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08 August 2006, 09:24 PM
Helens,thanks :) ,I used some violet ink
like the feeling of the last one you posted
mayabinary,thanks but maybe the compliment is for Stuker,just don't want to steal it :shrug:
Well here some two minutes(each pose)I made them as my screensaver each one for two minutes and here's the mess


08 August 2006, 07:44 PM
hi everybody--

08 August 2006, 08:07 PM
nice work y'all

following drawn on black canvas with white charcoal brush in painter, then inverted. trying to handle light n shadows

08 August 2006, 10:00 PM
trying to keep up with everyone here...

just a mid afternoon sketch to relax for a few minutes. 16 minutes

09 September 2006, 10:01 PM
Hello friends !!!
I discovered this thread and decided to draw something.I tried it with the Aeon Flux actress.Im sorry but i needed 35 mins since im very slow in drawing and since i made the eyes and the hair at the end...
I see now that the head has a wrong angle than on the photo.. (

09 September 2006, 10:46 PM
20 minutes and i painted this...i feel like I didnt come far..maybe i dont understand the exersize yet or im just too slow
First the painting itself,then the drawing on top:

09 September 2006, 11:31 PM
This time i could hold the 15 minutes limit :)
hmm im still looking too much on the real outlike than on thinking of the shapes it is made of like cylinders and simple opposing curves...that takes time and therefore i am slow...if i would simplify the outline i could have more time for a bit shading etc...
btw dont ask my why my drawing is a bit bigger lol

09 September 2006, 10:07 AM

The point is doing a lot of these and finding yourself improving by doing so :)
Your first took 35min, your 3rd only 15min and that one isn't easy

keep going you're doing great
btw, if you haven't already, why not create your own sketchbook thread? That way people can follow up on your progress and you could put some longer studies there as well
You won't believe how much progress you'll make, driven by other cgtalkers' comments (works for meh!)

have fun

09 September 2006, 11:31 AM
D-Hawk,maybe try to draw some for a minute or two each one.This will help you to pick up the essence of it.In drawing gestures do not think what the model looks like but what is he or she doing.
Here are some links:
Glenn Vilppu (

Walt Stanchfield (

Hope it helps a little


09 September 2006, 07:26 PM
Ok D-Hawk and I had a bit of a simultanuous drawing session earlier.
We took heartbeat's advise and did a few 2min sketches, followed by 5min sketches
unfortunately we didn't get to the 15min ones yet...
On his request I'm putting our drawings side by side, mine left, his right (allthough the point isn't competition)




And here's one i did in between those 2 when D-Hawk was on the phone:
about 4-5min

We both need more practice :D
anywayz, it was fun and educational

09 September 2006, 10:54 PM
hi this is mi first post and my first sketch ever lol

about 10 mins and with a blue sparkling gel pen!
any coment is much appreciated.

09 September 2006, 05:23 AM

That's a wonderful sketch there! Would love to see more from you
do you have a sketchbook thread here somewhere?

awesome! you seem to have a good eye for proportions. We want more... we want more...

09 September 2006, 05:28 AM

Welcome to CGTalk and to the Anatomy Forum! :) If you would like, I am happy to do a little paintover for you to help you with your drawing.

As a new user, your first 2 posts are manually validated by a forum leader, so it may be a little while before your second post shows up; however, after your second post is validated, your posts will appear immediately. :)



09 September 2006, 02:10 AM
thanks for those encouraging messages
I surely will be posting more as a I develop, still I have too much to lear, just so much....

rebeccak, yes i would really love your help I just want to learn as much as I can, so please do help me.

all the work I´ve seen here is amazing, so really humbly I´ll work to get such level

09 September 2006, 10:16 AM
forgot to include the picture. (and to lazy to do it now ;) )

little more than 15 mins:

30 mins (couldnt stop at 15 mins :D )

edit: tiziano thanks for the great refs you my thread I have several more reffed sketches from your posts.

09 September 2006, 12:04 PM
Good work Cyanid!!!

3 or 5 min sketch

09 September 2006, 03:29 PM

all did less in 15 min..have problem calculate where pic goes= =..ah..i m bad..people's art are just incredible..runs away..need more practice

09 September 2006, 05:58 AM
NR43 thanks!

i don't have a sketch thread up yet... i'm still kinda new to the whole workings of this site so i wouldn't even know how to start it :)

totally diggin' the two minute sketches!

09 September 2006, 06:04 AM
i don't have a sketch thread up yet... i'm still kinda new to the whole workings of this site so i wouldn't even know how to start it :)
Piccolabella, to create a Personal Sketchbook Thread, simply go to this Forum:

Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads (

And click the NEW THREAD button at the top. Call your Thread Sketchbook Thread of piccolabella, and you're good to go. :)

For more information on creating a Personal Sketchbook Thread, see this post:

FAQ: Can I Create My Own Sketchbook or Anatomy Thread? (

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a pm, or to post your question here. :)



09 September 2006, 03:57 PM
thanks Rebeccak, i'm all set up now! there's only a few in there for now but i'll be working on that.

09 September 2006, 10:22 AM
My take on the fifteen minutes sketchathon. For the rest I'll await my vallidation since this is my second post.


09 September 2006, 02:45 PM

Welcome! Some really lovely sketches here. :)

I would highly encourage you and others here to participate in the ongoing Workshop:

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 2 - The Torso (

Looking forward to seeing more of your work!



