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06-18-2011, 10:19 PM
Good Evening CGTalk citizens,

I decided after many hours of deliberation to start a sketchbook of my foray into the world of art.

I am a real newbie, and I mean that in terms of the last time I sat down and drew something was in my art classes when I was about 15, so that was 17 years ago.

Saying that, I like to think that I'm creative as I like photography and I'm always thinking up concepts/images that I want to create. The latest push is that I really want to develop the skill of being an artist and convey what I see to paper. I also want to create an animation for my son, and I want to be able to get the ideas from my head down onto paper. I've always liked the idea of reproducing what I see.

Over the years, I realise that I am a very visual person. I also want to develop a skill that will keep my brain active and I can do when I'm older.

I remember when I was younger in class that I want through a period of being artistic, I drew cartoon characters like Lion-O/Mumm-Ra, the characters from Battle Beasts (Which was hanging on my parents wall until a couple of months ago). They were pretty good for someone that didn't draw. However, the interest waned and I moved onto other interests.

I also remember the homework from school namely the bowl of fruit and the draw the view from the window. Back then it was boring but now I realise what it was that they were trying to teach (pity that they didn't tell me that and/or I wasn't paying attention). The problem that I had with the window view was that I was always trying to draw around the corner, so the perspective was all skewed.

The best piece I ever did was a still life of a fellow pupil, it was great (for my skill level), sure the angles were slightly wrong, but it looked like a person (minus a head - could never get the head/proportions right).

Anyway to the future, I plan to draw as much as I can, I really want to get better and I do have the drive. I'm also learning about 3D art as well (Using Blender). I'm learning from 'Drawing from the Right Side...' and the 'Fun with a Pencil'. I'll draw and scan them in as often as I can.

It's good coming from this as an adult as I can understand. Hopefully I can inspire my 2 year old son (incidentally we've got him a drawing desk for his birthday in 3 weeks :)).

So it is going to be back to the homework of the past, drawing the fruit bowl, the view outside the window, the cups, the toy balls, etc.

What I'll do is first thing I draw something so that you can see my level of skill.

I look forward to your comments.

06-19-2011, 10:01 PM
As promised, here are the images as is. This is my current level of skill when it comes to art. The last time I did anything this involved was in school.

Would you believe me that I was almost scared to put the pencil to paper, I wasn't sure what I was going to produce. Almost 2 hours later and what you see before you is what I produced. This was done in reference to the Draw to the right side of the brain starting point that allows you to assess where you are at.

It was wierd as my 'photographer' brain knows all about light and shade and how they are needed to make an object 3D. At several points, I swear I was over thinking the drawings. I also knew some things were wrong but wasn't too sure how to fix them.

Just used the scanner for the first time so I need to find a good way of making the images darker so that you can see them better.


Let me know what you think.


Off to read the Loomis Fun with pencil and practise the spheres.

The above scans are a mixture of right side of the brain, fun with pencils and a few posematics in there.

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