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    Here we go - my little sketchbook

    Hello together,
    in this place I want to show you my sketches, to track my progress. I am 30 years old an until last summer i never really created a piece of art after finishing school.
    At first the idea of create oil paintings ran into my had. I quickly realized that i sucked.

    I stumbled upon someone's comment, stating: a person that is good in drawing, is often also a good painter.
    So i gave it a try.

    I just kept the most of the sketches, and although they are embarrassing I will show them here. I would greatly appreciate criticism and suggestions, particularly in how I learn more effectively.


    Here is the first batch, created around last august.
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    Hello esukuta and welcome to the site you made a great start with your sketches, you seem to have a good all round understanding, all you need is to practice, practice practice.

    Drawing is definitely the best way to start, starting with the foundations like shape, light and shadow, anatomy and perspective. This site can be a bit confusing but there are some real gems of information in this section .. http://conceptart.org/forums/forumdi...hp?7-FINE-ARTS. Hopefully that can help you with your learning.

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    Thanks for the comment. Currently I try to spend as much time as possible in these fundamentals. Especially the anatomy is incredible hard, there are million of things to do wrong. However, here is some more stuff I did last year.

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    Some imaginary drawings and some stuff from photo reference.

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    Some sketches from the Villpu drawing manual...
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    And a speedpaint (1 hour) of a photo i have taken in ireland. Looks somehow pale, have to work on contrasts.
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    I am currently in the mood of doing a lot of these speedpaints from reference, its big fun. The strange thing is, that often realize the dullness long after i have finished the work.

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    great that you decided to start an sb and better your art skills! keep practicing and hope to see more!

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    I stopped this Rembrandt copy after 60 minutes. The table floats magically through the air.
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    Still life also in 1 hour, painted from real fruits. I am not sure if i should spend more time to get better result or try to stay with short runs. Again not happy with the colors.
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    And finally some anatomy studies from today.
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    Some colored doodle from imagination.
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    Villpu sketches with some anatomy and shading.
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    And a Caspar David Friedrich copy i have done a few days before. Done in one hour.
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    Today i mainly did some figures from imagination. Probably I should spend more time with anatomic accuracy than with values at this point. A lot of work to do...
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    And some 30-seconds. I always feel totaly exhausted after that.
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    Two 30s poses and some sketching from photo reference today...
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    And some stuff from the last week.
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    No updates for a couple of days because i got really much stuff to do.

    I Figured out that I did these quick poses in a wrong way. I focused more on the contour lines than on the gesture. I'll Try to do it better in the future.
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    Some speed paintings from reference.
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    Some quick doodles from today and yesterday.
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    And here is todays work. Tried this no-pen pressure thing in photoshop with the 45 second poses and some of the doodles.
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    Hey Esukuta. Glad to see you made a SB. I like the fact you are studying hard. Keep it up, if I have any crit, it is study the planes of the face (and figure) I think it will really help with both your construction and light.

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    Had a stressfull time without much drawing/painting in the last two months. However, now i have more time and pleasure to go on.
    Here are some quick value studies and some sketches.

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    hi guys, here are some gesture sketches from imagination. I really have problems to make the poses look dynamic.

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    A couple of quick sketches from the last days.

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    Its very nice to see your progress, You are getting better and better because of your determination and persistance.
    Keep the anatomy sketches coming, you are on the right path!

    And also, the "paleness" of the paintings u made so far comes from not really being used to looking at colors,
    but these things will come in time, and take that time, dont give up and start to color pick because that gets u less progress.

    Nice sketchbook, keep it up!

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    Hi Deceptive,

    thanks for your comment. This really keeps my motivation up, even if things dont always look like i wanted it to be.

    Today two very quick sketches and one work in progress still life.

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    I think i messed it up a little bit after the underpainting. I intended to build glazes but it seems as if i used a little to less medium. The result were opaque color layers which erased out the underpainting.

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    hi, today a bunch of stuff i did recently.
    Some thumbs:
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    A few Hogharth studies.
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    And here is todays update!

    Tried to work out different lighting situations on this one. Do you got any tipps to get out the dullness of the first one without going to dark in the shadows? Also general tips for improvement are very welcome .
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    Some speed sketches. I used a other approach than before. This time i clearly seperated darks, midtones and highlights first and began to refine the values from this point.
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    And finally i completed the painting from post #19. Annoyingly i went a bit to dark with the core- and cast shadows
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    Hi, here is an update with some stuff from the last couple of days, mostly drawn from imagination.

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    great improvement so far! - Some good exercises for painting are using simple white cubes and spheres to explore how light works. You can use different background materials to see how the colours reflect on the white surfaces.
    I found perspective drawing helped me with figure drawing, and Bridgeman is my favorite anatomy reference, very blocky and easier to follow than the others. Great for starting out.

    Keep this great variety in your work, it will really pay off

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    Hi! Today some sketches...

    from imagination:
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    photo reference
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    and life drawing
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    and a work in progress in acrylics.
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    Hi! Finished the painting and did studies with the Asaro head.
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    Today some studies and a quick sketch from life.

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    Two sketches from imagination.
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    And some studies from ref.
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    Heya Esukuta! Good job pounding out all those studies! I can really see improvement already! Keep it up.

    My Sketchbook: Warning, it's image heavy. Twiggers "Learning to Draw" Sketchbook
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    Nice studyes! Put attention on eges, clear they make picture good look)

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    Hi together. I did a really weird sp and some color sketches. I noticed that i am absolutely unable to draw properly aligned arms and feet. Also big issues attaching the head to the body.

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