09 September 2006, 08:13 PM
Some more sketches:

09 September 2006, 08:18 PM
The scans are quite blurry, maybe I should go for a softer pencil.

09 September 2006, 10:31 AM
Sorry, it was not 15 Mins, deleted

09 September 2006, 07:21 AM
Hi all! Great stuff as usual. took about 45 min. At 15 I had everything fleshed out and had the hair and legs as you see them. Just trying out some things I learned today at school.

09 September 2006, 05:54 PM
My first 15-min sketch.

09 September 2006, 02:03 AM

09 September 2006, 05:47 AM
fooling around with marks and brushes

09 September 2006, 08:22 AM
here's one I did just now to get warmed up. tried to think before drawing the next line (you decide if it helped lol)

Devised_Poly I like the hand study it's very nice. would love to see oyu develop that torso a bit further and see what you come up with

werepumpkin keep ging :D

Medhi, why not add both images, the first being the 15min sketch and the 2nd the final version? Would be interesting to compare the two :)

craban nice work. you could try playing a bit with levels and brightness contrast settings with your scans to come closer to the real thing
mind the proportionson the arms and legs. you tend to draw one leg longer than the other in these ballerina studies.

Nice work everyone.
Oh and as our dear Rebecca mentioned, it's always a good idea to have a look at the Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 2 - The Torso ( , no matter how skilled you are


09 September 2006, 08:26 AM
Hey NR43. I checked out your sketchbook and you are coming along very nicely. Always good to see dedicated people. I could tell immediately that you payed more attentino to your lines. The lines definately make it more interesting.
Been looking at a lot of Kollwitz and Lebrun, so I redid in a similar style. Gave more thought towards the marks as well, so took a bit longer ~30min

09 September 2006, 02:09 AM
15min sketch

couldnt scan in ref image.. doesnt fit in on my flatbed

09 September 2006, 08:11 PM

Thank you. (Still so many things to learn though)
I'll get there if I keep working hard ;)
I donnow these people you name though, could you give a link to some work?

Here's 2 more 15min sketches...

Redwolf not bad, especially the face is good

09 September 2006, 08:52 PM
NR43, TY for comment. I particularly like your 2nd peice Great pose and gesture. The line in the 2nd drawing by the figures right shoulder seems a little wierd to me. Would be intresting to see some more work posted on this thread. Any one else find it easier to draw on a darker background.. Seems to be easier for capturing light.. Any one else feel same.. or.. not...

10 October 2006, 01:29 AM
Kollwitz (

Couldnt find a good Lebrun site. Just google Rico Lebrun. Could also google Kathe Kollwitz for more pictures of her work.

10 October 2006, 10:37 AM
thanks for the link Devised_Poly,
interesting artists. Shows that art comes from within the body and mind and is a reflection of how the artist interprets what they observe in their very own way...

Redwolf I think the pro's around here will usually say it's best to start with a midtone or dark background, since it's hard to correctly estimate values on a bright background...
I'm not really the right person to answer this though, since I have a bad habbit of not creating enough contrast. Something I must work on...

10 October 2006, 03:43 AM
heres another sketch. about hour or soo.. i dont remember..

10 October 2006, 08:03 AM
i hope i am not like posting in the wrong category or something... but here are some leg studys.. and a picture which started out with hand studyies and ended up being a well.. drawing.

10 October 2006, 08:15 AM
Wow... everyone here is awesome.

My first 15min sketch

10 October 2006, 10:45 AM
OK back in the running after too too long.

This is about 20-25 mins...

10 October 2006, 02:02 PM
Hey, it's great to see this thread still going strong. Paul, that's a cute turtle! :)

Here's a great set of demos that were done by BC which I think are incredibly useful:

TUTORIALS - Digital Painting Video Sketchbook - by Bobby Chiu (

Definitely worth checking out! :)



10 October 2006, 04:03 PM
Hi everyone


10 October 2006, 06:21 PM


10 October 2006, 09:30 PM


10 October 2006, 08:52 AM
Nice work Gordon, especialy the hand study

here's a real quicky (with many issues but it's just a warmup exercise)
ref from the torso challenge thread

10 October 2006, 07:58 PM
ugh, i gotta become faster :arteest: (mayby 19min, im not sure cause my mum called and screwed up my calculations - damn her! :P)

10 October 2006, 07:56 AM
uhhuh, did i remember to post these yesterday? well heres they anyway -

11 November 2006, 03:14 PM
15-18 min


11 November 2006, 04:14 PM
25 min


11 November 2006, 05:40 PM
28 min


11 November 2006, 01:25 PM
here's a 15 mn one

11 November 2006, 12:49 PM
15 min photoshop

11 November 2006, 04:48 PM

Welcome! :) To learn how to post images, take a look at this thread:

You can use photobucket as an image host, but to avoid their anti nudity clause, just cover the parts of the image that are nude, such as here (

New to CGTalk? Learn how to post IMAGES here!



11 November 2006, 05:36 PM
took about 8 minutes

11 November 2006, 07:27 PM
Thank you Rebeccak! :)

I allready read that "How to post images" thread. Still it failed. I don't know why. And there is still that thumbnail. Maybe I learn soon. :hmm:

I just tried Imageshack, I used another website before. I've noticed that photobucket doesn't allow nude pictures. That's why I choose Imageshack.

