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    Niquey's Kicking-Her-Butt-Into-Action Sketchbook

    PLEASE Check out most recent work on the LAST PAGE! Thank you!

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    Hey CA members who inspire me so much! I've been lurking for a short time now. I found this place through Matt Kohr from his website CtrlPaint. I've never been a part of a forum community before so please excuse my noobness.

    I'm having a hard time finding time to draw, but I really want to push myself to. I had done a hundred day streak of drawing everyday starting around July last year and ending in October, posting on Deviant Art, and I saw such amazing improvement in just 100 days. I floored myself and showed myself that I can, I Can, I CAN!!!1!!1!one. I plan on making it into a video to use to motivate myself, and even others who would care to watch, whenever I feel deflated.

    I found when I had made myself post to DA often, I was able to keep on a pace. The second I stopped posting there, my frequency fell off. So!! I'm hoping posting here will keep me accountable, at least that's what I hope. I also hope this sketchbook will one day be good enough to be a source of inspiration to other growing artists, as the current master artists are an inspiration to me.

    Finally!!! I really, REALLY appreciate critiques! The more constructive the better! lol

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    You can call me 多明 (duo ming) or Niquey, whatever you prefer

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    Welcome!
    It looks like youre doing the right things, practicing and observing carefully when you draw.
    i find the trick is to make it fun; if you want to get fit its a lot more fun skiiing than doing a million pushups; same goes with art, if youre drawing stuff thats interesting to you, from your surroundings, or books, whatever inspires you, it makes practice fun.
    Just keep on working, dont feel bad if you burn out or take time out for a while, everyone takes breaks, and dont give up. Do that and youll do great!

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    Thanks. And you're exactly right. When I started doing that in my 100 day streak, things definitely flowed much better and consistently. Thanks for commenting!! :]

    [EDIT: 8.1.2013]Just moving my first comment pics here to fix the sketchbook thumbnail


    ....To start off, here are the most recent sketches I have, to give you guys an idea of my starting point.

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    This below is the most recent one. I just did it today in about 20 minutes, after which I relived my 100 day streak, going through post by post on DA, and feeling the rollercoaster ride of what it was. Then finally comparing it to how easy it was to do this piece. Even though I know I still have a ways to go, it still feels good to see progress. ^^

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    CA is amazing. I'm in your position, except less motivated. Enjoy your stay here.
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    @krysjez: Hey a fellow Ct-er! ^^ And yes! I'm thoroughly enjoying CA myself. Thanks for stopping by!



    Below is another Loomis Book Sketch(~20min). One thing with Loomis, you won't have any shortage of old wrinkly men to draw 8D
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    More practice with Loomis. (~ 30 minutes) I have to say, I rather enjoyed the chubby guy's head

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    Practice with facial expressions. I used this picture from Deviantart. The third down from the top right (Stubborn ^^) I tried to stray from the reference and make my own character after the basic structure was down, but I only ended up changing up the hair a little bit and the left side of the face and such. Eh... But it was fun to do nonetheless. About 30 minutes long.

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    Great sketches so far. I was looking at your DA and d-amn you improve fast. Keep it going!

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    Wow great start. That's it I'm doing heads tomorrow haha! Cant wait to see more!

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    Haha... cool expression in this latest work

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    @otherscape: Haha thanks! 8D I'm tryin'!
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    More expression work from the same reference http://www.deviantart.com/moreliketh...28174#/d39uacu The fouth down from the right- confident. But, idk. That wasn't quite the feeling I got from the expression...lol

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    And is....is that....is that a swarm eyebrow??!?! Oh I tried to save her! Really I did! But that brow...it ..it was too strong for me! I couldn't....aaahhhh......

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    very good portraits! and vert funny and tricky expressions those are really hard to do is amazing practice, lets see some figures and more stuff! you got a very good line

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    I love the upper old man's expression, you nailed it! I looks like he just got up and he is opening his window to a fresh spring morning!

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    @lionheartGFX: Yes. I need to do figures! hehe But I'm working through Andrew Loomis and want to finish it up some time soon. Thanks for commenting!

