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    An absolute beginners sketchbook

    Hi all! I have decided to keep a sketchbook for 2015. I have never been any good at drawing. Neither was I ever any good at sports but still managed to teach myself to juggle five balls so hopefully I can improve my drawing as well.

    My goal is to practise every day except on weekends. I will start slowly and try to build up to two hours of practise every day. I am waiting for a cheap drawing tablet and because of my horrible photo skills I probably will not upload any sketches before it arrives. I will still draw some sketches with a pen before that.

    Well enough talking. Here is my starting point:
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    I got my little tablet so I will upload some sketches tomorrow
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    The tablet was even harder to use than a pen. But a little bit easier than a mouse. I tried to draw some lines varying the pressure, and I had real problems with the last drawing of a girl with a hand on her hip smoking. I need to check some photos
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    I still have trouble using the tablet. I am thinking about going back to drawing with a pencil, but I guess I will have to give it at least two weeks before I give up.
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    Hey, welcome to CA! If you're new to drawing it's a good idea to practice a lot with a pencil before going too far with the tablet.

    Have you heard of Andrew Loomis? He has a book called "Succesful drawing", it teaches you about building basic and more complex forms that can be used to draw anything you want. Go check it out, and keep drawing!
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    Thanks for the tip. The book sounds exactly like what I am looking for, I will check it out
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    I changed the sensitivity of the pen, and I am a little happier today. But not much
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    I didn't feel so motivated today, but at least I managed to upload something
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    Draw bigger! Use your arm and elbow, and that gets easier if you hold your pen/pencil like shown here: http://chiseledrocks.com/main/musing...old_the_pencil
    (The pen grip)

    And for now drawing lines is fine, don't worry too much about shading or coloring things just yet.
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    Thanks for the link. I have heard about some of the different ways to hold a pencil. But I am using a tablet now, so I am unsure if you can use those when drawing on a tablet. I have a really cheap tablet, it looks like a mouse pad. I guess I just have to try and see what happens
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    I am using that grip on a tablet right now, works just fine! Mine is alright sized though, probably makes a difference. Anyway, if you are unable to hold the tablet pen properly and draw big lines from the elbow and shoulder then you probably shouldn't be drawing with it yet and sticking to paper for now.

    Pencil or tablet, here's an expansion on some stuff I mentioned earlier. This really should be your focus at the moment! Everything can be built using cubes, spheres and cylinders in different forms.
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    Thanks for the tips. I have been trying to draw a dwarf for two days, but it has so far turned out so horrible that I can't even show it in my sketch book. So I will go back to the basics. I will do some exercises in "Learn to draw in 30 days" I might even try them with different grips.

    It is a bit frustrating that it is even harder to draw on a tablet than with a pencil. But I remember the first time I started using a mouse on a computer, back then it was difficult just to click things, so if I stick with it, it will hopefully get better.
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    Just some doodlings to lighten up and don't take the sketch book to seriously.
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