11 November 2006, 07:48 PM

If you paste the URL of your image into the yellow square mountain / sun icon in your EDIT POST text editor, then you should have no problem. ;)

11 November 2006, 01:17 AM

If you paste the URL of your image into the yellow square mountain / sun icon in your EDIT POST text editor, then you should have no problem. ;)

Yes, that was clear. I just had to remove the attachment. I didn't notice that at first. Thanks for advice anyway.

11 November 2006, 09:13 PM
18 min sketch

11 November 2006, 03:08 AM
15 minutes, photoshop (

11 November 2006, 06:30 PM
I decided to join in. I have to slow it down a bit though. I think I did all of these in 15. These were all taken from the first couple of pictures on the thread.

11 November 2006, 06:31 PM
And here are some more.

11 November 2006, 01:08 AM
Some good work here!

NR43 - thx!

these are from news photos (which I collect) - trying to get at the emotions.
I am not posting the specific reference photos because it might constitue copywrite infringement. (which the drawings definitely do not)


another 20 minutes:


12 December 2006, 07:11 PM
didn't time myself but a rough estimate would be 20-25 min

12 December 2006, 10:37 AM

Photoshop, 16 minutes... not that good but it was fun. :)

12 December 2006, 01:51 PM
Note: I just joined the forums and already posted here once, except 'cause the 2 first post have to be recognized before they show up.. there might be a possibility for double post. So, sorry if this occurs!! :)

Here's another one.. Photoshop, around 18mins.~

Gotta focus on hands and feet first, next time..

I see so many things off now.. :shrug:

12 December 2006, 09:32 PM
My impression is that we simply choose a reference from the bunch. Is that OK? Oh well, I picked a few. First shots. All 15 minutes, Pshop.

12 December 2006, 03:43 AM
Holden - where are you getting your photo references?

12 December 2006, 03:53 AM
They're kept on a seperate thread here:

12 December 2006, 03:55 AM
A couple more.

12 December 2006, 04:21 AM
My start on the 15 minute sketchathon.

Diver - 15 minutes, airbrush, corel painter 9.5

12 December 2006, 04:46 AM
Second one tonight. I guess I am getting tired. Didn't get much done here.

Ballet Dancers - Corel Painter 9.5, detailed airbrush

12 December 2006, 04:52 AM
Nice one, aggie. Now you're cooking with gas.

12 December 2006, 05:14 AM
OK, I am bored. Here is a third.

Pointer - same as before except this time I had time to smudge with a blender.

01 January 2007, 06:55 AM
Around 15 minutes, Photoshop. I didn't use a grid for once :)

01 January 2007, 07:28 AM
And another one, again, no grid:

01 January 2007, 07:59 AM
And another one... These workshops are addicting, they're worse than crack.

Photoshop, no grid, between 15 minutes each.

01 January 2007, 08:25 PM
Wow slickgreekgeo-your speedpaints are great! I especially like the last one)

Heres`s mine

01 January 2007, 09:28 PM
Another one. (is it okay to not submit the refrence?)

01 January 2007, 04:41 AM
20 minutes during the Fiesta Bowl, boring tonight!

01 January 2007, 02:55 AM
Today's 15... ok, 20 minute sketch.:D During the Presidential address to the union. :rolleyes: This is a change from my average naked women.:love: It is a naked cow!!!:scream:

01 January 2007, 01:25 PM

my first post artwork in cgtalk forum =]

01 January 2007, 05:36 PM
Welcome aboard Endemic. :) Hope to see your improvement here on the Anatomy Forum!

01 January 2007, 09:42 PM
Hmm, 1 minute pieces are allowed?

Okay. okay, I will see about a 15 minute one :P

01 January 2007, 10:00 PM
This one is also done in Painter. I used Oils, and er, Bristle Oils 20.

01 January 2007, 10:39 PM
Another one. Not sure on time (between 10 and 15minutes). Acrylics this time, in Painter.

01 January 2007, 03:07 PM
Here is a couple of few minute sketches. They are not from the references on this post.

Fl3wk - Those are some powerful sketches. Great job!

01 January 2007, 08:17 PM
aggie93: Thanks. I seem to need this kind of compliment to carry on, for some reason :shrug:

I love the second gesture on yours.

I used Tints for this one. Not a big fan of them to be honest. I found I worked better with the former brushes.

01 January 2007, 09:35 PM
aggie93: Thanks. I seem to need this kind of compliment to carry on, for some reason :shrug:

To me compliments and comments keep me going. This is a hobby for me, I am not making money for it. I have been involved in these forums for a year now and my skill level has dramatically increased for this very reason.

01 January 2007, 01:38 AM
Here is tonight's 10 minute sketch.

01 January 2007, 06:50 PM
Broke the rules with this one. Need to hit myself with the naught slipper!

01 January 2007, 07:48 PM
What did you do to break the rules?

01 January 2007, 08:06 PM
Work for more than 15 minutes on it.

01 January 2007, 10:57 AM
I can see now why people hate working in Low Resolution. I stuck to the original size of the image, and its all pixalated due to the low res. However, I do find my proficiency with the tablet is improving.

01 January 2007, 12:22 PM
Photoshopped. The actual sketch was below 15 minutes, but I wanted to give him some clothing and stuff.

