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07-12-2010, 10:47 PM
I am so happy that an art journal forum has finally been setup on this site. Unfortunately, I don't have a dedicated book for daily sketches. I just use whatever I can get my hands on at the time as far medium is concerned. I'll start fresh with some sketches from today's studies:


07-12-2010, 11:32 PM
I like all of these! cool ! Are they studies from photo ? other artists ? -kevin

07-12-2010, 11:35 PM
love the head on the top left - very dramatic - great start!

07-13-2010, 10:11 AM
The only drawings from memory are the bottom set of heads on the first image; the rest are from photos.

07-13-2010, 11:33 AM
Fantastic sketches! Welcome to the forum and I hope we get to see more.


07-13-2010, 11:34 AM
Fun studies~

Vivien Maloney
07-13-2010, 02:40 PM
Welcome to the Forum. Great sketches! I don't use a dedicated sketchbook either as I've the same problem with wanting to use different sorts of media and one sketchbook, with only one sort of paper doesn't work for me. However I want to keep all my sketches together so I file them in a loose leaf folder thingy. If you want to have a look at the cover of this it's in "Vivs A4 Sketchbook/Journal" and "The Changing Seasons Journal" in this forum. Look forward to seeing more sketches from you.

07-13-2010, 03:41 PM
Great sketches. Welcome aboard. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

07-13-2010, 08:04 PM
Terrific portrait sketches! Keep them coming.

07-13-2010, 11:36 PM
lovely portraits and gesture drawings! I especially like the four totally different feels to the drawings on the first page. . . very neat. All beautiful.

07-14-2010, 06:14 AM
These are fantastic. I'm impressed with your memory sketches especially, they are so detailed, well proportioned and full of character. You're great with people. The figures are gorgeous too. Looking forward to seeing more of this!

07-22-2010, 06:24 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Some sketches from today. I don't understand why my camera took such a blurry shot. I've never had this problem before.


07-22-2010, 07:42 PM
whoa - the blurriness is a little disconcerting to my eyes but I like the look of the page - it is great to study individual features and expressions - good work!

07-22-2010, 10:32 PM
What I can make out, these look really good.

You took the photo without a flash and moved while the shutter was still open. A trick with the camera is to hold your breath and find an edge of a chair or table or something to rest one or both the arms holding the camera. That way, you don't jiggle while the picture is being taken.

07-23-2010, 05:26 AM
Fantastic drawings, as it's been said, you are great with faces and the like.

Great sketchbook to look at :)

07-23-2010, 05:23 PM
What I can make out, these look really good.

You took the photo without a flash and moved while the shutter was still open. A trick with the camera is to hold your breath and find an edge of a chair or table or something to rest one or both the arms holding the camera. That way, you don't jiggle while the picture is being taken.

Actually I took several shots, with and without flash and using that same method, and the results were the same. I think that it might be something wrong with my camera.

Ok I tried a few more times after tweaking the settings and took a few more shots. Sorry for hurting everyone's eyes.

07-23-2010, 07:32 PM
Wow! I love those crossed eyes, and the second pair with one eye looking off to the side and the other straight at me. Looks like you were having fun with eye expressions here. They are so true and real, beautifully drawn. So are the faces. Well done!

07-23-2010, 09:43 PM
Much better picture. Hmm... may be time for a new camera? Anyway, the eyes and faces are fantastic. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

07-28-2010, 10:51 PM
Some Bridgman studies from earlier:




07-28-2010, 11:24 PM
I like your figure sketches - some are quite lively and gestural. You've won me over - I've long been hooked on life drawing and always like looking at art featuring people, faces, figures....... etc lol!

07-29-2010, 12:24 AM
Great figure drawings.

08-06-2010, 11:40 AM
Thanks for the comments, everyone.
Some more Bridgman studies. I really like studying from his books more than anyone else.


08-06-2010, 01:31 PM
More great sketches.

08-09-2010, 01:05 AM
Gorgeous figures in motion that you're doing from the Bridgman books. They're inspiring. I ought to get out some of my figure drawing books and have a go.

08-09-2010, 01:59 AM
The eye studies are wonderful. Love the crossed eyes, and the squinty smiling eyes. Wonderful figure sketches. Some fantastic work here. Very inspiring.

