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    Sketchblob

    Hello everyone, I've lurked the forums occasionally for a while, amazed at what some people are doing, dreaming of someday being able to draw half as well as some of the people on here.
    As a child people around me would disapprove my artistic efforts, leading me to believe people were either born with artistic talent or not. Years later I'd discover this to be completely untrue, great artistry comes from constant practice and dedication. So here I am, on my way to be as best as I can be.
    I recently moved out of my mum's house and got a job at a local ad agency to pay the bills, I'm trying to draw daily, and I'm getting to the point where I feel bad if I'm sitting around waiting for something and I don't have my sketchbook with me. I'm also thinking of starting a local sketchgroup so I can stay motivated studying with other people.

    I'm here to make friends and watch other artists progress (hopefully along with me), even though right now my art isn't anywhere near where I'd like it to be, I'm willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears to get there. Any crits or any comments at all from you guys would mean the world to me. Thanks for looking!

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    Portrait of my dog and I.

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    Reconsider the lighting on the shadowed cheek it looks too bright. I would just pull it into the shadow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izi View Post
    Reconsider the lighting on the shadowed cheek it looks too bright. I would just pull it into the shadow.

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    Thanks for stopping by! You're totally right about the cheek, I don't tend to fix older stuff though (I think it's about 8 months old), I like to look back and see how much I've progressed, but I will definitely study lighting more and apply it to future drawings. Thanks for the crit!


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    A more recent still life (about 3 months old). I'll post some recent sketchbook stuff later on (:

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    Hey there!
    I read your intro and I have to say we are pretty much on exactly the same page.
    I like your portrait, thats an area I really need to scratch up on.

    Outa the blue idea here, but perhaps we could set each other weekly goals or challenges and upload the outcomes to our sketchbooks. At least I think that would be interesting, watcha think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CR Faerber View Post
    Outa the blue idea here, but perhaps we could set each other weekly goals or challenges and upload the outcomes to our sketchbooks. At least I think that would be interesting, watcha think?
    Sounds great! Let's do it!

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    Glad to hear it!
    So gimme an idea of what areas you want most practice with, would be a waste of time if I said something like "paint a fairy hovering through some dark woods" when you have no interest in painting either of those things.
    I'm pretty open minded so throw anything at me, but I will say that I'm focusing on anatomy and portraiture.. especially portraiture, if you've seen my sketchbook its pretty apparent I avoid painting faces

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    Quote Originally Posted by CR Faerber View Post
    Glad to hear it!
    So gimme an idea of what areas you want most practice with, would be a waste of time if I said something like "paint a fairy hovering through some dark woods" when you have no interest in painting either of those things.
    I'm pretty open minded so throw anything at me, but I will say that I'm focusing on anatomy and portraiture.. especially portraiture, if you've seen my sketchbook its pretty apparent I avoid painting faces
    Yeah I was looking at it last night! but I was getting a server side error when I tried posting in the thread. I really like your second piece, the skin tone is great.
    I'm totally open to anything, especially considering the fact art directors can throw anything at you and you've got to be prepared. I'm about to start focusing more on anatomy also, perhaps we can go through some Loomis books together. I'll PM you so we can use an IM or something, before my sketchbook thread turns into a 50 page conversation

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    alright, well the only IM type thang i have is skype. if you have it add ghostfacemurkah if not let me know what your using

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    I decided to incorporate watercolours into my traditional sketchbook, just so I can get used to mixing and value that doesn't start out as grayscale. Damn, these things are hard to control ): I'd love to hear crits/advice!

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    Nice work in here so far! Keep it up. I can't wait to see more. ^_^

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    Dude, don't worry. All you have to do is aim to get to page 10. look back, see the improvement. Get to page 40, look back... it will all be so easy. Draw every day. rape, rape, rape...

    Do a lot of work and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
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    Damn, apparently I accidentally posted with another account I forgot I had opened, but that is indeed my sketchbook and watercolour studies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychobuddy View Post
    Nice work in here so far! Keep it up. I can't wait to see more. ^_^
    Thanks very much for stopping by! More tomorrow (hopefully)

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    Dude, don't worry. All you have to do is aim to get to page 10. look back, see the improvement. Get to page 40, look back... it will all be so easy. Draw every day. rape, rape, rape...
    Hahah I've never looked at it that way, it's an easier goal than "I want to get really good, but iunno how long it will take"

    Your comments keep me going guys! Thanks!

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    MOAREEE!
    I, through no fault of my own, have no choice to be stuck with traditional mediums so its good to see your doing some of that too.
    looking forward to more dewd

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    Quote Originally Posted by CR Faerber View Post
    MOAREEE!
    I, through no fault of my own, have no choice to be stuck with traditional mediums so its good to see your doing some of that too.
    looking forward to more dewd
    Traditional is fun and helps you learn tons! I'm really enjoying it. Shame about your computer, I hope you can fix it soon. Thanks for the motivation man

    Here's a dump of my non-watercolour sketchbook so far, this is the first half, I'll post the next bit tomorrow and then start posting daily updates from it.

