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    Cagfmem Sketchbook

    I'm a hobbyist, trying to draw cute anime girls from memory. Although I've yet to truly understand gesture and anatomical construction, I hope that enough references of 2D and 3D women will allow me to achieve my goal anyway.

    Please tell me if you think my reference technique can be somehow improved, such that I'll be able to attain a deeper understanding of my subject matter, as well as retain visual information for a longer period.

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    Trying out ballpoint pen instead of pencil. Maybe it'll take me closer to kim jung gi.

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    I was reading "thinking visually" by mark wigan, and I realised that I've yet to express a single original thought in art. It never once crossed my mind that there was more to drawing than cute girls. I assume that's why my work has been described as bland before.

    but anyway:

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    ^Different brushes were used between the black and red drawings. I think it demonstrates how dependent the quality of my work is upon my tools. It's disappointing, because someone once told me technique would never matter to a good artist.
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    "Memory Drawing" by Darren R. Rousar resonated with me, especially in how it de-emphasized the role of 3D construction (using simplified objects) in figure drawing. It's nice to have your opinion validated in that sort of way.
    #2018-11-27 edit: completely changed my mind about this.

    But some of the learning techniques it recommends are so strange and outrageously difficult, it makes me uneasy. Is this really how it's done?

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    I was looking through the old work of an artist I admire, and I found that they improved greatly upon going back to the fundamentals. That was reason enough for me to empty my cup, and revisit some of the basics as well.

    I copied some of the poses in "figure drawing" by michael hampton. It's now making a whole lot more sense than the first time I read it.

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    if there's one thing i miss about video games, it's an objective, quantifiable measure of ability.

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    wow, nice bodies and stuff, keep it up!

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    Thank you for the encouragement okshim.

    Currently trying to improve my forms by drawing everything as intersecting blocks, with surface lines at key points to indicate curvature and orientation. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Quick anatomy studies. I'm now convinced that I need the fundamentals.

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    Dirty studies out of a library book:

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    ... It surprises me how much conscious understanding is needed in art. I was operating under the assumption that it was mainly about unconscious skill (and that surely, it could be cultivated from simply acting like a photocopier...).

    Now I just feel idiotic.

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    Wanted to have at least one complete piece here:
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    forgot how much i loved hot rods:
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    I like your sketches! It's also refreshing that some of your doodles have an anime quirk, but you still have an understanding of anatomy.

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    Thank you Mattyt! I hope to retain such stylism even after I become more familiar with realistic anatomy.

    Anime faces were done from memory. I should be getting closer to my goal.
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    But I can't speak so soon, since I'm a longtime sufferer of dunning-kruger.
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    exams are over, so that means ..................
    .............. its art time!!!!

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    These sketches are really good.

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    It's nice of you to say that moe =)

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    I really love your anatomy studies!! especially the long lines w/o scratchy lines... (my weak point..)
    please keep posting this goodness!!

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    Thanks unajin, I will, and all the best for making your lines even cleaner!

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    Just for laffs, here are some hands from 2016:
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    You seem to have a really good grasp on anatomy. Can't wait to see more!

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    Thanks Scribblez! Although, my understanding is far from complete.

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    Finished "Antifragile" by Taleb. It might not have been his main intent, but I think I gained an insight into the unintelligible aspect of art. Isn't almost everything in the domain just heuristics and nuance?

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