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    Minella wants to improve!

    Hi! I've been floating around here a while and finally got courage to register and make my own sketchbook I have drawn a couple of years or so but didn't bother to construct things or think about bones and muscles or anything, just drew shit from imagination and needless to say didn't improve much at all. And I played videogames, MMOs etc. many years even if I wanted to develop my drawing skills but I was just always too distracted. I mostly just admired other's creations, but now I'm SO ready and willing to improve! It would be one of my biggest dreams to be able to draw anything I see in my mind

    Critiques and advice very much appreciated!
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    30 second gestures, I usually have fun with these but now it felt kind of... frustrating? I dunno D: And some stuff from life
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    Great studies! Keep them up!

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    Anebarone - Thank you! I'll try to


    Some animals from google image search. I've been enjoying summer so I've been a bit lazy with drawing and posting...
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    30 second gestures, a couple of doggies from google and one of them was done by not trying to look much at the paper, a red chalk test annnnd something from Borenstein's book. Critiques etc. always welcome
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    Something lame and 30sec gestures
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    Some good studies you have going here. Keep up the great work! =)
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    As someone who struggles with gesture drawing I really like yours, some of them have a great sense of motion. I'm currently watching these videos by Vilppu and can't say enough about them, he's a really great teacher, if you have time for over an hour of gesture drawings give this a go.

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    Lynayru - Thank you! I will
    drbernardi - Thanks man! Those videos are great, thank you for the link I have all his books, should just spend more time reading them hehe


    Koi and ladybugs from gooooogle, gestures from Vilppu's book and 30 sec gestures once again. I'm ill (in the summer?!) so I really couldn't concentrate much on anything :/ Critiques etc. always welcome~
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    Very useful studies indeed - you can try to make more convinient shapes I mean that I can see how you skew the cilinders and so on. It will be in good use.

    Best wishes!

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    kitana_mk - Thanks! Yes I should definitely try to do that more, try to really understand the form. Thanks again for visiting

    A small update today, I'm still sick and it frustrates me and I just want to sleep aaaaaaall the day.
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    Cool sketchbook Minella! Really nice studies. Love the koi. Keep working hard!

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    Strilika - Thanks mate! Will do


    Something from Fun With A Pencil and gestures
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    I really like Vilppu's method
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    nice job on all the animals! keep up the hard work.

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    MonkeyFiction - Thank you! I'll try to


    A couple of days break and I can already feel my hand getting rusty, meaning more hairy lines than usual. I shouldn't get lazy!
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    Sooooo, been a while since I posted ^^; Dunno what happened.

    30 seconds gestures and stuff around the house and from books and youtube
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    I like how you applied Vilppu's method to your animal drawings. Good work with all the gestures but maybe you should mix in some value studies now? Keep going!

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    Sleepz - Thank you! You have a good point, I really need to practice values. I tend to be too careful with them I guess...

    Here is a skull study from a stock photo in DA http://minotaur-queen-stock.devianta...tock-177905731
    The scanner killed some tones tho :/ Need to make the next ones darker. Would like some critique~
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    Very good studies! You got more confident with your linework I see.
    It all began with a crocodile sketch...

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    helila - Thanks!

    1 minute gestures and studies from books~
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    Couldn't draw much today. 1 minute gestures and Bridgman studies. I need to practice perspective again but ewwwww it's sometimes so boring
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    Good sketchbook, i can see improvement since the first post. As for gestures you can check out Sycra or Proko on youtube, and maybe do some landmark studies from the Loomis book.
    Good job and keep posting!

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    Skin and bones, spin the stones, mask the
    task, and after all try to snatch the hatch. Since
    your goal is to be able to draw at will from your imagination, I would
    suggest you to draw first a lot from photo references and a lot from life.
    For example a daily routine would be 50 percent life drawing, 30 percent
    photo referenced, and the leftover 20 could be drawings from imagination.
    Drawing from imagination is the most fun and less tiring for me. As you
    improve, evolve, and build up the reference library in your head, you
    can increase the imaginations drawing percentage. In the end you
    can have complete days of drawing from imagination.
    Ain’t that gonna be just great and fun?
    Looking at your sketches, I see that you did a lot of gestures animal
    and human, and you’ve improved after time, your effort put into
    all this is definitely paying off, you just keep on being persistent.
    As for drawing the human head, Loomis book is a great choice, but
    if you’ll have a chance also try to draw actors and people from photo
    references, and I don’t know how to accentuate, but drawing portraits
    from life are priceless, and best overall. Well I guess, that’s all I can
    say for the first time, nothing more comes to my mind. I wish you
    to continue drawing, posting and sharing your progress and people
    will be very glad to help. Have plenty of happy painting hours
    and we’ll talk later more I hope.

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    razvanb08 - Thank you! I've seen some of Proko's videos, should watch them again tho Loomis is great, I especially like his method for drawing the head.

    LtPlissken - Whoa, thank you much for the long comment! It made me smile hehe. Life drawing is a bit hard for me, but I'll try to do it when I get a chance, tho I think even a mirror could help at that I'll keep your advice at mind and will try my best!

    Studies from Hampton's book (which is GREAT btw), 1 min gestures and 5 min gestures/studies.
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    One more update from today. Stuff from Hampton's book and 1 min gestures. Getting sleepy so more to come tomorrow
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    I'm annoyed by the order these images upload, it doesn't make sense. Anyway, drew today from Hampton's book, did some gestures and quite fast photo studies trying to find landmarks and apply the stuff I learned, and a bit stuff from life.
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    Something shitty from my head. I should start to study animal anatomy for real, among with figure and life drawings and uaaaaaaahh there's so much to learn! It's sometimes hard to choose where to start : D
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    you are doing it well but you need to draw more from life! it is very important i should draw from life more often too!

    thank you for your words on my sb.

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    Keep it up ! Studies are the way to go. You might want to try using the side of the lead for basic pencil shading ; I found out it really helps to make quick sketches look less cluttered, and the volumes easier to figure out.

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