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    help me i'm a fool

    i will be attending university in september to do an illustration course,
    i'm quite worried about my ability at the moment , luckly i have alot of free time , and would like to improve on my drawing , i attend life drawing once a week , but i find if i'm at home subject matter a quite hard to find , i brought a couple of art reference books from amazon ( anatomy for the artist and other model reference books ) and have been working from them , but i've run out of steam , i also have painter 9 but an awful graphics tablet to dreadful to mention , ummm is it totally useless using a mouse?
    and where can i get some good tutourials?
    and do you guys/gals use alot of reference or can you just draw the human figure from your imagination?
    any useful sites?
    but yeah i have a more or less 3 months off and just to be taught some basics would wonderful , oooohh soo confused
    thanks for your time

    samuel

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    just been looking at some of brokencow's work,
    i might go hangmyself out back , geeeezzz , i'm awful

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    http://www.saveloomis.org/

    I use these books at home for private study. The figure drawing one has helped me immensely. In a few months I was able to learn how to draw a decent looking head, something I never accomplished before even though I've been drawing all my life.

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    The only way to draw the human figure "from imagination" is years and years of study. Even then, an artist is likely to use reference (models or mirrors) heavily. Look at all the hyper-realistic digital painting...that's all from models.

    You're absolutely going in the right direction with those anatomy books and going to life drawing. I would add that it's helpful to have a large mirror to use yourself as reference for specific poses at home. A digital camera makes life easier as well, but it's not necessary (and drawing from life makes your work have better energy).

    You can work digitally with a mouse--I did for years--but it's like coloring with a brick. It's best save up for a used and/or small wacom from ebay.

    Lastly, don't get depressed over someone else's work. Be inspired. You can do just as well if you practice.

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    if you coppy every plate from anatomy for the artist 2 or 3 times you will see significant improvment. Having alot of anatomy memorized is invaluable.

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    thankyou all so much , good advice , i'll have another stab at it i surpose

    thanks again

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    Practice practice practice. No one jumps out of the gate with that much talent. it's hard work to push yourself. So observe things (not just figures) and see how to draw them. Use different tools & techniques. Experiment a little and learn from them.

    And dear Lord, don't put a time frame on it like that. Art is a lifelong learning process!

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    Sypathy

    Hey, I know just how you feel - I too am in awe of the stuff on this website!!
    How about putting some of your stuff on? I'd love to see it. Don't worry if you think it's crap - my work is really naff compared to the stuff on here. But I'm hoping that with practice I can become a real concept artist.
    Your uni course will really help you improve. I'd recommend a graphics pad and pen to help you draw on the computer, I'm useless with a mouse and it's true that it's like drawing with a brick!
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    lol i'll think about it , how would i even begin , start up in sketchbook forum?
    i really regret doing graphic design over art but oh well

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    Hey man I did to regreted doing only graphic
    desing in the early years of my education, so
    now Im training my self on doing finearts, human
    life figure, etc... starting a skechtbook thread
    is a good way to start.

    SKETCHBOOKS

    set a goal of drawing one thing every day,
    no matter if it turns out been crapp,
    keep at it; learn to enjoy the process

    best of luck!!!

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    thanks maxetormer i'm gonna start one now , it'll be rubbish but it will at least get me motivated and try to update it

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    Quote Originally Posted by novice
    thanks maxetormer i'm gonna start one now , it'll be rubbish but it will at least get me motivated and try to update it
    Whoa...stop the bus here!

    Look at what you're saying about yourself already. "it'll be rubbish"??? Now that's a crappy way of looking at your own artwork. How do you expect anyone else to respect it if you can't do it yourself?

    Realize it's a sketchbook and not finished art. And even if it was finished art, are you going to bash it yourself long before it gets to anyone?? Have a better attitude about your own artwork. Don't beat it to pieces before anyone else even has a chance to like it or dislike it.

    And look at what maxetormer REALLY said about the process- even IF turns out crappy (main word there is "IF") it's more about the learning. So get it together and have some faith in your own skills.

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