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    Adam Nichols Sketchbook/Speedpaints

    Hey all, this is the first sketchbook Ive posted so Ill just dump some speedies and such and try and regularly post whatever I have. Im hoping this can be a place I can get out some ideas, doodles or dabbles.

    This first batch are just some of the quick speed paints I did at the Wellington Massive Black Workshop in between the presentations. I also want to shoot out a huge thanks to all the guys for making the event happen, as it was awesome to meet all of you in person :) First image is in tribute to Jason Manley! You rock mate!

    Note: If the colors all seem a bit off/saturated sorry, my tablet PCs colours are WAY off, I ordered an EyeOne monitor calibrator and its in the post. So for now enjoy the slightly random colour lol

    Adam

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    Looks good dude, really liking the zombie with a candle on the head, and the last one. Looking forward to seeing more!

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    Yeah the candle zombie rules them all . Love others as well!

    And also you caught my eye with the Tablet pc. I´m deciding if I should buy one, but the internet is kinda short on information on Tablet Pcs, artwise. Could you please give me some pointers or recommendations? You know, the pressure level issue and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vingrey View Post
    Yeah the candle zombie rules them all :D. Love others as well!

    And also you caught my eye with the Tablet pc. I´m deciding if I should buy one, but the internet is kinda short on information on Tablet Pcs, artwise. Could you please give me some pointers or recommendations? You know, the pressure level issue and such.
    Thanks guys, yeah the Tablet PC tends to be a hard one for most people. My advice for buying one would be if you DO want one, get a fast one otherwise you WILL notice some lay with large/fancy brushes and large files with lots of layers. As for the sensitivity I actually think its preferable to a cintiq (as my brother has one) and is comparable to an intuos3. Id also recommend getting a slate style if its preferably just for sketching on and use either a usb or wireless keyboard for your shortcuts (this is one thing most people dont think of when buying a tablet) as I tend to color pick a lot and undo is mans best friend :)

    Heres some more recent art...

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    Great coloring work. I like the second piece, the giant stone statue. The Ghost Rider pic is nice too.

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    Those B&W are awesome, and the Shambler looks slick too! In the Chow piece I think her head is a bit large, or the perspective is wierding something out.
    I must say I love your colouring though.

    Thanks for advice man! In our country is unfortunately nearly impossible to get a slate (well it´s kinda hard to get a tablet pc anyway). So I get to choose between like a three tablets with screen big enough for artistry. I chose Portégé M700, cause it´s in my price range. Sad thing is I can´t get a confirmation if it´s Wacom penabled or not...

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    Some new posts, its been too long! Here is a whole range of images from my steampunk atlas thumbnails to some abandoned works like my ghostbusters and hotrod pieces... most are either wip, unfinished or abandoned images. Let me know what you think...

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    hmm im having some weird issues it seems with old thumbnails not showing... anyone have any ideas why it shows in a list and not as images? weird...

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    Wow really cool stuff adam! Rodimus prime? Hahaha.. Keep sharing please

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    Awesome work, Slimer's looking pretty bad ass in that Ghostbusters piece.

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    I love the second lama painting

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    Hey Adam, sweet stuff mate, bout time u got a sketchbook happening too Thanks for sharing... rodimus prime looks sweet

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    Really cool stuff you got there man, i like the thumbnail's of the giant man holding something up, reminds me of Atlas XD Suscribing too go on this journey lol...

    Keep up the good work.

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    First off some replies to your kinds words...

    adammelo - thanks for subscribing, enjoy the ride... oh and it is atlas, it was for the steampunk challenge but i never had time to finish it but i intend to
    Rodimus25 -yeah it is about time haha i finally converted but ill keep my own deviantart gallery too, will be quite a juggle!
    Quikenobi - lama painting? haha i presume you mean the monks? lol cheers! more to come soon!
    Nurraymjo -yeah slimer is the only finished part but looking at it now even he could use some more style/flair
    Pixie Bergman - rodimus was always my fav, its based off a model i own of the same design so i cant take its credit@!
    The Great Ages - thanks mate, the stone guys reminds me of the comic character concrete
    Vingrey - yeah her heads a bit big but shes prety small (shes half japanese) but i do plan to revise her soon. definately invest in a tablet of any kind, i ordered mine online too as we ccant get them here in shops either (in australia)
    Piemonster - yeah the whole zombie design was just a silly idea which came to me after painting the zombie at the wellington marama massive black workshop. hes one of a series of 09, along with the robot chick (08)

