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    Gatosrules's sketches(from zero to hero...hopefully.)

    Hey everyone!, My name is Kevin and i'm an at-the-moment college kid from Sweden doing a bachelor in Technical Design. I'm a first year student and I had this spontaneous thought that I could use this space to combine the two practices, kill two birds with one stone as they say... I'm already at need to improve my drawing skills for the assignments that the school puts on me anyway and I also really like concept art.. so why not combine them y´know?

    At the moment my drawing skills are very rustic and not a whole lot has been done in many many years. Kid me was a real champ at drawing but along the way in my mid-teens my interest slowly began to fade and I often think back to where I would be if I had just stayed with drawing everyday, something I regret and once it's lost you make up excuses for not doing it.

    But now I've decided to put some effort into slowly getting back on my feet and I would like to share that with all you, I hope it serves as motivation for those who need it and for me personally so I can get feedback from those of you kind enough to take the time out of your busy schedule to help me along the way, but without further-ado let's talk goals and where/who I want to be moving forward in the future.

    As everyone do I will try my hand at all different fields of art from still sketches to digital painting, I've had a wacom tablet lying in the wardrobe for about two years now and when I used it, it was for playing a game called "Osu" so hopefully I can put it to better use this time around and use it as intended.

    My goal with this sketchbook is to upload a few drawings from my studies, some from school work and some that's personal, I'll post anatomy studies, landscape, color work, texture and probably a lot of perspective drawing. My schedule and goal will be at the very least, posting once per week, some weeks I might post every day, depending on time restraints and general mood, but Tuesday will be my upload day as a homage to this milestone and moment, to the community and to show my dedication to do what I've set out to do with consistency.


    Now that the boring part is done I'll post the first submission of the week, a dump of school projects, portraits, anatomy sketches and some random doodling. Thanks for reading.
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    I started watching Prokotv and I found it really useful as I thought only reading Andrew loomis was a bit dry, they complement each other nicely though. My goal is to make a 100 heads, different angles with different level of detail, just to really imprint the lessons I pick up.
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    And this toaster drawn from photo with just gray scale Copic pens that I made for a school assignment.
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    Ok I'm gonna call that a 100. Purchased a app by Proko called Skelly, it's a 3d skeleton you can move around and change the light source etc that I found to be helpful. This took a long time but I think gained some insight, last few ones I watched a video by David finch teaching head drawings and he's so good, really worth a watch.
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    Hello again, today I began doing gestures to continue down the thread of my current focus area which is anatomy, then I also started reading Scott Robertson's book "How to Draw - Drawing & Sketching Objects & Environment from Your Imagination" a very densely packaged book teaching about perspective.
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    Starting of I did some gesture drawing, 2 minute ones.
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    Some random doodling
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    A few perspective studies, mostly how to multiply and duplicate objects and angles.
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    Lastly I did a two 5-10 minute gesture drawings.

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    Hey I am short on time today but got something done at least, shoutout to SapphiresVisor on the forum for the cube exercise.
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    Nice, your perspective stuff is coming along well, keep up the good work... I recommended it to someone yesterday but if you haven't seen it drawabox is pretty good

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    I had not seen that actually, will definitely try some out. thanks!

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    Today's share of work, may do some more but I will upload it tomorrow as I don't want to spam the forum. Props to GremlinDad for the suggestion to try Drawbox, really good and structured exercises
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    Some "Super-imposed" line exercise
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    Drawbox second exercise, originating from the legendary Scott Robertson.
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    Some simple perspective planes.

    Doesn't look like much but it actually took me a long time, still pretty fun and oddly relaxing.

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    Been doing a lot of the exercises on Drawbox and it's going fairly good, soon I'll get to the more advanced exercises and there will be more fun things to show but for now this is what I've got, really want to show the whole process so I can look back and see the progress over time.
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    More boxes today, doing the 250 box challange, only 200 more to go...
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    Today I've been trying a bit of everything, some gesture drawings, my first portrait! It didn't turn out so bad all things considered but the eyes are clearly misaligned and her mouth and nose should've been a tad bit lower down.
    And the star of the show is of course the glorious boxessss.... feels kinda tedious at this point, I'll draw 200 and call that good enough, it doesn't feel like I'm learning much anymore making them.
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    The hustle continues, gestures, boxes, doodles and tried doing some intersections of different shapes.
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    Very good start! It always warms my heart to see someone putting a focus on perspective. The more I've developed, the more I've come to realize that understanding perspective, both linear and freehand, is the single most important drawing skill you can have. So kudos to you on that one! The only thing I can recommend is maybe consider doing some simple still life studies from life. Understanding of value is also a major asset, and I believe the most efficient way to learn that is doing still life. Keep it up!

