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Joe Smith
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Posted: 22 August 2022 at 8:30pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Cripes… I’ll do anything to get better at this. (Sorry for the language)
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Joe Smith
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 24 August 2022 at 11:49am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Nice one Joe!

To echo what Daniel said, there are at least two very well known proportion measurement systems.  One is Loomis another Reiter.  They only work effortlessly when the figure is standing and the view is from the front, but there are a few tips that you can use with certain body landmarks to check yourself.

There are a ton of great (free!) figure drawing/anatomy videos over at Proko.com.  They certainly helped me.  Here's a few:

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Joe Smith
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Posted: 24 August 2022 at 3:39pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I miss Stan and Marshall!! I wish Marshall was on a social media outlet
somewhere…. he was so great to listen to, and had such a. positive
influence on me.
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 24 August 2022 at 7:20pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Marshall was/is the philosopher and teacher to be sure.  Slowly, Stan lost those qualities and seems to just want to bust on Marshall. I don't blame Marshall for wanting to stop---their dynamic had soured.
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Joe Smith
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Posted: 24 August 2022 at 7:51pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

jeez, that's unfortunate.....I thought they made a great
team. Marshall's singing intro's alone were worth it.
Anyways, here's a nurse in blue colored pencil.
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 25 August 2022 at 1:01am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

A quick (30 minute) sketch of a composition that flashed into my mind's eye.  Call it "Little House Invasion on the Prairie".

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Joe Smith
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 26 August 2022 at 11:07am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I like that one a lot Joe!
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Steven Queen
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Posted: 01 September 2022 at 3:30pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I'm on the Flesk mailing list because I backed their Franklin Booth book Kickstarter.  Through the seductive magic on the internet, I wound up watching Terry Dodson (who's work I was/is unfamiliar with) quick-sketch this profile. 


I was captivated by how simple it was, and yet gets your brain to recognize it---so I tried a reproduction.  The process is always much easier when someone else leads the way (in permanent marker, no less!), and took just a handful of minutes.

Here's the original video link in case anyone is interested:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1hv4LvMNYU

I will say however that I feel that the ultra-simple character drawing style can, I think, be a slippery slope that might lead you to manga/anime-like cartoonish-ness.  In general, I prefer well rendered (but not excessive) detail.

Also, isolated character sketches of faces---either in profile and/or facing forward---are not particularly challenging perspectives.  The low-hanging fruit of the amateur sketcher, and probably child's play for a pro.





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Joe Smith
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Posted: 01 September 2022 at 8:17pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Nicely done, SQ.
Dodson is a master. Some of his stuff reminds me of
Leyendecker. Love it.

Here's a picture of a woman that lives in my head.

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Steven Queen
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Posted: 02 September 2022 at 12:34am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Joe, do we need to talk about proportions again? (kidding!) :)
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