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James Heiney
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Old School at the Bowling Alley
I'm sitting here at my son's bowling league writing this and I realize this is the best notebook I've ever had. It has an excellent boot-up time and shuts down even faster. I have a single app that does writing, revision, brainstorming, mindmaps, and even d...
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Here is a picture for today although I don't know how regularly I'll be able to post for a while. I'm putting on my writer hat for a while since I had a little freelance work come my way in the form of writing encyclopedia articles. On another wrtierly front, I also have a course for a few weeks on "The Future of Storytelling."

Perhaps I'll be able to squeeze some drawings in here and there, but for now, I'll leave you with my koala bear.
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Cute!)
I've also subscribed to this course. But as now I spend all my time on drsawing, I won't be able to follow the course. Have fun!)
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I was just trying to picture a cube within a cube for this one. My planes are off, but at least I got some drawing in on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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Just my daily check-in. Just some practice for today.
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LOL) I loved your comments.  Nice drawing)
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Wow, day 15. I'd like to thank +Paul Foxton  for putting up the challenge and running the group. It's been a great experience for me and I've met a lot of wonderful artists here. I intend to keep a daily practice from here on out and hopefully improve along the way. Here's my daily stuff--some perspective work and shading.
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Improving all the time J Ames - keep going.
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More perspective stuff from me. I'll even make it a two-for-one Tuesday!
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Wow. I avoid this. Hey you should have fun in google sketchup. This looks good btw. 
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(Every once in a while I get a little thoughtful. Don't worry, I'm sure it will pass soon.) I was leaving the gym today and it reminded me of an experience last semester. That day, I was leaving the gym after racquetball. When I came to the stairwell, there...
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I missed yesterday. I guess that's going to happen now and again. Here's my post for today though. I'm not overly happy with it, but it's work under the belt.
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James, Justell is right. She's undertaken to learn to draw without an art school where she lives. She's using books, DVD's, and online resources, and I think her choice of exercises is very sensible. 

I have two recommendations for you to consider: 

1. Barque plates. You copy what you see. They're great for learning angles and distances. They're a staple in the classical drawing student's first-year experience. You can do a Google search for "Barque Plates" and come up with many pages to download. I'd start with the eyes and other simple subjects. Here's an example: 
http://www.pwlawrence.com/temp_art/drawing_course/bargue%20plate%2001.jpg

2. Betty Edwards' book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." It's been in print for decades. Several instructors at my school praise it highly. An older edition (which is just fine) goes for 25 cents plus shipping on Amazon. Newer editions (not necessary) are more like $12 plus shipping. 
http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Right-Brain-Betty-Edwards/dp/0874775132/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382537603&sr=8-3&keywords=drawing+right+side

It may not be your style to use other people's educational tools if what you want is to have fun with a pencil and paper, but if you want to improve, there are good resources to help you along. (So you know where I'm coming from, I'm an intermediate drawing student, taking classes part time at an excellent art school, so I'm surrounded by serious students and respected instructors.) I hope this information is helpful. Good luck!
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I was playing with cylinders and shading today.
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I have them although I didn't use them on this drawing. This was just an HB that I had handy.
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A view from the porthole before the crash. (I live in my own little world, but we have parties here.)
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Did you all get sucked into the tubes...?
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Distributed Systems Specialist
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Writing, Windows server, MS Exchange, Web design
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  • Freelance Writer
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  • Lock Haven University
    Distributed Systems Specialist, 1997 - present
  • CIU #10
    1994 - 1997
  • Keystone Central School District
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Freelance writer, server guy, other duties as assigned...
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I'm a server guy at Lock Haven University and a freelance writer. I have a wonderful wife and one wonderful child (when he's behaving, at least.)
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My wife, a great kid
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