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post #1 of Old 11-30-2017, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sketch of a dog that I made

I have a drawing book that shows step by step process of how to draw animals, flowers ect. I did the best I could to copy the books process on a drawing the dogs portrait. I feel I may have over drew it a little bit and that some of the shading is misplaced.

Anyways I meant to do a quick sketch, like 20 min long but ended up spending the better part of an hour drawing the dog. Let me know what you guys think
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post #2 of Old 11-30-2017, 11:22 PM
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You have a good command of outlining. If you continue to use the how to draw books, you will not grow. Try drawing from photos and draw what you see. Learn the techniques of drawing with minimal lines. Almost everything can be captured with the difference between degrees of shading and highlights. You will have to look deeper and spend more time. Keep your drawings and if you are getting better it will show. Don't feel like you have to post your early work. While you show promise, you have a long way to go.
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At least throw that book away and find something better. Outlining will always make your sketch look like a cartoon. I just started a couple of years ago and learned this right off the bat, probably from Just :-) Try the same drawing without the outline, I think you'll be amazed at what comes out of you.

All that aside, bravo for taking up sketching and this is a good first step.

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Wow!? I didn't know that I shouldn't use the drawing books. But thank you guys for your input I really appreciate it. I'm still new to drawing and I'm trying to figure out what styles will work best for me, so far I really like doing realism in graphite.
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That's the point. When you draw an outline, it doesn't look real.
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The book may be fine but you need to make those outlines very soft in the beginning so they are easily erased or smudge into the shadows. This drawing can still be saved with a sharp eraser and some attention to soft edges.

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I guess it all depends on the goal, if one want realism the outlines are a big no but for illustration-sake it actually doesnt matter if there are outlines or not. Being able to work effectively with a minimal outline isnt something coming to you within a few days, weeks or month, allthough there are exceptions to that rule. I'm currently 'struggling' myself to soften outlines and while there are many benefits to that approach it is my personal belief that being able to illustrate through the usage of hard outlines, as in this drawing, is as valuable as any other tool in an artists toolbox. I really like the idea of being more versatile opposite specialism.

I really do not care to much about the realism in this particular drawing as to me the drawing itself is quite wonderful, I really like it a lot. In fact I do think its good enough to consider it a finished impression of another drawing, worthy enough even to put on display somewhere, I like it that much.
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Thank you for your input Rrr, I'm glad you like it! Since this drawing I have toned down on doing such hard outlines on my sketches, my goal is more toward realism when it comes to drawing. But sometimes when I sketch it just feels good to do a hard outline on whatever I'm drawing, its very satisfying for some reason 😁.
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Then you should keep doing it.

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I'll maybe do a hard outline every now and then for fun. But your right hutchings, it makes my sketches look cartoony with a hard outline. Since taking your advise I have noticed an improvement in the quality of my sketches and they are much more realistic now.
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