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This thread is dedicated to master studies, where you copy artwork you admire as a form of study. They are the quickest way to improve and learn about any fundamental you are having problems with. If you need to work on your hands, copy hands from other artists, and if you're having trouble with rendering, make careful studies of paintings with lighting you admire. Studies can be quick or long. You can even copy anatomy books like Bridgman, Morpho, and Hogarth. The type of studies you want to do depend on your personal goals and the types of problems you are grappling with. The point is to study what you are interested in!!

Artists of all levels are welcome. Critiques and redlines are encouraged.

Recommended watching:

"Practice what you LIKE!" Philosophy:

artbook thread: >>>/ic/artbook

Previous thread: >>6541744
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Been doing little value studies of paintings. To get a grip in oil paint but also as an exercise in simplification and getting to the essence of a composition, it is actually quite fun to break down paintings like this. Soon I will be going outside to apply this to real landscapes.
these are beautiful, anon
Thanks anon. Can recommend this exercise to anyone. Just take black, white and mix a midtone and then recreate any image you like from art books you may have lying around. Keep the paint neat and separated and don't mix or blend on the canvas.

It really trains you to simplify and look for abstract shapes. Then if you feel more confident, mix a few more values and apply those.
One thing I can't stress enough is to avoid blending at all cost, it will just create a mess, instead if you feel like an edge is too hard you just put a middle value between it.
I made it out the other side of hands
Very dreamlike, good job anon
this is art in and of itself
Looks incredible anon!
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Trying to learn how he does values and color. Was very challenging but fun.
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I forgot some details and highlights >>6655815, @#%^$%!
That's good practice for sure
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Hand drawing binge from the last 3 days


great study

I've really got to try this
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Excellent work!!!
anons that are copying bridgman, how yall doing?
hows the progress, do u guys feel that bridge of man has helped?
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Finch's advice is unironically some of the best out there. He tells you to copy Bridgman from observation, then again memory, while also applying your knowledge to figure studies. Only gripe is that you should of course practice your imagination too. If you do the entire excersize you'll have improved your observation, memory, knowledge on muscle origins, insertions, and actions, how to simplify the forms of the body, and gesture. On top of all that it's a goal to work towards and helps with consistency and just drawing. He's not telling (You) to draw an arbitrary amount of boxes out of spite or to purchase the new rinotuna. If you're willing to put in the effort this absolutely works. How could you not improve if you do all that? If you think this advice is a meme then I don't know what to tell you. The book is free. This is my work. jej.
this, but unironically. idk what you get out of posting merc, but what you stated was correct
cause the crab wants candy but im giving him green beans. duh.
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Sketching from kjg

thanks! <3

You have a natural talent for butt drawing, anon. I wonder how far you'll go...
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Studying animals from Jack Hamm
Butts are my favorite thing to draw, it's true
These look great btw
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More Hamm

thanks anon. I really like the line quality you have now. I remember a year ago, we were complaining about your lines lol.
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Fellas I think it's over for me, I can't improve anymore I've hit my ceiling
These two were done 3 months apart
I truly can't learn
Which one is the new one?
Lol I remember
It's hard to concentrate on line quality AND recall at the same time so I'm glad it's improved
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I drew along with this for 20 minutes: https://youtu.be/r71zAlnA2-s

Really, should've worked on it for at least an hour, but nature calls

looking good

you're not bad, anon. Keep doing these every day, and you're sure to improve
When appproaching a study of a drawing do you guys go full autism measure mode? Straight lines for angles, plumb lines, envelopes, sighting, or do you just observe? Which is better?
Make sure you're not just copying the lines. The idea is to build up a process.
Thanks, you too!
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janky sketches

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I try my best to get it as close as possible to the reference, but I don't measure very hard. I just use my eyes, and occasionally I'll use plumb lines and negative space

Finch said if he couldn't capture a study right, he'd draw it 5 times, and by the fifth time he'd get it down pretty easy
Very pretty and lively hands
Nice. What’s your general work flow? I’ve been trying to do value studies but I always lose motivation after it ends up looking like s-h-i-t
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practicing from "Night of the Living Cat". It's a pretty amusing manga

good legs.
kitties <3
you're improving! It's getting harder to distinguish between the memory drawing and the correction
Um, guys, what do I do if I try to draw what I copied from memory and it turns out looking nothing like what I drew?
that's the natural result. You just gotta keep doing it. Start with smaller chunks. Try doing a memory drawing on only just an eyeball, or a finger. The more familiar you are with the subject matter, the easier the memory drawing will be, so these smaller studies will help you build up to that
What are some good examples of subjects for grayscale value studies?
You can look at the works of professional photographers, and try to breakdown the light/shadows and values.
Thanks! That's encouraging!
Last one here failed and I ran out of room anyway so I'll just redo it tomorrow
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Prison school

I see no failure…
Nice booba!!
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lately, I feel like my copying skill has improved. not only can i copy it faster, I don't have as many corrections to make and can get the final lines in one go. it's a good feeling

those hamstrings are definitely improved!
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Love the shape language, especially on the legs
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Practicing clothing folds

thank you <3 but your legs look better
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I do really like Bridgman's legs. Nice drapery!
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hi friends i kinda gave up on art and life for awhile but im back to trying and im determined to turn things around, ill probably be posting in here more often, this is the first thing i've really drawn in the past 6 months, done in about an hour, hope you've all been well!
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totemo tanoshii!

it would be a huge loss if someone as good as you gave up on art... hope to see more art soon!

very solid architecture
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In an hour? Amazing!
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I've done around 60 copies and they still look like shit

I am a lost cause?
>doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results
thanks guys, glad to see you are all still grinding and keeping /msg/ alive, keep up the great work!
it looks pretty good anon, dont beat yourself up but dont keep looping over the same problem, step back and analyze what you are not happy with, and what you want from your piece
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continuing my clothing study from Bakuman

i found memory drawings to be especially very helpful for simple diagrams like that of the knee. Just producing those from memory makes them sink in for a long time, compared to trying to memorize a full figure, it seems. I hope you find you're getting a lot out of this

60 copies is a baby number, anon! Bridgman's book has 1000+ diagrams!

Your copy looks fine, btw. Keep doing them!

that's exactly how it works! You become literally a smarter human when you do studies, and what you're capable of changes.
look at your copy
does it really look like a copy to you?
you've proven that you can draw a lot very quickly, now its time to focus on quality

come back when you've done as many longer studies as you've done sketch studies
Yes, I have a mental tally of "favorite" diagrams that I will continue to spaced-repetition until I know them by rote after this marathon
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sketching from wha

good knees
Thanks! Good witches
i love the ghostliness of the bottom left sketch
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