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    Not so Sketchy Sketches

    I thought I might give this sketchbook thing a try. I have no idea where I want to go with my art right now. There's a part of me that wants to do serious enduring images that move people. The other part of me wants to play and do it for the "now".

    I have a BFA with an emphasis in graphic communications. I love doing any kind of traditional art, but my passion lies with printmaking. I dabble with painting on the computer, but find it extremely tedious (funny, considering most printmaking processes can be even more tedious).

    The aspects of my art I would like to work on the most are improving my compositional techniques, line quality, and color theory. Pattern and texture really appeal to me. Creating space and accurate shading don't. I believe flat, stylized, graphic images can be even more powerful than an accurately lit, anatomically correct, detailed image... I just haven't found my voice when it comes to creating such images.
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    you know ive bin thinking of getting rid of that rat for a while now
    i think you executed him err i mean it very well
    bravo bravo
    u only exsist if i think u do
    so give me a reason to think you do

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    Just something I started working on tonight. Copying from the cover of National Geographic Magazine from April 2008. For some reason I've been drawn to this image ever since I got it in the mail. I don't get much practice studying from real life or photographs anymore so maybe this will be good for me. The hardest part so far has been the man's leg. The photo makes it look like it has some unusual bends in it. My brain doesn't want to accept that fact. Also I've realized that I have trouble with horse's legs being the right distance apart.

    Anyway, maybe I will work on this some more tomorrow (or never).

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    It's kinda of odd going back to doing work from references isn't it? Shouldn't take too long before you get more comfortable with it. ^_^
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    the Just for you work is awesome
    My Sketchbook [ACTUALLY UPDATED!]

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    Thanks for the comments guys .

    This is just a little progress update since I feel bad for not being very active. I'm not sure I'll be working on this anymore, even if I want to finish it for the sake of having something finished. I've got to get to work on finishing up a printmaking portfolio to apply for grad school. I may or may not post those images. I'm not feeling too great about them right now.

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    digg yall sb sofar the man on the horse is coming along cant wait for some mo
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    Are they logos for some upcoming moves of yours? They are great!
    Build your concept at a professional level about various things by Term Papers Writers :: Writing an Essay because knowledge skills are considered as first priority to understand artistic work.
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    Mr Spect: Thanks. Maybe I can get back to the horse after I get done with a printmaking project I'm working on.

    Sasha: I'm not really sure what you're talking about, but no, they are not logos. Thanks for the complement though.
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    I had some old friends come by today and I asked them what I should draw. One of them suggested one of my Aardvark Scout characters floating in a giant umbrella with fish. I haven't gotten to the fish yet. I'd like to finish this because I think it's a cute idea, but I'm not so good with color and I have a print that need to be finished.

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    FYI, that's supposed to be a seagull trying to sallow a fish sitting on top of the umbrella handle. The fish isn't clear yet.

    If you have any advice on this (especially on painting), let me know.
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    Here's something I started last night, posted, got feedback on and then tweaked it a bit. I'm sure there are things still "wrong" with it, but I feel like it's time to let it go and move on. I mostly wanted to practice with color and painting in photoshop. Tried out the "flow" option quite a lot and can see myself getting used to it. It sure beats smudging every little thing.

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    BTW, it's an Arabian Oryx (with some wrong markings and a long tail).

    P.S. is there anyway I can change the icon that shows up for this thread? I really don't want the same crappy art to haunt my sketchbook thread.
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    Here are some sketches I did last night. I did the sitting figure first--just trying to get some interesting perspectives in my images. I had no reference and originally it was going to be of some monstrous creature but just a human figure was difficult enough. Then I got caught up trying to get the perspective right on the head and I ended up taking a picture of myself and drawing from it. It's very obvious I need help with the human figure.

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    THat man on the horse is nice. I think it could be something really special if you finished it. Nice stuff so far, too.
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