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    Thumbs up Trying to improve, crit my work if you have the time :)

    Hey guys, thanks for dropping by! I'm 22 and trying to build my skills so I can get into (betchacan'tguesswhat) concept art in the games industry.

    I'm very eager to improve, so don't be shy with critiquing my stuff!

    Oh and if you offer up a comment I'll be sure to return the favor in your sketchbook.

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    Erg... I've spent too much time on deviantArt. Need to get some real life drawings going.

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    Been in a rut, so decided to work on some anatomy, since mine is pretty lacking. Loomis seems like a popular choice, so I started reading through one of his books. Also need practice with the tablet, so did these in Photoshop.

    After that, failed self portrait, quick sketch, unfinished sketch, and a near finished thing and a just started thing.

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    You've got some really night figures, keep working on your digis

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    Lookin' really nice here. Looks like you've got a pretty great grasp on traditional and digital mediums. Keep posting.

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    the expression in the face of the girl of your last artwork is amazing! nice work

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    ooh i totally love that robot armour thing you started there!! the pose is particularly cool!!

    and loomis is one of the best indeed, i've heard that a lot too, and i'll be doing a few sketches from it myself soon!

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    Aww. Nice ones. Really awesome lines you have there. I like your pencil works, but also the last lady is also quite nice looking. And the tree... just love that style in the branches and shadows.

    Hmm... the lady that cleans those legs... I think that her hands may be different sizes, like her upper arm would be way bigger than the other. Also the toes of the man look perhaps bit bulky, so you could perhaps try to draw more legs in general. I mean, that even the next image is cut just above his legs without any apparent reason.

    Anyways, wonderful start. Keep posting, I want to see, where you're going.

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    Yes, legs are probably the most frustrating part of human anatomy for me to draw, I need to spend more time focusing on those. Thanks to everyone for the feedback!

    Time for an update (I apologize for the mega-post and some of the big files...), I'll start off with something a little different, my 3D models from last semester. I don't plan on going real heavy into 3D work, but I've found it is very helpful to have a basic understanding. These are all done in Maya. The Phone, Headset and Car are not my designs, but the jet and frog are. You can tell how much of a beginner I am by how much I over-indulged in some effects.






    And here are some sketches I've done over the last weel or so (I don't have a scanner, so they're a little warped):




    Here's a few pages for a graphic novel I did a few months ago:

    Here's an environment WIP that knowing me, I probably won't finish:

    Here's a chibi-ish self portrait:

    Here's some hand drawn things from the last school year. I have a lot more, I just never find the time to scan them while I'm at school:

    Combination of Pink Floyd and Tamara de Lempicka:

    Pink Floyd and Van Gough:

    Pink Floyd and Mary Grandpre:

    And finally, Pink Floyd and Picasso:



    whew...

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    I don't feel comfortable enough to advance any further with Loomis (gotta draw a bunch more manakins!), but started to work through some Vilppu. Sadly no model, so had to base the gestures on my imagination:

    illustrations:



    Dumb question ahead: Alright, so I'm 20, and based on what you've seen so far, do you think I'm behind most concept artists for my age? I kinda feel like I am, but I wondered what others thought. I'm going to work hard to get better either way, but if I'm behind the average for my age then I guess that's a little extra motivation.

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    nice art
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    keep it up

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    Thanks, Abductee, I appreciate your looking through

    Here's some more Vilppu, followed by some random sketches to make sure I don't lose my fun. I'm only in the beginning stages, but I'm really happy with how well Vilppu and Loomis's approaches compliment each other, they both have something to offer that makes the other a bit easier to grasp.




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    What I admire is how animated your characters are, how they flow and don't just stick together. Even with the emotions, they just fit the face. I really admire your cartooning skills. =)

    And it looks like you got a grasp of anatomy through the human form and not all the muscles and bones and all that, which is pretty bad ass. Maybe you did draw all that, I just don't see any of it, but its all good.

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    I actually started out trying to learn more about drawing correct muscles and it was just really frustrating. Nothing seemed to flow, everything was stiff (you can see some of those sketches earlier in the thread). I'm now taking a step back and trying to go for a more flowing overall figure, so I'm glad that you were able to notice that.

    Thanks much for the comment!

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    More Vilppu studies, "V" noting figures copied directly from Vilppu. I notice mine are mostly too lanky.



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    totally love your onion!! what brush did you used in the final step btw? it has texture to it, no

    and doing loomis in photoshop...why didn't i think of that!?!?! gonna try this

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    It's a brush from one of Whit's downloads... don't remember which. :|

    And yeah, Photoshop is great for doing figure studies, although I still do most on paper.

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    That is one awesome onion! The difference of the colour temperatures in the reflections (where the light reflects from the ground to the underside of the onion) is really good. I'd love to see a still-life or too



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    Nice little sketchbook you have here, like your onion. I'd say keep working on the structure of your figures, you know how it's done but it could be a little more exact now and then. My apoplogies if i sound too pedantic :l

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    Definitely agree with you, walnut (on the precision part).

    Sorry for the lack of updates. Hopefully I'll get some sketches up soon. Meanwhile, here's my 2nd newborn submission:


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    I really like that figure in the last picture, it seems to move and be very mobile! Great work on the guy in jeans above that too.

    Those Vilppu learnings look great too, I'll really have to look into that.

    Maybe some more character work...? You do such great faces and bodies so far, I'd like to see a person develop from it more.

    edit: oh dear, my English is really bad today... I'm sorry!



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    "Limited drawing skills are OK if they are offset by a fearless commitment to putting images on paper."

    "I mean, What is a chair? It's an anti-gravity device." Glen Keane

    "The difficult part is continuously realizing when you've stopped enjoying the process, and re-aligning yourself. It's kind of like meditation/being an art ninja..." ceddo
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    I was going to say awesome life studies/gestures, then I saw the onion. KILLER ONION!

    Great job, keep it up!

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    Hey, great SB.

    I love how well your poses flow. Looking forward to more. ^^

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    well done renders on the apple and onion, i admire your ability to push things as far as you are
    I d like to see the same done with your imaginary work. keep it simple, it will help.

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    I fell in love with those pink floyd tributes...they were awesome!

    Check out the sketchbook,you know you want to...it has airbrush and other cool stuff in it!
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=166335
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    Thanks for the comments everyone! Been a while since I updated due to spending most of my recent drawing time on Team Chow and my daily SPs... need to get this SB back on track :|

    I was getting kind of frustrated with how stiff my figures continue to look, so I did some gesture drawings from imagination this morning to try and loosen up. If anyone has any recomendations of where I can find live models online that would be good to study for these, let me know

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    So I'm currently on the conceptualizing stages of 2 graphic novels. The first one is Liberty East, and features a character I've posted here several times (dude with the tie, along with some other characters). I've gotten pretty far with the story, but it's becoming a bit too convoluted, has last focus, and I've noticed is becoming kind of derivative story wise. Also, it's designed to be a three part epic story... so when I invest into it, I want to have skills enough that I know I'll be happy with the end results.

    In the meantime, I've begun a shorter story that I would like to finish by senior year (just started my junior year) if it keeps developing in a way that I like. The concept is based on society's perception of science... hopefully I won't lose track of my main idea. Here are some sketches for the lead character and a logo. Critique on either would be great.



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