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    Haha thanks Grumpy! I was just getting my fix of inspiration and motivation from your sketchbook. This is crazy, right? I've never drawn so much in my life! Pushing myself to do things I always avoided before or just didn't know about. And I know, you're definitely right about the photoshop texture brushes - I really don't have any problem with the fact that I keep trying out new ones because that really is helping my work a lot. Seems like everyones studies start to improve after their initial struggles with texture.
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    Hi Darkstrider, some motivating work here, I like how you don't just post your pics but also write about your insights and process alongside them. It's good to be able to see how someone else thinks when they work on art.

    Keep up the great progress, man.
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    Thank you! Yeah, I use my sketchbook as a personal journal, I want to be able to look at it years from now and remember exactly how I did things and what I was learning when I was doing each piece. It's really frustrating to look through an old sketchbook and you didn't date anything, and don't know when you did it or what else was going on at the same time. So the internet is now my journal, it dates everything for you automatically, and if you just jot a few notes down it keeps everything in perspective.
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    It was this section of bridgeman that you are studying i finally figured out what the hell wedging is! Its not bloody explained!

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    Haha! I know, NOTHING is explained!! It's just like - here's the drawings - figure it out for yourself. I wish somebody - like maybe Robert Beverly Hale, who taught after him at the Art Student's League, would write some text for it. Apparently what little text there is was cobbled together from notes made by his students - I just wish it was a bit more complete. But I guess you do figure it out as you go, if you're really trying. Heck, maybe this way it forces you to think more about it - might actually be better? Ah well, it is what it is - I'm just glad it exists at all!!
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    Hey dude! was looking at your sketches and noted something which may help. Im no expert, but the following are two things i am working on and i think are considered very important - stroke economy and using your arm rather than your fingers or wrist to draw. Your sketches already have character - but have you ever considered trying smooth sweeping curves for sketching? Your contours may be suffering as they can sometimes be ill defined. Drawing things in one confident stroke (or trying to) forces you to know where to place your stroke, before you place it. I've heard people also say to 'draw big' as it forces you to draw with your arm rather than your wrist. e.g. It is usually easier to draw a circle in one go using your arm, than using your fingers/wrist.

    I hope that all makes sense, i dont mean to piss on your parade, i mean you are doing really well! Let me know what you think.

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    I do that when I draw bigger but these are in a small sketchbook. Plus I'm not trying to make art here, just studies of anatomy, and when I notice a line is going a little off I restate, resulting in some hairy lines sometimes. Add to that the fact that I'm also trying to practice using line quality to define form, thicker in places, thinner in places, which means going back and thickening some lines… the result is what you see. Trust me, I do know about drawing from the shoulder, which is the way Bridgeman did these originally - with a long stick and drunk. It makes lines that are beautiful in themselves but far from accurate - it's more like shooting from the hip rather than bracing the gun for accuracy.
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    Awesome then! Keep that wedging going

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    Haha! Wedging away!! I notice I did clean up my line work a bit after reading your comments (during a little break between spreads while waiting for the fixative to dry). I also noticed it's basically impossible for me to draw from the shoulder the way I sit when I'm doing Bridgeman - this chair has arms on it, and my own arms are jammed in between them and my body - they're basically trapped, with only my hands free to move!! Lol weird! But when I do figure drawing on newsprint I free myself up and draw from the shoulder, trust me. Thanks for the reminder - my lines do get better when I keep that stuff in mind.
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    So basically you are pretending to be a t-rex whilst drawing.

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    Haha!! Exactly!!
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