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    Making progress hurts...do it again!

    I know a few people here, but I've been hesitant to post anything as the work here is quite good. However, I've started a new artistic segment of my life and I need encouragement and criticism. So...here it goes.

    This image was the first sketch I did in years, while giving my Social Studies students a test. I started with an eye, and ended up with something I had never tried to draw before, a dinosaur...kind of.
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    This fish, again started as an eye, then twisted into something else.
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    I had seed some work that focused on negative imaging, so I tried this...again my first attempt at this style, but it came out OK.
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    A few sketches that I decided to finish...
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    This next one is really the first one I was really proud of. I thought I did the shading well and I even hid a girl in the trunk of the tree!
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    Being a World Geography teacher, I thought I'd try to help my students understand some basic shapes...
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    Together they form...
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    Finally, I got to teach a reading class on Edgar Allen Poe, so I was inspired to draw one of my favorite scenes from a Tale Tell Heart. I'm going to change one thing, but I like it this way as well.
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    Alright! Hit me. I know this isn't the genius stuff that is on the front page, but I think it's getting there. Gimme comments, critiques, whatever. Thanks!

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    good start man the thing i would work on would be some anatomy studies and maybe some value to but a hell of a start and keep up

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    Thanks! I've been planning on some anatomy studies...though I'll probably finish my continental beasts first. Since you mentioned anatomy, what do you see that's correctable?

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    New And Improved Vulture Eye, Inspired by E.A.Poe

    This is really what I intended all along, but I was afraid I might screw it up. My intent was to use 3 of Poe's recurrent themes (the eye, the vortex, and the raven) to intensify the fear and dread the old man felt moments before the narrator killed him.
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    Give me feedback, criticism, whatever.

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    I Have a New Medium

    I just picked up an Intuos3 for my Christmas present to myself this year. This is the first time using it. Since I'm most confortable with pencil I used that tool to make a still life of the web cam I use, then added the galaxy to give it a little depth of story.

    I would love to hear what you think, tips on how to use the intuos3 best, critiques on my other works so far... Thanks!
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    New centaur from the critique center

    It's called, Defending the Sacred Valley, and boy has it gone through the ringer!

    I'll just post the first and last images here...you can view the critique thread if you want to see the whole process.

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    Gosh you haven't got a lot of feedback.... I think the visual trick with the two dragons is really cool - it took me a tiny bit of time to work out what you meant! I think the best thing for your right now would be some good, old fashioned anatomy studies. They're like filling out a tax file number - once you're done, you can get to work! (Actually that's a terrible analogy - you should always be doing anatomy!) Keep up the posting

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    Yes, Anatomy is definitely something I'm working on. The centaur image taught me a lot. I received a good tutorial from the guys at the critiqueing forum, specifically on the arm, chest and abdomin. Thanks for the comments!

    I'm actually starting on Europe soon. That will be the toughest, aside from maybe Asia.

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    Anatomy Sketch

    Just putting down a sketch of the back I did today.

    I've also been working on this sketch/paint/project I call Underestimated

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    New Anatomy study

    Lion to Khajit. Does anyone respond to these threads? Meh...

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    lol, people are looking mate, dont worry about that, just keep posting and when something strikes a chord with someone, they will pipe up and let you know. I like the lion pencil work. keep it coming, and dont forget the anatomy work ;-)

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    Whoa, shame on me for having forgotten you had an SB here too! *slaps forehead*
    Oh well bookmarked now along with my other CA faves

    I commented most already I think between dA and ES,and have no critique right now so I'll just leave some words of encouragement instead Keep it up!

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    Some nice concepts. That "Underestimated" piece is my favourite so far. This one is interesting too, although it looks to me like the shading in the creature isn't as good as the shading in the tree trunk. But it kinda reminds me of Dali... or maybe of some of the creatures by Francis Bacon.

    Keep posting and do more studies to complement (and help you to get better at) your work from imagination.

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