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    Ali's long and arduous journey - watch me grow!

    Hey everyone,

    My name is Ali, I decided to join and create a CA sketchbook documenting my journey. I'm exhausted of mediocrity so I finally decided to do something about it, The idea is to do 2 paintings, one background and a portrait; hopefully I will improve on my lighting.

    Advice and critiques are welcome; Help me reach my destination guys!

    Today's entries:

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    From photo, Photoshop cc4, 2.30hrs

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    From photo, Photoshop cc4, 1.5hrs
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    I'm really horrible at practising, although i draw almost everyday, is still isn't everyday - not to mention most of the time i'm just randomly painting, not actually learning. Henceforth today I'm thinking about posting everyday - everythings a bit hectic at the moment

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    Comments and criticisms are welcome. Till tomorrow!
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    character design.
    I'm really horrible at proportions, hopefully this is something i can improve upon in time, I really want to become great at it, seeming this is what i want to do as a career. Its the first time I've ever used rim lighting and shadows properly in a character so I'm very proud of that.

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    I'll create another character concept piece in the weekend, I'll try and slash the time into 5-6hrs, because this almost killed me!

    Finally a portrait: This took me two hours, still not great but i realised if the background's non existant, i become less distracted when painting so i could focus on the face. The lighting in the photo was difficult to graps.

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    It's really difficult to copy another photo, this took me 3 hours - not proud that it took me that long and it still doesn't look as good as I want it. Early days i suppose. I will post a completed fan concept tomorrow.

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    Hi Ali! You're off to a great start. Try studying the anatomy beneath facial forms. Knowing the proper placement of muscles and bone structures will help you with proportions. Knowing how light falls on these structures will give you greater realism and depth in your figures.
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    First, welcome!

    Second, I'm gonna agree with Miss Gardener in that you should focus on anatomy in order to strengthen your understanding of depth and weight.

    Third, I think you would benefit from a few still life drawings. Photo references tend to have very harsh lighting, thus blowing out all then delicious values.
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    wow you've read my mind, i was working on a still life painting before you've mentioned it. I really enjoyed it and I will definitely continue working more on it!

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    I will definitely make these my focus of my studies!
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    Thanks Leanne, I'll definitely focus on the anatomy, incl muscles and bone structure!
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    I've been practising drawing heads all day, so to reward myself, i had some fun - these heads all look very stiff so I'll focus on studying andrew loomis's head and hand book! I'm so excited!!

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    Had no chance of updating past 2 days due to new job, will resume as normal daily. I've been working on head much more - im getting really confident with it now - cant believe I've gotten this far without it! Will focus more on figure and environments from now on!
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    I recently hit a brick wall which finally made me see the truth which is im not happy with where I stand and I want to change that - The best way to do that is to work fiercely hard - learn, adapt and evolve! Like organize some time in the morning which I started today.

    I want to pick up the pieces from my tattered career and move on but if i don't want to hire myself - there's no hope. I want to work on my skills for the next 2 years. The idea is to work 4 hours every morning before i head to my part time retail job which i hate. I've always thought it would be easy - I never seriously put in hard work in anything in my life. I was lazy and i've had enough. I finally picked up that Andrew Loomis's 'Figure drawing for all its worth' and noticed one line that hit home. "It is mediocrity to which the door is closed" and that frightened me because it felt like he was talking to me. It was the wake-up call that I needed and the helping hand that got me back up.

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    1 Hour speedpaints - first time doing it for an hour, it was hard keeping it under an hour!

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    2 hours reading and studying "Andrew Loomis's Figure Drawing for all it's worth"

    I want to reach up to 20 pages with massive changes to my designs, by studying 4 hours everyday I'll get there hopefully!
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    Another day, another daily session! I think im getting better with speedpainting faces - 1hr is just so damn quick!

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    More speedpainting from reference! I'm having difficulty with value study from the portrait study - only explanation as to why it feels a step backwards...

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