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Zearthus Sketchbook

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:19 pm
by Zearthus
Taking a break from sycra forum, shall be back around(9/21/2015)).

PS:
Back.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:05 pm
by Ambiguity
I'm confused, if you're gonna be back 3 months from now it'd be like Oct. 2015, or if your going to back back 3 months from that date, why not just put 4/21/2016?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:47 pm
by Zearthus
This is going to be at least a months worth post, so bare the long scrolling time.


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Zearthus Sketchbook

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:16 pm
by Zearthus
A brief description of my break, what I learned, what I'm doing differently:

I took a break from Sycra forum since June 20, because I was posting on too many forums so I wanted to take a step back and rethink why I'm doing this. What I'm trying to do by posting on every living forum, at least the active ones. So I came to the realization, one of the reasons I post on 2 or 3 forums is to document progress, and eventually inspire others to do their own thing as well by seeing how I progressed throughout the years of drawing. This also give me some time to think about my direction, and ask questions to peoples in regards to how to practice, how to find yourself as an artist and so on.

The way I go about about learn has changed a lot in the past weeks, is to explore the subject that interests me the most right now, while still reflect on a weekly basis what I want to do with art. I also started a couple of challenges in other areas of my life to vary things a bit:




MONTHLY
Monthly 1st of the month, compilation of previous month post with what I did (


WEEKLY
Weekly Tuesday Blog post write Tips
Create one illustration drawing once a week for 4 weeks (started 27th July ends 27th August)


DAILY

- Exercise 5 times a week (one exercise a day)
- 7 days of UI challenge (started on 25 Jul ends on 1st Aug)
- Daily 90 minute Study of one of the fundamentals (weekends optional)
- Fill up sketchbook #3 in 2 weeks. (Started 26 July ends 9 Aug)
You can find more info about this one at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMQvFYlybUk
Just for the challenge I will do it in 2 weeks, then stabilize with once a month
- Tumblr Coding for 21 Days Learning (29 July 2015 ends on 19 August 2015)



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The way I go about learning a subject now is, I choose a source for example;
Ernest Norling Perspective book, I read through one chapter, then read the chapter again, copy/understand what the author is trying tell the reader, and take notes on the site. The same day, after few hours, I redo it through memory to if I still remember the information. If of course, I do not recall the information I go back to it see what I'm missing. I also keep my notes instead of throwing them away. So before I start with lets say perspective, I recheck my notes to reminds myself everything I need to know.

In regards to that, I came up with somewhat of a how to tackle learning kind of article which you can find here:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=15422



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GOOD NEWS
- Schoolism has now turned into a subscription model - http://www.schoolism.com/
- Svslearn has now turned into a subscription model - https://svslearn.com/#/allaccess
- Conceptcookie got updated with better structure and videos - https://cgcookie.com/

BAD NEWS
- My tablet pen fell down and broke the pen itself
- Need to buy a new cpu/motherboard


So I won't be doing any kind of digital drawing till late September/October. But in return, what this made me think about is responsibility. As much we say don't think about the money, I believe you can't deny that money is part of the society. If not, you won't be able to buy the necessary tools in order for you to use it in your artistic endeavor. So I have been also, thinking about what value I can provide to others, not with art. Since you don't want to kill your love for something, just by using for earning money right in the beginning. I truly believe, when the time is right, someone will ask for your skill. You just have to keep going until such moments arise.




That sums up, what has been going, what I'm doing. I look forward to continue posting on this forum. I will be mainly posting weekly on Sunday or Saturday.

Zearthus Sketchbook

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:52 pm
by z4m97
awesome update, really helped me to push me through practice more :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:52 am
by Jesturr
Tenacious as always Zearthus! Welcome back xD
I've never had such a hard time scrolling to the bottom of a SB before

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:02 pm
by Zearthus
@z4m97
Glad I was able to help

@Jesturr
Hahahahaha.


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I think instead of weekly, will post 2 times a week

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Hampton studies, gesture drawing, and some other stuff.

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Blog post of July Review:
http://zearthusblog.tumblr.com/post/125 ... -july-2015

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:54 pm
by z4m97
yknow, i think its awesome to work with hampton's book... but it needs quite a strong foundational knowledge to get right...
with this i mean that your placement needs some work since the ribcage is kinda unconsistent, trying to dive into figure drawing without first mastering basic skills such as proportion and placement is not the best strategy, try to keep it even more simple bro and keep rockin' :D

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:42 pm
by Zearthus
MINI-LEARNING MICHAEL HAMPTON BOOK PROJECT
What is this project about? This project is about studying the system of Michael Hampton, through his books, online blog and videos. His blog can be found here:
http://figuredrawingdotinfo.blogspot.com/



Why you started this project?
To understand what the artist is trying to teach, get into their process and later integrate the knowledge learned with other mini-learning projects, such as bridgeman, loomis. Which will be decided after this. Another thing is, to keep myself busy/disciplined for learning something. And later apply it in practical situations. This also builds up discipline, especially when you have to post daily of what's going. This is something I have learned after a 21 days challenge I originally started on crimsondagger in regards to exercising. And there is something by posting daily keeps you discipline to continue posting. And also to document what the system lacks.

