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    I am a secret. Please do not tell anyone.

    Edit: This thread is no longer my current sketchbook. Please visit this link to see my more recent endeavors.

    Cheers to everyone.

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    Very nice! I love the shading and your imagination. You provide a lot to look at

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    I always wonder when I walk down the street what other people's passions are. Looking at how they dress etc, and think, is that really what they do. Or looking at people like Janitors, cafe employers, bus drivers, etc etc...and think to myself, any of these people could be an artist!

    Anyhow, you have a good start to your sketchbook. You seem to be able to use your imagination, that is a start. I think you should do more studying though, go back to the basics, look in other members sketchbooks and see what they are studying. Anatomy, perspective, color theory etc. Also, I think you should start using more reference, drawing from it, and drawing from life. You need to build a visual vocabulary in your mind. The studies are what will make you improve. You have a long way to go my friend, but if you really want it, get to work and don't look back. Hard work will pay off. But you have to really put it in.

    Tell your girlfriend, you really want this, you want to impress her or whatever, and work every night. Or whenever you have time. If she is the right person for you, she will understand you. Don't disregard life though, as you need to experience life as well to benefit your artwork. But, put most of your time into building your skills.

    Good luck!

    ~JB

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    writingtool - Thanks for the words. Technically, my shading has a lot wrong with it. I intentionally in several of the drawings didn't attempt to stick with any one light source, I instead tried to use shading only for defining shape and volume. I need to work more on getting it right. Only the last few sketch pages were meant to be light source studies, so to speak.

    JustinBeckett - Thanks for stopping by Justin. I use a lot of reference, much more than anyone is ever going to see first glance. I HATE doing life drawings, and studying/working on a direct reference. Someone once told me that our job as artists is not to make something real, only (in the event that it's our goal) to make whoever's looking at it think that it could be. For this reason, I very very rarely will ever do a direct reference. My images are usually composites of many references. It's not that I don't do studies, moreso that I just don't present them as such. They will always be incorporated into a very fictional or unrealistic painting or image.

    The clouds, for example, in the last finished painting with the waterfalls. I had been referencing clouds for months, through photographs, other people's paintings here on conceptart and other websites. The clouds in that painting are a result of and part of my studying clouds. I just didn't want to do my studying just as a study, I wanted it to be a part of something bigger.

    People deserve more than what they can get anywhere else. They deserve as artists to see all the ways in which we can incorporate learning into our work. This is what I want to do for myself, and what I want to show through my work.

    Sorry I haven't updated anything more recently, real life - that sort of thing.

    Five minute speedy, I'll be working on it in more detail later tonight.

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    Yeah man. Definitely a nice start.
    I feel the same way.
    "I am not a cold-hearted assassin, I am an artist."

    Why not go to school or take some classes at the local community college?
    You undoubtably have more than enough potential to make your passion a reality.

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    This, I think, is crucial for your development

    You are quite awesome at it and please don't stop working on what you love, I'm sure your GF will love the effort too. One thing though, you did it well in your conditioning of "I'm not a Janitor" and you know what, you are as much a janitor as I'm the world speed record breaker and most famous rock star!

    That's right, you are not a Janitor and you made that point quite clear when you conditioned yourself that way, however you seem to be lacking another type of conditioning "I'm a renown artist" You specified to your mind and to the Universe what you are not, it's time to start with what you are you heard me. So Keep making beautiful art, and keep conditioning yourself and you will see the fruit of it soon.

    P.S. When conditioning yourself always do so in present tense, not future. EG. "I'm a renown artist" <-- right vs "I will be a renown artist" <--wrong.

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    res01ve - Haha, wish I'd thought've that one. So far as schooling goes, I have attended a few college classes (but recieved no credit for them, the teacher was a high school teacher of mine who allowed me to attend his drawing classes free of charge whenever I wanted). It didn't feel right for me, I wasn't learning a whole hell of a lot and felt I could progress faster on my own. College to me is more about the connections you make while attending, than the information learned. I'd like to attend some gatherings for artists here on conceptart.org or something of the sort, but I presently cannot afford to travel. We'll see.

    mrhugecojones - Thank you for the words. I presently have conditioned myself to think "I am an artist, with the potential to become one of significance in the art community." Keep your dreams big, achieve them by knowing yourself and the rules of the world. That's about where I'm at, right now.