01 January 2007, 02:37 PM
This is two sketches built on top of one another. It is from a book I bought over ten years ago. It is called How to Draw the Human Figure by Louis Gordon.

01 January 2007, 03:51 AM
Oooh! This is fun :D

01 January 2007, 03:16 AM
file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Devere/Desktop/15%20min%20sketches/1.jpgI'm so happy I found this thread, now I can participate in a group activity and sketch on my tablet.

01 January 2007, 03:21 AM
this one might have been a minute over.

01 January 2007, 04:42 AM
Back again... glad to see this thing is still running. :)

picking it up where I left off..
all OC1 + graphire2

02 February 2007, 05:42 AM
here is mine!

02 February 2007, 05:50 AM
I have neglected this thread that helped me speed up my drawing and painting and now I am paying for it.

Thanks for all who have been keeping this alive. I'll try and do more, even if its a couple a week.

02 February 2007, 06:03 AM
Thanks to QS for getting me back into this. ;)

For the interested, here is a screenshot of my setup:

02 February 2007, 07:09 AM
Another 2:

02 February 2007, 08:50 AM
gddamnit Queenie, loong time no see!

02 February 2007, 05:17 AM
gddamnit Queenie, loong time no see!
Howdy Marlon! Yes indeed, it has been a long time. Work, work, work and lots of other commitments.

Still got it going on with Kitty.

02 February 2007, 05:37 AM
Impromptu session on irc yesterday:

edit: Forget it, the advice obviously isn't welcome.

02 February 2007, 05:34 AM
30 Minute Sketch / traditional this time:

02 February 2007, 05:40 AM
15 min sketch

here are my 30 mins sketches from the irc speedie


02 February 2007, 05:37 PM

long time no see...:D


oily smeary pen variant in painter and simple softedged round brush for blending

EDIT: MATT! freakin awesome... you practised secretly, admit it!...:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 03:38 AM
Another 30 min sketch session:

02 February 2007, 03:39 AM
heres another 30 min sketch people! woooott

02 February 2007, 05:02 AM
Not really happy with this one, 30 min - the head ruined it, so I've edited that out: ;)

02 February 2007, 05:02 AM
and here is another 30 min sketch :)

02 February 2007, 06:01 AM
and another 30 mins sketch

02 February 2007, 06:08 AM
Damn Matt, that one's a beaut. :)

Much happier with this one, 30 min:

02 February 2007, 09:24 AM
Matt, wonderfully soft light gradations on your last one!

Rebecca, I'll give some feedback as soon as I recovered from the flow of your lines...:eek:

02 February 2007, 03:16 PM
3 times 15 mins... and I just couldn't get this bugger to look right... meh

02 February 2007, 03:24 AM
Thanks Mu, good to see you doing this too. :)

Nothing spectacular, we're focusing on contour drawings in the class I'm sitting in on, so here's a 15 min trad. contour:

02 February 2007, 12:05 PM
Hey all,

Wow, there's some incredible stuff in here! Excuse me while I drag down the quality a little :p This was the first thing I drew after a very very long period without drawing. Here be a scribbled pup!

Spent round 15 mins. :)

- Tess

02 February 2007, 11:49 PM
A couple more from today in ballpoint - Llynna's promised to scan hers tomorrow ;):

02 February 2007, 04:20 AM
Matellis - some really good worl

Mr Mu - nice drama in these

Becca - great cross contours

ref source - Facial Expressions - an artists reference compiled by Mark Simon


02 February 2007, 04:40 AM
thats for the comments guys! here are a couple more 30 min sketches

02 February 2007, 06:39 AM
A few more :)

Humans are not my strong point...


02 February 2007, 06:40 AM
matallis - wow looking good - lots of improvement since I last saw your work!


02 February 2007, 10:51 PM


02 February 2007, 03:36 AM


02 February 2007, 06:42 AM


02 February 2007, 08:28 AM
Gord, you are one of those artists whose work I could tell a mile off...:)

02 February 2007, 08:48 AM
Nothing special, just continuing to do some 30 minute cross contour drawings - these are pretty basic / beginning level drawings, yet it's so refreshing to do them - I think it's actually helping me a lot - 30 min each:

02 February 2007, 09:05 AM
I am actually really intruiged by those drawings. I had never seen drawings like them before ("benefits" of a total lack of art training...:D )

I think I would love to try them, too.
Look like a 3D mesh wire.

02 February 2007, 09:14 AM
Heya Mu. :)

Am sitting in on this drawing class to sort of observe the teacher - and it's about a sophomore level drawing class which has been really great in terms of reinforcing the basics.

Essentially this is a cross contour drawing. The goal of it is to essentially recreate the topology of the face as best you can. As the teacher describes the process, you are to look more at the model (yourself or otherwise) than the paper - and really sort of pretend as though you are an ant on the surface and describing the terrain. He has us doing 5 self portraits a week, which is why you may see a few of these around - believe me, I'm not vain. :D But it's a great exercise to try and really not very hard once you get the hang of it. The main thing to look out for is when form is above the eye level and when the form is below. You want to try to recreate the perspective of these lines - sort of like this, but in organic terms:

Maybe I'll write up a tutorial, I think this is a highly useful exercise. I have more examples of drawings I've done, but they aren't really great, just useful as practice. :)

02 February 2007, 11:20 AM
Hi Rebecca - I’m also fascinated by your contour drawings. The contour lines provide a great sense of volume and accentuate the features – all the lumps and crevices of the body. I would love to see how you go about drawing them, if you have time for a tutorial. You seem to do heaps around here, so kudos to you for keeping this place so well maintained. :) What course are you taking? Your understanding of the human figure and its muscle structure is astounding.

