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    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"

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    In addition to this, participants can choose to do an Optional "Summer Clothing Study", in any medium.

    Background
    We tend to draw our gestures. In practice (illustration, concept art, etc) the figures you'll draw will usually be clothed. That is why some practice in clothing, folds and fashion can be very helpful. To make it a slightly more focused study, we'll aim for light clothing this week.

    Exercise
    Draw clothed gestures, study clothes or fashion, or do a longer study of a clothed figure. You can also do this without reference and design your own clothes.
    The main goal is to get some experience in drawing clothes.

    Reference
    Fashion blogs/websites/magazines, TV. You can also draw outside!

    Examples:
    The Sartorialist - Fashion blog



    Come on soldiers! Flex those muscles!!

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    I'm just going to post some stuff I've done through the week. Focussing on slower drawings to identify muscles and apply it to memory drawing later.

    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
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    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
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    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"

    Below is from life drawing:
    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
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    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
    Spartan Camp #311 - 50 gestures + Optional "Summer Clothing Study"
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    Those life drawings look amazing
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    Oh wow, I'm not even remotely close to 50

    Well, posting what I have so far. Fractional improvement is still improvement. Probably.

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    IntoTheVoid: Any improvement makes it worth doing! To be honest, even just keeping up a regular schedule of sitting down and doing those figure studies is worth a lot! What are you actually trying to improve on? It's always hard to critique without knowing what your aims are.

    I'm really trying to be more analytical with my studies, I used to just focus on studies, but when I draw from imagination I ran into a lot of trouble when trying to flesh out the characters. My goal is to just work on studies until March 2015 and then I'll put my hard work to the test with some 2d animation.

    Talking about putting things to the test, aside from my studies I also try to do a few figures / heads from imagination without reference. It's important to go back and forth between the 2 I think.

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    Is there anything I can do to spread the word about Spartan Camp? We need some more soldiers flexing muscles in here
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    Your guys' work looks awesome.

    I finished the whole challenge this week! Yeah me!

    One minute studies (I tried really hard to keep to a time limit this time):
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    Bonus summer clothes studies! And remember you may be cool, but you'll never be Chinese-guy-with-a-pompadour-rocking-a-tight-dress-t-shirt cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamorhage View Post
    What are you actually trying to improve on? It's always hard to critique without knowing what your aims are.
    Heh, well if you're asking "what'cha looking for?", my only answer can be "what'cha got?"
    I know that's not exactly descriptive, but I'm not aiming for any particular niche. My only goal is to become good.
    I don't have a good sense of how far away that is, so I just keep climbing, you know?

    If you spot any consistent mistakes or weak areas, lay it on me! I'll be doing my best to give you all more critique fodder to work with.

    Your life drawings are looking great by the way. You're portraying a lot of character with minimal line use. I can definitely see the animation influences in your approach.

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    ElizaWy - Way to go! You're doing a good job of capturing the essence of each pose. Love the variety and personality in all your gestures (okay, 26 might be a bit of a copout )
    Try to focus less on the outlines and more on shapes and movement. Best examples of that are 27-33, 37, 38, and 41. I think they do a fantastic job communicating the underlying structure and energy of the pose.
    I would also suggest drawing bigger overall. Even for 1 minute gestures, you want enough room to draw from your elbow.
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    Great round!

    The new thread will be up within a few minutes.

    I should have posted these yesterday. Couple digital figures.

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    Hey guys, good to see more people taking part!

    @Hamorhage Thanks for the last comment man, dunno how to respond though. I try to combine volume and contour at the same time as doing the gesture I think. But I am now, besides doing quick gestures, trying to do slower, more mindful ones to train patience and a much better and calmer understand of the parts/body. I really like what you got going on there. Nice volumes and simple deliberate lines. Keep up the inspiration!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientdrake View Post
    Hey guys, good to see more people taking part!

    @Hamorhage Thanks for the last comment man, dunno how to respond though. I try to combine volume and contour at the same time as doing the gesture I think. But I am now, besides doing quick gestures, trying to do slower, more mindful ones to train patience and a much better and calmer understand of the parts/body. I really like what you got going on there. Nice volumes and simple deliberate lines. Keep up the inspiration!
    Haha, seems that we're doing similar things. I'm also trying to do more slow studies, and I can see you're also sometimes "killing" the energy you have in your quick ones when you do slower studies. It's really hard to keep a drawing alive when zoning in on details.


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    Great round!

    The new thread will be up within a few minutes.

    I should have posted these yesterday. Couple digital figures.
    Really nice figures Anthis, the way you simplified the face in the second drawing is very impressive. Also love the legs and how natural the poses look, apart form the person with the crossed arms. Nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElizaWy View Post
    Your guys' work looks awesome.

    I finished the whole challenge this week! Yeah me!

    One minute studies (I tried really hard to keep to a time limit this time):
    Really good work on doing the complete challenge! Just noticed some of the figures are a bit unbalanced, I think I can give you a quick tip to remedy that! To get a good sense of weight and balance of your figures, the placement of the feet/hands/head becomes really important. We usually put most of our weight on 1 foot, so the weight of the body needs to be balanced. In the drawing below I illustrated how the placement of feet/hands/head really tell most of the story. the torso/hips/ limbs on their own don't really tell us anything about the action. So when you're doing quick studies, always be sure to check where the feet/hands/head are in relation to each other.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamorhage View Post
    Really good work on doing the complete challenge! Just noticed some of the figures are a bit unbalanced, I think I can give you a quick tip to remedy that...
    Thank you for the tips, Hamorhage! I'll keep an eye on that in my next sketches. (I really appreciate tips and homework.)
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