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    Chris' Book of Doodles and Things

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    So I told myself that I needed to draw more from life and I did a bit today. Not much, just a few objects from around my living room. An empty pop can, my watch, an earbud-type headphone, and a chair. Pictures taken with my webcam because my scanner is in an inconvenient state.

    EDIT: Six more pictures moved from post #1. The following text is from the original post:

    Fortress - My most recent of these images, although I have learned a lot about colouring things in Photoshop since I did this.
    Toothy Monster - Not much to say about this one. Old.
    Faces - I commonly experiment with different styles. This picture is over a year old.
    Big Page of Stuff - When I become bored and I have a lot time on my hands I will sometimes take out a sheet of paper and try to draw nonstop. This is my twelfth page of such doodlings.
    Hands - My scanner wasn't working so I just snapped a picture with my webcam, hence the crappy quality. I really need to practice drawing from life way more often.
    Swirly Thing - My most recent attempt at doing some sort of abstract design.

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    A few more small things. I haven't really had a lot of time to draw over the past few days.

    I added a quick video cassette and some weird decorative vase-thing to the page of items from my living room.

    Also, I began colouring some lines I did of some six-legged creature. The line art is at least a few months old, but it seemed like something that would be good to work on. As I said earlier, I think that I've learned a few little things about digital colouring since I did the items posted at the beginning of my sketchbook. This isn't done yet. It would go faster with a tablet, but unfortunately I'm stuck with a mouse for now.

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    Good to see you doing still life. There was a point when I did nothing but still life for about two months, I ended up learning a fair bit of information. However we should probably all strive to study it on a constant basis no matter what point we are at with our art.

    For yours the main thing I feel you should focus on is the perspective, the objects are coming through as sort of isographic which is something you don't want if your striving for realism. Make sure that the object gets bigger as it comes closer, you'll notice the effects of perspective in the smallest of objects.

    Also take your time with each object. I suggest spending a good 45min-1 hr for each drawing. Its better to think of each object you do as an entire piece of art that is done in about an hour. Dedicate the whole page to that one object instead of drawing it in the corner of your paper. Then once you get better at drawing one object try arranging multiple objects in a single composition. Pay attention to how their shapes interact with and affect one another, and pay close attention to the lighting situation cause by their interaction.

    Just some thoughts, and things I picked up on. Hope it helps

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    Thanks for the tips. I'll work on that.

    I'm guessing that the big orthographic perpetrators were the can and the cassette? Now that I look at them again, they do look completely devoid of perspective, so I should probably work on that some. I think that I did it a bit better with the chair.

    I actually intended to work my way up by doing some small and simple things first, and then start on more complex objects like my couch, which would obviously take up more page space to get some of the detail in. I've pretty much filled a page with these first six, so I guess that it is time to step it up.

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    I think that the six-legged guy is finished, so I'm posting it. I highly doubt that I'll work on it any more, and it already looks much better (to me) than my previous attempts at working in Photoshop. The speckled brush that I used to texturize the skin in a couple of places is also my first attempt at a custom brush, which I produced about an hour ago.

    One of my biggest artistic weaknesses is drawing people, so I've been doing a bit of practice with that whenever I can over the past few days. I downloaded a PDF of Andrew Loomis' "Drawing the Head and Hands" and it's been helping quite a bit. I'll post my attempts at faces when I have a few more done.

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    I've decided to delay posting my head sketches until I can properly scan them in. I'm trying to cut down on the crappy webcam pics.

    Until then, here's some digital stuff. A few more old line art creatures that I decided to paint in Photoshop CS3. These ones were done faster and sloppier than those that I've already posted. Still using a mouse. I don't think that any of them took more than a couple of hours, at most. The first monster is my favourite. I'll put more work into the eyeball and alien things later.

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    Alright, here are the first few Loomis faces, as well as another endless doodle page. I dotted the five faces on the first image that I thought were best, to hopefully help me see what I was doing wrong in the worse ones. The doodling page doesn't have much new on it, but it's newer than the first one that I posted.

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    I'm really loving those 5 digital paintings, the colours in them are amazing. Something i'm sure you've picked up on from doing pixel art. definately looking forward to seeing more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rognvaldr View Post
    I'm really loving those 5 digital paintings, the colours in them are amazing. Something i'm sure you've picked up on from doing pixel art. definately looking forward to seeing more.
    Thanks! I never really thought about it before, but I do pick my Photoshop colours in the same way that I pick my palette for pixel art. I've been doing pixel art longer then I've been doing this, so I think that I initially tried to carry over as many techniques as possible and kept the ones that worked.

    Here's a couple of quick and simple experiments with 2-point perspective in Photoshop, as well as a Smiley done in MS Paint and few pieces of pixel art just to make this post longer. The last piece of pixel art is the only really recent one, which I did for this activity here: http://www.wayofthepixel.net/pixelat...p?topic=6814.0

    University starts at 8:30 on Thursday morning for me, but I think that I might have one more thing to post before then.

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    Well, University has begun. I'm taking physical science but I'll still try to do as much drawing as possible.

    There are a few things that I'll scan in later, but for now here's an update on the eyeball-thing and a quick mechanical box. I think that it looks better with the lineart still over top, considering I didn't get very far.

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    Hey man, I love the Prom inspired stuff, some pretty sweet color choices. For your other drawings, try and start with larger shapes and then go back and refine the lines. Try and think about the structures underneath as simpler shapes, such as circles and squares first and I think you could really pull a lot more out of the hands and such.

