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    plain old paper & pencils

    Hello all, I'm still relatively new to drawing and have some questions. But for now I'll just limit myself to the most important one:

    Is it possible to get good at drawing with just my trusty pencil and sketchbook, or am I just kidding myself when I think I'll ever be able to create anything aesthetically pleasing with a sketchbook and a box of Bics?

    I think the problem with pen&ink is that there is no Ctrl+z command.

    writers and artists have a lot in common -- we both draw from life, we both paint pictures, and we'll both spend to many sleepless nights on our work.


    My (new) sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=100982

    My (old) Sketchbook:http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=88773
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    To me a pencil sketch that conveys fresh idea, great design or just shows amazing skill is ten times better than well rendered but boring digital painting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farvus View Post
    To me a pencil sketch that conveys fresh idea, great design or just shows amazing skill is ten times better than well rendered but boring digital painting.
    Agreed, there's just something.... damnit, 'fresh' about pencil linework. Farvus already took all the good words

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    Pencil work normally reveals originality

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    You can create beautiful works in any medium. It takes time, practice, imagination and technical prowess. Keep working and follow the advice from the people in these forums and you will indeed begin to see what you are trying to achieve.

    Whatever you do, don't look at my Sketchbook and Painting Thread!


    "I reject your reality and substitute my own" - Adam Savage, Mythbusters
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    Wow, It's good to hear I haven't been wasting a whole lot of my time and effort. Oh and thanks to Atlantis for the link of awesomeness, I didn't know such control could be displayed with a pencil and paper. It's absolutely amazing!

    I think the problem with pen&ink is that there is no Ctrl+z command.

    writers and artists have a lot in common -- we both draw from life, we both paint pictures, and we'll both spend to many sleepless nights on our work.


    My (new) sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=100982

    My (old) Sketchbook:http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=88773
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    If your into Pencil stuff definitely check out Mercedes Helnwein. She is actualy Gottfried Helnwein's daughter. She pretty much works solely in black pencil and colored pencil. Awsome work.
    http://www.mercedeshelnwein.com/


    We should turn this into an "awsome pencil drawings" thread.

    heres some stuff. First 2 by Bougearue. The rest by Jacob Collins.

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    digitaly, i cna't draw worth a filp. it always ends up looking like something you would see a grade school child do. I'm to scared to see what happens if someone turned me loose on a tablet.

    Now give me a peice of paper, some penicls and pens... it's alllll good.
    Not to mention, it's "cheap" compared to buying fancy computers and programs. and you don't need electricity!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBristow View Post
    Not to mention, it's "cheap" compared to buying fancy computers and programs. and you don't need electricity!!
    precisely why I ask, I simply don't have access to fancy programs. Not to mention the tremendous learning curve some of them have. I mean, just take Photoshop for example. I'm not much of an artist yet, but I can certainly draw better with pen&pad than with that program. Granted that I don't have a tablet, but still!

    I think the problem with pen&ink is that there is no Ctrl+z command.

    writers and artists have a lot in common -- we both draw from life, we both paint pictures, and we'll both spend to many sleepless nights on our work.


    My (new) sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=100982

    My (old) Sketchbook:http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=88773
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunther409 View Post
    precisely why I ask, I simply don't have access to fancy programs. Not to mention the tremendous learning curve some of them have. I mean, just take Photoshop for example. I'm not much of an artist yet, but I can certainly draw better with pen&pad than with that program. Granted that I don't have a tablet, but still!
    if your just starting out, then do what you are comfy with. and just gradualy grow bolder by learning new mediums. perhaps one day you will make that leap and get some good programs.
    I am working on raising the money now to do just that. i want to expand my skills. but do take your time and do what you feel best with..


    ps just got of work and dead tired. sorry for any misspelt words, or rambles.

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    I'm glad I saw this thread. I was questioning the same thing. Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed to post my hand drawn items in pencil because everyone seems to have some sort of program or digital pad to get theirs all clean and fancy (yea i'm being silly).

    Thanks sweetoblivion for posting the penciled sketches, gives me a bit of confidence.

    Great Thread Gunther!!! Can't wait to see your pencil doodles.

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