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The Indomitable (Spring 2023)

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    3:30 AM, Wednesday May 11th 2022


    I have heard people say "What you THINK you know can hurt you as much as what you don't know". After reading your critiques and going through the tutorials again, I think I understand that quote now. I have made another go of it and I have tried to understand and correct the areas that you pointed out. I really hope I got it this time. or at least closer. To be honest, I started to second guess everything I am doing with this lesson and I did each animal a couple of times but kept finding fault with them. Let me know how I did and any corrections needed. Thanks

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    2:27 AM, Wednesday May 11th 2022

    Scott Robertson's "How to Draw"

    3:33 PM, Thursday April 28th 2022

    You might want to check out a youtube video by a Syrca. Search for "Iterative Drawing". I think his approach will help you with something like the skulls. Consistency is hard to achieve. From what I can tell (I don't have it yet either) it takes mileage. Tons and tons of drawing.

    8:45 PM, Thursday April 21st 2022

    Sorry, but it is a broken link for me.

    3:56 PM, Wednesday April 20th 2022


    Well let me first begin by saying I am not trying to ignore what you said or waste your time, but perhaps I am focusing on the wrong things. I did try to reduce the fur but clearly not enough. I feel like there is a grey area that I am crossing over once I finish construction when adding details. It's almost like "If I am not trying to make a finished picture, what's the point of any detail?" Except perhaps a shadow here or there. I will do another furry critter and see if I can get it right.

    I did try to use your wing demo as my model, but it wasn't attached to a bird, so maybe I just missed that part of it. None of your bird demos have wings in flight, so I assumed that the feather which are flatter (which is why I first drew it using a leaf model) would attach to the skeletal part of the wing. Also, I do feel you can see the musculature of the wing in the photo, which is why I added it as a separate structure. I will try another bird and see if I can get that right.

    As for the heads, I am clearly missing something there. I do feel lost when attaching parts to the cranial mass. I will follow the demo's again and try just some head studies as part of my resubmission. I attempted multiple squirrel heads before I got to even what you see there.

    I think I see what you are saying now about the added masses. The lines do come to a sharper point on the sample. I have a different picture of an elephant and will attempt that one again.

    I really thought I did better on this submission, but I will try to improve. It's hard to hear a critique at times, but necessary to grow. Thanks for the advice for continuing forward. I appreciate it.

    1:12 AM, Wednesday April 20th 2022

    Here are the three animal pages:


    I knew that the fox fur was wrong. I tried to improve the squirrel drawings after going over the raccoon with fur demo. I did another picture of a squirrel and hope that I got a little closer this time. When I did wing on the hybrid, I was looking at the complicated leaf demo for inspiration. I redid a bird with wings so that I could try again. This time I followed your example. Still a little lost on the cast shadows. I think I am getting stuck on the word shadow which seems inadequate to describe what you are after. Maybe it's just me.

    And now the elephant in the room. Oh and I did an elephant. But actually I have been meaning to ask a question but wanted to wait until I was further along in the lessons to ask. It's about those pretty pictures we have been avoiding. I wholly approve of what you are teaching and how you are teaching it. I'm all in. But, at some point, the goal is pretty pictures for most of the people coming to Drawabox. I am wondering if at some point you will post a lesson or article on "And now what". How do you transition from the exercises here to a more finished drawing? I don't think the 50% rule is enought to get a person there. It probably wouldn't be a lesson (unless it's lesson 0.2) but maybe an article. When you did the drawing of faces that you tore up in your demo, you didn't use construction lines. So how do you get there? I have thoughts about it, but I am more interested in yours.

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    2:27 PM, Saturday April 16th 2022

    Before I address the question, one word of caution. When you say you are trying to practice lesson 2/3 material. Are you trying to do that simultaneously? The lessons build on each other and are not meant to be done at the same time. I do suggest going through them in the recommended order and getting feedback along the way, whether from the community or official feedback. I have received great feedback that way and it has helped me.

    It sounds like you are on the right track with the observation, you just need "mileage". Just draw. You have to have a lot of wrong before you will get to right. Keep your work, set it aside and look at it after a couple of days or a week. You will be able to see why things are right or wrong more clearly than you can in the moment. You may be doing better than you think.

    I think your stress might be coming from wanting a pretty picture. When I showed my wife what I had spent a month doing (lesson 2), I was quick to explain its purpose because lets face it, it doesn't look like much (although the dissections look cool). Drawabox lessons are exercises. Save the pretty picturess for the 50% rule.

    If you can be brave, post some of the things you think are a problem here and let people have a look to see if there are any specific areas you could practice.

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    2:03 PM, Saturday April 16th 2022

    I don't know what Uncomfortable would say, but I have done something similar (sort of). I was finding it difficult at time to see the shapes with all the confusing details, so I would physically print out a black and white photo and use a fat marker to draw the 3 main forms on the picture. All I wanted was to see those big shapes so I didn't use the fineliner on purpose. I would then put that away and using the my unmarked photo reference, a fineliner and a new piece of paper, attempt the picture again. I would caution against using that digital trace for the final drawing. That would actually be counterproductive to what Uncomfortable is trying to teach. You might have seen other artist do this online, but I would say they are trying to render something and need exact proportions and angles. As Uncomfortable says, we are not making pretty pictures here. We are training the eye and hand to see and draw the illusion of 3D in 2D.

    7:04 PM, Friday April 8th 2022

    Thanks. It's what I thought, but wanted to check.

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    6:14 AM, Monday April 4th 2022

    I have a few thoughts, but first I need to ask some clarification. If by depressed you mean actual Depression, please seek the care that you need and don't concern yourself with Drawabox. If you mean it in the more casual use of the word meaning discouraged, then I have a suggestion.

    You say that you don't think you can do this consistently. It sounds like you are putting too much pressure on yourself to produce a certain amount of work. You have just started this process and it is a marathon not a sprint. You might have had a rush of excitement when you started and now it is starting to be clear how long this process is going to take and it seems overwhelming. What you might want to do is tell yourself that you will do a minimum amount each day. And when I say minimum, I would make it so small it almost seems silly. "I will draw a single ellipse everyday" or "I will draw for at least 1 minute each day". You make yourself do that bare minimum everyday. If you do it and that is all you do that day, great, you met your goal. I think you will find that more often than not you will do more than the minimum, but if you don't, its fine. The idea is that you will never actually stop and the habit of drawing will grow. This is just to get you through those tough days when you are just not feeling it. Other days, you will be drawing just like you were at the beginning. I do this myself and it has helped me make steady progress over the past months. It might be something for you to try.

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