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    An aesthetic view - updated Jan 17, 2011

    Im starting this sketchbook at a crossroads period in life. The journey has been rocky and fun up to now. Working as a 3d artist in the game industry has been my dream for a few years now. However, I've come up short. My motivation lacks, i get lazy, and not much work gets produced. Add to that all the life distractions i get myself sucked into and it has been quite disappointing to find time flying by with nothing getting done. So, today I'm here in conceptart.org to re-live my artistic roots and build my skills to a higher degree. i feel that the instant gratification taken from traditional drawing far outways the hours of tediousness it takes to create 3d art. Im not quiting 3d art but I feel my main motivation might be here with traditional art. Since traditional and 3d are interelated, where knowing how to draw makes u a better 3d artist, i thought i would discipline me further in traditional and then make the move into 3d again. So here today on, april 4, 2009 im starting a DAILY updated sketchbook.
    Plz feel free to critique, comment, compliment, or say whatever comes to mind while viewing. Hope u enjoy

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    Looking to be goal minded in my approach to getting better. At this point i've had one college art course. I've lurked through conceptart.org off and on, so I'm aware of the basic area's where i need to start. Things like anatomy, gesture, figure, and reference. I own one book atm, Anatomy for fantasy Artists by Glenn Fabry.

    Here are samples of where Im at now -

    all from reference:
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    worked on these this morning. All reference. think i will need to start studying anatomy very soon. my proportions seem to be off when drawing around the ankles and wrist.

    law enforcement
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    Took about 2 hours to paint
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    Had a question. Would like to know how to post a pic in the sketchbook lobby so its it shows next to my thread. how does that work? thanx.

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    Been a couple of day's, however i've been sketching. here are the results.

    more infantry reference and hope u can recognize the suit.
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    update on earlier work
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    I like the intentions you have set for yourself; that's good. You've got to have some kind of a plan; structurelessness is a form of tyranny and it will cripple you.

    Keep doing those traditional drawings. If you wanna be good at 3D art then it would be in your best interest to have a solid traditional foundation. If you have that it'll definitely put you ahead of the game. A lot of people getting into digital art don't have that foundation, they just jump straight into digital.

    Draw from life. Seek out figure drawing sessions that are offered by the public; maybe from local art studios or local colleges (state or community). Photo references can be helpful but don't rely on them too much, i.e. don't copy them; your pictures will look flat.

    Check out George Bridgman, Andrew Loomis, Glenn Vilppu, Burne Hogarth and Robert Beverly Hale for starters. These guys were/are masters of what they do and are a great resource.

    If there's anything else I can help you with let me know. Just keep rocking for now and just don't stop drawing. Just draw at least 3 hours a day and you will notice changes real soon.

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    Wow, nice updates. You have a good sense of color. But do remember, low saturation goes hand in hand with value. Some of your colors are still kinda muddy though.

    When you feel lazy, look at this sketchbook.
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...9&goto=newpost

    Keep up~

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    Not enough done, but its something

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    Peetaer - thanks for commenting I plan to check on the books u mentioned.
    A basic knowledge of anatomy should propel my skill level up a lot. So, Im anxious to get started.

    Aaron Death - thanks. glad u like them. im still working on the bg for the girl w/ her leg up piece. It's been more challenging than the girl. Hope I can reduce the muddiness u noticed. Im sure thats the piece u were referring to.

    here is update sketches from yesterday. done in pen.
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    work in progress updates.
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    a few sketches. have to get more motivated here.
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    hey more updating. this is a freehand sketch, and starting the painting part.
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    here are some sketches from this morning. going to start a routine of sketching in the morning everyday.

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    Got a some more sketches. Also went on and ordered a couple of new art books. Head and Figure - Jack Hamm, Anatomy And Drawing - Victor Perard. Hoping these can give me a stable foundation for correcting my anatomy issues. Should b here middle of this coming week. Can't wait! : )

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    Do you frequent strip clubs often? Many (but not all) of your sketches look like it. (Just curious)

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    FightingSeraph - LoL Yea. It seems that way. I get the hint. Draw other stuff. i get it Unfortunately this update has more strippers.

