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I'm a first year art / math student from some mediocre university. Currently taking a fundamentals course at my university. Know I need to improve but not sure where to focus on first.

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I try to be careful with my proportions with comparative measuring, so I think that's ok thus far. I think my biggest weakness right now lies in value / rendering, which I'm not sure how to rectify other than doing a lot of studies of basic shapes following lessons from something like How To Render. My rendering overall is pretty poor.

Everything so far is from life (I got an old Yoshi figurine lying around).
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You will probably never get a teacher to teach you properly how to do value if your not in a classical academy that just the sad reality of art now a day.That why you probably struggling to see any progress when it come to turning your drawing into something that as volume and proper light and shadow.You probably will learn way more by going to drawabox.com than you will in your university class.Specially if you have to go throught art history and all this.

Yea so like i say try your skill at drawabox.com it might seem like cake when you look at it but don't be fool by the first impression you will get look at the exercise.

I encourage you to go there and do the exercise they suggested.It as been suggested by many people before me and i even did it myself so yeah highly recommended.

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(05-08-2019, 03:22 PM)darktiste Wrote: You will probably never get a teacher to teach you properly how to do value if your not in a classical academy that just the sad reality of art now a day.That why you probably struggling to see any progress when it come to turning your drawing into something that as volume and proper light and shadow.You probably will learn way more by going to drawabox.com than you will in your university class.Specially if you have to go throught art history and all this.

Yea so like i say try your skill at drawabox.com it might seem like cake when you look at it but don't be fool by the first impression you will get look at the exercise.

I encourage you to go there and do the exercise they suggested.It as been suggested by many people before me and i even did it myself so yeah highly recommended.

We focus really heavily on observational drawing and technique, with a lot of focus and work done on observational skill / accuracy, perspective, value and composition. I've seen the work of students coming out and of the instructors and everything seems to be quite good from a fundamentals standpoint, comparing to graduates from other universities much more renowned for their art. We put in the work; the hours are very long (they expect you to spend 2-3 hours outside for every hour in lecture, and my intro class is a daily 3 hour studio).

I've looked at drawabox and the constructive approach is interesting. Thanks.
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A bunch of quick studies.
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Was a 2 hour still life for class; struggled with the foreshortened plane on the top of the last box, and fucked it up as a result. Rest of it looks good though imo
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Really looking forward to doing turnarounds of that little bat dude right there. A big milestone would be to get a couple waddling animations for that bat dude thing, and thankfully I can look to how Kirby's waddles are animated to get an idea of how to make my bat dude waddle look nice. Interesting too how much the Moggle design looks like a bat straight up; I had no clue how much inspiration the Moggle design took from bats alone (seems like everything except the humanoid form and that little bobble on its head).

Only got in like 4 hours practice today; gotta up those numbers! Need to take photos with better lighting too.
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