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    Futile Efforts - Lotta's Sinister Sketchbook

    First I'd like to say that I am a violin player, not a concept artist.
    But I like concept art and digital painting. So if you want to help me get better with my art I am most grateful. That's why I'm here

    I am Lotta Ahlbeck, I live in Finland and I am a 18-year-old high school student. I've drawn since I was a kid, but most of my time has gone to practising the violin, not to drawing. I draw a lot in school though, especially during the lessons, which would oftern would bore me to pieces if I wouldn't. So for me drawing is a refuge and an "escape route". And it's fun, too.

    My Classy Tools: A nice laptop which shows my colours in its own unique way
    A wacom graphire4 A6 (atleast it has pressure sensivity
    The Gimp yay everybody hates it here, but it works and it's legal

    For a start I post a pic of a sort of war goddess (yay textured brushes)
    and a series of self portrait studies drawn in poor lightning, with a very small mirror and an a6 sketch book.

    I used a pic of russian pole vaultress Yelena Isimbajeva as anatomical reference for the war girl (atleast I tried)(and I copied her pose ). I chose her for her spectacular body shape and fiery look. The pic took several days to complete (I didn't count hours) and it still could use some refining... maybe some day . I'm a painstakingly slow painter, but I keep getting faster all the time (i hope). I wonder if desaturating the formerly red flag was such a good idea. Overall I like the girl to get the attention, and I didn't want her to look too communistic

    The self portraits started as a try to do the android thing, but I ended up with only 6 portraits. I drew an additional one when I was pasting together the pics and adding unneccessary captions... Mainly I drew them because I need to train drawing from life, and I'm the cheapest human model around my house.

    Well, enjoy my futile efforts. Cheers // Lotta

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    phew, I'm lazy but I've atleast been drawing This is a speedpaint of Hekat the Knife Dancer from the book "Empress" by Karen Miller. Painter, about half an hour.
    Hekat, Precious and Beautiful

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    Welcome! Will you also teach us to play the violin? Using reference for the warrior goddess was a great idea, and is never considered cheating! I would suggest that you desaturate the background texture, so that the figure will pop forward more.

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    an update !! (and there was much rejoicing (yaaaaay)

    Here´s an update.
    I always get inspired by the most dreadful books. Here are two more pics of Hekat the knife dancer (one coloured and one sketch which I may yet colour (or paint on) on the computer)
    I tried to ink Hekat with an actual inkpen, which I dipped into actual indian ink. I am in dire need of practise in that. Coloured with inexpensive watercolours.
    I also think the sketch looks better, probably due to my horrible inking.haaeelp

    Glaedr and Oromis (Charachters (c) by christopher paolini) was just a watercolour doodle. On the wrong paper. It went all bubbly :'( but it was great fun to do. I would have liked to blend the sky more, but the paper didn't let me.

    Blamin' the tools again futile futile futile...
    you guys are great //Lotta

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    Watercolour Time! (and a little Dacian helmets...)

    Hi again! This is the lazy person, who has been on a christmas holiday (=way too much spare time ) I've started re-exploring the various benefits of actual, living, messy, undo-less watercolours I've always liked them, but I've spent more time scratching away at my wacom lately.

    I made a couple of sketches of Little Red Riding Hood, because I've always liked to draw her. Unfortunately I made the real image before the sketches (wrong way...), but I have always had difficulties portraying LRRH's face, so I decided to explore it anyway (the left one is not good, but I think her face is okay on the right one, although she is a bit disproportionate). I also have a piece of the face of Daenerys Targaryen on the sketch (she didn't fit properly on my sketchbook page :'( ), and a watercolour tryout (which I was lazy enough not to crop off)

    I have made some pics of LRRH before, but she has always had her back to her audience, as in the final pic. I got John Howe's "Fantasy Art Workshop" for christmas, and that has been a huge source of watercolour tips and general inspiration. I even masked LRRH with tape while painting the background! never done that before. I'm quite happy about how it turned out.

    Then I made a dragon. No comment I was just fascinated by just how intense "bleu intense" really is

    The doodle below the dragon was another watercolour tryout. I have yet to decide upon his/her gender. Maybe he's an adolescent male obsessed with his medieval hair-straightener

    I watched a documentary about barbarians made by ex-python Terry Jones today, and the dacian helmet is a result of that. I should really take the time to explore dacian and other "barbarian" designs (celtic, gothic, german...), but the helmet was all I found on the net when I googled on "dacian art". Books, anyone? :'( I hate it when forgotten civilisations are forgotten.
    (I added the hanging thingies and the spikes to the helmet, just to annoy you. the rest is totally ripped off.) The image is made with the gimp. I apologize for the level of messiness, but it was a real quick one.

