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Postby Damien.R » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:44 am

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Subject title: Damien's Sketchbook

First of all I'd like to say thanks for viewing and thanks in advance for the helpful comments and critique. :D

This is the Introductory Post for this sketchbook.

Ok so I guess I'll start with showing you where my drawing abilities (or lack thereof) were a year ago.
Warning: it ain't pretty
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That's right, I drew this horribly at age 24 :shock: . Why would I post this thing? One thing I always see when an artist shows their "bad" drawings is that it's still way better than most people can do, so this is my bad drawing. I want to show anyone out there who was like me and doesn't think they can learn to draw as an adult if they can't even draw a stick man, that it is possible. I still have a loooooong way to go but I hope I can keep improving and eventually get to a professional level.

Ok now for the good (or not so eyebleedingly bad) stuff.

I drew this while reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
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I still remember how shocked and exited I was when I drew this.

Then I started looking for tutorials on youtube and found Sycra's channel and learned a lot, from there I found other great channels and eventually drew this landscape...
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Landscape Sketch.jpg
Thanks to "TylersArtShack" on youtube, I was able to draw this.

I then started working on the fundamentals, starting with perspective and drawing basic 3 dimensional shapes. Here's an example of what I would (and still do) draw at the start of every day..
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Sketchbook_01 041.jpg
I got the idea from "Mark's Drawing Tutorials" on youtube. I have hundreds of these.

Than I started drawing random blobs and turning them into creatures..
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Sketchbook_01 101.jpg
Got this idea from Will Terrel on youtube.

Then on to some still life drawings..
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Sketchbook_02 119.jpg
Sketchbook_02 120.jpg

Some gesture drawings..
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Sketchbook_03 005.jpg
Thanks to Proko on youtube for his videos on gesture, and "onairvideo" (also on youtube) for the poses. This is one of many pages.

and last week I started doing a complete drawing every day, excluding weekends (these take me almost a full day to draw.)
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Bird and Worm-small.jpg



Marshmallows Camping-small.jpg

Following the advice of Will Terrel in many of his videos, I started making stories for my drawings. I hope to continue doing these every monday-friday, and when I get faster at it, every day

Ok, finally finished with the intro. Thanks for reading, I'm glad to be here, and sorry for making you read my "life story" :lol:
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Postby PostBoxRomance » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:18 am

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Hi! Welcome to the forums :D

I love your style, it's very appealing!

I see you like Will Terrell too! He's amazing and such an inspiration. I always go back to his videos if I feel low and they pick me straight up.

I can't wait to see what else you've got to show us. I'll be checking back!
My sketchbook: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2033&start=0

25 years old, artist, web designer and pretending to know what I'm doing.


Postby Damien.R » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:29 am

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Hi! Thanks for the welcome.

Yeah Will is one of my favorite youtube artists, I always learn something new from his videos.

Anyway here are some gestures I just did.
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These are one minute gestures
and these are 8 two minute and 2 five minute gestures
I'm trying to break the scratchy lines habit but it's tough.

And here is a WIP digital scene I've been working at off and on for a while now, I'm just not as comfortable with digital yet (the tiny bamboo splash tablet I have doesn't help either. :P )

I'm pretty much learning to paint as I go, so I've made lots of changes to it over time.
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Postby ErnieTheMighty » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:01 am

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That's a one bloody nice landscape you have here! It's so cartoony and I know it's more difficult to do cartoony landscape than a realistic one... o.O At least for me. ^.^


Postby Damien.R » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:07 pm

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Thanks! I'm glad you like it, When I started I was planning to go more realistic, but the more I painted the more I started to really like the cartoony look I got.


Postby Damien.R » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:43 am

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Monday's drawing.

My original idea for today's (technically yesterday's) drawing didn't work out, so I drew this one quickly with no plan and without even thinking, a very "right brained" drawing.

A form study of a bird decoration thing.
Sketchbook_03 035.jpg

The middle is me trying to figure out the basic shapes and the proportions, the bottom is building it up in perspective, and the top is playing with the proportions.

And finally some gestures.


I still have trouble with timed poses, I find myself more concerned about the time than the gesture and balance, I think I might go back to just pausing them.


Postby Zearthus » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:26 am

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If you're having trouble with timed poses, try increased it to 2 minutes max. That way, you can get enough time for the poses, especially at the beginning. And nice sketch book you have here, looking forward for more!
SKETCHBOOK: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8158&hilit=Zearthus&start=540

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Postby Blaufuchs » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:12 pm

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Oh wow i really like your gestures. They look quite natural and ... not stiff xD (what is the word? ^^)
I also really like the idea of the landscape but something with the colors doesn't work for me. But I can't really explain it either :X
Please don't mind all my language mistakes! I'm not used to write in english :X

I started a tumblr with daily sketches:
and heres my blog: (German)

lots of love <3


Postby Argamenax » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:55 am

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I liked your drawings of the day, you have some very interesting ideas and they bring something to think about.


Postby Damien.R » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:55 am

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And today we have... Nothing. CRITICAL MISSION FAILURE :oops: :lol:

Oh well, failure is part of learning and I'll try again tomorrow. :D

But I do have another form study, this time some silly frog figure that was sitting around in the house. The name on the back says A. Hull so the frog is his/hers.
Sketchbook_03 041.jpg

And some more gestures.

As you can see the time limit has caused someone to lose their head! IT MUST BE STOPPED! :lol:

@brianhermelijn Thanks but I'm using youtube videos and they don't seem to have play speed settings. It's "The Croquis Cafe" by "onairvideo" if you are wondering, the ones in this post were from week #93.

