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    A Beginner's Adventure to Becoming a Master

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    Below is the original first post. The pictures it refers to are now in the second post.

    Hi everyone,

    I have been inspired to start a sketchbook of my adventure to learn how to draw, paint, illustrate, and reproduce all these pictures and visual ideas I have in my head, by MindCandyMan's sketchbook, http://http://www.conceptart.org/for...read.php?t=870.


    I am a beginner, so any help or advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    I am going to draw everyday and post it up here. I am currently in a location that has really slow, intermittent internet, so it might take me a few days to post my new stuff sometimes, but, I will draw every day.

    So here it goes...

    The first page from my sketchbook included some Loomis heads drawn from looking at the book, and the a potted plant and Buddha head statue from life, and then some figure movement from imagination, using a technique from one of the books I am reading.

    The second page is just drawing basic shapes and how to give them volume, some more figure stuff from the book I am studying right now, and then I drew my eye from looking in a mirror....That needs lots of work!

    The third page..the two male heads were drawn from my imagination, and the other is a self-portrait, though it looks nothing like me, the heads all messed up, and...yeah...but I guess for a first attempt, at least it looks like a person. : )

    Thanks...

    P.S. Does anyone know how to get the attachments to have some space between them?
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    Charcoal, Pastel, and Watercolor painting

    These images below were originally in my first post, but moved to this one so I can update my thumbnail image for my sketchbook.



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    The other day my friend gave me a vase of daffodils, and I thought I would draw them. Earlier, I had been looking at some art work done in charcoal and pastel, and I really liked it. So, I drew the flowers in charcoal and then colored them with soft pastels. Afterwards, I thought the flowers didn't pop enough, so I decided to add a purple-blue background, and decided to do it with with watercolors, since I hadn't ever used them...make it a "try different media" piece...So I did a wash of red, and the dish a wash of blue over that...to get the purple...but then I decide to texture the background, so I grabbed my sponge and started dabbing at the paper...and you can see the result.

    A couple things I learned from doing this:

    1) fix the charcoal first because it smudged into the pastels in places and muddied the color.

    2) Let the watercolor dry a little more before trying to texture it, because I ended up removing a lot of the blue layer...

    3) I need to look at the flowers when I color them just as much as I do when I draw them, because I didn't really incorporate the light and shadows into my coloring...

    A first effort...and getting a chance to play with different media.
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    Good start, it's hard to crit because you haven't posted much, but jsut keep drawing, all the studying you do will pay off in the end.
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    @Psychobuddy: Thanks for the reply...I will keep drawing...

    In fact, here are a few more things...

    What I have found is the drawing comes out best if I am copying another drawing, then second best if it is from life, and the worst if it is from my imagination...not that any of them are great...but I do notice a marked difference between them.

    The first is another attempt at a self-portrait. It still doesn't look like me.

    The second is of a cup on my desk. It was done rather quickly.

    The third is a drawing of a picture in some figure drawing book, I can't remember which one, that I looked at and drew.
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    Practice drawing lines

    So, I am going to go back and re-upload a larger version of the daffodil painting, so you can actually see it, but I don't have time right now. But sometimes today...

    The following is just some exercises I was doing on drawing lines and how your lines direct the eye and creates rhythm in the drawing from the See It, Feel It, Draw It Boot Camp book by Sheldon Borenstien. He was a student of Vilppu

    Anyway, not much but wanted to put everything that I am doing up here...
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    Here is some more...

    The first is a small pastel piece I did the other day...I was walking back from a hike in the evening, and the sky was this amazing yellow color, and I tried to capture it in this...

    The last three are pages from my sketchbook...working with the figure, volume, playing with a pen, etc.
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    That figure drawing in #4 is beautiful! You're doing a lot of work and studying different things, really good job.
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    So here are some more sketchbook pages...

