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    Epona

    De-lurking finally after many years here.
    Starting from the beginning with sketching. I am a part of the Newbie Study group, and will post the assignments as well as other projects here.

    Not particularly apt at using my scanner, hopefully the image quality will improve with time when I've had a chance to figure it out!

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    Legs are looking pretty good so far! If you've got an image editing program like Gimp or Photoshop, or if your scanning options allow it, you could brighten the image and then increase the contrast. Should give you a cleaner looking scan.

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    I am somewhat of a newbie myself. ;p

    I think OldManPsylus is right about the scanning... If you do in fact have have Photoshop, this mini tutorial is great for adding contrast to the darks and lights as well as separating it onto a new layer.
    http://etoli.deviantart.com/gallery/2736525#/d18va9y

    Hope you find it as useful as I did.

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    Thanks for the help guys. That link is indeed very helpful GustheAussie. I will have to play around with my settings on the scanner and see how it goes, and try with PS.

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    Elephant sketch from reference

    I have always loved drawing and painting animals (horses in particular, can you tell from the user name lol), and to keep things fun I will alternate studies to improve with drawing just for fun.

    The elephant drawing is done from a reference photo I found online.

    I took a photo of the drawing rather than scanning it. It's a lot easier for me, and I don't think it looks any worse? I draw quite softly, so my lines don't show up that well. Maybe I need to make my actual drawings a bit darker before scanning/photographing them.

    I'm trying to play around in photoshop, but so far with limited success. Hopefully persistence will prove to be key.

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    Muscles of the Leg

    Since I didn't have that much time to finish the first week's assignment in the Study Group, I only managed part of it before the deadline. I will still finish it, since it's such good practice. I'll keep posting as I finish parts of it.

    The drawings of the leg muscles are done from reference. The top left from Hogarth's anatomy book, and the other two from anatomical drawings found online.

    Btw, are my pictures too large now? Don't want to slow anyone's computer down

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    I was going to say, Legend of Zelda fan I love LoZ!

    Great start to your sketchbook, and glad you have joined the study group, your lines are so clean, and I love the sketch of the elephant! Keep up the great work, look forward to more from you

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    Thank you for the nice comments Hiddles! I'm very happy to be part of the group

    I don't actually know that much about Legend of Zelda, Epona is also the name of the gallo-roman horse goddess

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    Good work, the elephant is the best so far, keep studying.

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    I also thought of Zelda when I saw your nick, Epona is Link's horse.
    Cool start for your sketchbook, that elephant looks promising

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    Just dropping in from the study group and I have to say your line quality is beautiful.
    I especially like your use of line weight in the skeleton. The only crit I have is that when using a weighted line be conscious of your light source as sometimes it can be a bit confusing.

    But other than that great work! Looking forward to seeing more



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    Elephant is looking good. More, please!

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    Thanks very much for the encouragement everyone!
    @The-Idle-Elk, yes you are right, I haven't been paying attention to the light source, I will keep that in mind, thanks for pointing it out!

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    Female Nudes

    I got this great link somewhere here on C.A, and I have used it today to practice my figure drawing. Lovecastle

    I allowed myself 10 minutes per model.

    I think I could do with some basic figure work, maybe using Loomis or someone like that. The second picture in particular looks very off in terms of proportions to me. Arms too short and head too small?

    Very fun to do though, the 10 minutes flew by!

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    I should probably put one of those nude warning tags on my sketchbook, but not sure how to. Can anyone advise?

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    Hey Epona. Hiddles actually helped me out with this this morning.

    If you edit your first post, then click "go advanced" you can change the prefix to NSFW.
    Hope that helps!

    Also your figures are looking good Be careful not to make the torsos too long.
    Check out this site for gesture drawing too: www.quickposes.com



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    You could benefit from learning gesture drawing, specially if you want to do quick poses.

    Here's some videos from Vilppu and Sheldon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4qZCTrBoIo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LguK0ehqROM

    http://vilppustore.com/vilppublog/20...-video-rental/
    http://vilppustore.com/vilppublog/20...-with-gesture/

    The-Idle-Elk, hey thanks for sharing that website, it's awesome!

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    @The-Idle-Elk thanks for pointing out about the torsos, after looking at the sketches again they really seem quite off in terms of proportion! Thanks very much for the link

    @Januz You are right, I think I'm starting at the wrong end. Need to get some foundations first. Thanks for the links, I will look more at drawing gestures.

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    Hey Epona, fellow de-lurker here Wanted to say thanks for visiting my sketchbook. Also I'd agree with Elk and Januz, gestures are a really good thing to practice. I was doing them with the spartan camp in the community activities area, feel like it helped me alot both with my reference and live drawing.

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