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    Hello all of you marvelously dedicated people of ca.org!

    I'm Steph, 18 - I come from the land down under (Australia) and I'm uhh sorta new here... I guess. Well, posting on here anyways. I've known about conceptart.org since I was 13 -yr7- and it easily became one of my biggest inspirations.
    (This part below is skippable indeed :^^;: <corny>)
    Although, at the time - I didn't take art as seriously as I should have - thinking that I'd 'probably get to that level when I'm an adult'... but I never fully realised the amount of hard-work and commitment it takes to become an artist. So I coasted... and coasted some more.

    Sure, I've been drawing since I was three in sketchbooks, and then during my schooling life - doodling on pages, worksheets, wherever there was white space... but nowhere near as much as I did when I was a child. I got distracted in high school when I could have been using all of that time that I poured into useless time-killers into refining my art skills. I feel so ashamed thinking about the years I've wasted coasting, brainlessly.

    So by finally creating my own digital sketchbook on this inspiring (now even more populated :P) website -- I've become twice as motivated than I was at the beginning of 2013, (Jan 1, 2013 being the day I actually started studying and practicing art) hoping to achieve an extensive improvement in the coming years, like many of you succeeded in doing! :D
    (</corny>)

    Although up until now I thought I was up to the level of painting figures, environments, vehicles etc... I've come to realise I'm far from that...
    It's back to the basics of drawing, firstly - I need to learn how to draw the proper way - with my arm, not my wrist :nohope: . Alongside this - I need to learn anatomy, perspective (weakness!), forms and in my free time - sketching without references/doodles/anything (just need to make sure I'm not wasting anymore time)!

    To kick off this odyssey - this morning I've drawn 1000+ circles. Working on using my arm, not my wrist.
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    2ndly, 60 second gesture drawings from posemaniacs. Anatomy be hard... anatomy be very hard. The quality of my lines are eh as well as the anatomy in general... sadly I only had a 2H pencil at the time ugh. But I want to murder my weaknesses, so here goes round 1:
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    3rdly, I've done a couple of Vanderpoel eye, nose and mouth sketches as well as a couple of Bridgman hand studies:
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    I really hope to update daily with a minimum of 5 studies/refless sketches per post (and then some). I would also greatly appreciate comments or critiques -- if even at all possible... though I'll keep hopeful :D.

    Thanks for stopping by

    Ta, :yayca:
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    I drew another bunch of 60 second gestural drawings from posemaniacs... toward the last 20-30 I tried to keep my pencil on the paper as much as I possibly could to try and get some hard, more fluid lines... and to finish each gesture faster. At the start of this round of gestures, I could barely finish within the time frame :/ I really need to speed up!

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    After these I decided I would try and quickly sketch a self-portrait. Not great but it's a start :
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    Some quick Bridgman arm studies:
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    Some refless (yep, very noticeable) portraits/figures/animal type thingy from le mind:
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    Probably the last gestures of the day, I feel refreshed knowing I studied hard today.

    Some of these in this round of gesture studies were glob-awful :/ feels bad man. Only way to fix this: do more tomorrow!


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    20:27 - dindins is almost ready - later dinner, gah ;_;
    I'll be sketchin' while I eat that's for sure

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    Some sketches I did while eating dinner -- from my mind.
    note to self: need to study fabric
    in addition to noses, eyes, more anatomy and mouths

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    Practising to become confident in my linework

    Haven't really done that much today (although the day isn't over yet_just updating) - after this I'm going to move onto some Bammes studies, followed by more of yoitisi's Assignment studies.

    The gestures in pen = 60seconds. Need to get in the habit of using my ARM and not my WRIST. I can't believe I was doodling all wrong when I was growing up. Dang bad habits

    The ones in pencil were 30 seconds a pop - they were done before the 60 second bunch.

    Pluuuus some perspective -- my weakness (now along with crappy linework ) and some of the assignment stuffs.
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    Note: also definitely need to work on proportion!
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    Drawing with my arm not my wrist!