For how many weeks will you conduct this project?
6 Weeks.

Is there any other books you used this method of learning
Yes, Ernest Norling Perspective book. What I did is, study his book for few weeks, take notes, apply it on images/real world situations. What I have found is, you really start understanding what the artists is trying to convey, by taking notes, and always review your notes, make changes when necessary. As much as peoples feedback is good, I believe, understanding the source is far better than following what the crowd is saying, unless you have the teacher himself nearby to give you constant critiques. After you're done learning from the source, then you start seeking what other errors there is in your work, and what can be improved. And compare your initial start and the last one.

Why not do personal works while you're learning
In my honest opinion, its better to use your energy towards building the foundation first, after few weeks, you apply what you learned on a piece, than doing both of them at the same time. The analogy I use is, the way you train for sports. You learn the basics, till they become second nature, and try complex moves, which is of course the piece you wish to build.

When did you start this project?
24 July 2015

What about feedback during this project?
Critiques are always welcome, but I will stick to the source 100% at the current time while I'm going through this project. Why? So I can document what the system lacks, and what source you can uses to remedy that. Which will be noted down at the very bottom of this post.


Any other additional information?
Consistency is the key same with effective practice. Two articles that cover this well:
http://www.learning-to-see.co.uk/six-si ... g-projects
http://www.learning-to-see.co.uk/effective-practice


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DOCUMENT OF THE SYSTEM:

4 AUGUST 2015
- Proportions: Between the head and neck is kind of long, the size of his eyes approach is quite small
- Proportions: Torso is elongated in his approach
- Gesture approach can be combined with both Huston, Kevin Chen


6 AUGUST 2015
- Simplification of the muscles can become a bit off for some, especially those who wants critical in-depth anatomy books.
- Doesn't go too in-depth with the features of the head in the book

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:30 pm
by Zearthus
CHAT

- I'm kind of playing around which time I draw, and for some reason I tried 12 AM - 1 AM just something simple, copy exercises, and it felt great. Reason been, quiet, chill air, and soulful music. Something of it just seems fascinating for me. Maybe I will have to experiment with drawing during the night phase, then mid days.

- A shape exercise I started doing this month, basically what I do is I study an insect I find interesting nothing serious, just few minutes of it, sit on it, the next day, and the third day I try to visualize the shapes on paper and draw it. I won't put any line down until I see the line in my mind on the paper. Wonder if that make sense. Whether this has any purposes I have yet to know, but I do enjoy the overall process. Since it trains your mind to visualize the idea first, imagine it on the paper, then draw it. Its like you're ghosting on the paper, without putting a line nor move your pencil on top of it yet.

- Form exercise something I will be doing more often for this month as well. It helps merging forms so you learn how each form interlocks with one another, and translate that towards learning how to draw the body. Also, Hampton also suggest doing it. And kind of make sense since most of his figures are in fact, forms build on top of one another.

- Why I'm copying Hampton is so I can get a feeling of how he draws his gestures, the process he goes through, what he thinks about, and apply it by drawing from reference or life.



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SKETCHES & PRACTICES

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Revisiting old notes of hampton book again

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First and Second attempt of the same pose, will redo the pose again until I get it right, and understand it.

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SELF - CRITIQUE / TIPS:
- Practice direction of cylindrical forms
- Proportion is not something that magically happens, but pay attention to it
- Examine the c or s curves on the body, the stretch or pinch (Michael Hampton)
- Form exercise is important

REFFERENCE USED:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/388365167836597100/

Zearthus Sketchbook

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:29 am
by Zearthus
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Gesture drawing from reference applying the technique of Hampton. I decided to add other ideas from 2 other artists I follow, since all 3 of them technically use similar idea. So you will probably see 2 or 3 system merged together, which is Steve Huston and Kevin Chen. And starting to get into the chapter for head drawing.



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SELF - CRITIQUE / TIPS:
None



REFERENCE USED:
PINTEREST
YOUTUBE NEWMASTER ACADEMY FIGURES



Currently on a Michael Hampton learning project, give it a read if you want to know more:
viewtopic.php?p=104410#p104410

Zearthus Sketchbook

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:47 pm
by Zearthus
Head deconstruction, trying to understand how to draw the head in perspective. Figure drawing, I will stick to doing mainly 2 to 5 minutes gestures and later start adding anatomy on top when I go to next chapter of Hampton's Book. For now, gonna build up the mileage for combining the system of Chen/Hampton/Huston together. 


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SELF - CRITIQUE / TIPS:

- Redo the poses when you learn more about the figure anatomy. For now, stick to gesture drawing, and come back to it when you start delving into anatomy more in-depth. 


