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    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)

    New stuff in the back
    I actually got a little better.

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    Hey all. Decided I wanted to get a sketchbook of my own and this is it. Everything I do that isn't complete crap if gonna get posted here (the stuff I spend alot of time on will probably be posted on other parts of the site as well) and my hope is that some you guys will be able to give me some advice on how to improve. I'm pretty new in the artgame still and altho I'm progressing I got a long way to go before I can compare to the other artists on here. I work mostly in pencil and gouache (I got oils, but still unused) altho this first batch will be mostly digital seeing as I just purchased my first wacom a few days ago and been playing around with it since.

    To start off, a selfportrait and a pic of myself as an introduction. This is me:
    Digital (photoshop)
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    If you think I look tired that's because it's 3AM over here. And I got a lecture tomorrow Now, this portrait is full of errors that even I can see, but I don't have the energy to fix it. Not right now atleast. Considering it's my first piece with a wacom I think it's decent anyway. Btw, I don't care what people say, painting with a wacom is NOTHING like painting with a brush.

    Valuestudy in gouache. Original painting made by William Whitaker and is called Indian Territory. See it here.
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)

    Studies of chimpanzees (pencil)
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)

    Chimp graphic (photoshop). I'd very much like some tips on how to improve this one. It's for a project I got with my friend and I want it to be good.
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)

    Excercises for the Peer Project. This was the very first thing I did with my wacom.
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    Thanks for looking.
    Last edited by Boogieman; September 18th, 2006 at 03:04 PM. Reason: Title change
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    Learning to paint with mine also. Just throw away your mouse and use the tablet all the time. Should get comfy in a couple of days. One thing that will help the sp is to scale the lips about 40% larger. It might motivate you to correct anything else you've noticed.

    As for the chimp sketches, they look a bit rushed. Really take your time and analyze the ref. picture as you go. Remember, practice is your best friend.
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    nice progression man, keep drawing, really nice self-portrait.
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    Got some stuff for you today as well. Gonna try and update this once a day. Will probably last about a week... Today was anatomy studies, one digital and one pencil. Bought this lead holder today, it's like a pencil but made in metal and you can replace the lead. Real nice drawing with.

    MrBobMarley - Thanks for the crits. I'm gonna leave the sp as is, will start a new one later and make that one better instead. About the chimp thing you're absolutely right. I get bored after studying the same subject for too long and I get sloppy...

    Darktwin - Thanks!

    That fat kid - You lolling at my mug? You hurt my feelings . You're right that I need to pay more attention to proportion and details, in general and especially in that sp. I used to pay better attention to that kind of thing but now it seems I'm slacking. Thanks for kicking my ass about it.

    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    Tell me you don't like that . I studied this subject real well... Seriously tho, see any issues with it?

    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    This one made me realize I still got a whole lotta studies to do. Except for the pug-fugly hands I really messed up the abs. I know what the rectus abdominis look like from the front, but I got no clue how to make em look good on a turning figure. Gotta hit Loomis again.

    Edit: forgot about this one
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    It aint all that special, but I wanted you to see the improvement compared to yesterday.

    That's it for today. And now it's bedtime . Peace!
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    Been reading mentlers sketchbook thread and copying some of his drawings today. It was a real good read. He helped me come to the conclusion that in a drawing your own artistic expression is way more important than realism. I find when I draw figures and try to detail the anatomy as realistically as I can they often come out real stiff and pretty ugly (see yesterday). Altho when I forget about realism and draw my figures the way my mind instinctively knows them they actually come out pretty and even kinda dynamic/rythmic at times. They aint got true to life anatomy, but they look cool. That's gotta be what matters. Mentler said in his thread "You draw what you know. Not what you see", and yeah thats true. So now I guess it's just a matter of getting to know.

    Mentler copies
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    Of course they're nowhere near the originals, but they were fun doing.

    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    Also did one of these 3-views. Taking mentlers advice and gonna try do one of these a day. Don't know how long thats gonna last...

    Aaand some loomis stickmen
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    That fat kid - I took that piece of advice of yours and went to a figure drawing class with it Or "kroki" as we like to call it. It was my first time at figure drawing evurr, but I think it went ok. Check for yourself they're posted below.

    Figure drawings:
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    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    And that's the top10. It was a 2 hour sessions so I got a bunch of other drawings as well, but I think I might've posted to many already.

