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    Billie's sketchbook

    Hello.
    So I've decided to get serious with my drawings (again). Right now my learning curve looks more like some crazy roller coaster - instead of steadily gaining knowledge I would sometimes spend MONTHS not doing anything. But yeah, it's no fun to live this way.
    I like some clean comic/manga styles and it would be great to be able to tell a story. At the same time drawing fully rendered monsters is also very enjoyable.
    Regardless of the style, I realize that most 'successful' drawings were made due to simple luck rather than skill. I'm going to start doing more or less regular gesture drawings and studies again to try and fix that.

    Here's some of the stuff I've made recently.
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    I like your pencil sketches!

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    Man, this is very confusing.
    I've tried some 1-minute drawings, but it feels like I have less and less time to put even basic [spaghetti] lines.
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    The gesture drawings are very nice. Don't be afraid to exaggerate the poses a little to give them more oomph. You may also find that including the forearm in your hand gestures will help you to get the same sense of life that the full figure's have. It helps me anyway.

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    Probably one of the most difficult things for me is to fit the drawing in available space. It's amazing that I never get it right even though I used to draw on a very small scale.

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    Reading Michael Hampton. Actually reading this time. I'm one of those people who repeatedly makes a mistake of not listening to advises. Like
    - draw as often as humanly possible;
    - draw lines, boxes, circles, ellipses;
    - draw from elbow and shoulder (!) / don't treat drawing as writing (you're bad at it as well anyway);
    - be reasonable in general.

    So, I'm trying to fight my many bad habits and do some mechanical exercises. It feels like trying to punch air or something though.
    As for studies: for now I'm stuck at attaching muscles to arms. I found a few additional books and now struggling to understand what goes where =D
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    I guess that makes it my second landscape. So blurry though.

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    Yesterday I received a sudden and awesome gift - a set of liners for inking! I've only read about these on the Internet. Sure, it's the skill that makes a good drawing, but isn't it great to have an amazing tool for it?
    Of course, it'll be totally wasted on me unless I learn how to draw now. Motivation! (kidding. I'm motivated by beauty of life, not guilt) =D

    Meanwhile...

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    It's actually pretty rare for me to make a full-body drawing. So that's an improvement right there. I think.

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    The expression on the bearbossman's face is perfect.

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    Fujii, thanks!
    I'm thinking, his subordinate can be a real pain when there's nothing to do but paperwork =)

    Closing 'dancing bear' theme for now with this:

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    Love your linework!

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    Ugh, after a couple of days of even the slightest kind of success comes curl-up-and-die week-long kind of depression. I made it a point to draw at least something every day. And threw those drawings far, far away =[ Maybe one day I'll get enough skill to draw reasonably well even on bad days, but it's not today.

    On the other hand today things are not so bad.
    I guess, watching those youtube videos somehow paid off - I'm not that scared of colours now. Still don't know what's going on, but at least having fun with it.

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    Cut! Cut everything off! Or not...
    Well, it's certainly not the answer to the problem here, but I don't think I'll attempt any further fixes on this one.

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    More experiments with ink.
    Many mistakes were obvious only after I made them completely irreversible =D Like that lightning, by gods, it's a mistake I should learn from. "Always think it through!"

    First one from photo.
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    Absolutely wonderful stuff
    I especially like your linework and that huge cat is adorable!

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    Your drawings looks great but as for paintings try to use bigger brushes and move to smaller and smaller as you progress.

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    I like the way you do hands.

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    Trixtar, appreciate it! Surely the cat would too =)
    Fujii, thanks! I really struggle with construction (of everything) at the moment and have to go mostly by feel.

    stonec, sad to say, that's exactly what I tried to attempt with the last too paintings XD Since it's a very new concept for me, I'm not even sure at which point it went wrong. So more practice with that.
    Should I be on the lookout for anything in particular?

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    There's been a lot of dancing in my drawings lately Oo
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    Study from photos. Should probably stick to the hard brush for this.
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    Exercise in using thumbnails and letting go of line-art type of thinking.
    1-4 were made a week go, everything else - in last 24h.

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    And this thing from a few days ago... I feel I'm stuck D=

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    My playlist is getting out of control

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    I like the strength of your lines. You can do so much with so little.

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    Yeah the line work on some of these is super strong, particularly the bear man. Also like that image of the blue paint splatter and the dancing.

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    Can't avoid the fact that I pretty much neglected exercises since last post here. *sigh* Damn you, lack of self-control, you win again!

    Still, no matter how they turned out (and how much some lines went out of control), some of these just felt really good to draw. So I'll do better next time!

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