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    Medical student's directed procrastination

    I'm a procrastination prone medical student who draws random animals of the scaled, furry or feathered variety during lectures, and scantily clad largely hairless bipedal animals at home.

    My current goal is to be able to do figure drawing from memory, and I am making this sketchbook hoping some accountability will help me draw more regularly. I would also very much appreciate constructive feedback.

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    (Yes, I'm aware that rectus abdominis doesn't originate below the pubic crest)
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    Hmm, I did, but then the whole thing disappeared. I don't see my original post. Should I just make a new sketchbook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obi_von_Knobi View Post
    Hmm, I did, but then the whole thing disappeared. I don't see my original post. Should I just make a new sketchbook?
    It looks okay now.
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    I'll post some recent stuff to start, then try to make a habit of posting new stuff at least once a week.

    I noticed when drawing from memory that I never got the hip/torso connection right. So I practiced that here:
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    The upper left one I did from memory. The other two are from J. Scott Campbell's amazing Ruff Stuff sketchbooks:
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    Those hip studies are quite good.

    Watch out for that face iconography there. Maybe its intentional because studies, but it doesn't harm to give a heads up!
    "There're no lines in real life" / Is this a sketchbook? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    I'm not good at drawing faces, so I tend to ignore them. But you're right. I won't improve with that attitude!

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    I dug up some old faces from the past. Brace yourselves! Also I hereby officially commit to drawing more faces.

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    I messed up the eye because there's only a certain number of times you can erase and redraw an eye before the paper breaks. Still it looks better than the ocular monstrosity to the left
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    Cool beans! Not bad, actually, but it shows that you're just copying the shapes and stuff.

    I think you should apply the same anatomy and structural approach you did to the hips, for example, to the faces.
    "There're no lines in real life" / Is this a sketchbook? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    True! This is similar to what I just read Pindurski saying in this excellent post, about not just drawing mindlessly, but rather deliberately, and taking time and analyzing the process.

    Although copying directly has had moments of learning for me, I guess diminishing returns kick in pretty quickly.

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    I'd like to be able to mess with proportions and still keep it aesthetic, if not natural
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    I started the Vilppu figure drawing video course

    This episode was about spherical forms and the foundation of 3D drawing. It helped me to focus less on outlines, as I've done in the past, and think of it more like building in 3D, like adding lumps of clay. It worked very well for torso and hips, but I didn't quite know how to apply it to limbs, as they are more cylindrical than spherical. It might be easier if drawing a very muscular man though.

    As you can see, it becomes progressively worse the further away I get from center of mass. I can't wait to do his cylindrical shape video, and later the anatomy series:
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