    Nudes from photo-ref, sorry about the smudging, I didn't have any fixative and I didn't know milk was just as good (yet).
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    Portraits, all from imagination.
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    Form studies, random objects at work and home, and line/oval drills.
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    Welcome to CA, these are great beginnings, hope you keep charging on and drawing everyday.

    Hello and Nice to meet you.

    Visit my sketchbook >.<
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanneLight View Post
    Welcome to CA, these are great beginnings, hope you keep charging on and drawing everyday.
    Thanks! I will, I must. I WILL.


    Here's part two of my traditional graphite sketchbook, as promised.

    Spacedudes from imagination and exercises.
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    Stuff at my mum's house. Most of it is from life, the heads are imagination, the girl reading the mag is from life, the other girl is from photo-ref, and that's my dog toffee again.
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    Portraits, first page is from facebook, second page is half photo-ref half imagination, third page is all imagination.
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    And here we are, this is this weeks, last weekends. Oh, I should mention I skipped a few pages that weren't worth posting (Just scribbles and lots of oval exercises, mostly)

    Page one is my mum sleeping, and drawings on the bus. Second page is a guy stretching (I wanted to see if I could get it down fast), and a portrait from imagination while I was having tea with someone, I found having a human reference was incredibly helpful, even if I wasn't drawing that person.
    Page three is more bus studies, I had to sit at the back as it seemed everyone would become almost robotic and scared of me drawing them when I was facing them directly, then people would get on and sit next to me or near me to see what I was doing, all in all a few bad bus experiences, anyone got any tips on this? Or are buses just not the best place to draw?
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    Also, I want to re-learn art history, I took it before I dropped out of uni, but I wasn't as interested at the time, does anyone know of any good DVDs, books, or anywhere to learn online? If not, can you point me in the right direction to ask these sort of questions on the forums? Thanks for looking!

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    Sup everyone. I somehow made my way back, I couldn't seem to cope with CA going down, so I ended up just filling a sketchbook with random doodles that I didn't put much thought or effort into. I also formed a local sketchgroup which is still alive and well. Today I realized I hadn't done anything digital, for months! I felt bad, so I started some sketches to warm up, and then I did a head-planes-value-study. Also, is anyone else going to the Conceptart.org symposium in London? Just having purchased the ticket is making me feel like studying lots more.

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    Yesterday's stuff, I forgot to mention I'm using lovecastles wonderful study tool for these http://lovecastle.org/draw/

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    Tried doing this without any ref at all, just to see if I've actually learned anything from anatomy studies and figure drawing. CRITS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

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    I realized I'm spending too much time looking at random artists and watching videos on youtube instead of actually drawing

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    Anatomy
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    Ah that crazy Jesis! All them kids spotting him out in public since his 3rd coming
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    Draw 100 Calves challenge part I!
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    Will I be able to draw 100 calves?! Will I ever learn Anatomy?! Tune in tomorrow and find out!

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    studies are very good! keep up all the anatomy work too!

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    A self portrait study, I pulled this face in front of a mirror. Good fun.
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    100 Calves later, I don't feel any better at these. Perhaps after 200?
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    Hey BoxOfSecrets! Nice start here. Some interesting stuff. I can see one major area to focus on aside from the fundamentals you're already attacking is value. There's a lot of darkness going on and lack of range and it's flattening stuff out. Especially in the self portrait. And with your gestures/figure work from photos, focus on nailing the gesture of the pose and the overall shape the figure is occupying (you can even focus on the negative space to help block in the figure). Another thing you can focus on when hitting those figure drawing sites is to lighten up your pencil strokes and draw through the forms. Figure out how the cylinders, spheres, rectangles, are pieced together - but do it lightly. Don't worry about rendering too early. Anyway, keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce. View Post
    Hey BoxOfSecrets! Nice start here. Some interesting stuff. I can see one major area to focus on aside from the fundamentals you're already attacking is value. There's a lot of darkness going on and lack of range and it's flattening stuff out. Especially in the self portrait. And with your gestures/figure work from photos, focus on nailing the gesture of the pose and the overall shape the figure is occupying (you can even focus on the negative space to help block in the figure). Another thing you can focus on when hitting those figure drawing sites is to lighten up your pencil strokes and draw through the forms. Figure out how the cylinders, spheres, rectangles, are pieced together - but do it lightly. Don't worry about rendering too early. Anyway, keep it up!
    Thanks for coming by! and thanks for the tips and crit! You're completely right about value, I've got to get on that, any good tips for studying lighting and value?

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    Warming up from photoref.

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    Haha I can't even remember how I started this, but it was lots of fun, I'd love some crits!
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    cool studies i like that self portrait haha, keep it up!

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