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    The Sugar-Coated Moleskine

    update : May 16th, 2009

    i'm off school for the summer, next year i have a co-op placement during the summer before my final year of school... so this is my last summer as a student before i need to take my work seriously (the majority of the time).. i want to grow as much as possible between now and september, and any advice or tips or crits or anything at all that you have to add would be so incredibly appreciated.

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    i've had this sketchbook up for 3 years now.. instead of starting new ones all the time like some people are doing here.. i figure it's more honest to just keep it all in one place.. and then when i grow we can all see how much.. i'm attempting to post SOMETHING at least once a week.. that's my goal until the new year, and then.. we'll see.

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    EDIT: finnnallly got this to work.. sorry guys-

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    Couldn't view?

    I saw two...the keys were neat and the building one wasn't bad but I would say you need to work on your line quality.

    Keep at it! And good luck with Sheridan. If you live in Toronto...there is a group of illustrators that meet up every sunday to do life drawing on the subway. Check out www.imaginism.com and you'll find out more info about it.

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    like the first one, tho her eyes seem a bit wacky
    and definately the building one is nice

    and furthermore
    I would say you need to work on your line quality.


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    the eyes looked kinda messed if it was a drawing from life.. but i intentionally gave her larger eyes... completely from my head, that one is

    as far as line quality.. any suggestions? i've been told that before but i don't know exactly what is being referred to, and how can i correct it?

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    allllright... a few more pages from the new post-portfolio sketchbook:

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    again.. any suggestions to help line quality?

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    just a bit of release after finishing my little jewel of a painting last night..

    i'll post the painting once i can get a decent image of it on here.. scanner's making it blurry

    for now:
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    Heya! Love this stuff, especially the glass's and the trippy image with the girl right undfer it. For line quality, blind contours really helped me, you should try doing some of your hands or a SP. Also, don't go over the mistakes...I STILL do this. And try to FEEL the surface that you're drawing.

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    annnnnd here's something for today.. comments & crit?

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    ciao!

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    The crosshatching on that last one is a big improvement from some of your early portraits. Nice to see the progress.
    Are your sketchbook drawings done in pencil or ink?

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    wahoo.. comments!

    thanks man, i've been browsing alot of sketchbooks on here and am getting a better idea of what works and what doesn't.. i've discovered i just have a really messy way of crosshatching, so i'm trying to work with it for now.. it's amazing how much your ability changes when you make a point to draw everyday.. and i've never done so much drawing from life as i have in the last few months.. most of the things i've drawn have been out of my head..

    thanks again.

    EDIT: oh, and the sketchbook stuff is almost all ink.. i think the only pencil drawings are the very first one on this page, the building, and the glass... i try not to do too much pencil in the sketchbook anymore.. i find it smudges when the pages rub against eachother.. and i'm trying to get into watercolour so when i get the urge to colour up a drawing, the pen is waterproof so i won't be able to procrastinate it any longer.. heh

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    I love your stuff, really nice drawings.
    Perhaps the line quality has to do with the paper...which kind of paper are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwickel
    I love your stuff, really nice drawings.
    Perhaps the line quality has to do with the paper...which kind of paper are you using?
    the last few posts are watercolour paper.. i used to hate texture but i'm trying to expand... so yeah.. thanks again

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    a couple random pages from the last week..
    gonna go buy a new sketchbook in the next few days.. any recommendations? i've also been trying to do some blind contours, but i'm getting incredibly bored with simple objects as my entire family left me alone to go to florida for two weeks... i guess i could find a mirror and do some selfs.... ah well.. as always, comments and crit are so desperately wanted and needed!!!

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    great faces, full of expression. crosshatching does look improved, may i ask which sketchbook you're using?

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    good session of practice, see if you can execute one peace with a message behind it, anything

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    Asoir: The sketchbook is a linen watercolour sketchbook.. just a little thing.. probably 7"x10"? two reasons i grabbed it, textured-i usually use mayfair and other really smooth papers, but i wanted something thick so if i wanted to throw a splash of colour with water or marker i could without ruining the drawing on the other side of the page.. it's so hard to find paper you can draw on both sides of! also, the cover is hard and covered in a beautiful green fabric.. and coil bound...

