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Making the Buster Sword only using basic forms by AdMCoopR Making the Buster Sword only using basic forms :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 1 0 Designing a simple sword with basic forms by AdMCoopR Designing a simple sword with basic forms :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 1 0 Testing combining objects by AdMCoopR Testing combining objects :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 0 0 Moving on to Pyramids by AdMCoopR Moving on to Pyramids :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 2 0 Practicing forms with Alphabet cubes by AdMCoopR Practicing forms with Alphabet cubes :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 3 0 I guess the progress so far is the confidence? by AdMCoopR I guess the progress so far is the confidence? :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 0 0 First attempt at the Iteration Technique by AdMCoopR First attempt at the Iteration Technique :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 0 0 Gave up on shading the sphere by AdMCoopR Gave up on shading the sphere :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 1 0 The extent of what I can draw after numerous hours by AdMCoopR The extent of what I can draw after numerous hours :iconadmcoopr:AdMCoopR 0 0

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Just an aspiring artist keeping track of his progress. Probably not gonna find anything great on my profile for a long time if I even continue practicing. Who knows maybe I keep with it for years, maybe I drop it within the week. I'm hoping I can stick with it and be able to draw at least semi-competently; however, there is a long way to go before that happens. I did not mark myself as an artist as I do not consider myself one yet.
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While practicing the basic forms I started to get bored as I feel confident with Pyramids and Squares but less so with Cylinders and Spheres. Spheres I found a way to draw without shading using ellipses but both shapes require either a circle or an ellipse to be drawn. I am not great with free handing either so I dedicated today's drawing practice to practicing spheres. I am more confident in my ability to freehand ellipses so my focus is on circles. I am writing this journal instead of posting the pictures of my practice because I would just be posting a template. The sheet I am using to practice is just an outline of many circles that I use to do drills with. Supposedly the drills help with pencil control, hand eye coordination, and with free handing circles. I will be spending around 15-20 minutes per day on this circle practice until my circles start to improve and I get more comfortable drawing cylinders and spheres as a result. Once that happens I think I am a step towards the right direction of starting to draw heads and faces.

I've figured out a slightly more detailed plan of action to reach the goal I set day 1:
-Build skill with Circles
-Practice Cylinders and Spheres until I am more comfortable with them
-Practice the parts of the face one by one (eyes, ears, mouth, and nose)
-Practice head structures
-Practice drawing hair
-Start working towards first "milestone" of creating a competent head

I have no clue how long this will take. I guess I'll work out a rough estimate to give myself a timeframe.

I say it's probably around 2 weeks for my circles to be fluid enough for me to feel I can freehand them well enough. Maybe less than a week to become comfortable with circles and cylinders as I already have the basics of them my circles just aren't clean making the forms look weird. So 2ish weeks for the first two steps. The face I am going to give 2-3 weeks per feature. There are 4 features to practice making that about 8-12 weeks. I'm going to give head structure another 3 weeks. So that is around 12-17 weeks right now. Adding on the hair is probably a week or two. Finishing a face I'll give another week or two as that is just combining all the stuff I was just practicing but to make one that I feel that I am proud of and isn't just how I would draw a face if I drew it today is another story.

When all is said and done my guess is around 13-19 weeks or about 3-4 months to get to the point where I could draw a competent head that I would be proud to make my profile picture. I am not expecting something beautiful just something I can be proud of, something that has progressed past my current abilities.
Making the Buster Sword only using basic forms
This is a little experiment I did to test out just how far I could take drawing swords solely from basic shapes. Decided to take Cloud's iconic buster sword and attempt that. The design took a lot longer than the basic sword I did before this but definitely is a lot easier than I would've imagined just from looking at the sword and from my previous attempts at drawing swords and other three dimensional objects. The proportions are a bit off and I think the hilt might be a bit slanted but all in all it's not bad for a beginner's thought experiment

Composition of the sword:
Blade - Rectangular Prism x1, Triangular Prism x1, Triangular Pyramid x2
Guard - Elliptical Cylinder x1, Rectangular Prism x1, Rectangular Prism x2, Cylinder Cutouts x2 (hard to depict the cutouts with much more than a circle without shading)
Hilt/Pommel - Cylinder x2
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Designing a simple sword with basic forms
This I will consider progress in the form of mindset. I was not able to draw a good looking three dimensional sword until I started thinking in the way that things could just be made with combining basic forms. Every sword I drew came out two dimensional and honestly just not interesting.

