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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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