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    More wrinkley men from Loomis ^^ I would've completed the first line of faces on the page, but I ran out of time, so there's a WIP piece to fill the space 8D

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    And finished the page. The 3rd head gave me a bit of trouble but I figured out the problem too late :/

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    Here's some more work. I worked in my irl sketchook so I had to scan them in. I was too lazy to do that in the week, so I waited till..... the the next week....*cough* I much prefer sketching in my sketch book. I am able to use my whole arm more freely, since i have but a small bamboo tablet.

    Anyways, the first pic below I did in one sitting, and the second was over a couple days. I didn't get in all my art days, unfortunately, but I will try again this week!

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    Finally some updates!

    I finally started to the get the train rolling again. Slowly but it's moving :] Here's an update of my sketch book including a few paintings in the mix



    An old 2012 page...
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    These next three I did following a youtuber named Stan Prokopenko. Great art teacher! You should check him out --> Proko.com
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    Here I started to get back into drawing heads again - first page from imagination and second page from references on the Sartorialist (with the exception of the #7 from imagination and #11 from a ref pic from a DA stocker Faestock).
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    You can see from picture 11 above, I became concerned that my portrait drawing skills was going to progress too far past my figure drawing skills, so I decided to face my fears of whole body drawings and pick up those reigns. References were from a lovely stocker on Deviantart --> SenshiStock believe it or not, those three are all the same people @____@
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    So I went back to Proko and began gesture drawing again. Painful is all I'll say.
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    Needless to say the horrible gesture session made me slightly depressed and I took a break for a couple of weeks or so. But I didn't quit on gesture. The next page marks when I started drawing everyday at least one thing, small or large depending on my time. The paintings mark the weekends
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    Hi welcome in this forum of like minded creative minds.
    I really like your sketches and your last post looks
    fantastic! I am the man with gestures all my drawings are
    kinda gestured which is also a little bit of a challenge for
    me cause I don't post much clean ups.

    Your gestures didn't look like you had fun, you want to have
    fun with the gesture its the process where you should be
    not tense at all and just enjoy the flow and intuition of your
    impulses. I have 8 pages full of gesture drawings on my sb.

    Have fun !

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    Hi there!

    Thanks for dropping by my book! You are definitely improving in a steady pace!

    If I was to give some you some crit, I would say about the latest post, the girl in pink with blonde hair; avoid edges to cross, it often make the image look less 3D and kills some of the depth. In her case the lowest part of the chin and the top of the shoulder aligns. Maybe the ref looked like this (if you used one)? But try adding some space or "squeezing" them more together. What you want to avoid is two lines aligning perfectly. Other than that it looks nice! Loving your last picture with the woman in brown hair < 3

    That's my 5 cents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iven View Post
    ... Your gestures didn't look like you had fun, you want to have
    fun with the gesture its the process where you should be
    not tense at all and just enjoy the flow and intuition of your
    impulses. ...
    They were far from fun believe me It's funny you should say that. Last night, when I was due for more gesture drawing, they came out just as terrible and I was so frustrated and asking God what to do! Then I just googled "how to gesture better" lol! And I stumbled upon an artist I've been following before. His method of gesturing really helped me! I still feel there are aspects I'm missing and I may need to some advice still , but they feel SOOOOOOO much better! More fluid, more creative, more instinctive! It was this guy on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmiwGm32dXU. Anyways just thought it was funny you said have fun with gesture drawing ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nextra View Post
    ...If I was to give some you some crit, I would say about the latest post, the girl in pink with blonde hair; avoid edges to cross, it often make the image look less 3D and kills some of the depth. In her case the lowest part of the chin and the top of the shoulder aligns. Maybe the ref looked like this (if you used one)? But try adding some space or "squeezing" them more together. What you want to avoid is two lines aligning perfectly...
    Tangents! OTL Yes tangents are bad. I was just following my bad habits and copying the image to a fault. It hadn't occurred to me. That's related to a problem I have with using references too closely. I almost subconsciously put myself into this box! Lol. I was able to break free slightly with the last picture there. I do like how it came out too. Even with its issues, it's the most happy I've been with a portrait to date. I can't wait to surpass it in the future!~

