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"Well, I'm back".  Again.  Going to try to stay here this time and not disappear.  Thing is, once you've been away for a few weeks the whole habit of posting drawings tends to die off a bit.  Then you've got a stack of stuff to post, and you realise you'll be needing a good couple of hours to get it all online.  Not to mention the bits of paper that need scanning before they can even be uploaded, and having to reinstall the scanner on the new computer.  I'm also someone who tends to be a bit lazy when it comes to sorting things out, always finding good reasons to put it off until tomorrow.  After a month or so of giving serious thought to considering maybe getting this page going again, I find myself here today and with time on my hands.  Better get busy.

Brief summary of the last six months of so:  I'm learning to draw again, but differently this time.  Trying to break my dependence on source, so that I can use it truly as a reference, rather than as something to be duplicated precisely in every detail.  Trying to draw people without reference at all too, just using my (underpowered) imagination.  Not finding this easy, but I'm much better at it than I was.  Also learning to charcoal (not sure if that's really a verb, but if not then it should be).  Charcoal is turning out to be more rewarding than pencil, which amazes me, and it's all smudgy and messy too.  I've got myself a shiny new PC and a better monitor which makes doing the computery doodle things much easier.  The old one used to get grumpy when asked to use a big canvas in Painter, then in would click and whirr for about five minutes before letting me zoom in.  Should've upgraded ages ago.  The 3d modelling has ended up on a bit of a back burner, though expect I'll have another go at it at some point.  New PC is amazing for rendering the models - does things in minutes that I previously used to leave running overnight - so all the more reason to have another crack at sculpting.  Maybe tomorrow, or next week... Think that just about brings the journal up to date.  Time to upload some things.


David Shaw
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United Kingdom
Keep meaning to update this bit but never get around to it. Very much a hobbyist, the fun for me is in making the drawings rather than the satisfaction of producing something beautiful that I enjoy looking at. In fact looking at my pictures tends to cause me some discomfort and I'm self-critical to a pathological degree. Getting better every day though.

I'm a bit fickle when it comes to settling down and sticking to a medium. Current flavour of the month is charcoal, but that could all change soon. So far we've dabbled with pencils, digital painting, acrylic and pen & ink - oh, and a month or two playing with 3D rendering.

It's all about faces and figures for me, I don't have a landscapey or still-lifey bone in my body. STILL not managed to get to a life drawing class, but I will. One day.


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Whih Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! ^^
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, You're one of ten lucky people to be tagged here! [link] :thumbsup::)
jbrenthill Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch and favs! I like your work too!
Blazing-Ram Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama!
Hopfield Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :)
CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! :D
Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke for faving ^_^
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Give ♥ This ♥ To ♥ The ♥ Twelve ♥ Nicest ♥ People ♥ You ♥ Know ♥ If ♥ You ♥ Get ♥ Five ♥ Back ♥ You ♥ Must ♥ Be ♥ Perfect ♥

I just wanted to let you know that it's been a pleasure to have your support and feedback. I've enjoyed following along in your progress as an artist, and I've even learned a thing or two. :thumbsup::icongreengrinplz:
Hopfield Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really good to hear :D I'm very grateful for the comments and insights from you, long may they continue!
Hopfield Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! No art yesterday I'm afraid, though did read a significant chunk of a big book on drawing that was a gift so I'm counting that as creative work :P
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