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    One issue I have with Quickposes: the figures lack context. My animals sketches are mostly done from video footage, and I find it helps me to understand how the animals move, and to make more lively sketches. Or that's my guess, anyway. So I downloaded footage of a ballet dancer from YouTube to use in the same way: pause the video every second or two and make a quick sketch. I had never realized before just how graceful ballet dancers are! Couldn't really do him justice, though, but it's good practice, and I find it way more satisfying than working from the still images at Quickposes:

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    And some buffalo...

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    And so, after seemingly endless drama with dental work, it turned out the tooth couldn't be saved and had to be extracted after all. Well, now at least I am rid of the fucking thing and life can go on.

    I worked some more on my footage of a ballet dancer:

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    And a steenbok:

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    Really good work here, i can see some nice improvements, more confident, cleaner linework and shading, your understanding of forms and proportions... keep it up! You should try to explore your imagination every now and then though as this is where your understanding of forms can be further developed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copaloro View Post
    Really good work here, i can see some nice improvements, more confident, cleaner linework and shading, your understanding of forms and proportions... keep it up! You should try to explore your imagination every now and then though as this is where your understanding of forms can be further developed.
    Thanks for the kind words. As you can see, it's been a while since i posted anything; i have been very busy with other matters. will hopefully get back to it next. I have always been reluctant to try drawing from imagination, because I suck at it! But will give it a try in due course. :-)

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    Had about ten million things to do. Finally had some time for sketching again, only to find that I have become terribly rusty...

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    Awesome sketchbook already! Great kind of practice, you're studying exactly the right things for good results and to lay a good foundation to build other skills on top of later on. Your figures are definitely improving, I like the note you made about watching videos and how the context of the pose helps explain it, never thought of it that way but is very true. What could help your figures a lot and also yourself, is to draw a ground plane that the figure is standing on and to draw "wrapping lines". So draw cylinders to indicate what body parts are coming towards the viewer, and which are going away from us. This was one of the best methods for me personally to better understand the 3dimensionality of the figure and the space it moves in. Really like all the animal studies, maybe try to see if you can draw one from imagination after you've done a few from reference and see where you still need to pay better attention. All in all this looks very promising and with hard work you'll definitely get there, I'm sure this sketchbook will turn into one of those you speak of in your first post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis van Kessel View Post
    Awesome sketchbook already! Great kind of practice, you're studying exactly the right things for good results and to lay a good foundation to build other skills on top of later on. Your figures are definitely improving, I like the note you made about watching videos and how the context of the pose helps explain it, never thought of it that way but is very true. What could help your figures a lot and also yourself, is to draw a ground plane that the figure is standing on and to draw "wrapping lines". So draw cylinders to indicate what body parts are coming towards the viewer, and which are going away from us. This was one of the best methods for me personally to better understand the 3dimensionality of the figure and the space it moves in. Really like all the animal studies, maybe try to see if you can draw one from imagination after you've done a few from reference and see where you still need to pay better attention. All in all this looks very promising and with hard work you'll definitely get there, I'm sure this sketchbook will turn into one of those you speak of in your first post
    Thanks for the kind words and input - all very good advice. I am in general terrified of trying to work from imagination, but I suppose I should plunge into it sooner or later. :-)

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    I have been studying the YouTube videos of a bloke named Sycra. He greatly simplifies the anatomy, and for the moment, I feel his way of doping it is more approachable. Proko is much more complete. But that's the problem: I feel completely overwhelmed by detail, and all his best stuff is hidden behind a pay wall. So for the moment the plan is to study Sycra's simplified anatomy and see how far it can get me, and then, if necessary, use it as springboard for more advanced stuff.

    Made a few sketches while watching his vids. These don't look like much, but I have actually learned a very great deal in the process:

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