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    The Sketchbook of Yacob

    My name is Jake, and I am 17 years old. I like to draw, and have drawn and doodled ever since I can remember. I mostly just draw when I am bored (all the time in school) or just when I feel like drawing (and am not too busy). I have never taken an art class until this year in high school. Its a pretty lame General Art course. Anyways, here are some of my drawings and a few Loomis studies. Comments are appreciated.

    I reposted the sketches that were here originally, they were too big.

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    The more you draw, using what you've learned, the further you'll go, Yacob!
    Welcome to ca, by the way...

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    Thanks alesoun! I'll defenitely keep drawing.

    Sorry that the scans are so big, trying to work that out so they're easier to view.

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    Haven't been able to do much outside today, too rainy. Here is a warrior sketch.

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    Just trying to get a hang of this scanning and downloading thing. I know the quality for these scans aren't great but I'll keep trying.

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    Here are some more sketches I did. One of a slipper, some Loomis head studies, some heads w/ no ref., a sketch of my brother in the car, and some more Loomis studies.

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    Redo

    Okay, the first time I tried to post these sketches they were way too big so here goes round 2. Hopefully this will work better so you don't have to scroll a mile just to see the pictures.

    Some eyes, a baseball player from ref., some life drawings, some heads, Loomis study, and a self portrait that I realize now is quite skewed.

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    Nice start, man! These anatomy exercises are essential. And Loomis is a bery good beginning.
    Do some perspective studies as well. It will improve your figure drawing: you will get a better sence of depth.
    Keep going!
    (By the way :the link to your sketchbook doesn't seem to work)

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    Here's the update for today. A warrior sketch, some life drawings, hands, and Loomis.

    Bartovan- Thanks for the advice and support. Will try and some perspective studies. And try and get my sketchbook link working.

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    Today I tried to do some Loomis perspective studies, but it didn't turn out too well. I defenitely need to work harder on perspective.

    The next one is an unfinished sketch of a Spartan warrior I thought up.

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    Nice studies! Don't worry, I'm sure you'll get the hang of perspective soon (I'm learning as well). One thing I would try to do is draw from life once you get comfortable with anatomy; if there's a park nearby, or a cafe or restaurant you can go to (or even in class), bring your sketchbook and do quick sketches of the people around you. Oh, and taking a figure drawing class really helps. Keep up the good work. ^^

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    Loomis is good good stuff. your notes are real good, and those hands are lookin pretty good.
    the angle on the shoe looks a bit off though

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    hey thanks for stopping by my sb....all I can say is to continue what your doing with all the studies and stuff from life, I happen to be working from the same loomis book now as well.....work like you are now and you will progress and be rewarded with mad skill ....keep it up.

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    Linguini- Perspective is tough, but I'll keep trying. Yeah, I need to get a smaller sketchbook so I can take it with me places, right now the one I have is too big to be carrying around all the time.

    28chelseaslater- Thanks! I've been working on hands. Yeah I see what you mean about the shoe, thanks for pointing that out.

    Gspot- Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I agree that Loomis is great.

    Well I've been out of town for the weekend but here's what I did at my grandparents house. Still life drawings and my finished Spartan.

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    Nice studies. Try to be more loose, it looks like you are afraid to make mistakes. All I can say is make mistake, you will learn alot from it. Just relax and dont try to render every single detail.

    Ow and do many more perspective studies, it will give you a much better insight on things.

    keep it up and welcome to ca!

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    At this point the best thing you can do for yourself is draw like a fiend. Draw until your hand falls off.

    Have fun and post tons.

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    Hi there Yacob!
    Thanks for posting to my sketchbook. Looks like you are hard at work. That Loomis is a miracle maker, glad to see your studying his work.
    I also recommend Burne Hogarth, he has a great way to simlify things in anatomy.
    Your on a good start, keep it on!

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    Epias-Thanks. I do tend to be a perfectionist and am trying to be more loose with my drawing.

    Q-Caddlewick- Will defenitely try my best.

    Jho-Thanks Jho, I will have to check out some Hogarh stuff.

    Well, I haven't got very much drawing in this week. I've been really busy with end of the year projects for school. Here's what I've done. My mom reading a book on the couch. Some faces from picture references. A sketch of some old baseball player.

