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    What I do instead of homework

    Hi everyone! I'm an amateur artist with no serious art training. One summer when I was 13 I drew 100 portraits on my own. And that was the last time I "trained" or improved. I'm 21 now and have decided to start a sketchbook.

    These are some pieces from my sketch book. My goal is to draw 5 a day. It's been a couple of weeks so I'm posting a selection of what I have done. The drawings are posted in chronological order except for the first one, which is a self-portrait. I used a digital camera instead of a scanner and I guess the lighter lines suffer because of it.

    The subjects are mostly life-drawings of people and friends (the nude figure drawings have poses that range from 1 minute to 5 minutes). Some other drawings are copies of ads from fashion magazines.

    Any constructive criticism is very much appreciated. Thanks!

    Victoria

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    Update

    An older sketch from memory. I'm working on a creative writing piece for class on the subject of the drawing. I thought the drawing was decent at the time, but now, after working through a sketch book of figure drawing, I already see lots of areas that need improvement. proportions of arms and legs, shading is awkward. Rar.

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    Hey man
    good to see you so motivated about it. Some of those from life are really nice, like the line and that they are at times vivid and loose like that one. Drawing from imagination, life or memorry is always good. But the oppinions part when it comes down for photorefferance. As photographies distort perspectife and one fails to grasp the volume and charakter of the subject unless one is already scilled enough to bypass that.
    Besides your quick studies and works I would advise you to do sth. that might tacke more time. To give a try for composition, render, bodyweight, light, proportions and all that good stuff. So you would get more comfortable with the basics. If you grant yourself for example only .3-seconds for a leg or a finger, and repeatingly merely draw them as two parallel lines out of timelack for more, before you know it, you start thinking, a leg would really be drawn by 2 parallel lines. (hope this was understandable)
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    Blacky: You're totally right. I need more practice on the basics. I never really worked on drawing muscles, hands, or any part of the human body, always just did quick sketches.

    For the past week I've been working on the black and white self portrait for class. It's 6 feet tall and by far the longest I've spent on anything...

    The pencil sketches are older studies, but the shadings are super hasty...

    And finally, in an effort to use up the acrylic paint leftover from my portrait, the last one was sketched on the back of a folder

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    Excuses

    I have no time lately. My thesis is due in 3 weeks. And other classes. Etc., etc., this goes to infinity.

    As such, a few quick sketches today. The detailed studies will have to wait...

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    Almost forgot [to mention] that today is my birthday. Kind of anticlimactic, I must say. After you hit 21 there really isn't another milestone birthday until like 50, huh.

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    hi there.....
    , MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY ... Happy Birthday to you! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Well ... welcome to CA keep posting - youre off to a good start. try some anatomy studies and drawings from life to improve...

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    Markers!

    I've never drawn with markers before. I really like the smooth feel of the lines.

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    rupeshtalaskar,

    Thanks for the birthday wish and the encouragements!

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    Going to class

    A couple of sketches I did of a friend and professor. And then a sketch sans ref. The anatomy is iffy. But believe it or not I feel I've improved a lot since last month.

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    Hey, Happy belayed Birthday!
    Hope you had a good one.

    Your B&W Sp's looking nice, like the camouflage-like pattern to it, although those same patterns, distrakt when placed on Background. The transitions between colourspots simply might have been softer. LIke the general look of it a lot.
    The Markerscetches have some really nice touches to em for sure, but, the hetching kinda kills the fluid lines around.
    so long....

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    Thanks Blacky. I really appreciate your detailed and relevant critiques--and that you take time to visit here! And thanks for the encouragement and birthday wishes.

    FYI: I will be MIA for about a week, as my senior thesis is due on Friday... For now, I can only dream of sleep...

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    I am back.

    Sorry for the conspicuous lack of updates. In the past two months I wrote a thesis, became finalist for the best thesis award for said thesis. I also drew a lot. Due to time constraints, I am uploading a fifth of my new sketches right now. The rest will come later.

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    And more

    More from April and May.

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    you've got a very loose style of drawing and i like your experimentation of different media.

    itd be wicked to see some imaginative stuff

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    And more

    More from the sketchbook. Sorry about the multiple posts. My computer crashed last time and I didn't want to waste time reuploading 20 images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ped454 View Post
    you've got a very loose style of drawing and i like your experimentation of different media.

    itd be wicked to see some imaginative stuff
    Thank you ped454! I am still learning to draw the basic human form. I hope I'll be comfortable enough to do some imaginative stuff in a month or so.

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    Really love your figure sketches and the type of stylization you got going with them as well. I would love to see some more renderd pieces from you but I still love seeing the simple studies too.

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    More from the hiatus

    Thank you for your encouragements Zoroko, I left some feedback on your sketchbook as well.

    I wish I can give captions to individual images, sigh. Well an overview:
    -All of the calligraphy pen drawings of the male nude were done in one sitting, and it was the first time I had used those pens. The female nude was a separate sitting.
    -All of them are done very fast, but I do hope to go into more time-consuming work in the summer.

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    Hey,
    it seem syou're improving.
    Like those black ink- lifedrawings.
    Perhaps it might help if you try predrawing stuff with sth like a hard pencil you could erase later, so when drawing with a pen on top your lines would look more confident and would worry less about proportions, composition and such.
    Anyways. so long....

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    detailed study

    This pencil study of a drawing of a plaster sculpture took me 2.5 hours.

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