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    Dominicque Bites the Bullet: A Beginner's sketchbook

    So, I'm not exactly new here. In fact I had an account made when I was 14, but I never created a sketchbook, because I was too embarrassed and ashamed by my art work. I was also afraid of doing 'studies', as I thought this was akin to 'tracing', I've grew out of that bad habit now, and I realised 'studies' are a core part of learning the craft of drawing. I used to draw constantly, had a break, then a pick up at 16, but In the 4 years following I really plateaued, In hindsight I realise now that was probably the best time to start, and I kick myself for not realising this. I've become really motivated lately to try and improve. I hope you can help me. As they say the best time to start something was yesterday, but today is the next best thing.

    NOW, ON WITH THE SKETCHBOOK: Expect this to be choc-o-block with studies: from ref, other artists and life. All in a bid to improve! Now and again it may be spliced with old art work if I can find it,( or if I haven't threw it away). I made this sketchbook as a way to document my process.



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    Adam Hughes Mina study, as you can see my proportions are all off.
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    I really wanted to focus on how he manages to go such delicate profiles, so I did some further studies.
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    I then tried to draw some myself
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    To test what I had managed to glean, I drew this from imagination.

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    Hello, I'm glad that you finally decided to create a sketchbook! Remember, the good artists are the crappy artists who never gave up.
    These studies are good! The proportions are a bit off though, I suggest that you should draw things from life, because that will train your eyes to "see", if you know what I mean. Try to also do value studies ^^

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    Some of my first gestures. (of the ones I could find *cough*)

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    The last one I attempted to draw from imagination. Oh lawd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carro View Post
    Hello, I'm glad that you finally decided to create a sketchbook! Remember, the good artists are the crappy artists who never gave up.
    These studies are good! The proportions are a bit off though, I suggest that you should draw things from life, because that will train your eyes to "see", if you know what I mean. Try to also do value studies ^^
    Thank you for the encouragement! You have a good point. Life drawing is on my agenda. By "Value drawing" do you mean studying light sources on objects?
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    No problem And yes!

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    leyendecker study

    Why did my scanner have to crop it.

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    I really want to to well versed in all media, so I made a colour study, using Watercolours. Looked muddy and horrible, so I went back into it using pencil. I have a LOT to learn.

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    Loved the used of non-naturalistic colours on the baby, so I replicated it with pencil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carro View Post
    No problem And yes!
    Thanks for the confirmation!

    Just checked out your DA, really love the way you shade with pencil. How did you learn it?

    This one in particular: http://mashimoshi.deviantart.com/art...ding-369794876 reminds me of Tran Nguyen.

    I would love to learn this technique.

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    Decided to practice my visual library retention, so drew a Sea Monster/Person using a pose I learn from memory.
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    Was watching "INK master" with my Mum, and drew this Mermaid from imagination in my Russian sketchbook. This is a bigger, more refined version. I'm not sure whether or not to add "русалка", or "русалочка" at the bottom. (The Mermaid/The Little Mermaid.)
    It's gonna be a small poster for my Russian teacher, based around Fairy tales or сказки.

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    Her hair is quite static looking, so I will look at how Adam Hughes and Alphonse Mucha do theirs.

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    Thank you I think I'm more confident with using the pencil than with any other tool.
    Well... I think I learned more after I had drawn some portraits. Then I wanted to try to draw things on my own, and I drew a lot of faces and looked at references.

    And wow, I love that artist! Her work is awesome! I want to draw like her too haha

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    Thx for stopping by ^^. You've got some nice stuff going on here! It's NEVAH too late.
    You have a nice texture to your pencil work too! I kinda rejected pen and paper for a while and now I really regret it. Picked it up again tho. But it's still a new medium to learn xD. Pencil control etc.

    good luck! Hope to see more

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    Some doodles, and studies
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    I was going through my Loomis book, I wasn't quite grasping the concept, until I reviewed Proko's video.
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    Practising the technique
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    Sam M studies
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carro View Post
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    I have a question to ask. Which image hosting service do you use to upload you pictures? Unfortunately, ConceptArt won't allow me to upload directly from my computer. I currently use Photobucket, but I've already used 17% of space, after that there is a subscription fee. Do you know of an image hosting site that's free to use, and let's you upload a lot of material?

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    Hey great sketchbook so far! Keep those figure studies going. If you're looking for any good anatomy books, I just bought Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck and it's great. It breaks things down so you get to look at the bones and the muscles. Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Shimblet is good, too.

    As far as uploading images to conceptart.org. Are you using the attachment manager or just trying to use the "insert image" in the text editor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroudle View Post
    Hey great sketchbook so far! Keep those figure studies going. If you're looking for any good anatomy books, I just bought Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck and it's great. It breaks things down so you get to look at the bones and the muscles. Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Shimblet is good, too.

