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    "Eh, well.... I know how to look good...."

    Hey guys I`m a 14 year old guy that got real into drawing about 2-4 weeks ago. Yeah its not long time ago, but I love drawing wanna work with it when i get older. Anyway, I`m from sweden and thought that this would be good motivation, and I can see how I improve. I currently do drawings of real life photos, almost just faces, I got bad faces.


    EDIT: Im 16 now as you can tell, and I had to delete some pictures, had like 25 meg on the photobucket thingie. I am a deleted boy

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    Profil,
    Before you go crosshatching, try the shapes concept (idea).
    Look at everything as a shape.
    For instance, a computer monitor is comprised of a giant cube and depending on the shape some circles in the back and on the bottom supports. A lightbulb is a circle with a rectangular stem for the screw. Build onto the shapes, then keep building.

    Crosshatching, I to am still getting the hang of it. It's a lot harder than it seems it would be. Start light (light as possible!) shading the same value in one direction, to make your values darker, do the same light value over the first one except in a different direction. The direction of the hatch depends on how you want the drawing to look, the curves, etc. Just practice. At 14, I wasn't doing that. I was out partying and skateboarding. Stick with it! You're solid.

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    nice

    nice start for drawing for two weeks.

    try to get a book called "Drawing on the right side of the brain" by betty edwards. It will help you an incredible amount by teaching you how to see clearly.

    Learning how to see is most important. later comes techniques like cross hatching.

    practice drawing things in long, smooth lines, not short jagged ones. Once you can do that, you know your getting better.

    There really is no quick fix to cross hatching, just keep on practiceing.
    Cross hatching usualy consists of a bunch of paralell lines of 9-11 strokes called a set being overlaped by another set at a slight angle, a 90 degree angle, or anywhere in between. Just keep on working at it tryin different directions, sizes, angles, and even stroke direction (like drawing towards you or away from you).

    you will eventually find a set that feels comfortable. consistancy is key. don't make the sets too short... it usualy doesn't work too well.

    draw draw draw.

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    patternagainst: here is the partys mostly about drinking and.... well they drink to they puke... well they talk and then they drink some more...... I dont like alcohol....

    misterjc: yeah I got a problem with long lines, my hand is kinda shaky so it gets like a shaky line... well the next pages will probaly be looking at objects and just drawing the forms with long lines.

    Thanks guys

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    I really gotta start drawin more, but I got plenty of school work this and the next week. But I will try draw more.
    EDIT: I love the ballpoint pen

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    oh you can try some of the feng exersizes to get your muscles to listen to you when you want to make a streight line and elipse/circle .. jsut make soem dots on a page and go form one to the next in a solid stright line then try the same thing makeing circles and curves .... sinc eyou jsut started your body is probly not used to movieng and controling your limbs in this way so you will build up a physical memory that way .then i suggest movien on toe th esuggesteion form the fella above .. do basic shapes circle triangle square ... then go to cube sphere piramid cilinder .... then head on to waht davi suggested and render them with full values .. also look up the words and such and get as comfortable with the terms as you possably can <this will help alot when people make suggestions and your try to learn form tuts >the betty edwards book will really get you firmiliar with all the tearms and various tecniques .another book thats great for beginers for quick refrence and a verry simple intro to construction is how to draw the marvel way .. its not the best but i think since it has verry limited and simple format its verry user frendly <not over whenlming at all and a bit fun too >eventualy <and it wont take too long > you will start seeing things as their basic shapes and you will be able to make out diffrent surfaces of those shapes and it will be verry easy to apply light <and lack of light > to them

    keep going main thing is do it eveyr dya no matter waht evne if you little boged down with school and such kik out a couple shapes and such and above all have fun with it
    <i thin you have a good start and are doing well mate keep going >

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    some reference picture from a fashion magazine:
    "Eh, well.... I know how to look good...."
    face is a bit crooked.

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    damn photobucket ><
    oh well heres 2
    fast ref I didnt feel like drawin today:
    "Eh, well.... I know how to look good...."

    planes thingie:
    "Eh, well.... I know how to look good...."

    I got tips now of learning the body anatomy first and such and same time.
    I think I will do it at the same time.
    and I gotta learn the basic shapes and start to render them before I render faces and learn the lines of the face first.

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    red x:es m8 !


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    Hi Profil, I'm just making sure my SSG link in my signature to your sketchbook works. I'll check out your artwork later.

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    Hi Profil

    Nice progress.

    You got Bridgman so I suggest you to check out the blocked construction of the head...and draw (don't imagine) a cube and some construction lines and then draw the head inside the cube...I've recently started to practice a little using this method and so far it has helped me to better understand how to get the different planes correct and getting better volume in the heads I draw. Simpler than Loomis construction..personally I prefer Bridgman. So I guess Bridgman might help you too.

