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    WaterGuy's Sketchbook

    Hello all, I started following sketchbooks on here about a month ago with the intent of eventually starting my own. I like the community, feel inspired when I look at ya'lls work and would like the motivation to keep on drawing. I'm currently in graduate school so I'm probably too busy to give drawing enough time but I have a goal of averaging at least an hour every day! I have a month of exercises to post so I'll add them incrementally to avoid an overwhelming dump.

    As for my goals, I would say James Gurney's live painting's are what inspired me to try and get a bit more serious about this. "Traditional" mediums that I can take on hikes and adventures are what I prefer. I admit I will probably never be able to invest that kind of time to reach anything close to that level but I at least have a direction right? Anyways, here begins a journey.


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    Here are the first few excercieses. Sort of following drawbox protocol for the most part since I like how formulaic it is and that's just what I need to get drawing consistently. Later on I start doing perspective stuff and flirt with figures. More to come tomorrow that will hopefully be smaller! Also apologies if a second sketchbook appears, a lack of confirmation emails got the better of me...

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    I like your pen studies, post more work.
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    More exercises, nothing exciting. Focusing on getting better line quality and perspective so far.
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    More exercises plus an effort to draw my pencil sharpener and people at my Uni.
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    Love your usage of line. So satisfying. Keep it up.

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    Thanks ya'll for the kind words. You both have AMAZING sketchbooks!

    More exercises and perspective studies from earlier this month.

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    Hey! Awesome sketches, mate! Keep it up! Do you have architectural background? Because it's seems like you do. Also. I'd love to see more pencil sketches from you in the future, I think It'll get you far!

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    Hello there!

    Nice to see that you are into ink drawing, it is an incredibly versatility and unforgiving medium.
    If you want to see what is possible just with pen and ink, look up Sergio Toppi and his work.

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    Thanks! Architecture is one of those professions I would choose if I were to start over... I should for sure mix up the mediums, that's a good point. Also Sergio Toppi is.... So much going on yet nothing is lost or feels muddy.

    More exercises, more just doodling when I have some spare time.

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    Another day a few more exercises. These are of when I decided to start practicing the mannequin frame from Loomis. Do my best on the first go then correct according to his suggested proportions. Corrections are sometimes in red sometimes blue and sometimes black so it may be hard to decipher which is which.

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    Hi!
    Cool stuff, man. I really dig the railroad tracks and the vine-covered wall pieces. I think I like the railroad tracks because of the use of blacks, sense of light, and architectural details. I like the vine-covered wall, because, well... I really like dilapidated buildings and ruins and stuff. ( It's just my thing . )

    Keep up the good work!
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    Thanks angieb!

    More exercises, Loomis stick figures, plus a doodle face! I tried doing the stick figures in perspective but they seem elongated. Not sure what went wrong and any advice would be welcome.

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    More of the same plus some random sketches for fun. These stick figures in perspective feel a bit better but still unusual.
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    More exercises, feeling the crunch of grad school so these are mainly from my bed before I fall asleep. First image is a quick sketch near a field site I was working at with the second image being my recreation of that (plus an upside down bedroom corner)

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    Nice pencil work, it's a pleasure to have you on the forum. Keep the work up and keep it coming.

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    Really nice line work .

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    Thanks KemoWasabi and ValArts!

    I haven't had that much time to do exercises so I've been focusing on just drawing from life when I can. First one are some gestures from one of those figure pose websites but the other two are from life. Ended up getting discouraged on the glass jar and stems and stopped early. Landscapes are my favorite type of paintings/drawings so I am hoping to improve those. (Winslow Homer's water colors are my absolute favorite)

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    Waiting for coffee and a sketch of a small bronze statue. I think I need to be more patient with my pen strokes, especially when shading!

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    Two more, the lamp by my couch and a cast nose I purchased recently. At some point I will do a detailed study. Plus one of my succulents!
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    More sketches from my living room (second attempt at that nose). Plus a sketch of my favorite pianist, Red Garland!
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    Some imaginary sketches. I went on a road trip through the intermontain west and that landscape has stuck with me. I'll post some sketches from that trip at some point I hope!

    I totally messed up that first image so things don't look totally right. The house, the tree, and those cliffs have wacky proportions and perspective I think.

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    Sketches from my field site. I'll be camping all summer for my research but I plan on spending my free time doing a bunch of sketches (watercolor/guache too!)
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    Super busy with school but every now and then I get to sketch something. Cylinders and two sketches near my field sites. I'll be in the field all summer but next year when I'm not taking as many classes I hope to get a more consistent routine going. But until then I'll just draw/doodle when I can!
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    Looking at your efforts i think you should draw cylinders from reference for a while.
    You have the same ellipse every time regardless of the position and angle of the cylinder.

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    i really like your landscape drawings!

    as for the cylinders, i think tiggeraz got a point.
    you could maybe just get a glass or a cup and observe how wide/ narrow the ellipses are when you are looking at them from different angles (could take some pictures aswell if it helps)

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    Thanks Tiggeraz and eNG3e! I would not have noticed that but you are absolutely right! I have a cylinder container and practiced with that but there are still plenty of issues. (eg. what little line quality I do have suffered)

    I'll keep up with the cylinders and ellipses going forward since there is plenty of room for improvement. Also a couple more landscape thumbnails from when I was camping over memorial day. Anymore critiques would be greatly appreciated!

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    Decided to work switch things up a little and work on gestures. All from photo but I'm hoping to find live figure drawing sessions this summer. I'm following Michael Hampton's book for the gestures. Aiming to get better at using fewer/better lines in my gestures. I'll also upload some random sketches of everyday objects I've done too next time.

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    I started looking into M. Hamptons book too, and this site helped me with references to gesture drawing.

    https://www.quickposes.com/en

    Maybe you already knew about this site, but if not, now you know

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    Nice work, try and keep your ellipses consistent when your plant pots etc.

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