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    Mini sketchbook of sketchy DOOM! (or something)

    Hello. Um, about me and stuff:

    I'm fabulous, my 'art'(if you can call it that) is, well, terrible.

    So I'm trying to become less terrible.


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    speedy paint attempt - between five and eight minutes(based on track length of song)

    first sketchy steampunkish thingy - i might finish this one.

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    You got some nice concepts there, but you seem to be concentrating too much on being a digital artist.
    Try to become even greater with a normal, analog pencil. Do gestures, expressions, difficult geometry.
    Then go back to your computer and see how much better you've become.
    I definetely see some potential here.

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    Hey MiniGoth,

    I'm glad that you've decided to start a sketchbook. Use it as some incentive to keep drawing; the only way to get better is to practice!

    You're at a stage now, where you need to train your eye. Keep drawing from life, and if life is not around, try some pictures.

    If you want to be able to draw from your imagination it would also be a good idea to mix in some drawings from your imagination. But make sure to keep in mind the things you drew and learned from the life drawings.

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    Many thanks guys! I'm working in a physical sketchbood too - I'll put some of those in once I figure out how the printer/scanner works...

    this is a sunset from a photo ref - I think I'm pretty decent with colors, geometry and machinery are most definately my weak points.
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    that is freak'en awesome.

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    thanks. lights are easy, 'cause they're just sorta blobbies and a silouhette.

    trees are kinda ok, but if i tried to put a person in there, even a shadow, it gets all fugly.

    and that one was over three hours, the other guys were quickies. Oh snap! I painted some clouds THROUGH the tree. ugh. hadn't noticed that before.

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    sketchy update

    I've a lot of these, so I'll wait until tomorrow to post more so I don't bump the thread unduly.

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    second dump

    So it's officially tomorrow. Been doodling a lot over the past week. Hope they're improving a little.

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    Well I havent gotten digital yet (cant wait too though)
    But I've read many times that one of the biggest tips is to master pencil before making the jump to digital

    But it looks like your working on that so thats good

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    The last image is huge, you could use some resizing to make it fit the screen better for easy viewing.

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    Thanks for your comments on my apsaras drawing in the WIP and Critique sections. They're definitely helpful.

    To follow on the "training the eye" thing, I suggest looking at the book "Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud, whether you plan to draw comics or not. Libraries often have it. There's a section in there on realistic vs. iconic drawing. The iconic version of an eye (the one we all see in our head unless we pay attention) is your basic football shape. But that's not how they really look. To train the eye, we have to set aside our preconception and draw what's there. A useful exercise for this is to draw a picture of someone from a reference photo that's upside-down. (Got that from the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.)

    Also, here's a tip for scanning. Put a piece of blank paper behind the page you want to scan in a notebook. It keeps the image from the page behind from bleeding into your scan.

    Keep up the good work.
    Take a look at my series of in-depth critiques, like this one of Salvador Dali's hidden portrait of Lincoln.

    Scott's Sketchbook: Check out my sketchbook. Will swap C&Cs.

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    I have a couple of Scott McCloud's books - they're wonderful!

    Some random stuff-

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    Update more often! And draw moar. And finish more. The end.

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    i suggest sticking with the basics, and by that i mean working out the general shapes of the human figure and constructing the basic shapes into a figure. Working on lip studies dont help much if you cant draw a normal skull.

    look into buying books by andrew loomis or bridgman. Some of their works can be found only for free in pdf formate.

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    Thanks, both of you .

    I'll be able to draw more once this $%^# job is over.

    I do more life studies in the lil sketchbook that I carry everywhere - people, objects, etc. I do get frustrated when things don't turn out, then go back to just mashing colors around for a while.

    End of July to August is the 'get serious about art' goal, since I expect to have the time.

    Thanks again!

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    dude with a majorly broken nose. I'm not sure whether it reads better with the curves on or not, so two piccys of the same sketch.

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    That sunset picture is INSANE. O_O I thought that it's a photograph at first. I understand that the basics behind that are simple. But. Man...

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    Hey Arbinn, the secrets to that one are a good ref(notice there's only silohuettes, no real definition - so is kind of a cheat) and the grid method.

    Add some patience, and you're good to go.

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    Hey MiniGoth, thanks for the post. Your work is good. I also thought the tree was a photo at first. Your people and anatomy are getting a lot better also(I really like the sketch of the guy with a broken nose)

    Austin

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    Thanks a bunch for the encouragement, Walter! I'm not going to get better overnight, but seeing progress, and knowing it's not all in my head helps a lot.

    Owl and wing:

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    A wolf head and a barn.

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    Hello, I really like your coloured stuff!

    The only thing I notice is the 'hairiness' of your linework, esp. in your sketches. (Just these ones, really... http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...55&postcount=9 )Try to get just one line down without lifting your pencil, and leave it that way, without scratching back over it again and again. Otherwise your linear work looks like it's made from straw and lollipop sticks...

    Practise some Blind Contour drawings (look at a subject, but not at the page; you keep your pencil constantly on the page as you work, but don't lift it until you're done!), and do RL studies without lifting your pencil. Treat every line as if they're irreversable and set in stone. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniGoth View Post
    Oh snap! I painted some clouds THROUGH the tree. ugh. hadn't noticed that before.
    Trees on a very high hill?

    You got some nice sketches and studies, you just need some anatomy practice. Your bodies tend to shrink the further down they go.

    The sunset blew me away away though, even with the cloud issue. You have a good eye for colours.
    My cat sits on my sketchpad whenever I get it out... think he's trying to tell me something?

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    I'd say before you start doing digitial work first start from the basics and learn them first. Have to done the sphere and cube shading along with the composition basics yet. They help artists out a great deal try doing some simple lessons by Loomis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniGoth View Post
    I have a couple of Scott McCloud's books - they're wonderful!

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    Dude I love that jellyfish thing and the one on the left is very interesting too. Nice stuff, Keep drawing.
    - Art expands my mind -

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    Looks like you're on a good track for yourself, so just keep practicing. Loosen up too because it looks like you've got some scratchy lines and stiff forms.

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    Hey looking good man lots of progress from the first drawing. keep up the good work, i suggest you study anatomy and light for now and move on to color later. Cheers.

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