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    Yesterday, watching Full Metal Alchemist, it occurred to me to think about what would become of my artsy-fartsy nature if I lost my arm. Surely, my arm was the source of my (not so great as of yet) power, so if I lost it, I'd be back to ground 0, right? But as I continued to contemplate this great depressing conundrum, I looked over what I had to learn to become more skilled. Knowledge of form. Knowledge of anatomy. Knowledge of movement/flow. Knowledge of design. And a whole lot of other stuff that just seems to get more and more complicated. Anyway, the point is that it seems that the actual skill in which you put your pencil to paper with is only one thing- the rest is years and years of mental training and learning. Ain't life grand?

    ANYWAY... here's two versions of a lion head (well I hope you could guess it for yourself). Found a nice reference image when I was watching the opening of Ghostbusters. The lighter version is the original, the darker version is two identical layers overlapping. I don't know which one I prefer, but I definitely still need to work on my contrast skillz...

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    I just started a folder for reference material. One of those 2.5cm ones, and i've got plenty of sleeves to spare for it. I think it's a step in the right direction for any useful images I stumble across that aren't in the digital realm! :0

    Apart from that, IMAGES! I did a shameful drawing of Altair (well, i'd hoped you'd already guessed ) and a few others. Just a rough, and even WITH A REFERENCE IMAGE IT SUX. <sighs> Must do better next time! Heh, most 18 year olds are beyond this stage I think With me, apparently not.

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    nice lion
    for the portrait always start with a basic construction and then add the details, dont just start drawing eyes and etc, it may be a good exercise to draw the basic construction of the head over a photo or reference and then start drawing it (which reminds me, i should do that too ) and for the hair, my teacher always told me to remember not to try and draw it stroke by stroke but in its whole (don't know if my translation to english made any sense or not >.<)

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    Hey NanoBlack, good you got yourself thinking about some things . But don't give up man, just go for it. Keep using references!

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    Havent been uploading much, have sort of “lost” my streak. I'm out of ideas again! Anyway, here's what little I have done.

    Found the feather/blade in the Assassin's Creed game install folder, altered it in a few ways for my desktop. That hooded figure was originally a trace of a posemaniacs figure, and I added the clothes. I need practice coming up with interesting clothing and the human figure anyway, so I figure it isn't cheating too much

    Well, expect 2010 to show a variety of uploads in this section. I got accccepted into the TAFE Game Artist course I tried for- my crappy portfolio of digital art actually got me in! Woho! It starts in, like, TWO WEEKS! Modeling, texturing, animation, concept art, Game Development and Business... (drooling over keyboard) and the demo reels they have put together are stunning. Industry quality, to say the least! Wish me luck!

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    hurray, updates!
    When you're out of inspiration just do some studies, you'll learn a lot from it. And if you wanna do some clothing stuff, in the beginning try to look at reference (irl and not from other paints/sculptures) to really understand where and how it has folds and stuff. It's also different for every type of texture of clothing, jeans will have a lot more "bumpy folds", especially where the knee bends and crotch and etc, than a silk nightdress.

    And grats with the course

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    Yaaay! Lessons have started, and its fun fun fun! Did some work in Maya yesterday, we all attempted to make the same basic model. True failure followed! Also, did some basic art today to get an idea of composition. Oh, and net is uncensored here... WOHO!!!

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    yay you're back! i thought you were abducted by aliens are something
    i liek the stuff you're experimenting with, cant wait to see more in the future.

    btw; they censor internet where you live? O.o

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    Even alien abduction couldn't keep me away from CA permanently!

    Ok, so here's the rest of what little i've done so far. I adjusted the original city thing, making it a little less bent and a little bigger. Also did a larger cityscape, which I might continue later and add some more detail. Seriously, these things were only supposed to be like the first one i did- a rough splash for the background, and a basic foreground. DAMN IT!!!

    OH, and Lav- the primary and high schools have censored net here. Tafe and uni apparently doesn't... mwahahahaha...

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    Just a quick axe model I did yesterday in my Maya lecture session thing. My second session, hope I get better soon!

