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    Dan Tang's Sketchbook

    I've reached a point in my life where I want dedicate more time to draw as I'm passionate about drawing! Now I want to see what I can really accomplish. I've started this sketchbook and will try to show all drawings/paintings, I welcome your comments and would really appreciate any constructive feedback. So let's begin!

    So a little about me: I've drawn figures and products casually since 2009. As I was studying product design I became accustomed to basic perspective, and understanding of forms in 3D but didn't take this further. Then I attended some life drawing classes. I'm inspired by Syd Mead, Feng Zhu, Scott Robertson, films, novels, and my younger brother Matt. His work is great have seen his artwork come a long way. You can check out his work here http://www.getyourtangout.blogspot.co.uk/

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    I like that you use construction lines to sketch out poses. Keep it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrysley View Post
    I like that you use construction lines to sketch out poses. Keep it up.
    Thanks Chrysley. I'm always learning to improve my art so during the period when I drew those I used construction lines.. still using them for perspective gah.. difficult topic, but challenging! And I like that.

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    Earlier this week I sketched two guys in fashion and uniforms, dating back to the 1940s as a little project.
    The first is an American born oriental guy in 1940s US Police Uniform. The second is an obese fella in a waistcoat and full suit.

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    Good so far. One think I would like to see you do is take a mirror, a pencil, and some paper. Draw yourself as detailed as possible. Or draw someone else. Or drawing something with a lot going on. Just try and render it as best as possible.

    From what I've seen so far you just need more studies. So study study study. I know its lame. Also don't forget to draw things that you like. If you draw things you don't care for all the time you'll get sick of drawing!

    Helps us on our journey. Comments and critiques are welcome.

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    Thanks for your input SigonWulf, I ought to give that first activity a try. Indeed I'm starting from the bottom, the foundations, so got a lot of studying to do!

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    Today I was travelling back from Manchester so I decided to do some environment comps, imagining places I've been before and trying to put them onto paper. I did a quick gesture of a lady sitting opposite me, then doodled heads, man they look strange. More practice needed!

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    And.. Here's some long overdue Loomis heads and some fashion studies I did mid July..

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    I see you started doing loomis studies. Try to do his figure drawing book too. Keep it up mate.

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    I'm gonna 2nd picking up the Loomis figure drawing book if possible. Also try to avoid darkening in your people. Like in the environments or the mans legs. Something about it just throws its all of. Possibly considering a more gestured drawing or possible just go a few shades lighter.

    Helps us on our journey. Comments and critiques are welcome.

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    Cheers Chrysley and SigonWulf - I've going through Loomis' Figure drawing book now he's so skilled and I can relate to him, as many others probs can too.
    @SigonWulf Yeah it doesn't look great, but I was just playing around =P I tried to break up the jacket and trousers.

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    5 August 2012:

    Here is a quick gesture drawing from observation of my bro in 2-3mins as a warm up prior to the Loomis male proportions.

    Then I did a study on the male proportions from Loomis' 'Figure Drawing for All it's Worth' book. I started with the head (and had trouble with getting the proportions correct after several attempts) then the left arm, and realised from vid tutorials people start from the torso! So moved onto the torso, and the other arm, then finally the legs and feet.

    I came to realise my order of poor approach meant that my legs were not proportional thanks to my bro! Let's keep moving forwards and I must pay attention to the order and proportion of everything...

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    Wow, keep up the good work. I've got ways to go before I can draw like that.

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    6 August 2012:

    I recently joined a small watercolour class with an more mature group of people. And here's what I've done so far.

    We were told to draw a vase through observation however we liked - image one.

    Then the second image is the approach that the tutor taught, observing the 3 dimensional object as a 2D drawing, as a collection of separate panels. I'm enjoying it so far! I'd like to think I'll be learning a lot from this class!

    Image 3 was an exploration of watercolour and experimenting with gradation, image 4 was applying this knowledge to a pebble - I made up.

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    Thanks for visiting my SB! Your stuff looks good already, I especially like the first image in post #3, the one with the motorbike, is that from life? Keep pushing it!

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    Thanks Really appreciate it, I still notice a few big things I miss! That drawing was from a picture I took in Budapest myself and I decided to draw it a few months after the trip.. reminiscing haha
    Same to you! Push yourself, we on CA will gladly encourage you =P

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    7August 2012:

    So I didn't draw on Wednesday, too busy watching The Dark Knight Rises, so awesome! ...So, still working through the Male proportions study...s-l-o-w-l-y.. Though I think I should mainly focus on the PROPORTIONS before the line weight, details and etc as this is intended to show men's body proportions.. oh well, get 'em next time! I'm trying to repeat this study till I understand the proportions that's why I'm still at the beginning of the book!

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    9 August 2012:

    Here's my first digital value study of a shot from 'The Island'. I decided to give this a go as I saw it on TV and remember it was a decent flick.
    Later in the day, I drew the back view of a male's proportions from Loomis' book. Still noticing slight variations in my sketch compared to Loomis' - my guy is more broad and hench!

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    The first one on 22 is NICE, you got some great studies, I see we are about the same place on trying to Control our Focus and studding some of the basics, thanks for the words on my sketchbook, can't wait to see more of You.

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    Nice start. The studies are looking good, really my only advice is just keep it up.

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    Thanks Stryno and Psychobuddy, I really appreciate hearing words like that. I hope to show more interesting stuff in the coming weeks/months/years! Keep it up yourselves. Both of your Bridgman studies look so clean! Are you guys interested in creating concept design as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangofanatic View Post
    Thanks Stryno and Psychobuddy, I really appreciate hearing words like that. I hope to show more interesting stuff in the coming weeks/months/years! Keep it up yourselves. Both of your Bridgman studies look so clean! Are you guys interested in creating concept design as well?
    As a matter of fact, Yes . I feel tied down to observational studies at the moment, though I can see them improving my Imaginative works when I step out side that box. here is to working harder

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    Nice studies, that first still life with the moped is really well done.

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    11-18 August 2012:

    Hey, here's some long overdue stuff I've been working on, majority are figure studies from Loomis' book.. and a watercolour study I did today, quite happy with the sky, interesting medium for sure.
    I found both male and female proportion studies a little tricky, parts of the body are the wrong size
    I drew an apple from life just quickly one that I will digitally paint laters.

    I'll be awaiting your feedback and comments as always!

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    Nice thumbnail sketches and watercolour paintings. You should revisit your figure proportion plans in perspective, the parts in the front should be drawn wider, since the grid also gets wider in the foreground. Right now the proportions seem to taper.

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    Great thanks for sharing what you noticed, and I missed! Yes I should go over them again. I think at the time I was more concerned with getting them 'in line' rather than drawn in perspective haha minor error easily made

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