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    Cars, Flying Taxis, Starships, and Whatever Else I Suck At

    Hi, my name's Kirill, and I'm relatively new to CA. I'm a 23 year old amateur designer, starting in CCS in Fall '09. I'll be majoring in Transportation Design, but I also have a very strong interest in concept art and illustration, so hopefully I'll be taking some classes in that too. I'm trying to improve as much as possible with my drawing techniques, and digital painting in particular.

    I greatly appreciate feedback, and would love to hear some strong constructive critiques on my work. Thanks and I hope you enjoy it!

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    Another robot...

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    Working on an action shot rendering... would love to hear some feedback!

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    Hey mate. If you're looking to get into art center Those cars in your first post should definately be included.

    For things to study I'd say that for the type of drawing you're interested in perspective is number one. You will be able to build anything once you have strong skills in perspective that will be perfect for your robots, cars and architecture, even people.
    Apart form perspective I think it would be a good idea to get some markers and do some silhouettes of robots and cars. It will help you think about shapes and how the design reads overall. There's examples in my sketchbook in my latest post for some silhouettes I did of a character.
    To make these in photshop I use the angled chizel point calligraphic brush. then set the angle jitter to pen tiolt so it feels like a real marker. Then you can switch between eraser and brush to cut back the black and things liek that.

    Hope that helps!

    Edit: oh yeah forgot to mention http://www.posemaniacs.com . If you do an hour-2 hours of this daily it will help you improve heaps.

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    CamSyko: Hey thank you very much for the feedback! Wow, those silhouettes in your sketchbook look awesome, and must've been pretty quick to do - I will definitely try to pick up on that technique! I'm gonna have to take advantage of that website also, never heard of it before, thanks a lot!

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    I like the race buggy.

    It reminds me of my all time favorite Mitsubishi RPM 7000.

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    Trying to get better at drawing portraits and digital painting at the same time. This was an attempted self-portrait, but not having a mirror around made it only slightly look like me. The eyes are pretty crooked, I think... gotta practice those.

    As a sidenote, just got rejected by Art Center, so looks like I'll be going to CCS next Fall.

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    Dang, I need to have a major overhaul of that original post to keep this as a sketchbook, instead of a portfolio... That whole process is over with anyway for now.

    I decided to do some eye studies, definitely making progress. In fact, the last one did turn out to look a lot like mine, which was the intent. I gotta get some kind of a small mirror for a decent self-portrait, drawing from memory is hard.

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    A quick sketch from imagination...

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    Those are some nice figures that you drew, Kono. I'd like to see some more color-related stuff.

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    FightingSeraph: Thanks for the comments! More color stuff on the way, I promise

    Just got myself a kickass new sketchbook, here are two of the first pages. I'm loving the brown paper, this is gonna be pretty awesome!

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    Really liking that last post with the cars - and the portraits are coming along nicely!

    I agree with seraph, some more colour studies would be awesome.

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    PheKt: Thanks a lot!

    Here's a relatively quick paint I did in Photoshop earlier today, about an hour. Definitely new to "space" art, but it was a lot of fun.

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    nice painting.
    i suggest you give sharper subjects a harder edge so the your picture doesn't look like a blur of colors.

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    a la bapsi: Thanks for the feedback! That's the hard part for me right now, putting just the right amount of detail in the objects while keeping the time spent low. I easily get bogged down in details as soon as I start using small brushes with sharper edges, so I purposely decided to stick to a bigger brush here. This is definitely something I need to work on though, I'm sure next time will be better

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    Hey, you've got some nice sketches in here! I'm liking the mechanical ones the most (cars and robots), are you going into industrial design or illustration? I would just recommend drawing from life more, get into some of the free figure drawing sessions at CCS. There should be flyers around campus saying the days and times of them, nice stuff dude!

