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    Someone suggested a long time ago that I practiced stuff on drawabox.com, but I never got into it. I looked at it today and the course is what I need at the moment, so I'm going to shift from Proko's anatomy to drawabox stuff starting at the very first lesson :>.

    What I did here was I drew a line with a ruler and a graphite pencil, then tried to follow it using the movement of my shoulder. For the second photo's bottom half, that was a muscle memory exercise using, what he called, ghosting.
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    The lines that I'm drawing keep getting curved or is off by a bit.

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    I've been out for the past few days since I got grounded, only way I can post is through another computer which is a pain. I practiced lines for a few days and worked on that friend's bday present, then but after that few I just worked on the present. The planes practice for the lines were making me frustrated since I'm still not good at ghosting. The present is a drawing of Todoroki from My Hero Acadamia.

    The computer that I'm using can't rotate photos < /3.

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    Wanted head to be more turned than the reference.

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    I was trying to critique myself and noticed that all the facial features to the last drawing are pretty mediocre, so I'm going to try to fill a whole page of eyes, noses, lips, and hair one each. One page of eyes or an extra half if I redo too much by the end of this week.

    I did the contour outline for the eyes yesterday.
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    I shaded one eye yesterday and an eye plus a half today. I'm really thinking about doing digital soon; I don't know when, but maybe in September or October maybe when I've studied the human body enough. Looking at Noah Bradley's, Ross Tran's, and Jaime Jones's digital art makes me want to do it.

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    I think if you're going to be doing all these portraits of anime characters you should at least try and stylize and exaggerate them a bit more. Otherwise you're taking the source material and making it more boring. Consider your most recent portrait, look how much character the reference from the anime has, on the other hand consider how much character the photo reference has. It would be fine, but every anime or video game portrait you do looks like this, consider the personality of the character and base the drawing around that.

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    Thanks for the tips Jams; I'll make sure to remember your advice for next time :>

    Yesterday I overslept and woke up at 5 AM : ^). I made sure to do a little more than I usually do, so I did 2 and a half eyes today. I'm getting kind of sick of eyes so I'm doing one eye one nose tomorrow.

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    I'm going to drop the facial feature studies since they're boring after the first and second ones. so here's some boring line practice lol. These make me really frustrated, but it's needed for the drawabox course. I'm just going to do a little of the lines practice for about 30 minutes a day, then focus on the Proko stuff from where I left off.

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    Wasn't able to practice yesterday since I had to do an essay last minute and today I did about 30 minutes for lines and maybe 20 for the figures. It's not a lot of time, but tomorrow I'll be sure to spend more time practicing. Also, might be moving on to the muscles on the Proko course, since I'm getting comfortable drawing the breast, I think.

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    Why can nobody seem to get my name right its only 5 letters, I'm not asking for much here. But really, I thought about what I said, and realized I probably wasn't communicating what I was thinking very well. I think with your portraits you are trying to do two things at once. You are trying to do a somewhat academic piece, which is referenced and realistically rendered. But also trying to draw your favourite anime and video game characters. I'm not saying that you can't interpret these characters in a way that you would like. More I just don't think if you're at the stage where you are doing these portrait studies in charcoal you should be applying the anime coat of paint (figuratively speaking) over the top.

    If you want to learn how to draw these anime characters, pick up some markers and pens and get going, but I think there is a disconnect with the media that you are using.

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    Maybe you should change your name to 4 letters haha. I'm not going to draw any anime or cartoon styled characters anytime soon. When I first started and getting advice from YouTube, a reoccurring tip was to practice realism and that's why I did the Istebrak challenge. I agree that charcoal isn't being used correctly; people always would say that I needed more contrast in my drawings, so I took the easy way and just added charcoal to the graphite to make it look darker without using the charcoals properties. When I see more experienced artist use charcoal, like Yong Chen, they use charcoal as if they were painting. Since I don't want to draw stylized things, do you think I should just continue studying realism until I feel like I'm ready?

    Broke my promise for yesterday. I got really tired and went to sleep after doing the lines. Today I did the usual lines and figure drawings, but after two drawings I got really bored and I get lazy, so I think that's a sign I should move on to the next step.

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    Just did notes yesterday and today I did more notes from Proko, lines, and figures. I started doing the lines practice with my elbow and it's much more confortavle. I can draw straight lines with it for the most part, but I often get the accuracy off and often overshoot the finish point. Also starting Proko's homework tomorrow.

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    Pretty happy that my ghost is getting better and now I can draw planes without it looking to messed up. Also started the Proko abs assignment; I don't know what I'm doing lol, but it's something.

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    This week is exam week and I have to take it easy with the practice stuff, so I'm only doing draw a box things. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just wasting my time doing lines for 30 minutes straight every day.

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