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  11 November 2012

Hey JM-art, I totally agree with you and I think you've really opened my eyes into something that has been lingering my mind for last couple of weeks. I thought I knew where I was going with my career but you're totally right. I've started to take the fundamentals more seriously now and I hope you get to see some improvements in my work. Cheers.

A study I started some time ago. Just finished it today:
  11 November 2012

Picked up Loomis's Drawing the Head and Hand book today. Read 26 pages and wow oh wow! It's incredible.
Download it free here:

Jay Sean's portrait, built using Loomis's construction technique (Ref used). Will finish it later.
  12 December 2012

My first portrait that I rendered using a ball point pen.
  12 December 2012
Digital sketches:

Started with some real life studies from stuff around my pc and then moved onto doing a sketch study. Will probably finish it off tomorrow.
  12 December 2012

Some skull studies, a colour study and a painting from memory.
  12 December 2012

Some eye studies for today:
  12 December 2012
Hi gdsworld, nice works!! great to see (or is the impression i have at least) that you are using your time to practice core stuff. Keep at it.
Maybe you can add some volume/form/light and shadows studies to your routine in the near future...simple things as spheres, boxes, etc, always using reference...use the color picker in photoshop to understand value diffs light-middle-dark values in real world situation (photos)
About the landscape from imagination, some things to be aware of..
-Don't make everything equaly soft in terms of outline....near things are more defined.
-Try to separate a backgroung, middle and foreground with value...maybe you know this, but if don't, use a layer with black on top of your landscape and set it to saturation mode....make it invisible, and from time to time make it visible to check the most important thing in the world....VALUES!!! is all about values...see how well a B&W photographs reads....vs a photo with only colors and zero value changes.

Here is a quote i just read in and since this guy is talking about the things we talked here, i share it because it can help you to reinforce the importance of this studies you are doing....check this guy scketchbook if you have time, very inspiring and with great information.

"At a high level, my advice is to keep looking for inspiration. Stick with the mechanics you're exploring; although tedious now, they pay off in the future. Don't guess when you're designing images, always follow what nature tells you to draw with solid structure and form. Keep learning anatomy and perspective, if you don't it will catch up with you and haunt your dreams with shitty architecture and f**cked up facial structure Most of all, realize that you WILL get better and find your own voice as an artist if you keep working at it" post #41

My anatomy thread
  12 December 2012

@Juan Martin- Yeah, i'm trying to spend more time on the foundation stuff to make sure I can move on strong. Thanks for taking your time to reply to my post and for sure, I am looking at those and I'll start adding volume/ form stuff to my workflow. Cheers for the link too. This guy is awesome.

Some more stuff:

and because i'm bad at drawing circles in Photoshop, I just drew 3,070 circles and overlaid all of them to create this abstract art work. My wrist is kinda hurting now but it was a great exercise.

  12 December 2012
More work:

  12 December 2012

A quick study with loose form:
  12 December 2012
Some work that i've been getting upto:

One of my weakness is drawing cylindrical shapes. So to practise drawing some shapes I taped a ceramic cup to my camera stand and made my own mini hanger. Then by rotating the cup an inch at a time I drew some possible angles. Mostly ref but some from memory, just to solidify what I've learned.

I love Riley's method of constructing the face.

And faces drawn from memory this morning using the method I learnt yesterday:

60 second and 2 minutes figure sketches and then some drawn from memory. Its good to find out where you're going wrong. I have not drawn enough figures from memory. Weakness spotted and flagged!

Perspective study, damn I need more work on this!

Trying to plot some boxes in perspective.
  12 December 2012
Face studies. I see improvements in some of them.

Some speed paintings from livestream event yesterday, mostly 30 min.

My entry for ConceptWorld bi-weekly challenge. Don't like it at all.

Merry Christmas!

Some 1 minute gesture studies followed by gestural drawing from memory:

  01 January 2013
Some perspective drawing around the house and then some charcoal sketchers from a life drawing session yesterday.

  01 January 2013
1 hour colour study

Some anatomy study
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