@Blaufuchs Thanks! And about the colors they are a bit too saturated and it could also be the cheap monitor I'm working on.:P Thanks for the crit!

@Argamenax Thank you, and sorry that there isn't a new one today :P it's hard to come up with a good idea and make it work, I think I should take a day and just come up with a ton of ideas and thumbnails for these.


Postby Damien.R » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:47 am

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Wednesday's drawing:
Sketchbook_03 050.jpg

I had fun doing this one, I like how the snow turned out, though one thing I wish I'd not done is to put outlines in the background, the moon especially, it just doesn't look good, lesson learned.

Here is some freehand perspective practice for today:
Sketchbook_03 045.jpg

I got the idea to draw the arrows from one of Sinix's videos. I still have many issue's with freehand perspective but I think I'm improving.

These are some gestures I did from life, with the only models I could find: :P
Sketchbook_03 047.jpg
Sketchbook_03 048.jpg

These are much harder than timed photos, at least they stand still. :P

And some more human gestures:


Postby SmokinRainbow » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:04 pm

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Wow, you have a really good understanding of structure.(now I'm kinda envious xD) I think for you its just a matter of values and style honing.


Postby Damien.R » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:20 am

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Well, no finished drawing for today, I was too busy practicing perspective. Here are my studies for today:

First some more freehand perspective.
Sketchbook_03 051.jpg

I tried putting letters on them, and basically drawing on the forms.

Next are some more animal gestures.
Sketchbook_03 052.jpg

Then I tried to draw a model car I had.
Sketchbook_03 053.jpg

I tried freehanding the perspective and proportions, but it didn't come out well so I tried again with some planned perspective.

Not perfect, but a lot better than the first attempt.

And finally today's gestures.

I'm starting to get used to the time limit now.

@SmokinRainbow Thanks! Structure and perspective have been my main focus for about 3 1/2 months now, I haven't really studied values yet, I'm using the locust approach to learning: I pick a subject, devour every bit of information I can, and move to the next :P . And if you are having trouble with drawing 3-dimensionally you should watch this video: along with his others, and do the exercises he shows, especially the toroid, when I finally got that right it was a real Aha! moment.


Postby Janne » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:29 pm

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Nice sketchbook. Your gesture drawings are starting to look good.
My sketchbook viewtopic.php?t=9167


Postby LuisEC » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:41 pm

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nice job with the car with the structured perspective. It's certainly a bit of a pain when it comes to really complex scenes to build stuff up like that, but its a crazy good skill to have.


Postby Damien.R » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:18 pm

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Just a quick character sketch for Friday, not really much story:
Sketchbook_03 056.jpg

This was a "random blob" drawing, I forgot how fun these are :D . I didn't really have a lot of time today, but since I missed yesterday I wanted to draw something, and Scott Robertson's new video with Chris Ayers really inspired me to keep doing daily sketches.

Some more freehand perspective:
Sketchbook_03 055.jpg

This time I drew cubes on a cube. It really required some focus to draw the cubes on the cube, and not just in front of it.

I have also started learning the landmarks of the body:

I'm slowly moving from perspective into figure and anatomy, as you've probably noticed I can't draw people yet, and it limits my ideas greatly.

And today's gestures:

@Janne: Thanks! :D

@LuisEC: Thank you. Yeah it is a lot of boring, creativity-killing work. I definitely wouldn't use perspective this complex for an entire scene unless I had a really good idea that required it. But I think it is very important to know how to have full control over your scene.

And to anybody viewing this sketchbook: Thanks for taking the time to look at my drawings. :D


Postby Mokuren » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:18 pm

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Hey dood, great sketchbook. If you keep this up, you're sure to improve quite quickly.
Greet each new day with a smile! It's a chance to improve~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <3
Sketchbook: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9250


Postby Damien.R » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:06 am

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Thanks! I'm trying. :D

Here's Saturday's Sketch:
Sketchbook_03 059.jpg

I probably should have put more effort into the perspective, but it was getting late so I rushed it, there just aren't enough hours in the day. :lol: The idea for this one came from some buildings I saw when I was in town today, there was this really thin hobby shop with two larger buildings on either side, and it looked so out of place.


Postby Damien.R » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:36 am

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Today I worked on my landscape:

I don't know if I improved it or not but I played around with the colors and adjusted the values a little, I'm not sure if I like it more this way or if it needs a little more adjustment. It's still a WIP though, I need to add in the reflections in the water, fix a few things, and add a few details.

Any advice would be appreciated. I'm working in GIMP by the way.


Postby fleur » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:30 pm

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I definitely see improvement of your landscape and those building that you drew (with the hobby shop) are so cute!


Postby Damien.R » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:17 am

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Thanks fleur! :D

Just some figure practice for today:


Postby Damien.R » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:39 am

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Still no daily sketch, I've been focusing a lot on figure drawing lately, and I also did another form study, this time on some deer antlers:
Sketchbook_03 062.jpg

I'm still struggling to draw these twisting forms without it looking flat.

Also, some robo-beans from Stan Prokopenko's figure drawing series:

Some heads:

And some gestures:


Postby virtueone » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:10 pm

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Looking good. ;)


Postby Kuronuma » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:49 pm

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nice studies, keep it up :) love the bending part!
Check out my deviantart!
And my sketchbook viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8210&start=340 :)

Oh oh! I created my fb page!


Postby Damien.R » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:13 am

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Thanks! :D

Some more "robo beans", this time with heads:

I'm not really good with proportions yet.

And some gestures done with a pen:


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