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April 30th, 2009 #1
Struggling to become an Artist! at 19 XD
This is my journey to become an artist, without any formal training, from scratch! My name is Adam, and i'm 18 years old.
Well, if joined CA i think a year to a year and a half ago and started a sketchbook that fell fastly into obscurity partyl because i lost intrest in artwork, namely because i went to ca for inspiration but i never really recieved much in terms of comments or assistance, however i'm back with a more positive outlook!
I've recently been doing timed sketches and attempting to practice anatomy (so no need to inform me of it hehe XD)
Ive done non digital artwork with acrylic/canti/ and charcoal mediums for around 2 years and ive been doodling all my life, I've had a long long history of photoshop use, however that was attested to making signatures for forums which isnt really fine arts imo, and after having boughten a tablet and seeing all the amazing talent you guys have it inspired me to try, against all odds, to improve my art in an attempt to become a better, legitamite artist. Heres some of my work so far:
Change pictures to attract a crowd! 09/09/09
So, this is going to be a long and extensive journey, and i'm going to need some help along the way, for my artistic performance isnt all that great atm, so any comments, words of advices, inspiration, anything, please post it
I'll attempt to update everyday either with sketches, project updates, or information.
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May 1st, 2009 #3
If you're not learning value along side your other studies, please do.
Otherwise these are good starts. At least you're doing hand studies.
[ I can't will myself to figure it out ]
The crit piece could probably use more progress to be commented on.
It's what is in your head at that time that you have to jot down quickly.
Otherwise you lose it. (For me at least)
May 1st, 2009 #4
Did some more sketching today from observation of a compilation of pictures of samurai that i found on Mr Spect's chow team sketchbook:
May 1st, 2009 #5
Everyone start from somewhere. Your samurai sketch got a nice composition there.
I suggest getting proportion correct when you do any drawing as a well proportionate object is important in ensuring everything looks right.
Keep it up and wish you all the best!
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May 1st, 2009 #6
May 4th, 2009 #7
Well after a long weekend at the wifes house i'm back with a couple sketches a day, might start some timed speed paintings of environments and thumbnail speedies etc.
These studies are from loomis, (popularly refered to around here) and i did a sketch of his character pointing at the sketches that i had done from his book, plus a sketch up of Atlas, just a sketch i figured i might use sometime on a speedy or something.
I'll post up how my first original digital piece is coming later on tonight, ive got most of the reallly rough work done so i could show everyone how it looks and get some feedback.
Decided i'd just post it now and show you all, mind you the marching men bellow are basically just silloettes of themselves right now but,....
Heres my first really developed digital work so far....
Last edited by adammelo; May 4th, 2009 at 02:50 PM.
May 4th, 2009 #8
Hey Adammelo, thx for the comment, this last work you're working on looks realy intresting, you can realy tell what is happening and what the situation is, for the painting part try to hide the line-art layer, this is usefull in the beginning of the painting but once your a bit further you should hide it, in the beginning it may not look that good but it's giving you a better look on how to put more contrast in your work and by working the lines away your work will comme out more realistic
keep it up!
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May 4th, 2009 #9
youve got a nice grasp of alot of stuff
especially in the color one.
keep up your long frustrating trip
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May 4th, 2009 #10
And doing some apples, books, still lifes pretty much.
Training my eye lids to do the 'Squinting' technique.
(Simplifying what your eyes sees into manageable blocks for canvas)
My eye lids can't keep still though. It's terrible, plus, I like taking
naps, so I fear I might knock over while trying to squint.
Squinting technique, I couldn't find much on Google, but basically
it's closing your eyes enough to have your lashes cover your sight
enough to simplify values/colours/detail.
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May 4th, 2009 #12
Your figures are quite believable, the anatomy practice shows! The samurai' are my favorite.
View my sketchbook and leave some comments!
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May 5th, 2009 #13
Bornlivedie - Thanks for the support, glad to see my practicing is paying off
Grandmassa Mr. Spect - Thanks for teh continued support on my jouney
dwardo - I'll try teh squint technique! lol
loadedpencil - Thanks for the support, glad youll be there too see me threw the long and winding road
I'll update in the morning with more sketchwork, and possibly some speedthumnails and environment attempts XD