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    Alex DL learns to draw

    Hi everyone!

    My name's Alex, I'm French, male, 34yo. I began learning to draw about 10 month ago - better late than never!
    I've been lurking for quite a while and have come to the conclusion that conceptart.org is a great community, and joining can only help me to improve.

    Today morning's stuff: a few contour drawings from observation + a bunch of quick pose gesture drawings (30 seconds) from http://artists.pixelovely.com/

    I found out that I love the 30 seconds delay: it forces you to observe efficiently and symplify the form to keep only what is relevant. I think it's a crucial skill to be honed. I have already made some progress, and will continue to practice everyday. I will also try to study longer poses, along with some anatomy studies. I have to familiarize with color and digital painting too.

    Hopefully more to come on a daily basis.

    Comments and critics are welcome!

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    Hi Alex, welcome to CA!
    I like what you're doing with the contour drawings and especially the figures. If you've been doing those 30s figures for a while, maybe it's time to start paying a bit more attention to the shapes of muscle groups in relation to each other and the entire figure and doing some slightly longer (60s?) poses too.
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    @krysjez: thx for the advice, I will definitely study muscles and try to work with different pose durations.

    Some other stuff from observation, drawn freehand: a messy spoon and a ladle (I need to practice value drawing and texture rendering, and improve my hand control a lot), and also two lanscape sketches.
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    This morning stuff:

    Various objects drawn from observation + a bunch of gesture drawings, with different pose durations (10s, 30s, 60s & 90s) - ref from http://www.posemaniacs.com/

    All was drawn with a grey marker on copy paper.
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    Hi,

    Today's stuff: gesture Drawings (30s poses), anatomy study from "The Atlas of Human Anatomy for the artist" by Stephen Roger Peck, and a doodle done with sketchbook pro 6.
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    Hey man, nice start !
    I like your observation drawings !
    Keep it up !
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    Hello!

    Today's stuff:

    From observation, made with a grey marker:
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    Study of the right scapula, from S.R. Peck, pencil + ballpoint pen:
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    Also from Peck:
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    Now the same thing from Loomis:
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    Muscles of the shoulder, from Loomis:
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    Great anatomy studies! Don't be afraid to dome some sketching and applying that knowledge! Keep practicing!
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    Hey man, really like the line quality of your life sketches, the hoover, the chair the shoes etc are really really nice.
    However for these figure studies in the beginning stages of understanding the figure I think you would benefit more from spending more time on a single pose and giving yourself some time to figure out how to suggest certain shapes and connections and practice getting some nice lines of the human body. Once you have a foundation 60s gestures are useful for helping yourself see the pose as a whole faster. If there isn't a certain level of understanding there before hand I'm not sure they are as useful as they could be. Of course its all about a balance in your studies so both are good, do some slightly longer studies and really look and get some nice shapes and accuracy and the shorter ones will improve a lot

    And try some portraits, they will really help you hone your eye and accuracy because of how sensitive we are to them
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    Hi guys!

    The sketchbook reappeared, but some posts are missing
    Anyway here's a selection of images previously posted, as well as new ones:

    from observation, markers
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    doodled in Sketchbook pro 6:
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    new studies from Bridman, fineliner:
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    Gesture drawings from imagination, fineliner:
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    arm studies from Bridgman, fineliner:
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    from Stephen Roger Peck, fineliner + pentel pocket brush:
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    erm, pretty impressive progress. You sure you've been doing this only 10 months? ._.

    Also Machinarium rules. I love the backgrounds, and I love the music, still listen to it to this day.
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    @diamandis: Thanks for stopping by! Your sketchbook is quite inspiring to me as I, too, used to draw in the past and for some reason completely stopped. But even I doodled a lot in the past it's really last year I properly began learning to draw. Never before had I heard of shapes & forms, edges, values, line quality, nor had I bothered opening an anatomy book And yes, Machinarium is gorgeous, as are all Amanita's games!

    Not much done today, just a few gestures from imagination, fineliner:
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    and an arm study from Bridgman, fineliner:
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