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    I'm doing it! I'm making a thread!

    Hey everyone!

    Now would it blow everyones minds if I started up this thread by posting some pictures from references you've all probably seen thousands of times before?

    Probably not, but I'm commited to actually starting one of these threads, and if that's what it takes then that's what it takes!

    CRITS AND COMMENTS WELCOME

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    I love these studies. The construction is wonderful.

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    Oh man, thanks a lot. Although I can't really take all that much credit, for the most part I was just going through the motions of copying down what I saw in the books.

    At any rate, here's some more original work from today. Hope you guys don't hate it.

    - bit of an edit here, I'm not quite sure what a good resolution to upload these is, I don't want to make them too big. But at the same time I think at the moment they might be a bit small, opinions?

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    Was in a bit of a rush tonight, but I couldn't not do it. Unfortunately Lincolns arm looks really off, and his whole suit area is blehhh...

    Also hands.

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    Stuff from today.

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    Tried drawing some Hogarth, thought it might be helpful for learning anatomy and such.

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    Really great studies!

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    You have really effective construction! I'm just starting to do this, but it's not as good as you. Any advice of how to get to your level?

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    TomasBj: Thanks dude.

    Dominicque1: Wow, I really didn't expect anyone to ask ME for any advice. I don't know how much help I can be, but I'll try!
    Okay so, in my first post I looked at two things, one was an anatomy magazine where I just straight up copied the poses from, the other was Gottfried Bammes 'Complete guide to life drawing'. I don't know how useful it will be to you but you can try giving that name a google and see if any of it works for you.
    For my other drawings, I dunno, I just simplify a lot I guess.


    So for today I did some digital stuff but none of it really felt worth posting, or saving for that matter.
    So instead I just threw together some perspective-y stuff at last minute.

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    Don't about throwing stuff out, man. I think in the past 2 or 3 days, I've thrown out roughly 30 pages of sketches XD

    As for the image resolution thing, I think about 800 pixels is max length you should go with a pic, otherwise it'll be wider than the actual thread :3 As for height, I wouldn't go much farther than 1000 pixels.

    Anyway, I love your figures/characters! They have a lot of personality and no stiffness (something I haven't been able to figure out how to do myself >.<) Keep it up! ^^

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    Hey Yuu, thanks for answering my question!
    You know, writing this post I wanted to reply to what you said about the 'stiffness' but I realised it's nearly impossible to write about without it sounding dirty or hilarious.
    Haha... stiff.
    At any rate, yeah I personally think it's still something I really need to overcome. Thinking about it I think it may have something to do that I never really know what to do with a characters arms, so they're always in this tense position.


    So, yeah I missed out on posting last night. But I'm making up for it with such exciting content as hands and feet!

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    Well hey, we're all adults here! (at least physically anyway)

    As I said, I just don't see much stiffness in your poses. Your characters look very natural to me ^^

    If it helps, I never really know what to with my hands, either XP I just keep them in my pockets when I'm not doing anything with them.

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    I usually just have my hands in the air like I just don't care.


    - Back on topic, heres today's post!

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    This is a really good work !!

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    - Currently working through copying everything in the ol' how to draw book.
    Heres what I got for today.

    What I really got to learn is how to contruct interesting poses and such, because when I'm presented with a blank page it can be hard to make a start sometimes.

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    Following on, doing the same thing as yesterday. This time being a bit more daring and using pen :0 (except for the last line of drawings).

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    So today I did some studies of film stills, I made the mistake of investing a majority of the time farting around making sure the faces were right (or at least close). When I think that really it should have been a chance to learn colour, composition and all that good stuff.

    Right now, I'm a bit burned out on copying stuff from reference so I'll try laying off the studies for the next few days.

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    So I thought I might try using colour pencil for sketches, it feels and looks pretty nice but the trade off is that you can't really erase it. I also found out that I have absolutely no idea how the whole armpit/shoulder region works. I might need to do a whole lot of stuff dedicated to working that one out.

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    Did some stuff that was a bit more fun than the previous days. It was a much needed change of pace.

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    I don't want to make a habbit of missing days, so here is some stuff.

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    I think it's nearing the time I change the thumbnail for this thread, the one I've got - a little lame to be honest.

    Okay, so I've found that keeping this thing going has been good for me, I've gotten faster at something which is great, and it encourages me to keep working everyday.

    So yeah today we have the realisation that I have no idea how to draw hair, and that I'm kind of stuck on what I should currently be investing my efforts into.

    ENJOY!

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    Hands n' faces

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    Stuff

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    Doin' it quick, don't really have a system down for doing digital yet. Everythings a bit muddy, and I don't really know how to go about avoiding that without zooming right in and being fiddly with fixing stuff.

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    Hey there mate! Really cool stuff so far, keep 'em coming! Specially nice pencil drawings.

    Answering your concern from your last post, the trick I use to work quickly in digital is to apply a few hard, 100% opacity brushtrokes to simplify the key volumes real quick. Way faster than zooming in and start creating detail, which doesn't really help with the readability at all. I made this for ya, I hope you don't mind

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    Hey thanks for help, and of course I don't mind, the paintover was really helpful (although it did make me say 'gee I wish the scarf I drew looked like that'). Anyway I took on what you said, however I probably took painting at 100% opacity a bit too far - but yeah it's a hell of a lot cleaner than what I was doing previously.
    Baby steps right.

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    So I got a new scanner and I thought I would celebrate the occasion by posting some still life and some life life drawings.

    Life-life is totally a thing.

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