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    Just Relearning To Draw

    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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    Some digital art
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    And actual by hand drawings.
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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.
    Feel free to visit my sketchbook and leave as many tips as you can!
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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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