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    searching for the light.. did you saw it?

    hi, folks!
    I'm mark, 22 years old from near Berlin, Germany. and i need to pimp my art skills!

    Enough said, here is my Butt, time to kick it .
    Thanks!

    EDIT: i decided not to upload every single crappy piece, cause i dont want to bore you guys that much

    here is my wurzel-manikin project. click one page further for the whole illustration.

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    Heya, interesting creature concepts you have there.. As for crits.. For the cyborg alien I guess you could tighten up the rendering a bit, cause the general impression I get is all the forms are rather soft.. Not a big deal in the metal/inorganic bits, but for the flesh there would often be some fine and sharp specular highlights, as well as defined shadows in crease areas.. Cool start tho, let's see more!

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    Looks promising! Agree with the softness though. But it might be that the image is simply low-resolution?
    And please use smaller images that don't require scrolling and kills the page layout! Like this:
    [image removed, no longer needed. Thanks!]
    Bonus: the softness is gone! I like this smaller version a lot more.

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    Good stuff keep it up

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    Welcome to CA!

    I don't know how long you've been drawing for but you're on the right track, keep it up.

    Here's a bit of info that may help ya out:

    You're anatomy is, well I'm not gonna lie to you, quite the ways off. No worries though, here are a couple of books that are helping me out alot: "Drawing for All it's Worth" by Andrew Loomis (amazing book) I'll tell you now though, that book has been out of print for a while so it's near impossible to find but with a little web-searching, you may be able to download it. Another good book, "Complete Guide to Drawing From Life" by Bridgman. I haven't really gotten into that one (i don't know why and I'm beating myself up for it) but it's just as amazing as the Andrew Loomis one. Oh, and of course the Burne Hogarth books are great as well. Then, the mother of all books, "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist" by Stephen Rogers Peck. Be careful when search for that one 'cause there are alot of "Atlas of Anatomy" books out there but none as helpful as this one. The cover has...I'll just show you:

    http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&...result#PPP1,M1

    (I don't even know if what I just did is even legal) sshhhh...don't tell anyone.

    You're concepts are cool but "...before you can begin to distort the form you need to understand it first, other wise it won't make sense...". A professor of mine told me that once. hehe, and now I'm passin down the knowledge.

    ...and I'll leave ya with that. That in itself is a good 2-3 months of work and study. Trust me, read those books and practice ALOT and you'll begin to see improvement within the first month alone. There's a butt-ton of other books but I have to go to work so time is precious. WORK HARD!

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    hi there
    i finally got my scanner to work and realized that i probably have the badest existing machine on earth. hm...

    anyways here is some stuff.. on the last pose i used an antomy chart a bit. i'm not satisfied with my anatomic skill from head at all! the rest is from my mind. anatomy is hard to learn for me but somehow i have fun with it..
    thanks for spending your time on this lowquality scanns (and drawings)..
    goals for my self: especially improve arms, hands, feet; !!!start to render !!! (i'm using 6b pencil any suggestions?); draw women; line confidence..
    critz more than welcome.
    cheers..

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    here is kind of a finished painting (from the thumb) i did a few months ago.. i don't like the comp color anymore but naah it was my second attemp using photoshop.. thanks for spending the time

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    he, i could somewhat relate to your story, i try to get back into drawing atm too. you have many interesting and creative designs going, i like the last scribble where you add different legs to the same upper body - nice trick! i think what holds you back is some lack of anatomy. for example the muscles on the last guy look very pasted on.
    keep working!

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    thanks for visiting my sketchbook and your kind words katinki. you're totally right bout the anatomy of the last guy. anatomy is pretty hard for me but i ll do my best to pimp my skills. cool to here that i'm not alone with my drawing story . but we ll handle that, if not me than you will .

    here are three quick random poses from my head (argh they really suck) and a more time expensive one. take care

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    here is the guy with to swords again. whenever i try to do any dynamic poses i end up with a boring standing something. are there any tips, tricks recources for dynamic figures? i always seem to fail :/.

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    its me again. i'm starting to get comfortable with crazy doodeling and seeing poses in the mixture of shapes and lines. hmm we will see.

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    today i gave the dodge/burn tool a try. really nice tool. ~2h for both (way too long ) cheers

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    the cave creature digital painting is really good, looks pro!

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    yes definitely work on your line confidence, i still have problems with it. You seem to be improving with it. I noticed that when you have smooth lines your piece looks a lot better. Good work though i really like your paintings, keep it up!

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    thanks oxy & ninjerina
    i ve developed a silhouette a bit further. this is what i ended up with. thx for lookin

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    another silhoutte

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    Hey! thanks for the tip with the sharp brushes, i will try to use some hard shaped ones too!
    My suggestion for you would be to work on your line quality, try to draw confident lines with just one stroke instead of jiggly slow drawn lines it always looks more confident and professional if you use decided lines even if they are not 100% correct!

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    Shading is going along nice but indeed try to streamline those lines.

    WIP is coming along great. I suggest you drop the radial effect and go with something drawn by hand though, that would fit the image more.

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    Really nice CG you have here, haha, really lovin' those torso studies. I really like some of these poses, like that one with the two swords and kneeled sort of. Whoa...

    I'd suggest maybe trying a different angle for the chest? A lot of these have been pulled off nicely, but sort of leaned back and standing erect. Other than that, cool stuff!

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    worked 2,5h again on this. sorry but my display is pretty shitty, so i don't think that them colors look flashy through your displays . crits more than welcome.
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    another quick creature, design process + crappy rendering ~3 hours. i'm getting faster. yay

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    Hey man, nice works so far!
    Keep it up!

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    Nice sketchbook you have here! You seem to know where your strengths and weaknesses are... just keep up the anatomy studies... and keep posting!

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    Hay some 'neet' shit in here bro!

    Colours are geeting better and your creature designs are awesome!

    Just try and keep up the anatomy studies and you'll get where you want to be faster, so keep postig man.

    matt,

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    In the absence of light, dark will prevail.

    see my NEW sketchbook[UPDATED] http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=123027
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    minze: thanks man
    sinneart:thank you, i'll never stop that studies
    JailHouseRock: Thanks a bunch man! i'll try not to be lazy sir!

    ooookay and here is... another wip :/ somehow a "philosophical approach". i would like to color it but i don'T have much XP with coloring in a greyscale. I would be more than thankfull for any tips and crits. thanks for looking

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    a few steps further paintover, crits and color suggestions more than welcome.. thanks

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    since many many years, dark mounts have been reared by the loveless'. they are violent, bloodthirstily and are not supposed to have any feelings. only at a very early stage the do get a little bit of affection, because they would die without love as any creature on this planet would do.
    they are fast, strong, aggressive and dutiful. they are perfect for the dark side!

    - or don't they...?
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    i really learned a much out of this...mess

    crits most welcome.. thanks for lookin

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    I feel like there's something sorely lacking. The anatomy is off but it's not your weakest part. I believe it's perspective: the relation between things. (I'm talking about the figures here, the background is snazzy.)

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    portrait of a man

    thanks jasper, but i dont want to spent more time on that piece. maybe later. next time i ll do better! (i hope D: )

    here is a portrait. used references for the lighting, the head itself is mainly from imagination. approx 4-5h. thanks for lookin

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    hey u got some serious talent! ur color use and ambience is perfect,and ur studies look amazingly well stylized. no crits. keep doin what u do!

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