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After rarely sketching or drawing in the past eight years or so, I'm trying to get back into drawing again. Drawing consumed the majority of my life and I miss it being a part of me. I was never fantastic and always had much to learn, but i enjoyed it. I have lost a lot of my previous talent and am now struggling to get it back. Any help or criticism is very much appreciated!
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CapnJon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aye Aye capn! So you and me are in the same boat it seems...but you're probably much better than I am. I'm just a writer really...
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Nemesis-19 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Lol, lets try to row in the same direction. Going in circles sucks! lol. All we can do is keep practicing right? And I'm sure you're a much better writer as well :)
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CapnJon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, writing is my forte, but I have to draw, since my current project no one can decipher what's in my head...kind of like drawing though. But we'll keep each other moving! I have been doing this seriously for three months, but I hope I am better on the computer...
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Jaala Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
start easy

here's a fail safe.

sketch things from life 10 minutes a day. try to visualize the object in 3D in your mind as you're drawing it.

then from there build on it.
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Nemesis-19 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great advice! I'll have to make that part of my daily routine.
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Jaala Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
:) stuff a small sketch/doodle-book into your pocket and whenever you have a few minutes free (i.e waiting for the oven/bus/laundry etc) whip out a pencil and start sketching. nevermind quality for the moment. your aim is to get as much as possible on paper.

then when you have more time start pieces which need much more time and quality.

basically break it up. always doing the former will most likely cause the rest of your skills to atrophy.

even things you've always been able to do right from the start.

(=,= trust me, i've always been able to push around paint and make it do my bidding. then one day i woke up and found that i couldn't paint anymore)
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Nemesis-19 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's funny, when I was much younger my sketch book never left my side. I guess life just sort of gets in the way sometimes. Now that you mention it, I noticed that I've slowly been leaving sketch books in just about every room of my house. lol. I'll try to consciously take you advice now that my eyes are opened. thank you.
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Jaala Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
:) but also go along with what feels best.
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Nemesis-19 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes :nod:
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Jaala Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
:)
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