slow hand ~ Andrew Ken's sketchbook
Nice to see you making goals and keeping us updated. I think as far as technical issues I see, there seems to be a bit of broken perspective in a few of those sketches. That table especially. I think in order for you to learn figures properly you'll need to address this lack in constructive methodology first. Drawing more simple forms like that table drawing and focusing on nailing the perspective will help a lot. I got a book today that has a great way of constructing figures. Its called Struttura Uomo Manuale di Anatomia Artistica. Its all in Italian but the images speak volumes (pun intentional) of the human figure. This is a good example of the kind of accurate figure construction I think anyone who wants to get good at figure drawing should be striving for.
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Very true. The manual looks great, I'll check it out. I've done a bit of this type of study, def want to do more

"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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More island. Mostly subtle rendering. Don't have a scanner right now unfortunately


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"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Some more on this



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Quick still-life of kneaded eraser: 



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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slowly getting back into drawing practice.

bought myself a large A2 sketchbook with cheap paper to practice doing large form-drawing on. Something I've known for a long time, is that being able to get proportions and sculpt forms accurately at a large scale is really important, and once you can do that then you can certainly scale down, but its not the case that practicing small all the time will let you scale up.

a few quick lions from photo ref




first one is not so great but showing it for record keeping honesty purposes





better bolder shapes on this. A2 paper 5b pencil

"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Great lion sketch dude! That's an interesting point you made about working big and being able to scale down, I must admit I've found it easier to work small so I keep on doing that instead of trying to work big. I should try this myself at some point.

Keep pushing!

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Artloader: Thanks! Yep it's important... let me know how it goes if you try it out

Uploading an acrylic painting I'm doing casually. Spent about an hour on this today. There is going to be a skull in the lower-middle section, and then the eyes/wind spirit rising out of it in the upper-middle section. You can't really make out these forms yet. So next step will be to block in major colour and shapes, then to unify it all a bit with some glazes.

It's on an 80x60 canvas with Golden Fluid acrylic paints, which are nice to work with and dry super fast (literally within 5-10 minutes they'll be pretty dry).




"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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quick practice to keep things flowing



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Wow dude! That acrylic painting is looking awesome - can't wait to see where you take it!

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Artloader: Thanks pal!


Post #111 on this sketchbook!


Trimester at the Academy started this week, am studying with an amazing artist called Amanda Sage. This is the first exercise we did, a still life-




I chose to do an acorn - a handful of hours, with white chalk pencil and charcoal pencil, on acrylic primed thick paper. Had lots of fun on this

Started on a self-portrait from mirror also, same materials, will finish it soon




This is a great exercise to do with a mirror. Observing a face from life, the most convenient one to use is your own

"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Had some fun working on this collab with a student at the Academy, still in its initial stages:



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"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Acrylic painting, mountain study from imagination+various photographs



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Acrylic update:





And egg-tempera and oil painting I'm doing for class:



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Update on the oil painting! Still not done!



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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medicine drop mandala - painted this last night, after spending the day in nature really good fun stuff, want to do more of these



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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Lil more acryl






Drybrush value study with oils. Dry brush with oils is really interesting and lots of fun. Easy to control the paint. Using small round brush and a hog brush with no mediums or turps. The outlines were traced, so this is just to practice value. Using the acrylic primed red paper as the middle value, just adding white or black paint varying the opacity by applying the paint thicker or thinner/spreading it out to get the other values.



"If you want liberation in this life, there is no area that you do not watch. Watch the breathing, watch the posture, watch the flow of energy, watch the texture of the mind, watch the response to objects." - Namgyal Rinpoche
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