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    Hellothisiskan's Sketchbook

    Hey guys, been lurking for short while. Decided to make an account and post up my progress as an artist. Basically, I'm a 23 year old male from Singapore who wants to be a 3D animator in the near future.

    I wouldn't say I've been drawing all my life. To be honest, I've drawn, but it's all been copies of stuff. I've never actually studied what I was doing. I studied animation in school but I kept thinking that drawing was just unnecessary since I wanted to be a 3D animator so what was the point of all this drawing nonsense and put it all off. I have never been so wrong my entire life and I've only just realised that. I just didn't put in enough effort.

    I knew I wanted to be an animator since I was kid. I used to make these little flipbooks and all my friends and classmates loved them. Plus, I've always enjoyed making people laugh.

    Anyways, I've been conscripted into the army for the past 1 & 3/4 years, and have only 2 more months to go. A month ago, I wouldn't even touch a pencil because I didn't care. Then one day, I told myself something needs to be done about my attitude and how it was affecting me in a negative way.

    I was being lazy. It was as simple as that. I wasn't good. I needed to get good.

    It's been a couple of weeks since then. I've decided to start a sketchbook, and basically relearn drawing from the very basics. I don't care how long it takes or how much time I've wasted. I am going to learn as much as I can, because I've only just realised that drawing is an extremely fundamental and vital part of being an artist, no matter what industry you're in. It was only naive of me to think otherwise.

    I'm thinking about applying for Ringling's CA major in the near future, but I'm not even going to bother until I think I'm good enough to get better by leaps and bounds and improve if I go there. I feel like its only worth it if I'm at a certain standard and I'm going to basically pay the money to network and learn from an institution. Who knows, all this might change if I feel that I'm good enough to study by myself and I don't need a school to guide me. Either way, that's my motivation right now.

    Hoping to receive some critique or helpful advice through this sketchbook thread here, so I'll upload as many pages as I can, as often as I can. I apologize if I upload more texty pages in my sketchbook as I'm learning and I feel the need to write things down to remember them.

    EDIT: Added a decent front page pic. (Latest drawing as of 300714)

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    hi Welcome to CA! Good introduction Looking forward to seeing more
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    The first page in my sketchbook, just drawing shapes. Getting used to the pencil again.
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    Learnt this drawing exercise where you'd draw a blind contour of an object, a drawing of the object from imagination, and drawing the actual object. I actually learnt a very important lesson from this exercise. You have to study your object as much as you're drawing the object.
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    Tried to construct an image out of a cube. My imagination isn't that great yet heh.
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    Same exercise as above.
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    Was in Bali and drew this at a beach. There wasn't anyone there so I had to imagine all the people. You can see how horrible my anatomy is. Gah. Still, I did draw something, and I'm proud of that.
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    Watching Proko's videos. Learning never felt so fun.
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    Exercise w Thumbdrive
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    Tried my hand at drawing a camera without doing the exercise. As you can see, I didn't do so well. I got stuck at the part with the lens. I realised I couldn't draw a cylinder with perspective. I got stuck there and gave up. I felt like I needed to learn shapes first and drawing in perspective before I tried drawing the camera again.
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    My study plan. + Starting to read a book from Loomis to learn shape/form.
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    I had to know what made the difference between a cube and cuboid. I think I found another technique but I haven't tried it out yet. Sycra had an amazing tutorial on how to draw a perfect cube, but I found it abit more complicated than I thought it would be. As you can tell from the drawing below.
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    Anyways, that's all for now. Gonna try this update this thread as much as I can, everyday hopefully. It's a good place to view my progress I think.

    Next post! I've been working on perspective. Tried my hand at a decent drawing and its still a WIP but I'll post it up anyways.

    Some exercises + perspective drawings.
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    Took me quite a while to do this, I think I'm concentrating too much on the details and not finishing the layout of the drawing first. My workflow isn't good yet I suppose. Hmm. I'll try another 2 point perspective soon, after I complete this 1p perspective piece.

    I feel like the position of the bird could have been better. I wanted it to look like it was soaring, not diving. Might just be my eyes playing tricks on me though haha.
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    I've been reading up on figure drawing and think I'm gonna give that a shot soon. Drawing still life and perspective is kinda... well... boring :X I know that perspective is very fundamental though, so I'm not going to stop, but I just feel like adding figures into my drawings might give it more life.

    P.S Does anyone know how to get rid or prevent the pencil smudging I keep getting. Or is it just part and parcel of using a graphite pencil?
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    First Up, "finished" the 1p perspective drawing I did. I screwed up big time on this one. After I inked the roads, I felt like I needed more contrast in the piece so I started inking random parts of the buildings. It was too late when I realised I should have been patient and thought about shadows and where the sun would be shining. A very painful lesson learnt about not rushing.
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    Started gesture drawing today, 30sec poses each. Watching Proko's lessons.
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    Just random doodles from imagination. I need to work on my visual library bigtime. All my doodles look like they were done by a 10 year old
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    Started reading Loomis' Figure Drawing for all its Worth.
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    Been feeling really demotivated recently after seeing all the progress other people have made. It always seems like they've started off 10x better than me and ended up 100x better. Buuuut it's only been 2 weeks, and I'm probably being too hard on myself. Just need to keep working on it, and find more inspiration!
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    Update! Been away for a couple of weeks :(

