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    This is for the newcomers like myself who want to know how to improve at gestures and life drawing specifically - I ran across several threads last night with great life drawing demos and advice:

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    All excellent - so glad these are still online!!

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    Drew slower on these (90s) and at first tried to draw limiting lines top bottom and both sides as most of those demos showed. Wow were my boxes wildly off!!! Still though drew more carefully, and started doing multiples on each page (save some money on newsprint!):

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    Jealous of that studio! Nice first paintings too.

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    Thanks! It's the only room in the house with 2 windows where I can set up cross-ventilation - but now that I got it all set up winter is here and I can't open them anyway…
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    I won't be posting gestures here anymore, unless I go back to doing them on the tablet - it just takes waaay too long to scan them all in (each page as 2 separate scans), piece them all together, clean up and post. It's enough that I do them. Meanwhile, I started a couple of academic-style drawings.

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    Didn't spend nearly enough time measuring on this one. Everything is way off.

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    Measuring a lot more and more carefully on this one, and working with charcoal pencil rather than graphite. I think I'm still trying to define shapes too early - my lines at this point should be straight and a few smooth curves maybe. Next time I'll do better.

    Stressin me out man!! Lol, like when I first started doing gestures. I know that's a good thing - means I'm pushing past my comfort zone. So growing pains.
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    Little progress --

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    Man, working with charcoal is really a whole different animal from graphite - especially for trying to do fine detailed work like this!! It's like the tip is chunky (except immediately after sharpening) and constantly eroding as fast as you can draw, and it crumbles and spreads across the lines - makes blunt shapeless blobs rather than sharp controlled lines, I can only seem to get maybe 3 values with it… I'm really going to have to rely on being able to fix it up later with erasing and some white conte.
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    Little more progress

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    .. aaaand some exercises. Workin' them basics.
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    Wow, I've been a real drawing machine lately!! Like - a BROKEN one..

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    I've never tried to explicitly draw in the plane breaks of the body before (not that I got them right here). This is something I need to start doing. And don't even ask about the girl with one dwarf arm and one giant one - I know how horrible that is. Need to pay a lot more attention to proportions in the early stages.
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    your two latest figure drawing look really good. And the latest ufc render IS coming together nicely.

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    Thanks for the boost man!! To me they really don't look very good - sloppy and ill-proportioned. I'm wondering what happened - I used to be able to do better. Could be largely because almost every drawing I do now is on a different kind of paper or with a different media, and/or because all of a sudden I'm drawing totally differently than I'm used to (working from reference, trying to do the academic type stuff). Your figures look much better. I think I need to stop trying to do them fast - I'll do slowsketches for a while rather than quicksketches. Hopefully that helps. Maybe just drawing like I'm used to will bring back the desire to draw again - that seems to have largely evaporated around the time I started switching over to all this new stuff. I think I need to ease into the new ideas rather than quit cold turkey and try to instantly draw differently.

    I'm starting to like using charcoal pencils though - I like the shading on the last page of forms (though I can see now the shadows are too far forward on the spheres).
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    Got some more done on Ronda - not finished yet though.

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    Man, that background was a headache!! Should have used charcoal for it - I'm thinking about trying a hybrid with charcoal and graphite. And I HATE myself for placing her so close to the edge of the paper, so the microperf cuts right through her shoulder!! Plan better…
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    I really like your pencil studies they wanna make me
    draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw specially the
    little sewing roll looks fantastic.

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    Thanks Iven!! Just checked your sketchbook - you have some really cool stuff in there!!
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    Ronda

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