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    Aliciane wants to improve

    Hello everyone

    Like a lot of people, I've been watching and reading this website for a long time, but I was always too shy to register and post. I'm gathering my small amount of courage in order to start a sketchbook here. I know that there are already so much threads in this website, therefore I do not expect people to have a lot of time to specifically give me advice ^^ (but hey, don't hesitate if you have something to say !)
    However the simple fact of having a public thread for that is motivating, in my opinion. And by simply browsing and reading other people's threads, I've already learnt so much things

    I'll introduce myself a bit. I'm French and I'm 22. I'm an amateur, I'm entirely self-taught as my studies have really nothing to do with art. This means I don't have as much time as I would want to practice, but also that I've got no delay to reach the level I want to have, since I don't need to enter a specific school or so. I hope you have nothing against amateur people, since there are a lot of professionals here, I would not want to seem displaced :s

    However, being self-taught also means that I've learnt in a bit of random order, and I realized recently that I lacked several things related to basics that I would like to correct. Anatomy, perspective, composition, light, edges, almost everything I think >< Especially because I'm a bit "perfectionist" and I used to spend really too much time on each piece, instead of doing several sketches, studies, that would have teach me more.

    For you to know the resources I'm currently studying are :
    - Loomis' Books (Currently reading "Head & Hands", will then move to "Figure Drawing" & "Successful Drawing")
    - Jack Hamm's "Drawing Scenery"
    - James Gurney's "Imaginative Realism"

    These days I've mainly practised Heads & portraits, so here are a few sketches related :

    These are heads copied from Loomis (or Proko's channel, that I find being a very good additive to the book itself)
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    I know just copying Loomis' drawing is not the aim of the method, but I'm seeing it as a starting point before moving on to sketches from photos or from life. I hope it's not too wrong

    These three are from photographs, they are supposed to be the same girl :/ and damned, open smiles are awfully difficult, I really need to study this more. Of course if you want to see one of the references, just ask
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    This one was supposed to end being coloured. I wanted to do a more "finished" portrait, and I wanted to start in black and white first before colouring using different layer modes. Last time I tried this method, it was a complete failure... and this one too ! I feel really unable to choose the right colours this way. So I'm leaving it in black and white while waiting for having the courage of repainting it entirely.
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    By the way if you see any major flaw in this drawing, since I'll have to repaint in directly in colours, could be of use not to repeat the same mistakes

    And finally, being very frustrated with this colouring problem, I needed to do some stuff with colours, so I made this quick Sargent study :
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    Eventually, being used to learn all by myself, I've decided of what I should work on, learn, study, and so on as I could, but I've probably missed some of my weaknesses or haven't even thought about some useful exercise. So if you have time to browse my gallery and point me some additional / specific weakness I would need to work on, don't hesitate

    Hope I won't be too shy to post on other threads now :o

    (English isn't my native language so please excuse my mistakes ,_,)

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    Some update, still studying Loomis's "Drawing the Head and Hands"

    A silly perspective exercise, I was obsessed with how to report length from one direction to another as well as how to measure rotation angle. It's a bit distorted because I made my cube too big compared to my vanishing point's scale.
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    A quick (failed) Sargent study :
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    Then I tried to learn about the face's muscles (from Loomis's sketches)
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    Time to study lips (mainly from Loomis's sketches and Proko's channel)
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    Another lip study, trying to follow Enayla's tutorial (Upper image is Enayla's, lower is mine)
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    And a finished portrait where I failed the hair because I went over the top with the strands too early
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    Small update, I need to do more of these small studies, at least one per day would be good.

    Another Sargent study :
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    And two real life studies of daily objects :
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    Another too small update. Eyes and noses studies, from photographs, Loomis & Proko.

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    Should really update more often, I feel so unproductive when I look at the small amount of sketches I do :/
    Guess I'm still focusing too much on my main paintings.

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    I had to do a little break from anatomy. I decided to fight against my biggest enemy : vegetation (especially trees). The fight is gonna be quite long. After a failed attempt at a study from photograph, I searched for resources on the subject and went for On Drawing Trees and Nature by author J. D. Harding.

    I'm still reading the book, these are just the first sketches I did, there's still a lot of work in perspective... The first one is somewhat inspired by one of the book's illustrations while the others two are for pure imagination.

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    My main self-critics would be the following, even if all the remarks could be applied to each drawing :
    Tree A : Lack of skyholes and patches. The foliage is too dense and look like pillows rather than leaves.
    Tree B : Trunk and branches are awfully flat and unnatural
    Tree C : My favourite. Better than the others but the overall shape do not read well. It lacks a coherent inner structure.

    I hope I'll be able to solve these issues in my next studies.

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    Moaaar trees study of the book still on going.

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    I've also bought myself a small mirror that I've put on my desk. Now I can study faces from life without brothering my relatives \o/

    So here is my eye, evening with artificial light :
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    And my lips, noon with sunlight through window :
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    I'm not satisfied with the "integration" of those features :/
    I find the surrounding volumes weird, but have troubles correcting them. I hope it'll be easier to spot the mistakes when I'll make an entire self-portrait, because of the more "global" view... If not, then I'll have to study more those volumes

    However I'm satisfied with the colours, looks a lot like my skin.

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