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    Learning to Sketch "perpetual" WIP

    Hi gang, i have come to the point where i realise to be able to paint i need to embark on a study to draw. I was walking past my favorite book shop and saw Peter Grays "The Complete Guide to Drawing & Illustration" in the window for $10 off the RRP bringing it down to $14.99. I'm now half way through and loving it, the book is organised in a course format, but is suitable for reference as well, i have been reading it before bed as i find that's when i absorb information best, and if i read an instruction manual through once before attempting the lessons, i find i don't feel so much like i'm cramming information into my head all at once lol.

    Anyways my intention for this thread is to share with you all my journey into the scary wide world of sketching, i will update this thread occasionally with my current sketches both real media and sketched with ArtRage, i felt that it might be helpful for some and refreshing for others to see my progress, in any case i do hope you enjoy laughing at my feeble attempts, and enjoy the rewards of study and dedication with me as my skills advance.

    I hope to have my 1st sketch up over the next few days.

    The link to the book is here for those interested "The Complete Guide to Drawing & Illustration"
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    Sounds like a plan! Looking forward to seeing your first sketch and your progression.
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    Right on silentman! It's a wonderful journey and one that never really ends! I don't sketch as much as I use to, but for a long time...that was all I did. Another good book to read is "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. It has some interesting perspectives and is great for people just starting. I look forward to following your work and progress!

    Also... try not to become frustrated or feel you are not ready to paint. Painting really only requires some basic sketching, enough to get the idea down on the canvas. Composition, Value, and color do the rest.
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    Dear Silentman, LOVE sketches and a chance to learn, looking forward!

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    Sketches are so key to good compositions I think and the ability to draw is rewarding. The most valuable bit of info I ever got was to draw what you see not what you think you are looking at. Even perspective can be right by drawing what you see. I am not talking about abstracts and expressionism, but rather good drawing skills like fantasy drawing and figure drawing. Look forward to your progress and paintings.

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    Hi Silentman, we seem to be at roughly the same stage in learning to draw.

    I have the same book and it's great. I have been copying the most basic sketches in pencil on paper. Haven't tried them in ArtRage yet.

    The other book I've just started on is Phil Metzger's "Art of Perspective", since my very first sketches were already wonky!

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    Lookin great Silentman... Check out your PM!
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    Thanks Sketch, i'll remember to be more lose in future
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    Great idea Col,and nice to see you work things out.Sketchup is a great tool in the Artist Toolbox.

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