08-09-2010, 09:27 AM
great sense of movement in those figures :)

Vivien Maloney
08-09-2010, 03:38 PM
Great figure sketches - I love the eye page!

08-09-2010, 07:53 PM
great figure studies - love those twisted torsos! I am not a fan of static poses - I find the twisted or curled up poses way more interesting!

08-10-2010, 08:02 PM
Excellent figure sketch work!

08-18-2010, 10:44 PM
Thanks again for the comments.
Virgo68, I agree about the poses. Static ones are boring to me too. I need to push myself harder with the Bridgman studies, but it's getting hard to find the time.


08-19-2010, 12:04 AM
Looking good, any practise is good practise! Know what you mean about time, although I seem to have plenty at the moment so I am making the most of it.

08-21-2010, 03:03 AM
I love this latest batch of sketches and studies. They're magnificent. Great anatomy and poses, and I like the way some still have construction lines and measuring lines and stuff. The variation is fascinating. These look classical.

08-24-2010, 02:30 PM
These are great. The construction versions as well as the more finished ones. I totally understand about time getting away from one.

09-17-2010, 11:34 AM
Finally, an update. There are some older and recent studies mixed together. I just started learning how to draw people on the street. Man, it's a whole lot harder than I initially thought. There are a couple of magazine studies too.




09-17-2010, 12:54 PM
More great sketches, I love all of them. The tree is one of my fav's of course, but I also really like the leopard.


09-17-2010, 01:00 PM
Very nice work! Sketching folks on the street is definitely a step up from life drawing from a model. In addition to the fact that the subjects are not there to make your sketching life easier, and move a lot, I've found that the addition of clothes actually complicates the sketching. Even with the variation in human anatomy, with nude models you have basic starting proportions and some consistency from person to person. Keep posting when you can! :)

09-17-2010, 11:00 PM
Great series of sketches. The cheetah's head is stunning, amusing juxtaposition with the cartoon dog. Gorgeous figure sketching and architectural details with it, those pages are so classical. Your street sketches are good too, you have enough accuracy with human anatomy that they are completely undistorted and natural. Great poses in both of those groups.

09-17-2010, 11:23 PM
These are wonderful. Awesome job.

09-18-2010, 06:44 AM
good stuff! :)

09-19-2010, 07:28 AM
Thank you again for the comments and words of encouragement. I'm trying to force myself to drawing something everyday.

09-30-2010, 05:12 PM
Here are some sketches I did today at work, minus the Bridgman. National Geographic has been my friend for the last few days because my job has been so slow and boring lately. Luckily, I have a pretty cool manager who lets me draw whatever.





09-30-2010, 06:30 PM
Great series of faces and bodies. I love that rhino! Wonderful drawings, I like how you did the skulls too - this is a beautiful anatomy series.

09-30-2010, 11:30 PM
Marvelous sketches. You do faces so well.

10-01-2010, 05:39 AM
you are good at catching things in just a few essential marks

10-02-2010, 08:57 AM
All great but love the boy with the cap and rolled up towel (that whole page is very good). I also liked the simple head studies with the clean lines - you're creating a great sketchbook here.

10-02-2010, 11:27 AM
Great studies! I think your book will inspire some of our members who are a teensy bit stuck on making a complete and perfect painting on each page. Your sketchbook is a sketchbook! Full of great practice, ideas, live and posed, all mixed for great inspiration- to us as well as yourself! I love portraits and figures and will eagerly follow your work in progress!!

Candra H
10-23-2010, 11:27 AM
Hey, Klandestineone. Hope you don't mind me posting in here. Just wanted to say I love your sketches of figures and faces. They're fantastic. Especially liked the box bodies on page two, I think it was. A nice way of breaking the body down into an easy to draw formula. And also loved the graphic effect of the shadows on some of your faces.

Lovely work. I hope you'll add more soon.

10-23-2010, 08:53 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone. Candra, of course I don't mind you posting in my sketchbook.

Here's a small update of some Bridgman studies again.


10-23-2010, 10:36 PM
very nice sketches... really like those Bridgman studies...

10-23-2010, 10:51 PM
Cool skulls.

