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    Mdog's paw prints

    I'd like to get better so I can try making some of my stories into graphic novels. Making comics is what I want to do!
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    Some more gestures and sketches. Also, I tried to do some sketches of a figure interacting with its environment in interesting ways... but I couldn't think of very many interesting ways:/.
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    Forgot to add this one!
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    Some referenced poses and some imagined poses.
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    Tried to do a study from a landscape photo because I have a hard time with organic backgrounds.
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    More gestures, some landscape thumbnails, and an imagined pose from three different angles.
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    I think it'll be good to keep doing those gesture exercises to further solidify and improve your pose making. A daily 30 min session of 30sec/1 min practices on this website might help you out. Also, you might want to do some muscle studies. Right now your figures have little muscle definition--lean people will still have muscles.

    Keep drawing, and keep it up!
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    Hi mate and welcome aboard! It seems your lines are secure from the beginning and good point to start. Make some more drawing like perspective construction and hatching studies so we can see your level. Keep the good works!
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    Good expression in the figure studies, and good energy in the linework too. I'd advise working from observation a lot and, as pointed out before, read up on anatomical construction as well. That should get you rolling.
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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the advice! About the muscle studies, where is the best place to start/best resource to reference for those? Something like Grey's Anatomy? Also, what would hatching studies be? Just using hatching to portray values? I don't have any formal education, so I don't know a lot of art language beyond the basics.
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    For plain anatomy (with all the most minute details) I would recommend Stephen Roger Peck's "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist". Grey's Anatomy will work, but since its meant for doctors and medical students I'd imagine there to be a lot of subjects like internal blood vessels or the respiratory system that doesn't really concern the artist. There are also books by Burne Hogarth, Andrew Loomis,George Bridgman and Michael Hampton that are fully on human anatomical construction. These will really help you out, and a good bookstore or the internet will help you in procuring them.

    yes, hatching will be the shading technique, how to vary the lines to create the illusion of form, etc
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    Awesome! I found an online copy of Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist and of one of Loomis's books, so I'll get right to those new studies. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Size:  312.8 KBI'm definitely going to have to incorporate this kind of study into my regular practice. Thanks again for the suggestion. I'm referecing Peck's book, and I think I'd really like to have a physical copy of it. Maybe if I get an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I can get a copy.
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