    Did my first 'major' drawing (from imagination). Idea just popped into my head and I just went with it. I need to work on my composition skills. Everything in the drawing is so parallel. Ugh.
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    Learning from a CGMA video tutorial.
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    I really like how I managed to capture the pose in this one.
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    Learning the Bean! I feel that the bean might be a good way to start my gestures or something now. I always have trouble with the torso and its rotation.
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    Really didnt feel like drawing after watching Proko's structure basics. Don't why I just felt so demotivated.
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    Trying out holding the pencil a different way. (Not the usual holding pencil way but more like I'm holding a charcoal stick?)
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    Took my time with this small drawing. Not alot of time, but more than 2 mins. The time constraints really mess with me and I think I need to start slowing down and learning more about anatomy to better understand what I'm drawing. I keep expecting my 30 sec gestures to look like amazing drawings.

    Gave myself some things to teach myself over the week. Not in any rush. Going to take it slow and absorb as much as possible.
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    I felt extremely demotivated for a week. It's really stressful knowing that you aren't that good. I'm going to keep trying though. Can't waste any time.

    Today I read a phrase that kickstarted my motivation again.
    Basically it goes, "I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don't."

    I give up EXTREMELY easily, and I always fall back on playing video games to take my mind off drawing (Oh how I wish it was the other way round). I'm trying not to see it as 'work' but it's honestly a personal hurdle for me. It's something I need to get used to and overcome. So many amazing artists out there, and I'm constantly comparing myself to them. My mind also tends to skip the "THEY STARTED WHEN THEY WERE 6 DUDE" part of it. Heh.

    Pushin' on!
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    Im with you dude. Have exactly the same problems with motivation... But good start here and you definitely got better since your first post. Just do it and draw, even if you don't want to. Looking forward to see new drawings in your sketchbook b
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    great studies, keep up the good work

    also make sure to do drawings from life, they always teach you lots
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    Friday - Texture Day!

    Alright, so I've decided to mix it up a bit, and stop doing gestures. I'm going to follow a schedule of

    Mon - Proportions (Loomis)
    Tues - Anatomy (Hogarth)
    Wed - Hands/Feet (Hogarth)
    Thurs - Gesture
    Fri - Texture/Shading/Shadows

    Will probably make changes to this (and add stuff to do on the weekends) but for now, I'm going to follow this as strictly as I can.

    I get bored extremely easily and tend to rush through things, so I think doing different things everyday will help me learn while still improving myself.

    Anyways, here's what I've done today. Used mainly B & 2B, + 4B once(for the leaf stem + branches)

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    This took longer than I expected. Honestly, I surprised myself at how much I can learn from looking at just textures on things. For example, the notches on tree barks tend to swerve around the stumps and not just go straight through them. I never realised that.

    Man, I need to pay more attention to everything now.
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    Sunday = Portrait Day!

    Alrighty, decided to learn how to draw portraits!

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    Man, I need to learn how to draw facial features badly, but I also need to make sure I get the technique down first.

    No point adding features when I mess up the proportions right? (Like in the side view one where I made the side plane too small because I forgot it had to be 2/3rds of the circle)

    Tomorrow is proportions day! Can't wait. Still, I'm gonna do some practice on heads first to familiarize myself with the technique first before I jump into learning proportions.
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    really inspires me seeing someone working hard
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    It's great to see that you are learning from your mistakes as well as your practice in general, by trying to take something away from it each time. I should take a page from your book in that respect. The textures you posted recently, especially the water one, look really cool! Draw on!
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    Monday: Proportions

    Okay, so I decided to work a little bit on faces today because I felt learning about proportion wouldn't take up too much time and, I felt itchy from yesterdays learning to try out a longer construction.

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    The longer construction. Need to do these more. Plus I need to go learn how to draw facial features.
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    Proportions (Hale). I think I prefer this over Loomis' method (still not sure yet because I haven't put it into practice just yet.)
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    A drawing of a mug I have on my table.
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    I need to work on my proportions (the mug is slightly taller than the drawing) and my ellipses (Look at the hole. Ughhh).

    I realise that I tend to take a very long time to do any drawing because I always get caught up in the details and not focus on the big picture first. If anyone can give me tips on how to practice 'seeing' the big form , I'd greatly appreciate it!
    Maybe I'm just rushing into drawing instead of taking a step back and slowly marking out the important points in the subject. Hmm.

    Tomorrow will be Anatomy day! Can't wait!
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    Studied a bit about anatomy today. (Muscles)
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    Then I took a look at Loomis' manikin and tried to copy it. I have issues drawing things at different angles. I think I need to work on my shapes.

    I really like the drawing I did on the top left corner of the page. That was from imagination. Added some 'anatomy' in the arm after I did the gesture.
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    Alright, here's some gesture drawings I did. 30 sec, 60 sec and one shitty 3 min drawing.
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    I really enjoy dynamic poses! Still having a bit of issues with proportion though. It might be because I rush through my drawings.
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