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    My Personal Challenge

    Six months ago, I decided to start learning how to draw.

    I wanted to try a little experiment of my own. I've always heard a lot of joggers tell me about how difficult the first six months of jogging were and how after that, it became easy, if not necessary, for them to do their jogging everyday. I wondered if the same could happen with something not related to sports and I tried it with drawing.

    Its been 182 days. From the beginning, my challenge was simple: I had to draw everyday, or at least spend time learning how to draw, no matter what happen.
    For the first 37 days I did 15 minutes minimum each day, and then I went to half and hour. Now I do my 30 minutes minimum on bad days, but most of the time I draw much more.

    At first, I didn't like it much. It was very hard. Actually it's still hard, but now I really enjoy my time spent drawing, even still life.

    I'll use this online sketchbook to post stuff I do to improve, and I think it'll be pretty random. I don't especially plan on posting everyday, but I won't stop drawing regularly. It's the point of this challenge, I want to see how far I can pull this off.

    Thanks for reading, sorry for the long post, and all comments and critiques are very welcome!

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    I'll start with the first works I did, and then go somehow chronologically.


    At first, I didn't really know what I was doing. Guess I was practicing figure drawing

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    And then still life.

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    More to come

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    Later on, I did some figure drawing.


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    Then a little Loomis' method


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    And some random poses!

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    I think that takes us to the end of September 2013.
    More to come

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    I like your sketches, especially the still life ones.

    Good luck on your challenge!

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    Thank you! That's appreciated. It's not easy everyday, sometimes I get frustrated and don't want to draw at all. Like today.
    But I draw anyway haha. Today, my main source of frustration was faces. I suck at faces. So, inspired by ctrlpaint.com, I drew some of Glen Keane's art. It really helps!

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    Later on, I practiced with a couple of tutorials from www.proko.com

    *The following are me copying proko's drawing, so not original material*

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    Then, I watched a tutorial online by Mark Crilley http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCno-YPZ8BiLrN0Wbl8qICFA

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    And copied a random star wars picture (not very accurately though) http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__...uggler_TOR.jpg

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    And tried to do one with only photo reference.

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    Nice progress Peregrinus. Good to see that you're practicing structure and perspective. Be sure to spend a lot of time on those important fundamentals. Keep them coming!

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    Thank you! I'm currently working on perspective a lot, doing the very basic!

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    Very nice start! Especially with the perspective (which I always find to be nearly impossible. haha!)

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    I am the master of my fate:
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    ~Last stanza in William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus"
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    Later on, I discovered ctrlpaint.com (which lead me to discover conceptart.org ), a great site, and I've been doing the exercises and assignments ever since!

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    Thank you Epoch, I'm doing my best!

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    Following with another couple of exercises from ctrlpaint.com, I did some negative space drawing and a couple of line drawing that somehow went way ahead of what I first intended (for instance, the tank). I got lost in it but it was very fun

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    I screwed the gunblade's cylinder's though. v_v

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    After a while, I tried myself at drawing faces with snapshot references from movies.
    I have a hard time with faces, I need to work on these.

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    The is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

    This is my sketchbook! Feel free to come by and leave a constructive comment!
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    Value study
    I'm proud of this one!

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    Wow, the last one is great! You nailed the reflection of the ground on the cup! More please.

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    Thank you Sixten! I'm doing my best! (and I'm a bit perfectionist v_v)
    I'll do more of those studies in the near future!

    The is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

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    Well, here's another still life.
    For my 216th day of drawing, a little value study

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    My first attempt at "value sketching".

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    Now the same picture but this time, line sketching. It hurts.

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    I feel like this is taking me forever...

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    Your value studies are amazing, I love them so much! *_* Keep up the great work!

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    Thank you, I'm glad you like them. I try not to get discouraged, but you know, there are 'these' days! hahaha
    I can't wait to start color

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    Draw-through practice.

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    And another drawthrough!!!

    This time, with more complicated forms.

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    And another drawthrough!
    This time, objects grouping!

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    You're not drawing your ellipses by hand, are you?

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    No I'm not. The point of this exercise wasn't to do pretty drawing, but rather train the eyes to see 'through' the form.

    The is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

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