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Just out of curiosity:

1) how much do you practice drawing?  (Daily, Few days in the week, just when you feel like it etc)

2) When you draw do you use photographic references? If you don't  then why not?

Ok third extempero question. Is there anything I can help you with drawing wise? Is there any particular subject you would like to see tutorial of? Like drawing scales?
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Iphicrates Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   General Artist
1. The first and last in your parenthetical; whenever I get the inclination to draw, which is usually about every other day. I don't push to practice drawing everyday for its own sake as aside from the several hours I spend painting daily (no ifs ands or buts) I also (presently and unfortunately) have a full-time day job that doesn't in any way involve art and obviously saps a considerable amount of my time. This doesn't even factor in extraneous time consumers like making a point to hang out with friends, exercising, reading and so on. I'm still lobbying the flying-spaghetti-monster to come up with a couple extra hours in the day.
2. Not usually, actually, or should I say lately, as most of my drawings are presently simplified sketches that are mainly put down for two reasons: first, to get an illustration idea down on paper so I don't forget it, and second, to detail the general composition of the overall image; I've been trying to push most of my drawings down to thumbnail size so photorefs aren't all that necessary. As I said above I just don't have time presently to do oodles of extraneous drawings, though if I did I most definitely would use refs. The way my sketches are now I don't think anyone else would be able to decipher them...
3. No, I'm doing ok right now, thank you.

Lol, have to concur in a way with paleozoologist in that I generally spend much of my time online looking for various photo-refs (landscapes, animals, people, architecture, ect) that catch my eye, rather than actually painting. Oh well, at least when I need to paint a sassanid spangenhelm or a southern ground hornbill I'll be in good shape. =)
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palaeozoologist Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just remembered something regarding 3): what software would you recommend for digital drawing/painting/art? I have the ability to get brand new complete Photoshop for only about $200 USD or Corel Painter 11 for $330. Which is the better software?
Dinomaniac Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Frankly I can't provide a good review since I have never used corel painter. I have heard good things about Painter, one of which is the rotatable canvas but apparently latest versions of Photoshop have that feature also.
palaeozoologist Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
1) I draw whenever I have time and am not too tired to do rather infrequently.
2) Yes, I do use photographic references. In fact I spend more time looking at wildlife photos on the web than I do drawing or research...
3) I would definitely like a tutorial on drawing scales...not necessarily on paper, but digitally. Also, my skeletals never look as 'crisp' and 'clean' as yours (or Scott Hartman's, for that matter), and I would like a tutorial on how you get that 'look'.
Afrovenator Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Because of time constraints:

(1) Just when you feel like it (or have the time)
(2) I am mostly drawing transformers lately, so I use photographs of toys as a reference

And (3): I would like to see a tutorial on drawing fur. More than anything else, that is one skill that has eluded me..
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
1. A few days a week.
2. Yes.
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
1. Daily, i go to an art college after all.
2. usually only use ref went i have trouble drawing something, like i want to draw a certain pose and i can't seem to draw it right, i go look up ref for it.
Supaslim Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
1. Daily. It's my area of study.

2. As often as possible- not so much to copy poses and whatnot, but to learn anatomy and lighting. These are things you can't learn by looking at other artists' work.
fractalxavier91 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Well, lately I've got a lot of stuff going on, and the only art I've been able to work on is school-related, but I like to draw whenever I can.

I've been known to look at photos to get a general idea of the kind of look I want, and will study certain important anatomical points if I need a better understanding of how it looks, but I don't think I've actually done much what I would consider photo-referencing, that is, having a photo up while I'm painting so I can keep looking at it. It just seems like it messes with the process for me. I feel like it takes too much time from the actual painting.
Arbiter10123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
1.) I draw every few days a week.
2.) I use Model refrences. Like say a toy or figurine
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