives and whatnot. I think it can, I just have to draw it out properly with guidelines and stuff, not just drawing "on the fly" as I did today

    Anyway, here are some sketches, some even digital! *gasps*

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    Hullo guys,

    a quick upload before I have to go to bed. Say hi to Bob!

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    Ergh, crap, where did the days go?

    Anyway, here are some progress shots of Bob and some sketches from Midsummer's eve.

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    Lunch sketches again. Today I was trying a different approach to sketching using a pen instead of a pencil and also not refining the sketch too much. I also tried to output a lot of decent sketches in a shorter amount of time than before *phew* difficult.

    Also, sorry for numbering from right to left, it just happened
    Thanks for looking!

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    you seam to be getting a sense of mass. The rabbit studies are good one thing to maybe lookout for is getting a smoother line quality

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