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    =experiments, failures, triumphs=

    new sketchbook:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...51#post2635451

    Hi, my name is Aaron.
    (sep 25/09)This sketchbook starts with older work from university days and then sketches from 2008. At the time I was trying to regain skills after a very long break and prepare for my 3d animation portfolio.
    Looking back I see how far I've come over the 2 years.
    I hope to improve just as much in the coming year.

    I really appreciate any comments you guys can give me.

    thanks

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    Hi, welcome to CA.org

    I think the first thing that needs a lil fixin' is your attitude. It's not a horrible one, but saying your art 'sucks' is not helping you in any way. Consider instead thinking "I'm not very strong in this area and need to improve" instead of downing yourself.

    You definitely have a good start to this sketchbook though! I do hope to see more too. I bet you'll show improvement by page 2. Keep on drawing!

    "Looking for critiques! Any help is appreciated."
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    thanks for the comment. I know that I should be more positive but I'm very self-critical. Its probably my major weakness...

    I'm going to start posting stuff from my drawing class about 4 years ago.
    It was a really helpful experience and I'm actually happy with some of the drawings.
    The hand drawings above are also from that class.
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    more from class

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    Welcome to the sketchbooks man, nice studies you got there.
    I love this object: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1218724912

    Cool stuff!
    Keep it up bro!

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    Thanks a lot.
    Glad you like it, I thought it turned out better than I expected.


    So after that class, I only did a few drawings over the next 4 years and only for sculpture designs mostly. For whatever reason, I stopped drawing.
    6 months ago I applied to a 3d animation program. I realized that I had to start drawing again as the portfolio evaluation was based entirely on drawing! Oh no...

    So i started working on stuff again.

    These drawings are from march. I started looking at Bridgman.

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    Just thought I'd drop by and give support - and I'd like to sa ythat you are doing a good job on studying what you're studying.

    One thing that'll help you alot when drawing the human figure is to do some study on the proportions of one. Though the images you posted were 4 years old, so maybe that is not an issue anymore.

    Still, keep up the good work.

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    Just thought I'd drop by and give support - and I'd like to sa ythat you are doing a good job on studying what you're studying.

    One thing that'll help you alot when drawing the human figure is to do some study on the proportions of one. Though the images you posted were 4 years old, so maybe that is not an issue anymore.

    Still, keep up the good work.

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    Thanks for the comment Lakka. Mostly I've been studying Bridgman, Chris Hart, Jeno Barcsay, and a couple old anatomy books. When you say study proportion what exactly do you mean? Like do you mean measuring and comparing everything on the body? I guess I just kind of eyeball it, although it doesnt always turn out right. I've briefly tried doing the 7 heads tall kind of thing but I don't know how to make it work in some poses, ie how to measure the arm when its pointed away from the viewer.
    I'm trying to figure out how to build the figure without any reference but the cubes and cylinders method is not working for me. If you have any suggestions I'd be very grateful.

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    with proportions I ment exxactly the kind of thing that is for example, "the 7 heads tall kind of thing" that you mentioned. It's good that you're checking in to it! The reason I said that is most of your figures (not single body part studies, which are looking just fine..) come across as rather dumpy (is that the right word for it? ). I mean dumpy is fine, not everybody is stickishly figured, and you do have some longer folks in here, but still I feel like you tend to draw the legs a bit too short, while your torsos are looking ok.

    So mainly the problem I'm seeing right now would be the leggs.

    None the less, your doing studies = will be improving on that also

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    I think I understand what you mean and you're probably right. I tend to draw legs a bit short.
    More recently I have been slimming my figures a bit, trying to make them more "lean". Bridgman has a way of making stocky looking figures too.
    I'll post newer stuff when I get the chance, as I don't own a scanner.

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    Some stuff from april-may.
    studies after Henry Gray "Anatomy of the Human Body". great stuff for detail.


