Ghada Dudts Mzid
Ghada Dudts Mzid
Tunisia
After 8 years of engineering studies & jobs, I'm learning to draw and paint at 30. All critiques are very appreciated. Let's draw ! https://dudts.com
Ghada Dudts Mzid
 design, render, local values, color seem so good to me, congrats 😍 I thought I'd tell you, that before reading your description, he appeared to me as quite feminine / gay and shy, maybe having a crush on someone. because he is blushing, vovering his face (shy) and the pose of the legs.. hope this helps ..
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
Hello guys! I drew this today, it took like an hour. The intention is to practice for storyboarding. I would love some critiques please. Suggestions of resources would be great as well ! cheers ! <3
2021 10 31
Jo Sheridan
Hi there, is this because you are not drawing something that gets you really excited, or have not created the right "mood" in your drawing space? Personally this happens to me when I am painting or drawing something that doesn't connect with me - With good music and a topic I care about - hours go by and I forget to eat... There is a line in an old film "Dead Poets Society" where one of the characters is running around shouting "Gotta do more - wanna be more" - this describes my motivation and the feeling in the pit of my stomach when I am really into my subject - try to find it....
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
okey ! thanks *_* (It happens when a study gets a bit challenging :p )
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
The colors seem nice Maybe you could work more on folds and drapery so that the clothes could look more interesting
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orion sullivan
3 min gesture drawings
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
The work improved a lot ! Keep up with the practice. If you want to include more sense of action, I recommend when you have time to watch this Villppu video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOtVUHgJqQk&t=1368s&ab_channel=NewMastersAcademy
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Dominik Zeillinger
Hi @Ghada Dudts Mzid , very nice. You are following the reference very close and are stylizing on the same time. Cool result! Maybe you could put some darker shadow on her right leg. And am not sure about the pattern on the skirt. You are stylizing it anyway, so maybe make it even easier and not that complicated?
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
Hello Dominik, Thank you so much for taking the time to review ! It makes a lot of sense to me, I'll apply that as soon as I get back on this drawing :D
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shackman
Week 2 Feedbacks given: 3 Asked for feedback: 0 This week I’ve been doing a lot of Blender, working my way through a Polygun runway tutorial. I just finished following along, so now I’ll do my own version of the scene to incorporate what I’ve learned, I will post it next week. I started the 250 box challenge, which is a lot more than I thought. I try to do every single line with effort and intention, so each page of 5 boxes takes me 20 minutes on average. The exercise includes extending all the lines after each finished page to see your mistakes more clearly. For the first time I forgot to do a watercolor painting from life, so I did 2 the next day to not get into the habit of letting it slide here and there, which is the first step towards letting it die completely. This is where I am, nowhere near a painting a sane person would put on their wall, but way better than my first ones which looked like someone had punched a palette and then punched a piece of paper and trampled on it with muddy shoes. Despite poor results I feel like I’m making progress and enjoy it a lot. Watercolor feels like working with actual magic. Right now I’m more of a Terry Pratchett kind of wizard who constantly blows up his lab or accidentally turns his assistants into rodents, but with enough practice I will get there. I watched Marco Bucci’s recent live stream where he told his water color story. He did it almost every day for an entire summer, and ended up with a huge stack of bad paintings but a much deeper understanding of watercolor. Since I wrote about self reflection here last time, I figured I’d take a look at why I didn’t make it as a game developer. My mistakes, more or less in order of gravity, and how I try not to make them with art: 1. Starting and abandoning projects Finishing a painting is a lot faster than finishing a game. I should hold off a bit on my ideas for animated shorts though…. 2. Starting projects that are too big This is where I laid the ground work for abandoning projects. To avoid those mistakes, I added a column in my blender and painting ideas spread sheet for estimated time. I will force myself to start at the bottom. 3. Not enough of a structured approach. Also my biggest mistake in my drawing career so far. Which is why I now work my way through the fundamentals and write (and adjust) my overall plan. 4. Not enough feedback I tried hard to find other game developers to work with, joined endless projects etc. The problem was that the pros had no interest in working with some random, unaccomplished guy. I already have a schoolism study group where we critique each other, that helps a lot. Further more I’ve decided to ask for feedback here, and I will make sure to give even more feedback to others. 5. Started teaching too late At some point I made a youtube channel with game dev tutorials, which is a great way to learn. The problem with drawing is that anyone can see how badly I suck, so I can’t make tutorials yet. At least I can teach simple stuff in Blender, which I’m already doing. 6. Not enough tutorials/not being a good student I always wanted to work on my own stuff, and watch the tutorials ‘later’. While I watched hundreds of hours, I should have done more in the beginning. Even more important, I should have done more than just following along. I try to correct that now by first taking notes and then take the learned material and do things with it until they became ingrained. 7. Not taking my health and mind serious enough. Just do it ;-) Next week I want to finish the 250 box challenge, make a scene in Blender (a sci-fi toilet), and continue with Schoolism’s Story driven illustrations. I will also try to go one week without any kind of distractions. No news, crypto, stocks, reddit, facebook etc.