    As far as uploading images to conceptart.org. Are you using the attachment manager or just trying to use the "insert image" in the text editor?
    Wow, thanks for such a quick reply! I'm currently trying to work my way through a few Andrew Loomis books at the moment, but I'm on the look out for other books. Umm, well when uploading, you know when it says upload from computer or URL? I'm doing the latter. I don't know what you mean by "Attachment Manager", sorry.

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    You have to go into the "Advanced" reply instead of quick reply to see it. Scroll down and you'll see "Attachments" right under "Miscellaneous Options". Click the "Manage Attachments" button and then, once your images are uploaded (make sure there is a little check mark in the boxes), exit out of the window. Nothing will appear in the text box but you will see images (or links) in the "Attachments" section.

    There used to be an option to insert the images inline from there so they would appear as an image code inside the text box, but CA is trying out some new features so it seems the little facebook-esque chat feature blocks that button at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroudle View Post
    You have to go into the "Advanced" reply instead of quick reply to see it. Scroll down and you'll see "Attachments" right under "Miscellaneous Options". Click the "Manage Attachments" button and then, once your images are uploaded (make sure there is a little check mark in the boxes), exit out of the window. Nothing will appear in the text box but you will see images (or links) in the "Attachments" section.

    There used to be an option to insert the images inline from there so they would appear as an image code inside the text box, but CA is trying out some new features so it seems the little facebook-esque chat feature blocks that button at the moment.
    I checked a box, and exited and nothing happened. I don't know what to do next. Would Imageshake be a better option in which to upload, because I'll run out of PB space in no time. Thanks, in advance. Which do you use?

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    I use the attachment manager on here. Maybe try imgur?

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    I holding out hope that It would work,but the attempts to upload all failed , except a practice test I scribbled in a Paint program. ( Does it need to be in a certain form to upload, e.g. jpg?)

    I'll try Image shack. It's free, right?
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    I always upload jpg. There might be a file size limit, but it's not small or anything and I think it will usually notify you if it's that specifically

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroudle View Post
    I always upload jpg. There might be a file size limit, but it's not small or anything and I think it will usually notify you if it's that specifically
    I MAY have found a way for me to upload and also save space. The images only seems to upload when I upload the pictures on PB, and then post a link. I've deleted a couple of images from my account already, and they seem to be still there, in the thread. (All the images at the top there on your end?)

    Some more AH studies
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    Draw the top from imagination-very awkward
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    Drew this, I want to draw it again, in a couple of years for the "Draw it again" meme.
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    I started to draw the bean. Proko was right. It does help capture the gesture more quickly, and accurately!
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    Drew the bottom two from IMGN
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    From my learning, I tried to show a leaping action pose, legs bend inward, towards the body, but instead it looks like someone chained in a dungeon.
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    I didn't upload this few months, because I've been busy revising for my exams, and I was worried about filling up my Photobucket account already. I deleted some pictures off my account, but I can still see them, so hopefully you can too. Even though I haven't been posting I have been drawing. I have been obsessively drawing hands these past few days. I've never been good at drawing hands, but I need to get out of my comfort level/zone.

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    Applying the knowledge
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    Just going over male proportions
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    The robobean is hard.

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    OK, so to master complex shades and compositions I need to simplify, but when I try to draw 3-D shapes they look wonky. Any advice on how to made it easier?
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    Trying to apply it to refs
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    My shoulders and arms always look so stiff


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    Huh. I thought I was the only one who would write the names of the songs I like on a drawing surface. My critique is that your figures are a bit stiff. Try some dynamic poses. Besides that, great drawings!

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Size:  142.4 KB Despite seemly having abandoned this thread, I have continued to draw, and after recently buying myself a tablet and downloading Krita i really want to learn how to paint digitally. After getting over the first time frustrations I've gotten myself in a position to kind make a decent-ish painting. I'll be uploading some studies. Hopefully once I get a scanner I'd be able to show you what I've draw in my sketchbook. Looking at my past drawings I'm noticing a higher line quality.

    This were my first attempts, mostly with a mouse. Majority of these will be portrait studies, as it's the most convenient.

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    Looking at painting video I always see people put down the line art, and then colour with a large brush in another layer, and that's what I did.


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    Still confused as to how I edit my thumbnail, and not delete my pictures.

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    Those draping look good.

    The images are uncomfortably large to look at, though. They should each fit on a single screen, at least. Some of them could've been even smaller.
    "There're no lines in real life" / Is this a sketchbook? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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