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    Hi everyone! I look forward to getting to know you all!
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    A few sketches I did.

    The first is an egg I drew from life. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and would like to try more setups like these.

    The second is practice on some Loomis heads.

    And the third is me trying to figure out how to draw cupcake frosting, which was surprisingly difficult but fun lol I'm hoping to have some nicer looking cupcakes in the future!
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    Hey everyone! Here's today's drawings.

    The first one is a drawing of my dog's stuffed chew toy, Mr. Dogus. I was trying to establish a value range with it and think I did an okay job with establishing the lights and darks. I feel like there's some proportions that are off though, especially in the legs.

    The second one is a line drawing of a rose that I did at work. I really like how it turned out
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    You're on the right track. One thing you could do is some shading practice and then look at your darkest values. You're probably heard the term - push the values, which means you don't always have the darkest darks. They don't have to be everywhere, but they are important.

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    @BlackSpot Thanks for the reply and the advice! I'm having some trouble finding value exercises other than doing value scales. Are there any other exercises that you would recommend?
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    Did a few quick comic sketches. The clown DJ actually came from a failed sketch of the rose in Post #3
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    A master study of 'The Pink Parasol- Bertha Case, 1908' by JD Fergusson and one of my first times using acrylic paint. It was really fun to do!
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    Great start to your sketchbook, not much to critique yet but keep at it. The studies are always good and will help you improve quickly!

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    @Dennis Kessel Hey thanks! I'm looking forward to doing some more master studies soon

    In the meantime, here's a cute little sketch I did for the prompt 'gremlins+ roller derby'. I'm not happy with the coloring on it, so I might be messing around with it some more this week.
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    you seem to be very light handed as even with the crappiest color pencils that is very light
    maybe try with mutiple layers of colored pencil

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    @ElisaClaes, Hey, thanks for stopping by! Yeah, it seems like I'm really light-handed. It never seems that light when I'm working on it but then when I scan it... ^-^; I'll try to add extra layers and see if that helps!

    Today's sketch was from a shape challenge hosted by an art group I'm a part of. It was a lot of fun!
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    Hi everyone! It's been a while Here's some stuff I've been working on.

    The first is an attempt at Bridgman's process from the 'Complete Guide to Drawing From Life'. It didn't turn out that great, but I'm hoping that as I work through the book that I'll improve. ^_^

    The second one is a colored pencil drawing I did. I liked how it turned out. I really tried to focus on making my colors vivid. I'm not happy with some of the perspective, but that wasn't something I was focusing on, either. I'm hoping to post some more perspective-focused pieces soon

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    Nice to see you back, definitely go through the book and try to copy all the drawings that you will come across, it will really help you understand what is being said and how to apply it yourself. Good luck with those studies!

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    Not everyone gets on with Bridgman - it's more a process of doing it until you understand it. I've seen good results with it, but also with other methods. Stick with it, unless you feel like you're not getting anywhere, as changing methods can confuse.

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    @Dennis van Kessel, thanks, I appreciate you stopping by. Bridgman has been challenging but interesting so far! I'm still working on the preliminary stuff, but I'm learning a lot.

    @Black Spot, thanks for the advice So far, Bridgman has been pretty interesting and helpful. Hopefully, I'll be able to post some practice pages where I apply what I'm learning soon!

    Day 2 of Bridgman studies, I'm working on measurements. It was pretty cool to sketch out the proportions, though I feel like I probably take too long on each drawing. Still, slow and steady, right?
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    Why only draw one half of the person, draw the whole person.

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    Nice studies and great questions! I'm very curious about Bridgeman's and constructive methods so I'll be watching your thread closely ; ).

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    Thanks for stopping by, ro5ert! I'll be posting some new stuff tonight. I've been getting ready for finals and have been a bit busy lately
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    Hey ya'll! I've been pretty busy with finals this week, but I've been drawing nearly every day

    First, some stuff from life...I've been working on pushing my values and I'm seeing some improvement.

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    I also did some line practice. I've always loved doing this kind of abstract stuff and it's been a nice way to unwind.

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    I also drew a head.

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    And, last but not least, some of the Bridgman constructions I'm working on as well as some attempts at gesture drawing. The Bridgman constructions are a bit odd, but I can see how much better my figures are doing when I utilize the sketching method he uses. I've also realized I'm terrible at drawing feet, so I'll be working on that soon The gesture drawings took about 30-45 seconds each and were fun. I'd like to do more of them in the future!

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    Did some 60-second gesture studies. Feet and hands are still weird, even in quick poses. I was kind of surprised to see how well I did, but I've still got a long way to go

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    Some more gesture studies. I hope to have more detailed stuff up soon.

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    Hey Len, thanks for stopping by my thread, awesome stuff here!

    Really into your still lifes and how you approach your gesture drawings, especially your comics looks like you have a lot of fun making them!
    Those are looking good for 60sec- I think you're on the right track cuz I can see you looking for the big shapes and masses. I think the next step would be to push gesture and cohesiveness with 'c' or 's' lines of action at the foundation of em. Keep it up!!

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    @nickStar, Thanks for dropping by! I love doing comics, though I feel a bit lost any time I try to do something more ambitious than a one-panel lol A project for me over the summer is to work on that fear Also, thanks for the advice on the gesture studies, I'll definitely try to work on it

    Alrighty, first up is a Bridgman study of the torso. Bridgman is a tough teacher. Once I quit trying to replicate his linework (special shoutout to @AJams for helping me realize that was what I was doing) and tried to understand why he put this line there or that curve over there, it helped a lot. These studies take me a while to finish, but I also feel like I understand so much more when I'm done.

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    In other news, I bought a travel watercolor kit and LOVE it. It's so much fun! My dad keeps teasing me because every time I have a few minutes, I whip it out and start sketching. The first one was my first painting with it (and my third painting with watercolor ever) and it took about an hour and a half. The second one, I limited my palette and painted directly from my blocks, so it took about 15 minutes.

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    Nice stuff! For your shorter poses I highly recommend thinking in structure and basic forms. Right now you’re trying to copy the silhouette outlines as quickly as possible. But you’re not really focussing on the actual structure and 3 dimensional it’s of the body. I highly recommend you look up some examples of simplified but structured figures. Doing those in 1-5 minutes will massively help in your figure drawing and also your imaginative characters. But most importantly keep drawing as you’re doing and you’ll continue to see loads of improvement!

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