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    Post figure doodles

    I took one of the tips from Mike, Helioth and Borto on Ventrilo and started doodling at my day job as much as I could. I was surpised that I was able to fill a page pretty well
    It helped keep me more sane throughout the day--but the flip side of that was I was more anxious to get home and get in my studio, so the last two hours dragged by

    They're all from imagination so it's all really rough and out of proportion...but it felt awesome, so I'm happy

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    Post Shoulder studies

    Took your suggestion, Rez, and did some details studies. I also spent some time today identifying my weaker areas regarding the figure. There's the normal stuff: head/face, hands, feet...but I also have trouble with the joints/connectors on the body: shoulders, neck, elbows, hips, knees, ankles.

    I started with the shoulders today.

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    Post Slow art day doodles

    Had way too many errands to take care of after work today, so I wasn't able to work for very long at all. It's doodles today. I should have more time the rest of this week, though.

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    Post Shoulder study III

    More detailed anatomy study. It was interesting to study how the muscles and bones of the back, arms and shoulders change when the arms are raised.
    I still have to get into the muscles, it's on my project list

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    Looking good Ces, try to gather idea's in your creations. Look at things that inspire you to draw and gain ideas from them. Than sketch them out real quick and work on it as a project.

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    Thanks Rez,
    that sounds like a good idea. One of the sketchbook doodles I did, the one with the fat man and the alien girl face, was inspired by a face I saw in a linoleum design in a bathroom here at work. You know, like how you can see shapes in the clouds? Same thing.
    Thanks for checking in with my progress, and Thanks for your help I really appreciate it

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    i think you should draw more concrete jungles

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    Wow, there's some serious improvement in here since last time I visited - well done! Those short pose studies has really helped you a lot, and as other people have already mentioned I would also love to see some more detailed work. Put together all those anatomy and pose studies you have practiced so far, join them at the hip, and I'm positive you can do something awsome out from it! Be especially aware of your values, as I've seen that is still something you have problems with. What you did with that spine-butterfly image was a good thing, I would recommend more of that sort.

    Small tip on the spine-butterfly image: blur out the tree/plant thingie she is sitting on at the edges of the canvas, to put more focus on the creature. Also, you could try darkening the background around her a bit, so the greatest difference between dark and light will be ON the creature, not on the tree/plant. That way the viewer will automatically focus on the creature first, not on what's around her.

    All in all, amazing improvement! You certainly have a dedication that I sometimes feel I lack - keep going!

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    Hmm I was expecting to see lots and lots of studies and figure drawing's this weekend? I wonder what happened? =[

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    Quote Originally Posted by ResidentSamurai357 View Post
    Hmm I was expecting to see lots and lots of studies and figure drawing's this weekend? I wonder what happened? =[
    Hey Rez,

    I couldn't find time to be in my studio over the weekend, unfortunately. My husband and I had a lot of house and yard work to do that we'd been putting off--lots of dust and built up mess to clean up, plus mowing and so on.
    It's done, so my time should be more freed up on the weekends for a while.

    This is exactly why it's difficult to have a day job and try to do my artwork part time--I have to be at my stupid day job so much through the week that almost all of our errands and chores have to packed into a two day weekend along with my studio time and the distant memory of rest

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    Post More shoulder studies

    Greetings all

    Here are some more shoulder studies. I'm nearly finished with my study of the shoulders--at least for the moment, anyway. I'm going to move on the the next area I have trouble with--elbows.

    Crits and suggestions are welcome and appreciated, of course ^_^

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    Post Even more shoulder studies

    Studies of shoulder bones, plus a doodle.

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    Oi, its great that you do lots of anatomy studies, just be sure to remember the shapes of the body and where they go,which it seems as though you need to work on. Another thing is how you say that you finished with studying with a area of the body such as the shoulders. But as stated before you should show something that shows it and not just a study. Also for your imagination drawing, you need to spend as much time that you do for your studys. Just find a way to balance things out such as a study, then something from imagination that compliments the study that you just did.

    But the most important thing is that you find time to draw. Draw as much as you can, only then will you see your results, and the more you do it the faster the improvements will improve.

    Also noticed that your faces need work, an easy way to work on this is just to do self portraits.

    But keep it up and try to get more time for art in, you will really see a big improvement.

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    Post Torso practice

    Practiced the torso a bit today. It was interesting to see just how little movement we actually use and have available in that area--most people can't bend too far in any one direction except forward. Just doing the torso apart from the arms, legs and head helps me to see the whole better. Odd that by leaving parts out you can see their roles in a new way.

    These are some simple torso studies; I worked to capture the gesture of only the torso. I also did a couple of studies of the scapula. I don't feel I get too much out of my bone studies at this point, but I'll continue to do those general bone and muscle studies so that I keep the whole picture in mind when I draw.

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    Blah! Damn technical difficulties! I tried to post some work last night but CA was down for the count for some reason. I'll post more tonight when I get home--hopefully CA won't be down again.

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    Post More torso practice

    Some practice with male and female torsos over the past couple of days. I'm focusing on seeing the line of the pose, the shapes and the proportions right now. In another day or so I'll be moving on to longer, more detailed studies of the torso.

