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    Hi there everyone! Welcome to my sketchbook! I've been drawing for a very long time, but some months ago, I finally realized that I don't know much about the basics. Now I'm trying to teach myself the fundamentals in order to improve. I am also learning how to draw with a digital tablet as well, so hopefully I'll post some of my artwork from that too. Also, I'm going to post some of my old drawings too.

    Anyway, let's begin. Oh yeah, critiques are welcome. I need to learn something, lol.

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    Drawing of myself about 2 years ago.
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    Currently working on figure drawings.
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    Great start, lots of variety. I'd suggest to take your time with each piece, that's what's helping me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty Feather View Post
    Great start, lots of variety. I'd suggest to take your time with each piece, that's what's helping me.
    Thank you so much! I tend to jump all over the place when drawing, lol. One day I'm messing around with my digital tablet, other days I'm drawing by hand from my imagination. Right now, I'm just trying to focus on the basics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animetriss View Post
    Thank you so much! I tend to jump all over the place when drawing, lol. One day I'm messing around with my digital tablet, other days I'm drawing by hand from my imagination. Right now, I'm just trying to focus on the basics.
    Sounds like me! You'll do just fine, as long as you keep at it.

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    Hmmm....the right leg looks weird compared to the reference photo.

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    youve got a good mix of things here.

    try to draw each toon in a completely new way, it means even draw the nose ABOVE the eyes. youll be a more varied artist! XD

    If that seems too silly, because you dont believe itll get you beating other artists to a pulp, at least really see what your drawing is, after youve drawn it, this is the "eye skill" having an "artists eye" which boringly is a critic, but excitingly is a far seer.

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    If you really look at the leg, you'll notice it has a more rounded, cylindrical shape than the drawing you have. When drawing, you want to be looking more at the reference than your own drawing, eventually! Learning to see can be tricky, but once you get it, it clicks. That's what drawing is really about-- Seeing.

    I encourage you to attempt to draw some 3-dimensional shapes to get a better handle on these concepts.

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    Great start! My advice would be to try and draw from life instead of photos as much as you can (to understand the form), take your time with each drawing (f.e. different objects from around the house, self portraits), and wait a bit before jumping into digital art

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    Thank you everyone. I admit that actually "seeing" what I am drawing has always been a problem for me. Usually the drawing ends up not looking exactly like the reference, but close enough, lol. With this particular drawing, I noticed that the thigh was way too slim, but I couldn't figure out how to make it more rounder without throwing the whole picture off.

    Alicja, that's another thing I have to work on as well. I very seldom draw from life. That should be an interesting thing to try out.

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    This one turned out looking like some weird alien thing standing on a box, lol. I used a reference for it as well. This time I tried to change up on how I would start the body. Like....I need to learn more about how the skeleton looks from the side and that's one of the reason why the figure appears to be so wonky. I also tried drawing my hand, which was a fail in itself. Totally suck at drawing hands and feet.

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    And another reference drawing. I love the way it turned out! I tried to draw what I saw, but it seems like that only applied to how the straps hugged the body, causing the skin to fold over because of the tightness.
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    Next time I think I'm gonna try studying the hands a bit more.

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    It's looking good! Keep it up. Try drawing your own hands. That always helps

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    I would recommend Andrew Loomis books on figure drawing and anatomy. It breaks down everything you need to know about the human structure, and makes it easy to learn/understand. I would also recommend "Drawing the Human Head" by Burne Hogarth, another great resource to learn from. Other than that, keep drawing, and do it for the fun of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowDoIArt View Post
    I would recommend Andrew Loomis books on figure drawing and anatomy. It breaks down everything you need to know about the human structure, and makes it easy to learn/understand. I would also recommend "Drawing the Human Head" by Burne Hogarth, another great resource to learn from. Other than that, keep drawing, and do it for the fun of it.
    Surprisingly, I found a free download of a few of Andrew Loomis books a couple weeks ago. I haven't gotten around to reading them, just glanced at a few pages here and there. Thank you for the comment!

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    Decided to work on hands this morning. It looks like crap, but hey, practice makes perfect.

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    Awesome! Keep rockin'. Keep drawing. You'll get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animetriss View Post
    Decided to work on hands this morning. It looks like crap, but hey, practice makes perfect.
    i was strugling with hands too. I found out most efficient way to improve was learning the structure.
    With knowledge about how many phalanges and bones here i try draw like sculpting :d
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    Tip: take a good look at your hands, determine which shape the palm is, usually takes the shape of a pentagon with the top point slightly off to the side (depending on which hand). Work with the palm first, then fingers later. That technique works for me, may not work with everyone but hey, at least you can give it a go.

