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    Matt Kelley's Sketchbook [Nudity]



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    Hi everyone,

    I've been digging around these forums for weeks now and have been inspired to get busy with the drawing again. I'm on a mission to develop my skills and kick my old bad habit of not sketching all the time. I think i read in a magazine article somewhere that an artist is just a sketchbook with an arm attached to it. So please, don't hold back, critique the hell outta me, and get onto me if there isn't a fair amount of new sketches at the end of every week

    and so it starts....

    Zippo hills
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    1 hour pose
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    1 hour pose
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    Sharpie sketch from photo reference
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    Master copy
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    Still life from three years ago
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    graphite and collage project from two years ago, unfinished.....still
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    Bridgman studies
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    Wacom sketch, 4x6 in. graphire...
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    Line self portrait
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    Quick digital sketches

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    started to layer on values in photoshop, abandoned
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    Quick sketch in alias sketchbook pro
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    Nice mix of studies from life and works from imagination. No huge crits from me - only that the sketches from imagination aren't quite up to the life studies works. Try to incorporate what you learn from life studies more into the stuff you do from imagination. Good luck and keep up the goodness.
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    Nice stuff, just one thing would be on the shemon (she-demon ) the thing above her hand looks a little out of place. Other than that it's all pretty good.
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    MarkWinters - Thanks for the advice, I'll def keep that more in mind, I'm going to be concentrating a lot on Bridgman studies for a while, trying to build a better conception for form and function in anatomy, up until now I've vastly neglected that.

    FourTonMantis - Thanks man, I see what you mean about the object. I added it last just messing around in Photoshop, I have this tendency to leave things unfinished and move onto something else, another thing I'm working on changing.

    My main driving ambition at this point is to develop as an artist and incorporate that knowledge into traditional 2D and stop-motion animation. I'm using this thread as a motivational tool in the drive to keep going and I really appreciate the feedback. Here are a few screens from a (1st and only to date) stop-motion project I did last year entitled "Thou Art That." I shot over 4,500 frames with my digi-cam to create it, was fun... after the headaches subsided.

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    Your animation looks really cool. Your drawings, most importantly ones from life, will definitely improve your skill in animation as well. I see alot of variety in here, which is good. Your pieces mostly look incomplete, ty and spend time to complete each piece, because i think you might be moving too quickly between pieces. Anyway, your studies and still life look great, so keep it up!
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    amer-nazri - Thanks for the kind words, That's def a problem I've had for a while without consciously realizing it, I will be making it a point to finish a piece before jumping away to another thing. Btw, your work is awesome.

    Here are four peices of one drawing, scanner is to small. Went into a trance drawing this still life.

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    Thanks for the comments dude. I wanna see some of these concept drawing completed (as amer-nazri wishes also) and coloured. They would look so badass.
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    Quite the imagination you have there. I really like the Bridgman studies
    Post moar of those.
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    Thanks Sarxous, lots of Bridgman on the way. I hear ya Peetaer, I'll be working on completing drawings before moving on to the next thing, although color is something I fear at this stage, working bigtime on my understanding of value and form right now.

    Acrylic Value study of Norman Sunshine's "Double Fugue (diptych)," (1st and only time i've messed with paint of any kind)
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    Graph drawing from photo reference (had to piece it back together in Photoshop, damn this small scanner. A bit of the top of the drawing is missing in this photo but you get the idea)
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    Project i started and never fully fleshed out. Natural and mechanical objects combined, this is a small corner of the larger sheet.
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    Here are a few Bridgman studies from today. To those of you who may never have heard of him, George B. Bridgman has some incredible books out there breaking the form down into planes and interlocking wedges. Really helpful stuff.

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    Crits and feedback really appreciated.
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    WIP I started last night, really new to using color, sorta ran into a brick wall. Any suggestions?

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    Some stunning work on here, especially the things you've drawn from your mind - it's like you've pushed them that much further? There's seems to be a confidence to them that's missing from the life drawings, good as those are. "thou art that" looks really pretty too and I can't put into words how much I love "Zippo Hills", what an opening piece!

    I'm not an expert on colour, but a common technique appears to be to start off with a gradient in the background to establish a general feel for light/tone..etc, and then start blocking in colour with midtones, and then go over it with direct lighting and shadows, before starting on all the secondary (bounced light). Jeremy Vickery has an amazing DVD out on colour theory which has completely transformed the way I see things, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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    hey, your stuff is pretty cool man! I like the stop motion stuff and the trees the best
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