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    Thanks man, yea it's not fun but I really want to do this right from the start, they say it's much easier to learn right the first time than re-learn it later down the line. Also thanks for recommending still life drawings I'll definitively try that out,I want to try out everything that's recommended to me and I really appreciate the feedback.

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    So I didn't do much work to today but I will post more tomorrow to make up for it, but I tried doing a still life and I think it turned out pretty good, considering I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, lol. Finally finished with the boxes so I can move on to other things, cheers.
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    Ok so today's work took a long time for some reason but I didn't get much done that I can show, also I've completed my new work-setup so here is a picture of that.
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    Then I tried doing another still life but I didn't feel like working on it, I think I'll focus a bit more on studying from real objects before I move into digital stuff.
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    Today's work*I realize the pictures aren't very good when I'm working with pencil but I'm working on a fix for that which will arrive sometime next week, from there on the picture quality should drastically improve.* I'm struggling a bit for direction as I have so many points of interest but I think I have a general idea of what curriculum I will try to follow, more gesture, lot's of still life and some drawbox exercises, then I will try some more advanced perspective stuff and familiarize myself with the tablet. Later down I'm thinking of working my way through different body parts and eventually put it all together. After that we'll see what happens but it's always a constant change as I learn about new areas of art and different exercises that I wasn't aware of the day before. One thing I really want to do is work on my ability to break down objects and get that feeling as natural as possible.
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    A sketch of some girl with a rifle, some still life and more gestures. I went over the lines to make the images more visible.
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    Today's work, just keep on truckin.
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    So yea... the picture quality isn't very good, idk why it's so horrible today but I had to edit the images a lot just to make them visible without squinting your eye, hopefully you can see something at least, lol. Soon it'll be better just a couple more days* fingers crossed*.
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    Had to shuffle snow all day because it's been snowing crazy amounts recently so that pretty much took all my free time but I still did something, some random doodling and working through some Andrew Loomis material.
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    Gotta keep up the momentum. More drawabox thingamajig's.
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    Aaaand.. a picture I took outside the apartment, for scale that light pole is about 4 meters high..
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    Very nice! Boxes and cylinders are looking good. I did that same texture study in your last post not too long ago, and yours is way better than mine was. Gets so damn boring drawing all that detail haha. Keep it up!

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    Lol I have a hard time imagining that with your skills, yea I know what you mean, but i guess they are "important"*sigh*.

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    Eeey my scanner I ordered got delayed 2 weeks due to storage problems.. didn't see that one coming. Someone wants me to use my shitty phone camera lol. Cancelled and ordered from another place so it should arrive Monday so just wait a little more XD.
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    Hey, really cool stuff. Especially those textures and ellipses, they're very solid. One thing I noticed however was that in your figure drawing, you're relying too much on bare shape and outline, and it might be beneficial to give more attention to the position of the ribcage, hips, femurs etc. You're obviously aware of these key points because you include them in a few but I think you need to apply more emphasis to them. Keep going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak Coughlan View Post
    Hey, really cool stuff. Especially those textures and ellipses, they're very solid. One thing I noticed however was that in your figure drawing, you're relying too much on bare shape and outline, and it might be beneficial to give more attention to the position of the ribcage, hips, femurs etc. You're obviously aware of these key points because you include them in a few but I think you need to apply more emphasis to them. Keep going!
    Thanks dude,yea I've studied the skeleton a bit before so I have some understanding but as you say it's not nearly enough to convey the human figure correctly in gestures, I will get to work on that!

    An early dump as I didn't post for two days, internet can be dumb sometimes but i'm back to 100%, trying to be more effective with my time but it will take some tweaking before I get down a solid routine.
    Part 1 of today's dump, some really old and some new in no particular order, also enjoy the better quality, finally got my scanner!
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    I'll be back later.

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    Working on trying to capture the pose instead of copying the pose and getting some more life into it, also some notes from a gesture book I am reading at the moment.
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    Not much work today
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    Today's work, feels like I've got a bit better at gesture and particularly recently I've put focus into using the C.S,I method, to see the flow in poses and focus on capturing the pose and not the outline. I think the next step is to get in a lot mileage, so from today until Tuesday I'm going to draw 250 poses with a stretch goal of 400, that's about 42 poses a day, or 67 poses a day, that's a big jump from what I've put out up to this point but instead of wasting time on videos or books I'm just going to channel all my energy into actually applying what I've learned.

    But i'm not stopping there, I also want to finish 12 still life's with pencil, 2 every day and on top of that I am going to practice some perspective/drawabox exercises.
    I'm toying with the idea of making weekly/monthly goals to make better use of my time and motivate me to continue pushing through the "dark era" aka pre-tablet life aka boring-to-watch-sketchbook.
    Start incrementally, see where my limits are and see where I can become more efficient because it's really a time problem, I have other things to do and I want to look back a year, two years from now and know I gave it my all with the time I had.
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