10-25-2010, 08:32 PM
cool - like how you suggest so much without any shading!

10-26-2010, 01:16 AM
Love those Bridgman studies! I just bought a plastic skull, going to have to do some of those myself. Oh wow, I could do that for the Scavenger Hunt - "plastic" is on the list!

10-31-2010, 09:04 PM
Oooh, I like working from plaster sculptures. My old art teacher had two, man and woman, and I forgot to ask where he got them from. They were great to draw from when you had good lighting.

Small update. I'm trying to get good at hatching. Anyone have any suggestions?


11-01-2010, 12:01 AM
Small update. I'm trying to get good at hatching. Anyone have any suggestions?

This might sound corny, but practice? Pick an item ( a banana, a portrait, a landscape) and try one way of hatching. Then draw again with another type of hatching. And again in a third way of hatching. Basically draw the same thing over and over with different hatching. You might find that one method works well for one type of subject and another for another. Just an idea :)

11-01-2010, 06:35 PM
But your hatching is interesting as is.

11-01-2010, 06:54 PM
Wonderful group of sketches since I last checked in! Your figure and anatomy sketches are more motivation for me to do some of that this month in my 'one-page-per-day' book. They are not my usual subjects. The hatching in the landscape sketch works nicely to provide depth. Good job on these!

11-01-2010, 10:43 PM
I'm trying to get good at hatching. Anyone have any suggestions?

I like the suggestions you have already got - just do it, and see how develops for you.

On the other hand, here is a quote from Harold Speed's 'The practice and science of drawing' [available for free on www.gutenberg.org] - a great book even if it is a little hard to read.

"Speaking generally, lines of shading drawn across the forms suggest softness, lines drawn in curves fulness of form, lines drawn down the forms hardness, and lines crossing in all directions so that only a mystery of tone results, atmosphere. And if these four qualities of line be used judiciously, a great deal of expressive power is added to your shading."

12-09-2010, 08:26 PM
Thank you for the suggestions and comments. Seejay, thanks very much for the link. Something else on my plate I need to practice. Small update and a study of a Peter Paul Reubens' painting.



12-09-2010, 11:59 PM
More nice sketches! I particularly like the Rubens and the fish.

12-10-2010, 02:27 AM
I love the pages of studies. all the several different sketches on a page add energy to each other.

I particularly like the cheetah head and the two boys at the beach but is a lovely collection. Inspiring.

12-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Seems like you're doing great on hatching! Love the Rubens copy. Those hatched rocks have wonderful texture.

The only suggestion I've got on improving hatching besides practice is to get the Claudia Nice book that I bought a while back. She does a lot of gorgeous pen work and broke down the different types of pen hatching neatly - with many examples of each. Painting with Watercolor, Pen & Ink is the fat omnibus volume that includes all of the pen styles and great examples. It combines two or three of her previous books into one volume in a beautiful way.

Contour hatching and contour crosshatching is something that fascinated me all my life looking at old style postage stamps. The way such fine gradations of value could be produced with lines on white was gorgeous. I also thought the artists worked that tiny rather than reducing the art for the stamp. Which I think engravers used to.

Claudia talks a lot about the quality of the line and effects of different types of lines too. It makes a big difference. I used to doodle crosshatched tones on scratch paper back when I had a regular job, just anytime I was on the phone or doing anything that didn't take my hands. Sometimes value ranges, sometimes gradations, sometimes shapes and spheres and shaded things. That helped me get used to hatching and crosshatching easier.

I still don't have the degree of control I want in it either sometimes, but that's just personal. There's always room for improvement even past the point you wow most of the people who see it - I know that feeling. So check out the Nice book from the library or look for it at North Light Books, it's a good one. Fantastic for pen work and the watercolor instructions are equally good.

12-10-2010, 09:12 PM
The Rubens is fantastic. Really like all the little sketches you fit in a page.

12-10-2010, 11:07 PM
Great new pages.

12-22-2010, 10:20 PM
Thanks for the comments and thank you, Robert, for the information.

12-23-2010, 11:22 AM
I love all your studies.

12-23-2010, 05:10 PM
Some sketches from this week. I added borders to see if I could control the size of the subjects ( plus I'm running out of paper in this sketchbook).


