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    Torstan's sketchbook - New Maps - May 2011

    First post over here. I've been playing with digital art for some mapping commissions I've picked up and that's got me back into sketching again. Thought I'd start a sketchbook over here to try to force me to get into the habit of sketching and improve. My life-drawing has gone down the chute after a few years off.

    First off - a thumbnail for the thread heading. This is one of the maps I've been working on:
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    Edit: Ditched the original images in this post to allow the thread image to be edited more easily. They weren't much to look at! Hopefully the work will pick up a little and they won't be missed.

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    Here is some finished stuff. It's maps rather than portraits I'm afraid, but I hope it is of interest to people

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    The plan is to take the skills I'm picking up doing maps across to doing more traditional art. We'll see how that goes....

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    Those maps are awesome! I've tried maps before and never got close to the quality of yours. With the sketches, try longer more confident lines rather than the short lines. The diver, like you say, is out of proportion. But if youre like me, you start drawing at the head or torso and work your way down. If so, try working with the whole body at once to make proportions a bit easier. Excellent work!

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    That's an interesting idea. I'd never really concentrated on the fuzzy lines I use to sketch. Hmmm, I'll have to have a shot at that. I've noticed some lovely clean lines in the other sketch books - do people really lay those down first time or have they been rubbing out behind the scenes?

    Okay, another map to keep the eye candy rating high. This is a recently finished commission for an upcoming adventure called the Living Airship by Rite Publishing (www.ritepublishing.com). Note that this one is a commission and so is rights reserved, though Rite Publishing allow private use.

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    Really interesting. I haven't seen many map drawings on art sites but they are pretty cool. Definitely a less trodden area than something like character design, not that there's anything wrong with it, but you found a niche and that's great. Keep going with the figure drawings, I'd suggest checking out Bridgmans, thats like the bible for some.

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    Thanks for the tip. That sounds like a good purchase when I am back in the UK.

    I took on board the advice about line quality and tried to do some cleaner linework sketches this morning while standing in the visa queue at the US embassy. The other queuers provided the unwitting subjects (hence the view is mostly from the back!). Have to say that I found it pretty hard. Definitely going to try some more static photo refs next time.

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    Your maps are neat. I like the attacking dragon too. Awesome idea to have a sketchbook when forced to wait. I think the ship could have higher contrast, but I like the feel of it.

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    Yep, most of the sketches were done on planes or in queues. It forces me to draw when I've not got an excuse not to.

    The ship was done for a challenge in which we had to create an image of 1280x1040 pixels and a filesize of under 75kb. It was a challenge, and one thing that got a bit lost was the contrast when the competition deadline loomed.

    The attacking dragon skethc above was done on a bus, hence the many dots. It was a bumpy bus so it kind of forced a more loose and dotty approach!

    Oh, and because I am trying not to post without posting an image (managed so far!), here is a rough digital of a dragon attack on the same theme as the pen and paper one above.

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    Maps, cool bro.
    I never saw these here, good drawings man.

    But i think your coloring lacks a little bit of contrast, its too smooth and digital. Try to use harder brushes!
    Other than that, cool stuff man...
    Keep it up!!

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    Hey I know nothing about digital paintings but i really like the maps and the sketches are good too. I always find practicing drawing from life improves all your drawing as it hones the eye to what you are really able to see.

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    One old and one newer - this is an acrylic painting:

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    And my first digital portrait from photo reference. Not as much of a likeness as I'd hoped I'm afraid. Better luck next time.

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    very nice) keep training

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    Like the maps here very differant to what you normally see around here and yes the skills will cross-over!

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