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    here are more sketches. drawn from reference. leaving the girls alone for awhile.
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    Great work, human figure looks very well studied, keep it up.

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    Icedearth15876 - thanks for commenting. like drawing people the most out of anything else.

    Hey, new sketches. All from reference again. should b getting books tomorrow so can start anatomy studies.

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    This is definitely a WIP, thought twice about showing it so early.
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    more sketches. a couple were from reference and the smoking soldier was from my head. didn't like how the eyes came out; there off center. the face in the middle is suppose to be Mike Towle, the soldier who gave up his NFL career to go fight after 9/11. the width of his face came out too short. other then that i think its an improvement over passed attempts.

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    Very nice schetches, if u wanna studie the anatomy for the human body
    i suggest u take a look here: http://www.posemaniacs.com/

    You can chose either wich stance and rotate it in a good direction.

    keep it up

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    Good to see you drawing full figures and stuff.
    But try doing some research in studying anatomy..
    There are a couple of very nice books you could study from.
    Authors as Andrew Loomis , Hogarth, Vilppu or Bridgman could be a real outcome for you.
    The figures you create out of imagination arent very strong.
    Most of them have wrong proportions and look very stiff.

    Take some time to do some research and some reading about drawing the human figure.
    Knowledge is power And it would also become easier for you to put down something that is right.

    Well good luck!

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    You should try to stop 'petting' your lines. It's better to make one good line than twenty not so good. It will also make your work look more harmonious

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    thanks for commenting.

    tobbA - i find i do that often. will try harder to loosen up my lines. thanks for the noticing that.

    Evil _comrad - thats an amazing site. will use it often. thanks

    rogerb - i have loomis ebook website linked, and just got n anatomy book by victor perard. Perard is looking good so far. will post up my anatomy studies this week.

    this page is the result of a tutorial for drawing the head in 6 freehand steps. Also did The eye and ear - in steps too.
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    some self drawings from picture reference
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    here is an update on earlier work. trying to learn something about painting cloth.
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    Nice! You are a brave guy with all the girls, in my opinion the hardest subject of them all. I really like the soldiers in the beginning, they read good - I want to draw some soldiers myself wanting to do a ww2 motive of some sort.

    I saw a guys digital paintings here years ago that kinda set me on to digital painting, it was all ww2 paintings of tanks in fields, soldiers in hiding and so on... beautiful work. Been wanting to to something similar since then. Anyone know of who I speak? (of course not)

    See you around E4sy.

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    CastorFiber - for me the soldiers are more challenging w/ all there pockets, ammo, weapons, and other accessories. guess it depends on your style of drawing as to how difficult different items are to draw. thanks for stopping thru. l8r

    back to the ladies again. drew them from reference using Victor Perard method. think there is improvement. my head anatomy definitely needs work.
    any crits or comments are appreciated. Probly will digi-paint the one on the left.
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    here is another update for today. trying and get this Perard method down.

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    hey, did an hours worth of 5 minute sketches. It took time to loosen up, but by the end of the hour my speed and the results improved a bit. so will definitely do these more often.
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    Hey man. Try getting a cleaner line instead of laying down loads where one would do. Just keep going

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    SamC- hey thanks for commenting. yea i am trying to break the habit. need to go to more AA meetings.

    below are freehand from present
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    below is a start on anatomy - the skeleton
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    below is some old freehand drawings
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    Hey easy
    Well your doing pretty good, nice studies but like sam said aim for clearer lines.
    You asked about advice in studying anatomy, well a mixture of drawing from the book and reading it is necessary. Drawing from the book is much more important, but when you read it makes much more sense because you realise it's uses etc etc.
    Breakdown the anatomy, first learn proportions, for this I would recommend Andrew Loomis, figure drawing for all it's worth. Check out the way bridgeman and hogarth do it as well too.
    While studying proportion keep up the drawings your doing from ref, these will help with applying the proportion and also do alot of drawings from mind to apply some more.
    After your done with proportion and the ref figures you'll have a basic idea of what the human form looks like, now you move onto the skeleton to realize where the bones are and why stuff looks the way it is. I'll explain this in more detail later for now just focus on the proportions because they are so important
    Keep at it

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    good sketches - your characters are quite nice.

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