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    Gabriel and the Sketches - [UPDATE: Janurary 20, 2010]

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    Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by. I'm kinda new here, but not new to art. I've been into art since the 3rd grade but after I graduated from high school, I stopped taking art seriously... until now.

    I am making this sketchbook so I may better myself. This is a serious dedication to myself and it may be one of the biggest in my life. This is my promise: "I, Orlando Larks, vow to draw everyday for the rest of my life." Very simple, but hopefully very powerful. This isn't a joke. I'm tired of wasting my life at a job I'm never excited about. Only to come how to a paycheck that is never enough. I love art and always have, so hopefully I can do something with art and maybe give myself a better life.

    I know there are a lot of sketchbooks that claim they will be dedicated, so I don't want to claim. I want it to be a vow to me and to everyone else that reads this. I have to do this.

    The journey to becoming a great artist will be long and hard, but I don't plan on giving up. I want to become a concept artist. Maybe freelance. Anything art is good. But first comes the hardest part... practice.

    Here is my list of things to practice:
    • Anatomy
    • Color and Light
    • Perspective
    • Composition
    • Shading/Value
    I don't think there is a specific order in which they should be arranged seeing as how they are all important in art.


    For the first part my of training comes everyone's favorite, anatomy. I don't know how many sketchbooks I've seen that had anatomy. It is a very difficult subject. I'm thinking about enrolling in a figurative art class for my anatomy practice. This will be my hardest task and plan on this part being the longest.

    My first images will be old stuff. I don't have much, and they are all old anime wanna-be stuff. I'm not into drawing anime anymore. Just posting it show everyone where I'm at with my art. Hopefully I'll get some tips from everyone. Here is my work.

    Thanks for stopping by!
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    Hey great start man. Keep posting more drawings, and I wouldn't say stop drawing anime, because you're doing great, but incorporate it into your stylized figures and of course show some anatomy studies when you have 'em.

    Cheers.
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    Here's some work from tonight. I just finished it. I was busy all day, so didn't have much time to draw. Just a study of heads and eyes. Gotta keep going. Gonna add more tomorrow morning.
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    That Bear is awesome, haha.
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    Hey guys. I just got home from work and decided to post my daily artwork. Not much today. Just some studies. I still need work on them, but I find them decent for my level. Thanks to the people who gave me feedback.


    To vangaert: I don't really like doing anime as much as I use to. My style is a western/anime mix up. Hopefully my style will bring itself out as I become better. Thanks for the input.

    To Ty Oulton: That was the first piece of work that I colored with my tablet. Haha. This is one of my favorites.

    Here are today's studies:
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    Hi diaforetikos ( you have any relation with greece? just curious)
    I like your characters very much and i also love the bear .
    If you work hard on anatomy studies you will understand the body so well that after that your tries to make anime-style chars will be different.But you will also be able to mix the two styles because the characteristic thing of anime characters is their face and hair.
    Keep up
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    Here's today's stuff...

    To kingkostas: No, I have no connection to Greece. I am a christian and like the bible and its origins. Greek was one of the original languages and thought that would make a nice name. Haha. Thanks for the advice.

    As for my work today, not a lot which is kinda depressing. But then again today hasn't been all that fun. I had church early this morning then work right after till 8:00pm. Got home and my brother was doing web design. By that time I lost interest. I am very disappointed in myself. Luckily I have a day off tomorrow to make up for lost work. Hehe.

    Anyways, heres the goods:

    Just head study from my mind to see what I know which isn't much, but I'll get better, just watch.
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    Haaha i was confused by the name, ok then
    Well dont be dissapointed, this thing happens also on me.And my brother do web design lol(just the same).
    Well i like the head(the big one) cause its starting to built the face.Try to draw also the boundaries that the nose will be inside(it will be like a rectangular but it will extrude from the base model.
    Also i have to say that andrew lewis have a nice technique in doing faces and its very easy.Try to find it somewhere.
    Keep up
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    To kingkostas: Thanks for the advice on the nose. I'll look it up ASAP.

    As for my art today goes... not so good. I didn't even touch a pencil today. It was my day off and I was kinda enjoying myself.

    I can't stop drawing though. A day off is no excuse for me not to draw. I work tomorrow, but before then, I will sketch some more anatomy. I need a new anatomy book, but I'm broke until Friday, so if anyone can recommend some online anatomy reference sheets, I would be so happy. Thanks.

    I need to discipline myself to draw everyday. I feel so bad. I don't like regretting anything, but I do. I guess I gotta wait for morning to roll around so I can get a second chance.
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    Ok dont worry and dont push yourself.When you dont have the highest mood to draw check this link and you will get some
    maybe you already knew it http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50389

    btw check www.posemaniacs.com it will help your anatomy studies.Dont just copy but also try to observe and understand how muscles form the body.
    Keep up ill wait for update
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    Thanks for your helpful comment in my sketchbook - Some cool stuff in here, keep up the anatomy studies, and try not to worry about not feeling like drawing sometimes, we all get the ups and downs - If you're still looking for reference and havn't seen this site, its a great resource for human reference-

    http://www.characterdesigns.com/inde...page=photosets

    Also the site kingkostas mentioned is really good. Keep up the studies when you're not feeling very inspired, and keep posting

    Ok this link isn't working when I click it, but paste it into your net browser and it should work. Sorry!
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    Ok, so I haven't been posting like I said I would, but for a good reason. I got a promotion at work. Its been stressing me out and drawing has been the last thing on my mind. But I have still been drawing. I've also been looking up figure drawing classes. I haven't found one yet. They have been out of my price range. But that won't stop me from learning. I'll post up some pictures I've been working on. Just gotta scan them in. Thanks for the views.
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    Well, I haven't posted in this thing in a while. I feel terrible about it. But I am happy to say that I am back.

    I actually started a sketch a day with my friend queazy.
    I'm just posting today's work.

    Quick sketch, no ref.
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