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    Bag of Tricks ~ A Sketchbook

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    new stuff on last page.
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    Lol. Pear.

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    Some cross between a unicorn, muskox, and a woolly mammoth. Who knows?
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    A cup (plus bad background) , some ears, and a quickie of a character named Sir Goremont. I'm still having issues getting anything I do on the computer to get into focus. Any advice would be welcome.

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    Finally the promised colour!
    A random fairytale sort of thing (random title).
    A beginning for the comet rider COW before I remember that a comet was ice etc. and not rock. The idea was that the comet rider ate the minerals and metals in the rock until it ate through it. It was also allergic to oxygen because all of the metals in it would oxidize it to dust.
    30 minute speed paint from ref.
    IDOW Power boots: Ruby Slippers! This wasn't really an industrial design but I really liked it. I eventually made a really good sequin brush for this which is now forever lost somewhere in my computer.

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    I really like the glass and the landscape in the last post.

    At this stage you just need to work more and post more - the rest of the stuff is fairly unrefined. Scanning your stuff with higher contrast will help a lot too - or increasing the contrast after you scan.

    Keep posting and don't give up because people here don't reply, they're too busy checking out the 5* threads

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    hey,

    nice initial sketches, the pencil work is fantastic, love the cup too, looks like its been painted in oils.

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    "To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams." - Banksy

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    Profiles out of my head. I must say I like odd noses.
    A 15min life study of a pineapple.
    Strange animals including a snail thing missing an eye.

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    n1va: Hope the contrast is better in these and thanks. I'm not one to give up. I figure, if I'm fifteen, and the really good people here are minimum twenty five, I have another ten years to get as good as they are.

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    do it in five and you'll be five years ahead of em
    so get working!

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    True, very true! However, it's not that easy to do if you plan on keeping a 90% average at school.

    Planes, a bowl, and hands.

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    mm well.. i finished high schoolwith an 85, but i definitely could have tried harder, it wasnt necessarily a time issue. so it's do-able!

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    Well, you've already beat me with the awesome colorings. Just keep up with the studies, you're on the right track.

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    EEK! No posts for a month. Anyway, here is an absolutely huge dump to make up. I'd love some crits. Please.....

    1 Coconut crusher COW
    2 Horsies! There was originally a person on the black one but I removed his existance
    3 Quickies hands. These are only about 2 cm high each so I'm quite happy with them
    4 Practicing perspective without guidelines on imaginary chairs
    5 Enviro practice
    6 Random doodles I liked
    7 Bleh enviro
    8 This is from that Steampunk Prof, Penguin Chow. I never finished it but I'm thing of it now
    9 Apple harvester from IDW. The trees suck, but I really got attached to the concept.

    I also did some watercolor studies that I actually like of (like 2 hours each) but I need to find a camera to take some pics. I think I overworked them but I want to get them up here for some crits.
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    You've got some real nice work here! It's a good start. I think though, that you could benefit from some brush/pencil stroke economy-- try to do more with each brush or pencil stroke. Right now you have a lot of little marks happening, which can muddy things up when you're painting and/or make things look really "hesitant". There's a great Prometheus tutorial that deals with, well, everything, but there's a good section on economy in there... here's the link:

    http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm

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    Evil Bunny: Thanks. I plan on doing just as you say.
    Ridz: In terms of time issues, its getting the extra 5% that takes the work.
    Ookchk: Thanks for the link. And you're welcome. I've been trying some marker stuff to try and help with the whole extra lines stuff, but I've been having issues which probably means that it's something that I should work on. You can probably see the same thing in the splochiness of the watercolours below.

    Here's the watercolours.
    Self crits: Splotchy. The bottle is really flat. I think I spent more time looking at the wrinkles through the cloth than actually looking at the bottle. I really, really don't like watercolours.

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    nice studies good to see some traditional mixed in there-- inventive industrial designs. Good work keep it up

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    Thanks decypl.

    Big dump this time. An assignment at school was to write a kids book in french and illustrate, so here are about two thirds of what I have to do so. Hopefully I will have enough time to do some colour and make some other fixes. Also some enviro studies, Mouse House EOW and some random stuffs.