    The first page is some quick sketches I did of people and things while waiting for someone at a coffee shop

    The second page is some sketches I did while following an online tutorial on Manga drawing

    The third Page is some things sketched from life: my hand, jar of pens and pencils, a sticky note pad with a thing of thread on top, and then some faces from my imagination

    The fourth page includes some figure drawing, the negative space one was done while watching a tutorial video on it, and the others stuff was just drawn from imagination...
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    @nouge: Thanks...I can't take complete credit...I was watching a figure drawing tutorial, and this time, instead of drawing along with the instructor while I was watching, I waited until it was over. Then tried drawing it from what I remembered. I really like the pose...and I find the human figure fascinating and a lot of fun to draw.

    I started working on the first assignment in the
    Concept Arts 101 Thread

    But it is not done yet. Hopefully tonight, until then, here are few more sketchbook pages:

    1#-Some people from imagination...then some basic shapes. I really need to work on those, especially cylinders.

    2# The figure and the pelican( I added the hatching background) are drawn from a book I had, hand I drew from life, and the heads from my imagination...one using Loomis princples.

    #3 The spheres are some more Loomis studies, the butterfly thing was just something I was doing with pencil strokes and decided to make a shape. The foot and the elephant statue are from life, and the little twisting blobs are some exercises from Vilppu's Drawing Manual.

    #4 Is just some more blob exercises...It is definitely helping me to get a sense of where I need to draw the line in order to convey a particular movement...and keep a sense of volume, instead of my just haphazardly trying some thing...definitely want to work more with this...
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    Concept Art 101 assignment

    Hi guys,

    So these are the two pictures I did for the concept Art 101 Assignment #1. I don't think I followed the directions right...for the second picture, instead of just adding something imaginative to the shoe I already drew from observation and make it look like it was part of the original, I drew a completely new imaginary shoe...but hey, that is the best drawing from my head I have ever done...so I can see how learning to draw from life really helps with drawing from imagination, which was what this assignment was suppose to help you see.

    On a separate note...does anyone have advice on how to fix the trail running shoe...I know the perspective is off on the grooves on the bottom of the shoe and I wasn't sure how to get the different textures to come out...the leather,the rubber, the meshy water resistance stuff, and also how to delineate the different colors with just pencil... Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks!!!
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    I do very much here you. I am terribly perplexed about creating texture. To try and help solve this I've just started grabbing Super-High Rez Pencils works and spend time trying to study the direction and density of lines used on the various represented textures...

    I have also started to stick my eyes really close to these old, old Pencil/Pen Works my College Library has hanging around. (Gettin' some really strange looks from people in he process.) There is this strange, weaving pattern used on pretty much all of them. Haven't ever seen such a pattern discussed in any of the Drawing Books I've looked at.
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    From a couple of your figure drawings I can already tell you're improving!
    But I must know what those strange semi-circle type lines you have drawn repeatedly are haha I'm so confused by them
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    @Mental-Mouse: Thanks for the suggestion about looking at some pencil works and see if I can see how they did it, especially ones with the texture I want to achieve.

    @CR Faeber: LOL...those are just some line exercise...the first and last one was learning how to see the relationship between the two different marks...keeping the angle and distance between them the same...and not just once but every time...as you can see, I wasn't able to do that...and the middle two were exercises in learning how to create rhythm to the line....and directing the eye by the lines...which later can be applied to the figure drawing...Just exercises from this book I have that I use sometimes to warm up before I start drawing....

    So here are just some more sketches from my sketchbook

    #1 Snapple bottle drawn from life..I know it is a bit lopsided...then two faces from imagination...

    #2 I was sitting on my deck and decided to draw my legs...I started too far up the paper and ran out of room to draw the ends of the feet...That was a lesson in blocking in the general shape first...or starting with the feet and working down next time...

    #3 Practice drawing my hands in different positions, and then some figure stuff from imagination and more blobs

    #4 These are some quick sketches of my cat...as soon as I decided to draw him, he kept moving...just had seconds to get something down before he moved...it was interesting, but fun...made me laugh. I think I like the second one best...
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