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    Smuli's Sketchbook

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    I've been practicing drawing seriously for a bit over half a year now and thought I'd finally have plenty enough of personal sketches to start a sketchbook (most of my work has been for projects). These are supposed to go somewhat chronologically...

    First, a Viking/Anglo-Saxon warrior
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...xon_smallb.jpg

    Some Loomis-mannequins:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...nnequins2b.jpg

    The lamp of our boat's front cabin:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ienennetty.jpg

    Practicing drawing women as well as trying out my new gouache set:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...l/Sunshine.jpg

    Trying to draw muscles in lighting (I failed with the legs I guess):
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...tedmuscles.jpg

    My left hand x5:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/smml/Ksib.jpg

    More anatomy scribbles:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../Anatomy2c.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/smml/jalkab.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/smml/Kvelijb.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...l/Anatomyc.jpg

    Phew, I think that's all of them for now... Feedback much appreciated!

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    *del this post please*

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    Not bad.
    Would try to give it a less "clean" look and sort of let go from a design standpiont and be more expressive with lines and such.
    Play around, have fun with it.

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    Thanks for the advice!
    I've tried to draw more freely but I always find my self erasing every line drawn amiss... I actually drew all of those hands without using eraser but I think I still worried too much about the cleanness. Perhaps I should try using a harder pencil so I could mess around without the danger of the whole paper becoming black.

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    You definitely need to just let go, sketches are sketches, you're supposed to learn rhythm with the Loomis' books and your poses are still far too stiff.

    But its good to see you're working the foundation, but just let go.

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    Nice works !

    You do tend to leave out a part of the upper body & make the neck too long, so look into that !

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    Magic Man: Thanks for advice, I still have tons to learn from Loomis' books, I haven't even wholly read my first one yet...
    NightVision: So it seems... I have a long neck myself so maybe that has something to do with it... I'll draw shorter necks in the future.

    I drew horses and bears from random photos in the net... I tried to go for a more sketchy look but it's not far from that of my past drawings... perhaps a step to a better direction anyway

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...etch-horse.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...tch-horses.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...etch-bears.jpg

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    I read Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing and tried what I had learned... I hate the two middle ones on the bottom row but I'm pretty happy with the others.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ch-figures.jpg

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    l made this for lighting study in some hour and a half. Comments on anything would be much appreciated
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../Anatomy1b.jpg

    Last edited by smuli; March 31st, 2006 at 08:05 AM. Reason: picture didn't work...
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    Digital painting pracrice... It could need more contrast I guess but I like the colors otherwise.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...inal_small.jpg


    Thought I'd post the sketch too as I like the looks of it. I seem to draw better sketches with my small Wacom than on paper... I guess my hand prefers small movement

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ing-sketch.jpg

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    OpenCanvas environment sketches... the two first ones took an hour and the last one a half (I'm starting to get the hang of this...)

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...l/Enviros1.jpg

    Comments still wouldn't be frowned upon

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    Two pages of scribbles from today and yesterday... I drew the bigger elephants from reference.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...fscribbles.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...-elephants.jpg

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    smuli, good start to the sketchbook. loomis stuff is looking good and love the animal sketches. The figures needs some work, try to work loosely with proportions and slowly build your figures. keep going!!

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    I thought I'd start doing these hasty OpenCanvas sketches daily... Here's four of them:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...onments_19.jpg

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    You seem to have a good understanding of human anatomy but I suggest you study proportions first. start with the basics instead of jumping into more advanced stuff.

    Also, your figures look like statues, they don't look alive. just remember that the human body is 75% of water and that the spinal/waist/soulders are very flexible (at least more than we think).

    Keep drawing everyday and you'll see major improvement

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    Thanks for commenting, Pesmerga!

    I think I know the proportions decently as I've copied those images by Loomis countless times, I'm just too lazy to do the measurements every time. I've noticed the waist and shoulder thing too recently, I just never come to think of it when drawing

    I'll upload a sheet of more updated figures in the near days... Thanks a lot for the criticism!

    Here's a couple of mini-paintings I've done for a collective card game:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...per-small2.png

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...-engineer2.png

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    digi-art is lookin goowd.

    maybe start adding some more detail?hmm.

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    Thanks Omni1!
    I'll add details as soon as I'll manage to draw a sketch worth it

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    Another bunch of daily OC sketches

    ...hope I'm learning something from these

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ronments_2.jpg

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    A couple of Merlins and an Uther I drew today from the movie Excalibur... Each took something from half an hour to three quarters, drawn on A4 sheets.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...mExcalibur.jpg

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    Keep it up! Studies are looking good.

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    Thanks, Frank!

    Here's a painting I did yesterday and today... Take a look at a detail shot of the statue without snow on it at http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/smml/Patsas2.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/smml/Patsas.jpg

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    fourth set of my daily OC environments...

    Starting to get a bit bored with these

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...onments_10.jpg

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    Hello. Your OC stuff looks quite good. Have you tried out other softwares aswell? Little I have painted in OC, but it have felt rather difficult to get the colors right. Your colors are maybe a bit cold and, how do I say, oversaturately kinky. eh.

    You really can draw values. That lamp from your boat looks superb. Your figure drawings are, as many have allready said, too stiff. I have practiced figure drawing with only throwing fast single lines as bones and maybe some spots as joints. That way you can draw a pose in 10sec. Main thing, as Magicman said, is that you should flex things up.

    Draw more; keep this updated.

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    hey man, sweet paintings, try working your picture with less opacity and then when you have the mood, refine.
    I see your doing some loomis studies, that's great.
    Keep it pu

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    Thanks a lot for the replies, Maknien and Diego!

    Have you tried out other softwares aswell? Little I have painted in OC, but it have felt rather difficult to get the colors right. Your colors are maybe a bit cold and, how do I say, oversaturately kinky. eh.
    I've got a couple of other programs as well but I use OC because it's so great for sketching; colors can be blended quickly and such.

    I've noticed that my colourings look somewhat comic-like but hadn't thought why. I'll pay attention to the saturation from now on. I'll keep working on more flexible characters as well.

    hey man, sweet paintings, try working your picture with less opacity and then when you have the mood, refine.
    I'll try that opacity thing out, I've always used maximum opacity this far. Thanks for the tip!


    Some sketches I drew today. I used ink to practice drawing "freely"...

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ketches-18.jpg

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    Sixth set of these... I paid attention to the saturations this time and I think the first one turned out great because of that.

    Comments appreciated!

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...onments_18.jpg

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    Seventh set... nothing special though I do like the last one.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...onments_22.jpg

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