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    Here's another watercolour. Not as bad as the others I think. Please ignore the pinecone. I actually ended up just going over it with some acrylics by the end.

    Oh, and I've gotten a better picture of the second water colour
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    Well, I ended up cutting out a lot of the images for the book, so here are most of the ones that did get in it. There was a black hole too, but it was scribbles put into liquify filter....fun though I also got around to doing some mini-studies in pencil. The deer skull in the other has been slowly flaking apart and bing eaten by mice on by porch so it now. Also some sketches for DEEP, not really going to do anything though.

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    Here's some stuffs. I haven't really spent any tume before now with pen or marker so most of this (incl the anatomy) is just experimenting. Hopefully it will help with the whole line economy thing. I have so many pages of things like the teapots, but I have decided to spare the eyes of CA. I have a real issue with going over things over, and over and over again even if they don't need it... bleh. I have so many excessive lines everywhere in the anatomy... But I really like flowers: no one can tell if you messed them up.

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    Hello. I've been in France for a while. I must say I hated it but, but I got some good drawing time out of it. The last is a wip for the cow nectar spender.
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    So, something random as usual. A ukrainian mole. (There is a story behind it but not particularly pertinent...) I hope to colour it at some point. In general, just some playing with brushes. I need to quit school so I can do everything else I want to.

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    Oh, and a better final of that nectar spender. I am actually quite happy with the crature but LAMO flowers, it was sooo empty. I need to work on not cute stuff.

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    I've had issues with colour conversion from PSD to JPG. (just look at the one above for an example) If anyone has a solution pleassssse help me! To get this I had to take a screenshot and do some other fooling around. The colour is so much more dull... oh well.

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    Since my scanner had been unconnected to the *new* computer for close to two months, here's some stuff from August and September.

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    hey there pixie. great detail still lives there; and good studies as well. notice you like drawing horses. a great thing to do is observe them with a marker and some cheap-ass paper; and just draw what you see. you're gonna end up with a line for the back and 2 for a leg, and then start on a new one within a minute. it give great speed practice as well as make you feel their dynamic lines. uhm. dont really think its right to link to my own stuff in other's threads, but I mean like this:
    http://ashess.blogspot.com/2007/08/1...exersizes.html
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    Thanks for the suggestion ashess. Unfortunately I don't live where I can easily get to any horses. I will try with some birds and squirrels (lots of those) once it's above 5C and less than 30cm of snow .

    Here's some IDW stuff. Lots of pencils but no scanner.

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    I really like those chess pieces.
    A tutor once said to me: "Let your mind go!" and it didn´t come back.

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    First I must say that the colourful pear up there is reallt cool ^^

    Nice studies! You really seem to improve a lot with them. And as bbwolf says, the chess pieces are great!
    So you're doing pretty well, and you are handling nature and landscapes very good. I would like to see you do even more studies on human anatomy, though.
    Keep up the good work!

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    bbwolf: Thanks. I couldn't think of anything imaginative really so I went with what I knew.

    Mokinzi: Thanks. I have mixed thought about humans. I like to draw/paint etc things. As far as I'm concerned people are things, and personally, I'm not too much more interested in people than a really cool seashell, or a rabbit. This said, it really doesn't compare because other people are very interested in other people... mmmm just some rambling thoughts. I like anatomy a lot as I like to see how things work, however, the only books I have are medical ones, and they're not the greatest. You should see the amazing works by the illustrator in Grey's Anatomy. I think the guy deserves an award.

    So here's some various sketches for the ___of the weeks. I finally figured out why the computer wasn't liking my camera card. Sorry for the bad quality.

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    And some other random studies etc. The hand is only partway done, but then I moved, and the light moved and never came back. And the lady at the end was done during the dress rehersals for the school play. They're kinda warped from the horrible photography.

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    And finally, some ___ of the week finals and wips.

    Time machine complete with typos.

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    Castle mountain in the snow. Not too castley, but it made me happy.

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