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    Spartan Camp #248 - 50 gestures + Optional "Continuous Contour Line Drawing"

    Spartan Camp #248 - 50 gestures + Optional "Continuous Contour Line Drawing"

    The aim is to produce 50 gestures by Sunday the 23nd of December.

    - The gestures can be of anything, human, animal, cavorting capybaras.... You can draw full figures, but you can also go for heads, arms, eyes, or anything specific. All media can be used, both digital or traditional. Coloured or black/white. Quick scribbles or long studies. Imagination or referenced. Clothed or nude. Specifics are up to you!

    - In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Continuous Contour Line Drawing", in any medium.
    Additional notes on this weeks’ Optional Study:


    The background
    There's no shortage of "drawing exercises for beginners" on the internet. This week we'll try one out. The continuous contour drawing seems useful and appears to be somewhat of a classic exercise.

    The exercise
    Do a study by drawing the contours using a single line. The purpose here is to focus less on construction and perception and more on the actual gesture and the 'feel' of what you are drawing. Using a single line helps you focus on the line quality. To get a better idea of this optional study, check out the links below!
    The study subject is not so important, you can do some gestures, a figure drawing or any object.

    Reference
    After a quick search, here are a couple of guides:
    Wikipedia
    Guide1 (a couple paragraphs down)
    Guide2 (halfway)
    Guide3
    There are also videos on youtube, most of them of questionable quality though. Also, doing a simple google image search can help.



    50 poses is a challenge, but don't hurry or stress yourself reaching it! Focus on drawing, as practising is the main goal of this exercise.

    Criticizing each other is highly encouraged!! Share constructive criticism, reference images and resources!! Let's help each other get better!

    Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!

    HALL OF FAME - SPARTAN CAMP #247


    e-nat
    Animare
    Niam
    Greenhouse
    Flashback
    Hamorhage
    Venerable Hobo
    Lakai
    Anthis
    Raymond Luk
    J@n!t
    Klaustrophil
    Kea
    Johan Johansson
    Klaustrophil

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    Here's my drawings from Sunday/Monday. Going for 1000 pictures on my computer this week.
    I think I need to find a better position to draw from so i can get some more arm movement in.
    So about 300 gestures thus far.
    Mostly 1 and 2 minute
    Couple 5 minute ones with trying a couple different ways to shade. They didn't work.
    15 minute ones with some as few of lines of as possible to try and get the action.
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    Great dedication Venerable Hobo! The gestures are looking good so far, I like that you're mixing all sorts of poses (and some animals too )
    For the longer pose paintings, try not to use pure values (white or black)

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    nice one venerable hobo! That's impressive...your longer poses are a bit stiff though, try to loosen up a bit.
    e-nat, great poses form imagination! How do you approach these, is there an underlying structure which you then erase? Or do you jump straight into detail?

    EDIT: Did some imagination drawings aswell. Gotta do this more..it's difficult to translate that knowledge into forms through imagination.

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    Some speedies and 10mins.
    I tried to use less lines and a bigger opaque brush in the 10min grey painting, but quickly slipped into bad habits.
    Also tried an imagination pose, well actually I tried several but only one looked close to okay /sob. I think I need to realx a little and try it again with less obsession with the lines lol.
    Hamorhage I really like your poses, the technique you used too. They look so fluid.
    Loving the detailing in your imagination poses e-nat.
    Wow Venerable Hobo lots of poses! Although I'm going to copy what someone told me and say it'd be nice to see them bigger, the speedy ones as well.

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    Hey animare! Welcome to this weeks' show
    Good that you pointed out to Hobo that he needs to put up bigger drawings, even though compositionally it's really nice to look it
    Anyway, some ideas on your work if you like:
    page:1-2 I love your selection of line and proportions are really good, I am missing the feet and hands though. Even if its just an indication, I think you should really try to include it.
    page 3: I love the continuation of planes, nice sense of volume and light.
    page 4: I'm going to assume that this is your imagination sketch, it looks really nice! But you can tell you've been skipping out on drawing hands and feet
    It's so difficult I agree, I guess that's why we should aim to do some every day.

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    Hamorhage, Your imagination drawings have a lot of motion in them, I love how you control the weight of the line to show light and movement.
    I'm more used to drawing from imagination than observation (hence the stiffness in gestures), so I kinda add the details as I draw...I wish there was some structure method tho.

    Animare, Good work so far! I wonder how much more you can push the speedies? Maybe adding more elements like Hamorhage suggested (hands, feet, etc..). I found that drawing only one part of the body repeatedly helps. For example, instead of drawing 30 second gestures of the whole body, you can draw 30 sec gestures of the legs+feet or the arms+hands, just to become more comfortable with them.



    anyhow, drew these just to feel productive today.

    30 seconds ( I should draw more hands/feet T_T)

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    Only just discovered these Spartan assignment camps. Going to start doing them all the time.

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    Check it out and help me get better.

    My folio website: http://www.haydenzammit.com/
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    E-nat and Hamorhedge i love both your guys' imagination drawings. I will definitely try to be less stiff in my future longer drawings.

    Heyden-Zammit your gestures are nice. Your animal is quite eh comparatively.

    I almost hate this challenge i have given myself now, but its fun in its own masochistic way.
    Mostly 45 and 60 second gesture with some doodles and imagination.
    I'm a little bit behind from wanting to finish up one of my sketch books but not by much. I believe i am about 1 page of drawing behind.
    Not quite sure how many pictures here but i think a little bit.
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    Thanks Hamorhage and e-nat for the feedback.

    Definitely right about avoiding feet and hands, it's one of those things I knew I needed to work out but they always got left behind.
    Done some continous contour line drawing and some 30sec and 60sec hand studies.

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    Great work Animare, glad you immediately tackle the hands! I've gotta do some of those studies aswell btw!
    Welcome Hayden, nice approach to your studies..very volumetric!

    Here are some pics of my life drawing session, continued to work on color for better or for worse
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    Hayden_Zammit, welcome new blood! We're going to sacrifice you----errrr love the drawings, you have good gestures going on, it would be great to see longer poses

    Venerable Hobo, I would have commented on the longer poses thingy but I think you're doing great. Short poses are a must to get dynamic poses. Keep it up! (good job on drawing the feet and hands too)

    Animare, the hand studies looks so neat! I especially love the 60 seconds Congratz on being the first to do the optional study

    Hamorhage, are those pastels? Gorgeous work! I admire your perseverance to do life drawing workshop every week (it's difficult....it truly is)



    I planned on resting my eyes today but then I checked this thread and got jealous of the awesome stuff being posted

    2 mins, I did the Contour drawing without lifting the pen (Mostly) then redrew the same pose the usual way (smaller). Hope I got it right.
    5 mins for shading and stuff. Media used: Blue Fineliners, HB mechanical pencil(0.5mm) and Staedtler technical pen (0.1)

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    Photostudies: quick and loose
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    I want to say things about everybody else but there is nothing of substance!
    Hamorhage-- Love your 1 minute and 30 minute live drawing stuff. Other 2 are good just like the other stuff more.

    And finishing up my 1000 gestures. Thank goodness.
    A 5 minute blind contour i did with this stand thing in my room that has stuff on it.
    I think i should have just focused on one shelf. I will probably do a couple more tomorrow.

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