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    Complete Unfinished Painting Juice

    So, I've been thinking of picking up a mentor ship and dilly-dallying about the whole thing, until I saw that someone I knew got picked up. So I decided it was high time to do one of these sketchbook dealies. I have a blog too but this has a much more direct audience connection.

    I don't really want to post old work so I whipped up a boxer study to open the topic.


    So, some intro tidbits about myself as an artist:
    Strengths:
    - Working from observation
    - I'm pretty good at being able to critique myself and I can correct most drawing problems in my work. I enjoy my drawings, I can look back at them and some of reminisce about the line work.
    - Looking at other people's work
    - I love looking at colors, particularly colors in flesh. I like finding little formal quirks in good work. Trying to dissect what makes this work and finding compositional patterns.
    - I find this an odd strength, but I meet so many people who feel cowed by good work. I actively look for good work because I like to try to break it down to the good parts, trying to figure out the process and breaking down the strokes and tools used.

    Weaknesses:
    - Being productive
    - Aside from doing studies, I don't find myself willing to be productive in my "creative" work. It feels disconnected if I work on some random character for practice. If its an assignment or for work, I'm all over it, but otherwise I have other ways to fulfill my creative impulses. I have a hard time doing stuff "just because" even though I know I need to do them.
    - Process
    - Having a studio art degree, a lot of my process comes from working through observation. I can rely on information being there to build up on. So its always a shock when I realize I need to invent information, things get hazy and vague and it damages the picture.
    - I have poor pre-sketch habits, I really ought to thumbnail out pictures where there's a lot of information I need to invent but I tend to just go at it which randomly succeeds/fails depending on how quickly I find something exciting to latch onto for the whole picture.

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    Saw a job opportunity as a matte painter and I noticed that I didn't have much experience doing landscapes. It came out very blobby... I tried checking out my collection of artists to see how they handle such subjects but no luck. Inorganic city layouts are very unpopular on my artist list as it seems! Oh well, time to figure this out by myself...

    Trying to avoid incorporating photos directly into my work but I'm starting to see where that would make it exceedingly difficult to pull off without.



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    And I guess I'll throw in my self-portrait

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    whooa
    neat self portrait.
    you've got some niice painting skills
    post more! or else. D:

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    So I just got introduced to posemaniacs... pretty intense workout. Its been awhile since I've drawn from life so bear with me if some of my lines seem less than efficient. Also, posemaniacs is intensely different than conventional life-drawing. "Oh... I appear to be underneath the model looking up... I... I...."

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    Doing a set of zombies, inspired by a browser game I've been playing called quarantine 2019. You sorta run around as different classes of zombies/civs and try to turn each other. Hoping to get one of each class. I saw this as a kind of smart zombie, which explains the little light reflections and the kind of mundane expression. I tested a more sinister devious expression but I liked this one more. "Oh, what a somber-looking guy... wait... hes a zombie!"

    Also! I suck at zombie gore!

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    Nice studies you have here. Keep it up!

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    nice stuff lol at the mac donald bag

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    The second piece you have of the tree is great. It reminds me of that classic comic book/fantasy style of painting. Like Julie Bell, Boris, or Frank Frezetta.

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    good stuff medieve

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    your work is super awsome. me want more!!

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    Thanks for the replies. If you want more you shall have it!

    Was very excited to start doing jobs for Sony Online Entertainment and I finally got permission to post the illustrations. These are card art for the online TCG, Legends of Norrath.

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    some really nice work there! love ur color and atmosphere... the gesture studies... hope they can be more descriptive. the last couple enviro/scene.. great color, the forms can be more solid and need more definition.(?)
    great start... pls post more

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    i like the LAST 5 OH SHIT.

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    really great start, you definitely have some talent.

    tho i'd suggest doing more colour studies, it just seems like in some of your works the theres this over saturated/high contrast feel which is rather unpleasant. also composition seems a bit weak in some of them.
    otherwise keep pushing on!

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    Yeah, I plan on doing more color studies, I'm actually sort of in a slingshot in terms of saturation. Some of my earlier works tend to be very muted so I've been forcing some stronger colors in my work.

    In the meantime. ROBOT!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medieve View Post
    Yeah, I plan on doing more color studies, I'm actually sort of in a slingshot in terms of saturation. Some of my earlier works tend to be very muted so I've been forcing some stronger colors in my work.

    In the meantime. ROBOT!!!!!
    Sweet!

    Maybe you can help me develop the thumbnails I have in my sketchbook thread. Pretty please?

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    So, I was giving a demo to Animation Idiot with painting in photoshop. We were both doing a portrait from a photo and I thought I should post mine. I happened to save them out as progression shots so I might as well post them too.

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    Post more art or I am going to start stabbing you in the jaw. In the most adoring way possible.

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    I sic my zombie on you, Mock. In the most adorable way possible.

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    Much love.

    Help me finish and paint my robot please. ;.;

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    Umm, just a small update on the robot thing, might have planned to do more but got lazy and just felt like posting it.

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    GREAT JOB AND NICE PAINTINGS

    KEEP IT UP
    yeah WOO


    DERP


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    thats pretty wicked man! 0_0 infact I would say its even Urp Durp!!!

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    Hmmm... /steal skill......O.o shyt didnt work

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    I was bored and I asked around for what I should draw, Bapsi yelled "PRINCESS LEIA!"

    So I present PRINCESS LEIA.

    I actually had a lot of problems with capturing a resemblance, I'm out of practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medieve View Post
    I was bored and I asked around for what I should draw, Bapsi yelled "PRINCESS LEIA!"

    So I present PRINCESS LEIA.

    I actually had a lot of problems with capturing a resemblance, I'm out of practice.

    get back in practice then looks good thus far though!

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    Very very nice work!! I looove the zombie.

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    hey man! nice work! that zombie one looks great

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    Great stuff man! the "SOE" and the zombie are awesome! keep it up

    Grab your pencil, grab your dream!
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