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    Ahoy there!
    I see that you are doing two things that I am avoiding relatively good: you are drawing a lot from life and you are doing lot of animal drawings. I really appreciate it and I like your devotion to this drawings. I would like to start doing these also, especially drawings from life, like for example drawing people around me like you did, but I just cannot get myself into that dimension .

    What I like more here is that you have a pretty amount of sketches and you are working overtime and I think that he mileage and the experience will bring the crop in at the end, just keep going like this.

    I was examining more your sketchbook lately and I would suggest that you do your pencil drawings in the fashion like you did here, cause this looks the best if you ask me. The shading and the lines are so great, maybe just go more darker with the dark areas:


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    LtPlissken: Just get out there and try doing some stuff from life, and animals and anything else you want. You can try it, and it might look horrible, but if you work at it, it'll work out. Working at anatomy etc. and from life is so you can show what you want to say through images and have it look the way you want. (HAVE FUN TOO ) It's a bit like trying to speak swahili or something and not knowing where to start. You aren't going to be able to do poetry or make a nice story if you don't learn the language first. And believe me, when you try learn a language you make so many mistakes that are embarrassing it's ridiculous. I know I don't like to put myself out there and make the mistakes, so you end up not saying anything and not getting better.

    Thank you for the insight. You're right about the darks.

    I did some landscape thumbs a while back that I found. Meh.

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    And the assignment in English was to create a greeting card that is an analogy. Here's a mock-up. I love this guy!

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    Really nice updates pixie! The last one is really creative too

    I am glad to hear that your hand is better, and that you are drawing!!
    More values in your digi landscapes please. I really can't feel any light source, witch makes it odd. And about your traditional work, i like it, really really do, and it would look even better if you'd do the dark parts even darker like LtPlissken said.
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    My hand is better, but there's some lingering effects. It's not going to be 100% for another month or so apparently. (There goes my 6ish hours of badminton a week) You're band on about the landscape. I get so focused sometimes (especially if it's done in one go) that I lose my ability to judge contrast. I've tried adjusting it but it looks horrid. Thanks.

    A thumb on the topic of peace.

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    Some more work on the gal. With out the bg so you can spot any errors. to crit. I'm not 100% sure what to do with the bg, but this works so far. I will need to do some correcting so the light source sin't only from the right as well as other little thingies. CRITS!!! PLEASE!!!!!

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    bahahha.. i digg that zombie card. I'd totally love to get that in the mail! braaaaiiins!!!!
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    The landscape studies in post #212 are good, though much too many colors. Limit your pallet to 3 or 4 main colors and check out this tutorial on speed painting. It has helped me throughout the years.

    If you got something from the study, that is worth your time! In fact, any time you sit down and draw you are learning more about art!

    I like that zombie card too. Hehe :]

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    Knoxie: hehehe.... he just wants a hug. Zombies are misunderstood....or he just wants brains...hehe.

    MattGamer: Thanks for the hints.

    I'm slowly being struck by the lack of ideas in this sb. I must do something to fix that... so here's some stuff. The final of the zombie card. Some more evolution practice etc, a wip thing I've been working on in my spare minutes at school, and another colour/enviro study. I think it got a little overworked by the end, but meh. Learned a bunch! I figured out how to make animated gifs too!

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    nice studies and sketches !! you should work a bit more on the color studie , it could look very cool with a bit of work on it , refine the edges and textures , make it more precise keep it up !!

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    Hi. I was waiting ready for your updates. Great job on this enviro gif. I like how the work flowed. Maybe you should go even more detailed on those objects on the painting.
    Excellent Zombie cards, you are really creative. You are running out of sketchbook ideas? That cannot happen
    I have so much ideas but not enough time to put them down on paper. Just look around you, there are plenty of subjects around in the everyday life to be drawn, and not to talk about our imagination. Just let you creativity flow open.

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    Your digital work has improved sooooo much! Great colours! LOVE the zombies too... "it can all be ended by a SHOTGUN!!" haha great stuff!

