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    The "Band Wagon"

    Hey, I'm Conner H. I'm 17 waiting to attend college where I'll be doing Art & Design. I hope to find a career in Art/Design, I find it hard to progress I'm losing face.


    This is just an unfinished batman piece, I wont be finishing it.
    The "Band Wagon"

    The second is a failed CHOW piece.

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    My Weird Process...

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    Hay man! you should post more often The batman is looking good, only his face needs more reds, now the skin looks rather dead to me. You should also start drawing from life or ref, and studying anatomy. Keep it coming!

    cheers mate!

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    right on!!!! you gotta sketch book lets see some mo updates'

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    update!
    I know you're drawing. D:

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    Erm, first update in too long. This is the beginning of me posting more often.

    Excuse the quality I don't have a scanner. And the damn phone is 2Megapixels so it's pretty crappy.

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    Just some crap... I want to improve but, I find it hard to draw just to draw. I need reason. And drawing like this isn't within reason.

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    you need a reason? Oo
    you posted that you want to be a concept artist ... well, if that's not reason enough to keep up your work ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarkys View Post
    you need a reason? Oo
    you posted that you want to be a concept artist ... well, if that's not reason enough to keep up your work ...
    I understand what you mean. But drawing just to improve is really hard. I need a reason for that actual drawing. To be honest I don't know what to draw. Or what type of effort to dedicate to that piece:

    Should I Draw real objects at full quality with every single drawing?
    Should I draw Real objects at sketch quality?
    Draw fictional characters at full quality?

    I have no idea, just kind of lost. I don't know

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    Sorry, double post. Browser went weird.

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    don't get discouraged...
    i totally understand what you mean when you say drawing is so much harder when it's just to improve. it almost seems like a waste of time. but as we know, it isn't. i find, and i know everyone's different, that as soon as i lay the pencil/stylus down and make my first marks, it brings me in immediately. the tough part is actually sitting down and deciding what to draw. i like to watch tv until i get excited about something, like i was watching a WWII documentary and all of a sudden wanted to draw a sniper...

    find what works for you, you have the ability. if you find long drawings more satisfying, do those. if you get impatient and want to start something over/new, do that.

    whatever route you take, it's going to take time. do fan art of metal gear solid if you have to, but do something. it keeps your motivation going and your mind fresh to constantly be producing SOMETHING. good luck, hope this ridiculously and unnecessarily long post helps.

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    KonnA,
    you signed up to ConceptArt and started a sketchbook - thats a start! Use it as a reason to draw! Give yourself the challenge of posting 3 times a week (or more). You don't work? That gives you even more time to draw.

    I promise you, practise practise, practise - it is the only way to become the best. And even when you have got your career, you will still want to improve.

    My suggestion, is start by taking a subject, say Batman, and break him down into all of his anatomical forms. Spend a week learning the proportions of the body, another for the head, another for the hands. Understand the anatomy. Draw him in different poses. Learn how clothes drape over the body. Throughout the process, you will have a plethora of small sketches which will all help you in creating a bigger, more detailed image. With time, you won't need to rely on source material as much.

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    Thanks for the motivation guys ai REALLY do appreciate it. I mean I know almost 99% of other artists and such are like me. They just get lost sometimes. I mean at this point in my life im thinking about the rest of it. Not about now, it's hard to focus on something and stick with it, your scared that you'll waste your time. And then it'd be to late. It's all fear really.

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    Good start. Keep working!

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    I done these, I screwed Sakura's Face =[ And the Clint Eastwood studies are tiny so it's hard to really draw the detail properly. My idiotic ideas ;D

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    An update. 2 hand studies!

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    Hey keep up the good work, the hand studies are looking great. Keep up with those, and eventually it becomes second nature. Keep experimenting with different line weights too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strings View Post
    Hey keep up the good work, the hand studies are looking great. Keep up with those, and eventually it becomes second nature. Keep experimenting with different line weights too.
    Thank you for your uplifing words sir! =D

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    hey, good to see old Clint Eastwood sneaking in on your sketchbook there, the hand studies are promising.

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    Derbz, thanks man! Clint is the man

    Update ALERT: OMG. I done some. I found my mechanical pencil and fell in love with drawing again.

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    Hey man.

    I think you need to change your goal. You sound like Eeyore from Winnie the pooh.

    I'm also not a spring chicken anymore but I kicked any goals that put pressure strain or hopelessness on my mojo.

    Kick it and figure out how you can have fun and enjoy what you are doing regardless where it might take you. That I think is the only crit you really need for now. Good pressure is discipline but also the energy and the frame of open wonder to give something a good whack and that should be free from all other negative baloney sitting on your shoulder. like a kid that wakes up in the morning, he learns and looks at the world wide eyed and at the speed and rate it comes naturally. Motivation should be simple, like the opportunity to perhaps improve something today. Dedication, get addicted to the stuff you get from the previous sentence. Satisfaction, same thing, rather have small personal kicks and measure your own work against itself not against Leonardo's or some art master, take crit and satisfaction down separate tubes you need both but one should not affect the how high you may get from the other.

    Good luck.

    PS. The character in post #2. That skin flaking thing gave me the willies. I might borrow that effect some time in the future. I think his skin becoming all flaky and papery is the stimuli. Wuuuuuuuiiiiiiiii!!

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    Zaorr: Thanks man, thanks for the heads up. Lately I've just been drawing to draw and it's been fun. It's usually best if I have something to draw I can draw it and move on! It's when I don't have anything to draw. Right now I'm just drawing every odd picture in an anatomy book.

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    Another update:

    Omg, taking a picture of the back was terrible. SHINEH ON MAH PAPER!!!

    Erm, my desk and hands are covered in pencil. =[ I'm quite happy on the outcome too!

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    yay studies.
    more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a la bapsi View Post
    yay studies.
    more!
    More on the way!!!

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    Keep the studies coming, man. You'll improve without even realizing it, then you'll be thumbing through your older stuff (a few months from now), and suddenly shit bricks.

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    Just a character. I need a scanner.

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    Knees could be placed higher up and the lower legs could be slightly elongated. Not a bad start for the chest/crossed arms. I might suggest going to the hands and figuring out a way to represent them going back in space, through line or a value shift darker, etc.

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    Anatomy studies! thats all you need and then draw from life/photos.

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    Oh damn , sry m8 love to say it looks great , but you need to put more hear into it , and need to understand the basics of anatomy before you go and do barbarians and army men ^^, that what a old teacher said to me a long time ago . Spend more time on drawing and getting comfortable with what you have in your hand then looking at other peoples art of an answer . Sry if I was kinda harsh , but this problem is general , and it's a pity cuz you have potential

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