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    Zarkizon's Sketchbook

    Hello everyone.

    I joined CA because I heard that it was a great place to get feedback on artwork. I would like to be better at drawing in general, but I really want to learn how to draw cartoons. I do not plan on becoming a professional artist, however, I consider myself a very passionate hobbyist. I highly encourage comments and critiques so that I may know where I need to improve.

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    A 15-minute sketch of my dog.
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    i like your pencil style, loose but also detailed, a great start to a sketchbook thread, if you have time come check mine out in my signature. btw try starting out with longer drawings first to learn the form of things and to get better at rendering and such, cool stuff either way.
    "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci

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    It doesn't look like it, but I spent about an hour sketching this plastic figurine of this alligator character.
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    Hey m8. I see you are kind of new here. I just wanted to say welcome and that I hope you will get a lot of good feedback to improve your skills. I will do whatever I can even though I'm no expert.

    It's a good start with your charcoal drawings. It's great that you draw from life aswell (which is very hard I beleive). If I should say something right now I would tell you to try and get a little more contrast in your drawings. the dog has alittle black spot but all images look better if you have something really light (white) and something really dark (black or very dark blue perhaps) and some dirrefent valures inbetween. Try and push the pencil harder at one line or some spots where it is as darkest or take a softer one (6B) or something. I hope u get what I mean.

    Just trying to help out. Otherwise just keep drawing and I'll come back to help with whatever I can do. cheers

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    I think it helps to go in at the very end with a sharp soft pencil (4 or 6B) and emphasize some of the darkest areas of the image and help define some of the forms a bit. That will really boost the contrast and help the object feel more 3-dimensional. It might also be in your best interest to start with some simpler objects so you can really push the drawing as far as you can without spending too long on it. Keep up the good work!

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    Here is an unfinished sketch I made of my backpack. I did not have anything other than generic No. 2 pencils while drawing this, but I tried my hardest at the time to work in the value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazingdimensions View Post
    i like your pencil style, loose but also detailed, a great start to a sketchbook thread, if you have time come check mine out in my signature. btw try starting out with longer drawings first to learn the form of things and to get better at rendering and such, cool stuff either way.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaintMyBrain View Post
    Hey m8. I see you are kind of new here. I just wanted to say welcome and that I hope you will get a lot of good feedback to improve your skills. I will do whatever I can even though I'm no expert.

    It's a good start with your charcoal drawings. It's great that you draw from life aswell (which is very hard I beleive). If I should say something right now I would tell you to try and get a little more contrast in your drawings. the dog has alittle black spot but all images look better if you have something really light (white) and something really dark (black or very dark blue perhaps) and some dirrefent valures inbetween. Try and push the pencil harder at one line or some spots where it is as darkest or take a softer one (6B) or something. I hope u get what I mean.

    Just trying to help out. Otherwise just keep drawing and I'll come back to help with whatever I can do. cheers

    /PMB
    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    I think it helps to go in at the very end with a sharp soft pencil (4 or 6B) and emphasize some of the darkest areas of the image and help define some of the forms a bit. That will really boost the contrast and help the object feel more 3-dimensional. It might also be in your best interest to start with some simpler objects so you can really push the drawing as far as you can without spending too long on it. Keep up the good work!
    Thank you all for your feedback. I have tried to address all of your comments in this latest drawing. For example, I spent approximately ten hours on this drawing, and although I currently do not have any darker pencils, I did make sure that I was getting the darkest possible values out of it.

    Here is the drawing, a rendering of my foot.
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    I started another drawing tonight, I spent about four hours on it. I left it unfinished because I don't like how I worked in the negative space—you can see all the strokes I made with the pencil. I was hoping that I could get some feedback on this entire drawing, and also, how I can work in the ground more easily.

    Also, this is just something I noticed... I am not sure why I can't render my drawings to look hyper-realistic; whenever I attempt to draw anything that way, it comes out kind of sketchy-looking.
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    Life studies are the way to go.
    Heading in the right direction.

    Though, I wouldn't worry about rendering things and making it take forever. 4-10 hours for a hand or foot is good as long as you learn from it and area really observing and taking it in and trying to understand things. You can learn things from intense long studies but just as much from quick studies as well as long as your focusing.



    The important thing either way is to just crank them out. Draw from your head, draw from observation, just draw.



    Edit: Don't worry about your backgrounds. Things don't have to be perfect and crammed full of stuff. I see pages of amazing artists just do a bunch of hands. They just cram hands, or feet on a page. They're practicing not trying to make an amazing completely finished work of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFierce View Post
    Life studies are the way to go.
    Heading in the right direction.

    Though, I wouldn't worry about rendering things and making it take forever. 4-10 hours for a hand or foot is good as long as you learn from it and area really observing and taking it in and trying to understand things. You can learn things from intense long studies but just as much from quick studies as well as long as your focusing.



    The important thing either way is to just crank them out. Draw from your head, draw from observation, just draw.



    Edit: Don't worry about your backgrounds. Things don't have to be perfect and crammed full of stuff. I see pages of amazing artists just do a bunch of hands. They just cram hands, or feet on a page. They're practicing not trying to make an amazing completely finished work of art.
    What am I learning from drawing so many heads, hands, feet, etc.? Is it the actual form of those parts, or what?

    Here is a page I made consisting of hand drawings:
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    Practice makes perfect, man. Don't worry that your drawings aren't perfect. Do your best with each drawing you have in front of you and strive to learn, above all, and you'll find your work improves.

    Agreed with the others on contrast and value. Pay special attention to how dark or how light something is, and the subtle variations in tone. Black and white photos are good references for that kind of exercise.

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    More quick studies and other stuff...
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    More quick hand studies...
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    A sketch of my glasses, and some drawings of expressive faces.
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