    Thanks so much for checking in on my sb. I look forward to your future posts in your sb myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niquey View Post
    ]Needless to say the horrible gesture session made me slightly depressed and I took a break for a couple of weeks or so. But I didn't quit on gesture. The next page marks when I started drawing everyday at least one thing, small or large depending on my time.
    The most important thing to remember with gesture is they can look horrific and still be successful. The first year I started life drawing I might have liked 1 in 50 of my gestures - gradually it became 1 gesture per page or two - then I'd like more than I didn't like, but it took years.
    Sketchbook isn't about pretty - it's about learning. The moment you give yourself permission to draw some messy, ugly, terrible drawings, you will really start to make big strides.
    I like to separate drawing from sketching. Sketching = learning Drawing = show piece. If it's a sketching day I get permission to make junk that I will never show anyone. I get less emo times that way. .
    If the gestures are really going crap, just do something else. do some perspective studies, anatomy, do some master studies. If you draw lots of heads, switch to feet, or ducks, or plants or spaceships. Just keep swimming ^_^.
    Remember, drawing is fun. When you get frustrated, you can always go back to what made it fun in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhubix View Post
    ....Sketchbook isn't about pretty - it's about learning. The moment you give yourself permission to draw some messy, ugly, terrible drawings, you will really start to make big strides....

    Loved that. Thank you. Sometimes I box myself into these self-imposed limits/standards/expectations that are just unrealistic not to mention unhealthy mentally. I often have to keep reminding myself, IT'S OK TO SUCK!!!! Lol


    More gestures (which feel much better now!) and a few hands thrown in. I definitely feel improvement on the hands. If anything I'm learning to start from big to small. Oh! And my weekly painting of course. I must link the before and after on DA :>


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    Hi Niquey! Thanks for dropping by my book. Happy to see you update your own! Keep on drawing!

    I think it's good that you mix quick studies of gestures and hands (those darn hands are so hard to get right...) with more well developed digital, full color paintings. I can't really think of any feedback right now, except that the girl´s nose in your last post might should be a bit more twisted since the muscles around her mouth are so tense? Right now it looks a little bit too perfect and unaffected by what's going on with her moth.

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    Great studies here Nextra is right about the nose on the girl. Although I do love how you shaded it! Great planes on there.
    Keep it up with the gestures and paintings and do varied studies Variety helps.
    Also, try to inject some fluidity into your gestures by putting in a sweeping line of action that is no more complex than a ~ shape. The one you marked 118 next to on the last page, the right leg for the body and the left leg for us looking at it... you drew its outer side with a beautiful fluidity that I think it would benefit you to try and apply to your next gestures! Be minimal, it will help you gain confidence, have more appealing lines, and be more concise. That takes a hell of a lot of practice though and I am not telling you to do this out of thinking that I've achieved it either haha... just that it is something to definitely strive for. I think, at least.
    Those hands are looking good too. Looks like you got a little lost in 75 in the complexity of the outer side of the hand. Try to pay attention to what angles you see in a shape as you draw, and their relation to the whole shape they are part of. Size, direction, angle... it all helps to keep it looking right.

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    @ Nextra - Thanks! That's my plan And yes, you're right about the nose. I seem to have something against noses. I tend to make the too long as well. lol I also think that part of the problem is I twisted the mouth a little too much as compared to the reference. Thanks for the insight!
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    The only problem with the hand is the misalignment of some stuff doesn't make it look like there is skin resting on something and bulging, but that there is some dent in it haha but we all make those weird awkward failures so just laugh about it and move on xDD At least you are seeing the faults and taking them in, haha.
    Sizing comes with practicing drawing what you see not what you think you see
    It's good to feel good about gestures~ xP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niquey View Post

    Loved that. Thank you. Sometimes I box myself into these self-imposed limits/standards/expectations that are just unrealistic not to mention unhealthy mentally. I often have to keep reminding myself, IT'S OK TO SUCK!!!! Lol
    - I first heard that from my life drawing teacher and the idea blew my mind. It's one of the reasons I sketch in pen so much- you can't erase - shitty gesture? move on. Can't erase it, so you can't dwell on it.
    I also found these box men pretty helpful - it's like a perspective / gesture combo. Really helps get used to the depth of the figure, always found that tricky.
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    Noses are indeed hard to get right. I also struggle a lot with them. My best tip is to study noses IRL (get a mirror lol). Also, get a bunch of ref images and draw studies. Don't go for "perfect" retouched noses that you find in fashion mags, since they all look just the same. Dedicate a day to study noses and you will feel a lot better about them < 3

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