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
I love the watercolor painting and the reflexions! This motivates me to do the same. Keep it up <3
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
lovely idea ! I would really love to do a "blog" too 😋 Best of luck for your journey !
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Kaylee Nelson
I get in that same procrastination with TikTok all the time. You literally have to be self aware and say "no!" and close the app definitely. I make my social medias harder to access on my phone by removing them from the home screen so I have to search to find it. But I think the more you sit down and decide to focus on art, the easier it gets just to do your studies. Really letting yourself dive deep into your studies is whats going to make you enjoy it more advance
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
Yes I try my best to fight the resistance. I try to be self aware as much as I can 😅 thank you for sharing ! I'll go dive into my study 🥰
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Ryan Bonk
I have definitely been there. For me it wasn't so much social media, but the second I wasn't feeling happy with my art piece or I was slowing down I'd open up YouTube. The suggestions already given are definitely great advice. When I work now, I tend chuck my phone as far away from me as possible (Okay not literally chuck, but I go hide it under my pillow or something similar so that it is out of arms reach). That said, there's going to be days when the energy is low and it will be increasingly harder to focus and in those days I try to implement the pomodoro method. If you haven't heard of it, the principle is that you set a short timer (20, 25, 30 minutes) and you do your best to purely focus for that time period. After the time is up, set a 5 minute timer, get up leave the computer, desk, canvas, whatever it is you're at, and take a short break. Then you repeat the process. Generally about after 4 cycles of this, you take a longer 30 minute break. These aren't set in stone time periods and you can adjust it to what works best for you. Some people can focus for longer periods... I can only focus for about 20 minutes. My one hesitation with recommending the pomodoro method is that it tends to take away some of the energy of producing art, because by setting rigid time periods it treats it as just "work". But I think the reality is that sometimes that what art is--work. That's my thought at least and if others think differently I would love to hear their opinion! Anyways, I wish you the best of luck on your art journey and working on better habits. I love the art piece and I hope you share more in the future. Take care,
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
I will definitely do my next drawing session on pomodoro ! I have actually tried it with 25 minutes work / 5 minutes rest, but I was not respecting it 🤦‍♀️ and I found myself losing focus and seeking distraction and dopamine during the pomodoro..😕 I'll try the 20 minutes focus maybe it works better. Yes sometimes art is work, for me currently that is the case as Im working on technical skills. So thank you so much for taking the time to share your tips, I really appreciate it ! and I'll put my phone under the pillow next time I draw 😁 Cheers !
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Sean Valdrow
Isolate yourself. Make doing the bad stuff harder than doing the good stuff. You may need to rearrange your life a bit, but it is worth it to get the focus.
