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    14 year olds sketchbook

    Hello, my name is Forrest, I'm 14 years old and i want to work for
    Blizzard Entertainment as a concept artist. I'm not a complete noob to drawing but
    I am a noob to artwork if you catch my drift So, all I'm looking for is
    critique on how to excel forward.
    By the way some of these drawings are from Magic: The Gathering Cards.


    This First One is one i drew in 6th grade so its not as great as some of the others but the lizard looks cool.

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    14...not bad at all. It's very good that you are drawing from reference. You should try to draw from life as much as possible. Study anatomy as much as you can. You have a promising start! Keep practicing!

    -Hudd

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    thanks hudd and i have just been drawing whtever i see outside my school and what not, its hard for me to learn anatomy because they dont offfer it as a class until junior year.

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    hmm, get a book from: bridgman or hogart: dynamic anatomy

    will help you a ton

    take a model from here and tips what is he doing, how to get better, read trought every page, this quy was 14 when he started out: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=97046

    You are really good for your age, but you could be a ton better

    it's now up to you

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    Heres some of my artwork that i did on photoshop.
    Some of these are also Magic: The Gathering Cards

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    wow that miles guy is amazing, in one year he went from decent to amazing ill try to study anatomy as much as i can, thank you.

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    14, eh? Great start to your art journey! I agree with the comments about Bridgman and Hogart. They are must haves for your understanding of anatomy. Just start on the first page and draw everything all the way through. Looking at great art won't get the information into your head, but drawing it will.

    I suggest that you draw more before you start working in color in Photoshop. Also, work with more contrast in your drawings, things that are closer to the viewer can be more intense in value, and things that are further away should be lighter. This helps the viewer's eye to focus on the most important things, such as the face, the hands, and a bit of armor or weaponry. Here is an example of your work with the above applied to it. . .

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    i understand what you mean, i will have a look at that book and i dont do that much in photoshop but occasionally ill practice or review and hopefully learn something new. About the contrast i understand what you mean but the drawing looked so plain before i shaded the outside and i also wanted to give him a sort of glow. For the armor and weapons i totally agree but i wasnt sure if i wanted it to dark or not. thanks for the help though

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    photoshop filters are fun to use but they need to be used correctly and controlled. try not to rely on the filters in photoshop. if anything don't use it at all...

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    I'd suggest trying not to smudge with your finger too much when creating tone, either. Try creating tone just by using lines instead.
    Not bad at all for 14, though!

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    i stopped using filters, the ones with filters were made about a month ago, and i know what you mean slothboy and thats what im learning now in school and practicing because smudging can make it look messy. Thanks for the advice though guys really appreciate it.

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    im going to buy that book Dynamic Anatomy and do what u said Nettle ill practice and now i have a new goal. To be better then that Miles guy by the time im 15

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    Heres some things i drew through out the day and just a little bit of anatomy that i saw on the internet im gonna spend an assload of time tomorrow studying, so expect a lot of drawings

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    Its good to see the anatomy study there but I think you might want to study the skeletal structure 1st. The reason that I say this is that while you are drawing the muscles your study seems to show a lack of understanding as to what they connect to or the purpose of each muscle.

    When you understand the skeleton (not necessarily every bone, but the basic mechanics of it) the muscles begin to make more sense and it will also help in understanding which muscles flex for different actions.

    Also try to think of things as 3 dimensional when you draw them. The skull that you show there looks interesting as a graphic, however to understand its structure you will want to look closely at your reference and figure it out using that.

    BTW, please don't feel like I'm coming down hard on you. For your age you are doing a great job, I'm just pointing out the areas where you could be doing even better.

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    nah man i dont think yur comin down hard on me, even if i did i know that what you say helps me. Ill definitely read up on skeletal structure and what not, i probably wont spend too much time on it as muscle though, ill just sketch a few of the major joints. thanks for the crits.

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    This is a self portrait i need to fix the lips but i don't know a good technique to do so. My downfall on faces is the lips and occasionally the eyes. If anyone knows any good way to draw lips then please tell me .

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    a fun way to practice is to take a picture of yourself. then using what you have studied about the human anatomy try and draw the skeleton of yourself base off your picture. then lay a transparent paper on top of your skeleton and try and draw the muscles. then after that lay another transparent paper on top of that and do the skin. its a very long process but from doing that you will be able to understand why and how the muscles and tendons relate to the rest of the body. you can do this either section by section of your body. or just do your whole body. i suggest starting with each body part and work one at a time slowly.

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    damn thats gonna be a pain, but i guess ill try it, thanks

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    I just drew this, i can't find any anatomy books that are good for sketching so i'm probably going to stick with searching the web.

    In All the drawing took me about 1 hour or so.

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    I decided to mess around with photoshop a little bit.

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    Sorry

    Sorry i havent posted anything in the past few days ive been drawing a bunch, heres some of the stuff ive done lately

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    Some of my Anatomy study drawings, ive been reading Bridgeman and so far its goin good

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    anatomy coming along fine. You need a little bit more practice with painting i think. Im not good my self at painting so just take your time...

    sorry i = tired.

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    The study's are going the right direction but your paintings still need some work. Try using more contrast to make the ullusion of depth.
    Keep it up


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    thanks guys, sorry i havent been posting for awhile, ive been busy with school so i might have to take a little break on my drawings.

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    Good work so far on your sketchbook. Be sure to write the date on your drawings! In a few years it'll probably be fun for you to look back at your older stuff and see how you've continued to improve.

    Regarding your comments on drawing faces: I think I only saw one human face in the sketchbook so far (the self portrait).

    The self portrait:
    as you mentioned, you are already developing some good methods but you are still building your techniques for doing eyes and mouths. You've handled the nose well by drawing it the way you see it, as a three dimensional shaded shape. On the other hand, you have drawn the eyes as simplified eye-symbols with clean simple outlines. They look like symmetrical almond shapes with two circles inside. When you look at your eyes in a mirror or a photo, try to see them as a little asymmetrical and irregular with odd folds and curves and eyelashes and tear ducts. Make sure that when you draw, you draw the eye that you are seeing (in the picture or mirror) and not just the eye-symbol that you have stored in your head.

    I know that's not exactly a tutorial but I Hope it makes sense.

    Edit: I'm attaching a quick sketchy to help illustrate what I mean by "more realistic eye VS eye-shaped symbol"

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    thanks, i know what you mean and ill start practicing my self porttraits whn i get the time to.

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    Sorry i havent poted anything lately, it's been really tight with school lately. Heres just a few guys i've made lately, the first two are eww but i'm still goin to show them to see how i can improve them. The last guy i just made today and i think he's epic

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    I just did this today, i really tried to practice my shading on it.

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    Looking good allready, fight for it to get better

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    Do these and you are halfway there

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