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    My name is Danny I am currently 17(18 now) and I am aspiring to become an animator and make it into the Sheridan Animation Program in Canada. I decide to keep some sort of archive of my studies as an incentive to drawing every darn day since I normally do most of my sketches and studies on random notebooks and papers, which either get lost torn or thrown around. Even the thought of me planning to post of CA motivated me to keep a binder with me where I do all my studies in and mark the date whenever I start a drawing on a new day.

    I was planning to submit my SB on the forums and was waiting until I got access to to the scanner.

    So far this is what I've done in the last 3 days:

    I started off on my binder with Michael Hampton's Book
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    Here I did a small anatomy studies on Loomis as I have already went through the book although I did not feel like I got a fraction of what it is worth out of it so I did this sketch for fun to motivate me to get back into it.
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    Over here I took a break and started drawing heads for fun. I did not like how it turned more so I am planning to hit the books later on and do more head studies.
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    I did really quick 1 minute hand sketches and tried to break it down into simpler shapes.
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    I Later continued my trip of Hampton's book here
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    Then I took a break and tried to create a stylized cartoon character.
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    I later found Hogarth's book on dynamic hands and sped through it and did some finger sketches
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    I then continued to George Bridgman's book on constructive anatomy to further understand the shapes of the hand
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    There are still some more sketches from today which I have not scanned so I will post them tomorrow with the next day's set of sketches.
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    I was having problems with the scanner so I was unable to post daily anyway here is the rest of the sketches I did from the rest of the week.
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    good effort with the anatomy studies.

    One thing I would suggest though is to practice drawing basic still life objects from life first, before getting too deep into anatomy. Your strokes are a bit feathered, try to be more economic with your lines- say what you want to say in one stroke, and if it's incorrect, erase it and start again.

    Also, you've done several anatomy studies but haven't applied what you've learnt to your drawings from imagination. Try to think constructively, what have you learnt from your studies that you can apply to personal drawings?

    If you want to be an animator, spend time doing gesture drawings. A good place is quickposes.com, also go out and people watch, try to capture some of the gestures of people around you. Walt Stanchfield's books on Disney animation are also excellent resources for an aspiring illustrator.

    I wish you all the best, I hope you keep drawing
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    Hey, these are a great start to a thread! It's nice to see so much enthusiasm for studies and so much work!

    I would, however, really recommend you either buy a proper sketchbook or at least some non-lined paper to draw on. It's all right to doodle in your notes in class and such, but if you do some really great work that you want to later on use for something, you're going to have trouble photoshoping the lines out. Save yourself a bunch of unnecessary work! haha
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    @black-swan thank you so much for the book suggestion as well as advice on linework( I REALLY NEED IT), as I was always getting these weird mixed opinions. The reason why I never posted any shaded work is to practice my work with lines. I actually did some gesture work but I am having trouble with the attachment manager, it does not upload everything! Thanks again I will heed your advice through out my sketchbook so keep watching ^^.

    @gingerbreadcat I checked out your sketchbook, it's really awesome your and your studying animation too!(lots of competition ). I am getting a real sketchbook soon because I normally have issues at two ends of the spectrum. I sometimes end up drawing finished work on lined paper and I have a tendency to waste sketch paper with useless sketches xD!

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    Very nice SB. Good to see so many studys. I suggest you to stay away from more complex anatomy for now. I did the mistake that I practiced complex musculature and stuff without really getting my proportions and shapes streight. These are essantial for your anatomy studys so first work on them. Try to simplify the body a lot and make more postion studys to really understand the 3dimensionality of your subject. If you can make a boxy stick figure with perfect proportions than work on some more organic shapes. If then get to the point where you can draw some more human looking stick figure from diffrent perspectives you may start with more complex musculature and anatomy. Keep up the nice work. Good luck!
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    @matelo thanks I went back to reviewing boxy 3d stick figures it's still very annoying to do >_< but I am still doing em...
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    I feel like I am getting really lazy the past 2 days where I practically did nothing, I feel like I am going through the "valley of the suck" again. I am currently doing some 30 sec gestural drawing at the same time reviewing proportions( I discovered I am very used to making the legs the height of just the torso, while instead its height is the torso to the neck). I also did line quality practices, even though the lines look vertical I flipped the sketch pad and tried to use my elbow. There are also so many failed attempts at trying to construct a hand, I failed so miserably. For the last picture I practically took my frustration out on it, and basically was like "SCREW THE RULES!" and just started drawing with no concern over the rules just to let me loosen up after the frustrations I've been having.

