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03-15-2006, 10:07 PM
well hello every one :).. this is my first time at this forum and i hope i will like it here :)..

well the thing is that i whant to be a charakter designer or atleast be good at painting :). so last week i desided to make one sketsch every 3 day.. should do more if i had the time but i dont :/ but i nedd lots of crits on what to do better and what i do compleetly wrong :)..

first sketsch i made this year :) about 3 days ago..

and this is the second one i made an warrior elf :) bade this yesterday


03-18-2006, 05:31 PM

My apologies as I did not see your post until just now! :)

One thing I recommend is to go with a free image host such as ~ see the Sticky thread for instructions ~ because I cannot see your images, even when I copy and paste the URL into the yellow sun / mountain image icon in the EDIT POST text editor.

I recommend starting with the Beginner's Lounge ( Gesture exercises ~ they're a great way to get started!

The Exercises are linked at the beginning of that thread ~ why not try a few, and post them to that thread? Drawing is mainly a matter of practice ~ do you attend life drawing sessions? What is your background and training? :)

Cheers, :)



03-19-2006, 03:31 AM
well i will try getting my pics upp so you can see them :).. thanks fore the tip :)..

well i havent bean to any painting or sketching shool just do it fore fun when i have the time :)..

think this will work :)..

first sketch this year and so on :)..

03-19-2006, 02:41 PM
Hi Robert,

in addition to Rebecca's hints, here are three threads I have been reading for weeks on end from the beginning to end til it all oozed out of my ears...:scream: - and which were very helpful, of course:

Gestures - where, why, who, what? (

opposing curves - loosen up and get tight (

shading - using only greyscale (

Please add your image links "into the yellow sun / mountain image icon in the EDIT POST text editor."

Finally, one sketch every three days is much when you try to get a fully finished character done. But as a practise this will take much too long. My suggestion is: do many sketches, if possible several each day. This is much easier to achive if you go for 2minute figure sketches instead of full concepts. Those will help you get directly to the essence of a figure, too.

More info and assinments at the Beginner's Lounge (

03-19-2006, 04:49 PM
well im nwe to ths fourm dont know how everything works :)

but from now on i will put in my pics in the yellow moutain thing :)

will try the likn you have posted :) the thing is that i dont have to much time to sketch woork is killing most of my time :/

will make some skethe today and post when i get the time :)

03-23-2006, 12:35 AM
well here is a sketsh i did tonight tryed to do a variant of the gesture but in a more cartoonish way, pluss i detaled it a bitt :).. can't sem to do a gesture and not detale it :P

03-23-2006, 02:20 AM

The key bit to getting good at drawing fast I would say is to do a LOT of drawings. :) Set yourself a goal of doing at least 5-10 drawings a week ~ and that's not much. :)

I recommend looking into purchasing this book:

Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters (Paperback)
by Robert Beverly Hale, Terence Coyle (

and doing copies from the drawings contained there.

Check out the Anatomy Thread of Erich Schreiner (, as he did a large number of Master copies there. :)

It's one of the best ways I know of to improve. Also I recommend doing drawings from life ~ of friends, people in public, yourself, etc. The goal is to capture a sense of movement and life.

Cheers, :)


03-23-2006, 02:48 AM
whoo thats mush for me :) i draw when i get an idea often but allso often i can't draw my ideas as i have them in my head :P.. well when i paint i paint about two carakters then i get irritated that i don't get it as i whant :P. but the more training i get i gues it will be better will try to paint more now when i have the motivation :).. thanks btw Rebecka in my last pic i made what can i do to make him more moving? would apreceate some tips :)

03-23-2006, 03:31 AM
Hi there, :)

I think the thing you need to do is to lengthen / elongate the forms, and to give them more of a curved sense of grace. :) Check out the gif below ~ hope it helps. :)

Cheers, :)


04-04-2006, 11:35 PM
well yeha it helped :) havent had time to paint anythin yeat but have bean schecking out some anatomy pics for a 3d model and learned mush :) i see now that the body is to short aso..the problem fore this pic whas the position he is sitting :) whanted a spiderman like pose an think i draw the body to straight and that made the somak look to short :) resulting in that everything whas to short :P

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