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    Loolarge at his desk - July 5th - Some nudity

    Hi Everybody. I was lurking around here for two years or so, mostly browsing the sketchbooks. I am 26. About 6 months ago i started my first sketchbook (not online) and finally got it all filled up (yay!). But i feel my drawing skills are still rather lacking. So i will post the better ones from my book here and keep updating. Hopefully you will able to see that "from zero to hero" progression one day

    So far i got through "The structure of man" by Riven Phoenix halfway, and Recently i joined a regular life drawing session. And i just ordered the book "The new drawing with the right side of the brain". Heared mixed opinions about it.

    Questions

    What i do alot is doing very quick sketches of poses from photos. I am wondering if it is better for a beginner to do long and detailed drawings. Or the other way around: if i keep doing the quick and rough ones, will it hurt my development?

    I normally use A4 for drawing. Is it better to use big sheets of paper, so you can put in more detail? They told me this at the life drawing session, but i felt it was actually more difficult on bigger sheets.


    That's it for now. Big ups to all the great artists and my fellow beginners here
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    Welcome to CA. Nice sketches. Lots of nice sketches. Quick figures wont hurt your progression at all, I suggest to do a little of both really, try long studies and quick studies. I usually try to draw from 6- 8 hrs daily if I can, ive filled up about 4 different sketchbooks in the past 4 months. All I can say is to keep sketching and youll get better in no time.
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    Thanks for your encouraging comment, Envisor. I won't be able to draw as long as you aim for everyday because i cannot draw at my dayjob. I am sure though that i will still progress well, since i am now putting more effort in this than i did ever before in my life People told me to draw from life for years, but i was too lazy to look for an opportunity. But now i found this course in my town. You pay 25 Eur. per month and you can go there 3 times a week in the evenings.

    I subscribed to your thread, so keep it coming then!
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    Throwing in more old stuff (mostly stuff that i did about a year ago):
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    Todays life drawings:
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    Life drawings from today and yesterday, plus some sketches from photo ref:
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    Hopefully you will able to see that "from zero to hero" progression one day
    There's already some progress visible, keep it up. : )

    So far i got through "The structure of man" by Riven Phoenix halfway, and Recently i joined a regular life drawing session. And i just ordered the book "The new drawing with the right side of the brain". Heared mixed opinions about it.
    Get yourself some Loomis E-Books (link's in my sig), they're like the illustrators bible. ; )

    Questions

    What i do alot is doing very quick sketches of poses from photos. I am wondering if it is better for a beginner to do long and detailed drawings. Or the other way around: if i keep doing the quick and rough ones, will it hurt my development?
    I'm just starting out too, but I think that it's better to concentrate on big shapes and the general flow, than getting caught up in details when you're starting out.
    Once you've come across a shape you really like, you can still flesh it out anyway. : )


    I normally use A4 for drawing. Is it better to use big sheets of paper, so you can put in more detail? They told me this at the life drawing session, but i felt it was actually more difficult on bigger sheets.
    Going big gives you more space for details and it forces you to use your whole arm, instead of just your wrist, thus resulting in more smooth lines, or so I heard. (yeah, I'm also struggling with going big)
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    SgtDirtBag, thanks for stopping by! I got Loomis book(s), but i did not really work with it yet. I have the Bridgman book also, which i find valuable too.

    During the last sessions i got more comfortable with drawing big, part of it was that i used an 6B pencil instead of HB, so i can do thicker strokes.

    So here is todays update:
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    I really like this page, especially the guy in the top-middle.

    This one's also sweet, the girl with the bag and the big man are well captured.

    Also the top-right males on this page and this one look really good.
    They got flow, clean lines, sweet shading and really show some anatomy knowledge on your side. : )
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    Well, if you want to learn figure drawing, I'd say you're well on your way. Two things I noticed looking through your stuff: Your faces aren't as good as the rest of the figures. You might want to focus on them a bit. The other thing is that I'd suggest is for you to look for 'landmarks' on the figures you're drawing. When you're doing a picture, compare the locations of body parts with each other. Already drawn the torso but don't know where to put the elbows? Figure out where they are in relation to the navel. I'm not sure if I'm getting my point across here, so look up as much stuff on life drawing as you can, there's a lot of little tricks you can use to keep figures (and anything else) in proportion.
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    SgtDirtbag: Thanks for caring and stopping by again

    Number_6: I am thankful for your critique, i will work on those faces. For the
    landmarks thing i am trying to do that!

    I was visiting a convention named FMX in Stuttgart during the week and did not draw at all :/ The idea was to do something in the hotel, i even had my bridgman book with me. But i felt sick, had a little cold. I did attend the life drawing on thursday. I think i have done better before, but i guess i was too distracted of the amazingly beatiful model that i could not draw straight
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    Yesterday i started doing the first few exercises from "drawing on the right side of the brain". Here are the upside down drawings. The second one is the front cover from a book of Christopher Hart. I was very pleased with the result (although you can spot many differences when compared closeley. But at first glance it is an exact copy of the drawing.)

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    Some rubbish i did to my sketchbook:
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    I think these drawings below from photo ref turned out pretty nicely: I am guessing that this boost was a result from doing the exercises. I approached these drawings based on this quote from the upside down exercise in the book:

    I recommend that you not try to draw the entire outline of the from and then "fill in" the parts. The reason is that if you make any small error in the outline, the parts inside won't fit. One of the great joys of drawing is the discovery of how the parts fit together. Therefore, I recommend that you move from line to adjacent line, space to adjacent space, working your way through the drawing, fitting the parts together as you go.
    Not that i will take this as a golden rule, but i will try working like this some more and see if it works a few more times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loolarge View Post
    SgtDirtbag: Thanks for caring and stopping by again
    Aww, no biggie. : )
    It's encouraging to see somebody else who's just getting started on this beautiful journey. *fg*

    I did attend the life drawing on thursday.
    I think i have done better before, but i guess i was too distracted
    of the amazingly beatiful model that i could not draw straight
    If a beautiful girl doesn't make you draw "straight", I wonder what will.
    (haha, that one was lame I know... xD)

    Yesterday i started doing the first few exercises
    from "drawing on the right side of the brain".
    Here are the upside down drawings.
    That exercise really fucked with my head when I did it the first time. xD
    You did the second one upside down, too? That's looking mighty fine.

    Some rubbish i did to my sketchbook:
    Bullshit, it's a learning experience, embrace it, keep plowing through and don't put yourself down.

    I think these drawings below
    from photo ref turned out pretty nicely:
    Yep, they're coming along nicely. : )
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