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    Sketchbook of a Possum

    Soo Megatron and Optimus Prime walk into a bar...


    ...and i don't know the rest cos i legged it out of there to get a better view of the fight.


    I'm trying to learn the skills to be able to paint epic scenes like that! I went to University and got a terrible art degree, but i learnt a valuable lesson that you don't have to follow what everyone else is doing inorder to get to where you want to be. I have been painting basic portraits for a little while but found it was getting very repetitive and wasn't satisfying the creative spirit. I want to be a visual communicator but to do that i really need to hone my skills and LEARN instead of, and i quote, " find an artist you like and copy their style". Should have legged it out the door then, i didn't, lesson learnt.

    I'm currently i'm working on perspective as i haven't been able to get that down in the past 12 years i've been trying to draw ( i started when i was 14, it's been a on/off struggle). Once i nail that i'm going to refocus on composition and lighting and then begin to play with colour. I have tried trying to learn a bit of everything on my own and it just hasn't worked so i'm going to try it this way to see if i get further.



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    Please got to the second post to see the first post, or the last post to see how i've (hopefully) improved.

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    Portrait attempt 2

    I'm trying to get better and i want this sketchbook to chart my progress so when i feel like giving up and that my skills are terrible, i can look back at how far i've come.
    I wanted to focus on portraiture but this has changed to environments and landscape painting so after the first post i'll be mainly focusing on that but i'll definitely be drawing faces and figures ( so they can do awesome things in my future awesome landscapes. )


    Next attempt.

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    Went a bit quiet, i think i overwhelmed myself with that task...ah well, live and learn.
    Here's a couple watercolour and photoshop portraits i've done recently. Hoping to get into doing environments and buildings though. Also...must learn how to draw guns properly -_-

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    My entry to the Environment of the week contest- a city by a giant hole! Heehee.....giant hole....

    First time doing a environment in photoshop, really enjoyed it so i will continue to do many many mores!

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    Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R Norling
    Basic Perspective Drawing by John Montague

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    Todays environment study. approx. 1hr an a half

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    Managed to do a couple of 20min tonal value sketches. I want to do more of these but simplify them so they're easier to distinguish the tone hierarchy.

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    Ok...big sketch dump coming up and to be kind i haven't included all the cubes i drew in perspective practice over the past week!

    I've been reading Basic Perspective Drawing by John Montague and Perspective made easy by E R Norling and after reading too far ahead and freaking out, i got back to basics and hopefully after another couple of weeks i'm hoping to have a solid understanding of it...and plenty of notes to refer back to! After doing the environment challenge i realised i know next to nothing about setting up a scene drawing so perspectives first and then next month...COMPOSITION!! Oooh its going to be so fun!! ( already did a couple of copies from landscape artists, bit naughty to skip ahead but i couldn't help it! )

    Anyhoo, i changed my avatar to reflect how simple i feel right now ( go go cat picture! )and below are this weeks sketches. This post are sketches copied from photos, the next post is what i did after opening a perspective book...It can only get better.


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    After reading up on perspective ( sorry the pictures are so basic! )

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    The next 2 are landscape master tonal copies, approx. half hr each and the last ones a sketch from imagination i did.

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    Nice building drawings! They may be basic but the lines are clear and the perspective is getting there. Also, I like the EOW entry's colors- especially those of the rainbowish mountain but I think the bridge looks a bit distorted as it recedes into the distance.

    Come little children! Have some candy and visit my:
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    Forgot to add these studies! I found a old Rembrandt portrait book thats in black and white so i want to keep doing studies of his work. Can't hurt.
    These were painted in gouache and the second ones not finished, i didn't keep track of time, i just enjoyed the painting process of layering up tones.

    zuang Thanks! Yeah, i had a hard time figuring out why things kept going wrong when doing that piece but i really wanted to enter even though i knew it was off. Thankfully it gave the the final kick up the arse to learn how to do things properly.


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    Hi, I'm still trying to figure out perspective so these are my recent sketches this week! I tried to draw some street scenes from life and freaked out as there was too much information, so i'm still focusing on drawing from photos and will venture out again this weekend to try and draw my local park with the hope i won't get overwhelmed.

    I'm trying to keep these in the order i do them so i can see my progression!
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