Gord – great faces, I love the bold brush strokes you use.

It's been a bit of a hand night tonight, I started off with this, then drew my left hand four times.

02 February 2007, 02:04 PM
Rebecca - thanks for takin the time to explain, I will surely give this a try!

believe me, I'm not vain. :D

believe me, for all I care you could be running around in silk pyjamas and readymade makeup for breakfast and inquire on a daily basis with your magic mirror if you're still the cutest around (:D ) as long as you fill this place with these lovely drawings of yours.

Aviva - hi there, I am not sure if I have seen other drawings by you already. Here's a suggestion: darken down your canvas from the beginning so the lighter values stand out more. The overall contrast of your sketch is very low and the value range above 50% (guesswork), so the light values have too much to compete against.

Looking forward to your future stuff...

02 February 2007, 06:29 AM
Hi Mu, thanks for the suggestion! I'll up the contrast next time. :) The only other things I've posted so far are on the previous page and in the sketchbook thread I started yesterday. Not much there yet, I'm just getting back into drawing.

Here's my latest attempt, went way over time, but its the first time that I have tried to concentrate on just drawing a human in a long while. There are a lot of errors, like the elbow lacks definition and is floating instead of resting on the knee, and the foot looks demented ,but I felt that 40 minutes was long enough for a 15 minute sketch :p

02 February 2007, 09:04 PM
i am really new to drawing (i bought a tablet some time ago but never really used it) and i am studying hard to get it right (and practicing)... I got Villpu's gesture dvd a couple of days ago due to Rebecca's suggestion and i find it great... This is really new to me so any comments will be welcome... each one was created in no more than 10 min.

02 February 2007, 10:22 PM
Snow day today, yay!

30 min sketch from reference (tiziano, you rock!)

02 February 2007, 03:45 AM
30 min from ref (

02 February 2007, 08:44 AM
(faint) looking at Rebecca's lines...

02 February 2007, 11:58 AM
I would love to see how you would deal with the rest of the horse Rebecca! You can almost see those muscles quivering with power.

An eagle. The legs kinda grew too long when I wasn't looking.

02 February 2007, 05:23 PM
Becca - nice horse

some quick imagination stuff


02 February 2007, 12:39 AM

02 February 2007, 04:27 PM
Another quick one for today

02 February 2007, 03:18 AM
tizianoadmirer - nice sketches

a quickie no ref


02 February 2007, 03:05 PM
"My body, your body, everybody, move your body..." Argh! That song's stuck in my head, and all it is is that same line, going round and round relentlessly.

Took this to a further state of completion, which can be seen here ( :)

03 March 2007, 02:00 AM
Whoooooo,Love this thread!!Love it!!
Amazingly inspiring!Hope I can do some sketches this week!
Many,many great sketches!Congratz on this thread,Just love it(did I already say that?)

03 March 2007, 10:51 PM
Hi all! ^__^ I just found this thread, and I figure this is the one I want to call home! I loved scimming through all 143 pages (>>;; I have no life) But I had a quick question:

Is anyone still posting up images to do the 15mins on, or is everyone just showing off quicky drawings and telling the time? O.o;; I wanna follow suit, I'm just kind lost as to what's going on.


03 March 2007, 06:09 AM
Okmer, Keanna - welcome - Jump in!!! The water is fine :scream:

A 18th century type guy from imagination...


03 March 2007, 04:53 PM
Hi all! ^__^ I just found this thread, and I figure this is the one I want to call home! I loved scimming through all 143 pages (>>;; I have no life) But I had a quick question:

Is anyone still posting up images to do the 15mins on, or is everyone just showing off quicky drawings and telling the time? O.o;; I wanna follow suit, I'm just kind lost as to what's going on.

KeannaRoar, welcome! Kudos for going through the entire thread, that is quite a feat! :)

Tizianoadmirer has been fantastic about posting reference. You can use the reference he posts here:

I5 Minute Sketchathon - Thread 1: Reference (

or you are free to use your own. Looking forward to seeing your work! :)

03 March 2007, 05:01 PM
Yap well had some time this afternoon while my lunch break,he,he.
My stomach is mad at me because I spend it drawing.
So much fun doing this.YEEEEEE...
Well I did 2 of them..
THe first one for about 20min...

And the second one for about 18min...

03 March 2007, 05:12 PM
OKMER, great stuff and great to see your enthusiasm!

Gord, great to see your sketches, keep going!

03 March 2007, 05:19 AM
Latest exercises. Horse was alright, I think, considering I've never drawn one before.

03 March 2007, 09:05 AM

03 March 2007, 08:57 AM
Well, its more like 17 Minutes...
And I didn't see the "Just the guy, not the lady in the background" instructions until after I finished. oops. ;)

03 March 2007, 06:37 PM
Hey I'm new. It's great to watch what you are creating.

Here are my first attempts:
Each 15 minutes in Photoshop.