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    Last update is looking good Ces, lol but no need to draw in the extremities, you remind me of my silly professor who draws the penis with extreme detail haha.. My suggestion now would to find a group of artist you know or admire and start a draw night. I started one here in Northglen Colorado and it has helped my skills a whole lot. Drawing with your fellow artists can be an inspiration and a learning experience!

    Wish you the best!

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    Thanks for the crit Rez. Yeah, I do plan on finding other artists in my area to get together with, but it may be another year or so before I can do anything really involved in that area. Between my studio time, my day job, my marriage, and helping to run our household, I barely find enough time to get enough sleep--socializing outside the web and family isn't making the top of my list right now

    But it's cool; I'm enjoying my work and my life is good, so no complaints. I hope your work is going well, too.

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    nice work! just try not to get stuck in a rut of doing just contour drawings. also, try to remeber that although there are different parts of the body, it's still all one mass so try to avoid making your people look can-ish or block-ish

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    hey dude, nice colors and very good imagination you got there. just keep drawing everyday and you will get somewhere with it. its also good that you didnt give it up, id give you a high five for that. as for your drawings and critiques go for, just get some of the darks dark and the lights light, that way you can tell what object is behind or up close. if you gets what im saying then your all set man. just keep practicing and ill check up on ya. Best of luck man



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    Post Some more torso practice

    l0stinth0ughts - Thanks for checking out my sketchbook, for the crits and the encouragement, I appreciate it. I stopped by your sketchbook. I haven't been through the whole thing yet, but I'll comment once I do.

    Ignominious - Thanks for your crit and for looking at my sb, I appreciate all the help I can get. I agree with you about the contours and the can-ish/block-ish look. The past few sessions in my studio have been dedicated to only seeing and drawing the shapes and the long line of the pose, then fleshing out the form lightly--but only with contour, again, to focus on the shape. I've done it this way so I don't get too caught up in the details and the finished product, as has been my habit. I'm breaking everything down into its simplest forms so I can see the foundations. That way, when I begin my detailed studies tomorrow, I will understand what I'm seeing better--and therefore draw it better.

    I'm teaching myself all of this, and I know there's no one right way, but I don't always know what I'm doing. In fact, I often feel like I don't know what I'm doing. But, this direction feels good so I'm going with it. I'm taking the advice I've gotten from everyone and incorporating what works for me into my studio sessions.

    Here are the last of my shape studies before I begin my detailed drawings. Sorry I haven't posted much the past few days, I haven't felt like myself.

    Thanks again for the crits everyone

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    Post Detailed torso study WIP

    Started my detailed torso studies today. I decided to make it more interested by giving it a collage look. Haven't gotten all the figures sketched in yet--the large one in the middle gave me some trouble...

    Also posted an older piece, a still life I did when I was in college. Sorry for the streaks/scratches on it, the frame it's in doesn't photograph well. I'll have to take it out when I want to take some better photographs.

    Had some trouble with my file sizing...but you get the idea

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    wow what happened did you give up? =/ Your letting yourself slip away... Your getting better, now you just have to draw everyday. The famous "draw draw draw"!

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    Thumbs up I will never give up

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    wow what happened did you give up? =/ Your letting yourself slip away... Your getting better, now you just have to draw everyday. The famous "draw draw draw"!
    Hey Res,

    No, I haven't given up. Thanks for checking in with me. I've been waging an internal battle with myself lately, and I wasn't doing very well the past few days. It's a process, but I'm doing better now. I'm finding that fighting with myself is the hardest war to win. Luckily, I'm too stubborn about getting what I want to lose

    I've cleared my plate to make things easier for myself--I through the gym in the backseat so all I have to do is come home and work in my studio.

    I really appreciate you looking in on my sketchbook to see how my work is going; it gives me a great boost everytime
    I haven't given up. I'll never give up. I may stumble every now and again, but I will never give up.

    Thanks Res.

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    Thumbs up Still here :^^:

    Sorry for the drop off in posting, I was taking some time to figure stuff out. I've still been working though. Here's the latest WIP from my detailed torso study. I'm happy to report my new schedule is working. I've worked 2.5 hrs today, and I've still got another 1/2 hour to go

    I think I made the figure I've added value to a bit too dark, but I'm still getting some good practice in so it's all good.

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    Post Doodle dump & more

    Another completed figure on my torso detail drawing, plus some figure doodles I've done from imagination at work. The doodles are very rough and all contour because I literally have to steal away time at my current day job to work in my sketchbook...but, I figure practice with the shapes of the figure, contour or otherwise, whenever I can get it is awesome.

    Plus, I'm trying to draw from imagination along with my studies anyway so it's win win.

    Question: Can someone tell me how you are able to write descriptions between images you post?

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    Post Torso detail study WIP

    More work on my torso detail study.

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    Your coming along there girl! Like the hard shading you have in the Middle image. I suggest working with another pencil or more mediums, such as different grades of pencils, try working with pens as well they seem to be fun.


    Seems to me your well on your way, keep it up.

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    Another figure done.

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    Post Another torso detail WIP

    Had some problems with this figure...my ref wasn't very good--well, the ref is fine but the printout of the ref...not so much. I have to respect the wishes of my male model and remove his head digitally when I post. I don't want to cause any problems for him since he was nice enough to pose for me.

    Just imagine whatever kind of male head you'd like in the empty spaces

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