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I think I did better with the ginger than either the animals or the blobs. The blobs just aren't working out the way I want (this was the best of the 3 pages I did) they feel too flat, like I'm not getting the depth with the cross contours. The shark was ok. I tried the make the cross contours fit the shape that I was seeing of the shark instead of JUST being ellipses. Should have stuck with ellipses first. The snake was a challenge, but I felt I ALMOST got it, just need to figure out how the identify transitions of directions of the body better before.
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Going to get this in early for level one because I think I am going to have a very busy this week. I have the 3 steps (blobbing, refining, finishing). I do have to say though...kind of like a draw-a-bunch-of-boxes exercise, this feel more like a warmup. I just can't use this a more of a warmup of generic exercise unless I trying to draw...something. If I have the time I'll try level 2 either from pure imagination (HA!) or likely from some kind of reference.
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Alright I was able to get a little time to hammer "something" out for lesson 2. This feels MUCH better. Even though I kind of bombed the actual forms (its been a while sine I have have tried to thing of the human body as boxes), I can see what needs to be done here and how I might practice. Only wish I could do this when I had more than 20 minutes of time. Still have I submitted, so have at it.
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MY one and only attempt (very busy with work this week). Based the SUV around the boxiest vehicle I know. The Honda Element. The spare tie on the back and the moon sink are part of an optional package :) I am REALLY having trouble constructing a cube or even a rectangle with a single squared faced in 3D. I tried to look at cubes in real life and even did some print out of a transparent 3D cube out of blender and tried to practice, but it didn't seem to help. Given that making a square for the wheel to sit in KIND OF essential for this project, advise would be appreciated.
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No my best work. Between overlapping 3d boxes, trying to figure out the landmarks on the fingers to base those boxes on I just ended up making a mess.
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My level 1 submission. Portrait numbers are circled above each set. This was suffering. I just can't see the mapping from the 3d box to the 2d portrait. I had to end up relying some draw overs and little woodel model cube to give myself a snowball's chance.
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I ended up restarted this one after the first 2 days because it just looked terrible to me. I went back and re though the scene and ended up getting this point. Much like my bar in Level 1, I still bit off more than I chew with a hardware store and a line of grills. Still I think I have have started to shake the rust off my perspective skills.
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For some reason I wanted to do a small bar and it trigger all of my perfectionist tendencies. It was a BIG efforts not to reach for the ruler earlier in the process, bit I held back until I was having to deal with chairs on the booth tables. The angle was so much of a pain, I redrawn like 4 times and just had to confirm with a straight edge before I put a whole in the paper with my eraser. Still other than the proportions being a bit off, I'm kind of pleased with this. Thanks for the Challenge.
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10 drawings in 2 separate 1 hours sessions. I tried to lean on a little bit of Mattesi Force drawing stuff I tried (and failed) to learn a while ago and identify where I feel there is "tension" and "strain" in the forms. Basically I tried to mimic (or imagined) these poses, and emphasize muscles I think are doing the most work with thicker lines. Mixed that with an attempt to verify Rhythms of the form and this is what I got.
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Gestures were the nail in my coffin the last time I tried a Proko course (figure drawing) years ago. I burned through 300+ pages of newsprint with of 10s/30s/2m figure gestures drawing....and nothing felt like it stuck. I just couldn't connect gesture to structure and, since I don't like moving on if I can't at least understand why I'm doing something, my enthusiasm dried up and stopped following the course. I was looking SO forward to the rematch. Sadly, this dropped on what could have been the worst work week I have had in over a year, so my efforts were subpar. Given I only got about 20 minutes to draw at the end of some VERY long days. So details and proportions were sacrificed so that I could focus on trying to creating interesting shapes. Keep that in mind when you pull out the pencil to measure :)
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Well that was exhausting. Here my 3 attempts (I actually made 4 but tore my thinner 11x14 sketch paper with some VIGORUOS erasing): - Pass 1 in my 9x12 sketchbook - Pass 2 on 11x14 Sketch paper - Pass 3 on 14 x17 Drawing paper I picked up from Michael's over the weekend. I don't think I spent less than 2 hours on any of these, so I don't want to see another musketeer for a while please.
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Her is my Submission for Level 1 and an attempt at level 2 (with the doggie)
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Surprised Tony DiTerlizzi hasn't made his way into this thread yet. Aw well...FIRST! Tony might be better know for his work on the Spiderwick Chronicles, but I loved his work from back in the 1990's with his D&D illustrations, especially his work on the Planescape setting. He has a certain design ascetic that creates these very children's story book quality to them that really brought the idea of multiple planes of existence from a concept to a uncanny reality. I did my study on one of his preliminary inking (before final watercolor I believe) of a Modron, a curious geometric race from a plane of absolute order. Line wise Tony has a knack for making even inorganic lines have some life to them and the joining of organic and inorganic with this creatures is really emphasized. I included some of his other works to show that he doesn't just make boxes :)
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Day 66 & 67: More warmups, m ore Jake Spicer Portrait exercises and redux on the Rhino after Proko dropped his demo.
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Day 65 - practice and eye work
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Day 64 - practice and the portrait workbook
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Day 63 - practice and back to the Jake Spider portrait book.
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Level 1 submission. Not clear if the Shadow and Light method was suppose to have wider dark shape like lines (similar to the inked comic images you were showing in the video) or just heavier lines. Kind of slip the difference (which as in most things in life, is likely wrong :) )
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Level 2 submissions. The Rhino was in a harsh overhead noon day sun (I checked some references before working on this. The sketch was harder than I though since when I took the picture I based everything again the lamp pole in the back, but it is actually leaning, making everything lean in the picture. This really made it much harder than I thought.
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Day 62 - Level 2 submission for level 1 organized line weight on the submissions page. Practice below.
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Day 61...practice and level 1 organized line weight. I'll post those in the lesson thread.
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and day 59 -60. I had a long work day, which involved a lot of waiting around, but I still had my sketch book!
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