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I've drawn a bunch of stuff.

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Still doing studies focusing on head and figure proportions/lay ins. It's hard but fun. Started timed gesture drawing yesterday and boy am I shit at it haha. That's going to be the slowest improvement I think it's hard to turn off the "draw the outline of everything" part of the brain and focus on just action lines etc especially when all the poses are like contorting gymnastics insanity with extreme foreshortening. All the sites I have do not have the best images to be honest at least from an extreme beginner perspective. Oh well really struggling with this part of my studies but I hardly ever did it so it's understandable.

I've really buckled down and created a nice work space, made a study schedule etc. so There's a lot of new stuff on the blog haha. Having fun though! <3

I start an AutoCAD drafting class next week more professional development stuff which shouldn't cut into my art studies too much. Once I'm done this course in April I'll be looking into the Watts Atelier as well so lots of goodies on the horizon hopefully including a new show. I'm not on The Strain anymore and have had two unsuccessful interviews so far :/  Both art directors seem to like my work and want to work with me in the future but I think the skill upgrade of drafting is definitely in order. Not sure about actually having to draft sets but that's the way the wind's blowing. Not enough to be a graphic artist anymore :/

Anyway that's it for me!

<3natasha.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016   General Artist
It's easier to get out of the "draw the outline of everything" using a charcoal stick on big paper (A-2), than using a fine point pencil on standard size (A-4 ).  
I would recommend practicing opposite methods to help progress more quickly with it.  That is, on one hand practice core drawing with the quick-sketch method (i.e. gesture>volume>detail); on the other hand practice contour drawing and blind contour drawing (yes, following the outlines).  Doing one helps push and refine the other.     
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FoxyRepublic Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Oh I definitely use a charcoal pencil (conte 1710 is the best!) on newsprint pad clipped to a masonite board. Using online timed poses is the closest I can get to the real thing for now. I would not attempt it with a graphite pencil on small format lol. Though I admit I think the large format does also freak me out I think that may be part of my struggle. It's cool though just gotta push through the awkward phase :/
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   General Artist
Not a pencil - a stick of vine or compressed, or a stick of conte - something you can turn on its side for broad strokes at least an inch wide.  Also, a chamois is good for drawing, too (not just for erasing).  
The best thing about charcoal ( a hunk of it ) is that it can be used to draw and paint.  Save the pencils for contour practice.  It doesn't lock you into making one kind of mark or using one kind of technique.  You can draw dark on light and right away reverse that to draw light on dark.  You can swab in slabs of shade/shadow with the broad side and, voila! Done, without a single line.  I miss being able to do that with a tablet :(

I used to do the same thing, gesture drawing from virtual life. lol.  It works very well.  The big paper lets you put your whole arm into it.  Once you get used to that, you feel every stroke coming from the pit of your stomach.  After a while, it's not so much a matter of swinging your arm as swaying your body - it feels like dancing, or martial arts, as it should, since it's all about rhythm.  

The movement starts in the core and works outward from there traveling along the arm, like energy running through a whip, or water through a hose.  At different parts of the stroke there is the opportunity to inflect the line to give it character.  This last part is easy to do with a brush or hunk of charcoal that has a pointed side and a broad side.  Of course you can strip a pencil to expose the graphite core, which will enable a broad stroke.  But for that you need a large core, because standard size cores will break when you apply even a little pressure on the stroke.  

Which reminds me - graphite sticks can be a good compromise when charcoal isn't handy or when the conte isn't working well [ 1) you sometimes have to sand or otherwise abrade the side in order to get a broad stroke from it - sometimes have to blunt the tip, which can be so sharp that it cuts through the paper. ].

Dang! Natasha.  I think I'm going to work with charcoal today.  I miss it. :) 
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FoxyRepublic Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
Yeah I sharpen the pencil down with a straight razor to expose more of the charcoal I find it works just as well as vine charcoal or the other sticks to lay in tones or do lines without the mess. Of course there's the mess of getting it to that point but that's another story. This goofy but very helpful guy www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMC0Cx… shows it well. He has a video on how to actually sharpen it which is how I learned that handy tip. 

I have vine charcoal and some square conte sticks but I really hate how messy it is lol haven't used them in a while :/
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016   General Artist
Haha!  Stan Prokopenko.  Yes, he's a riot!  I used to binge on his videos.  His anatomy series is excellent, and he's so funny.

I know it's messy, but, it's the difference between a jet plane and flying saucer.  Just keep it in mind for later on down the road.    
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FoxyRepublic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Yeah I totally had a binge watch moment with his videos until in one of them he actually said stop binge watching and DRAW so I decided I should probably take that advice and felt a bit guilty :lol:  Still go back to him for reference though and can't wait to tackle the anatomy ones down the road along with the like 50 pdf books I have!
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016   General Artist
LOL :thumbsup:  :D  
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