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    Spartan Camp #234 - 50 gestures + Optional "Quick portraits study"

    Spartan Camp #234 - 50 gestures + Optional "Quick portraits study"

    The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 12nd of August.

    - The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!

    - In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Quick Portraits study", in any medium.
    Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:


    The exercise
    Draw some gestures that are not of figures but of faces. You can treat them exactly the same as gesture drawing, except that you're drawing portraits. They can be quick and gestural, so no elaborate and refined detailing is needed. Focus on quickly getting a grasp of those heads, and try to capture the character of the portrait in your gesture.
    You can do as many as you'd like. In addition, or instead of normal gestures. Have fun!

    Possible Reference
    I have not yet found a gesture drawing tool for portraits, but these galleries should get you going. There are plenty portraiture photographers around though! Be aware that many (if not most) photographers will edit their work, but natural photo's will most likely teach you the most.
    Link 1 - Has a button to randomize portraits for you.
    Link 2 - Just a few galleries
    Link 3 - Has an interesting gallery setup. Zoom in first though.
    Link 4 - Another gallery
    Flickr also allows you to search image groups of a certain topic, pool them, and show them all. Zoom in and you have a big library. Examples: Here, Here, Here, and Here.


    As always- reference advised, not obligatory. Colour, medium, time frame, any specifics are up to you! Good luck and have fun! And feel free to ask questions!


    50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.

    Criticizing each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference images and resources!! Let's help each other get better!

    Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!

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    Having trouble determining a good time limit for the portraits, anyone have any thoughts?

    EDIT: I'm having a fair go with five minutes, but that doesn't allow me time to get any shading in.
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    Also, you can choose to shuffle through portraits on the Drawing Script, which has a timer.

    And I'm curious: what do the stars next to people's names mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_chinchilla View Post
    Also, you can choose to shuffle through portraits on the Drawing Script, which has a timer.

    And I'm curious: what do the stars next to people's names mean?
    The stars mean that you completed your assignment + the bonus assignment. Well done to those who did! I missed the bonus the last two weeks No excuses this week! I'll have to work extra hard!
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    Awesome, I'll have to give this one a shot. I'm seriously lacking on the face front!
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    Faces are hard. Challenge accepted

    These faces are about five minutes each. Some of them got oddly distorted around the eyes, but I think it's mostly because I tend to draw eyes too big, and have to be constantly vigilant about that. But it might also be that I got the perspective wrong. I should probably do some head construction exercises

    I also did some gestures focusing on values. I used a hard angular brush to get shapes down quickly. It makes the figures look a bit jagged but I like the noisy textural look it generates.
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    Obstfelder, the portraits look really good, love the dark woman, really nice capture!
    I did some quickies. Started from 30 sec to 60 sec.
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    Obs: loving the emotion that's being put through
    Ham: You've got some really good stuff going there for just 30s and 60s!

    Here's 48 gestures (30s, 60s, 120s), I'll take a shot at 16 faces tomorrow after I've read through Loomis a bit. I never realized how horrible I was at blocking faces in without being able to go into too much detail.
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    I'm really liking this optional study. I'm horrid at faces, I really need this.

    The first 3 are 5mins, I might do longer later. And then some sketches from reference, and some from imagination. I just now see I numbered them wrong, though.

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    Obst: Those value gestures came out very solid.
    Ham: 30-60seconds? Damn impressive friend. I might need to try speeding mine up!
    Serix: Have you tried some planar studies of the head? Might help with a quick block in.
    Zombie: Pah, you're being too hard on yourself. Heads (and their attached faces) are just difficult, even for "masters".

    My 30second gestures are refusing to be photographed right now, so I'll just upload my 3minute gestures and the faces (~5min) I've tried so far for now. I've gotta do more of those.
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    First time spartan camp here
    And damn, 50 gestures were more work then expected But here they are..
    I might do some portrait studies later this week
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    I'd do critiques for everyone, but you're all so much better than me I really don't know what to say. ;A;

    I did one more. 10 mins.

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    obstfelder great job. I actually recognize some of those portraits from love castle.

    Hamorhage nice gestures. You managed to capture the feel of the pose pretty nicely.

    Tim Murphy I can tell you're trying to understand the structure of the body there. Keep going ! The bearded face is looking pretty nice. If I might make a suggestion, try drawing your eyes a little smaller. They'll actually help the realism in your faces. Really observe the eye-nose-mouth relationship. I find (at least with my stuff) it's what really gives faces their likeness.

    zombie chinchilla don't be so hard on yourself. Faces take time. Just keep practicing. Don't worry too much about tones. Just concentrate on structure. Face number 7 in your sketches is looking pretty nice.

    Okay. I personally needed this face practice. These are poses ranging from 30sec-5mins. I arranged them by pose. If I have time, I think I"d like to do one prolonged study. Any tips or critiques would be much appreciated. I have a tendancy to flatten faces out or mess up proportions sometimes.

    Also, if you don't mind would someone please explain how a 'sketchbook' works here ? I'd really like to put all my spartan camp stuff in one.

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