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Sandro Liechti
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Succeeded sketching a skull. ;-)
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I love these little guys (sugar gliders). They are not related to flying squirrels (just ask them). Very cute but I wanted to play with the idea of a cranky one. As usual, the idea gets lost somewhere between the mind and the hand.
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Finally got to finish these
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Only realized after that I was supposed to use straight lines. Sorry!
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I liked this guy so much I couldn't resist...
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Nicolas Malloy
Stan knows his craft. Thank you, Stan, for another great video. I am thoroughly enjoying this course. You set clear expectations with the course description and outline and by explaining the difference between the free and premium benefits. For the students that missed this information, it is located on the Overview tab of the course homepage. Here is the course outline of topics: 1.      Materials 2.      Lines 3.       Shapes 4.      Perspective 5.      Intuitive perspective 6.      Values 7.      Edges As promised, Stan provided us with in-depth coverage of materials. I learned quite a bit of essential information here. However, for premium members, this course started with an exclusive episode of the Draftsmen podcast, “Advice for Beginners.” There was so much useful information packed into this hour-long video that I watched it multiple times. I also took notes. I feel as though many of the nay-sayers in the comments skipped or skimmed through this material. My first homework assignment was to be proactive. Sometimes students need explicit directions to prod them into action. It is best to read between the lines. Stan provided a curated list of books and resources in the lesson notes. Once I saw it, I knew this was not there to decorate the page. It was an implicit call to action for premium members. My first homework assignment was to watch every video and explore every book on the list. There was even an app for training your eyes! I filled up my first few weeks of the course with just this information block. I took notes. I practiced drills and warm-up exercises every day. Yes, some of this information is available for free for non-premium members. Who cares? Free or not free, that’s not the point of taking a course. The thumbnail image for “Advice for Beginners” says it all. A good teacher doesn’t hold your hand. He holds up the light and provides a curated experience from his knowledge and expertise. Learning is hard work, and students need to be proactive. Your homework. If you feel like the course has not started, return to the “Advise for Beginners” lesson notes. Rewatch the podcast. Take notes. Explore the curated list of books and resources, starting with the video “How to be a good student -Draftsmen S1E05.”  Take notes. Use the Eyes training app and practice drawing basic shapes for at least 30 minutes daily. Draw a perfect circle clockwise while saying, “wax on.” Draw a perfect circle counterclockwise while saying, “wax off.” Aim to draw a perfect circle with your eyes closed. Make drawing basic shapes effortless. Once you have done this homework, you are ready to watch lesson two, “Learning How to Draw,” again. Take notes. Read the Lesson Notes page carefully. There is another list of curated resources. Watch every one of these videos. Take notes and practice what these videos show you. Practice 30 minutes daily for at least a week or two while you digest this content. Do you see the pattern? Learning is hard work. Be proactive. Take responsibility.
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Hi Nicolas. Nice Post. Where's the app for training your eyes you refer to?
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I really struggle with drawing in 3-d so I decided to break the fingers down into separate forms first and then later draw the hand as whole. Any and all feedback is very welcome :)
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Well done on putting in the work, it is getting there. One comment is that your cylinders appear to be in different planes than your end boxes. Look at the bottom L digit. If you placed the distal cylinder into a box, the edges of that box should be parallel. In your illustration, the cylinder is twisted relative to the proximal box
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Question about when to move forward; how good should our drawings be before moving onto the next lesson? I'm not yet the standard of some of the drawings in this shoulder critique. Does that mean I should continue on this lesson until I am?
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Simon
I really don't understand the first example in this video. The model is able to have the inferior border of the scapula almost horizontal, but Stan draws it at barely an upward angle. Am I misunderstanding how the scapula is positioned in the model and it is being drawn accurately or is Stan taking some liberties and drawing it not as extreme?
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Agree, the medial border of the scapula looks almost horizontal but that does not makes sense from what she is doing. It looks like she's tilting anteriorly, but I don't think that would usually cause enough movement for the medial border to be horizontal. From the reference I see the medial border of the scapula angling towards trapezius, then the superior border turns inferiorly toward the corocoid process and glenoid cavity.
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I also have a question about the perspective here; I really don't see the clavicle like the way Stan has drawn it, which is from above. I read the horizon as about the glenoid cavity, which would mean we are looking slightly up at the clavicle wouldn't it? Another way to put it is, how much of the thoracic inlet do we see from this perspective? It looks flat to me, which would make the clavicle at least mostly horizontal. Am I missing something?
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