Yury
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Jamie C.
Perhaps not a popular opinion, but here goes: Having struggled with how to approach this assignment at the start, does anyone else find it super frustrating that Stan gets wrapped in analyzing submissions from folks who are way, way beyond the beginner level? This isn't the first time, but it feels like he's getting distracted by "ooh this is nice" and not focusing on the actual lesson at hand. This was billed as a basic fundamentals course for beginners, but there are obviously a lot of samples here that are from artists that are very experienced, if not already professional. Maybe they're just showing off or maybe they're chasing Likes, but it makes what was supposed to feel like an entry level course - and the community attached to it - much more advanced and really exclusive than it arguably should. I could care less if my own submissions are critiqued, but it leaves at least me with a "Why Bother" feeling when we're examining stuff from concept artists and other obviously experienced artists in what's supposed to be fundamentals class. For me, a relative absolute beginner, it would be much more helpful to learn things from people making the same mistakes common at my level. Perhaps I misunderstood the course intent or maybe I'm not the intended audience. If I could offer a critique, it would be more productive to dedicate more time at the start of each project assignment for a clearer statement of what the assignment is - or more importantly *isn't* - and perhaps some more examples, and then to more selectively chose examples that highlight those specific goals. Just my two cents; thanks.
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Yury
6mo
I am glad that I am not alone in this. Thank you for writing it. Also it is good to know that you have not given up and continue with this course according to your posts.
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Yury
Hmm. It was really hard to get it click. I am not sure, my brain just resists doing that on animals for uknown reason.
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Art Stark
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Apropos of Nothing: I present to you “Judge Turner and Uncle Matt.” This is the point in a sketch where potential still runs high. It’s also the point where I screw things up. I’m going for a rough sketch, but the 4H I’ve used so far is acting more as guide lines. Do I work out more with the 4H, or maybe even an HB? Do I pull out my fine liner to lay out sweeping CSI lines with occasional cross hatching? Or perhaps I should grab a white pencil and some Prismacolors. Your opinions and suggestions are appreciated.
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Yury
6mo
@Art Stark, how are things? I did not see you for a while in here.
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Yury
6mo
I would go straight into ink (pigment) at this point. But hey! It is me!
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Yury
Ink sketch of the shot from "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock
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Joan Lacasse
My interpretation of 2 Weeks Challange: First part As I draw almost every day, I added an element of my own to make the exercise more challenging. I love flowers, so I chose to draw a flower every day from a small book of beautiful photos of flowers named, «Flower Colur Guide» edited by Phaidon. I dated each drawing for two weeks. I first used C, S and I lines. I made a first passage in pencil 4H and then in 2B. I did not erase the lines of the first passage. So we often see them in the background. As I continued this course, I learned new concepts (Line Weight, type line, etc.). I then had the idea to take again, in a second time, the 14 drawings below and to realize them in ink while trying to apply the concepts presented in the more advanced Lines course. I am now in the Shape section and I am working on Simple Animal Project and on inking the drawings below (which I will present in a future post). I hope you have as much fun doing these exercises as I do.
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Yury
6mo
I love them all. Good job on being consistent!
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Gannon Beck
Quick study from this morning.
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Yury
6mo
Thank you, Gannon, for hosting these studies!
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Yury
Work analysed at 21:46 is by Charles Dana Gibson.
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Yury
Studying characters from LoTR/Hobbit movies.
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@aubrey
Lately I've been drawing just for fun, This is my drawing of the day! the proportions are off, and I was trying to imply the fathers instead of stating them. I don't really like the way I went about it though. The longer I look at it the more I dislike it.
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Yury
6mo
Nice sketch. Don't look at it too much! :-) Just draw another one!
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Gannon Beck
Daily exercise analyzing a character from "Monster Hunter".
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Yury
6mo
Very nice exercise. I cannot wait to learn this tool from Figure Drawing. One small nitpick with upper-left hand palm. Inner side of palm is loooking at us on the original drawing making more dramatic effect.
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Yury
Some practice with charcoal after watching the demo. I did not follow Stan and only looked at the reference. I made the skull a little stretched vertically. I was aware of that during drawing but went on practicing to focus on the hand movement for good lines.
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Gannon Beck
Here is another Chris Samnee Batober sketch study. One of the things I love about Samnee's work is his ability to make you look where he wants you to look.
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Yury
6mo
I wondered how you do such broad strokes with felt tip marker... And then I saw the brush pen on the picture :-D good control of those wide strokes. I think you have some exp with that.
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Yury
I wanted to study the head and lines used there. Whole figure is out of my league for now. I did drawings in the following order (except for 1st): 1. Winslow Homer - master drawing 2. Trying to get a feel for a figure, quick sketch 3. Quick sketch for angles and then quick sketching of the head while keeping my focus on the lines. 4. More careful planning (and overthinking) in two tries. This turned out worse even though maybe lines are closer to the original, the whole idea is lost. I have distilled my own feedback from this exercise. It is so earth grounding... Gotta learn :)
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Yury
6mo
Another attempt, bigger scale. Still messed proportions but this time it was easier to get lines as I wanted them.
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Yury
Saw this lively illustration by Reginald Birch in the "Rendering in Pen and Ink" book. Gave it a shot knowing that drawing people is not my best skill :) I wanted to replicate free hand strokes of the pen which makes people on this drawing so alive. My work is on the left.
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Yury
I used fountain pen without line variation, but Beatrix Potter def. used dip pens with varying lines and tapered stroke too. I had good time doing these and I will do more, even though they are super hard. Study is the first image, invidual images - I took from the great book "The complete Tales" by B. Potter.
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Joan Lacasse
Here are my studies. John Singer Sargent used charcoal and I used graphite. This makes a big difference in the value of the blacks. 
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Yury
6mo
@Joan Lacasse outstanding studies. I wonder did you have experience prior this course?
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Yury
Ouch, that is the middle of night for me. I am from GMT+2 zone...
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Patrick Bosworth
Hey Chavel, congrats on building your curriculum and carving out time to develop your skills with a busy schedule. Stan and Marshall discuss this popular question in a Draftsmen episode if you haven't seen it. Here's the clip! https://youtu.be/VFB7deiL-3s?si=rgUVL0psFOqcBjKt Also- it's tough to comment based on not seeing where you are in your art journey, (post some pics so we can see your work!) but no matter what level you're at, if you're struggling with the Figure Drawing Fundamentals course I'd highly suggest checking out the Proko Basics Course. You may need to solidify your foundational drawing skills before jumping into Figure Drawing. I know this might feel like adding more course work and increasing your study time, but if you pause your work in Figure Drawing and focus on fundamentals you'll be able to get more out of the Figure Drawing Course once you feel like you're able to dedicate more time to it.
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Yury
6mo
Great answer from masters!
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Art Stark
Asked for help
Linear Drawings from Observation, Imagination, and a few warm-ups. Time to turn the page.
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Yury
6mo
Not bad. I like how it is composed with warm-ups and all together. What is the size of paper used here? I feel a3...
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Joan Lacasse
I had a lot of fun doing these explorations. Thank you very much!
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Yury
6mo
Charming characters and drawings!
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