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    12:52 PM, Monday June 5th 2023

    Not too sure how much this might help but maybe this could give you something to work off of. One thing I found that helped me consciously work towards getting a noticeably better and more consistent output on my sausages was to experiment as to where I started drawing them and to take a mental note as to which approach worked best for me. This might be a no brainer to some, but it took me a while to notice that I was drawing better sausages when I would start with the inward facing curve rather than the outward one. Also maybe another no brainer to some but I didn't fully realize that rotating the page could help in this context too, making sure I was drawing in a position where my hand wasn't blocking where I was drawing helped me here if that makes sense.

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    12:12 PM, Monday May 22nd 2023

    It sounds like you have a fairly busy schedule, maybe doing some short term drawing projects as part of the 50% could help keep you motivated as you work towards more long term drawing goals. One thing that helps me get a satisfying result and/or drawing experience is to do some quick sketches. Since Drawabox isn't focused on making visually appealing drawings so much as it is building your spatial reasoning and what not, it can at times feel difficult to get through especially when you have a specific image of the kind of drawing you'd like to make. While, for me at least, doing some quick sketches of whatever I'd like doesn't produce exactly the kind of drawing I had in mind, a lot of times I can give me some reassurance that I am heading in the right direction in ways I can't get from Drawabox alone.

    As for returning to the Drawabox exercises in particular. Unfortunately for alot people there will only be so much time we can put into a day, week etc. and that may be less then we'd like. To avoid burnout and to make sure you can come back to it regularly, experimenting with how you pace yourself might help. I think that starting with short drawing sessions and working your up is a good rule of thumb for testing your limits on focus and motivation. As you begin to better understand what those limits are, you can try slowly increasing the time and frequency you spend tackling the Drawabox exercises if you feel inclined to do so.

    10:24 PM, Wednesday March 22nd 2023

    Alright, here are my revisions.

    10:11 PM, Wednesday March 8th 2023

    Gotcha, mistakenly thought the sides of the the cylinders were an exception. Thank you for clarifying.

    8:52 PM, Wednesday March 8th 2023

    Thanks for the critique. I asked on the discord a little earlier but I figured asking here wouldn't hurt either. When I'm using the ghosting method for each side of the cylinder, should I be placing points on the far end of each ellipse or should I continue to use the ghosting method on the edges of the cylinders with out any points? From my understanding the main issue I am to address in regards to the ghosting method is to put more time and thought into each line and ellipse, but I'd just like to double check as to whether or not what I had asked about is relevant before starting revisions.

    7:24 PM, Wednesday March 8th 2023

    Cool. You might find looking at the production materials to be interesting to check out too if you haven't before. I haven't taken as much time as I'd like to do many proper studies from character sheets and the like but I would still argue there is some interesting stuff to learn from them.

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    12:56 PM, Monday March 6th 2023

    Love this style. Reminds me of Kenichi Sonoda's drawings. I think you nailed the 90's look and the cel like coloring looks great. I'm curious, did you study any character model sheets to draw this?

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    2:01 PM, Monday October 31st 2022

    Seems like your more or less on the right track. I find myself getting hung over on texture too. The best advice I could give off of my experience is to pace yourself. Since texture is the first exercise that deals with observation I've found that it takes a bit more concentration than the exercises leading up to it. It can be difficult sometimes but I find that being able to catch myself when I'm too exhausted and stepping away for a moment usually is the better option. As for smoother textures that might be something you want to avoid starting off. With something bumpier you might have a better time being able to conceptualize where the cast shadows are. I would also recommend checking out ScyllaStew's and Creative Crusade's videos on the texture exercises if you haven't already. There linked in the Discord but ill put them here just in case. They might help you get some insight in to how you can tackle your textures. Hope this helps and good luck. You got this.


    Creative Crusade

    12:57 PM, Monday October 24th 2022

    Thanks for the feedback. Since writing that I have started the texture challenge in a manner similar to you last suggestion, been doing it once a week for about an hour. Figured changing my approach would be something worth trying. Regardless very helpful to know someone else's thoughts on the matter. Thanks again.

    11:38 AM, Friday September 9th 2022

    Alright, I think ill try doing at least one 30 min sitting of them a week after I do the regular warm ups. Glad I asked. Thanks.

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