03 March 2007, 10:54 PM

Welcome! :) As someone new to CGTalk and to the Anatomy Forum, I encourage you to check out this thread:


Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)

03 March 2007, 05:03 PM
Just got back into sketchathloning :)

04 April 2007, 07:26 AM
here are three recent works with Artrage
it is a good activitiy to improve skills

this one is on time

this one i have correted once due to the head fixed wrong position

and this borrowed time for 1~3min

04 April 2007, 09:26 AM
This is a fun thread! 15 minutes for each of these's difficult but good practice.

04 April 2007, 05:35 AM
My first real attempt at doing a digital drawing. Couldn't get the images to line-up in PSCS, and decided to dump a color layer part way through. That's all I'm gonna say. Next attempt will be much better.

04 April 2007, 11:20 AM
Good first attempt Asatira. I think I immediatly deleted at least my first ten attempts at drawing digitally, takes a while to get use to but I'm sure you'll improve with each go.

Did these a while ago before I started in my new job and things got busy. Think they took between 20-30 minutes.

04 April 2007, 05:28 PM
here my first sketch about 18 minutes

04 April 2007, 09:42 PM
A quicky

04 April 2007, 11:04 PM
another one

disproportionate very big head...

04 April 2007, 02:54 PM
again again

04 April 2007, 09:50 PM
8 minutes

mmm... in 17 minutes make shadows or adjust figure?

5 minutes

04 April 2007, 10:02 PM
Around 7-10mins spent on this on first try at the 15 min sketchathon and first post on the forum overall.

04 April 2007, 12:55 AM
16 min, too slow :/

04 April 2007, 10:10 PM

fun. 13min

05 May 2007, 10:41 AM
hi all, I am new to this forum... here are some of my quick sketches, enjoy!

05 May 2007, 02:10 PM
hi all, I am new to this forums... here are some of my quick sketches, enjoy! :)
Welcome! :) Your images are not appearing, but there is a tutorial on how to post images to forums here:

Looking forward to seeing your work!

05 May 2007, 02:15 PM
Welcome! :) Your images are not appearing, but there is a tutorial on how to post images to forums here:

Looking forward to seeing your work!

Could I add also to try and keep the images to 800x800 pixels please! The images far excede my monitors size.

To do this, if you have Photoshop CS or a newer version, go to Bridge, clear once on the files you saved the images under, go to tools at the top of the window, photoshop, then click on Image processing. Now set the width and hieght to 800 respectively. It will not stretch your images, but will just shrink them to fit within the borders.

If you get stuck with the above instructions, please ask where you get stuck.

05 May 2007, 05:57 PM
Ahhh.... okay here it is... i copied the link of the website instead of the page >< well enjoy..

05 May 2007, 07:21 PM

Nice movement to these, keep going! :)

05 May 2007, 07:09 AM
Mmm..I'm not sure if this thread is still active :0 But might as well give it a try

First one. Should redo it.

Second one...

06 June 2007, 05:59 PM
Hehe thx Rebecca for this cool idea!! I know I found this very late but better than never :)
Here are my first few, most are 17mins because thats the perfect time for me :(

06 June 2007, 07:55 AM
Great sketches kischi! :)

06 June 2007, 11:34 PM
I just wanted to add a couple of my 15 min sketches here... They helped me alot with understanding Painter more...

06 June 2007, 05:22 AM
liking these last few very much.
Being a Painter fan myself, i'm glad to see some other Painter users around :)

Is this the square carcoal brushes you used here?
Try using them on a paper textured canvas.. should be good for some awesome effects :D

Great work in this thread!

06 June 2007, 09:19 PM
Actually they are the Artist's oils (a couple modified)... But I'll have to check those out... By the way, how do you modify the canvas texture as your saying... I've got P9.5 if that makes a difference...

06 June 2007, 05:56 AM
By the way, how do you modify the canvas texture

by using papers

In the top menu select "windows" -> "libraries" -> show papers
or you can directly choose a different paper from the toolbox (it's one of the small square images at the bottom of the toolbox dialog)

I'm at work now so I can't check for the exact terminology but you'll find it ;)

06 June 2007, 07:32 AM
found it! thanks...

06 June 2007, 02:52 AM
Here are a few of mine all of these took 15-17 min.

Sorry if this was to many at once.

07 July 2007, 06:43 PM
Well, I've started to try my hand at this 15 minute exercise, and I must say I am pleased with the results. The time contrasints force your mind away from "How should I draw this part?" and instead you focus on "How much more can I do in 5 minutes!" I liked the change quite a bit. So all in all I'm pleased with the results. Here are my pics all drawn on pencil and paper and scanned in.

All comments and critiques are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks Rebecca for recommending this exercise. I'll continue to post up here daily. :)

07 July 2007, 04:24 PM
Hey guys,

Here are today's poses. Each done in 15 minutes. Some thoughts: I think I'm beginning to see where my drawings need work actually. I think, at least, that I tend to draw my torso a bit too long. So it tends to throw off the proportions of the rest of my bodies in general. I dunno, what do you guys think? Again all comments and critiques are welcomed and encouraged! :)


08 August 2007, 08:23 PM
Great idea for a thread..
Tuxedopengu: I can definitely see some improvements in proportions from the first pictures you posted to the last ones.. Keep up the good work!

same ref, two takes, crits welcome. Both 15 mins.


