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    Nortunes Practice Log

    Hi, I'm an artist in the beginner stage. I started many years ago with Manga/Anime, like many others. After a while my interest faded and I wanted to draw with a more realistic/detailed style. Knowing that I should draw from life, I was quickly overwhelmed by the amount of information and methods the internet and books had to offer. I tried many ways, one after another, but nothing seamed to work for me. My drawing habit got lost and moths went on without me putting a single line on paper.

    The whole situation made a u-turn after I bought the video course "The Structure of Man" from Riven Phoenix in 2011. A step by step anatomy course, maybe not the best one, but it showed me the right direction and rekindled my motivation for drawing and art in general. Before that, I hated video tutorials (just because I've never seen a good one).

    With passing time I discovered the great tutorials at CGMA, Gnomon, Youtube and some amazing other sources. Now I have a nice overview about all the subjects I have to work on, like anatomy, color theory, perspective, composition...and the skills I have to obtain to become a better artist.
    My goal with this sketchbook is to get in touch with other artists, to get advice/critique and maybe to be a help for othes. It should keep me motivated, so I can build mileage with frequent updates.

    In general I'm focusing on fundamentals/basics like simple+complex forms, perspective and line quality atm. Right now I'm working on the construction of the human head, using a mix of Hamptons and Reillys method with personal modifications.

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    This is how I started some moths ago after watching Michael Hamtons workshop on figure drawing.
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    And this is some recent work.
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    Sorry for the crappy pic quality, a scanner is not an option right now.

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    The quality is good enough. You've got some Great line quality!

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    Thanks for the first feedback, Staal.

    I have managed to get a scanner today, now I have to use some quality paper for my sketches.
    I practised lips and mouths. Some from reference,others from my mind.
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    nice studies so far. I also find Michael Hampton very helpful. Hope to see more.

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    I started to draw 100 heads from different angles. These are the first 10 with head ups and downs.
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    This is more difficult than I thouth. I will try some other methods for better understanding.


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    I was looking for tuts on head angles and what I found was Bryan Lees crit on base heads for one of his students. I tried to mix his method with my own and it helped a lot.

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    So tight! Lovely stuff.

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    Thank you crisimikiwiki.
    The next bunch of heads. Some of them look still strange. :/
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    Nice studies so far! Looks like a good method =) One, that I might should give a try too.
    But I'm curious how your own work looks. Studies are nice, but it's always cooler to combine them with the fun work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliaMetzger View Post
    But I'm curious how your own work looks. Studies are nice, but it's always cooler to combine them with the fun work!
    Hi Julia. This is unfortunately the sad part: Studies are the only thing I am doing right now. But you are absolutly right, I should try design some characters or something based on my studies.

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    You really should do that! You have to use what you learned in your studies somewhere And doing paintings and designs is one form of practicing too.

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    great stuff. love your focus on structure.

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    great work Nortune!! One days i'll study the frank really method !! Keep it up

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    So I tried to have some "fun" and realized that I am horrible at it. Can´t draw hair, little understanding of light/shadow and everything is stiff. If I want to do some proper character disigns, I need to work on this things first. Additionally I startet to draw gestures for 1/2h a day to have less problems with bodies later on.
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