12-23-2010, 07:45 PM
These are great! The solution to running out of sketch book pages is to get a new sketchbook. :D

12-24-2010, 01:06 AM
Your sketches inspire me to do more. I bow down to your drive! Keep up the fantastic work!

12-24-2010, 01:29 AM
Excellent sketches! My favorites are the diver and the fiddler. Actually, the solution to an almost-full sketchbook is many additional sketchbooks, most of which have a page or two started. You can never have too many sketchbooks. :)

12-24-2010, 01:11 PM
Great sketches! I like the centaur, that's a difficult subject and he's foreshortened well. Good fiddler and diver too, the kneeling person at the upper left of the third page is great. Peaks and rocks are shaded dramatically. That middle one on the rocks and peaks page is gorgeous, it has beautiful lines, also the rock in front of the trees is well rendered.

You need to get a new sketchbook for sure! Don't let yourself run out of sketchbook pages!

12-30-2010, 08:10 PM
Just did a romp through your thread. Excellent work, I enjoyed the journey!

01-18-2011, 08:32 PM
Thank you for the comments and suggestions. Lately, I've been seriously re-evaluating my progress as an artist. My main tool is digital because I can't afford paint (sigh). But I've always had a love for traditional mediums like pencil, charcoal, pastel, etc. I think that I want to put aside the fantasy and sci-fi stuff for a little while and concentrate on the basics. But anyway, end of chit-chat. On to the sketches and stuff.

Oh yeah, I had to pop open the ol' How to Draw Characters the MAHVEL Way. And why whenever I try to draw a baby, they look like an angry troll? And....working on a NC Wyeth master study....in digital (sigh).





01-18-2011, 09:12 PM
These are great. (Sometimes babies are just angry little trolls, especially around 2 to 3 years old. :lol:)

Joan T
01-19-2011, 11:38 AM
Wow! You're really doing well with the figures and the faces!!!

01-19-2011, 02:34 PM
Outstanding group of sketches here!

02-01-2011, 04:50 PM
Ha,ha! DrDebby, that's so true about babies.
A small update done digitally using Corel Painter.


02-01-2011, 05:48 PM
Wow, this is digital? Cool.

02-02-2011, 05:18 AM

02-02-2011, 10:08 AM
wow, you did that on a computer!!! that is amazing

02-02-2011, 08:39 PM
Great variety for us to enjoy. Your figures have good natural stances- Mine are rather stiff. Must figure out that problem. Yes many people just ARE angry trolls. HA!

Joan T
02-05-2011, 11:02 AM
Great job on the digi!!! Glad to see you use so many different mediums.

02-22-2011, 07:13 PM
Thank you again for the comments. I'm considering revisiting that last piece to do some retouches.

Another dig-painting using the same program and some sketches:



02-22-2011, 07:38 PM
Great sketches. The digital is cool. I really like the boy in the upper left sketch.

02-22-2011, 08:29 PM
More wonderful stuff here! The close-up digital portrait is exceptional.

Joan T
02-24-2011, 11:14 AM
Super job on this last one!!!

06-07-2011, 10:56 PM
Hi, everyone. I've been lazy and not practicing like I'm supposed to. (Slaps wrist, lol.) I had a recent computer fail so I had to reinstall everything......sigh. For some reason, I can't find my scanner software, so to make it easier, my next few uploads will be in digital. Unfortunately, as much as I love doing work digitally, it's not as fun for the Bridgman studies. It's very difficult to get the line weight that I want. I'm also pushing myself to do more landscape studies because I suck at them so badly. Meh.


06-08-2011, 12:42 AM
Welcome back. Your sketches remind me to just practice- especially human poses of all kinds. Get out my art books and do some pages of studies. Yours are so good! Keep it up!

06-08-2011, 03:41 AM
very good faces and expressions there

06-08-2011, 05:35 PM
Thank you both. Here's a little something I did for a concept of Lotus Guards. I watch too many kung fu movies. I'm such a nerd, lol.


06-08-2011, 07:47 PM
Wow! I just love that closeup digital portrait!

06-09-2011, 09:27 PM
Sorry about the computer fail. These are all splendid sketches. And it's ok, you can be a nerd.

