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    ETK [My journey into drawing]

    Sketchbook started May 1st 2014

    Where it all began: Surfing at DeviantArt IŽve found a link to this really helpful and inspiring sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...s-and-Sketches. After reading it and considering that I found this art world very cool, I decided to give it a try. IŽll dedicate some spare time to read about, search tutorials, youtube, do the exercises, practice, practice, practice!
    I think that using here as a log can help me stay focused as I see (maybe) some improvement...

    I'm 30, enginner, time is short and I'm planning to learn drawing. Am I crazy? I would say YES!
    IŽm planning to draw in two ways: traditional (pencil on paper) or digital (Wacom Intuos + PS). I will really appreciate any comments/critics. Feel free to write about!

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    Sketches from the first days...

    Hi guys!

    What I show here is the first sketches I made, before that apple from the previous post.

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    I'm reading the book Perspective Made Easy (Ernest Norling), so today I sketched these other two:

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    Perspective is sooooooo important!!!

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    Exercises from "Perspective made easy"-Ernest Norling

    Hi guys!

    I'm enjoying this book a lot, before it I used to think I knew perspective, now I know I didn't!
    Two point perspective, rooftops, placing objects in perspective, reproducing heights, great basic stuff in the sketches below:

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    You are off to a good start with these perspective studies. A solid grasp of these principles will lay a really good foundation to build on, so keep it up and good luck on your journey!

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    Ahhhh perspective, oh so much fun haha. Nice sketchbook, keep truckin! And remember, don't be afraid to try new stuff as well as studies!

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    Hey Kris thanks for the feedback, my idea is not to skip any basic steps during my journey, and I'm totally open to critics.

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    Hey Nisshoku thanks for comment. I like to sketch new stuff yes!!!, but for now it has to be reality related. For sure Im not gonna try anything out of reality by now. I wanna solidify the basics first.

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    A few more basic perspective studies

    A few more drawings from basic stuff, still reading the book in my spare time (perspective made easy - ernest norling), trying to keep focused on it. Just 4 more chapters to end it, I'm starting to believe that yes there is a light at the end of the tunel. Can't wait to start another good reading and advance to life drawing.
    Walking into the unknown!

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    First book completed

    Ok, today I finished reading the book "perspective made easy" by ernest norling. I did some more sketches, related with the book chapters (as always).

    Surfing another sketchbook here at CA, I saw some people talking about www.CTRLPAINT.com . I found this website very cool, as it has a lot of videos for beginners. The main subject seems to be digital painting, but it has a lot of traditional teory/tips too. I'll probably take a look further to learn more about things like negative space, constructive form, block-in, contour etc... I think now that I know perspective my goal should be to learn these basic skills through a lot of practice.

    Painting for me right now is a totally far far away subject!

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    Good job on finishing Perspective Made Easy! When I worked through it, I belabored a lot of the exercises, repeating many of them several times to attempt to "master" the concepts, but only succeeded in driving myself crazy. I admire how you are able to learn about a skill and move on--I kind of wish I would loosen up more like that. Also, don't stop drawing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragning View Post
    Good job on finishing Perspective Made Easy! When I worked through it, I belabored a lot of the exercises, repeating many of them several times to attempt to "master" the concepts, but only succeeded in driving myself crazy. I admire how you are able to learn about a skill and move on--I kind of wish I would loosen up more like that. Also, don't stop drawing!
    Thanks for the comment. You're right, I did the exercises but not going too much deep into it, I won't wait until I master something to go ahead. I'm planning to acquire a few more technical skills before trying to master some basic drawing, but I'll stop before painting for sure, I consider it a distance subject by now.
    About loosen up, today I saw some videos at ctrlpaint that make me realize that when it comes to sketch I'm not loosen up as I should, I have a tendency to go into details too early (as you can see in some today's sketches)...


    Some of today's sketches show I'm trying to understand the math behind a perfect square in perspective. Hopefully I'll work it out soon.

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    A schedule to stay focused! (may 15)

    Hello guys,
    This is delayed as the server was in maintenance.

    Yesterday (14) I realized I did almost zero drawings since monday, and the fact is that I didn't have any schedule. I spent my time
    watching videos (ctrlpaint.com), surfing deviantart, surfing CA sketchbooks... I'm not saying it was a waste of time, but as I'm
    just starting I would expect myself to draw more than zero per day. So today I made a decision, I'll try to advance by goals,
    writing down subject, skils, duration, homework. Maybe it can help me keep on the track. The first goal: to draw better simple
    objects, schedule in details below.

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    Sketches from May 16th

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    Sketches from May 17th

    May 17: CS6 + Intuos 5 = Hard times!
    What a challenge for me to draw something using the wacom pen! At this moment I feel more comfortable with the traditional pencil!! \o/

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    2014.05.18 Today's sketches

    Continuing the 3 per day schedule of this month...

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    May 19th

    Current study: Produce 3 drawings of simple objects per day, during 30 days.

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    May 20th

    Current study: Produce 3 drawings of simple objects per day, during 30 days.

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    May 21th

    Current study: Produce 3 drawings of simple objects per day, during 30 days.

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    May 22th

    Current study: Produce 3 drawings of simple objects per day, during 30 days.


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    May 23th

    Current study: Produce 3 drawings of simple objects per day, during 30 days.



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    I like to see your determination! The fact you created a schedule to get you drawing consistently is great! Keep at the studying from life! Good job so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragning View Post
    I like to see your determination! The fact you created a schedule to get you drawing consistently is great! Keep at the studying from life! Good job so far!
    Thanks for the words drag, the schedule is helping a lot, but I'm still losing some time thinking about what to draw every day. I'm planning to set it up in advance, maybe preparing the whole week subjects at sunday. This would be great, because I use to start late at night, then I could go direct into draw.

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    May 24th and 25th

    Hello CA friends!
    More sketches here, 6 simple objects. I'm trying not to worry about details, I need to learn to look at the big picture first. The current study focus are visual measuring, contour lines, linear block-in, crosshatching, negative space and constructive form. I would say tones/shadows is something that's really stressing me!

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    May 30th - June 1st

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    June 2nd

    More quick simple sketches and some exercises, today starting the book "The_Fundamentals_of_Drawing_Still_Life--Barrington_Barber". IŽm getting bored by focus on the same subject for a month. Maybe my next schedule will be a 15 day only.
    IŽm starting to believe I should try the "sketchbook together all day" approach to find diversity.


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