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    Thanks! When you say "Prom-inspired", are you talking about Prometeus|ANJ? Much of the line art is actually from before I was close enough to CA to know about him, but I love his stuff and his "General Art Concepts" tutorial helped me a lot with my digital work.

    I've been drawing a lot more than I've posted, I just haven't gotten the opportunity to scan most of it. I have a lot of holes in my University timetable for me to just sit around and do whatever for hours, so usually I'll draw after I've finished whatever work there is to do. I've mostly been doing small pictures on a pad of Ontario transit post-it notes. For now I'll just post the only worthwhile one that you can get a good grasp of without the detail of a proper scan. A quick picture on an Ontario transit sticky note of me drawing a quick picture on an Ontario transit sticky note. I was going to try and make it infinitely recursive, but I got bored and class was about to start. I'll probably erase the swirl and continue it later. Tomorrow perhaps.

    Finally, I have to learn to stop writing so much before every post.

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    The beginnings of a man based on one of my sticky note drawings. It will be far better later. I'll be giving him a few more facial details and a body (he's being constructed in pieces).

    =Major W.I.P.=

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    Update on the man with the hat. Now he has a hat and a teacup. And most importantly, teeth. I went off on a bit of a tangent here. The speech bubble might go and the tea will be a bit more dynamic when he has hands to hold it.

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    Two more things based on creatures from my sticky notes. A couple of aliens. I'm trying to stop working on a white backdrop all of the time.

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    Hundredth post on CA! Unfortunately I don't have anything new and exciting ready to post, so here's an old one. I drew it after I pulled an all-nighter at my friend's cottage. Me and another friend of ours spent all night doing dishes, cleaning ground beef out of the shag carpet, and playing the entire Metal Slug series beginning to end. The Metal Slug marathon got me thinking of tanks, which is where this one came from. This was about half a year ago.

    ...And yes, I realize that wood would make for terrible armor on a tank, but it was fun to draw.

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    Hmm... I seem to be failing to update this sketchbook as regularly as I originally intended to. I've done a bunch of work on paper but can't show it right now, so I guess that means that it's time to dig back into my older work again. Here are three of my earliest attempts at digital painting, circa 2006.

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    Hey. These last few digitals are getting better! I like your wood tank. I'd like to see that worked out some more. I think the general lay in is promising now you just have to give eveything more volume.
    i don't know, maybe it's just your scanner but some of the pencils look a little smudgy? Probably you could use a harder one for sketching.

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    Thanks! I occasionally go back and work on older pieces and I was actually considering working on the tank one some more. As for the pencil, that is just my scanner. Probably a side-effect of the algorithm that removes the paper grain from the image. I've actually been using the same 0.7mm mechanical HB pencil for three years now.

    Here's a new pic: A cycloptic companion for the purplish alien 4 posts up. I could have put a bit more work into it, but my main focus was on making the light look more natural then my previous drawings, specifically the highlights.

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    2 weeks since my last update? I'm falling behind again!

    Sigh. Once again, only webcam pics. Note that for anything done on grid paper, the thought never even occurred to me to use the grid to estimate proportions. It just happened to be the best paper I had at the time. I have a big page of Loomis faces and another one of hands for when I can get around to scanning things again. Today I have the following:

    -My jacket sleeve, watch, and wrist, as drawn almost a month ago.
    -A... Thing.
    -More hands (I think I'm getting better at this).
    -Little tiny pics of some old, rotten food objects.
    -Some biological-looking shapes/textures that I was playing with.
    -An (unfortunately blurry) attempt to improve upon the robot 3 posts up. I think I still prefer the old one though.

    It's not much, but I'll re-upload these in better quality when I get to scanning.

    EDIT: HA! SCANNED PROPERLY NOW!

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    Got my scanner going, so here's a bunch of stuff! The Self-Portraits were done for International Self Portrait Day.

    -A bust view of an android
    -A quick & rudimentary landscape
    -A couple of little robots
    -20 more Loomis faces
    -17 more drawings of my left hand (or at least parts of it)
    -A 10 minute SP done sloppily with a mouse in Photoshop
    -A 45 minute SP done with a mechanical pencil on more scrap paper

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    nice....great work Man keep posting!

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    Thanks guys! (@Forgeman - Which one do you mean when you say #8?)

    So I've been working on giving my redone robot a bit of colour. I pretty much work in the following way:
    -Draw lineart (fade it out as I work)
    -Fill in basic colours
    -Add in highlights
    -Add in shadows <- (I am about to start this part)
    -Fix colours, clean up lighting
    -Add in details such as scratches, spots, and any reflections
    -Flatten everything and clean up again
    -Repeat previous step until finished

    Any crits or comments regarding either this particular image or my process in general would be greatly appreciated.

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    Last week, a friend wanted a bit of help with a marketing project of his. They were supposed to do a big project involving a mockup of a high-end projector from the 80s. I was given the line art (done by one of his group members) and 24 hours. This is what I managed to get done. Not exactly polished, but I think it turned out okay. At least his group was happy with it.

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    Your digital works are really clean and simple yet very stylish. I like them.

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    Basically just agreeing with what Arbinn said

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    Thanks guys!

    Wow. It's been almost a month since I added new stuff. Alright, here's an old and feeble attempt at producing something in 3D (using Blender) and a little pickle, which I drew on a whim a couple of days ago.

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