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    Sketchbook for the Recently Deceased

    The name is James, this is my sketchbook.

    Recently I have spent a fair amount of time looking through Concept Art and have finally decided it would be invaluable for me join the community and to post a sketchbook.

    I am 19 living in Massachusetts, with a bit of free time on my hands since schools out for summer. I am really really interested in Animation so I am looking into possibly attending Ringling's CA program for 2009. I know that I have a long way ahead of me before I have a sweet portfolio that will get me accepted so any critiques on my work would be awesome.

    *New image for thumbnail OCT 1st 08*

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    Pretty good figure drawings there!

    Check out my sketchbook
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    Hey thanks King Cobra!

    So here is something I worked on today. Basically I was fooling around trying to give it some texture and I think it ended up looking pretty sweet, at least in person. I was using an old digital camera so the quality is a tad bit sketchy, I'll probably repost it when I have access to my friends better camera.

    Its just charcoal drawn from a live model, any comments or crits would be awesome, thanks.

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    June third update ~Please Crit~

    So here is some new stuff, a hand study with pencil, which I kind of like.
    Also I posted three gesture drawings taken from one minute live poses, I will try to get some standing poses if possible for next time.

    Any crits would be appreciated to the max!

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    *redirected from the ringling thread*

    Portfolio-wise I would be surprised if you had a problem getting accepted. Just make sure you don't leave out the other stuff that they say they like to see, things that show your understanding of depth, things like still lifes, landscapy type stuff, and whatnot. The reps always go on and on about that, especially for CA. But like I said, you're longer figures are pretty good and they'll see that.

    critique and other-wise your arms in general are looking a little bit wonky especially in your first post. Some are too thin, the others chunky, some both. Most of all they don't flow. Your reddish more rendered one has much better arms they're more accurate and aren't nearly as visually choppy as the others. In general it looks like you're a lot more comfortable with torsos and legs and it shows. I just noticed that all of these are from behind, draw some frontal poses too!

    Personally I would advise you to experiment more. There is more than academic figure drawing but it seems to be what everybody stresses over the most. Yes it is important and has its place but take risks. The worst that could happen is you spend twenty minutes making a drawing you don't really like. Big deal. Chances are you'd probably run into a few of those anyways, and when you take chances in your art you might even learn something you didn't even expect to. Best of all if you take different approaches to your subject (and use different mediums as well) you must look and things in different ways and it's by looking at things in new and different ways that lead you to see more overall and come to a better understanding about things. Plus it make the journey more fun.

    btw, I like your approach in the very first picture. It's by far the most interesting piece to me and your treatment really complements the pose.

    I'll shut up now...

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    Lizzybeth I can not begin to tell you how helpful your critique is, thank you!
    I agree with you on everything you said, thank you for helping me see what isn't really working.

    It's funny because as I posted these I realized as well that they were all from behind, I was hoping that no one would notice haha.

    I was actually thinking about learning to paint, taking a class or self teaching, now I will definitely pursue that! Currently my paintings are hilarious blotchy messes, I have no idea how to have the paint work for me so I need to learn that.

    So next post will be something from the front side of the model, and the creative side of my brain, it's gettin' a little dusty. Eventually I will get some paintings up!

    Thanks again Lizzybeth!

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    Your rendering is very nice, but I think it would help to be more careful with the underdrawing. Some of your proportions are seriously wacky.

    Also, there are a few points where you have some stuff defined by pretty harsh lines that probably should be defined more subtly.

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    Thanks for looking at my sketchbook.
    mm Their butts look weird. I think you make the bodies a bit too long, I was told by my art teacher the body is usually two heads long. Your's are about 2.5 to 3, so try measuring, while you're sketching and see how the body is proportioned to the head.
    But I do like the rawness of your sketches. Keep it up.

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    Meloncov and FearSelf thanks so much for the input! I considered your critiques and been working on studying anatomy more recently, so thank you! I am going to try to make the butts look less weird looking too from now on ha ha.

    So here is some new work.

    The first one is a drawing I finished a while ago but just got around to putting up, wow i just realized it's really blurry.

    The second one is my first real painting ever, oil on canvas which was so fun to do. Its just a still life of a skull cast I have, I used the Shawn Barber Foundations Painting DVD as a guide. Wow it is totally awesome, it really helped me get the courage to pick up a brush and paint, which is something that I have always been a bit afraid of trying. I know the anatomy on the skull is very off, but this was more of a test run on how to work with oils and color for the first time.

    Any critiques would be very cool.

    So now I have fallen in love with painting and I am working on my second. The last image here is a very rough mock-up of what I am working on now.

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    Hey man,

    ok first off thank you VERY much for your help. Now; i really like the picture in your second post, the orange(ish) hue really adds to the drawing, so if like in some digi photos i took of my work its an unintentional hue, i really suggest giving it that hue in your scan if ever you send that picture in. I think the only thing that takes away from it is the hair, you need to work on that a little bit....hehe your third picture in your first post has...a bad arm cramp, a little too pentagonish or something like lizzy said great approach in the first picture (i just read her thing right now, she has some good points! *takes notes for himself*) and well, maybe ill see you next year if we're both lucky

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    Hey jimbo,

    really nice works.. you're pretty adept at figure drawing which will get you far.

    I know you are working on it but definitely include some frontal views. Also the only things I saw that you could consider is the calves on some of your drawings are a little off/inconsistent. Also the feet on your second drawing aren't aligned with the floor (looks like he is standing on a slope)

    Your skull painting is great, but i think you can go even further with the shadows to really make it pop. It could just be the quality of the photo which i know hardly ever does the original justice.

    So yeah, keep it up!

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    hey james! these are really excellent sketches.
    youve got the whole form down to every single hair line.
    but what im worried is the value and contrast in the shading.
    it seems to have an edge to it, if you know what i mean, would be much appealing if you smooth it out a bit...
    but keep doing what your doing and welcomes to CA



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    5coop, thanks! I took a look at the guys hair in that one and I totally agree, I just went in and reworked it and added a few extra things as well. And yeah that guy with the arm, he was wearing a weird baggy shirt but it definitely doesn't translate well in the drawing.

    aguilas990 hey thanks man! Yea I got some stuff to do with the skull, it doesn't really pop, I am working on another painting with a few skulls now and will definatley consider exagerating the shadows in it.

    l0stinth0ughts thank you, I am definatley going to try and push up that contrast as much as I can.

    Thanks again guys.

    So with the portfolio deadline moving closer for Ringling, I am going to be posting up here far more often, need all of the critiques that I can get. If anyone helps me out with a crit I will do the same back to them. As for now I am away from a scanner/ camera but I got a lot of cool work that I am looking forward to posting. Probably next week.

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