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    Florian's sketchbook - from zero to hero?

    Hey eyverone. I decided to open a sketchbook today and upload a drawing every (other) day.
    I used to draw a lot when I was a teenager around 14-15 but somehow gave it up only did little doodles now and then. I regret now, as I'm 24 and found I still really enjoy drawing but forgot about it.
    Now I want to improve and get better..
    I only got the skills from when I was 14... and now I feel a little too old :/
    But I want to keep on practicing. I got my motivation from community member Algenpfleger, who put down a really nice FAQ on deviantart.
    I hope working hard will bring good results.
    Anyway. Here are my first drawings from my sketchbook. I'm using Andrew Loomis' books as study reference

    Also I'm open for all kinds of critiques and feedback along the way. Thank you

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    Welcome I don't think you should feel old. 24 is still an age in which you can learn pretty much anything to an expert level. If you spend only one hour drawing each day for some years your improvement will be enormous! Stick to it
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    My current areas of interest: Linework, Composition, Visual Library

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel Baum View Post
    Welcome I don't think you should feel old. 24 is still an age in which you can learn pretty much anything to an expert level. If you spend only one hour drawing each day for some years your improvement will be enormous! Stick to it
    Thats right
    I do draw (almost) every day one hour since last Year (May 2012)
    I switched to upload every week one of my Assignment to save some time but look for yourself (sketchbook)
    I am searching for a "Mentor" who will give me some hint's and an ass-kick when I get lazy

    NOW or Never --> Last Chance SKETCHBOOK _____ deviantArt _____ CW-Sketchbook(Blog)

    Any Question? ---> PM pls

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    thank you for your encouraging words
    It made me feel better.

    Also, JiR your studys are great. It's a very nice way of practicing. Really intense.

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    I seem to have problems with female proportions. When I draw with pen and paper I suck especially. As you can see above.
    I did the digital drawing below a while ago and it took me forever (8 hours). I used references and it was kinda hard. But still better than the studies.
    It shows me there is still a really long way to go.

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    Yeah, that's a nice one!

    One possibility to get better with proportions is to take a picture and lay tracing paper on top of it. Then take a ruler or so and mark the size of the object you want to draw (for example the human figure) by doing a horizontal line where it begins on top and one where it ends on bottom. Take the tracing paper away from your reference and put down your lines (no rendering) as usual. When you are finished and confident (at the very end) you can compare by laying the tracing paper on top of the reference again. That way you can objectively judge if you make certain body parts too big or small. When you do this over and over you can try to not make the same mistakes again and again.

    A downside of that approach is that it's very 2D... Maybe someone else has better tips.
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    I'm still practicing but not as much as I intended to.. which I knew would happen :/
    but I draw more often and constantly than before, so that's good I guess.
    I've noticed to be getting faster with the drawings, drawing less fuzzy lines and improving in proportions.

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    this is something digital I'm currently working on, when I've had enough of praciticing and want to do something fun. I still kind of inherit this manga style from when I was a teenager and I'm trying to get rid of it, which is difficult.

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    still doing the same stuff. female bodies puzzle me...

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    Okay. So I haven't posted in a while, because I've been on vacation. But I kept myself busy and did a lot of studies, which I'm not uploading.. it makes me sick looking at them cause I've made too many.
    So I show a little on my progres and uploaded a couple of random sketches and digital artwork.
    I'm curious about your feedback. Please help me improve .)

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