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    Hello Everyone - I thought I'd just try to keep a sketchbook on here for myself so I could keep sketching and practicing new things everyday. Any C/C for me would be fantastic because I'm still learning in areas and learning to kick other habits.

    thanks

    CrystalART

    This is something I did yesterday while waiting for my bf at lunch time. Originally I wanted the focus to be on the FF8 Homage, but I got to working on the wings and other tid-bits and it just went from there...

    CrystalART

    Another little drawing I kicked out last night. I think there is something off with her face, I think it's either her chin is too large or her forehead is too small. I thought I'd try to work with this in PS for a bit to see how my skills are.

    Sorry for the bad camera work as well....

    Again, Thanks!!

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    Hey there. I'm not all that great of a pencil artist, but those looks very nice. I'm practicing how to draw faces at a side angle and you pulled it off very well.

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    a little more...

    just some rough stuff i worked on while i was at work. it seems to me that i like sharpies a lot...

    CrystalART

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    aliencraft: thanks! I appreciate it. I think profiles and angles are what i am getting better at. full frontal views are harder for me for some reason.

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    some anatomy

    the scanner did something kind of funky with the picture, but you can see the basis of it. I think I still need to work on muscle definition more... getting those lights and darks working together..
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    i like your foot studies. the only things i can see so far is that you are afraid to use blacks where you see black. try this

    when you draw only focus on 3 things when shading. highlight, midtone, and shadow. leave your highlights white. your midtone 50% gray and make your shadow pure black. it tends to make the image stand out more

    hope to see more soon. later

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    Ped454: Thanks for the Advice! That's a great tip for me. I'll definately keep that in mind when focusing on shading.

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    cool, good to see potential regulars

    keep us updated!

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    shading shading shading...

    Thanks Asoir! I'll hopefully be able to pull more stuff out

    i tried to take some of the advice and apply it to today's work...

    I kinda did it... maybe? lol

    again sorry for the bad scanning

    CrystalART

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    Your drawings are really good! Keep them coming, I love what your doing! Your good at the legs and feet. No your hands aren't bad! Just keep practicing and you'll get better.

    I see you are drawing with the chopped off head. You see, the eyes on your faces should be right in the middle, so the head looks like the top has been chopped off. By sliding the hair up and giving her a bigger forhead, she looks a little more normal :

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    Hello there LePompadoriousFohawk

    Good to see you've started a sketchbook.

    Keep up on your anatomy/figure studies and also work on your facial anatomy. Draw every day! I wish you luck on your progress!

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    I like your anatomy sketches. Keep working on it and it will improve your stylistic drawings.

    As far as your faces...like KtC 57 demo'd above, adding more forehead evens out your proportions more. I would also say that your faces have a little more chin than normal- but I think that looks kinda cool that way.

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    I can see great potential brewing about here....


    try this... when you warm up before you start drawing, fil a whole page up with straight lines... keep doing it and making them closer and closer together, that way your hatching will become more believable...

    keep it up!

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    Omg Everyone is So Fantastic! Thanks so much for the help.
    KtCruit57: I can see what you are saying. The proportions look a lot more normal. Thanks for that tip..I always think something is a little off and that's probably it.
    KSama: Thanks for the welcome I'm definately trying everyday... hopefully you see my progress
    LateNiteHype: Ya! Chin also Maybe I just like more chin? lol... thanks tho.
    Looped_Warrior: I've taken your advice and started doing the hatching on the new daily sketches... I think it looks a lot more believable. Thanks!

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    A good start, so just keep drawing from life and reference (mostly) and have fun.

    Some basic shapes and guidelines might help you on the 3/4 faces too, so that the features wrap around the face more naturally.

    my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997

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    Agreed what SEVANS told you about the guidelines. right now the features on your faces aren't proportioned right and don't follow the same perspective lines. remember that the facial features will line up no matter what angle the face is viewed from, so when you decide on an angle for the face lay down guidelines first, and move on to the basic shapes and so on like that. The best way to do all this is to determine where your center line is, and to do that you can try the old ball and plain trick. Draw a ball to represent the cranial mass, and then simply drop a line that would follow the center of the face from forehead to the tip of the chin, then draw parallel lines to mark out where the features will line up. Hope all this helps, its a bit complicated at first, but given some practice you'll get it.

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    more body work

    Thanks Sepulverture & Sevans! I'll keep that in mind when I work on a face project again

    here's more anatomy....
    CrystalART again sorry for the camera work lol.

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    Your pencil anatomy studies are fantastic.

    To follow on to the face and head proportions, I find that I have two kinds of head drawings. When I'm doodling, I tend to start with the eyes and draw everything else around them. These tend to be very expressive but not ususally well proportioned. Conversely, if I start by blocking out the head and positioning the features before detailing them in, I wind up with more believable (proportionate) heads. The range of expressions, though, isn't so great.

    I've been practicing blocking things out and have been getting better with the expressions, so I think in the long run that's the way to go.

    Gary Faigin has a great book on this: http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Comple.../dp/0823016285

    Maybe you can find it at a library too. Also, try this mini-tutorial, if you haven't seen it: http://www.anticz.com/heads.htm

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    body work :)

    so more anatomy studies... i think they are progressing, no? hehe

    So there are a few of those photos... I also took ScottMCD's advice and went to that awesome link. I did a few little doodles on it... trying to get my reigns. More studying to do but I'm liking it so far. Everyone should really check out the tutorial.

    I know all this is just body work (which is all referenced by the way) - hopefully I'll pull some nice digital stuff soon

    thanks!

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    once again - horrible camera work.

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    Horrible camera work, but good studies.

    I can see some 3/4 views with guidelines too.

    my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997

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    SEVANS - I KNOW!! I get so excited when I'm doodling that I just snap a camera phone picture and post it that way. lol. I'll be sure to hopefully scan them in soon for re-posting... and yes, I did work with guidelines... they definately help a lot - well from what I've practiced so far Thanks again!

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    gee, you've updated a lot already, the study of the "super buff guy" is great, nice job. lots of patience, so apply it to your work too!

    peace

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    Definately patience is needed. Thanks Asoir for the advice. I'll have to post here again soon! My scanner is broken but I'll figure something out

    Thanks again everyone for the tips and support!

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    Hey LPF, nice anatomy sketches here!!! Would like to see an SP if possible. Keep postin more stuff!!

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    madd real jolly good

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    Nice start with the anatomiez, LPF Keep it up, and be sure you get a good handle on bone structure, too -- knowin' what's under those muscles is key...

    Cheers

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    ooh, nice anatomy stuff!
    and you can forgive your camera with a bit of photoshop magic; i find that using Image > Adjust > Levels, i can get rid of a lot of those unwanted shadows.
    Keep us updated!

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    Thanks guys! I've been working on some vector stuff so I haven't be updating the sketchbook, but I will soon!

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    Okay, so I thought I'd add what I've been working on lately. I think it's not very sketchbookie, but I thought it would be fun to look at anyways. I hope you guys like them

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    These are just a few, my favorite ones I've done so far. Like I said, not very sketchbookie, but nice to look at none the less

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    The vector artwork is very strong. Well done.

    my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997

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