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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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    Hey good work man going back to basics, some of those poses are really well done. keep it up

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    A few doodles, no ref, fineliner + markers:
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    I was sorting out the last months' drawing exercises and scribblings as I came across these enviro doodles - some of which rather abstract. I had completely forgotten this messy stuff but there's definitely something I like in it:

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    Bridgman and Loomis are terrific and all but quite difficult to grasp - at least for me - and I was getting frustrated. So I ordered The Hampton's book and received it a couple of days ago and I love his method. It'll help tremendously.

    More figures, no ref, pencils, markers, pentel pocket brush:
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    Skull study from S.R. Peck, pencil:
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    try to do community challenges as a way to improve hard work but fun good luck

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    @I-Bomb: good idea, I will try that!

    From Vanderpoel, pencil:
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    pencil, Pentel pocket brush:
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    Those imagined figures at the top of post #17 are great. What's your process for drawing those? It looks like red skeletons and blue landmark volumes are drawn on top of the black contours, meaning you drew the contours first? Just curious.

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    @diamandis: In the first pic I drew the gestures with a fineliner first, then thickened the contours with a brush pen, and finally added the landmarks, using opaque markers. Same process for the other pics except that I first scribbled with pencils. And I used alcool based markers here and there too, for the backgrounds and shades.

    skull study with ref, Sketchbook pro 6:
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    Head studies from Bridgman, pencil, brush pen:
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    Woah! Nice sketchbook already!

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    @thePedestrian: Thanks!

    Head studies from Bridgman:
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    brush pen
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    random objects from life:
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    doodles, Sketchbook pro 6:
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    From Bridgman, fineliner, brush pen:
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    No Bridgman studies today!
    Instead I sketched some stuff from my car:
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    a miserable attempt of a landscape in gouache:
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    and a couple of figure drawings, ref from pixelovely, about 15mn each:
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    A castle in the French countryside, sketched from observation, fineliner:
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    figure frawing with ref from Pixelovely and figure drawing references:
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    Bridgman again, brush pen:
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    Pilot V-ball:
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    And a doodle made with Sketchbook pro. While drawing this one I was thinking of the old "chose your own adventure" book, especially the Sorcery! series, Kharé - Cityport of traps to be exact. I wanted to recreate this kind of atmosphere. I know that it's messy and that the perspective is off; lots of work to make a descent image from this scribbling. But I think there is some potential:
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    Two intersesting links:
    Jean Giraud (Moebius) & Hugo Pratt - Tac au tac (1972) Be sure to watch all the episode in the series, there are some real gems!
    ARC museum I came along this one while looking for references - Plenty of master's paintings.

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