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    Sketchbook: A Tumultuous Journey

    Heeeeeyyy.... Yeah, so this is my first post on CA and I figured it made the most sense to start off with the good old sketchbook.

    So basically I'm a 21 year old guy who's been going through an identity crisis for the last couple years at college. Roughly a year ago I picked up drawing again and rediscovered my passion for art and creating story. Basically I'm at this point where I would really like to do this thing for real, but I'm afraid I just won't have what it takes to push myself towards that goal. So here I am taking my first step on this journey and hopefully with the help of such an awesome an creative community I just might be able to draw something worth looking at.

    Can't wait to meet some of you guys! Let's do this thaaang!

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    Alright so lets get this sketchbook started!

    Here are some Loomis and Hogarth studies I did today, including a thumbnail for what's going to be my first attempt at a digital composition. Enjoy!

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    Great start! That portrait, if not technically awesome, is yet very expressive, and that's what is needed to be good with art. Techniques are easily acquired anyways XD
    It's great you decided to get into art, I was afraid of it too, but I can tell you, if you already came here, you are in a good path, this place is great for improvement, you can find many usefull things, as well as great people, with great art that can inspire.

    It seems that you are reading Hogarth right? Greaaaat! haha, that guy is an excellent reference, but don't remember some observation drawing, you can learn a lot from it too

    Again, good start, and keep posting!

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    It's great to see you here, that little paragraph you wrote about yourself coulda been me a couple months ago.

    Just keep up the habit, the more you do it the more fun it is.

    Like Darkthur said - your self portrait is awesome and expressive - maybe try to use chalk highlights more sparingly to find the brightest spots to make em pop - see if that works for you. Squint your eyes at your reference to bring out where the darkest shadows and the lightest lights are.

    Keep it up! Great start!

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    Hey thanks for stopping by my book. I like what I am seeing here so far. reminds me that I need to do more anatomy studies ha ha. Keep it up man.

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    Darkthur - Thanks for the advice! I have definitely been neglecting drawing from life.

    Liquorbleu - Thanks for stopping by! I'll be sure to keep my chalks under control next time.

    Pete - Thanks for visiting! I wish you good luck on your own anatomical studies!

    Alright day 2 did a bunch of still life's as last night I got really frustrated with myself and decided to stop screwing around and do some fundamentals. And then a little more loomis heads and hogarth. Enjoy and let me know if you have any good tips on mastering forms!

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    I really like the portrait too, as stated, because of how expressive it is. Its really hard to get such an odd angle and expression down good on you! Your studies are looking good, just be keenly aware of proportion; that's probably the essence of anatomy, really, ahaha. Keep going strong with the studies and don't get discouraged!

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    Thanks Saphire! Yeah I think that last one I did the body looks a little too big, I'll be sure to keep an eye on my proportions!

    Alright so I kind of got a mish mash of sketches here. Some still life some quick sketches of the figure from imagination another little loomis head study, a self portrait and some hogarth head studies. Advice welcome!

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    Nice start man, glad to see you're drawing from life. Keep at it

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    Nice start, your portrait above looks really good

    Don't forget to play a bit with colors. Painting also boosting your drawing skills, and vice versa.

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    Pitchblack - haha thank you

    JNeumann - Thanks! I think what I also need to do is try to do some bigger objects maybe try to use perspective.

    tsabu - Thanks for the advice, yeah I haven't really experimented much at all with colors so I've been kind of hesitant, but I'll get on that!

    So decent size post did couple heads from my imagination, did some less than satisfactory hogarth head studies, did my first legitimate attempt at a digital self portrait, which I think turned well enough. And finally at the end a colored WIP I like the idea though I'm not entirely sure if I'm really selling it, any compositional tips are appreciated! Upward and Onward!!!

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    This is great stuff! The portrait is very expressive, and I'm glad you found the courage to get serious about art.

    If you want some advice for the studies, I would say that for the constructional studies, ditch tone altogether. This is because the brain learns best when focused on one thing. So when you are doing anything that involved simplifying reality to simple 3D shapes, I think it's best that your first step is pure line art.

    Also, your Burne Hogarth studies look very good. Is the book still open when you do them? If so, try to do them again with the book closed, to see how much you have actually retained. The aim of studies is to take something and store it in your memory for future use, without reference (or less dependency on one). So if you haven't done so already, try looking at a Hogarth face for a solid minute for example and try to remember as much as possible. Then, close the book and recreate it. This really forces the memory part of your brain to start working.

    The next step could be to try rotating and twisting it in your imagination - this is really difficult

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