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    Acu journal

    Hi, I'm 29 years old and never did any serious drawing .
    Now I want to improve, because I really like drawing so I just started with the basic. Betty Edwards and Loomis books.

    comments are welcome.

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    Here are some drawings from : Fun with a pencil, some perspective , live drawing and star wars characters from a step by step tutorial..

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    Here are some digital painting experimentation using photo references.

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    I used a photo reference from a movie and then posterize it to reduce the levels. (original on the right, my drawing in the left)

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    Here is a Betty Edwards exercise (drawing upside down) and more loomis heads

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    Really awesome start!

    I would suggest taking a sketchbook with you where ever you go, and anytime you have to wait, take it out and draw everything around you!

    Keep drawing your own hands, it's a really great exercise. If you can, grab a mirror and draw yourself too! (You don't have to show it here, of course, but it helps establish forms.)

    Good work! Keep it up!

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    Thank you for the kind words and the suggestions. I did some drawings from life I'll upload some new one soon.

    Here are birds from photo reference (google). I'm happy with the results but I find the shading a little hard to do with the pencil

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    Here is my first try doing a digital painting from lineart. I used a character from the Media coloring book, it's an awesome thread so check it out.
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...-Vol-2*/page29
    The lineart is from DavidCousens

    Here is the image and the process, comments are welcome. I'm happy with the overall result (it was my first try) but I'm not sure about the light and shadows in his face.

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    Really awesome for a first try! You've got a lot of potential.

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    Thank you, I surprised myself in how well it turned out.

    Here are some new drawings, I keep reading Loomis I tried some head construction but not very well, also I did some drawing from life: fireplace, furniture and boxes with papers.
    At the end I draw some animals from photo ref, my favourite is the horned beetle

    crits and comments are welcome.

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    A skull study from photo ref. Bad proportions, I started with the outline and then was hard to integrate the features. I think I should start with the base structure (big circle, square, etc) and build from it.
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    The first row is trying to construct the head with loomis method. The heads looks weird so I need more practice.
    Second and third row is an exercise where you draw any shape and then try to fit a face into it, it's fun..

    Then some loomis body proportions.

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    Awesome! Keep up the great work! As long as you dedicate time everyday to these studies and pushing your imagination, you're gonna do amazing!

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    Thanks I try each day to draw from life, an exercise from loomis book, and something fun to keep it interesting.
    Here are a couple of still life, a wood log and a little bell

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    I draw 21 heads following the loomis method. I can see improvements in each head, I like n9, 19 and 21.
    I learn that watching a real pic from reference while drawing the structure is better, I did this in 19 and 21 and I can see a really good result.

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    I completed around 50 loomis heads, I see a little improvement but still have problem with 3/4 view

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    thanks for dropping by my sketchbook man! The only thing I recommend in terms of loomis studies or any studies is to slow waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down and then build yourself up to going faster. This will strengthen your physical memory of line making and observation skills of size/direction/curve. I like to think about when i was learning the guitar, the only way i made progress was taking my time with each note, and if i were to rush i would make no progress whatsoever. I like to think that lines are like musical notes, and that the learning process in both is to give it patience and mind.

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    great effort! I love your high output and I agree very much with N0N!
    Slow down and practise one thing(form/light/gesture etc.) at a time.

    Whatever you draw, draw it into your understanding! =)

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    @NON : Thanks. The music metaphor was pretty good because some time ago I learn to play the guitar so I know what you mean.

    @minifong: Thank, Yes I slowed down now. And take time to do the studies.

    So here are the new batch of heads. I followed the suggestion, I did it really slowly trying to understand each line, and I can say that's really helpful. Now I have more confident with the 3/4 heads, and they look a lot better. Also adding the neck in the middle of the drawing really helps to see the 3d form (they are not perfect but help).

    I see a good improvement in the lines and the proportions, the heads looks more realistic.



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    Aah, Acu! You're back!

    The heads are looking a lot stronger. Keep it up, dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty Feather View Post
    Aah, Acu! You're back!

    The heads are looking a lot stronger. Keep it up, dude.
    Thanks hehe I never left,. But I take the time to work slowly and trying to understand. I didn't want to do a rushed practice .
    I see that you joined "level up" How's it coming?? I was thinking in joining too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acu View Post
    Thanks hehe I never left,. But I take the time to work slowly and trying to understand. I didn't want to do a rushed practice .
    I see that you joined "level up" How's it coming?? I was thinking in joining too.
    It's really tough! I'd suggest maybe doing composition 1.1 and color and light 1.1 before joining like I did right off the bat, but I'm pretty happy with my decision. Jason gives great comments and helps keep you going, you know? I was getting discouraged, but I got a lot more confident after he gave his advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N0N View Post
    thanks for dropping by my sketchbook man! The only thing I recommend in terms of loomis studies or any studies is to slow waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down and then build yourself up to going faster. This will strengthen your physical memory of line making and observation skills of size/direction/curve. I like to think about when i was learning the guitar, the only way i made progress was taking my time with each note, and if i were to rush i would make no progress whatsoever. I like to think that lines are like musical notes, and that the learning process in both is to give it patience and mind.
    Agree , we can also consider drawing as some language .. basically you learn them both in the same way , some thing else could help in the improvement is to try to understand every muscle and bone .. The best way to this is to study the proportions of the muscle or bone and draw it from reference .. then drawing it from imagenation in deferent angles .. This will help a lot .

    Cool sketchbook .. keep up .

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    @Misty Feather : cool I'm going to try the composition 1.1 soon, but it's seems that you need to invest a lot of time in each one. Thanks

    @ Mukkled: Thanks for the comments, I'm going to start studying a little more anatomy so your suggestion will be valuable .

    I had some free time to do more drawings. Again I did it really slowly, trying to understand the form , the structure and method. I'm very happy with the results, I didn't start adding or study features (eyes, nose,mouth) but anyway the heads looks much more clean and with personality, which I like.

    Thank you for all the support and comments , they are really helpful and keep coming to my sketchbook , it's a pleasure to learn from all of you

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    Yay, more faces Keep up the good work and I'll keep coming back to comment!

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    Hi acu,

    Great start to your sketchbook, I look forward to watching you grow as an artist.

    I agree with "N0N" in that you should be patient and ensure you make every piece of art created count towards your improvement. I would rather spend a longer amount of time on a single piece and learn a lot from it than rush through ten pieces picking up little information.

    Keep it up and you'll see improvement in no time. Im looking forward to seeing more

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    Accuuuu. It's been too long since your last update! Moaaaar needed.

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    @Mothman: Thank you, I'm trying to learn from all your comments here.
    @Misty Feather: I'm back

    I had a really busy week but I kept practising. I draw heads, now I feel really confident with the proportions.
    Then I started to draw the figure but with some fundamental problems as you can see in the characters that I draw.

    So I step back and started to learn the figure from Loomis books and also to do some gesture drawing, there is some improvement between the first one and last one.

    1- Heads.

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    3-Loomis practice, also I did more drawings like this

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    4-Geture practice from photo references, after watching this videos from proko.
    Really recommended:http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture-step-by-step/

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    Yay! I'm glad you've kept up your studies. Awesome flow in the middle sketches. I love seeing your skill developing. It's exciting, man!

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    @Mistyy Feather: Thanks.

    Here are some more figure drawings from photos. I think they are good but I want to improve the line, it's a little fuzzy.


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    I like the movement and form in these last figure drawings-- Very gestural. Continue.

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