    P.S. I can clearly see you're not confident with your lines. The fear of making mistake is a problem you should overcome at all cost.

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    Keep going! Draw as much as you can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heheboy View Post
    i was strugling with hands too. I found out most efficient way to improve was learning the structure.
    With knowledge about how many phalanges and bones here i try draw like sculpting :d
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    Very nice tip! I think that's something I'm gonna have to work on a lot. Instead of working on the flesh, start from the bones.

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    Tip: take a good look at your hands, determine which shape the palm is, usually takes the shape of a pentagon with the top point slightly off to the side (depending on which hand). Work with the palm first, then fingers later. That technique works for me, may not work with everyone but hey, at least you can give it a go.

    P.S. I can clearly see you're not confident with your lines. The fear of making mistake is a problem you should overcome at all cost.
    I'm willing to give it a try. Hopefully, it will work for me too. Lol, I guess I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to drawing. Kinda stiff and not as loose as I should be. I tend to erase things a lot if doesn't look somewhat right, but I think in art nothing is actually perfect.

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    Keep going! Draw as much as you can!
    Thank you Misty! I'll be starting a new job soon. So it's gonna be hard for me to draw as much as I like to.


    And this what I drew a few days ago, before I saw you guy's tips. An hour with Youtube and this is what I ended up with.
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    Did this one this morning. I was practicing with lighting and shading......well it was supposed to be a ball that turned out to look like a sperm, lol.
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    Practice makes perfect! Looks like you have the same problem I generally have-- Rushing! Slow it down. Make sure the marks you're making are as accurate as they can be. If you slow down to half of the speed you're using with these, you'll see massive improvements.

    Anyway, keep up the studies! They're really helping you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty Feather View Post
    Practice makes perfect! Looks like you have the same problem I generally have-- Rushing! Slow it down. Make sure the marks you're making are as accurate as they can be. If you slow down to half of the speed you're using with these, you'll see massive improvements.

    Anyway, keep up the studies! They're really helping you.
    I appreciate it!

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    No artwork today, but I found a really good article that I thought was very inspirational.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...r=Black+Voices

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    As you all know by now, I have a hard time focusing on one study. Is that bad? So, I decided to venture into the world of painting and failed miserably. I always wanted to learn how to digitally paint, but I didn't think it would be this hard. I know you have to layer and build what you're painting. I tried to do that, but it doesn't look. Proportions and everything is actually off too. Now, I know painting isn't my strongest.

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    I think you should try with some real paint instead of Photoshop, to understand how colors work better.
    Nice work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alicja View Post
    I think you should try with some real paint instead of Photoshop, to understand how colors work better.
    Nice work
    Thank you! I do have some water color paint. Is it possible to practice with that or would acrylic be a better start?

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    I think it's great that you're working with references. Even Pics are ok, if live models aren't at hand. You might want to try "The Croquis Cafe" on Youtube. They have recorded sessions of models posing and it's a bit closer to life than just using images.

    Also, I greatly recommend Proko's anatomy tutorials on Youtube. He explains his approach really well. Keep up the good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by stjupid View Post
    I think it's great that you're working with references. Even Pics are ok, if live models aren't at hand. You might want to try "The Croquis Cafe" on Youtube. They have recorded sessions of models posing and it's a bit closer to life than just using images.

    Also, I greatly recommend Proko's anatomy tutorials on Youtube. He explains his approach really well. Keep up the good work
    Images are really the only references I have...well family members too, but it's a bit hard getting them to sit still for too long, lol. Funny I haven't came across those users on Youtube yet,but I will make sure to look up them up! Thanks again!

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    Your studies look great, Animetriss-- And yeah, if you skip around a lot with a lot of unfinished, half-done studies, you're gonna have trouble improving. My biggest tip would be to work in pencil a lot before branching into digital. It is a tricky medium. Don't be afraid to spend a longer time on your work, too! I'm seeing lots of outlines, but not as much shading and value differentiation. You should do some still lifes of things around you where you sit to draw, too. That helps a lot-- And self-portraits are always a big one. Draw yourself in the mirror!

    Good luck, and keep at it! On the bright side, the forms in your painting are very interesting, and you've got some tonal variation. It's definitely fun. Keep at it!

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    Watercolors can be a little more (a lot actually) tricky than acrylic paint...
    If you can, I think it would be best if you bought like 8 tubes of acrylic (+ carton to paint on) or tempera (+ thick paper to paint on) paint. They are easier to learn to use so you could focus on color etc, and they work similar to Photoshop paint xD But it's up to you

    As Misty said, self portraits are absolutely the way to go if your family just won't sit still!

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