    Cold: message behind it, eh? i'll have to think of something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amarryth
    Asoir: The sketchbook is a linen watercolour sketchbook.. just a little thing.. probably 7"x10"? two reasons i grabbed it, textured-i usually use mayfair and other really smooth papers, but i wanted something thick so if i wanted to throw a splash of colour with water or marker i could without ruining the drawing on the other side of the page.. it's so hard to find paper you can draw on both sides of! also, the cover is hard and covered in a beautiful green fabric.. and coil bound...
    thanks! will be getting a watercolour s/b next time The Sugar-Coated Moleskine

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    Do not be afraid to screw up in ink but don't make it a habit also . Recent stuff is showing promise; composition is showing promise.

    Keep it up!

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    Nice pen work! I've never been able to crosshatch with pen and make it work, but you've got it goin on! Those keys with the washes look awesome, i'd love to see more stuff done like that. Keep drawing from life and it'll improve your anatomy. Cool stuff!

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    I gotta say, man, I'm digging the glasses best of all. It's like, such a simplistic image you see every day, and almost everyone does it wrong. A+. I also like your all-around style. Have a gold star. *SHING*

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    [QUOTE=That fat kid]keep doing those hand studies and self portraits too, observational drawing is what almost all colleges drool over, and it looks as though you've got that locked up.[QUOTE]

    locked up referring to not showing enough observational, or definitely showing it... ?

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    i think you should keep pushing the light studies for now.. those are the best drawings you have and everything else looks so bland compared to them.. you should be in an upper echelon than you think you are, so just throw yourself into the serious studies and you'll be awesome in a year or two.

    also, i know you have a penchant for textures and patterns, and you can incorporate that into the more realistic drawings by using different strategies of shading (as i've recently learned) - as opposed to just having different sections of different patterns. - if u dont get what i mean i'll just give u some examples

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    Dude i don't know about the other drawings, but the glasses study is awesome. I can't take my eyes of it!!!

    Check put my schetchbook if you please
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    I totally agree with T-Raktor!

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    Andy P: i'm planning on doing some more washes soon.. and thank you for the kind words on ink crosshatching.. makes me feel just a bit more confident with it

    istarith, T-Raktor, Qxzi: the glass.. oh, the glass.. good thing it was a part of my mandatory portfolio pieces section! everyone's loving that one.. and i actually did it from life.. i should post the second part of that piece.. broken glass! broke it myself and everything!

    That fat kid, and jca: thanks for the crit, i'm trying to take the suggestions.. i don't know why it's so difficult for me to sit down and do a long study.. they usually turn out alright; fear or something.. not sure what.. jca, light studies? i'm not exactly what you were referring to.. example please? i'm an idiot when it comes to art terms, and i don't have a very extensive vocabulary, hah....

    annnnyway.. i HAVE been drawing everyday.. so here's a few random pages to keep things rolling.. maybe for next post i'll do something similar to the keys, which were actually done with ink and prisma color markers, and they were my first attempt at ANYTHING like that.. and possibly some longer, more complete and more fully rendered drawings.. but for today, picking the parents up at the airport so i'll be sketching the anxious peoples while i wait.. don't you guys love being a creepy sketcher? do you try to be discreet, or don't really give a shit?

    soooo.. some watercolor pencil crayons and some of my random writing that has appeared quite frequently in this current book:
    The Sugar-Coated Moleskine
    i suck at watercolour.......... any suggestions? i know i go too solid, layer too much.. ugh:
    The Sugar-Coated Moleskine
    annnnd some stuff from yesterday at work and last night:
    The Sugar-Coated Moleskine

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    Really nce doing on the three glasses up there,looks refined,I liked it alot.Personnaly I would love to see the key redone with some more color in it.Keep the sketching going.

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    Hey,

    some pretty good studies there......Amarryth...especially the figures and the glass objects.....see y this september....

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    Cloud & Moiss: Thanks guys!

    ok.. so i drew in the car yesterday! i NEVER draw in the car.. and i never draw landscapes.. so enjoy this one.. it's rare; very, very rare..

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    some stuff from today.. it was beeeeautiful out, and it's supposed to be even more beeeeeautiful tomorrow!

    umm yeah, i've lost my inspiration for the time being... can't wait until this week is over with..

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