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    Mbyle: Thanks a lot! I'm really sorry I haven't replied sooner, thought my thread was buried 10 pages back and didn't check it. I'm actually going into Entertainment Art at CCS with a game art concentration, but I hope to get some classes in both industrial design and illustration. I've always been into car design, but decided it might not be for me as a career after all. Glad to see a CCS guy here, I'm counting days till I start this Fall!

    Here's a digital paint of one of the sketches I did earlier... I'd love some feedback on this, still learning.

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    Lots of things going on lately, could hardly find time to do some serious drawing. I did, however, download Zhang Lu's digital painting video, which was just truly inspiring. Here's something I painted after watching it, would love to hear some feedback!

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    Another quick piece inspired by that video. Just as I'm uploading it, I noticed that the neck is off - not sure how I missed it. I think the whole head needs to move to the right on the picture. Sleepy as hell though, will fix it later.

    Edit: fixed the neck issue somewhat, maybe too much... something still seems off, maybe the face is a tad too long, not sure.

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    You seem to be doing a great job yourself spotting your weakeness and working on improving them, so I don't think I have anything new to add, still I liked your work and thought I would comment.

    I love your robot, that's a great drawing to open a sketchbook. I can't do those kind of things yet and admire those who can. The cars in the brown paper are gorgeous too, so is the building in the second post. You are great with machines and human constructions.

    I like that scene with the robots and the city environment too. You used a good colour palette which creates the right atmosphere, but as someone else mentioned, rendering is still a bit smugdy. Also, I think the cracks verge a bit on cartoony. Try to study cracks from life with blind contour technique also read on their physics.

    Faces are not too bad, but they are still your weakness. I suggest you spend some time drawing features and understanding how they work from books that have detailed explanations on what to notice in terms of construction, planes and anatomy. That will help, because, for instance, if you have the right symbol for an eye in your mental vocabulary, you can see it better in real life too, since you know what to expect.

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    Some really nice design's in here mate,

    portaits are looking better too,
    Keep up the studies Kirill!

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    Классно рисуешь! Все нравиться и техника и портреты... Вобщем так держать!
    I don't think you forget native lang, but if you do, anyway - NICE WORK! Keep it up!

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    Leonor: Thank you very much for such in-depth feedback! Yeah, I definitely feel that I am much better at conveying mechanics and construction than life and emotion, but I hope to catch up with the latter soon. My sketchbooks used be filled pretty much completely with cars. As for books, I really gotta invest in some... Anatomy for the Artist was one I looked at, and I might also get something specifically on portraiture.

    JailHouseRock2: Thanks! I feel like I'm getting better with each new piece, can't wait for what's next

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    Should have some quality tablet time this weekend, will keep posting.

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    This is a WIP right now, but I'd love to hear some second opinions on what to improve. The head/shoulder area is probably the extent of the detailing that I plan on doing, but again, it's all up in the air for now.

    Thanks!

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    Ok, time to call it quits on this one...

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    Привет, напишу по-русски - спешу на работу... На мой взгляд тебе нужно чуть детализировать плащ (складки и т. д.), на небо добавить тучек кучевых темных таких, скалы под ногами перса детальнуть по-более ну и бэкграунд с горами продетализировать - чтоб казалось, что там много гор.... ну вроде вот!

    Вобщем Удачи!!!

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    Beautiful pencil work. Ur very clean and i love your drawing of that parking lot, i love it. Keep posting more! Keep posting more. Comment back if you want, thanks.

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    NewmanD: Да уж, согласен, надо бы добавить деталей... Просто уже и так намного больше времени потратил на ету работу чем планировал, но наверно все-таки вернусь к ней на выходных. Спасибо за советы!

    DaStreets: Thanks, I'll keep posting for sure

    And speaking of, here are some sketches I did earlier, but only now got scanned. This is supposed to be an ultra aero-efficient 3-wheel car concept, we'll see where it goes from here...

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    Your work is coming along quite nicely. From the start of your SB to now I see some mega improvements. Practice definitely does pay off. Awesome work.

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    nice car designs! the portraits are looking great. keep it up

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