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    we had to look after a giant rabbit for a week for a friend, I think its name was Rory but we called it Rabbidiot and Watership Downs; it was the most annoying animal Ive ever known.

    i think your portfolio fronticepiece thing is a lot weaker than some of your other work; these are great:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    we had to look after a giant rabbit for a week for a friend, I think its name was Rory but we called it Rabbidiot and Watership Downs; it was the most annoying animal Ive ever known.
    I like 'em, but then I expect them to have all the smarts and social skills of a really dumb toddler. Mostly I find them amusing because the common perception is that they're sweet but if you know their body language and social cues you discover that they're arrogant little bastards. That appeals to me.

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    i think your portfolio fronticepiece thing is a lot weaker than some of your other work; these are great:
    Thanks. Truthfully I'm just baffled at what people seem to respond to. Barring comics, which always do well, the frontpiece seems to be the most popular thing I've posted in 2012. And I think it's all right but the ink stuff is better.

    I'm just in this weird place right now where all the stuff I get really excited about gets little to no response. It's been a demotivating month. It seems like every week I wake up and decide to do something completely different and that's no way to build an audience.
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    "I'm just in this weird place right now where all the stuff I get really excited about gets little to no response."

    haha dont let it bother you, if you like it, who cares? i do a lot of stuff that if someone else had done id think, dont like it, but i had such fun doing it i dont care at all. sometimes you just have to scratch that itch.

    "Mostly I find them amusing because the common perception is that they're sweet but if you know their body language and social cues you discover that they're arrogant little bastards. "

    They are! they destroy stuff constantly, they seem to have to move about all the time, they get stuck inside stuff all the time, they chew laptop cables and bizarrely they jump up at you and knock over the ashtray. nut doers. i like a dog that sits by my feet and shuts the fuck up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    haha dont let it bother you, if you like it, who cares? i do a lot of stuff that if someone else had done id think, dont like it, but i had such fun doing it i dont care at all. sometimes you just have to scratch that itch.
    Yeah, mostly I do what I want. But since I need to get paid one of these days, it would be nice to find the intersection of What I Like Street and What Other People Like Road.

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    They are! they destroy stuff constantly, they seem to have to move about all the time, they get stuck inside stuff all the time, they chew laptop cables and bizarrely they jump up at you and knock over the ashtray. nut doers. i like a dog that sits by my feet and shuts the fuck up.
    Fair enough! Everybody's got a favourite kind of pet. Most of the dogs I know are yappy bastards and I just can't stand that.

    Aaanyway.

    I was going to post a scuzzy Easter bunny for the "I hate people" thread in the Lounge but it ran off in weird directions and I'm not drawing Ned Stark on a bicycle. At least not this week.
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    This was done directly in ink (usually I put down at least some pencils). Trying to improve my line quality through Not Erasing. My guy playing Rocksmith:
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    Yellow Warbler. Pencil crayon, 4.5 x 6.5"
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    The problem with working in pencil crayon is that it's flippin' slow.

    French Breakfast radishes. I grew them!
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    (PS they were delicious. DELICIOUS.)
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    Some gestures from Quickposes:

    Attachment 1465241 Attachment 1465242 Attachment 1465243

    Next up: moar life drawing.
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    Forgot to photograph this one from last time:

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    Gestures:

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    So I thought this life drawing session went better than some of the previous ones. It was the fifth session this year, which is better than any other year I've done. I missed one session because the model didn't show but I'm going to make it up with one of the long pose sessions in May and try my hand at painting the figure.

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    I think I'm starting to see slight results from all this practice. I should be able to make it to about 16 more sessions this year and I'm interested in seeing whether the pictures at the end of the year will be any better than the ones at the beginning.

    I've also finished the first newsprint pad! Excitement! I think I'm going to cut out the better pages, try scanning them for slightly better reproduction, and then recycle the thing.

    I made it out to paint last Sunday. Found this weathered building in one of the industrial areas:

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    It was a lovely day but I only spent a couple hours out because I forgot the sunscreen. I'm going to finish it up from photos. I'm trying to use more neutral colours, hoping to avoid that cartoony look. I think the head-on angle of the building flattens everything out, but I couldn't find a different view that had all the interesting bits in it (the tree, door, and the yellow paint showing where the stucco had crumbled) unobstructed, that didn't also have me sitting in the middle of 97th street.

