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    Sketchbook à la Flay!

    Hello, I am Flay, a Caucasian, Australian male. As I type this, it is approximately 5:47pm on the 18th of July, 2007. I am sixteen years and four months old. Though I've been doodling for much of my life, I only started seriously trying to improve a few months ago (although I couldn't say the exact moment when I decided). I'm saying this because when I look back at this message days, weeks, months, even years from now, I want to see just how far I've managed to come.

    Now, everyone loves the occasional pat on the butt, but I'm looking for some SERIOUS CRITICISM here, because I want to improve.

    Now, here's a brief chronicle of what I've been doing for the past few months...

    Sketchbook à la Flay!

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    Sketchbook à la Flay!


    I'll try and keep updating fairly regularly. So lets get down to business...
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    -18/07/07-

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    Hey Flay, I posted in your SB back on PA, glad to see you started one here. I love your Rhino sketches. Sorry I can't offer much critique, you seem to be ahead of me as far as skill goes, the only thing I can say is it would be nice to see some more shading, try doing some stuff without as much outlines and let the values define the image.
    You might want to think about joining a SSG,
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...4&page=1&pp=60
    I've found it to be a great motivator since joining one, and a great way to get more critiques, anyways just popping in to say hello,
    keep drawing, looking forward to seeing more from ya.

    Josh

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    Yeah, I kind of gave up updating my PA sketchbook when they decided to merge them all in to one thread (which was a pretty unnecessary move, IMO). Oh well, thanks for the advice. I'll be sure to check out that support group thing, though I'm not sure I'll join just yet.

    -20/07/07-

    Sketchbook à la Flay!

    Environmental thumbnails for a art task at school. I need to produce three drawings from a photo essay I did during the holidays, or from memories of exploring a certain environment. Although I have done the essay, I haven't gotten around to developing them, so these are all straight from my head. Sorry 'bout the crappy photograph. I'd like to scan it, but my visual art diary is simply too big for the scanner. :|

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    -21/07/2007-

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    -22/07/2007-

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    -23/07/2007-

    More environment thumbnail sketches, this time with a decent scan. I don't really like most of these that much; they're a bit too rigid. The tree one in the center I don't mind though, I kind of managed to achieve what I was aiming for there. Oh yeah, and the colours aren't exactly how they appear here, because I had to fiddle with the image in photoshop to make it more visible.

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    Very nice figures, heads too. How long did it take to learn that? Im sure its andrew loomis.
    sujak nx

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    I was happy to see that you were starting
    with anatomy studies, love the page of hands and feet
    right after the rhino drawings.

    I also like the way your environments have flat fore/mid
    ground, with a peek of deeper perspective between buildings.
    It allows the eye to wander from close to far away. . .
    I wouldn't bother with color at this point on the thumbnails,
    just focus on the composition and values.

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    Oh, hey, replies!

    Well, thanks for the comments guys. Now, what am I doing wrong?


    -24/07/2007-

    Okay, here's an update for tonight. Sorry, 'bout the crumminess, they were done on a bumpy bus with a blunt pencil.

    I may manage another update tonight, I may not. It all depends on whether or not I get all the stuff I need to do done in time.

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    -25/07/2007-

    Trying to get the hang of movement by doing a couple of studies.

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    -26/07/2007-

    I never really draw anything that feels like it's finished... I thought I'd give that a shot today.

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    that's a very nic sketchbook. U have good sense of proportions in human body. Keep on going like that

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    I haven't really had access to a computer for the last couple of days, let alone a scanner, but I'm back now, so here's what I've done since Friday. (Don't ask me about the robot... It was a bit of a brain-fart really.)

    Also, because I've got exams and the due dates for a pile of assignments coming up soon, don't expect me to be updating quite as frequently as I normally would.

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    These are cool Flay!!! I would suggest you do an SP or two. Don't be afraid of going really dark in your sketches. Do a range of values on the side, from white to pitch black. Hope this helps bro. Keep em comin dude!!

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    Though I have been drawing less the past few days due to study, I haven't given up yet... I just haven't really had time to scan much lately. Here's some things to make up for the past few days of inactivity. The robot was for a challenge on another forum (it's supposed to be a transformer version of a sea-mine, but it's kind of crummy...).

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    loomis is a good starting point, keep it up

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    This sketchpage makes me sad... Especially since I don't really have a lot of time to draw at the moment. Oh well, better than nothing.

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    I still suck at portraiture... Ho-hum.

    Referenced from an Australian Geographic magazine.

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    Aah... Gotta get back in to the daily drawing habit. You don't even want to know what kind of crap I was churning out last night though.

    Anyways, I thought I'd do a little bit of experimentation with thicker lines and slightly heavier shading with the dog skull in the top right. I'm actually pretty pleased with the results... I should experiment with my lines more often.

    -11/08/2007-
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    Nice SB, Flay

    Your anatomy studies are lookin' great, and that thick-line dog skull in the last post is sweet 8)

    Keep workin' on the portraiture; I'm likin' the bearded wonder there...

    Cheers
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    Well, here's some school-time doodlings for ya. It's possible I may add another page later tonight, but very unlikely, because tonight I start kickboxing lessons. I'm a tad nervous, I hope I'll be able to keep up...

    -14/08/2007-

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    Ugh... I just can't seem to draw these days... I really need to pick up my act.

    -15/08/2007-

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    Ahah! Now this is more like it!

    -16/08/2007-

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    I had some time to kill hanging around my school on my own today, I thought I'd have a shot at some landscape drawing. Note that this is the first time I've really ever attempted to draw a landscape, certainly the first time I've ever attempted one from life.

    Oh yeah, and I kind of got bored with the first one about 8 or 10 minutes after starting it, so it's very incomplete.

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    A hasty sketch that went from 'meh' to 'meh-er' in no time flat.

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    I've been out at a party most of the afternoon/night but I thought I'd better do some quick drawings before I headed off to bed. It didn't work out too well...

    -18/08/2007-

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    The cardinal, the toothy whale, the bear... mucho good-o

    Something about the furry-legged big-headed guy is off, though.... I think part of it has to do with his legs; they don't seem to support his weight. What to do: I'd find some animal pics (goats, etc.) and do a little study of their legs, 'cuz that's a pretty common animal leg type -- should come in handy for future drawz...

    Just a thought ...

    Keep that pencil smokin', don't ever stop
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    I set myself the challenge of doing a completed character design today instead of more crummy half-assed figures. This took much longer than it should have... I think I have a real problem with overworking.

    -19/08/2007-

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    Ya, lots O' sketchz here. Wow. Your really cooking on the human body sketches and the animals are *insert amontillados statement here*.

    You really need some shading. More life sketching would be f@nt@stic!

    Keep it going!

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