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Just wanted to give everyone still reading this a link to the best book on cast studies. 'Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome: Drawing Course' . Vincent Van Gogh and John Singer Sargent studied form this book. This book is free from the Internet Archive. Or you could pay up to $70 for it on Amazon.

Cast studies

Decided to have some fun. Every object is nothing more than a collection of smaller shapes. You can divide any complex object into three values of shapes. Light, mid and dark. Look at your hand. Now start picking out the three values as individual shapes. Try to make these shapes as large as possible. These shapes can be broken down into smaller shapes. The more you break these shapes down the more realistic your rendering becomes. But it all starts out with the three value shapes. I have a yearly subscription to Croquis Cafe site on Vimeo. They have a feature called 'fast sketch'. You can set the timer to 15, 30, 45 seconds. One, 2,3,5 or ten minutes for each artist pose. Made all my pose selections and set the timer for 15 seconds. Hit start. As the pictures of models flew by I chose a single body part. Arm, leg, torso, neck. Whatever caught my attention first. Instead of drawing an outline I drew the shapes that made up the area itself. I did this with a pencil. The more i did this the easier it was to find the three values that made up the over all shape. And the better I got at it. By rendering these three value shapes I was actually getting the over all shape. Without starting with an outline.  Eventually slowing the timer to one minute to get larger areas of the model. Still keeping the shapes down to three values.

So I know what your asking. "Why are you using a pencil"? Fifteen seconds is just enough time to load a brush and bring it up to the canvas. And it usually takes more than one stroke with a brush to get a completed line. A 'W' with a brush takes four strokes. Compared to one stroke with a pencil. Using a brush would give me more time to think than I wanted . Working fast is a way to force yourself to see the shapes that make up the object. When I go to do the actual cast shadings I'll do that with the brush.
general non-furry discussion / Re: Local weather
« Last post by Kobuk on Today at 12:30:58 pm »
Snow all day and all evening today. Supposed to get anywhere from 4-6+ inches.
It's not a blizzard. Just a light to moderate snow falling. Snow should end by about 7am Sunday morning.
general non-furry discussion / Re: Lost In The Mail
« Last post by Simo on Today at 03:18:14 am »

Me--My first car payment to GMAC Financing never reached their office, and it was mailed at the main branch of the post office in the same town!

Same thing happened to me. Mailed in a car payment, but who knows where it went? Had the bank cancel the check, and I've been making all the payments online.
general non-furry discussion / Re: What Are You Up To?
« Last post by Simo on Today at 03:06:14 am »
Just got done playing NLHE online. Made up for all of last weeks losses due to runbad, and then some extra profit.  :)
administerial roars and woofs / Re: The Return of Furtopia + Hosting
« Last post by Simo on Today at 03:03:54 am »

That's not good, White Shepherd. Hope you're feeling better.
general non-furry discussion / Re: What Are You Up To?
« Last post by Kobuk on January 27, 2023, 02:08:35 pm »
Just relaxing and having a cup of hot chocolate. :)
general non-furry discussion / Re: Diaries and thigns
« Last post by Kobuk on January 27, 2023, 02:07:04 pm »
I never kept any sort of diary or journal. Never saw the need for it.
word games / Re: The Ban Game
« Last post by Kobuk on January 27, 2023, 02:04:17 pm »
Bans Jade for not fixing me breakfast this morning.  >:(
the polling booth / Re: Do you still want to see cartoons from when you were younger?
« Last post by Kobuk on January 27, 2023, 02:02:20 pm »
But point was that people are retroactively banning some cartoons and episodes in some platforms (or they want to) because they may make someone offended in some way.
Funny thing is I watched most of these as kids and I did not ever see any issue, and knew anything was amiss.

If somebody were to tell me that they wanted to ban a cartoon for various reasons because some people found it offensive, I'd be telling that person or group of people what I really think. And I'd be using a lot of expletives too!  :goldpissed: :goldpissed: :goldpissed:
general non-furry discussion / Re: T G I F What are you doing this weekend?
« Last post by Kobuk on January 27, 2023, 01:56:56 pm »
Nothing much. Another arctic cold front on the way plus more snow.
Probably just stay home, stay warm, relax, watch movies, build a model, and drink hot chocolate.
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