    I was hoping to get out again this weekend but it snowed today, which makes things awkward with the water-based media.
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    New kids' illo in progress:
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    A couple of sketches.

    This woman appeared on a commercial while I was trying to watch Youtube. She's apparently the production designer for Game of Thrones.
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    She has a wonderful face that lent itself to silliness.

    More Youtube-inspired sketching:
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    Some more-or-less finished work.

    Horses, from a photo I took:
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    Coloured pencil on paper.

    I went to my first long-pose session yesterday:
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    Acrylics on masonite, about 12x16" I think, 3 hours.
    Could have gone better but it could have easily gone a lot worse. I think I'm going to try to get this one into the figure drawing show.
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    Still trying to stay on that wagon.

    Gestures:
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    Mostly 5-minute poses:
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    The last of last week's figure studies:

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    Finally finished this thing up:

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    Pencil crayon on Canson Mi-teinte paper. No more leafy backgrounds. Never again!

    I'll be painting tonight and possibly tomorrow, and on Saturday my comic shop is bringing a horse in for a life-drawing session. That should be exciting. Or at least weird and special.
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    Horse drawin' at the local comic shop!

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    Marty the Horse was very calm throughout, although nobody held him particularly still and everybody wanted to pet the horse so some of the sketches underwent heavy editing as I went.

    I even got to sit on Marty for a few minutes. I haven't been on a horse since I was 14. They are very tall.
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    This was a Western saddle, lying on the ground. I don't think I did the best job indicating form:
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    More Marty:
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    The last of the horse sketches:

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    Next month they're bringing in a cow! Excitement! I've also requested a llama and a goat. Hopefully I'll be around for those and not on vacation.
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    Some pen & ink landscapes I'll be selling at the art fair this summer:

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    These are about 4.5x6.5", done with a crow quill and brush. From various photos I've taken in my travels. I think the first two were from around Banff, the last from the Badlands near Drumheller.
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    Figure drawing:

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    Not my best session.
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    Hi, I really like the way you draw faces and locations/buildings. Thanks for commenting on my work.
    I'm new here. My young-adult sci fi webcomic, Firework, may be found here. It's not very good. Thanks in advance for helping me become a better artist.

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    A portrait from the June long pose session. Apparently June is a bad month for workshops since nobody shows up.
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    It's about time I did another children's illo:
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    A couple of roughs:
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    You're on another level, so I don't really know how to critique your work, but I really like your color studies and your gestural horse sketches - they really show life. I also like your illustrations in your portfolio!

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    I came for the party, but stayed for the pictures...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misplacedhippos View Post
    I came for the party, but stayed for the pictures...
    HMMM if there's people showing I'd better draw more food.
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    Did somebody say party?

    I'm glad to see more life drawing than Quickposes. It goes without saying and it's been said countless times; photos are great but you definitely learn more by drawing from life.
    I love the weird characters; your humor and personality really shine through those. Your stuff in pen show a lot of confidence and your pencil-crayon-still-lifes are amazing; they show so much technique.

    Keep hitting those life drawing sessions!

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    @Mark Badoy - Yeah, I prefer drawing from life. It's a little more difficult but far less boring! The life drawing sessions are especially good because I can see everyone else's take on the same set of models. Anyway -- thanks for the kind words!

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    Weird little vehicle designs:
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    Some faces from Flickr. Pardon the photo. I don't know why I keep drawing in blue pencil when the scanner doesn't pick up blue very well.
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    A self-portrait from life:
    Attachment 1511965
    Is it just me or do I look like a nutcake?

    Next on the plate: freaky food sketches, a bit of watercolour.
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    Some more colour studies from random Flickr photos:

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    A quick watercolour from Canada Day.

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    We sat on a hill and waited for the fireworks. I just had the little travel set and Niji waterbrush, and I had to scribble really quickly because the light was going. You can see the last bit of sunlight on the right.
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