    Anyway I guess I'll be meeting you and the others in Stockholm gonna be great 8)

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    Lots of updates... -_-; I'm so behind.

    Anyway, I noticed that when you do general face shapes, you used curved lines, but when you do details or quick, full body studies, your lines get choppy and stick-like. You might want to keep in mind that while the male body is ok angular, most females have curving bodies (unless they're super anorexic thin)

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    very nice alexander (the great) keep on rocking !


    cheers !


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    hey man its good to see your at it and have the commitment you are continuing and you will keep getting better if you keep up the pace, good work!

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    I see good improvement from your earlier work, I think you could benefit from working on your symetry try laying out the position of the features before rendering them, I see way too many eyes that are higher than the other.

    keep up the good work and post some more

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    Damn! Those hands are looking mighty good! I should be doing more of these studies myself... Damn you for reminding me that I'm a slacker!!!

    Since you asked *kicks profil in the ass*

    It's gonna be cool meeting up again in Prague!

    Keep up the amazing work you're doing!

    peace

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    Hey Profil.
    This latest batch looks real good. I like the simplicity of the line.
    Keep up those studies!

    btw, I just joined SSG3, so consider this your kick in the arse.
    Feel free to do the same to me.

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    I know your not. So don't say that again. Nice hands btw. Your studies are coming along really well! Planar stuff of the faces is looking good too. Now let see you apply some of this knowledge you've been delvin' into! Go git em!

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    Great studies, I like the sleeping dogs, great subject to draw too, until they wake up, start moving, and ruin your drawing PLEASE KEEP UPDATING! No more slacking

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    Was cool meeting you in Prague, Profil. Amazing progression since the start of this sketchbook. Self criticism is critical, too little and you stagnate, too much and you'll hit a brick wall you think you can't climb. If I'm using strange metaphores it's cause I'm unwrapping models at 3 am and my brain is going mooshy .
    Keep em comming!

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    You're doing a lot of studies!, Which is very good. When it comes to the rendering it looks like you've taken about 5 mins. Very heavy handed! Go easy and try to find the forms... Post some post Praha stuff man, I wanna see your recent stuff

    Keep this in the mind when rendering, and keep it up. With all these studies you'll have anatomy down!!

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    Sooo... where are all the updates we're waiting for?

    Take care.

    Hugs!

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    Profil, was cool to meet you in prague - where are the updates? post your prague stuff for example
    so long

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    dcept: thanks man. Had a great time in Prague with you.
    Sirgreenstock: thanks man, and you are getting kicked... soon.
    Zebzfree: thanks, and yeah my imagination stuff sucks... buhuhuhuhu
    Dan1989*hero*: can I clean your balls? Man your level is what Im aiming for now.
    Floris: awesome to meet you, you should post your Prague sketches. Yeah your metaphor was good.
    Sambrown: yeah I started that latley, really good. Was awesome to meet you too. I gotta practice on my fosball skills.
    Blog: shame we didn´t talk more in Prague. Man, my imagination anatomy sucks, but it´s coming.... I hope...
    Pencilator: *KIzzZZEsssSZzeessZZzssSZ*
    Miau: yeah was nice meeting you too, shame we didn´t talk more.

    So I had shitload of school work when I got home, I still have. So I haven´t been drawing that much sadly. But I know what I should work on for now except the usual anatomy etc. Like spending more time on my drawings (already started that, ha!) sneezing on my screen *wiping* etc stuff like wanking and squirting the product all over my sketchbook so when people look in it, they will look at little Profils.
    Did some life drawing yesterday.... everone sucks though so won´t be showing that.

    Some of the drawings you are about to see is suffering by syphillis and clamydia, some even got ballscancer. It´s nothing to joke about so be gentle. The causing affect was that the drawings were to fast done.
    Enjoy the ride.

    I got to slow down and think about the anatomy knowledge that I have.......

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    good stuff ! ! you are very young, stop comparing yourself to people who are older and been drawing for way too many years than what you have been... you are talented for your age... in 10 years you are my age... you're gonna own us all so take your time, fight YOUR battles not someone elses... cheers dude and keep at it!


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    yeah dude, even though you definately need to slow down a bit i can already see a vast improvement from before prague and after prague

    keep 'em coming bud

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    Keepatit, these studies are great I really need to do do some!

    At our age I think the best advice is to just keep at it, that is the sum of what I got from Coro and Marko aswell. Because if we do we have a lot of potential, and the way you have started is very good! You will know the basics before you start being influenced by other artists!

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    Thanks guys Warming
    Here's a little something I did fast at a Mucha museum in Prague, one of the very few Prague sketches that went out OK. Critics I got is that his face is too feminine and the lines are too uneven, both which are totally correct.
    "Eh, well.... I know how to look good...."

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