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    Bri - tries to learn digital

    Long time admirer of this site and the amazing artists who come here. Thought it was time to start a sketchbook and document my journey.
    Like most people who are learning, it is my dream to one day do this as a profession.

    Background- I liked to draw as a kid, but was never encouraged infact I was told to forget about art and focus on getting a real job. Worst advice ever, can't believe I actually listened to these people who knew nothing about art.... So after many years I quit my engineering job which I hated with a passion and went back to my first love. Decided to go to college for 2 years and learn about art history and fundamental/fine arty stuff, that was 5/6 years ago and I've been scribbling on and off ever since. This is the best move I've ever made. Art makes the heart happy

    Have explored a range of traditonal media and feel it is now time to try and transition into digital. My aim is to keep improving and see what happens.

    Help and crits will be greatly appreciated.

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    Guess I'll start with most recent stuff.
    Little figure sketch
    Ecorche study
    Sclpture- My sister got me supersulpey clay for xmas and this was my first attempt. Was great fun.
    Figure drawing- I'm fascinated by sacred geometry, used myself as a model.
    Some old work on my wall which I really need to take down, Got loads of pics lying all over the place. Actually running out of space The drawing on the top left is a head nod to William Blake's Urizen. I love William Blake.
    There is a Hiremy Hirschl print buried under there.

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    Loomis/Ecorche head drawing.

    Oil painting of my cousins son. - I'm pretty new to oil painting so still trying to get the hang of it.

    Little figure- Testing out new pencils

    A drapery study from DA stock photo reference, think the artist was called 'lockstock'. Anyhow didn't like where it was going so I scrubbed the paint off. Then tried to add to the drawing underneath just so it at least looked decent.

    Oil on top of acrylic painting of my Aunts dogs, sadly two of them had died.

    Stylised hands- My hands from life, this one is actually an old drawing I did at college.

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    Oil practice- Playing with oil and trying to mix skin tones hehe.... This will take lots of practice before I attempt it from life. The top two looked diseased.

    Some little heads.

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    These are some of my scribbles from the last few months. Most of these are from imagination, the aim was to break my fear of making mistakes so I bought lots of cheap paper and spent no more than a few minutes on each scribble. The majority of them are little figures and heads. No eraser was used so some of them really suck, lots of them are out of proportion and totally wonky but that's ok. Just wanted to draw and let my hand flow without thinking, sort of 'Zen' style. Most of the pages are A2 paper folded over giving me 4 sides. All of them are filled in.

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    Great start! I'm looking forward to see more of your work!

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    Random close ups of said speed sketches.

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    More close ups.

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    Thanks for looking falapoco

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    Life drawings.
    The first 3 of the girl were warm-up drawings in a classroom setting, my first since leaving college about 3 years ago. I gave her the final drawing and unfortunately forgot to take a photo of it.... Doesn't matter as It's all practice . I felt that, although it had been a long time since drawing from a model (other than myself), I had improved a great deal, the drawing seemed to flow more easily without too much thought.

    The other 3 are quick life drawings of myself. Trying to draw my head from different angles using 2-3 mirrors. They are not that good but they were fun. Find the less I worry about details the more fun it becomes. Some of my favourite drawings consist of only a few lines.

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    Some random old work then will start posting fresh stuff. Should probably have started with the old stuff
    The one in the top right was an idea board about cultural issues.
    The painting at the bottom was abandoned, don't know what I was trying.

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    More oldies

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    More oldies, get them out the way.
    The pic of Jim Morrisson was for my sis. Was trying out charcoal and acetone.
    The Gorilla in the bottom left corner I copied from another artist who never had a name or I would give them credit. Most uncool to copy another artists drawing I know, but I really loved the perspective. To the unknown artist-I salute you!

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    Just a little more.
    The knight dude was actually a lil self portrait, thought I would draw in some armour and see how I looked as a knight hehe......Cmon.... We've all done it, right?

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    great works here lookings for fresh ones keep doing stuff

    sorry for my english , google traduction is speaking -_-
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    And some more....
    A little Rembrandt study in there. Did a lot of quick master studies in a sketchbook at college.

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    Ok enough of the old pics.

    Will post some digital stuff next. Been poking about in photoshop back and forth for a few months. Digital is an area I would like to explore a great deal further. So far it's been a frustrating experience as when drawing tradionally I switch my hand grip between holding the pencil like a pen and holding it like a knife. This doesn't seem to quite work with digital and I feel like I'm learning to draw all over again. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong

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    Great stuff! Keep it up

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    Mam'suh thanks for taking the time. Fresh stuff will be coming shortly, just trying to lay a little foundation.

    These are the last things I did in digital that were not completely horrific. I will need serious help in the digital arena.
    Quick little silhouette figures and a female knight.
    The robo dude was me discovering how to make custom brushes from mechanical images and messing about till a something appeared.
    Any future posts will be art as it's done. Happy New Year to all when it comes

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    Thanks strangeloop

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    Beautiful stuff! voting doesn't work

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    elip-se - Thankyou kindly
    Was playing around and realised that I've never actually attempted to draw a vehicle before....Been too caught up in all the fine art stuff. Still trying to get the hang of the brushes too and from what I've read so far it seems it is best to only stick to a few simple brushes at the beginning, so I guess I'll heed this advice.

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    WOW! so much work! How much do you draw every day?

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    cluisr- Hi. Varies from day to day, for the last 5 months been every day minimum 1-2 hours.

    Still messing about getting familiar with drawing digitally, feel a little lost at times.

    Yesterdays scribbles-

    Little silhouettes that are so much fun. Took the most interesting shape and added a bit more.

    Quick little gestures from the mind then just added a some paint.

    Will do referenced work and studies once I'm a bit more familiar with stuff.

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    Such wow! Don't know what you're talking about things in post 19 are awesome!
    Keep up the good work

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    you've got some awesome stuff here

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    vonkulfon- Thanks!

    BansheeSix- Glad you like them Thanks for looking.

    I'll be sure to pop into both your sketchbooks

    Todays work- More silly-ettes. These are so much fun.

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    Yesterdays sketch. Dunno if the dark one is better.

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    Todays drawing. Started out trying to do a line drawing as I've been avoiding line work with the wacom so far. This went

    ok but the next step of fleshing it out had me pulling my hair out. Swear I nearly had a mental breakdown.
    Firstly I started trying to use the canvas flip that I've seen people use. This sent my brain into melt down as everytime

    I flipped the canvas the drawing looked crap or completely different.... Then for some reason I saved the early drawing as

    a jpeg then later opened the Jpeg up and started drawing onto that....... Then later into the drawing I realised this

    would cause problems when adding a background in so opened up original file and started working..... Then when merging

    layers down I realised I had lost my original line drawing...... was all over the place, think I might be trying to take

    too much information in too quickly. My brain is overloaded and turning to mush, help!

    Anyhow lessons learned-

    1.Canvas flip helps see flaws

    2.Work in 1 photoshop document until finished.

    3.Name layers to remove confusion and lose important parts of process.

    Don't quite understand the modes.. Wondering if I should be working in grayscale whilst practicing in b/w.

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    A little sketch of the singer Lorde. Starting to feel a bit more confortable on the wacom. Also learned how to do a clipping mask today. Progress!

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