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    Christian's Sketchbook WOOHOO

    Alright, all the cool kids were doing it so i thought i would too.
    I knew I had to start my sketchbook sooner or later, I've just been putting off art because its summer and im lazy. So hopefully creating this thread, getting some crits and comments will keep me motivated enough to continue drawing instead of playing video games or something dumb.

    So I guess i should start with some of the stuff I've got on this computer (all my sketchbook crap has to be scanned by another computer and then i gotta email it to my computer, big pain in the butt). But I should have some of my sketchbook in here later today.

    Heres some stuff that I drew within the first several weeks of getting my wacom and photoshop. The soda can - canada dry - i drew with my mouse, made it before i got my wacom. The walker was the 1st thing i drew with the wacom, just messing around with different brushes and trying to learn stuff. And then i jsut grabbed an apple and a pepper and tried to draw them. Not necissarily dissapointed with the results since im so used to drawing with pencil and in black in white. The pepper looks plastic though
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    Finally! a sketchbook from you!
    Your digital paintings [from life?] look great. nice, and unabashedly vivid. I wish I had that quality in my paintings. ><
    Loving that mech thing in the last picture.
    Would be great it you finished it, would look kickass

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    HOORAY MY FIRST COMMENT!! haha

    Well i just sat down for the last 2 hours and drew a bear (yes, a bear). I just went to scan it and the stupid scanner wouldnt work.

    "You may have a scanner attached to your computer, but HP precision scanner could not locate it"
    I checked all the cables and everything is hooked up, so i dont know whats wrong with the piece of trash. I'll have to wait till my dad gets home to tinker with it. But HOPEFULLY i can get some stuff from my actual sketchbook into the computer by tonight.

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    Had to make do without a red pepper for tonight’s dinner. Shame, as yours look fairly tasty.

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    Edit: Thanks black spot

    alright i got my scanner working woohoo!!!

    Okie, first thigns are a bear w/ reference i drew yesterday. The scan came out too light so I used auto levels with it, so the dark parts really dont contrast THAT much. Granted I think I shouldve made the whole thing darker - it really doesnt look like black fur.

    The other stuff is just some crap i drew a while ago. First is some man i drew sleeping under some trees in the park, and the other two are sketches of the pool area that I work at.
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    gorgeous bear. ;D
    would look gorgeous-er if inked. :]

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    Yeah I need to venture out into other mediums, im too comferatable with pencil. Im afraid of the idea of not being able to erase

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    sketching in ballpoint might help with that.

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    OK ive been neglecting my sketchbook for a while because again because of stupid computer problems (I HATE COMPUTERS). But heres a tiger I drew a while ago, and the reference.

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    Alrighty then. I started school last thursday and so nows the time i gotta start thinking towards my AP studio art portfolio. I gots to think of stuff to draw!!!

    Two ideas came to me, the first involving the tiger sketch i made in the above post. They are such majestic and beautiful creatures... I often wish I could forget my life in the west, move to india, and become a buddhist monk and live in one of those temples where they train bengal tigers. THAT would be fricken awesome. ANYWAYS, I wanted to create a... sortve, collage i guess? Idk what itd be called. I was thinking in colored pencil, drawing several 3 tiger faces each with different facial expressions and facing different directions (1 roaring and the other 2 more passive). Beyond the heads, their fur would slowly fade out into the background which would be made up of a texture of tiger stripes. The stripes would basically create the main implied movement and lead your eye around from each of the seperate tiger faces. I talked to my teacher about this idea and he said that it would be a bad idea because the AP judges wouldnt like the fact that I would use pictures that I didnt take as references (I'd probably just use reference pics off the internet). I really like the idea though. Any ideas on what I should do?


    The 2nd idea I had was inspired by those cool tufa towers taht are in Mono Lake in California. The different formations of spires reminded me of sky scrapers and cityscapes, so i was thinking about using just the silhouette(s) of some of the formations and creating a city skyline out of it. Heres some different pictures I was looking at for reference. Thoughts about this idea?

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    by all means.
    DO IT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a la bapsi View Post
    by all means.
    DO IT!
    Yeah im def sticking with the idea of the cities. I want to make it at night, so doing the reflections on the city of all the different lights and on the water will be a real challenge. I think acrylic paints would be best for the job though. Maybe if I really like it then I may choose to make it my concentration

    But god i hate myself 3 day weekend and i didnt do jack SQUAT. I'm such a lazy piece of crap. Somebody smack me please.

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    Alright heres a real quick WIP for the kinda city ive got in mind. Since my portfolio this year cannot be digital, I'm just doing this for experience with photoshop and to get a better idea of what the picture will look like. I'm thinking about doing the actual thing in acrylics.

    The thing I really want to focus on is just a variety of different colored bright lights. The most difficult part is going to be getting all the reflections and shadows from the different lights off the buildings right. I've only added in where I'll put some of the more dominant red light batteries; I want to add as many colors as possible though.
    I hope this won't be as difficult as i think it will be :X

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    I agree with your friend, you should totally do it!

    I don't know if you live in the LA area (or even San Diego!)--You should definitely visit the zoo if you wanna get some tiger sketches :] The LA zoo has like... 6 tigers in their exhibit! And they're also very fun to watch The zoo is a great place to practice!

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