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    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    Hi

    My name's Leo. I started drawing properly during the summer 2003. I think I found this site not too long afterwards and I've been lurking ever since (the usual story basically).

    Comments/critiques/suggestions etc are all welcome.

    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    The drawing that started it all.

    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    Jimi Hendrix.

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    My first attempt with Gouache.

    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    A self-portrait.

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    And finally, my most recent sketch.

    Thanks for looking. Anatomy studies to follow.
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    As promised, ANATOMY!

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    Thanks for looking.

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    Very good ! Keep those studies going.
    Maybe give them a little personnal touch, change the hands, or whatever you feel like changing.
    Nothing much to say, keep going !!

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    Thanks for the reply Recursive.

    Thought I'd make the most of some free time and post a few more pics. All old still.

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    Thanks for looking.
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    Dont be afraid to loosen up alittle. You can't be expected to find the right line right off the bat.

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    And finally...

    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

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    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

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    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    Thats my older pictures done. Hopefully I'll have some new ones to show you all soon.

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    Just a small update today. My first painting with acrylic (from ref), a quick sketch done whilst watching tv and an attempt at DSG 1028 .

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    Thanks for the reply Tobin, I know exactly what you mean but I don't really know how to fix the problem. Any suggestions?

    Thanks for looking.

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    Well it looks to me like you are going straight into drawing what you want to see, try and build it up using shapes, at in the begining stages at least try and free up your arm and start with drawing from your elbow rather than your wrist. Also how you hold your pencil is quite important.

    here is a good site showing what i mean about how to hold.
    http://www.arclight.net/chipmunk/art...s/section0.htm

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    Tobin: your right - I do draw from my wrist. I'd never really considered you could draw any other way - I'll have to check that site out.

    Another mini-update. Inspired by Ties sketchbook i've drawn some hands. The one on the top left has long fingers but otherwise i'm actually quite happy with these.

    lredman's first sketchbook *updated 3/4/06*

    Thanks for looking.

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    Perhaps experiment with having more real darks and whites in your drawings. Might be the scanning or some other technical thing, but most of your drawings seem to be a rather mild grey. More contrast makes drawings look much more effective.

    (Ah, I don't know if it's really worth your time trying to memorize the names of the muscles. At least in the beginning, when you need their shapes more than their names. But that's really up to personal preference.)

    //EDIT: Gotta add a thanks from me too, to Tobin for that link. Thanks.
    Last edited by dmitri; February 25th, 2006 at 01:25 PM.

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    Wow, nice studies. I really like your figure studies, keep that up and you'll be making amazing characters in no time. What really set me off on them, is the amount of detail you really put into them, going as far as naming the muscles and bones.

    On your guache piece though, how did you get it to look like watercolor? In my experiance with guache, it does not blend well at all.
    " Cloud, Doko ni irun dai oh?"

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    I agree with Tobin. A lot can be said for random Line production. by simply shooting lines out in a generalized direction, you can go back afterwards and pick from the ones you've made to get a slightly more cohesive form. Meanwhile the figure drawings are really good, you seem to have a great eye for frawing from life.

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    dmitri said it the drawings look kind of flat to me more contrast would be better. But the studies on top of the page are pretty good i would say!

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    interesting work..keep it up

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    dmitri: more contrast is something which i know i need, but i never quite get around to doing it.

    maigo: thanks, to be honest i didn't really know what i was doing when i did those studies, i just took them off fineart.sk and copies them line for line off the screen. I can't actually remember any muscle or bone names. About the gouache - i always have trouble with watercolour because i try and do fiddly details instead of broad washes, and put new paint on top of wet paint which just makes a mess and fails miserably. Fortunately that same method seems to work great with gouache. I basically just water it right down and pretend its watercolour.

    Redchaplin, party butt and dalynn: thanks for the replies. More contrast coming soon.

    I've just checked out that link and done a quick 5 minute sketch with the 'violin bow' grip. I won't post it because all my anatomy knowledge seems to have gone out the window while drawing it. But i assure you it definately made a difference.
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