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    Morox Sketchbook

    Hi I'm a digital and traditional artist looking to get better faster. My strengths is that I have a willingness to learn and try new methods. My weakness is drawing from imagination because i'm usually drawing a blank.

    Feel free to leave comments, but in doing so just don't say I like this. Say why you like it and why you dislike it. I appreciate the hospitality of this forum, join me on my journey.
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    I recently submitted this for a local contest and won. I know its wrong to enter contest, but i don't feel like i'm at the level to do commission work.

    Issues i'm aware of with this that i need to work on: Lighting inconsistencies, Imagination sketching, proportions, anatomy at different angles, more dynamic posing instead of static (which i can't figure out how to do from my head), value, story telling, material, better ideas.

    I'm not bashing myself to throw a pity party, i swear. If you have suggestions on how i could correct the things above let me know.



    What I'm up to at the moment is working on badges for a local convention, but i'm super stuck with line work on tablet, so i went straight to paint like i did with the above piece (which probably explains why the anatomy is off).
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    I'm seeing if this size fixes it
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    still didn't, ill get it right eventually lol
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    Welcome to the forum!
    First of all, You must use references! Every good artist has used references. You must build your visual library.
    Second, try to find a creative process that you like. Here is a very good article on process : http://muddycolors.blogspot.ro/2014/...le-part-1.html

    Hope to see more from you! Good luck on your journey!

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    Thanks for the comment. I mostly use references when i'm stuck or in early idea phases. I'll try relying on it even more. Sweet article, now i have some good reading material for the morning. I'll post all my other content as soon as i find a way to get a huge batch of images smaller. Until then, i look forward to talking to you more. I like your profile image btw.

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    Good studies so far.
    About that contest, it depends on the context if it is wrong or not. If it is for a company that will use the artwork for something, it could be "wrong". But yeah I get you want some practice sometimes. I usually only enter contest when they are just for fun and not for some kind of commercial purpose.

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    thank you, i like your profile picture. Yeah i agree with you, if it becomes for a commercial purpose you aren't being payed properly. Think of it as this, any company can have a contest and get 100's of top level work for free and only pick one of the works to pay for. All the people creating the work are creating a standard to not be payed for their work. In the case of noncommercial work i think its fine. Like the contest i did was just for an anime con, for a free badge and prizes. I'm fine doing that because it was easy and gave me a challenge to actually finish something for a change. It really showed me what i could do, if i put my mind to it. ;D

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    Great studies! Keep them coming! Glad you liked my article and my profile picture (I drew it, check my skecthbook ). I am also trying to get my fundamentals right. I found this site: http://drawabox.com/. I recommend it with all my heart; I feel that if you finish this course you would have learned so much! And plus, the guy from drawabox also has a reddit chanel where he gives feedback to the homework. Keep them coming, as i said before

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    thank you, i've heard of this site. I will check it out as soon as i finish studying bridgeman this week.

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    it sucks no matter if the pictures are verticle on my computer, it'll still rotate the image so they all stay the same size when uploaded in bulk. Darn it!!

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    i failed to upload these from last week. I got more, its just going to take awhile to upload the entire sketchbook
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    It is interesting to see how others practice drawing! Keep up drawing, your postings show a nice progress

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    Thanks man

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    Help me?

    I've been having trouble getting on this site for a while. I've had tons of art to post, but everytime i begin to post it crashes or says error with the site. This has lasted since i've joined. My guess is that I got banned for uploading too much art into a post. If this somehow goes through please let me know, I miss this site

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    I just saw on the top of concept art when i refreshed after the post finally went through and it sad ip ban over? Idk what i did or why i was banned but wtf. That explains why i haven't been able to post. If this ever happens again i'm just going to start taking the bus to the library to post because i've had alot to post about and discoveries.

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    Hey everyone! I finally got conceptart to work properly after all these months. I was on an ip ban, but now that it has been resolved I can post everything I've worked on in short bursts (so i don't spam and to save my energy/time).

    Update on the graphic design side of things, I've had 12 interviews for graphic design jobs. I quit the first design job that I may have mentioned on here months back (wasn't very stable). When I quit, I went back to the grocery store I used to work at in Highschool (one that really made my depression bad). All in all its the typical work drama, but I made sure to set my hours low so I can still leave ample time to apply, design, draw, paint, learn, read, exercise.

    I've learned a lot about myself in those months. I'm not as insecure about finding a good job, because that will come in time. It still is scary that i'm not moving on in my life and not moving out of my parents, but I'm already this close to having a design job so something will click. Which is why i'm glad I haven't fully invested my self at my old job otherwise I'd go deeper into depression (especially since its repetitive and demeaning). Overall I use my time at work to imagine myself painting the items i'm stocking.

    Over those months of absence my depression was bad and at an all time critical, but i've learned that I don't have to be where I want right now. I don't even have to be there till i'm 70, what's the rush. Yes there are younger people and peers getting the jobs now, but it isn't about that. You don't always need ridiculous skill to land the job, but it helps to have it. I was trapped in wow everyone in my friend sphere is moving on, getting jobs, houses, having kids, going to different countries, having fun, etc. Once i realized it was a trap, I came to the conclusion that it sucks that those haven't happened to me, but they will. They may not now, but maybe years from now.