    Also got a block thing I created with photoshop, but I haven't actually finished yet. It's a peeerrrssssshhhhhpective thing! Used maya to build three basic blocks, imported the image into photoshop and then chopped bits out. Fun fun fun!

    Photoshop/wacom lessons are the best, and so are the maya lessons. The rest are a bit grindy, but that's to be expected. Updates soon!

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    Loomis helps A LOT with heads and faces. Also keep in mind when you draw from observation you want to draw what you see, not what you think you see. it sounds stupid i know but it's important to notice big mass shapes and planes as well as important value shifts. the more studies you do and push yourself to do better than you previously thought you could the more you can bring into your drawings from imagination. Your doing great, keep going!

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    the 3D models are lookin pretty good!
    keep goin girl!

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    been a while since I uploaded, been too sleepy to do much work. And much of what we're doing at the moment is theory.

    But my maya classes are really starting to warm up, I've just finished this car for instance. Was originally a lancia delta, but I decided to pimp it up a little. Now it's a strange hybrid sports car thing...

    More to come!



    OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP I FORGOT TO RESIZE THE CAR!!! Um, sorry.... it was supposed to be a much smaller smaller file...

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    nice 3D stuff, they're not too complex but are looking good, now get some rest and work some more!

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    Just some more stuff I'm doing in class. I think all this perspective work is actually really helping me.

    Got maya today! Sweet!

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    Finished the pipes today! The lecturer helped me figure out the composition. yaaay!

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    pipes are looking good nano!
    did you do the hand drawing in previous post with your hand laying on the paper and then drawing the lines around your hand?

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    Looking good!
    Keep it up!

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    I'm happy to see you're having some perspective studies going . Good luck with the course, but I don't think that will be a porblem, it looks like you're having fun already .

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    Just a strange doodle I did during the early and ungodly hours of LAN, while waiting for something to install. it was consuming a hideous amount of system resources, but was installing at 2x usual speed. Soooo.... i opened up paint, the only program that would run without crippling lag.

    And that car I did earlier. My first texture, woho!

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    hahah you made it an UT car, you really really like that game huh?

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    Oh, and Lav... yeah, i did just trace my hand Sorry, it was a hax! HAAAX!

    Got bored in OHS yesterday, so I started doodling with graphite. Tried to make the blacks black and the whites white. I have serious issues with contrast, trying to fix!!!

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    Nice 3d work, and those latest creatures are especially nice!

    Keep up the hard work, and lets see you crank out some more studies!

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    lol at the car

    Nice recent sketches.. but I would suggest trying to make them feel more 3d. The one at the top left looks a bit like it's a flat 2d piece of embossed material instead of a thick solid form. Instead of soft shading your shadow areas so much, try and establish a solid light source and then even go crazy and make harsh shadows so you can play with form more. Perhaps look into the topics 'core shadow' / 'shadow terminator' to render the shadow edges more volumetrically.

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    hi, NanoBlack,your 3d works are very good! and 2d sketchs also good, keep it ,my friend!

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    Freakmod: yeah, i really need to get used to doing more refined and realistic shadowing It's not exactly my strongest point at this time. Also, the one at the top left started as a curly line with another line comming off it, then a circle thing that turned into an eye, then another line.... You know how these things start!

    Thanks for dropping by, Sublimus and Lal! Your support is appreciated

    Just some more basic 3D work. the texture is a small part of a market stall I'm building for our class level, themed "feudal Japan". A samurai village! The LCD is something I'm doing for the 2nd years of our course.

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    isnt unwrapping a pain in the ass? Would love to see more sketches like the one you did in 142, try drawing on a daily basis

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    Lav: Agreed entirely. Unwrapping that LCD, even though it's only a low poly model, did my head in.....

    here's some work from my class level thing Just unfinished textures. that scene is an enviro the class is doing, we're just painting over a photo trying to get accurate perspective lines and tones.

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    Just some more work on that enviro, and something I did for that LCD screen, but cant remember what its called... makes funky shadowing. This one sort of failed though, will have to get the 2nd Years in to help out.

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    Here's the screen again, without the normal or spec maps. Sorta looks flat and depressing but better than it was before!

    The market stall again, my low poly pile of suck I was too busy getting the screen right(ish) to notice i still had classwork to do...

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