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    Jordan's Sketchbook

    Hey, as of starting this sketchbook I'm 16 and plan on updating daily I want to learn about and improve my art making and would love any advice offered.

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    Still life of old objects from home, graphite. The photo angle is a little different. Other than incorrect shapes I had trouble with making any realistic or smooth shading. Took 6+ hours.

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    I've decided to focus on still lives before moving onto probably anatomy.
    I repeatedly drew the same object, correcting the mistakes I saw as I went on, then I did a pencil still life, a painted one and a digital. Since I don't have a stylus to draw correct lines I decided to just take the silhouette of the object and pay attention to value and blending.

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    hey, welcome to the forums !
    I am a beginner myself, so can't offer really strong advice, but I like your value in drawings. The only thing I could say is try to make the final drawings cleaner, less grungy edges maybe.. ?


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    **This didnt upload the first time I tried 4 hours ago
    Fairly disappointing, out of laziness and wanting to move on to master studies I rushed these so my trying to have a refined finished picture thing didn't happen. I tried to focus on seeing and mixing color in the painting and I think a big problem is I'm lacking in saturation accuracy. That was the purple i saw in the paper the staple was on, just not so obvious.

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    I started value/composition master studies, both are by Hudons River Artists. Im really unsure about my whole approach to these though as I feel like im learning nothing other than "he used dark in the front and it looks good because behind it is bright". Ill try marking proportions and using pencil but I feel like im really missing the point of these.
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    More sketches and painting just focusing on colour. I need to set higher standards for what I do - my refernce drawings turn out awful but my imagined drawings turn out much nicer.

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    Another still life, tried harder with shading but I'm sure I can do better.

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    Did another tonight. I was sitting back from the paper so the form is skewed. Shading really needs refinement for future.

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    Focussed more on doing careful shading rather than large strokes for finer detail.

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    I think it looks much better with this fine shading. Love little the bending on the thermos !


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    Really trying to get gentle shading down so here's a white teapot. It got late so I finished early, ill have to do a still life soon over a few days to really refine it.

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    Haven't drawn much this afternoon, I reckon I'll sit down and get a mass of these done tonight or tomorrow.

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    Great studies here! You´re working hard ! I would like to see more stuff from imagination though Try to complement your imagination with studies Keep up the good work!

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    stinkypanda Thanks for the advice, especially such fun advice.
    Heres some in-school sketches I meant to upload earlier, plus two I drew today. Most of the day was spent at the beach and then a mixture of laziness + thinking of what to draw.

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    So today was a bit of a flop, bunch of unfinished drawings and shoddy line still lives. Ill try to finish a still life before sleep and in future i'll make my sketches much bigger.

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    Got late so very unrefined, was an interesting shape to draw though.

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    I've definitely been slacking, also trying to draw from imagination takes ages just thinking of something.
    Got some picture ideas I'll try to do digital tomorrow.

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    Starting digital painting as well as designing a landscape - got it to near thumbnail level. Also a sketch i want to develop further.
    Tomorrow I'll refine the landscape, do some life drawing and progress the tree.

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    Need to dawdle less and doodle more. (awful) I'm not sure how to colour a gresycale painting without it looking awful so i might try just painting with straight colorus.

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    finished tree drawing after being over it and did some shoddy basic shading shapes. Will do better shading tomorrow.

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    Drew some animals from reference photos, then tried to draw them at different angles without photos.
    Also some basic shapes in acrylic which only taught me I don't know how to blend.

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    As I say everyday, I should have done way way more than I did, but there's some lizards and tigers plus some bonus sketches of what I might turn into proper drawings.

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    Tomorrow I'll draw some more animals, some portraits and keep all chatting stuff off while I do it.

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    Ran out of hours to do portraits, so ill do some tomorrow and one animal.
    Hippo is the hardest animal to understand so far, plus here's some hybrid animals.

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    Tomorrow I'll keep trying to figure out dogs, then practice getting a likeness in portraits. I've found that all mammals so far have very similar anatomy.

    Digital painting is lost on me so Ill have to keep toying with that. Soon I'll go draw in the outside, buy oil paints and get start borrowing+buying art books.

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    Looking good! I like that you do traditional studies as well, those are a lot of fun to look at - one thing I can note immediately is to watch your edges on rounded objects, such as the bottom of the teapot. Those should be perfect ellipses and not have any sharp corners, if you take a look at the actual object, you'll see what I mean.

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    Envisualist Thank you for the reply, I went and grabbed the teapot and had a good stare at it as well as my drawing; those are some very straight lines I imagined to be there. I had a go at a very quick drawing of the base teapot and then some loose ellipses.

    Tomorrow its more portraits and then circle/ellipse practice, keeping my edges from pinching/turning to rectangles, plus size controlling. Will stick to line drawings to get more portrait bases out before working on shading.

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    Feel good about this one, If i sit down and do a large one (this is about 5cmx10cm) I could draw an alright portrait. lots of kinks to work out in practice still.

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    Wow you're extremely good for your age. I wish I could have started when I was 16.
    Well, this sure makes me want to improve!
    Anyway, you're doing great studies. I think you're doing the right things. Keep on posting!!!

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