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    Just more stuff

    phoenicorn , How nice of you to notice. Sometimes I think I'm going backwards and I use that as an incentive to work harder. I'm almost finished with this one book I'm reading. When I'm done with it I'm gonna do an extensive study of Loomis' books. Thanks for the tips.


    Here's today's stuff.

    A crude tennis sketch in the ophthalmologist's waiting room

    My black boot

    Some sketches

    Sargent's Mme. Pierre Gautreau

    Augustus Sandys' Proud Maisie

    The tennis I drew while in my ophthalmologist's waiting room yesterday.
    I had my pupil dilated for the exam. My vision got blurry. When I got home I took a shot at some sketches, but I didn't do much that's worth uploading anyways.

    And I drew my black boot as a still life study. It was challenging. With its intricate contours and the different textures, but there's much to improve upon.

    Until next time.


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    A nice start. You're doing great and are on the right track. Just keep practicising and building your confidence with mark making and shading and it'll get easier.

    I second the suggestion about learning figure proportions but not so much about using darker pencils/pens. I also find it difficult to see your work, but I wonder if thats more a case of lack of confidence on your part in making marks on the page, coupled with your scanner. Maybe just up the contrast on the scanned pages once they're on your computer so they show up better. But I wouldnt worry too much about using really dark pencils. I mostly use an F and H when sketching and havent had any problems with them. It's all about confidence and you'll develop that as you go along.

    Also, the smudging thing can be a problem if you're resting your hand on the page while drawing. I think there are links somewhere to a blog about how to hold a pencil/brush correctly so that kind of thing doesn't happen, but I cant remember where it is. Or, I sometimes work from the top right corner to the bottom left (I'm lefthanded) if I'm working on something I don't want to smudge and already know where all the shading will go.

    Anyway, sorry for the ramble. I hope my comments help a little, and good luck!

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    Delayed stuff! :yayca:

    Candra H, Thanks. Notes taken. Learning figure proportions - next thing I'm gonna do.
    This one? http://chiseledrocks.com/main/musings/
    I can draw a circle with my left hand. Does that count?
    No way! Just ramble all you want. Keep coming back. We share cookies and drink coffee. I befriend you. Thanks for the tips and the encouragement.



    I'm meddling with color theory.
    And I intend to experiment before doing a shity copy of a Monet that cached my eye. It is a really beautiful, brightly colored landscape. He really was a phenomenal painter. But one thing that stroke me as interesting was his obsession with painting a zillion times a single view or a subject. Like the house in the hills, the bridges, his famous water lilies and numerous other ones. It's almost as if he wanted to posses the object of the painting.


    I had some things to tend to those days, but here are some of the things I managed to work on.


    Henry Fuseli's Portrait of the Artist with a slightly skewed proportion in relation to the original, but I quite enjoyed the process of making this one less stylized(An accident.). Now he looks like an Old German Mann. Perhaps Beethoven. (Insert Smiley for punchline).


    Crosshatching studies.

    A Rushed Copy of Self-portrait, Gustave Courbet

    Some experimenting. (There's something very poetic about turning the dirty graphite into an image. But I'm gonna leave that to the poets out there.)

    And some other things I'm gonna post latter.
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    More stuff

    Just observation today.
    I've had a busy day, but I managed draw a bit.
    Not everything worth uploading though.

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    A long ride.

    School is going to start soon. So for me it's not going to be possible to upload daily.

    I am drawing from Dynamic Figure Drawing from Burne Hogarth and I'll use Bridgman as a supplement. I like the feel of it. There's so much quality content in Hogarth. It's gonna occupy me for some time.

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    Hey dude, this last post is a massive improvement. One thing I noticed from the earlier posts, is that you aren't really paying attention to the underlying structure of the figure. What I mean is the skeleton, a lot of your figures...uhm...are kind of lacking bones, they are very...well they look like jello. Studying Loomis, and his way of constructing things will really help with this kind of stuff. Otherwise just keep working man, you're certainly improving.

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    I'll second what Psychobuddy said about your improvement. You're doing great, and I especially like those dark experiments in graphite further up. Really nice too, the way you explored the light on the old guy's face - thats some really nice shading there.

    Re Monet. I'm a big fan of his and what I love most is that a lot of his later work was done with poor eyesight. Apparently he developed cataracts (I'm getting those too but for a diiferent cause - I've got Retinitis Pigmentosa) which affected how he saw light and colour. I can identify with his obsession with different light and colour effects on his landscapes because I get the same thing with mine. Though, fair enough, I havent painted that much from life yet. It's a growing obsession though, I can feel it, heh.

    Good luck with your figure studies. You cant go far wrong with the likes of Loomis, Bridgeman and Hogarth. And thanks for the friend request too!

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