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    Please, help!

    Hi guys, I'm starting a new sketchbook thread.
    Please critique!

    scroll down for a lot more please! I removed a lot from the first page.

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    Two very nice faces. The girl is looking really nice, as is the guy! Now show more!

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    Thanks.

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    Attention fellow Concept Artians:

    The next couple of weeks are going to be tough. And then afterwards, even harder.

    I am going to train myself, alongside Zord, and we are going to apply to the CA Atelier.

    I am going to post everything I do here, hopefully I can get some really intense critique.

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    last one has a really dynamic pose, your first post feels very golden age illustration so good digs there. Your digital work needs alot of work, but with osme hard work like you said your should be their in no time with your basic traditional understandings.

    good luck on your atelier position, we share the same goal, albeit my self imposed deadline is 3 years from now, .

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    Thanks Kyle.

    I agree, it will take a lot of hard work. But even if I don't make it, it just means I have a better at next year, right?

    Good luck to you too.

    PS: I will be updating a considerable amount soon. I just need access to a scanner.

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    Yeeeaaaaaa booooiiiii!

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    OK!

    Here is most of the art I've done in 2007. Please, be BRUTAL! Critique with all your might!

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    We were talking about this the other night and how you're influenced by BrokenCow, which isn't a bad thing. But what's happening is that your characters tend to go towards that style, a semi-cartoonish semi-realistic sort of thing. What if you drew from life and took a different approach to the sketches? I should take my own advice as well and stop drooling over styles. Yea, we'll break new ground and all that. Breaking and bending the rules applies to learning, right?

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    The pencil portrait and those faces ( digital) with the bandage on his face, are my favorites, you start with dark colours on your digitals, thats good, but they need more refinment.Keep it up and doodle also. ( a lot : )

    If you think you can t Draw, just draw more

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    Thanks guys.

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    Hey there! Nice start to a new SB. I haven't looked at your stuff recently since my absence, but you have definitely come a long ways. Your digitals are looking great. Maybe some more pencil work to even things out in here? I'll be back

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    Very good stuff.
    The faces are pretty convincing.
    Keep the drawings coming !

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    from top to bottom there is a massive improvement!

    keep up the good work


    Slainte!

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    Awesome stuff my man. Critique????
    YOu are giving too much attention to faces.I know faces are of a lot of importance , so are pose and the hands too.I like the way you simplify forms.
    The last dude is looking good. YOu are on the right path mate.

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    Awesome SB! Love the texture in some of your paintings. One thing I might say is that regardless of style, alot of your character's faces seem to just really far out at the chin, and the rest of the face seems to slant forward because of it. It makes it look a little odd.
    Great work man! Keep posting!

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    Your digi. stuff is looking better and better man. I dig the texture. Cheers.

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    i want to say that your stuff is really great. your digital works are looking good and i think you can go further. just practice. Hopefully, you'll get to do more life drawings and gesture, since this will greatly improve your sense of anatomy and composition. and forget about style for now. style comes later. hehe. good work man! you'll do good!

    "Time is the currency of Life; spend it wisely"
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    Thanks all!

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    Let's see from life, I want to see you do some still lives and stuff. something POLISHED and COMPLETE!!!

    Go for it!!!

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    Great book. Nothing to crit here..You seem to be working your kinks out as you go. Good luck!

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    Thanks!

    Justin- You got it. I will make it a top priority.

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    Ok, another study- off to lunch though. Will finish up later, or maybe just try again.

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    Some great faces, excellent technique on some of them, digital and pencil. Are you going to work up the last one more? looks a little flat in areas.

    Really cool stuff

    Cheers

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    Alright, time for environments. Gonna be a long road.

    Both of these are around 30 mins in Photoshop with default brushes.
    Please help me get better at these. I have called in for help from IA, so hopefully he will stop by.

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    Oh man, LOVE this: COLORSSHHH http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1188498798

    Hrm, general environment advices...
    I'd play around in black and white, I think composition is what makes or breaks an environment and values are pretty damn important for composition. Next up is shapes, shapes that accent the composition and are interested of course.

    On your first one, it's really dieing for a focal point. I like how most everything is very dark but you could really make this work for you with some real bright spots. Maybe a ray of sun poking through the clouds, hitting the tower in a spot or two, highlighting the birds, a little bit of the terrain and some of the water? sounds like a lot...

    On the second, your shapes in my opinion are blocking my eye from moving around the composition. Generally I'd say us western folk read images from left to right, or at least have a strong disposition to do so. Here you have a shape that leads the eye very strongly - right into a brick wall (or a pillar ) Not always a bad thing, for instance if you used this to accent your focal point or had enough competition to counteract it. I'd also like to see a definite background, middle ground and foreground. Depth is really key with environments I think.

    Do a stack of bw thumbnails man, focus on composition!

    poop! hit me up on IM or email if I can help.

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    Hey man, its good to see that you're really motivated to get into the atelier. Motivation is the most critical thing here. As of now, things are shifting around and there might be some spots open here in the near future so you should keep your eyes out for posts about that. One thing that is constant around the boards here is people feeling like they aren't good enough to even apply. If you really want it, just go for it man. Seriously. I shudder when I look at the stuff I was making a year ago and sent in with my application. Like I said, a solid, motivated attitude will get you farther than you think

    Now down to nuts and bolts. I think that, in general, a lot of this stuff looks unfinished. Sketches are cool, this is a sketchbook thread after all, but you have to be able to show that you can take something as far as it can possibly go. If you were to be a student here you'd be spending over a month on a single drawing. Thats brings about an extremely high level of finish. Also, instead of just single character studies, etc, try your hand at some fully realized scenes and illustrations. Your drawing style is pretty cool, so lets see something complex. Meaning, more than just a single character, just standing there, without a background. Also, as was stated above, you should have some traditional work from life in your portfolio. I'm not saying that you need to be doing some crazy finished oil paintings or anything. But a few figure drawings, portraits, or still lives in pencil or charcoal or whatever would really help show a range. Keep in mind that over half of what we spend our time on here is traditional work from life.

    All in all though man, I think that you're on your way. Just really push yourself and grind out some stuff for a nice portfolio and apply. Like I said, show that you are really committed to this thing. Thats key. Dedication is what its all about around here. Good luck to you and Zord. I'll see if I can get any of the other students to poke their heads in for some crits.

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    IA - Thanks man, helps a lot. I will do some.

    Jedmo - Wow, thanks so much. It's very cool to hear an inside opinion on the atelier and to have some personal critiques from them. I really appreciate it man, I will be sure to keep in mind what you have said.

    Time to kick it up a notch.

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    Environments now? Daaaamn man, wait for me to catch up?

    Good to see you pushing in other directions, IA definitely knows whats up. Now if we could only figure out his color genius... it's all a matter of practice I suppose. Practice, practice, practice like Jedmo says.

    Oh yea, we're going to be at the coffee shop for some life drawing tomorrow night. You in? Not sure if you'll get this reply in time. Cheers man.

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