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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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    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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    Thek - Thanks a lot for the comments, I'll be sure to check out that DVD.

    Lynus - Thanks man!

    An ink drawing, tossed a lil color on it in photoshop. Was playing with watercolor but not really sure if the paper i'm using is ok for that, I need to look into watercolor technique. Critique and tips on techniques to try really appreciated!

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    Tweaking around with the drawing in photoshop has really improved your latest sketch. Good contrast between light and dark and focusing the viewer's eye to the most relevant details of the image.

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    Thanks Peetaer.

    Just picked up a Moleskine and some ink, and now I love them both.

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    Fresh off the presses.

    I'm starting to really love ink.

    I have a thing for trees...
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    Hey there. Haven't seen you around before.
    Nice start to a SB. Bridgeman studies are looking great.
    Nice creative work aswell.

    Get some more anatomy books if you can, it's a good idea to study from multiple sources.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixPrism View Post

    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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    Where did you find the ref? A painting? It's friggin' awesome lookin'!

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    Very nice book you have here. Lotsa inspiring pieces. More please!!

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    Jokisalo - Thanks, much more to come!

    FourTonMantis - It was a black and white photo in a book on Greek sculpture if memory serves. The title of the piece was "Zeus battles the Gods." It was a three part exercise One was to make a grid and copy a master work, then skew the grid and draw again, then a charcoal value study, found the skewed drawing.

    Skewing the grid.
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    Quick ink sketch. Heart Surgery. From a project I'm working on.
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    Beautiful - i love your imagination and style even more now.

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    Thek - Thanks! Didn't know I had a style yet.

    Here's a flash drawing I was workin on.

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    Dude, I wanna see this one done. It'll look so good. Do it over the X-Mas break.

    Looking good so far. Give us more!!!

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    I love the exploration in your work. Your style really has a storyteller feel to it and I'd love to see more. Did you finish with your animation project and did you post it somewhere like youtube...would love to see it. Keep the work coming!!

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    Thanks Peetaer, man I did it again, started something and left it half-assed. Will make it a point to finish that thing!

    Silvestri99 - Thanks man! The storyteller comment made my day, and I'll be putting up a website within a week or so that'll have a link to the animation.

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    Semester is finally over and done with, time for more regular updates.

    Shoulda started this on something other than newsprint...ah well, 1st attempt at Celtic knotwork

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    There is something scary in your latest uptades.. hope you are fine!
    More please

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    Cool creative stuff. I like the heart (?) and the decoration that holds it . The scull man with circle around seems to me it could be a pretty nice image. Like a summon of some sort. Hades maybe. Fusion of flesh and bones looks good.

    Anyway. Keep up the studies and all, and post more mate.

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    Jokisalo - Hehe, all is well.

    joaKimArt - Appreciate it, I'll go back and finish that one at some point, and def need to get back to the studies. Really dig your work.

    some doodles, trying to see where i'm at without references
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    Feedback and info on good reference material to look into greatly appreciated!

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