06-09-2011, 11:18 PM
Great work on the digital pieces here! The kung fu characters are great, as well as the others. When my father in law (a Japanese-American living in Hawaii) was alive, he watched samurai movies all the time. We used to kid him about it and he said he only watched them to keep his Japanese language skills sharp. No one, including his wife and kids, believed him. :lol:

06-10-2011, 08:29 PM
lol I'm a fan of those films also. He was trying to conceal the inner nerd.

06-10-2011, 10:03 PM
Statue of Nike. I failed miserably at this reproduction. Meh.....


06-11-2011, 01:03 AM
wow, that is very lovely

Joan T
06-11-2011, 10:28 AM
Your digis are great!!! Glad to see you're back sharing more.

06-11-2011, 02:26 PM
Very cool. The detail on the drapery is awesome.

06-12-2011, 08:46 AM
Klandestineone (unusual name - I LIKE it!!!)
These sketches are absolutely FANTASTIC, I love each and every one!!! From the symplicity of pencil and a few lines, to the ones that look like they took FOREVER to complete!

QUESTION - what is the book that you are referring to? Could you please list title, author, and year????

THankyou for sharing your beautiful gift with us!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

06-13-2011, 05:55 PM
Thanks for the kind remarks, guys.
Firehorse Australia: The book that I am using is Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life. by George Bridgman

I suggest that if you decide to tackle Bridgman, get an anatomy book also like Grey's Anatomy or such. Bridgman can be kind of confusing. Even buying any of Andrew Loomis' books can be a good companion purchase.

06-15-2011, 12:57 PM
My scanner is back in action! Woot! Back to pencils for my Bridgman studies, yey. (I'm sad, really.) The second pic was for a challenge for an art chat that I frequent regularly. We had to design an 'artist tree'....in an hour. I came up with an idea within the last 20 min because I was drawing a blank for the first 40. I didn't win, but I was trying to channel my inner Van Gogh and failed miserably. Meh.



06-16-2011, 07:51 PM
Great faces being sketched. I think the tree is cool.

06-28-2011, 09:26 PM
Some more Bridgman studies.


06-28-2011, 10:15 PM
Good job on the Bridgman studies. And the tree is outstanding - wild and expressive!

Joan T
06-29-2011, 11:15 AM
Nice head studies!! I like the pink trees...they look like they're dancing!

06-29-2011, 11:00 PM
Great job on the head studies.

08-19-2011, 12:53 AM
Just getting around to uploading some more sketches. I'm forcing myself to work on landscapes and environments. They're my least favorite thing to do. For the 'blue' chic, I found this really cool impasto type brush in Painter that I like. And of course good ol' Bridgman.


08-19-2011, 07:18 PM
Great sketches, all of them.

10-07-2011, 03:50 PM
It's been a long time. I've been forcing myself to get back into daily sketches again.


10-07-2011, 04:55 PM
Wow, excellent group of sketches here! The boxers look very natural - I would be intimidated by that type of motion, especially from the standpoint of sketching rather than taking a huge amount of time to do a more studied drawing. Hope to see more!

10-07-2011, 07:12 PM
Marvelous sketches. Glad to see you back at it.

11-02-2011, 02:41 PM
I'm so late in replying, but thank you both for the comments. I've a little busy. Landscapes have been a focus so that I can better at doing them. I can't say that I'm really pull one from memory yet, but I'm working on it.
Digital landscape paintings and an Alphonse Mucha master copy entitled "Komensky".



11-02-2011, 04:49 PM
You have been busy. . . very cool digital sketches but my favorites are all those gesture sketches of the gymnasts and all. Those are GREAT!

11-02-2011, 06:35 PM
Thanks, RainySea.

Can't I edit a post. I have so many words missing. Must still be tired. heh

11-02-2011, 07:59 PM
Cool landscapes. Is the woman done digitally?

11-05-2011, 06:42 PM
Nope, it's a traditional ink study. I'm starting to go back to my roots. heh

11-06-2011, 05:55 PM
those movement sketches are excellent

11-07-2011, 05:31 PM
I thought it looked like ink, but you had been doing digital stuff so I wasn't sure. Very nicely done.