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
thank you so much for the recommendations, I'll do my best to integrate the advice into my life :D
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Nicolas CATALDO
Hello Ghada :), well yes I have been there, and I think that these days we have more and more social media procrastination :/ I guess it depends on why you are unconsciously opening them, is it purely reflex and you want that dopamine kick or do you feel uncomfortable while drawing and therefore your brain will find a way to avoid that and seek easy stuff. Can be both also. Finding out at what moment this habit strike is key. What's the action/thought before that make you go there ? Overall, making it harder to access will help a lot. Put your references in a software like pureref or directly on you computer and keep your browser several click away, give you time to realize what you are doing. Same if it's on a phone, keep it far away. Replace it by a safe habit of checking your media account at a specific time like just before a drawing or after and be clear about what you want from that, if it's checking you message or keeping with latest posts , so you'll now when it's done browsing. I personally totally delete the apps on my phone for an extended period as I was sick of it. I lost the habit and now they are on my phone and I use them rarely and only with purpose. It can feel a bit extreme but it worked for me xD. Very nice illustration :), you could bring us more by dropping this habit for sure. Hope you'll find something helpfull in that.
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
PS: I'm done with the illustration for now, here's the result 😁
2021 10 21 wizard girl
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out Nicolas ! That was indeed quite helpful 🤗 I usually find myself checking on the social media when drawing gets uncomfortable. I guess I will hide my brouser from my Taskbar.. I prefer to check socials after my drawing session so I stay more focused, so I will use that as a reward for having completed my drawing session. I hope I succeed in dropping this annoying habit 😁 Thank youuu 🌹
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
hey guys, would love to have some critiques on this drawing, and also what you think.. Thank you !!
2021 10 19 wizard girl3
Ghada Dudts Mzid
During my drawing session when I get just a bit tired or it gets a bit challenging, I find myself unconsciously opening Instagram and Facebook feeds, and checking my messages :/ Which can make me lose the flow and is not at all constructive. Anyone has been there? Any idea on how to discipline myself out of these bad habits/reflexes? PS: I work digitally on computer :/ Here's the drawing I'm currently working on, it's taking me ages due to the distractions..
2021 10 19 wizard girl
Ghada Dudts Mzid
I too am trying to learn lighting and shadows. Would love to get critiques on this assignment that I recently did.
2021 10 01 Lesson1 Assignment
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Katey Jensma
Hi @Ghada Dudts Mzid are you still having this problem? If this continues to happen please email support@proko.com so we can help :)
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
ok no it only happened once.
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
I love it ! Line quality looks so good. What medium it that? It caught my attention cause I've been practicing inking 😁 Keep it up and keep sharing <3
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
Lovely design. I'm not there yet so I'm not able to critique the design. I just find it quite interesting. Other than that, I notice the collar bone on the left is less protruding than in the ref photo.
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orion sullivan
Critiques appreciated.
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
I like how these look ! Here my feedback : 1- I recommend that you always indicate the hands, even with a few lines / square generic shape, without indicating every single finger. Hands are important in the gesture cause they can be part of the story/mouvement. They're also important in any figure drawing, so the figure doesnt look amputated. 👉 Notice how @Rubén Frutos draws the hands, that would help you. 2- It seems to me that you are giving too much consideration to the structure, as if it were a mannequinization practice. Do you time yourself on each pose? If so, you should indicate how much time you spend for each pose If not, then you should. I recommend timer videos like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT6JdZUolm0&ab_channel=Timer𐫴fit-IntervalTimers Also you should check the feedbacks I received on my gesture drawings here 👉https://www.proko.com/s/UU9S, I've found them quite insightful. Hope this helps, Repetition surely helps. So I look forward to seeing your next gesture drawings 🤗 Cheers !
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
they look so nice Here are some gesture drawings I did today as warm-ups, most of them are 2 minutes I need your critiques to improve 🙏
2021 09 23 gesture aaron
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Ghada Dudts Mzid
@Diego Cardozo Munhoz @Rubén Frutos I tried to keep in mind your feedbacks during today's gesture drawing practice. It took longer than 2 minutes for me to be able to redraw the lines to make them more descriptive of the the pose's mouvement + to consider the proportions a bit. Here attached is my gesture practice for today, What do you think guys? should i limit the timing to 2 minutes or do i take as much time as i feel is required for the pose? Thank you so much for your help ! 😁
2021 09 27 2 min gesture aaron
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