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    Steps on the Artistic path 28th April 2008

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


    2008

    Working on the basics.. line.. negative spaces.. relationships..


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    The start

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    all done with HB pencil or biro from photographs
    between 5 and 15 mins per page.
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    Better late than never. Now you've begun the only way is up.

    Good luck..

    and may you never go a day without pushing your sketchbook around.
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    2 more, posting at near original size to show all the mistakes.. i know, i know, it was a mistake to ever start drawing.

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    Hi KarmaZero

    don't put yourself down.. keep on drawing but do it with a purpose, try to have a goal in mind everytime you pick up a pencil, you might want to spend half an hour drawing the eye for example and try to really see what the eyes look like instead of what you think it should look like (i.e an almond shape).

    learn the proportions of the body and face by picking up an anatomy book or simply take your pencil or a ruler and measure photos or magazines. you'll see patterns starting to develop..

    Check out some of the tutorials on this site or some of these

    how to draw lips
    http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/lips.html
    head proportions
    http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/structure4.html
    drawing the nose
    http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/nose.html
    drawing the eyes
    http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/eyes.html
    what not to do (you might recognize some of your drawings here)
    http://www.portrait-artist.org/face/dont.html

    Drawing the head by Ron Lemer, a modern master IMHO
    http://www.anticz.com/heads.htm

    Drawing hands by Ron Lemer
    http://www.anticz.com/handtut.htm

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    charcoalartist - thanks for the advice, your right about the eyes, all mine look the same almond shape.. i'm starting to check proportions and use guidance lines.. i'll check the links, thanks.

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    There's a definite improvement in your work, you're on the right track.

    Just keep up doing studies and you'll keep getting better.
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    you got them purty lips, boy
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    SirGreenSock - thanks for the encouragement, i've seen a small improvement but not as much as i would like, i've still got about 40 more pages to post before i get upto date.
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    char is totally right - practice the contruction and layout of the head in perspective (don't bother with vanishing points, I just mean wrapping the features around the form of the head). He gave you some excellent links, also check out the Loomis books online (saveloomis.org). Look at Gabo's sbook - when he's trying to understand a form, he'll fill pages with little pages of studies for it. They don't have to look good, and in fact probably won't, but I think that's where you'll see the most improvement immediately.

    Also, one thing about facial features in particular: they almost always look better if you don't close all the lines. Take the lips, for instance - you only need one line between them maybe, and some slight hints of lines above and below, to indicate lips convincingly. Same goes for the eyes - as soon as you completely close the line around them, they look bad. Check other artists or books like Loomis for examples of how to indicate the features with line.

    Don't get discouraged, either, and try not to speak negatively about your work when posting it - every bad drawing brings you that much closer to what you really hope to draw.
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    jkior - thanks for the advice, i've been trying to use line to suggest features, but it never seems to look right when i try it, it's very tempting to want to draw like the all of the lips.

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    monday i did sketches of my hand for the second, i think there was a little improvement, i guess i'm impaitent, only a few weeks ago, i couldn't draw a hand at alll.
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    in the first month of drawing i did 14 pages, and the last month i did 40.
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    looking at all the drawings i've done, they all look really bad.


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    my best yet? i think so..
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    biro, like how this turned out.
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