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    StressCavity's Stuff /// I Want to Improve: Advice Appreciated!

    Hey CA, I've been wanting to start a sketchbook for a long time now, and I've got to say that everyone on this site is an absolutely crazy artist. I picked up drawing as a hobby about one year ago, but over time I've realized that the concept art and illustration scene produces the most astounding artists and artwork, and would love to pursue it as well. I'm still terrible, but I feel that I'm at the level where if I need to learn something or fix something, I can (sorta), unless school or work shoots me down :/ I still need to study everything, but I'd love for people to see where I need improvement most or if there are any bad beginner's habits developing.
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    Some things I painted in the past 3 days (I need to paint more). First thing is a phallus head, second is a bunch of sad attempts at using color, and the last thing is what I drew today. I spent roughly 1.5 hours on the last one and it just seems so shit seeing how I see others do waaaaay better work in like, 30 minutes and less. Since that is the most recent thing, I'd like to ask if anyone has advice to painting motion blue effects? I just couldn't do it so I took the easy way out in the end and used a filter, but I hate doing that Also, I just realized how small I made the second dude's left hand. I suck ass at hands, but studies should remedy that, right?
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    2 things I did this morning. I really need to work on faces and anatomy, but I keep avoiding hard studying. I know anatomy should be from books and imagination, but should I follow books for faces too or just use reference? Skull studies? Also, what kind of studies help achieve better understandings of color, value, and perspective? Any and all input would be nice, I don't wanna suck
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    I think I'm more comfortable with warmer hues, which is bad because I can't work well with blues and purples at all
    Little monster dude was about 1 hour. Advice would be awesome for either this or anything else.

    [Edit] Added some sketches I forgot to upload from my sketchbook.
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    I swear one day I'll be good. I swear one day I will be proud of my work. When that day comes, I'll need to kick my ass and try harder.

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    First of all, don't be so hard on yourself! It takes a whole lot of work and time for those awesome artists you love to get to where they are (and even then, I bet they still are trying to do better). I think it's great that you're already drawing lots, keep going at it! I like your sketches so far, they are pretty cool crazy creatures. Maybe you can try and set one thing you want to draw better at (eg. hands. I hate hands too, so hard.) and look at tutorials or books and most of all, draw, draw, draw. You can do it!
    You can find my deviantart here

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    Oh my gawd, your stuff is amazing xD I'm not really here to critique it, cause you're wayyy outta my league xD You were right: Everyone here are crazy artists and you're not the exception c: Just have fun with that you draw! It's a hobby so it should be fun right? ^^

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    Thank you 4Evergreen and lillianlai for the comments. I'll make sure to do some more studies (such as hands ) and try to enjoy it more haha.

    First 2 is some old crap because I feel bad that the only thing I'm posting recently is the bottom stupid thing. I just want to make sure I keep this active, but I've been busy studying for finals and will be for about 4 more days. Then I'll be FREE Anyways, here's my sketch poops.
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    Really wish I had more time to draw right now. Finished my first 2 finals today and have to study for my math one tonight and tomorrow. I don't want to give myself the excuse not to draw though so I tried to spend about an hour tonight sketching some stuff. I promise I'll more studies once break starts, and if anyone can suggest some that would really help. First two were about 15 min and the last one was 30.

    You can probably notice that I have a default head shape for creatures. Very uncreative
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    Was getting a bit mad with math so I took a real quick break and played around with the lasso tool. Also thought it looked nice as a thumbnail so I replaced the old one with this. Black and Orange is my favorite color scheme
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    Ugh, more avoiding finals. Just taking little breaks here and there, decided to use this one to draw something. I used to doodle with ink a lot more but I never really picked it up again so I thought a digi-sketch using the opaque brush would be fun. Crits on this or any other pieces would be nice.
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    I really love the colors you use!

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    Dekufox: Thank you for the compliment You'll soon see how bad I am with them though haha xD

    Some really garbage stuff for today. I only did one study and only for 30 minutes I tried to use a 95-100% opacity brush to make sure I really knew what color I was choosing, but doing it from life was a lot harder than I expected. The rest were attempts at color again, but they're so off, I couldn't really salvage any of them lol. Finals JUST ended today (Think I did pretty good ) so I'm hoping to get maybe 6-8 hours of drawing a day. Of course now that I have a break I'll probably waste my time, but hopefully not. Anyways, advice, criticism, etc. is all super duper welcome. I'd prefer it over compliments (I'll take those too though ) since I really want to improve, and I want to utilize this break as much as possible.
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    Hey everyone, since finals have been over I decided to do more studies. I only managed to get around 3-4 hours for real drawing though and am a bit disappointed, but tomorrow I plan to make up for it way more

    Anyways, I did some 15 minute studies then 2 personal drawings. I can't paint women at all (or men) so I think I'm gonna really try and tackle anatomy for a while. Painting it seems like such another animal than pencil/pen. Again, feedback is most welcome. Like, advice would be suuuper awesome since I really want to use this break well.
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    Blah, failed to meet my quota. Relatives came over and had to spend time with them today >:/ I am terrible at faces, so I'm gonna try and get better at them along with anatomy in general. Took me 3.5 hours to get this sheet filled out, too bad I can't upload at original size. Was kinda hoping i'd get through 20ish male AND female heads, but ended up only getting the males The bottom 3 that look really off are from memory, gotta practice more...
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    This is not a bad start for a sketchbook =) Good to see you work with traditional and digital media. Learning to draw is one big thing to make even good paintings. I think form and values are two things you should focus on. You can do it with a lot of studies from life and drawing many 3D shapes until you get a feeling of how they behave in space and change in different perspectives. If you start to understand the form, even the way you handle values will improve. Study how light behave on different shapes. It helped me to use photos and convert them into greyscales. In the beginning, colour can be very irritating. So get it out of the way.
    Anyway, good thing that you're not afraid of big brushstrokes and there's even some nice pencil hatching in post #4. Keep it up! =D

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