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    Harsh Critique Needed.

    Hello everyone!

    17/05/17 Update: It's been almost 3 years now and I need to thank everyone who has helped me along the way and still continue to do so. I also just want to say sorry if I come across as very negative or depressing in my posts, I'm hyper critical of myself and my work.

    So I've drawn my whole life, I remember art being my favorite lesson in school when I was as young as 6, I was often praised for my drawings more than anything so I quickly decided I was going to be an artist when I grew up (foolish I know). For the past 10 years I've been more serious about learning but with no art schools or money I have to rely on self teaching. The journey has been very slow and I've gotten a bit more depressed over recent years because it just feels like I'm not getting anywhere or I'm never going to be near the level I want. I've wanted to give up a few times now but for whatever reason something inside me won't allow it.

    My goals are somewhat vague but I know I like manga, It's the thing that really made me want to draw for serious but I still value the ability to draw realistically from life. I guess what I'm trying to say is I want be able to draw realistically and use that ability to create nice manga.
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    Blocks and general perspective:

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    I was asked to do a drawing of a bat so i may as well add this one to the sketchbook.

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    Today i arranged some small boxes and did still life studies.

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    The bottle gave me a lot of problems.

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    Drawing the bottle from different angles:

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    Hands!

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    More hands!

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    Those are some great studies. I like how because you struggled with the bottle, you made yourself draw it again twenty times from different angles. That type of attitude is going to get you far! You already have a pretty good foundation and you're only going to get better.
    Check out my sketchbook! Socially acceptable opportunity to yell at a teenage girl!

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    aw thanks! Stubbornness helps a lot lol

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    One more hand for tonight. It still looks kinda 'flat' and i don't know how to fix it. Gonna have to draw more hands tomorrow i guess

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    More more hands!

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    I'll do some tonal value studies next.

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    I used a lamp in order to get a better sense of light and shadow for this value study:

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    Somewhat happy with the results but i know it could be far far better.

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    Testing what i know about lighting.

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    Looking at it carefully now...

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    I love your perspective studies! To be truthful I am only about to start learning them myself, so I'm sorry that I am not able to give more constructive comments. But as far as I can see you are doing very well with them! I especially love the little room sketch, I wish I am able to do such nice clean lines

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    Arishandera - Thanks very much. And it's ok, i'm just happy to get a comment once in a while

    I wish you luck with your endeavour!

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    Sharpeners:

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    I keep getting the triangular sharpeners wrong and i don't know why

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    I seem to be just making the same bad drawing over and over despite numerous attempts. I'll have to practice more tomorrow.

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    I felt like doing something more fun today that coincided with all the blocky perspective stuff.

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    This is why I'm banned from designing furnature.

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    Back to the sharpener:

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    Your lines are very clean, an impressive start Keep it up

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    Nice focused studying, carry on with the good work.

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    I'm sure you'll get a hang of that tricky sharpener eventually! The persistent are rewarded . Also, though you say you can't get it right, it actually looks pretty spot on to my untrained eyes haha). Nice go at the furniture as well!

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    Your persistence is really inspiring! I need to take that lesson from you. If I have a hard time drawing something I tend to give up. I really like the furniture. Way to go! Keep up the great work.

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    Thankyou everyone for the words and motivation

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    Here's a sharp drop in drawing quality:

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    First thing, I have limited access to a better quality camera atm so I'll try to make use of it when I can.

    Second, THIS STILL LIFE IS AWFUL.

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    I tried again but this time just focused on the cloth:

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    Oh drapery, a true challenge they are. I envy the people that are able to make it look so easy. Folds are some of things most difficult for me to get just right. I believe your second attempt at it shows improvement compared to the first .

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    With the second one I could focus more on just the single object and so I think that helped a lot.

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    Another still life set up:

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    The focus was just on measuring the proportions and placements of lines. The floating box near the middle kinda shows I was innacurate.

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    Hello Shoebill,

    Nice going with the studies.

    One point, you're pretty negative over your own stuff. I really don't see a reason to do so.
    If you're comparing to other's art, it's better not to do so, as they have also once been at the level you are now, and they've improved.
    If you feel it's awfull because of what you are mentally making of it, then you need to check why it's not to your satisfaction. Identify those areas and when you redo it, make it a point to not make those mistakes. Drawing is learning, and the best way to do that is to make mistakes. So don't beat yourself up on some mistakes you've made. Just check what you have and what needs to be different.

    And if you're ever feeling down because you think your progress is lacking, compare your drawings to drawings from a good time ago. You'll see that you've made progress, especially if you're doing studies as the one's you've posted above.

    So enjoy the learning process.
    On a discovery voyage in drawing wonderland.
    Feel free to check out my sketchbook and leave a comment. I like the feedback to draw lessons from.

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