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    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    G'day fellas. Well, im onto my final year of illustration at Uni, and i realise that i have a lot to learn before i can even think of getting a job. Ive been drawing (on and off) for the last ten years, but until a bit over a year ago, i hadn't done anything really beyond the typical Dragonball Z fan art you see flooding the pages of DeviantArt. Last year really opened my eyes to illustration. Not enjoying graphic design at uni, i decided to make illustration my focus, and jumped into a course where i had basically no knowledge expierience other than DBZ and Gundam fan drawings, and definately no expierience with painting. Overall my assignments weren't too bad. I improved a lot throughout the year, learning to apply colour, visual interest and fairly decent compositions, but i think i skipped a big step in my first year of learning to draw (for real). I never really studied human anatomy, simplifying complex objects to basic shapes, or even the rules of perspective. This lets me down when im concepting ideas. I struggle with placing images on paper because i don't understand how the body and muscles moves, stretches or interacts with one another. I dont understand shape structure, why the skin folds the way it does, or how light hits the body. Basically. I dont know the fundamental rules of drawing.

    Below are examples of my best work done throughout the year. Not half bad. But the closer you look, you see many problems with anatomy, perspective and a lot of unconfident lines. Mixture of traditional/digital work.

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    My goal over the next year (i better keep it up!!!) is to fill these pages with sketches, paintings and even quick doodles. Im basically doing this for myself, to keep a digital record of my process over this year, for me to look back on in times that i need more confidence. If someone wants to give their advice, opinion, even if its just to tell me i suck, feel happy to leave comments. Later dudes!!!
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    Some sketches...

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    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    Posemaniacs, Andrew Loomis, photo references used.
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    Just two quick doodles done this morning. the right one is from (i think) either a Loomis or Lemen tutorial. Taken with my mobile so a bit dodgy.

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    Hi. I wish you good luck towards making a living in illustration. I've been working on skills a lot longer than you and still don't have a job. It's tough to do. Good luck to you.
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    Go for it! Keep up those studies and try to apply what you learn. So if you've done some figure studies try do some from your head afterwards to practice your recall! Found this helps you progress much faster.
    Took me about a year to land my 1st job as an illustrator, so keep pushing!
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    Cheers for the comments fellas.

    Just a few more sketches done today...

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    Some doodles done today...

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    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

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    I've started a concept art workshop which goes for 4 weeks. At the moment we're are doing character designs for a fictional video game. week one is alien design. Here's a few doodles i have done...

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    Bigus Sketchbook: New Picture page 6! hell yeah!

    And heres just a quickie i did the other night... taken with my phone so not the best quality.

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    Just some new sketches done tonight.

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    Hey fellas. Just some quick doodles i did this afternoon. they include Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), Italian Spiderman, my bro, and some basketball player, dont know his name. Cheers for looking. Was really fun to do these quick studies. About 10 mins on each, i think.

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    Some quickie value study attempts in photoshop. Photo reference for the Italian Spiderman one used of course.

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    Well that was random... Conan was just on TV, i click myself into your SB and he's here too!

    Anyway, your stuff is looking good, just keep an extra eye on proportions and most important of all; keep drawing.
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    Conan is pretty badass. Thanks for the comment. Proportions are one of my major weaknesses. Hopefully they will improve considerably over the next few months
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