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Justin Phelps
Hello everyone, I figure it's for the best I upload to a topic space so I don't overload any of the proko video pages. I'd like to at least post any practice I get in for transparency and hopefully to see growth when I look back. I'll start tonight with my second day's work that I've gotten in. Anyone who happens to stumble on my space feel free to give any pointers, I appreciate the feedback a lot.
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Justin Phelps
Completely forgot about uploading the other day, sorry y'all. I'm a bit occupied with some personal work tonight but I'll remember to post.
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Justin Phelps
this is about one hour of work, Im definitely aiming to finish this assignment by friday but so far im feeling pretty good about it. I'll get through my gestures, beans and shapes later tonight but I'm definitely struggling to keep myself focused on grinding out the fundamentals because I'm just hankering for drawing quite a bit more personal art recently.
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Justin Phelps
I'm feeling a bit undisciplined this week because there's been a couple things I want to draw quite a bit more than grinding out these courses and having consistent practice (I was very distracted drawing this single page of gestures). I'll try to post more tonight, but for now I'm going to be hopping onto the thing I've been itching to draw all day. Sorry y'all.
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Peter Anton
That's a good thing- drawing will teach you more than videos. It's a more common problem to watch too many tutorials without ever drawing. Also discipline sucks- habits rule! I'd check out Atomic Habits if you haven't read it
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Justin Phelps
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definitely dropping my first attempt here for posterity, it's a little tough trying to see shapes and break down this thing but we're gonna get it i think. I'll definitely need to rewatch that structure video.
Structure lesson attempt one
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Peter Anton
Definitely pick up Joe Weatherly's book if you want to learn animals with the construction method. The Famous Artist School's is also great and is probably cheaper if you're on a budget. I'd also start with easier subjects. The big 4 would be: cows, horses, dogs, and cats. The less fur, the better. Aside from that, study skulls and skeletons to learn the bony landmarks of the body. Tag me in a reponse if you want a list of the boney landmarks to look for. I'd be happy to type them up if you're interested
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Serena Marenco
Hi Justin! You certainly looked for a tricky pose!!! So, the rule is always the same when drawing an animal. First find the gesture (especially try to figure out where it is and how it curves the spine. I advise you to start with lateral views so that you can get used to it more easily). After this identify the 4 main shapes. I start with the shoulders and the pelvis which are fundamental to establish the position of the body in space and to define the pose. Represent them as simple boxes: depending on the animal they will have different proportions, in some cases (like giraffes) they will look more like wedges than boxes but the basic concept is that they are mostly rigid shapes: they are not curved, at most they undergo a slight twist following the movement of the legs. When you have these, define the rib cage (which connects to the shoulders): depending on the animal it will be wider or narrower. Carnivores, unlike herbivores, have a shorter intestinal tract and therefore their belly tends to be concave instead of convex as in herbivores (which often have a narrower intestinal tract). The head changes a lot in shape depending on the species you are drawing: it could be exemplified with a circle, a wedge... (there are also differences between one individual and another). At this point you will have the line of the spine and the four main shapes. The legs are inserted in the lower part of the shoulders and pelvis and you should initially represent them as simple S or C lines. When you have this 'skeleton' you can start to define the shapes based on it.
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Justin Phelps
Getting up tonights beans, I took quite a bit longer to do them since I'm just practicing getting things right with my pencil strokes.
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Justin Phelps
Alright we've got a big night tonight, aiming to get quite a bit of practice in and get my broken down shape animal up by tomorrow as well. For now here are my 30sec gestures.
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Justin Phelps
It's been a bit of an onslaught this past week for me. I've been helping family since last Thursday and then got vaccinated on Tuesday so I'm only now hopping back into stuff. Luckily I've been keeping up with my reading and I feel like some stuff is beginning to pay off. Of course I've got much more to do so I definitely need to make up for lost time while I get some of my own pieces done. Thanks y'all for the help as well, I really appreciate it.
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Justin Phelps
I missed yesterday due to a bit of work regarding family but we're right back in with today ;3 I think this weekend I'll aim for about one or two hours with gestures alone because I think they're worth that. I'm also processing a lot of information from drawing with force's second chapter and also trying to think about things more structurally regarding beans. It's a bit hard and today's gestures really show how befuddled I became just thinking about how to apply anything ><
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Justin Phelps
I should really make a day for these, just focusing on gestures since it's one of the only things I've picked up aside from beans recently. I find I can't quite get myself to stick to drawing for more than two or three hours at the moment. But I do think I'm able to push just a bit farther each day. I've got a project for a friend I need to do so these won't be as numerous until next week (maybe about 10-15 a day)
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Justin Phelps
Just uploading for today to make sure I'm keeping myself in check ;3 visualizing the plumb line is a but of effort but if I just enjoy myself things go much faster I feel.
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Shaurya Jhaldiyal
Oh yes I agree! Time flies when you feel immersed. Looking at your daily drawings I imagine you are enjoying them a lot. Great work!!
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Justin Phelps
I've been using the Mallory set this weekend but the reference images feel warped when I look at them. I think I'll move back to the free pack were given for uploads to the proko pages when I do these gestures. I really prefer to keep my references numbered with the file I use for searching purposes. But yeah I think the Mallory pack is a little too far out of my comfort zone to do at the moment
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Justin Phelps
Using the Mallory set today ^^ also being a bit lax since its the weekend. I'll be doing more personal art work instead of studying today and tomorrow.
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Justin Phelps
hi yall, I had some time early today and since its Friday I decided to upload todays drawings to the proko figure drawing course video how to draw gesture step by step
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Justin Phelps
Just uploading a couple pics from tonight's progress. I think I'll just pick out a few images I like for now since gestures take up a lot of pages for me right now.
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Justin Phelps
Trying to condense down the size I draw at so I don't clutter with too many images. I used the Mallory pack today and tried to go a little bit outside of my comfort zone. To be honest I was stumped when the two minute timeframe was up, it felt like I was either too slow or too simplistic. Hopefully I'll have that sorted out when I post to the proko video section though. I'm sure I can get it done.
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Justin Phelps
Alright hopping into the third video for the proko gesture course, Hopefully I can keep up with stan. Gestures move so fast that I don't know what to do most of the time.
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Justin Phelps
I just got an update from my phone. It looks like the images can't be seen at their original size unless viewed on the desktop site. Ill look into trying to condense my work to fewer pages so I'm not uploading large batches of images onto here (I don't want to bog anyone down with too much clicking). That way I'd be able to upload the original photos for mobile viewing as well. Thanks y'all for the heads up!
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Gabriel Kahn
Hey there! It's a bit hard to see the drawings. All I can say is that you should probably check out @Mike Mattesi 's works. He is amazing at gestural drawings :)
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Mike Mattesi
Thanks @Gabriel Kahn Focus on those rhythms to get through the figure in under 2 minutes, @Justin Phelps
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Justin Phelps
Thanks, I've gotten his book on gestures as a PDF and will be starting it today. I'm definitely aiming to get whatever information I can.
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punitha reddy
i can't see drawings clearly as they are small. It would be nice to see them in better clarity. Cheers for jour streak days....all the best for your daily growth!
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Justin Phelps
Thanks, I'll try my best to keep consistent at it.
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