Ref courtesy of Tizianoadmirer

10 October 2007, 12:14 AM
Hi guys! I thought I'd join the party :) I'm sort of 'late' I see.. :P I started at page 1 and went up to page 34... :P and well that's where I ended :P :P So I've got a lot of other sketchathon pix to look forward to :) *yay*

Anyways, I need to catch up so I made smaller sketches on A3 sketching paper. But because I really suck at gestures I decided to make these sketchathon sketches as gesture practice.. so I only spent max 5 minutes per gesture (hope that's ok... :P)


10 October 2007, 04:46 AM
So hey, I decided to stop lurking and actually post something!

Here's my first two gesture drawings. I'm not the best, but I think I'm improving. Criticism needed, don't be afraid to rip my technique a new one!

10 October 2007, 03:31 PM
Hello all,
Another former lurker, gone active user, here. :)
Here's my contribution to the 15 minutes sketchaton. Any critique is welcome.

10 October 2007, 02:29 AM
I definitely think I'm getting better. These next four were all drawn using different techniques and stuff. The first one is awful, the second one took so long because I didn't like how it turned out so I went over it again. The last one is something I'm a little proud of, even.

10 October 2007, 02:57 AM
Good to see this thread still active. :)

Did a few of these in class today, here's the best one and a gif of the process:

11 November 2007, 12:53 PM
I did that one too :)

here's a backstudy.

11 November 2007, 08:09 PM
Heya all ^^; I thought that I would give this a try too, I think it is super way in order to learn better ^^

All the ones before are pretty awesome, I'm just in awe when checking them out. Its awesome to see starts of drawing I think ^^;;

Any who XD

My first one

and my second one

12 December 2007, 04:39 PM
Hi all. My 15 min after work. 8-))

12 December 2007, 06:29 PM
Here's my attempt.

I tried drawing it 2-3 times and it didn't turn out to be what I want, got a little frustrated.
Turned off the 50% grey base layer and worked with black and white. And I think I managed to capture the energy!

12 December 2007, 01:52 AM

12 December 2007, 08:10 PM
Hello people! :)

Here are my 15 minute sketches. Sorry for the crappy image quality, but this is all i could get from my camera, without daylight :

12 December 2007, 08:13 PM

12 December 2007, 05:30 PM
about 20 min

01 January 2008, 11:27 AM
nice one dim!

01 January 2008, 02:14 AM
gorgeous work Cyanid and Rebeccak! 0.0

heres my stuff :S
12 min. with a pencil and.. maybe 5-8 min. in PS?

10 min. pencil
but i couldn't resist giving a quick color job in PS, maybe 20 min.?

and heres the last one, 13 min.
and a quick photoshop makeover. i quess about 15 min.? (also made him resemble more like the guy in reference foto)

02 February 2008, 04:19 AM
Hiya everyone! *waves*

This is my second post here and will take 24 hours to be validated because I am new to CGS.

So I look forwad to the tomorrow's 15 minute pose. Thank you!

Hiya Rebecca! (This is Andy :))

02 February 2008, 06:02 AM
Good to see this thread still active. Welcome aboard, Andy! Looking forward to seeing your work here. :)

04 April 2008, 12:46 PM
Hey all.

Well this is my first attempt at this. i figured i need to get my drawing skills up to date as i feel they are not. So here goes.

Did this during lunch.

06 June 2008, 09:05 AM
ok this is my first post here.
I'm trying to achieve more ability in looking at tonalities more than lines...and I never draw I decided to start from here :argh:

comments welcome ^^

09 September 2008, 09:24 AM
Pretty purple.

09 September 2008, 06:10 AM
Hi! First post :) I think this thread is a great idea, so I'll try to make posting regularly a habit.

Anyone else use Illustrator for drawing?

Somewhere around 15 minutes:

09 September 2008, 06:20 AM
I really like your style! Where did you get it from?

I think I'm slowly getting the legs right...

Around 15 minutes:

Around 5 minutes:

09 September 2008, 06:07 AM
Started sketching with Photoshop instead of Illustrator. It's going quite well!

Around 10 minutes:

Around 10 minutes:

10 October 2008, 02:50 AM
Great work with the sketches Squis! The Illustrator sketches have an interesting style. I've never thought to sketch in illustrator before.

Here's my latest Painter smoosh. 15 minutes + jewellery & hair time.

10 October 2008, 06:34 AM
Squis -> I like much your illustrator drawing...
That make much time I don't use illustrator for drawing, but that was my real first drawing software,
many years ago of course...

Aviva -> nice interpretation !

10 October 2008, 08:37 PM
Hi! Great stuff guys! My frist try in this thread :)

10 October 2008, 06:08 AM
First try but already very good for me :wise:

10 October 2008, 01:03 PM
Ello, i'm amazed how much you guys get done in 15 minutes.

Here are my tries:

The head was a real struggle on both of them. I used up my 15 minutes in both. wish I hadn't wasted so much time on the background. :)

11 November 2008, 03:36 PM

Hi, this thread is a nice idea. I did my first digital 15 min scatch.

11 November 2008, 12:15 PM
Thanks Lemog!

Welcome first timers! Keep it up - you eventually get more done quicker. :)

11 November 2008, 09:35 PM

Hello there. I've just started getting into drawing seriously now so I feel this place is the best place to start. Hopefully I'll keep working on the other drawings (No, I will) and I will improve. But here is me starting.

12 December 2008, 02:01 AM
Hi folks.
Lets see one of my Tries. 15 min on Photoshop.
Some Painter following perhaps.

I was just reading along for the past 3 Years and i got my Intous A4 since 3 months.