    Here is the "finished" version of the 5 minute concept above. I think I'll call it finished for now, decided not to put the arrow or anything in it. Might go back to it a long time from now, who knows. Good practice regardless.

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    mean looking clouds! I really like the colour and belnding. Nice start to your sketchbook (and if I told you anything now, I'd probably just be repeating what everyone else has said... Ah, okay, I'll do it anyway). Post more. draw more. have a snoop around all the forums, take part in some of the activities, comment and criticise in sketchbooks that have only two posts and ones that have thousands. and enjoy yourself!

    I salute you, unjanitor.
    What an overwhelming lesson to all artists! Be not afraid of absurdity; do not shrink from the fantastic. Within a dilemma, choose the most unheard-of, the most dangerous, solution. Be brave, be brave! - Isak Dinesen

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    gutss - Thanks for stopping in my friend. Yes, I've spent quite a bit of time studying clouds. I forgot to do a bit of erasing and blending with some of the highlights but that's ok. That's what I mean when I said previously, that almost none of my studies will appear as such. You could consider that a "cloud study" - along with the inclusion of completely inexplicable "god rays" that make no sense given the apparent light source. This is ok.

    Here's a ten, twenty minute speedpaint testing out some brushes I made tonight. Not so great, but tomorrow's another day.

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    Good stuff. How you described yourself is similar to what I'm going through myself - just recently deciding to work towards an artistic career. I'll be using this thread to see far how both of us go

    Did you take any art/drawing classes before, or did you self-teach to paint those?

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    You sound like an awesome guy, all I can really say is good luck reaching your goals of becoming an artist.
    Just believe in yourself. I believe in you!

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    In my completely unprofessional opinion, I believe that right now you should really really refine your style. You seem like someone who, in a career sense, would drift way more towards illustration. You've got so much creativity and more than enough skill to get work in that field. It might go against your morals, but would you rather be a sell out or a janitor?

    I think if you really pinpointed your style and focused on that until you had a clear, recognizable one, you would have plenty of work.

    And I'm really loving those clouds, good stuff man.

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    biomanz - Thanks for the comments. No I haven't had any classes, never taken any to teach me anything concerning my artistic...methods. Unless you count "drawing" in high school, but I certainly don't. I once attended a college class, a drawing class for students where art wasn't their major - but the teacher was a friend of mine, and we mostly talked of life - never learned any art there. I tend to progress fastest when I'm able to learn from my own observations, so what you see is just me experimenting.

    Fraz - Can't really knock on someone who just called me awesome, now can I? Thanks a bunch! Sometimes it is...difficult, to believe in myself. A lot of people, when they see other artists so far ahead of them it's not even funny...they get inspired. I normally don't, unless I can see directly how they did what they did. However, I am a patient person, and I believe that in time I can achieve what it is I want.

    erinel - Thanks for stopping by. Yes, you're absolutely right. I too, believe that now is the time when I should be defining my own style. It has been very difficult for me to do this, I've been trying for almost two years and I am never able to get a grip of what exactly I am as an artist, what will make me stand out. A big part of my problem, is that I'm generally very good at replicating other styles when I try it. This makes it hard for me to figure out what's "me" and what's a result of outside influence. I am presently trying a lot of very different things, and my hope is that in the end I'll naturally be able to combine them into a style more defined by the content of my images than anything else.

    Sorry for not many images, real life is keeping me busy. The job search continues, can't even seem to get a job at a gas station. In the meantime, testing more brushes (most of which I'll probably wind up scrapping once I learn what's actually useful).

    Hour and a half, obviously no reference. Never a reference unless explicitely stated. I feel like this one doesn't really...fit, parts of it came out in a bit of a different feeling than others. No matter, just practice.

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    your art is interesting and beautifull, i struggle to draw without references but your sb so far has inspired me to try harder i will be following it. 5 stars for your art and dream friend. good luck

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    Man u sure put a lot of detail in ur landscapes, dont try to overkill it with details and forget about the big picture

    nice works!

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