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    Michael Adam's Sketchbook

    Hello CA.org. My name is Michael and am 15 years of age. I spend many hours playing Guitar, Reading and most of all Drawing. I'll be posting here, my daily progress. Please feel free to respond with feedback of any kind. Thanks.

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    Here's another drawing of one of the dwarves from the soonly released, The Hobbit!
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    Good job on these studies! (Isn't the second of those sargent studies a velasquez?) The eyes seem to be a little off on this last piece and the mouth feels like it's a tiny bit off center. I'd spend a little bit more time measuring. I definitely like the sculptural feeling all these pieces have though. Keep grinding away!

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    I also really like those first two studies - in the later two the eye placement or the head structure feel a bit off. ((I basically second what xxshadowedsoulxx said hehe)) Keep drawing though, it's very much about practice and studying where you go wrong (by measuring and comparing your stuff to the reference, for example). Wish I had your skills at 15:p Post more!~

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    @xxshadowedsoulxx It might have been a velasquez. I just searched "Sargent" on google and I think it popped up.
    @Fess1001 Thanks man. Lack of patience was killing me before. I now spend a majority of the time drawing loose faint lines to map out everything first before I lay in the middle tones.

    Here's a drawing of a girl J. Sargent painted. And then the next being a portrait of J.R.R Tolkien.
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    Feedback and Suggestions much appreciated.

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    If anyone knows how to change the avatar or name of this thread please let me know.

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    At the top of the page there's a menu where you can change your settings.
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    @Girlwiththehat Thanks for the help and I just replied! I was thinking the same thing.

    I think it's time for me to expand my drawing subject from faces to something else. I'm open to for suggestions. I was thinking of horses and of course the human body. On that note does anyone have suggestions of 5 star online resources for learning anatomy?

    Here's a Rembrandt. I found it extremely difficult to capture his painting in my drawing. But I'll upload it anyways and try to learn from it.
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    After all the difficulties and frustration I was experiencing yesterday I found somewhat relief when I got back from school. I took a nap, made some tea and used some random brush I had never used.


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    Van Dyck copies don't appear to often on these forums. Here's one I did two weeks ago.

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    Hey, nice sketchbook. I see that you're doing lot's of copying of painters. Is that you're plan, to become a painter or a concept artist? Or do you not know yet?

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    I'm not terribly sure right now. I really love old classical pieces of art such as these masters. I also really like Jaime Jones and how his art reflects these old masters but has a touch of modern day concept art. I'm aiming for exactly that. But as of right now I'm trying to learn every bit of fundamentals so that when I decide to make up my own pieces I can focus on creativity and mood rather then darks, lights, perspective ect.

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    Enough faces. More horses.

    An Abram Archipov Study. I really love the touch of blue and read he dispersed throughout the painting.
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    Horses are insane works of mother nature. They are all muscle but yet only eat grass. Essentially.
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    Wonderful work -- I love the studies. I really need to do more of them. This is motivation.

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    cool stuff, really like your portraits!
    keep posting

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    Nice start! Master studies are always very useful. I'd suggest along with these, that you also draw and paint from life. Photos are still good but can be quite limited in the information they contain, and if you only reference photos then it can lead to bad habits down the line! Draw whatever's around you, ask a friend to sit for 20 minutes etc. Also, when you do draw, try not to just copy what you see, but aim to understand what you're seeing. Understanding why something looks the way it does is very helpful. There are some books that can really help with this, such as Colour and Light by James Gurney, and Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis. They'd be worth buying if you ever get the chance. Failing that, there are tons of tutorials on the forums if you have a search around.

    Anyway, you're still young so just carry on doing what you're doing and keep it fun.

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    @Elias Leonard - Thanks man! You sketchbook shows improvement.

    @B u r l - What a great and helpful response man. The other day I was brainstorming about all the things I could do to improve. I thought of drapery studies as well with rocks but didn't think of still life which would give me everything in one. Thanks for the awesome suggestion I now know what my day consists of, Still Life! I'm very fortunate to have a book fair near me twice a year. At it they sell all books for 2 dollars each and it's a massive collection of donated books every year. Hopefully I'll find some nuggets next month when I go. Because I really need to start building my collection of Tutorial books as well with reference books.
    Thanks for the kind words mate.

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    Thanks for the comment! Your sketchbook is really cool! Love the studies.I would like to see something from imagination though

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    Nice work! It's great that you're looking to old masters and guys like Jaime Jones, guys who really push digital to a refined technique rather than relying on the tricks and ease of use of digital work. You look to great art to aspire to and you'll get there as long as you keep practicing and master fundamentals and the skills. You do some very nice drawings already and if you've got it in mind what kind of work you'd like to do, use these forums to learn how to get there. With the right practice and staying focused you can progress very quickly!

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    Thanks both of you! And yes I have to keep reminding me to look at my inspiration daily and to keep my traditional style engraved into my work. Thanks for telling me to stay on focus and encouraging me to follow my desires and to learn as much as I can.

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    Wow dude you're only 15 and your painting like this? You rock man, you're gonna go far! Never heard of Jaime Jones but his work is very good and i too like the idea of looking back to great masters for your digital work.

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    I'm devoting this week to learning drapery. Please fire your tips my way!
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    Art, please tell me nothing is more difficult to grasp than drapery.
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    Lol drawing drapery is a pain.
    Really cool studies and at 15, Kerro's right keep it up like this your gonna get far.
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    Rebrandt and Sargent. Little lazy on the proportions though.
    If anyone has good resources for learning figure-drawing at an efficient pace, I'd be happy intercept. I recently started going to Wednesday model sessions and found out my figure-drawing seems to lack the most.

    Rembrandt and Sargent. Little lazy on the proportions though.
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    Nice drapery study! It might also help to learn the 7 different folds so you can draw drapery from your imagination. Bridgeman's complete guide to drawing from life tells about the different folds. That's a good book for figure drawing in general actually so you should check it out.

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