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    A fly fisherman catching a rainbow.

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    This stuff is from yesterday and today. I did a bum, some bats from picture ref., a baseball player, and an woman reading from picture ref. I also did some Loomis stuff but was sick of scanning stuff.

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    Haven't updated in a while. Loomis studies, a motorcycle, face and my dog, and a walrus from pic. ref.

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    All right, I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that I finished my first sketchbook. The second is that I have been slacking with my drawing.

    Both of these were from picture references.

    The first one is of an elk. I got really impatient with the background.

    The second one is of some kind of marmot or ground squirrel, Im not sure.
    I drew it from the picture, and then drew it again, to see how it would look if it lived in the city.

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    Hey man this is a good start! Nice clean style. But it still looks a bit static. You need to study bones and muscle anatomy if you want to do it right. Also, try some more imagination and feeling, if you feel what I mean
    Dont be affraid to make weird ideas or experiments.

    Keep drawing and dont be to serious when drawing.


    Thanks for dropping by!
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    All right, I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that I finished my first sketchbook. The second is that I have been slacking with my drawing.

    Both of these were from picture references.

    The first one is of an elk. I got really impatient with the background.

    The second one is of some kind of marmot or ground squirrel, Im not sure.
    I drew it from the picture, and then drew it again, to see how it would look if it lived in the city.

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    DeJakhalz- Thanks for the comments. I've had a couple people tell me to be more loose and just have fun when Im drawing, so I will try.

    I really need to try and loosen up when I draw so going to try and have some less serious stuff. I tend to try and make every little picture and sketch I do be perfect so I need to try and chill out when I draw.

    Now, to the small update, it's a whitetail.

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    Here are some quick sketches I did. Just some stuff in my room, outdoors stuff, and some creatures.

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    Thanks again for looking at my sketchbook.... i'll trade comments and crits with you.

    1) it's really great that someone your age is starting out studying loomis. he was a modern master. there's a store here in los angeles where many of his old paintings are hanging on the walls. simply amazing stuff. you should also study george bridgman. his books are cheap. get the big one. it might cost 20$, but you will use it the rest of your life. frazetta studied it, norman rockwell studied it, everybody has studied it. (same goes with loomis).

    2)sometimes it can be difficult to draw with confidence. after all, there are a lot of things you have to think about when you draw, but if you think too hard you paralyze yourself. a very good habit to get into is tracing from photographs. use a newspaper, a magazine, photos or whatever, and use tracing paper and pencil (or black colored pencil if you have it). trace heads and shadow shapes. if an edge looks soft, use a soft stroke. if it's hard, use a firm line. this trains your eye to make good decisions about what you see without being nervous about where to put your mark on the paper. yes, it is tracing. no, it is not cheating--it is eye training. i can tell the difference between a pro and a beginner just by seeing them trace the same picture. do this and send me a comment on my sketchbook and i'll try to help you out a little.

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    Hello there. Thanks for popping by my sketchbook. My first and main crit is the filesizes of your drawing. You might want to reduce them a bit. There's a save for web option in Photoshop for instance. You've done hell of alot of work and the progres can be seen immediately. So keep on drawing as much as you can. My favourites here are probably the animal drawings. I'm very shitty at giving crits or advices so I'll let the more intelligent ones here do that. Will be back.

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    ccsears- Thank you so much for your advice. I will look up some bridgman stuff. I really need to keep at my Loomis studies. I've been slacking off with those. I'll also have to try that tracing idea.

    Placeboast- Thanks for the comments, and I will try and get those file sizes down. I dont have Photoshop but I will resize them.

    Here are some scribbles, and drawings of some of my fishing lures.

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    YOu have the right idea doing some sketches from life. When I was 16 I never thought to do so. Wish I had better drawing awareness at the time.

    Don't be afraid to take it slooow. Work on drawing clean and crisp contour lines(outlines), and on taking comparative measurements like the Loomis book instructs. proportion is crucial to good drawing.

    Don't worry about loosening up. Being able to draw and paint loosely and well is a by product of being able to consistently take an image to high finish state. Just like any craft, Efficiency at a high level comes from building up to and performing at a high level over time. Think about all the masters of loose painting - Rembrandt, Rubens, Sargent, Hals - they learned to work in a painstaking manner.

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