    Bammes skel studies screwed up a lot of the proportions so I focussed more so on my line quality (doesn't excuse me from studying proportion & form though! -- hello tomorrow)
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    Really need to get my lines looking confident, showing energy and whatnot.

    2nd - hand study, same as above
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    my glob do I suck at hands , practise makes neeear perfect though!

    3rd - daily self-portrait : fml, so bad. Practise, practise, practise... that is all
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    Note: elongated face is elongated. In the future, redo this for sure >8(

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    at this rate of work you will improve fast! just keep going!

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    Hey there, thanks for taking the time to stop by my sketchbook. You too have a crapload of potential and I see some nice studies here. Those circles crack me up, since I've started with the tablet I do the exact same thing. Keep at it and we'll all enjoy your progression!

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    I can actually see a good chunk of improvement in your anatomy studies already. Keep up the good work. For your self portraits, I think you do the same thing that I do - just draw straight from what you see; I'm trying to start with the classic anatomy models and then overlay the features on that. That might help for getting the proportions for your self-portraits.

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    30 second gesturals before bed (holy crapola is that the time?!)

    ] Spudonkey - thanks you! Exactly what I needed right now, really helping my motivation!
    ] I STRaY I - No worries at all! Haha score! Let us be glorious together and oh my glob... attack of the circles haha, hopefully they really will end up helping us!
    ] nickbernstein - Hey, thanks for the advice and for stopping by, I really appreciate it I'll be sure to try and put your advice into action

    [ sb - ugh, the first couple really show how I'm not used to drawing with my arm, yikes

    Lost track of time doing these... I only planned on doing 50, but ended up doing 70 or so --- and now it's past my bedtime lol
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    tomorrow: proportion study/form, portrait, anatomy, maybe a bit of perspective
    I'll be here with the Daggers for the rest of my art journey.
    Keep pushing people, let us be great together-!

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    Bammes studies

    (15:08PM)
    Needed to do some proportion studies (first of many, herp)
    as well as legs. Later this afternoon I'll try to do some more feet studies as these were abominable .
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    (Mmm. Gotta work more on line quality too :/)

    After I get some green tea, time to study facial features, followed by more gestural studies and a daily self-portrait + if time, a portrait. Hope I can check these off my to-do list before 23:30PM.
    I'll be here with the Daggers for the rest of my art journey.
    Keep pushing people, let us be great together-!

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    All but another portrait

    Managed to get most of the work done that I set out to do... although I feel I can pump out a couple of portraits (aside from my manly, bummy face #fml) before bed.
    So, more gesturals -
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    More facial feature studies (from Vanderpoel & Hogarth) -
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    Aaaaand this abomination of a self-portrait! Tried using markers that were lying around the house to change things up a bit. I thought it was a good idea, until...
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    Ugh. Looks like I have a mullet.
    Screw it! I don't care, I'm motivated like a mofo dodo >8( I will conquer this. Practiseeeeeeeeeeee!
    Do as many portraits as possible in an hour. Tackle proportion tomorrow.
    I'll be here with the Daggers for the rest of my art journey.
    Keep pushing people, let us be great together-!

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    Managed to do finish what i set out to do (:

    Feels good.
    After I did the portraits of the chics, I received some advice from a friend about a book by Andrew Loomis (Drawing the Head and Hands) which I quickly browsed over (considering I had an hour to pump out as many portraits as I could...I wanted to do at least 10, oh well, next time). Applied Loomis' theories to the male portraits... so helpful zomg.
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    Must study that book more! Also: female face, proportion again, hands and more proportion!
    I hope I have time tomorrow. out the door by 13:30 :/
    I'll be here with the Daggers for the rest of my art journey.
    Keep pushing people, let us be great together-!

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    good going on the pace!!
    im starting to like your linework and good job on those lips i like them alot
    one suggestion, although posemaniacs is good but i would highly recommend looking at real ppl or photos of real ppl one site where i always go for practice is [ http://lovecastle.org/draw/ ]
    you can just type how many seconds you want and check the boxes for the type of photos you want and then begin!!
    hope that helps!!
    and keep up the good work!!

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