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    A Sketchbook

    Greetings,

    I've been trying to grow as an artist, or obtain the status of artist, off & on during the years.

    In the recent months my abilities have gotten to the level where I can draw what's in my head, and what I see.

    Not completely satisfied with myself & never will be, & not consistent enough for my tastes.

    But I'm getting there.
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    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    My images shall be labeled BC and AC. BC being "Before Charles Bargue" and AC will be "After Charles Bargue" which will give you an idea of my growth.

    The first one is AC-

    The creature is BC-

    If anything looks kinda familiar, I SERIOUSLY have been studying some of the illustrators on here, absorbing their techique.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    BC:

    Pen sketch inspired by Syd Mead

    AC:

    Turtles, frogs, & Judah McBee
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
    -John Huston, Director

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    BC:
    A character of mine for a comic created back in the '90's-

    AC:

    hands studying Bridgman-
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    BC:

    Another Character design. Strength type

    AC:

    Turtle

    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    This is AC:
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
    -John Huston, Director

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    This is a nice sketchbook you've got here! I really like the creature in your second post, that one displays a good design, good line quality and control of hatching. The last picture you posted does not, it's scribbly, with thick lines and overall looks very rushed. I know, it's a problem I have myself, I can never seem to slow down and do it carefully. I can only hope you get better at that than me!

    Doing Bargues are great, but don't expect your drawings from the imagination to magically get awesome because of that Doing Bargue copies really is a stepping stone for being able to draw stuff from life, to learn to draw what you see with your eye. Use both what you learn from mr. Bargue AND from life drawing to improve your drawings from the imagination! Do you have any pics of your Bargues to show? Keep going!

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    Those are coming.

    Thanks!
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    The Charles Bargue Journey....

    The book that I draw from now. starts with the first when I got the book, 6/30/08 & have been progressing ever since. All done in pencil.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    Continued.......................
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    Continued..............
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    To break up the chain.....some Bridgman & Loomis.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    Kat with a hightop (I miss mine, dammit!) and a doodle of Beta Ray Bill & Lady Sif.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    oy! I can't see alot of your images! However like serpian said the pic of the creature in the second post is the strongest piece. What would you like to focus on for now? Anatomy or environments? I see that you are doing both.

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    I would like to focus on pencil illustration, because its the foundation for learning all other disciplines. I'm a researcher foremost when it comes to learning, and through my research, I've come to understand that, without a firm grasp of the principles taught through illustration, that the ability to translate form & shadow, depth and emotion, dimension and weight, that anything you produce will be lacking. I've read Steve Rude's artist in motion, and the one thing, on top of everything else I've learned, is light defines everything.

    I'm mainly focused on the figure, seeing the shapes and contours, seeing forms, by using Charles Bargue's technique, to give me understanding. I'd been drawing for some time from other books with inconsistent results.I could grasp the ideas but translation came hit or miss.

    I've been drawing from imagination, without the proper foundation or rit-memory understanding for drawing said imagination properly. The physics of it as would be said.

    I've absorbed information on design, color, shapes and their emotional impact on people. Color and its appeal to the human brain.

    I've amassed a great deal of information, now I've got to learn how it all fits together to form art.

    I want to become a thinking artist. Able to use line and movement to evoke feeling. All other things will come from that basic understanding.

    The digital age is beautiful, and it sometimes feels like there's a lot of pressure to go from A to Z considering the level around CA, but I've come to the conclusion (and the words from an artist I'd met recently) that none of that is possible without knowing the pencil.

    So I'm staying there, until I do.

    That's a lot, isn't? But I've no choice, In the 7 months I've been able to use Bargue's book to help me 'see', along with Loomis, and a few others. The illustrators on this site, before practicing Bargue, used to practice magic before my eyes, because though I could see in my mind what they did, I could not produce it at that level.

    Now I can 'see' what they can do, and sketch it. Not fully render, that's another thing I've to learn, but I can see what works, why, what needs to be reworked. I've gained understanding.

    And man, am I freaking rambling on from a simple question!

    To directly answer your question, I want to illustrate.

    P.S.,

    STRONG ISLAND! WHUT, WHUT
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
    -John Huston, Director

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