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    sketchbook a'la jc

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    Charcoalartist: thanks for the link, i'll be sure to check it out.

    somthing i did a few days ago. first time i've used graphite and charcoal together. i like how it came out (for the most part)


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    The eyes came out really well there, bravo.
    I would suggest trying to really push shades of grey in your pieces, to emphasize shadows is to emphasize the emotion of the piece. Great work on that girl, though. I really like it.

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    but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

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    Klinesmoker: thanks for your tip, i've been afraid to add darker tones because i could mess it up... but... you don't learn if you dont try eh?



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    looking good so far, i like the skewed perspective.

    a tip on crosshatching: when laying it down, stick with one direction at a time. for example hatching downwards, pick your pencil off the paper for the upstroke. don't just scribble up and down, but make a line, pick up pencil, move to top again, put down pencil, and repeat.

    hope that helps.

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    prehistoric: thanks for the tip. i get a little impatient some times.

    more hands.

    the five in the top right are bridgman, the others are mine.


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    Your cross hatching is already looking a lot better in those hand studies, good job. Like a previous post said, just stay away from scribbling too much.

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    i've been away for a little while... didn't get much drawing done. =T





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    its pretty hard to just study out of bridgeman, though it is an excellent reference. do more real life drawings, and less picture and photo-refs for a while, see what happens. you have a good base to start from. Good show

    the affore mentioned is completely false and should not be taken litterally. the views expressed by lil'Tao are not nessesarily the views of me or anyone else living, dead or undead. this has been a paid for advertisement for the fat trapper

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    long time no see. well heres my meager offering.







    the last two are from the backyard. yup.

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    Nice handstudies. The last sketch (the tree) is cool, frame it!

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    wow... my track record isn't so good... well, at least im consistently late. =T







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    you should let the lines be the last thing on your mind when you draw. you have to think in form and mass. then find the surfaces of that mass, then line the end result, if you wish.

    if you start with line, then you worry about weather or not you are right or wrong, and if it looks good or bad. i dont see much confidence in your lines... you should work on that too.

    draw everyday thinking about form and you will improve so fast itll make your head spin, litterally... like your head will actually fall off.

    the affore mentioned is completely false and should not be taken litterally. the views expressed by lil'Tao are not nessesarily the views of me or anyone else living, dead or undead. this has been a paid for advertisement for the fat trapper

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    thanks lil'tao for the advice. even though its a little tough to do, im trying to keep that in mind and im already seeing good stuff going on.


    skull studies with boxes and such.


    i went out one day and drew the flower, and branches. it was a nice day... but now, its getting too hot


    haven't done one of these in a long while.

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    sketches from life and photo.


    life in pen


    more life in pen... except that face in the top left corner. thats from photo.

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    Hey- Nice pen studies, I've never really taken a liking to pen and ink, to me it seems so unforgiving! Keep working and study hard and you'll be surprised how much you improve. keep on truckin' and work with varied media and color occasionally..

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    some more wonderful sketches...





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    a "lockbox" and grill from life. pen


    a barn, a tree and a couple bird gestures and grass lines from life... oh and a rock. pen


    pencil. working with a new grip and experimenting with pencils and trying to learn anatomy all at the same time.

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    trees and a friend. i got a book called pencil magic by phil metzger. so yea. its good stuff so far.

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    Pencil Magic? Never heard of it. I'll go check that out

    Draw draw draw!

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    a couple trees and a house from life. read somthing about "opposing curves" so.. trying to practice that stuff.



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    after realizing how shitty the guy in the middle came out.... i thought it time to get back to basics.

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    Well he's not THAT shitty... What do you mean opposing curves?

    I should go back to the basics too.

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    making some progress. i learned a good lesson from all these. they are mostly from photo some from life.

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    ok... getting a little better with the heads.. but that shading is just nasty. ugh...

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    i had a little sketchgroup with my mom today. =D





    and as a side note... i'm wondering if the size of my images are good. too big, or too small. comments on that topic and also crits on my sketches would be appreciated.

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    bridgeman study



    some heads from ref.



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    Very expressive lines.
    Lovely to look at.

    May i suggest tightening some of the crosshatching up to emphasise shadow/tone?

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    some more studies



    and some life drawings of my mom sleeping... not so good if i say so myself. too many fidgetty lines. =T



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    Hey MisterJC, i must repay you critques for you helping me out in my sketchbook Id say slow down the shading and get it to be steady and smooth and try drawing your lines without retracing them,err thats it keep up them drawin-thingers

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    ladylioness: thanks for the comment. i took that under advisement with this last piece. what wonders patience does right?

    ok. this is a little wip. so far... about an hour, maybe less. worked from a photo.

    started out with an outline using h pencil... darkened it a bit in ps so the lines could be seen.



    now, time for some rendering, used h, hb, and 2b. i already see that i'm gonna need to go darker with the hair. and work on the neck... i'm not really going for a smooth look. trying to learn open hatching and such. because you guys make it look so damn cool.



    any comments, crits, and tips much apreciated.

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    alright... i guess i'm finished with this lady. actual size of the head is about 4x3.5 inches... not so big i guess.



    comments and crits and all that good stuff. common people. lay it on me thick.

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    Great sketchbook, I notice that your lines seem to be more confident with the pen than pencil. I don't know what it is about that, you'd think it would be different but it seems to be more the case that when you are using something you can't erase with... your lines grow confidence. The lockbox and grill I really like.

    The last drawing of the girl, was coming along great with the line the drawing. I feel that when you rendered it out it lost something. Perhaps less coverage with the graphite leaving more of the paper showing would be something to try.

    Keep up the good work and effort

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    i think you did a real nice job
    i agree wih Marie...the lines were great but the rendering kind of weakened it
    do you have something you blend with? i think that will really help get rid of the scratchy lines. and you can use an eraser to put in high lights

    dig the book keep it up

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    marie: yea, i guess that when i use pen, i'm a little more carefull... and to think, i started using pen to be more careful with my pencil... looks like i've gotta work on that transition a little more.

    Dashi: thanks. yea, i see what both of you are saying about the rendering.

    ok, so i smoothed stuff out and took your comments to use and hopefully, this is a little better.



    edit: hot damn... i see a problem already that damn eyebrow ridge. ok. i fixed the brow. much better...

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    You are doing really well with hands! Good for you in practicing those - hands are hard! Those renderings are looking better too. Keep it up!

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    Wow. The jump in quality between the 2nd to last picture, and the retouched version is amazing. The nose came out great, and the highlight along her cheek bone looks good. What meathod did you use to smooth out everything? That nose really shocks me. It was looking real wonky in the 1st 3 pics, then suddenly it looks almost photo realistic in the 4th. Good job.

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    All your work is pretty decent. my critiques are: Dont be afraid to get darker tones, contrast. This is what really gonna make your drawings POP. Pretty much it. everything else I like. Planning on going into color anytime soon i cant wait.

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