    Keep up them studies too!
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    Hey, thanks for visiting my SB!

    Some nice progress from page one, especially with the enviros. Love the last .gif you did with the progress.

    One crit though - about the bald lady, watch the head shape and the proportions on her face, maybe make her head rounder on top and give her more jaw like in THIS image? And I'd make her neck a tad thinner too.

    Oh, and love the zombie card XD
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    Double post, sorry.
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    wow~ that's one interesting way to paint digitally!! really like seeing the steps too

    it's a good example of sketch-block in-detail on top, more please, more!
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    Asahi-SD- : Thanks! I'm not sure I will or not. I probably should though! (...eat your spinach!!!!....)

    LtPlissken: Gah! You were waiting..... I feel so over rated... now I'm blushing! I'm not running out of ideas. I was more struck by how much of my sb was studies and stuff like that and nothing that is of my own idea that I'm trying to say something with.

    JailHouseRock: Thanks! I love the zombie too!

    The Whistler: Very welcome. Thanks for pointing those little things out.

    Blacky:


    I have two university portfolio interviews at the end of the week and I'm scared. One even has a drawing test! : Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!

    Some pencils. I;'ve been trying to darken up my shading as per advie. I just realised that the thumb is completely out of proportion to the rest of the hand. Really just warmups/gestures. Applying my 00-20s fashion knowledge. And that shiny bow material is fun!

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    Don't panic, you'll be just fine! Art test or not, drawing or not, you'll surely come up with something creative. That's what you do

    That big,shiny bow looks really fun draw! Shiny stuff are fun to draw in general actually hehe. :3
    Guess you know what's up with that hand, so i won't bring it up. I'm bad at rl hand studies so i can't complain xD

    GOOD LUCK PIXIE!!
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    Nice paintings, though I think you can define the foliage more. Theres a tendancy to loosely brush in the foliage without much structure to it. Try think of it in 3d space like u do with the buildings.

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    Blacky: Thank you so much for the support. It mean so, so, so, so much. Truly.

    Bendragon: Thanks for the tip!

    My arm was pretty upset last week. The tendonitis spead to my elbow, so now I have tennis elbow. Then I got some in my left arm from using it more. Finally I got some golfer's elbow (I didn't even know it existed!) in my right arm as well as pulling my triceps. It's all much better now, but that week was painful.

    The interviews went well. At OCAD, they let you into the interview room about 20 minutes before the actual interview so you could set up and get and idea of what the profs were asking other people. The profs looked at the stuff for about two minutes, completely ignoring all digital work I had on my laptop. They then spent the last eight minutes lecturing me on how I was perfect for the materials arts program, and how I had to be sure I was doing what I loved as well as another lecture on what the two other 3d-real life design courses were and how I wouldn't like any of them. They finally told me that if you really want something hard enough you can do it. I was completely prepared to start answering questions etc. but they hardly let me say a single thing the entire time. Really, really anticlimatic. Whatever... they liked the work I had out and I got told by the student helping I was accepted, but wait for the letter.

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    The other one was with about 50 other people at the same time, and the test was really lame. They gave you two articles, had you summarize them, then add two or more pictures. You could either copy the pics off of a set of samples they gave, or make your own.

    One of the things I was told at National Portfolio day was that a nice, well done pencil drawing would be a good addition to a portfolio. I made on up for the interviews. Eight hours or so, and a pic of the setup for those interested. The pics has a bit more contrast than the original. I've been doing so much digitally that I've been spoiled by the array of easily achieved values. Pencil just doesn't do BLACK, which upsets all the relative values. Add to that the amount of values that you can pick out with your eye that won't show up in a photos etc....... Learned a lot to say the least. Practice....

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    Hey Pixie you've posted some nice updates here. Especially like the enviro/colour study in post#217. Keep up the good work dude.

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    You're doing great! ^_^ MOAR cool studies! +)

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    Nice to know that your interview went well. So which one is you on that photo then?