This sword is made from most of the basic forms (everything except sphere). And it does not have a hilt because the proportions were wonky and the hilt just looked awkwardly large if I wanted it to even look like it fit on the sword properly.

Shapes making up each part of the sword:
Blade - Skewed Rectangular Prism and Skewed Rectangular Pyramid
Guard - Rectangular prism with parts cut out of it (the cutouts are super easy if you can draw the shape in the first place)
Hilt - Cylinder

Even though it is probably the most basic sword to be drawn and lacks proportion it lays the groundwork for improvement which is exciting. To think that it was that easy is mind blowing. This piece is nothing impressive but I am definitely proud of it. I was able to figure out how a form is composed without a guide or any other form of help, just the basic groundwork videos explaining the way forms worked and putting me into the mindset everything could be made from the basic forms.
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Testing combining objects
For this I just came to the realization that the parts of a sword were just simple shapes. I was experimenting around with them trying to see if I couldnt make a basic blade building the basics for a sword now would be amazing as I do want to draw fantasy style stuff. Swords might be a good place for me to dip into and spend some time honing skills there. They are simple enough to allow for building of basics at the same time as being creative.

Maybe once I get shading the basic forms (except the Sphere because screw that) I will start on drawing swords and stuff. No clue if that will help towards the goal of drawing my profile picture but any progress is more than I had before
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Moving on to Pyramids
After finishing the cube page I decided to move on to Pyramids. Even though I feel comfortable with these basic shapes and the cube was much more helpful as practice for tracking the whole of a form I gave the Pyramids a try just to get a feel for how different the forms were. I did end up learning more from this practice than I first thought, although it all comes from the idea that everything can be created just using the basic forms: Sphere, Cylinder, Prism, and Pyramid. Simplest example of this would be a simple house, which would just be a rectangular prism with a rectangular pyramid on top of it
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While practicing the basic forms I started to get bored as I feel confident with Pyramids and Squares but less so with Cylinders and Spheres. Spheres I found a way to draw without shading using ellipses but both shapes require either a circle or an ellipse to be drawn. I am not great with free handing either so I dedicated today's drawing practice to practicing spheres. I am more confident in my ability to freehand ellipses so my focus is on circles. I am writing this journal instead of posting the pictures of my practice because I would just be posting a template. The sheet I am using to practice is just an outline of many circles that I use to do drills with. Supposedly the drills help with pencil control, hand eye coordination, and with free handing circles. I will be spending around 15-20 minutes per day on this circle practice until my circles start to improve and I get more comfortable drawing cylinders and spheres as a result. Once that happens I think I am a step towards the right direction of starting to draw heads and faces.

I've figured out a slightly more detailed plan of action to reach the goal I set day 1:
-Build skill with Circles
-Practice Cylinders and Spheres until I am more comfortable with them
-Practice the parts of the face one by one (eyes, ears, mouth, and nose)
-Practice head structures
-Practice drawing hair
-Start working towards first "milestone" of creating a competent head

I have no clue how long this will take. I guess I'll work out a rough estimate to give myself a timeframe.

I say it's probably around 2 weeks for my circles to be fluid enough for me to feel I can freehand them well enough. Maybe less than a week to become comfortable with circles and cylinders as I already have the basics of them my circles just aren't clean making the forms look weird. So 2ish weeks for the first two steps. The face I am going to give 2-3 weeks per feature. There are 4 features to practice making that about 8-12 weeks. I'm going to give head structure another 3 weeks. So that is around 12-17 weeks right now. Adding on the hair is probably a week or two. Finishing a face I'll give another week or two as that is just combining all the stuff I was just practicing but to make one that I feel that I am proud of and isn't just how I would draw a face if I drew it today is another story.

When all is said and done my guess is around 13-19 weeks or about 3-4 months to get to the point where I could draw a competent head that I would be proud to make my profile picture. I am not expecting something beautiful just something I can be proud of, something that has progressed past my current abilities.

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