I saw this thread and was extremely overwhelmed with drawing up to now.

More is coming up.

@ Seabean: I like your line structure. Very gentle drawing but still very good shapes.
More attention should be payed to the gravity and how the body is balancing.
The arm position is not 100% right.
Also the paper space could be used better, but that´s a minor Problem.
But very nice for 15 min and furthermore for your first :)
Kind regards.

Next Day.
Painter Essetials 3: First scetched with pencil in black.
Light shades with Aquarell->Blur Color
Then Light with Airbrush



A 20 min doodle on that women. I lighted the original up and used only smooth brushes in different sizes. Photoshop.

01 January 2009, 05:21 AM
heh, been a long time since i last posted here :P
Anyways, I wanted to get a bit more confortable with Manga Studio, so i thought this might be good practice.

(the ref. photos i used, were from the 16th page of the reference thread)
those took me about 15 minutes to draw. and about 5 minutes to put the raster fills, except for the last one, that one took 10 min. to put the raster fills (or how do you call that. pattern?)

01 January 2009, 11:38 AM
Hi there,

I think they're called "screens", but I don't really know.

Those drawings look very nice, minimal and condensed to the bare necessities.

01 January 2009, 12:02 PM
Nice drawings!
I really like the 2nd one.

04 April 2009, 01:25 AM
Hey, new here. Been lurking a while and first time posting.

Two 15 min sketches. I feel like im missing something fundamental but i dont know what. Any tips? Also, new to tablets >.>




04 April 2009, 05:56 AM

I love the idea of this 15 minute sketch. It's actually quite addicting

all 15 mins

all critiques welcome, Thanks

oh yeah the reason I've kind of drawn all female is because I'm modeling a female in Zbrush right now so i want to make sure I can actually draw the female form.

04 April 2009, 06:00 AM
I included too many images last time so i couldn't post all of my drawings here are the rest. only like 4 more it think

Thank you

06 June 2009, 02:25 AM
15 min in photoshop.

06 June 2009, 01:47 AM
still on the early pictures here. I'll try to do one of these every day. I did this one and I'm thinking if it's worth placing it next to the photo. Now I'm just focusing satisfying the pixel parameters rather than the drawing itself. I guess with or without a photo you guys will be able to see if I did a good gesture or sketch right? So with that said, here's the side by side pic, but from now on I'll just post the sketch. I tried to keep my lines clean this time. Thanks for the suggestions.

06 June 2009, 03:24 AM
not sure if i accomplished much with this one.

06 June 2009, 03:12 AM
photoshop 15 min

06 June 2009, 05:28 AM
15mn ps

07 July 2009, 10:20 PM
I want play too, 15 min. But i spent more time uploading the image.

07 July 2009, 09:22 AM
@ Lapis: that's some cool stuff.

@ Terrextre: lol how come it took you so long to upload it?

@ ceax: I think the legs are too short in both sketches, but maybe someone with more experience than me could point something out.

Here's my go at it (gimp and tablet):

07 July 2009, 09:24 AM
And some more:

08 August 2009, 05:25 AM
Hi all. Great work in this thread!
I just started sketching and I've been practicing with the reference stuff here. It's great to see all the different takes on the photos.

10 October 2009, 02:51 PM
Hi everyone, i'm from argentina. The sketchs are really good. I hope some day be good as you.
This is my first post of many i hope.

10 October 2009, 02:54 PM
Hi everyone. I'm from argentina. The sketchs are relly good. This is my firtst.

10 October 2009, 10:58 PM ( (

[Painted on Wacom Intuos4 & Corel Sketch Pad]

11 November 2009, 11:35 PM
Free hand with a 6b pencil.

11 November 2009, 09:35 AM
Well here is mine for the morning going to try do one sketch every morning before i start the day. Using my tablet so got to get use to usin this too.
Any tips advice or crits welcome.

01 January 2010, 01:14 PM
just checked out this forum and think its awesome... anyways here's my first sketch i made in 15 minutes :P

01 January 2010, 11:31 AM
it's is quite tough to get a drawing done in 15 minutes... still struggle with every aspect of it lol...

01 January 2010, 11:25 PM
Been almost 3 years since I've done this. I'm really out of practice.

I ran a little over time, with a short break to chat.

01 January 2010, 04:18 AM
I know what you mean Junpei. I'm commiting to post a couple of sketches in a few days and I'm already nervous. ;-)

01 January 2010, 02:13 PM
Paulhellard: Cool, I look forward to seeing those sketches :deal:

04 April 2010, 12:09 PM
15 minutes I swear... well, somewhere between 15 min and 15 hours :'9

PaulHellard better post those pics or there will be mob justice.

04 April 2010, 10:23 PM
:wavey::bowdown::buttrock:LOL!! Now you really made me nervous!! :-)

08 August 2010, 12:54 PM
Great thread! I really long to join in - much into drawing and painting from photo refs. Brb i hope :-D...

08 August 2010, 12:01 PM
This was really fun! :cool:. Here's my 15 min study of the first ref:

08 August 2010, 03:52 AM
Great to see this thread still going on :) nice studies, guys!

12 December 2010, 07:51 PM

really like this thread :applause:

12 December 2010, 08:11 PM
another one: 15 min.

12 December 2010, 08:42 PM
15 min.