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    Hello everyone!

    My name is Alexia, and I have been doing art for a very long time quite casually. I take commissions on Gaia, do anime stuff, that sort of thing. Recently, I have decided that I want to try to get into my art college that is in my home town. I love the creative process, and I would eventually love to be a teacher with in depth knowledge of art so I can apply that creativity to students of all shapes and sizes. I really find that the Canadian school system is so laser focused on maths and sciences, that kids start to forget how to use the creative part of their brains, which is a huge factor in problem solving, and dealing with the real world...

    ANYWAYS. Off political views. I am hoping to make myself accountable over the next few months and really apply myself and my art here. I think you guys here are all fantastic, and it will be super helpful to get some outside opinions. I need a lot of work!

    Practice Makes Perfect // Sketchbook That Will (Hopefully) Keep Me Motivated

    This is my most recent sketch I did. Late last night I decided to redo a drawing from 2011 or so, and came up with this. I know it looks pretty bad now, but I've come a long way! Of course waking up now I see that the arm is quite long...and things seem a little smooshed. But if you guys have anything to add, I would be extremely grateful! I'm pretty lost at uploading images, so I really hope it's not a big image on here. We'll see~


    Thanks for listening to my rant!

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    I'll end the night with a quick dragon doodle thing? Trying out different colour combos. :3

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    Hello! I'm currently trying to improve my art too I like your drawings on here so far, but if I can offer some constructive advice;

    In the first image, when you draw figures it's nice to try creating more of a sense of depth by doing things like adding a twist in the torso (try turning the shoulders or hips away or towards the viewer). You could also try things like bringing the arm (the one where he's flexing his muscles) forward, angling that slightly more towards the viewer so that it it appears bigger and adds depth and interest to the drawing. I hope that makes sense, I'm not too good at explaining what I mean

    In the second drawing, the shapes and colour palette you have work well, but I think it could use some more contrast to really bring out the shapes.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Thank you so much Hunchdebunch! I think that those are great ideas. Posing is some of the worst things I struggle with.

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    Hunchdebunch has some good points. Try doing some drawings from life of some foreshortened postures as well, because when you draw your subject straight forward or directly to the side, it can have a tendency to look flat. This is something I've been trying to work past recently, and drawing from life has helped immensely.

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    Thank you Cabaret! I tried doing some from life poses...I still feel a little stiff, but hopefully that will get better.
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    Sure thing! Like the title says, practice makes perfect. ~

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    I did some fun exercises tonight! They're below. :3 I was checking CTRL Paint, and these were useful suggestions!
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    For the pixar study, I just paused the movie and drew from that. Pretty happy with these actually! Huzzah! Expression! With practice, hopefully I can apply it to imagination...

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    Some more quick life sketches. I know about the last one...I didn't map the arm properly! Haha

    My scanner also sucks. ;n;

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    I haven't gotten to do too much today, but here is some quick clothing ideas for something I'm working on. :3

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    Lovely figure drawings- keep it up! I really like your quick clothing designs; stylistically they're very simple, but they get across all the information you need in quick design sketches. The colour schemes and overall shapes created by the outfits come across really well.

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    Thanks so much Hunch!

    Here's some more gesture/figure drawings. I really liked these!

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    Here's a small project I'm working on! I can't remember the last time I painted...well...blocks. To make a building. It's pretty excited.

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    You're making some great progress with your figure drawing, and I like your new painting so far, I particularly like the off-center placement of the character

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    Thanks Hunch! I wanted the eye to go from the character along his staff/stick to the alleyway. Hopefully it worked? Haha, I'm just playing around.

    Here's progress anyways!

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    Didn't do too much art today. Hopefully this weekend I'll get on it!

    I just whipped up a quick costume design for the character you see a lot here.

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    I like your sketchbook. I´m curious how your picture from post #15 developes.

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    Thanks so much mllin! I'm hoping it develops well!

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    I really like your character's costume design, it has a very distinctive silhouette I look forward to seeing how your painting from your previous post will develop, too!

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    Whew! It's been a couple days since I last posted anything! I only had access to a laptop and sadly it's colours aren't calibrated properly.

    Here's the progress on the painting! It's a shame my canvas is so large. I really like how his face turned out. ;u;

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    Hey there! I see you're getting serious about this - well done! You're on the right path. First of all, I must tell you that you have a very good eye for character and costume design. To some people it takes a lot of years to simplify their characters like you did in that character sheet. You are on the road to success.

    My trick for improving at drawing is to remember the old saying "a chain breaks by its weakest link". When you know what your weakest link is at the moment, your top priority should be to turn that into your strongest asset. Right now your weakest link is "form and volume". No matter how much you improve on color, design or anything else your work's overall quality will remain the same, because a chain breaks by its weakest link. Now, if you go on and fix that link, your art will give a huge quality leap.

    I did a quick rework of one of your photo sketches to show you what I mean by "form and volume" (basically, to draw 3D objects that have weight instead of flat shapes). Also here is a tutorial by Proko that helped me millions a few months ago when I started tackling this problem. I recommend you watch all of Proko's videos because they're very instructive. Good luck on your journey!

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    Hello Dina,

    Thanks so much for this, and for the tutorial link! I definitely agree that this is my main problem. Everything looks so flaaattt. But I'm excited to work on things, and thanks so much for the redraw! The difference is so astounding. *u*

    I will definitely continue to work my butt off on this!

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    Here's some digital figure drawings I did today! I'm trying to try the 'bean' method that I was linked by Dina a couple posts up!

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    You guessed it! I'm working on my painting again. This time, I'm focussing on the elbow and the hand...it looks wrong. Less wrong than it did before...but still wrong. I wonder if anyone has some insight as to where I'm going wrong? I tried referencing my hand in the mirror, but it wasn't working out for me. D:<

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    I decided to do a quick colour of the last gesture drawing I did!

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    It's my vacation time! Yay! Time to get cracking!

    My gestures really suck today, but I'll get back in the groove. Who can't draw the male figure? I can't! Who has to draw them to get better? I do!

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    It looks like your figure drawing is improving a lot, and it's good that you've decided/recognized that you need to practice the male figure more. With your character painting, I think the issue with his hand is that (to me at least) it looks too small in comparison to his other hand and to his body in general. As a general guideline, the hands (on a human at least) are roughly the size of the face. Speaking of which, your character's face looks great!

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    Thanks so much Hunch! I'll try to make the hand larger....hopefully it won't be too hard! I'm only on one layer now, haha. I think I'm improving as well! I think this week off will be awesome for me to work on my core skills. :3

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    I'm looking at some art books online about sculpture, and trying to use that to world build my characters...

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    I must start by saying, you're extremely creative! I love your designs and your use of colour is very fun, but by no means too extreme, its just right Keep up the good work, and I see you are correcting your work as you get feedback by these other aspiring artists.

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