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    Hi! Thanks for posting in my sketchbook! You are on the right path here with these studies. I have a few suggestions for you off the top of my head.

    Get rid of that lined paper and get yourself a blank sketchbook!
    When you do your studies, try and really cram a page full of sketches. When I'm sketching poses for example, I try to do them as fast as I can (though I am still really really slow..)

    If possible, try to resize your pages a little smaller. I don't think there's any rule but I try to keep my images around 600px wide max, any bigger and it gets hard to see on the screen without having to scroll down to see a whole image.

    Are you using posemaniacs or quickposes for your sketching? I'm no expert when it comes to animation but from what I understand its important for animators to be able to sketch poses at speed, so practicing this skill now will really help you out in the long run.

    Thanks again for stopping by my sketchbook and keep posting!
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    Blank sketching paper would be a really good idea -don't worry about wasting it. It's no more expensive than lined paper. Otherwise good studies -the legs are often a bit too short (I'm having the same problem xD) but with the amount of gestures you're doing you'll see definite improvement soon! Keep it up
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    Agreed with the others -- go get yerself a blank sketchbook! It's really good to work on proper, clean paper. It's not as thin and flimsy, either, and doesn't yellow with time, and they're easier to keep. It also looks like the lined paper is throwing your proportions out of whack.
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    Hey guys! for the issue with lined paper I am going to get some clean white paper sketchpads and various types of pencils on thursday(can't wait!), So for now I guess you guys and me are going to have to make our eyeballs bleed due to the crappy paper I am using(which reminds me that I have finished the 200 page lined pad and am now drawing on school notebooks xD).

    @anivy Thanks for the gesture drawing advice, yeah I am using quickposes(posemaniac has some very rigid figures and a lot of the figures have crazy rotations some of em are sideways, upside down etc.) at 30 seconds(I am thinking of getting that certificate ).

    @Heyriel You are too good to compare yourself to me xD! although thanks for the motivation!

    @Umbravita that is true because my brain gets confused looking at the lines and then I try to match head proportions to the lines >_<. I better get myself a sketchbook soon(Thursday hopefully!) Although my biggest issue is that I tend to draw wherever as long as there is a pencil and paper around I HAVE TO DRAW! it's annoying in class, alot of people compare me to the cartoon character chowder because of how much of a scatter brain I am! xD

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    I have been really lazy with the scanning causing a pile up with the amount of drawings I have to scan which demotivates me too scan so I decided to break the chain and get it over with and scan 59 pages(still not all of it!). I also decided to scan some doodles I do in school as I do a lot of drawings from imagination.

    I am thinking of making a double post of scans as the limit appears to be 20 attachments per post(I actually might have to post 3 times xD). I went a little overboard with the amount of gesture drawings though, and I believe that I should not be posting so much of it or at least try to cram them into a pages(I wanted to try and draw a little larger though).

    In the past few days I did a variety of work some where I did some gesture drawing at school. I also went to a pet store at walking distance from my house to try and work on the animal drawing(not really my muse) to be able to draw it for my portfolio, my subject was a rabbit although it kept moving so I was not able to make a decent sketch(I would probably have to come in the morning because at that time it is least disturbed and usually napping). I also did some character which I am trying to develop for the sheridan portfolio, I manage to develop an idea for her yet I am still not sure what to do with her costume. I guess I will come up with a backstory and see what I can do also I am not to familiar with the figure of my character so I am going to also play with that.

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    I could not fit all the scans into one post so it looks like I have to triple post or maybe even quadruple post
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    OMG! Looks like I am going to have to quadruple post >_<!
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