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    Wanana's one year project

    Hi there.
    I started drawing in mid-july this year and have been taking it very slowly until now. This will be the first time i'll be displaying my drawings to anyone and i hope it will push me in the right direction.
    I will try to post something new at least five times a week, any criticism and/or comment is very welcome. Don't be afraid to say what's on your mind.

    Things i want to improve on:


    -Anatomy: Know the rules before breaking them.
    -Gestures: I want everything to flow and be as natural as possible.
    -Color: Try to make everything sharp and vibrant instead of the muddy usual stuff.
    -Composition: Try to make it work with the gestures in a way that every drawing have some kind of harmony.
    -Control:. My technique and approach should be improved to a level where i'm drawing what i want and not just finding patterns in doodles and turning it into something else.

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    Let's get to work.
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    Something from Vilppu's head leasson 1 and a skull from reference.

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    More Vilppu and a painting to get an idea of where i'm at.

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    More Vilppu's heads.

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    More Vilppu and some quick gestures.

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    Some gestures from Vilppu. Could really use some help with these.

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    Almost no time today, so just a quick one.

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    Barely managed to find some time today, but here it is.
    More Vilppu. Will probably keep doing his lessons for the 2 following weeks. Struggling a lot with foreshortening, but i'll get it somehow.

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    Hey there! You're doing really well so far, and it's good to see you so dedicated. I know CA can be pretty intimidating to newbies. So welcome!

    I hope you don't mind me taking one of your more recent studies and scribbling all over it. Uh, I am far from perfect, just letting you know. One of the things someone taught me a couple of years ago was how to see -- you know, "Draw what you see, not what you know." I thought it might help for me to point out how to better see your reference. All the practice in the world won't help you improve unless you truly see what's in front of you.

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    Here I put some red lines on both the ref and your piece so as to better point out the subtle differences between both. The head on the left is rounder. The values near the chin and fist are darker, and the fist isn't held so close to the mouth.

    I also put in a shape on both hands -- have a look at the difference between them. One thing people have been telling me a lot lately is to focus more on the *shape*, and not the outline. In this case, the red lines are the shape. The shape on the reference is much shorter, fatter, than the one on the right. The corner most to the right is the top right corner -- it sticks out more -- but in the pic to the right, the corner that sticks out most to the right is the bottom corner.

    I also drew a line down each face. The reference has the face tilted back more, so the line's more horizontal than the one on the right. What I often do to try and see a line is to picture a clock face; on the left it's about 1.30/2 o'clock, give or take, but on the right it's more like 12.30.

    Also, be careful of symbols! When we first start out drawing we focus less on what we see and what we know, and tend to draw things as looking like symbols instead of what's in front of us. Take a look at the eyes at the bottom -- when we're new we tend to draw eyes as almonds or oblongs, but they're a bit more complicated than that. You have the tiny triangle-like piece at the corner of the eye where you can see the muscle beside the eyeball. The upper eyelid and lower eyelid stick out. (Ha, yeah, mine's not perfect, sorry. I know a decent amount of theory but haven't practiced enough for my skill to catch up yet.)

    A couple of suggestions --

    - Try using the grid tool to help you better draw your lines. When certain parts of the drawing are framed by squares it's much easier to see how proportion works, and what lines truly look like when they're isolated like that.

    - Use the colour picker to get a better sense of how dark or light values are.

    Of course, you really don't want to rely on those suggestions -- do them for a few studies, then go without, to better train your eyes to see -- but since you're new, using the grid/colour picker will give you a much better idea of what something looks like. When you're getting better and you're stuck, too, it can help to dip back into that to get your bearings.

    Hope that helped, do post more soon! You're doing great, especially for someone who's only been drawing for a few months. It's great you're doing studies so early, it'll save you so much time. I spent years faffing about with my art, not doing studies, not drawing from observation, and if I'd been doing studies from the beginning I'd be leaps and bounds ahead of where I am now. So it's great you're doing that. Don't be afraid to take a break and do something for fun, though!

    Post again soon!
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to write your post, it was very helpful. I'm aware i have a problem of drawing everything very symbolized and i'm already trying to fix it. The red line you did was very helpful too. I did notice that the hand was not quite right, but i missed the head tilt. I will pay more attention to it from now on. As for the values, i'm still getting familiar with photoshop and painting in general, but i will put more effort on it in the near future.
    Once again, thank you very much.

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    For today i did some thumbnails and began Vilppu's box forms.

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    Vilppu and his boxes.

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    Bunch of random doodles with no reference to blow out some steam. Gonna get back to it tomorrow.

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    Oh boy.

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