    I tried creating a new species of animal, but I don't have much experience. I would really like critique on that one, I'm struggling. Nowhere near ready to compete in COW...
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    Trying to figure out how to draw animals.

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    This sounds like the path to success to me:

    Anatomy
    Life drawings
    Animal studies

    Remember that progress is best measured by ink and graphite, not pages, so don't be afraid to go back to old pages, decorate them, do some design work on them, presentation, fix things you didn't notice before, or try a new rendering technique on an old study. It's good to review and refresh at the same time and I think you're off to a good start and in the correct direction.

    Welcome, too

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    Thanks for the advice. I hope I'm doing things efficiently with my studies but I don't know...I'm not really trying to make my sketchbook a work of art in and of itself more as a means of learning.

    I notice I tend to isolate things and draw them separately. I want to start integrating everything -figures, landscape, architecture, objects- into bigger pieces. It just feels so overwhelming at times with all of the details to consider that I do study after study but I never feel ready to move beyond.

    I have done much more landscape studies than what I've shown so far. I need a scanner damnit

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    I will probably post some of those drawings for critique

    anyhoo
    digital paintings, the second one is based on a tutorial from Daniel Kvasznicza, not finished.

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    As an exercise I copied Dylan Cole's env from one of his dvds.

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    hey aaron, first of all congrats on ur BFA, and nice to see a new sketchbook for a change. anyways, if you want to get better you;ve got to learn to understand. understand the concept and the reason of it. then you will find out what your weaknesses are and begin to chopp away at them to sucuess... best of luck



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    Quote Originally Posted by l0stinth0ughts View Post
    hey aaron, first of all congrats on ur BFA, and nice to see a new sketchbook for a change. anyways, if you want to get better you;ve got to learn to understand. understand the concept and the reason of it. then you will find out what your weaknesses are and begin to chopp away at them to sucuess... best of luck
    thanks. I'm not sure I understand the second half of that post...

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    Your lines seem quite fuzzy sometimes, thoguh I can't tell wheter it's your, or the scanners fault.
    Those exercise enviros are neat, make a couple more of them and then start making your own, I'm exited about that

    Nice progress so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurjuus View Post
    Your lines seem quite fuzzy sometimes, thoguh I can't tell wheter it's your, or the scanners fault.
    Those exercise enviros are neat, make a couple more of them and then start making your own, I'm exited about that

    Nice progress so far.
    Thanks for the comment. I enjoy doing environments so I will definitely do more but at the moment for me it's all about drawing.
    The fuzziness is a combination of the way I draw, the texture of the paper, and the scanner. I tend to draw very lightly and go over lines a lot so it can get that way unfortunately...I'm struggling to make things more clear, you should see some of my landscape drawings...total mud at times.

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    i tried speed painting, I was trying to figure out how to use brushes and choose colours effectively. I'm still new to painting landscapes and using a mouse sucks! (want a wacom)
    these are from may and july.

    i dont know how to paint clouds...from someone's tutorial
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    Just giving support. I know what you mean about being easily discouraged and frustrated- I feel your pain. But keep going, do more life studies. I enjoy just sketching people I watch while sitting in a cafe. Oh, and I'd definitely suggest getting a wacom as soon as you can. It's the best investment you can make if your serious about digital artwork.

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    Thanks for checking out my sketchbook.
    I'm forcing myself to fight through the frustration and not give up again. Life drawing is a bit difficult for me right now as I dont like sketching people without their permission and i have other weird hangups. Mostly I've been copying from photographs or drawing books for reference. Sometimes I wonder how much copying is too much but there's probably a thread out there discussing that topic that I should check out.


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    I like that pencil landscape in #15, would be good to see the other ones.

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    This is really awesome work!! Truely... keep it up!

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    some advice i can give is to practice your shading in your pencil sketches. it seems as if you shading is very abrupt and it results in your sketches appearing very flat.

    i love your landscapes, they are very nice

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