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    Life Drawing

    Currently enrolled in Sheridan's Art Fundamentals program, I hope to get better at figure drawing to buff up my portfolio for the animation program. I do life drawing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Friday I have a course on it (it's basically a life drawing session with a guy saying your drawing is shit or pretty good).

    Feedback on my technique would be appreciated! I feel like I still have a ways to go before any of my figure drawings are portfolio-ready.

    Here are some from tonight:

    2 minute gestures
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    longer poses (the last is 10 minutes, the rest are 5 minutes)
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    The proportions are a bit off in the longer studies.

    But, the 2 minute gestures are really vigorous!

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    Looking pretty good, but I feel if you threw in some angled lines it'd really help concrete your people. They all feel like they're made out of jello, because you're using a lot of curved lines. Also work on the faces, try to make them not so flat.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamber Parrk View Post
    The proportions are a bit off in the longer studies.

    But, the 2 minute gestures are really vigorous!
    Ah, thank you for the quick response! I agree about the proportions, now that I look at it. Some of it is me not knowing, and some of it is me not looking at the paper, so I guess I'd better pay more attention.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickm91 View Post
    Looking pretty good, but I feel if you threw in some angled lines it'd really help concrete your people. They all feel like they're made out of jello, because you're using a lot of curved lines. Also work on the faces, try to make them not so flat.

    Keep up the good work!
    Thank you for the critique! The instructor's been talking about when to use a curved line versus a straight line too, like on the forearm and the lower leg; I'm just addicted to curvy ones! I'll definitely keep that in mind for next time. I'm mostly focusing on the bodies for these, so the faces are usually thrown on as an after thought. I'll see what I can do.

    I don't do life drawing on Thursdays, so here's some from last week that I liked to compensate.

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    These poses were a lot longer: 3 ten minutes and two half-hour poses. I showed them to some people and they said that the line quality was enough in most cases to imply shading and that I should spend that time focusing more on the form and whatnot. Since then I haven't rendered any of my life drawings, but I feel like I lost the line quality as well.

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    Whew, been busy recently. I've been trying to use straighter lines recently, or at least making the curvy lines more definitive. I'm starting to get the hang of it, but some end up better than others.

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    I arrived a little late today and ended up missing all the quick gestures, so I only got to do these 10-minute poses. (the first one is only 5 minutes)

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