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For this project I sketched a pig. There were a couple more reference photos that I used, but I could not relocate them. I did use the photo reference to sketch from observation as I studied the pig. Then, I played around with a couple different ways I would like my character to look on the page. The third photo is my first attempt at drawing from imagination, which I dislike. I did not really try on this sketch, especially on the legs/hoof area of the pig. The fourth photo is a second attempt to draw from imagination, which I like a lot more. I feel that it has more character and interesting shape. I continue to struggle with feet and hands of animals/people, something about the small details get me. I also have trouble with loose sketching still, most of the start of my drawings start with light chicken scratch and it will take practice to develop a new habit. Also, I am still learning to grip my pencil correctly, I have held pencils in an incorrect grip all my life and still find myself doing it sometimes when sketching. Anyone else have this issue?
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After completing this project I realized I did not follow instructions very well for this one. I got caught up in the small details smaller instead of freely sketching shapes. I also feel that I struggle with drawing clean lines, mine feel a little scratchy and smudgy. When doing the spider hand sketch, I realized that I definitely need more practice with human anatomy. Animals are easier right now for me since it seems you can be a bit more ambiguous and abstract with their forms.
First drawing is first attempt before demo, second is following along with demo. I am level 1 but decided to do the camel since I found it the most interesting. I struggled with keeping a steady hand when using CSI, I think because it is so new to me. I attempted an elephant after this project as well. I struggle with drawing fluid lines and simplifying the subject.