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    The journey of the Grey Vagrant.

    I'll try to post here every day ,so no of my humble attempts to draw remains undocumented . All of my sketches, my finished and unfinished works ,my creations ,most of what i will do during this journey will be here .My level is near zero ,but it doesn't matter. I'll simply carry on.


    My journey has begun...

    These are my quick (15 min) sketches of a nude model ,i've made today and ongoing work on the Plato's head.
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    Another day ,another time to draw some awful pictures .
    My hardships over Plato's head continue (due to it's immence failure and unimaginable amount of mistakes, i'd better prepare myself for an another work soon). There are also some sketches ,made in overcrowded subway. I am practicing in SketchBook Pro. It is the very rough beginning of my attempt to copy a picture of the famed spacecraft Pioneer 10. I don't know what to do with such a hideous attempt. I might start anew or try to fix it .I must work hard , it is the only certain thing in my life.
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    I'm working on that space probe , it is quite funny , I've never ever worked with digital art, so it is my first experience .
    I've begun another still life , i'll try to do it steadily and carefully , i need this type of experience and patience .
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    Great start, and you seem to be doing all the right things to improve. Definetly keep up the lifedrawing as it'll help out loads later on down the line.

    With the lifedrawings I feel you've done a great job of capturing the poses. But the sketchy lines make them feel unconfident and noisy. I would say try and be more economical with the lines, and also to trust your instincts and just go with the first line you mark down. I found using chunky pens helped me to think alot more before making a mark, and I would highly recommend it for you.

    Anyway hope that helps good luck
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    Jacky-Boy -Thanks for the encouragement and for noting my current flaw № 1. Sketchy lines are my weakness and i have always wandered how can i change such a bad habit. I've decided to follow your advice and switch to pens and ONLY pens while making sketches .It is cruel and makes my sketches even worse , but self discipline and good habits are certainly worth it.
    So, i'm making ink sketches during my subway rides and was fortunate enough to make one sketch while being in the lab. The shaky environment of subway makes the lines erratic ,but it is so fun to draw as quickly as possible.
    I've made a huge mistake by not practicing the digital painting today , so i'v made a sketchy still life "Orange in the little box". It took me about 20-30 minutes. Just quick fun with acrylic paints with no sense.
    Also ,my health club has went bankrupt recently , so i'll have to fight my obesity everywhere else . But i do not loose my spirit . I've got a lot to do.
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    Well , my time is short . I am trying to doodle as much as possible and hope , that the extensive use of pen will train my lines into a little more comprehensive thing sooner or later. In my atelier , i've finished a quick ( 6 hours) drawing of Gattamelata's head . I'd better switch to my newest drawing as soon as possible , i think. As long as i have some free time , there is always hope.
    Oh , and tomorrow i'll have an Exam. It will be English , i feel so dumb today.
    But , no matter what, my journey goes on...
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    My work on this Space Probe is going on. It is my only chance to paint , since i seldomly use any sorts of paints , concentrating on ink or pencil drawings instead.
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    Hello everyone again. I'm concentrating on that still life study , which very rough outline i was fortunate to do today. It is awful right now and will be such in the future , since i'm awful artist, but the experience is worth it. Tomorrow i'll have some quick studies of nude body ,which i will draw using ink , because i do not trust my line.
    Anyhow , i think it will be a little bit more polite to post here less often to not to flood this magnificent forum with my shameful junk. i will be really grateful for any critique from those, who dwell in this forum.
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    My journey goes on. I've making some pen sketches during the subway rides and have tried to use pen , while making quick nude model studies yesterday. As I've expected , most of my attempts were simply gross , but it doesn't matter . I'm working on my still life and Pioneer 10 copy and the work goes rather smoothly and steadily (or so i think).
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    The first two pictures are quick pastel studies of still life (90 and 50 minutes respectively) .The third is the rough beginning of the study of another still life(acrylic paints). The fourth picture is the outline of my last current study , that i will finish next week. All those works were done in the atelier.
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    Great dedication here. I think you can benefit from focusing more on your line quality. I recommend blind contour studies to help you out with this (basically you press on the pencil as hard as possible while looking at something; This will train your hand to eye coordination as well as improve yoru line quality. I also recommend the book titled 'The Natural Way to Draw' as that can benefit you at this stage. Keep going!
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    cgaddict- thank you for cheering me up. It is such a honour to hear such kind words and useful advices from such a great artist as you.
    I have started to do blind contour studies for 15-30 minutes each day. As for book , you have recommended , i have acquired it , but have not begun reading it yet .

    I was quite busy recently . My PC has died and it took me the whole day to revive it . The prospect of learning digital art solely by using Ubuntu and GIMP is not quite the thing i want to tolerate now .
    I was fortunate enough to make some studies and sketches during these busy days . I hope , i will be able to manage my time better to dedicate more time and efforts into the studying.
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    Life goes on.

    I'm going to a countryside this weekend .Hope ,i will be able to do some pastoral studies and sketches .
    Anyway , there is slight update of my earlier still life pastel study . The second picture is the quick ( maybe 70 minutes) pastel study of another still life The last is the conclusion on my acrylic work. All of those were done in atelier .I'm not happy with the results ,but there is nothing i can do to change the situation now .I must draw more , sketch more and work hard. I am lucky, that i'm single and don't need to pay attention to some sorts of GFs.
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