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    WHAT DID I TELL YA!?! EAAAASY
    I'm sure you'll be getting that letter soon!
    I take it they were more interested in your traditional work, preferring it over digital?
    Guess i should do more finished, neat pencil work, huh.

    It is interesting reading about your interview
    Makes me understand how things work about that, now that i'm starting to have a shred of a chance at least.

    Sketch book is looking great, life-interview too, you also seem healthy, what more can you want?!
    Keep it up Pix!
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    goood this page is a real step up ! ugh i dont think il recover from NPD just so many people i got to see 2 schools >.< i still have nightmares im pretty sure LOL! did you ever take a look at NSCAD ? (they have a really strong program) i was kind of disapointed with OCAD's Student work ...design program looked good but others seemed left out
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    Thanks for your comment in my sketchbook

    The hand sketches show a lot of form, but I doubt your hand really looks like that the technique is good, now your just have to .. feel the form I guess ^^

    That National Portfolio day looked like a fun thing to do For what did they review? Art in general or for games.. etc. ?

    Hope to see another update soon

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    Turbosnail: Thanks!

    Kristoff: Thank you!

    LTPlissken: I'm not in the photo- I was the one taking it!

    Blacky: hehe... I'm not sure about the easy bit. I was soooooo nervous. The student was very nice, and probably had something to do with the good response though. He liked my work and said that he 'set me up with the right profs'. I'm glad someone is getting something out of all this. I'm not sure how art universities work in Romania, but I'm sure they can't be tooooooo diferent.

    Zorcron: Thanks! Yea- NPD was an experience. I've never really looked at NSCAD. I checked out their site, but not much more than that. It's a long way from home. The thing about ACAD is that I have two families of relatives living a 5 min drive from the school, so I'm not quite so on my own. OCAD is only a 4h drive away, so those are the two schools I'm looking at. I hear what you mean about the student work at OCAD. I went to their open house, and what I saw was pretty mediocre, other than the design. I like the style and quality of work coming out of ACAD better too. OCAD seems more editorial centred, while ACAD is a bit more diverse. They even have a character design stream there! To tell you the truth, the people there were a bit friendlier too. Maybe it's just because it's a smaller school. Actually, I visited the campus of Emily Carr, and the placement of the school just turned me off. Granville island! Yes it's on the water, but in Vancouver the rent would be horrendous, and there's so many tourists around there.

    N00dles: You're welcome! I know.... the hand! I can't believe I didn't notice the size discrepancy while I was drawing! National Portfolio Day happened in November. I have a bit more about it on the previous page. Basically it's a whole bunch of art schools, and you can go get your portfolio critiqued by the profs of different schools from U.S. and Canada. They're not allowed to give acceptances there, however. Here's a video of how hectic it is!: LINK

    A big dump. Not happy with most of it.

    On the other hand, did you know that whales have baby teeth! And dogs and cats and cows and dolphins and hamsters and any type of mammal! So coooooool!


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    Here's some more work on the peace piece (hehehe..... ). It's 24 x 16 inches I think. There's going to be a ton of glazing going on, so it looks a bit weird. This is basically under painting right now. And a bit for teen challenge.

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    Peace piece.....
    I like that one....

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    LTPlissken: Puns......

    I did a ton more on the peace thing, but I'm too tired to try and take a good photo. In my attempt to make a warmer blue for the bottom, it kinda morphed into this purple/indigo shade. So here's some smaller things I did out of boredom as I waited for paint to dry. It seems all acrylic looks a million times better in real life. The bird one is actually kind of pretty. More work on the cave too. It's turning out better than I thought it would.

    Oooo... and made some new brushes too! Fun!

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    Those marker sketches from post #234 are cool! I like your teen challenge entry too, it'll be interesting to see how it turns out!

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    Hi Pixie,
    Your work is great, great cave and I really like all the studies.

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    Wow, love yours environmental drawings =3 I think you could work more on gesture and balance of those human figures, I bet you know that ^_^

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