    This will pass for todays Tre Grazie
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)

    Edit: Almost fergot, did a mentler copy today as well:
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)

    I been neglecting the peer project. Gonna work on those excercises now. Peace!
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    nice william whitaker study, great living master! You seem to be having some problems with proportions. For example the distances between features, like in your sp, notice the distance between the eyes and how the nose relates to the face. everything is geometry, look for the shapes and sizes in everything you study. Then you can really study value and form, only after you have mastered shape.
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    The second portrait in your first post is your stringest piece to this point. Good studies too. Remember proportions though! Keep on drawing...
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    Yo peeps!

    TFK - Yeah I tend to steer clear of drawing faces and hands in just about every figure drawing I do, not just the life ones. It's a bad thing but in this case I think it's kinda called for. Altho the session is two hours every pose is on average 2 minutes (40 sec - 10 min), which don't give much time for detailing at all. What I tried to do in these (tried to do, not necessarily did) was see the figure as a whole and draw the important shapes, putting focus on the parts that carried weight by exaggerating their size and putting a lot of lineweight on those shapes. Point taken tho on the line quality thing, I'm thinking bout getting a ballpoint and using that instead of pencil when I sketch. Might help me improve. Btw, thank you very much for your continued support and your critiques, it means alot .

    Katsgod - Thanks!

    Orozc0 - Thanks for the feedback. I did two more sp's today and I tried to pay better attention to the shape and proportion of my features. You be the judge of how well I did.

    Serpian - Thanks. I put alot of time into that Whitaker study, I'm glad someone likes it

    Thanks for the feedback all! It's what keeps me motivated. And here's todays batch:

    Self portrait photoshop
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    A bit sketchier than the last one, I figure it's a bit cooler too. Let me know what you think.

    Self portrait ink&brush
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    No underdrawing for this one. Like that woulda helped.

    Train sketch
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    3pose
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    Still haven't done the Peer Project excercises I planned to. Shame on me.
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    nice book so far. ur ability in grayscale is stellar. esspecially in ur sp's. lets see more.
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    OBX - Never been called stellar before, thanks alot

    TFK - Thanks. I'll keep churning them out I promise.

    3pose:
    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    Did this one using a method Mentler displayed in the latest post of his sketchbook. You build the pelvis out of a box and the torso out of an oval and detail on top of that. Before this I've been constructing my figures with Loomis' stickmen but I find this works way better. You get a good sense of volume from the beginning and there is much less struggle in working out the more detailed anatomy. Thanks Mentler!!

    Portraits
    Dad:
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    Mom:
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    Me:
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    Quickies in pencil. Mom and dad watching TV and me in front of the computer.

    PP4:
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    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    PP7:
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    Finally did these...
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    College application

    My initial plan for education was to apply to the architect program at KTH (Royal Institue of Technology in Sweden) altho lately I've been feeling like architecture might not be my gig, and also I've heard bad things about the teachers and the principal on that school. So I decided I'd also apply to the BFA program at an art school in Stockholm (Konstfack). I made this decision last night, I did some looking around at Konstfacks website and discovered that in order to apply I need to put together a portfolio of 5-10 pieces in A3 format and send it to them before March 6th. I have nothing already made that would look good in a portfolio which I feel represents my current skill level. So that gives me roughly 6 weeks to crank out 5-10 large sized high quality works, and I need your help. These are some ideas I have of what the portfolio might consist of. Now, I never put a together a portfolio of any kind ever before, so I need some input.

    1. SP compilation in pastel (see below for 1st stage WIP)
    2. Series of figure drawings from life (maybe 2 pages)
    3. Master copy in gouache (I'm thinking of Caravaggios Sick Bacchus)
    4. Landscape painting in gouache or digital
    5. Portrait in oils
    6. Clothed figure (b-boy) in watercolor on top of Notorious B.I.G-stencil in inkwash
    7. Small quick portraits from life in rollerball pen
    8. Pencil composition of cute girls + random

    I figured I'd go for many different mediums and many different subjects to demonstrate my range. Is this bad reasoning? What will they most likely be looking for in my portfolio? Should I concentrate on demonstrating my strongest abilities or should I do like the suggestion above and give them a little bit of everything?

    I'll probably post this somewhere else as well for maximum feedback.

    Anyway, heres a pencil sketch of the first point on my list above. The original size is A3. The line through the middle comes from having to scan the thing in pieces and is not there in the original. My plan is to render this one i a earth tone pasel (monochrome). Sepia maybe. Now please CRIT!

    The Dancefloor - Boogie sketches (Update: September 18)
    I looked pretty pissed off in every one of these sp's so I decided to call it anger.

    I also did one of these Three Graces things today. The portfolio thing was filling up my head tho and I was totally uninspired to do it. I did anyway since I promised myself, but it don't look too pretty...
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