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    From Quickposes:

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    Sunflowers - no doubt I'll be the next Van Gogh:

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    From imagination - hideous, but you gotta start somewhere:

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    I accompanied my sketching session with the music of Brahms:

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    I made his beard too small. No doubt the cantankerous old codger is spinning in his grave.

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    Quick scribble with charcoal:

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    Tried to make sense of underlying muscle structure on photos of models, but didn't really manage, so extremely awkward and out of proportion. Perhaps I should start with well muscled models! Anyway, I'm early in the process. More practice ought to improve things...

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    Wildlife sketches from a YouTube video:

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    I am getting lazy about sketching figures because of all the fun I am having sketching wildlife. Will try to keep it up simply because it's good practice for any form of drawing. But I never really liked people remotely as much as I like animals, so for the moment, wildlife it is.

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    Maldives! Yay!

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    I have more dental work coming up this week, including a root canal. Probably won't get much else done.

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    In between dental work and pain medication, some sketches. I have become so enamored of animal and plant sketches that with the human figure I am now really just going through the motions, but I want to continue doing it, if for no other reason than that it is the best drawing practice in a general sort of way.

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    Not much time today...

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    Keep up these animal studies, I like the looseness of your lines. The fact you're enjoying them so much definitely shows.

    Although with your figure studies, while the basic skeleton is looking nice enough I think you should try and push yourself to block in the whole figure. You don't have to learn all the underlying anatomy (actually I think it's best to hold off on that), but start with blocking out the muscle groups with basic shapes. I've found Michael Hampton's Figure Drawing is a really good resource for the learning this. I think your hands and feet would also improve from more perspective studies. I'd suggest drawabox.com to become more familiar with perspective studies and seeing and drawing these basic forms in space. Were you drawing these from life or from photos?

    Keep it up and keep enjoying it all. I don't think it's a good idea to just "go through the motions" of figure drawing. I think by doing this, you stop learning and enjoying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svemir View Post
    Keep up these animal studies, I like the looseness of your lines. The fact you're enjoying them so much definitely shows.

    Although with your figure studies, while the basic skeleton is looking nice enough I think you should try and push yourself to block in the whole figure. You don't have to learn all the underlying anatomy (actually I think it's best to hold off on that), but start with blocking out the muscle groups with basic shapes. I've found Michael Hampton's Figure Drawing is a really good resource for the learning this. I think your hands and feet would also improve from more perspective studies. I'd suggest drawabox.com to become more familiar with perspective studies and seeing and drawing these basic forms in space. Were you drawing these from life or from photos?

    Keep it up and keep enjoying it all. I don't think it's a good idea to just "go through the motions" of figure drawing. I think by doing this, you stop learning and enjoying it.
    Most of the figure studies are from Quickposes. And yes, I should perhaps begin taking a look at underlying anatomy. Or at least in models where the muscle groups are reasonably visible. Another thing that might be useful is to"mannequinize" them. I'll see about it - I'm going through a period of demotivation with figure studies. Perhaps I just don't like people all that much! :-)

    I have done lots of the Draw-a-box studies, but never made much progress on them - the guy is bad at explaining himself, and his lessons ended up being of rather limited use. I found myself drawing hundreds of boxes and making the same mistakes over and over with no idea how to actually improve. So I never improved. And if studies are not helping me to improve I'm not sure what the point is other than to make me feel like a failure.

    With the hands and feet I can do with more knowledge of the underlying anatomy. But these are complex things. I watched Proko's videos on hands and feet and found myself a bit overwhelmed with all the detailed information. From experience I learned this: anatomy studies are not really an end in themselves. They answer questions, but you do not know what the questions even are until you have spent quite a bit of time just drawing. So I was doing the "just drawing" bit, and I do think I improved at least marginally. If nothing else, drawing such complicated things as hands improves one's observational drawing.

    But I'm considering laying off on the figure studies for a while and let it marinate a bit. In the past, I have often found that taking a break for a few weeks or months doesn't necessarily mean I'm doing nothing - very often, the gears are turning in the background, and when I return to it, something has "clicked" and I suddenly understand things that used to elude me.

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback! It is always much appreciated.

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    Not much time today.

    An attempt at a caricature of Tracey Emin. Not a complete failure, but not a great success either:

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    Quick figure studies. When Quickposes throws up a figure with fairly clear musculature, I now try to indicate some of that too, otherwise just a little pseudoskeleton or mannequin:

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    And a hadeda ibis:

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    So I read through the other pages of your sketchbook and saw you have done a lot more drawabox studies than I had thought. They're certainly better than my first attempts. If any instructions are hard to understand, it's a good idea to look at the way other people explain it - I think this is a good idea for learning anything. A really in-depth instruction for this is Scott Robertson's How To Draw book.

    It also seemed like you "completed" the 250 box challenge and then forgot about drawing boxes again. These practices (along with cylinders and simply just straight lines) are something that are never finished or completed, they're a continuous practice to improve your skills. You were on the right track with checking the errors on your boxes, but it seemed like you were just looking at the mistakes and forgetting about them. You need to re-draw them straight away and check where you keep making mistakes. You can always re-draw over them with a ruler so they're correct - this should help visualize where you're making mistakes.

    Also, remember to slow down and really, really think about each and every line you draw. I'm not trying to be cruel, but it seems like you're not taking your time at all. If you're drawing a box, I believe you should treat all 12 lines with as much patience and concentration as you can. It may sound a bit pretentious, but each time you draw a line, slow down and try and feel how it felt to draw it. Stop and look at how it looks on the paper, did it come out how you expected? Take a breath between each line and treat it like meditation. I'm not trying to be preachy, just sharing advice that has helped me slow down and create nicer lines. I had been drawing (and still do, just less hahah!) very rushed, scribbled and plain ugly lines for years which really held me back for a long time. You said it yourself when self learning you can fall in to pitfalls and detours, so anything we can do to help each other out helps us all.

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    Heron sketches:

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