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    I am in a similar boat... I was away for a long...

    I am in a similar boat... I was away for a long time, not for any problem with CA but because of you know, life. Had no idea what the nature of the problem was until I read the right posts a few days...
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    That video shows what is often considered the...

    That video shows what is often considered the "correct" way to draw... certainly a good thing to learn, because it's always good to have more tools in your kit than less, although many artists do not...
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    Just went through to thank everybody... this is...

    Just went through to thank everybody... this is turning into a very informative thread, and just what I need right now.

    Thanks for starting this one, Pezzle!
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    Man o man, am I in the same boat... The thing...

    Man o man, am I in the same boat...

    The thing to remember is that it's frustrating for the same reasons that drawing is frustrating for people who start from scratch later in life. That is to say...
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    SketchBook: Beautiful figures, and great digital painting!...

    Beautiful figures, and great digital painting! I'm really impressed by the Edwardian(?) couple.
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    And yes - you can absolutely do gesture drawings...

    And yes - you can absolutely do gesture drawings of a clothed model. The point behind a gesture drawing is to do it very quickly (often 30 seconds to a minute)... trying to lock in on the most...
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    The EA people? What about the fanboys? "and......

    The EA people? What about the fanboys?

    "and... it's a public forum, and... he just like, ASKED?"
    "and... and... and they, they JUST... hoooolyshiit"
    "where's my laptop?"
    "uhoh... I need a...
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    @ OP... ...to put it bluntly, you've had some...

    @ OP...

    ...to put it bluntly, you've had some of the best contemporary concept artists and illustrators IN THE WORLD (not joking) post their versions of your character here.

    @ Dan Dos Santos,...
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    And BTW... you don't need to be able to draw well...

    And BTW... you don't need to be able to draw well to pursue graphic design. Sometimes it helps, but really drawing and design are separate skills.
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    I love anime/manga... and there's tons of truly...

    I love anime/manga... and there's tons of truly awesome work & artists out there. The problem here though, is that for every one skilled artist that happens to use anime/manga as their vehicle, there...
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    ^ This. Watercolor is a lot of fun... one of...

    ^ This.

    Watercolor is a lot of fun... one of my personal favorite media, but it is VERY different than oils. General color theory works between media, but any sort of "how to" books should be...
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    Hey I hate cold-calling as much as anybody... but...

    Hey I hate cold-calling as much as anybody... but this guy is trying to sell you a book, not give you answers... and he totally LOOKS like a guy who's trying to sell you a book. Kinda reduces the...
  13. Thanks hitnrun... I tried to make my website look...

    Thanks hitnrun... I tried to make my website look good (I'm a graphic designer by trade) even though the coding is very basic and simple (I'm not a web developer). I'd say that if you don't know how...
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    Sticky: 757467...

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    http://www.amazon.com/Pen-Ink-Book-Techniques-Watson-Guptill/dp/0823039862/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250795263&sr=1-1

    The Pen and Ink Book - JA Smith
    Every time someone has a...
  15. It's really up to you. Anything is better than...

    It's really up to you. Anything is better than nothing, but if you have the time available, 3-4 hours a day drawing seems plenty. I haven't been able to put that kind of time specifically into...
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    Generally I stay away from fountain pen inks......

    Generally I stay away from fountain pen inks... they're all a little dodgy in my book, and I don't have much good to say about Higgin's ink at all. I do however have a couple of thoughts... have you...
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    There was a time when it was Crow... for the last...

    There was a time when it was Crow... for the last 6 years or so it's clearly been Red Tailed Hawk... and very rare, but also very meaningful in it's conjunctions has been Bald Eagle.
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    Don't worry about this too much... it's most...

    Don't worry about this too much... it's most likely to do simply with lack of observational experience. As an artist grows and develops, they develop a mental image library. The more you observe and...
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    Since making art is a pretty wide-open endeavor,...

    Since making art is a pretty wide-open endeavor, I always figured that when you run into a roadblock you can ALWAYS choose another direction. To me this question is a bit like standing in the middle...
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    Not a big fan of kneaded erasers... like using a...

    Not a big fan of kneaded erasers... like using a sledge hammer to drive a nail IMO. Give me a white plastic eraser any day, no paper tear there either and less alteration to the surface texture. What...
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    I can't add very much to this... But I did do a...

    I can't add very much to this... But I did do a bit of oil painting on plywood in highschool and college... half inch plywood, with no special sealers, just well primed with Gesso. Over 20 years...
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    I can attest to the problem of having too broad...

    I can attest to the problem of having too broad of a portfolio. That's why I support myself with media design and do the illustration as a sideline. But if you've got the drive to pursue freelance...
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    Watercolor?! man, that blows my mind! Patrick...

    Watercolor?! man, that blows my mind!

    Patrick Woodroffe

    James Christensen
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    A little more info... I do a lot of combining...

    A little more info... I do a lot of combining watercolor and pencil, and for that I like hot-press watercolor paper, reasonably heavy... I think 140 lb. Hot-press watercolor paper is smooth (not...
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    From experience, I can tell you that regular...

    From experience, I can tell you that regular bistol... 1 or 2 ply will buckle like crazy once water contacts it. And the colors can go all spotty to boot. Can't say for the thicker stuff, though I'd...
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