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« on: September 25, 2013, 12:26:52 PM »

Hey there.

I enjoy drawing nearly as much as I enjoy programming, so I thought that I'd probably enjoy it much more if I was able to draw proper stuff.. But it's not that easy. I'm an amateur when it comes to drawing.

Here's my latest stuff... (Click anything to enlarge)

These I draw without any references, just spontaneous drawing.

The first one, an imaginary character, showing whole him:


Then, a close-up of his face without hood..:


And some simple motion


Besides that, here are my older "studies" ( Undecided )



Besides that I also have redrawn pictures from naruto manga found around the internet.. I suppose redraws don't matter too much, so I place them small-ish here. (As always, click to enlarge)



Any comments / suggestions / critique?

Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 11:34:02 PM »

These I draw without any references, just spontaneous drawing.

I myself doodled for many years, but haven't improved much after hitting my twenties, never really thought hard about it until recently (when I read a post on reddit, of all places), but if you only draw spontaneously that means you are only drawing what you ALREADY KNOW, you are not really improving.

There is no shortcut, you gotta put some hard practice into it and push yourself to learn NEW stuff.

(I kinda posted this to tell MYSELF to put more work into drawing...)
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2013, 11:44:37 PM »

But how am I supposed to work on my drawing? I mean, in what way? Should I take some human body pictures as references and try to redraw them on paper? I just don't really know how to train drawing.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 01:04:06 AM »

Drawing from life is a pretty good way to learn, actually. Copying great artists is also pretty good for learning too.

One thing I would recommend is sketching/copying a lot of different things, BEYOND human anatomy and fantasy themes. You may find that, even though your ninjas don't look quite right, you can draw a pretty wicked car or building. That can be quite motivating.

One thing I see in common in all the artists I follow is that they are very observant and that being observant takes a quite a LOT of patience (beyond the patience of practicing the physical part of drawing). They clearly spend a lot of time observing people, objects, light, etc... and then a lot of time thinking about it.

While I'm there eating a sandwich and thinking about sports, a better artist would be observing how the sandwich looks.

I don't really know, I'm just rambling here.

One book that I see recommended by a lot of people, from amateurs to famous artists is, surprisingly, that "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" book, by Betty Edwards.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 01:23:38 AM »

Just remembered this: I have a lot of books on drawing, one thing they all have in common is drawing exercises that, instead of drawing different subjects, make you draw stuff in different WAYS.
Like: draw only the outlines, or draw only the shadows, or draw only using straight lines to define the figure, or draw everything with just one line without lifting the pencil, etc...
Just google "drawing exercises" and you'll find a lot of those. (Some common ones: http://todayinart.com/2009/12/8-drawing-exercises-that-every-artist-should-practice/)
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2014, 09:24:21 AM »

Soo, after a good while, I'll post some stuff here.

I wanted to see how good I could possibly do when doing manga type of thing... Could've been better, but it's something, I guess.
("Read" from right to left)

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2014, 10:47:08 AM »

Ah, also. Some stuff that I did throughout the year.. Some of it are just doodles (like the 1st one)







It's not too much of an improvement, but it's not like I study drawing a lot.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2014, 02:04:42 PM »

Two new things today.




This one (below) was pretty much just a sketch. I didn't want to focus on heads, but bodies below them. I didn't kinda erase anything, so it was just quick sketching, but I think it turned out pretty good anyway.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2014, 01:13:35 PM »

Another thing. I kinda messed up the guy's left arm (the one that's getting hit)



It's unproportional.
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2014, 11:13:17 AM »

Doodling during math lesson.

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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2014, 11:49:16 AM »

Long way to go... Fooling with gradients..

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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2015, 09:59:26 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2015, 12:33:24 PM »

Lastest stuff.





A study of a fat body..



And a random one. I rushed the female and I regret it.

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