    Update on the painting side of things (long update I know, but its also nice to rephrase what happened to myself):

    I discovered that I was way to scatterbrained with studying. I wasn't focused in the ways I would be in a school environment. I would be wrapped up in google searches on how to paint instead of painting, or scrubbing through art forums and looking up how people deal with similar art problems. I was stuck in this mindset that I can't learn because I'm stupid. I had this label that I couldn't escape. I had this idea that I was always learning the wrong way, and that my memory got destroyed from college (training it how to memorize facts and not actually learning). I was scared that I couldn't do stuff from imagination because i couldn't see anything in my head, and I was scared that my efforts are a waste. I came to the realization that these are all excuses and labels I had on myself. I always suspected this to be the case because I had a sense that something was wrong with me. The years of being labeled put me in a box.

    After a long nap before heading to work a 2am shift, I started having a lucid dream. I haven't had a dream for yearssssss. Nothing was clear, but i could still make out what was happening. In this state I chose to bounce from the moments I was labeled. It went on for a couple hours and by the time I woke up I realized that they were all created by circumstance and not me. I just reinforced the circumstance as this is what this person said, it must be right. I have a typical school boy habit of believing every thing i'm told and to put up and shut up. Using this I started to counter my bs thoughts with positive ones. Every time I say I can't, i replace I barely can't. Every time I tell myself I don't have an imagination, I counter and say Its just lost at the moment. Every time I say I'm a bad learner, I counter it with opening a book and writing notes. I have to relearn how to learn the right way, since I wasn't taught how to learn properly. I may be stupid, but at least I try. Sometimes the smarter people give up easily or procrastinate, which leaves an opportunity for the dumber person to achieve. For every negative, there's a positive.

    The last point (sorry this is a journal to me). I had this idea that I was painting wrong my whole art career, i started getting away from lines 4 years ago when I started digital and whenever I would try to go back to using lines I was stuck. For whatever reason when i did stuff going straight to paint with huge strokes, I could somehow refine the chaos. I still learn with lines traditionally, but I've come to accept the limitations of small tablet and not being able to use my whole arm drawing. I may not be able to draw nice lineart or accurately draw something from the get go, but I can refine. If you give me a smudge I can turn it into a face, I don't see a face in my head, i just see where I could insert them in the visual chaos. It's funny that I don't draw as much as I used to, I went from drawing 8 hours a day to maybe an hour if i'm lucky everyday. Mostly because I was just forcing myself to draw and frustrating myself to the point of scribbling reinforcing bad habits. I nipped that in the bud and said drawing should make me happy. I was just in a state of doing it just to do it, i lost the meaning. As a result i'm slowly relearning why i should love it. In being away from it and not being super critical of myself I've gotten better way faster in shorter time. Mainly because I'm starting to enjoy art again. My stuff from this month has been tens times better than the frustrated noodling i would get months ago.

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    This was a quick 35 minute painting, still things to learn. I need to start painting nudes when my family isn't home or saving up for life drawing classes.

    Things to learn:

    Not to be a procrastinator
    Eliminate false thoughts
    Find a way to fill my time
    Enjoying Art and doing it for me
    Painting Spheres
    Line art
    Basic shapes
    Faces
    Portraiture
    Master Studies
    Finishing the current book I'm reading

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    Still have issues with face, value, the sword doesn't make sense, rendering the hand, the elbow is bad and not properly in space. As long as I know what's wrong I can fix it, not going to stress myself out over it like I used to.

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    A quick 45 minute painting. Sorry if i keep listing the time, an older art friend said to list it so clients and yourself know how long it takes to make something.
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    Things that can be worked on, face, hair, creating a space, colors, stockings, feet,etc.

    failed to mention I need to recolor the bra, I added the gray on there at last minute over the original bra. I was going to present this to my drawing group and when i viewed in from a distance on my computer the bra was poorly rendered so it looked like it was her boobs from a distance, so i changed that super fast.

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    this was the first painting I did in February, where i let loose and said not to worry about lines all the time. It helped because it put me in a state of creating what I wanted. That's not dismissing the value of lines but just a personal thing to get me draw period. Lines would help and knowledge of form, all of which i'm struggling with. But i'll figure it out, I'm sure!!!
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    things to improve, legs should be rendered more, car reference, glass reference, lighting, form

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    I had ten minutes to do a quick painting so this is what i cam up with. At least the mood and design is put in place. I need to study composition and environments.
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    My art friend did this sketch and i had twenty minutes to make it better for the drawing challenge.
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    don't get me wrong tons of things wrong with mine. The gesture is bad, the boobs are placed wrong, the arms need to be inserted, i should have redrawn his gun, and the face looks wonky. I'm just proud that I could improve the original in a shorter time without getting fussy.

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    my other art friend wanted me to do a komodo dragon girl for her looking sexy. Once again the usual one hour rule, so I did the best i could in an hour.
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    pose wonky as hell, the arm looks off, needs scales defined, value structure is terrible, detailing the space or creating a space

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    crud i just realized how large the images are! I was in a smaller window when i uploaded so they looked fine. I'm a clutz, I will get on fixing that.

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    I feel like I'm not improving and that my faces and bodies are all too similar. Is there anything that you guys see that I don't see that needs worked on (values obviously, hip placement, shadows, background inclusion, boring face)?

    Besides that do you see anything that I improved at. I sorta feel stuck in learning because i never know how to start poses so i throw paint down until i see something. Studies is the only idea that i have or doing gestures. I don't want to give up at art but i feel so behind and see beginners improving faster. Staying positive maybe I'm a slow learner and absorb things differently. Name:  hella-1.jpg
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