    Have a good day and try to put up with my relentless rambling //Lotta

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    WC is a very difficult media to use, and figure is a very difficult subject to draw, especially without reference. You got some good things to happen in spots. Maybe you could show us something more basic for us to see where your fundamentals are, perhaps a drawing of a stilllife that you've put time into. It's doing that kind of stuff that helps build the skills.

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    me drawing funny folk musicians from life for a change. fun is over... :P

    I've heard someone mention that drawing is good if you wanna learn how to draw. well, I drew some.
    mostly quick sketches, these people are all too fast to be drawn intricately...
    I went to a folk music festival and enjoyed weird music while drawing those poor musicians. totally defenseless they were (played some myself there, but I was the only one stalking people with my sketch book there, so I think I didn't get drawn ^__^)

    I have also frequented cafés and burger restaurants with my friends, as well as drawn some kitchen paraphernalia (including a random sewing machine). I spent more time on the inanimate objects because they don't move and my friends tend to discuss a lot of stuff in cafés, so I had plenty of time.

    I also included two illustrations, that I made because I would like to work for some local newspaper as an illustrator this summer, and I'm building a portfolio. The one with the cucumber is a political cartoon about an EU directive that prevents nationality from being used in the marketing of vegetables. Cucumbers and EU are kind of an inside joke in Finland because EU has also made a directive about the crookedness of cucumbers: they should be straight :-D
    the other one is a teenage metalist listening to aggressive music.

    I'd especially be grateful for some feedback on those two.

    ooh, this is a kinda largeish update.
    Thank you for excisting //Lotta

    PS) sorry for the ugly black blotches. I hate copying and pasting images... no energy left to correct them ._.'

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    Hey, pretty neat stuff you have here! I especially love the musician studies and the dragon of course.
    For that flaggirl... I definitely thing desaturating the flag was a good idea =). But I would also suggest to saturate the girl. Throw in a few reds here and there. And some blues in the darkest shadow. Also I would do at least small shadow where feet connect to the "ground". Its a trick to suggest there is at least something to stand on.

    Otherwise great studies here. I would suggest to do some www.posemaniacs.com gestures. Challenge yourself.... and smile.

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    Keep it up! You seem to be doing everything right, drawing from imagination as well as a ton of observational stuff. Just draw all the time. If only I could practice what i preach :/

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    Hey thanks for visitin my sb! I, like your stuff here so far- especially red riding hood! Keep bringing your sketchpad with you! Oh and i think you should post your dsg here in the sb too! Keep it up !

    haha and i like the possesed violinist image in your profile

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    Hi there! Finally, some other people with no major in concept art! *runs*

    You have a nice gallery overall, I especially like your watercolour work, it's soft yet detailed. And the rest of the studies are great too.

    And for the last two pictures, for the teenage metal pic I can only say that it's lacking a certain something I can't explain clearly....the feeling, perhaps?...of course, it's caricature-ish rather than cool, metal-themed pic, so it's somewhat understandable.

    The cucumber and tomato pic is funny I think it's great so far, maybe add some background ?
    Anyway, good luck!

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    Dude, about dacian art, it is not forgotten, it is just not known about in foreign countrys. The dacians are actualy the Romanian people today. Transilvania is the ancient land of Arcadia where the Dacians come from.

    If you wanna find out more i'll let you onto it. Here's a link with more dacian art:

    http://www.gk.ro/sarmizegetusa/armat...armamentul.htm
    http://www.gk.ro/sarmizegetusa/armat...amentul_01.htm
    http://enciclopedia-dacica.ro/armata_daca/falx.htm

    Sory about the links btw, their all in romanian ...

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    epic DSG dump ^___^

    Mr. Smile: Thank you so very much for that link. I have a feeling posemaniacs will revolutionize me drawings.
    Gorgoleon: Thanks just to make you happy I will dump all my old dsgs here today ^___^
    Trefle: hehe violinist here as always.thanks for the crits, greatly appreciate it.
    Thorneye: thanks for the links! so happy google translate is there for me

    Well this is kind of a sketchdump of old DSGs I have made to learn wacoming (although there is som watercolor and pencil stuff too). I don't even remember the topics anymore, and I'm not sure if I wanna. Most of these pics just suck, so I didn't bother to upload them onto the ca.org server. The pics are in chronological order.(oldest first).

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    cheers //Lotta

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