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    Training My Drawing Skill

    Hello there. Let me introduce myself. I'm a 20 year old pharmacy student from the UK that, like many of you, has always enjoyed drawing in my spare time (and often when I should be otherwise involved in other things!).

    I'm hoping to get nicely involved here and keep a collection of my spoils. I will strive to update here frequently. I have recently attempted to get into painting using Photoshop.

    Any feedback and especially critique would be greatly appreciated. I know it's often difficult to scrutinise one's own work, so I'm encouraging a heavy proportion of that from others!

    Presently my artistic communication is very limited and quite solitary apart from the occasional "Wow that's cool" and other encouraging remarks in lectures. This is all well and good, but I'm interested in talking with people here and maybe making some new friends to challenge and engage! (In the nicest possible way)

    This introduction has been too lengthy.

    I have a video of my sketch and initial painting process that I recorded that I may upload if I feel so inclined at some point, although I can't imagine if anybody will be able to take much from it!



    Onward in good spirits.

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    So this afternoon I doodled around and attempted a mech type design for the first time. I just sort of drew some shapes until I found an idea and stuck with it to see what would happen. I recorded the process again so I may upload it to Youtube but I don't really know if videos of just sketchy things like this are even appealing to watch. Maybe people could find the process interesting. Who knows. Also, I'm not really sure what to do about my skewed thumbnail for this thread. I tried putting the first image in the original post as a small square, but to no avail. Slightly frustrating. Meh. First world problems.

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    Nice to see a new face! Hi there, welcome to the forums! Excited to see your updates~

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    Here is a page of faces from my sketchbook. I felt like I was stuck in a rut of drawing the same face over and over again. I had this standard face in my mind that I always seem to tend towards when I draw. To combat this, some of these faces are drawn from reference. A little improvement is shown because of this. The quality of this image isn't great as I lack a scanner and resorted to my phone camera.

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    Here's is my initial attempt at an environment. I started out with no idea or plan. As you can tell, I didn't spend too much time on it. I just wanted to see if I could do it.

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    My contribution for Sinix's Design Lab ideas. The theme was Urban Waterfall. It was quick and rough, but I'm kind of happy with how it turned out!

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    A phone photo of some doodles from this evening. Poor quality and nothing really substantial, but I must keep updating! Wehay.

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    Here's a pencil drawing of a animal rights activist. Probably not though. Although it is pencil.

    Once again, my phone camera is resorted to as purchasing a scanner seems to be out of the the bounds of my imagination at the moment...

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    Purple pencil crayon! Because if it's the first thing that touches your hand when you reach into "pen draw", why not?

    Also, part of e is starting to appreciate the weird noise and vignette that my lack of suitable technology is bringing.

    Or maybe I'm being too optimistic.

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    cool stuff, i'd really like to see your first post "finished" with the eyes and everything :p
    Btw: please put a link to your sketchbook in your signature (setting>edit signature>link ), saves a lot of time for other people trying to get to you sketchbook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias Leonard View Post
    cool stuff, i'd really like to see your first post "finished" with the eyes and everything :p
    Btw: please put a link to your sketchbook in your signature (setting>edit signature>link ), saves a lot of time for other people trying to get to you sketchbook
    Thank you. I've sorted out my signature now! All about ease of access. I'm going to have another go at that finishing that eyeless abomination now.

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    Here's Jack White. I did this little pencil drawing last night and gave it to my girlfriend. Awwwwww.

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    cool drawing, how did you do the red shading ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias Leonard View Post
    cool drawing, how did you do the red shading ?
    Thank you. I'm afraid that is just a gradient added in photoshop. Nothing exciting!

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    I haven't posted for a while. I've been neglecting my art so to get me back on track for the Christmas holidays I shall upload a few from my intermission.

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    I really like that pyramids piece!

    Also, here's a link that has many useful tutorials that have helped me a lot

    http://ctrlpaint.com/library/

    Keep posting!

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    Nice stuff, i like the looseness of your digi sketches and i LOVE the chimp drawing - awesome. Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falapoco View Post
    I really like that pyramids piece!

    Also, here's a link that has many useful tutorials that have helped me a lot

    http://ctrlpaint.com/library/


    Keep posting!
    Thank you very much. I'll be sue to check out the link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisimikiwiki View Post
    Nice stuff, i like the looseness of your digi sketches and i LOVE the chimp drawing - awesome. Keep it up!
    Thanks for the feedback. It's great to get these nice replies on my first day back. If that won't keep me determined, I don't know what will!

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    I only just saw your aztec pyramid one...ugh! the colours! really really nice. yeah man I know what you mean - we're all in this together, remember that. keep on keeping on.

    I heard a saying recently that helps me tackle my art demons, 'if you are going through hell - keep going' - winston churchill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisimikiwiki View Post
    I only just saw your aztec pyramid one...ugh! the colours! really really nice. yeah man I know what you mean - we're all in this together, remember that. keep on keeping on.

    I heard a saying recently that helps me tackle my art demons, 'if you are going through hell - keep going' - winston churchill.
    Thank you. I like the colours too. It feels like a treat for the eyes, which is kind of the idea of art sometimes!

    Even though I feel a little iffy about equating my lack art morale to that of a soldier's in war, I know exactly what you mean and appreciate the sentiment!

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    Now I had a lot of trouble with the eyes but I'm working on it. I'm relatively pleased with how most things came out though. Also, I must resolve to post more often.
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    Reasonably happy with this.

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    Another still life. I'm loving placing it on paper. It keeps me feeling safe.

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    This is quite rough but I wanted to post it to keep momentum up. Also hopefully it'll be worth looking back on to judge improvement. I almost gave up with this one as it just wasn't going anywhere, but eventually I feel like I managed to pull it together slightly into something I can be reasonably pleased with at this stage.

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    The obligatory and useful sphere study.
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    Hey, it's always good to do spheres. That pyramid piece has a lot of potential. I also like your "vision" - if I may call it that. I'm trying to see past the scribbles- because I myself scribble a lot. I think the problem for most creative minds, is struggling to find the "definition" for their vision. They have this 'awesome idea' in the mind, but on paper- it comes out as blobs.

    Well, I would say that from personal experience- I've found that shapes are probably the most dominant element of art there is [don't quote me on that yet] lol. Shape colors, shape contrast, shape form, shape figures, shape dynamics of all types. But of course, there are many elements of art. I reverted back to my high school teaching about elements and principles of art, because I perceived they were very important, even veteran professionals use them. They just don't really speak of them- it's sort of 'subconscious' to them (second nature) kind of thing.

    But I'll end my little dissertation lol. Just trying to motivate. Basics all the way to complexity!

    alright, Peace!


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    Day 1 of the anatomy challenge. Here we go.

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    Uh oh...

    Here's two more weeks of the challenge. Big post alert...

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