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    Back to the Bones

    Well, so I'm here. I've been a registered member for about a year now, and growing more and more and even more intimidated by all you crazy-good artists out there...and finally have started to work up the nerve to do something about it. I have a working gallery here http://cyan-liblikas.deviantart.com but not much otherwise in the way of inspiration, encouragement, or downright motivation to get to work, so, I've read a couple of these very inspirational sketch threads and thought I'd start my own.

    First off, a little bit about me. I took private art lessons for about 9 years while I was growing up, learned very basic basics and worked mostly in copying my teacher's pastel paintings. I'm very good at copying anything in pastels. Problem is, I've never learned to draw anything on my own and my copied paintings have no spark of real life, MY art, to them, so I've been at a bit of loose ends for the last couple of years and have let my art slide. But not anymore. I've armed myself with a Wacom, CS3 and Painter X, a huge pad of newsprint and my favorite charcoal pencil. And a few printed Loomis books, which I'm currently beating my head over trying to study right now.

    I am a rampant perfectionist, which I'm sure most of you can identify with, so I aim to cure that fear of imperfection on paper by posting my roughs, my journeywork, my "finished" work that I still find sketchy. I think I have some finely honed instincts going for me, but I'm just now learning the REAL skills it takes to be an artist.

    Oh, and fascinating fact #21: I'm a science fiction writer. I'm not sure if that is relevant to the conversation, but it does make things a bit difficult when I have to divide my time and creative energy between hours of eye-numbing writing and eye-numbing painting. I love them both. But I am making a valiant effort to love them both equally!

    So, without further ado, here is the sketchbook of one Holly Heisey, aka seili, artist-in-training extraordinaire.
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    Welcome to the sketchbook adventure. Where's the art?

    Where did you get your printed Loomis books?
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    And to start off with some basics. These I've done over the past couple of months, I'll try and post them in order they were done.
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    Hi Leonor, thanks for the welcome! Well, there's some art. My Loomis books I can't stand to read onscreen, so I just ended up printing (horrible) copies myself. I really wish they'd reprint them as real books!

    And here's some more sketches, again, in order:
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    My (not so successful) attempts at the last CGSociety Challenge. I first wanted to do Noah's ark, then the perspective construction and sheer weight of all those robotic animals scared me! Then I tried for Sleeping Beauty, but found I don't really know how to draw people. Kind of posed a problem, there...ah well, I learned a lot and it was fun!
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    Nice start! The last image posted reminds me of a van gough. I would like to see you take some of these paintings further.
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    And some more sketches. Experiments in all shapes and forms...
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    Hammed--thanks! I would love to take some of these further too...I'm just waiting for the skills to catch up.
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    And some of my most recently latest. These, I'd marginally call finished paintings, though because they're not real refined and didn't take huge amounts of time, they're probably still sketches...what do you think? These, at least, I'm a bit more proud of!
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    mmm I love your use of colour, so pretty~
    I like the crayon/pencil effect you have in some your paintings? It looks good C: The first painting is your latest post is cute, looks like it could belong to a childrens book, I like it
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    Thanks, Bellachime! I love vivid colors.

    Hmm, it still shows that I'm a pastel artist, doesn't it? Not that that's a bad thing, I love Painter's charcoal pencil and chalk brush. Yeah, the first painting in this latest was an idea for a children's book, but just an idea. I don't have any relative clue for a story other than what's there! May someday it will develop into something else.
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    I really wish they'd reprint them as real books!
    Me too. Why isn't it happening? The demand for them is humongous! It would sell like... Things that sell a lot. (Couldn't think of an analogy )

    The comic with the dog is my favourite. I like the Noah's ark concept with the balloons too.

    Looking forward to see where your studies take you.
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    Loomis books would sell like hotcakes! I know I'd have them all pre-ordered months before they came out. Ah well.

    Thanks Leonor for the compliments and cheering on! I do like the Noah's Ark too. Maybe when I have a better handle on perspective I'll get to making something more of that.

    As for sketches for today...a lot of Loomis studies, and a few of my own studies/designs/sketches. I tried to make a page of capital ship designs, inspired by the awesome tutorial in the 2dArtist magazine, but was astounded at how hard it was to design a ship that didn't closely resemble something already done in Star Trek, Star Wars, or Battlestar Galactica! I will keep trying, though, and I'm sure all this perspective training will really help! Already I'm seeing all this perspective study paying off in how I view my work.
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