    The following are quick 30-45 min speed paints Ive done after work late at night... Im hoping to also start entering the EOW to improve my speed painting and maybe even start some matte paintings... i really need to change the way i use (or start to use the right) brushes if i do. i also may enter some cow's to try and work on my imagination for creature design too...

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    So things have been pretty busy of late... I finished designing my new website which is soon to be updated, its been a while coming but i can sense its so close that i can almost touch it : ) oh and i also changed the url to www.adamnichols.net but the old site should still be up until the new one goes live.

    until then here are some quick speed paint sketches for initial ideas for the weekly chow. the theme is the endless (which are the characters from neil gaimans sandman ie death, dream, destruction, delerium, desire, destiny and despair) ill hopefully have some more ideas tonight to post, and settle on a single character to finish by sunday night. any feedback would be greatly appreciated! be harsh but constuctive... thanks!

    (In order of images shown below)
    Dream: lives his world in a bubble, small artifacts and dream sequences refract through his sometimes merky and sometimes crystal clear waters

    Desire/Despair: half beauty, half beasty they are twins (conjoint) which are so beautiful and yet so shocking you cant look away

    Destruction: his mere touch is enough to make ashes of whatever he sees fit

    Destiny: an entity of light at the end of a book which holds the past the present and the future, he is seen to be scripting the present as it happens atop of his perch of solitude. only he was there at the beginning, and only he will remain at its end.

    Death: her red hair blends into the blood like tears in the rain, she stands muted and unwavering as her decisions are final. she is death.

    Potential combo:
    the endless


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    Wow, great interpretations on the concepts.. I specially like the destiny one.. though I'm not quite fond of the death one.. for me is mroe violence than death..

    Great work

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    jeah, Quikenobi said it. you got great skillz.. my favorites are the impkins

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    destiny is such a lovely concept there, strongest i think due to being the most fully developed picture.Plus i think the lighting and form is just killer.

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    thanks for the feedback guys, heres the chow update, i went with destiny as everyone suggested... it really was the only half decent idea... purely based on composition really... but for the desc for what i tried to work into the image go check out the chow forum! (which you all should be doing anyways right!?!?!)

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    Some pretty great stuff in here, totally lovin' the Dhalsim piece as well! Some pretty sweet ideas too.

    Keep it up!

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    ...and heres old candle man himself... the finger feathered fantasy known as destiny!

    ChOW #157: The Endless - Destiny

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    Man, i love that Destiny design. Same goes for your enviro studies.
    In post #7, the first picture of the dark skinned monk. I think his left leg is a bit too long.
    Overall, cool stuff so far. Keep it up.

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    lovely work in here man, loving the variety and studies
    have some stars

    ciao!

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    hey all ive been real sick this past week but being stuck in bed with my tablet pc has given me lots of time to get some painting done. heres this weeks creature and environment of the week,m let me know what you think and if you like remember to vote at the end of the week!

    EOW topic : Draculas castle
    COW topic : Arctic Juggernaut of death

    cheers
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    beautiful werks in here especially like destiny, those little impkin guys and the speed enviros. A little crit on the latest COW however, I'd put some space between the flying guy and the creature to give it more drama. It looks like he's walking on it's face at the moment.

    cheerio

    keep it coming

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    hey mate, nice updates and goodluck on eow and cows really like your takes on em.

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    Arctic Juggernaut of death = Awesome Good to see you on here Ads

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    hey, I really like that destiny piece, good job!

    One crit would be.. The type in the dracula piece seems a little jarring and competes with the castle too much. The drop shadow from the type flattens the piece out as well..

    however the bats work nice making the type fit into the piece, so good job on that part..

    keep it up

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    great variety man!

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