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    Another Rookie's Journey

    Hey All,

    Inspired by MindCandyMan's journey that started over a decade ago, I've decided to log my journey, down the path of becoming a better artist. His thread is truly inspiring, and will serve as a reminder that hardwork and dedication trump talent any day!

    For a bit of background: I'm a 27 year-old from Canada, with limited background in drawing. I took art classes in High School because I was drawn to it, but after a few false starts (and a teacher who didn't seem interested in helping anyone without 'natural talent'), I gave up. I regret it, but you know what they say, the best time to plant an oak tree was [in High School], the second best time is now.

    I've got a new view on things now, and realize that all those that are seen as 'naturally talented', just drew a lot more when they were kids than I did. So, it's time to put in the work.

    I'm really draw to charcoal sketches, and portraits with different hues from what'd you expect (work like this

    Anyways, I'm planning on using two of Loomis' books to learn - Fun with a Pencil and Figure Drawing for all It's Worth, while finding basic exercises around the internet (like these two threads on /r/learnart) to practice up my skills. If anyone has any advice, I'm also open to suggestion.

    Here is some work from today - a couple heads from Fun with a Pencil, and my can of cider to practice cylinders. Need to read up on shading so I can make my cylinders look real.

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    Actually you don't need to read up on shading to make your cylinders look real. just get a can and a lamp and draw it from life. . Then after have a couple of goes at that, then you can start to read up on what all the different lighting principles are and you will have a better understanding of how to apply them.

    "The whole point of practice is to do it until you can do it right." - dpaint


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    That's true, thanks for the perspective element. I'll have a go next time!

    A few more shots of some Loomis practice and shapes making:

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    Trying to avoid just straight copying Loomis' 'Blooks', but finding I don't quite have the imagination right now to add shapes like he does. So, I'm trying to learn from what he does, for future me!

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