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    Time to Do Work: ObieRaccoon's Sketchbook!

    Hello, my name is Alex. I created this account more than a year ago but never posted any work because I felt too afraid and intimidated to show anything. I've been drawing casually for most of my life, but after entering college I now know that I want to purse art as a career. I've spent the past several months developing my drawing ability and am planning to apply for TAD in the near future. I want to put in more time for drawing, but I also want a lot of feedback and criticism, which would inspire me to push harder and work more efficiently. These first few posts will be sketches and exercises I've done the past few months, and after that I will try to make daily updates.

    I apologize in advance for the extremely poor quality pictures.


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    Here are some quick portrait sketches and digital color studies.

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    Some portrait sketches and a few longer ones. The first 2 digital paintings are based off the Zhanglu portrait video. The one after that is a self portrait of me when I was 10, and the charcoal portrait (which looks really flat) is of me now.


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    A few more things from the summer.


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    Great stuf so far! The only thing that kind of caught my eye ist that the lips in your portraits are always very flat looking -either you need to pay closer attention to your refs or you need to get more familliar with the facial muscles that cause the shadows. Either way; Keep working!

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    Hi Heyriel, thank you for your comment! I agree, the portraits (especially the lips) all look pretty flat. I've been doing some observational exercises to help me when drawing from references so I will post those soon.

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    Here are some drawing exercises my friend and mentor had me do. The object was to copy the reference images as closely as possible. All 3 were done in pencil.

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    Here are some more exercises, this time in charcoal. Unfortunately I was too late to notice the big mistakes before I continued, so now I'm trying to step back more often during the beginning stages of the drawing.


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    Here is a WIP of a black and white value study of one of Bierstadt's paintings. I still have a lot of trouble when it comes to rendering so any comments and tips would be greatly appreciated!

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    Here are some gesture drawings. I think for now I will only focus on figures and landscapes.

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    Another Bierdstadt WIP.

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    Some figures from a 30 minute class on Pixelovely and more developed WIP of the Bierstadt painting.


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    Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I will try to update more frequently. Here are some sketches from Taiko youtube videos.

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    Here is an illustration for a poster I made for my school's Taiko group.



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    Hey, got your message. You have good dedication and you mentioned a mentor, so I imagine you're on the right path. Still, I see a lot of work from photos - I would definitely try to work from life more. Your pictures look flat, even the really well copied ones, simply because of they're copies of 2D. For your first, say, three years of seriously purusing art, working traditionally from life might be the most important thing. Studying other artist's work is good for increasing your artistic sensibilities so continue that if you enjoy it, but avoid copying photos in the future. You can train your eye just as well working from life.
    Anyway, you wanted feedback in relation to applying to TAD soon, right? Honestly, I don't think the admission decision is that tight. You should get in just fine. The difficult part is staying in, with TAD's intense workload.

    So it's a pretty ordinary prescription, but I would say work from life more, and try to work traditionally when you can. Otherwise, you seem to be on the right path! Good work. :)

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