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    George McCrudden: Zero to Hero and Learning Art

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    Hi everyone.

    My name is George McCrudden. I'm 24 and I have never drawn anything outside of stick figures in my life. I'm a complete newbie to art and I have never considered learning it until recently. I started reading and doodling gesture work a few weeks ago, and as I am pushing myself hard at learning, I decided to come here to post for critique, advice and generally learn from others.

    I'm doing daily studies, mostly on gestures via. Quickposes. I'm no good yet, but I am very persistant. I'd love any critique and/or assistance in becoming a great artist. I want no shortcuts.

    Here are my late night gestures. 30 seconds a piece. I find some poses difficult. My main problem is going from basic line gestures into forming an actual body. I also have problems with judging proportions.

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    They're just stick figures, but you've done a good job getting energy into the poses. That's the most important part. I would suggest learning how to draw cubes, cones, spheres and cylinders; doing it in wire frame helps a lot. If you get those forms down now, you'll have an easier time breaking down the body (and anything else you want to draw) into simple shapes. Practice, practice, practice, but don't forget to have fun with it.

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    Gestures. Not really getting it yet. Can do 30 seconds, but actually adding on top of these basic lines... Nightmare.

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    keep it up man !!

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    Gestures getting strong. You're doing well. Continue.

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    Tried from reference, from memory and gestures. Need to study shapes... Very bad.

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    I've decided to not learn via. Digital and instead go with a pencil and notepad alongside it.

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    Hey George! Congrats on getting up the courage to start studying art! Like Colorado said, you're doing a great job capturing energy and movement in your little stick figures. The next step is to transfer that energy to a little more detail! I often just go on youtube and search gesture drawing (particularly videos done by proko and sycra), but there are also some great books you can get too! I would personally recommend Mike Mattesi, Michael Hampton, or Andrew Loomis.

    Keep up the good work, and you'll improve faster than you could imagine!


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    Awesome! Keep it up!

    In addition to other suggestions, I suggest Vilppu, George Bridgman, and for extra stylization: Burne Hogarth.

    Keep drawing! Gogogogoo.. Be masterful.

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    Hi everyone. I'm doing a ton of gestures daily - I will probably upload them tonight. I have two books on the way - Ernest R. Norling's Perspective Made Easy - and - How to Draw: drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination, by Robertson.

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    Been a while, but here are some things. I have two books coming this week. I am drawing shapes and perspectives whenever I am out (pages of it in my other notebook). Should I continue as I am, or move onto contour?
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    Hey, really neat figure work you've got going on! Keep it happening. Bring out some still life sketchies! YE-ah!

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