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REFERENCE USED:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2015/bow-2014-09lh8498-watermarked_714.jpg
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/73/a7/7a/73a77ab54f73edcef959bc5f23fec802.jpg


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Currently on a Michael Hampton learning project, give it a read if you want to know more:
viewtopic.php?p=104410#p104410

Zearthus Sketchbook

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:39 pm
by Zearthus
DAY 12 OF 42 MICHAEL HAMPTON LEARNING PROJECT



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Currently on a Michael Hampton learning project, give it a read if you want to know more:
viewtopic.php?p=104410#p104410

Zearthus Sketch Blog

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:00 pm
by Zearthus
DAY 13 OF 42 MICHAEL HAMPTON LEARNING PROJECT

Wake up and study

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Currently on a Michael Hampton learning project, give it a read if you want to know more:
viewtopic.php?p=104410#p104410

Zearthus Sketch Blog

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:53 pm
by Vixie
wow, your project is very inspiring. Can´t wait to see your conclusions at the end =)
btw, your handwriting is awesome!

Zearthus Sketch Blog

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:59 am
by Zearthus
@Vixie
Thank You for your compliment :)! Really appreciate it :D

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Not going to in-depth with the head yet, rather just leaving it as basic construction. Want to focus mainly on the figure for this month, so starting with the torso chapter of Hampton now. I also noticed Hampton doesn't go too in-depth with the head features in his book.


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I will take notes/copy/study the entire chapter first, then start applying it on reference/life drawing. At least I have found that works best for me, since it saves the general information, then when you try to do it again, it becomes easier to see what you took note of.


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Currently on a Michael Hampton learning project, give it a read if you want to know more:
viewtopic.php?p=104410#p104410

Zearthus Sketch Blog

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:34 pm
by Zearthus
DAY 14 OF 42

CHAT:

Completed the noting/study of the torso chapter, now gonna be studying torso in the new days or possibly for an entire week. Way I went about the chapter is study the whole chapter of Hampton first in regards to Torso, note down the muscle names, some of its general shapes, and after wards, apply the knowledge for an entire week for whatever subject I"m learning.



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Will be doing torso practices/studies in the next few days to come, or possibly for an entire week or two, depends how long it takes to start grasping the idea.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:50 pm
by Zearthus
PROFILE head skull practice, reference from anatomy4sculptors.



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:14 am
by Plumbum
How does one become so productive? I mean holy crap you work hard.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:34 am
by Zearthus
@Plumbum
Well it can be a blessing and a curse at the same time, you can easily fall into draw a whole day kind of routine haha. But if you're looking for ideas you can apply for yourself, check will terry latest video on youtube :)


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Nothing fascinating today, been kind of a weird yesterday and today. Not my usual character/mood. But I'm positive this too shall pass.

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Basic exercises I do few times a week , 3 or 4 days a week:

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:47 am
by Vixie
Oh wow, man, those gestures are so cool! Love the colour and love those lines! And paper looks amazing, i want it! I NEED IT :shock: :D

Zearthus Sketch Blog

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:10 pm
by Zearthus
Just a simple thought I want to post here:
I kind of threat my sketchbook threads both for art journey and ways to develop my own personality. First of let me apologize for the past weeks, I feel we let our ego overtake our actions a lot. And I know for a fact, I'm the kind of person whom have the attitude that the other person is wrong I'm right, then goes into and endless showering of philosophy or I won't feel right. Especially when you already know what they're talking about. What sources they're referring to.

The more you do that, the more peoples will just back away. A prime example, is when someone is giving me critique. Even if I disagree/agree a simple "Thank you for your time will suffice", instead of going into an endless discussion why the person is wrong or right, why he's point is off the chart, instead you can just confirm that you're indeed already implementing the other person is stating. I mean, is there any point defending something, you will forever get critiques/feedback on your work, whether you accept them or not, is up to you. So instead I let my ego overtake my action, to the point where I become an a-hole to the other person.

Is that really necessary? That's not the kind of person I aim to be. So the lesson here is to:
Even if you agree/disagree with a critique, initiate a positive discussion, instead of a negative one. Why? A simple thank you for your time works wonders than "I disagree with you for this and that and that", but again, it's something of my personality I'm aiming to change little bits at a time.

I feel like sometimes we let our ego overtakes, and put our self in a tunnel vision, without realizing what it's like to see our surroundings, what peoples are saying, and what you can change. So yeah, balance your ego, don't trap yourself into one dark tunnel rather, open your eyes see what peoples are saying, if you agree with them that's fine, if you disagree that's fine as well. Remember a simple thank you for your time works wonders.


Yeah... end of my little thought I wanted to put there, maybe it can help another person as well.



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@Vixie
This is the sketchbook: http://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-Spiral ... B008D2TU76
And thanks for comment ;)

Zearthus Sketch Blog

PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:33 am
by Zearthus
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Tomorrow shall began with the torso studies. For now just gonna post timed/non-timed gesture. Not gonna post all of them, don't to fill up the sketchbook with too many gesture drawings.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:57 am
by jachuu
i love your studies. really. keep doing what you're doing <3

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:58 pm
by everfae
diggy dang
you are dedicated! you have a huge amount of patience!!!!
I have never found the patience to do anything like that. It looks great :)

Could you talk a little bit about how you're approaching and learning from hamptons book?
I've been reading it and trying to apply it, but I don't know how I'm supposed to practice from what i've read, theres a lot to take in and i'm unsure on how to approach it.Do you just set exercises for yourself or what do you do when you've read a page of information and want to make sure you really learn it?
It's the kind of stuff I can't get my head round :P