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    Spaggen's beginning of a long journey

    Hello everyone!
    I've been lurking around on this fantastic site for quite some time now so I think it's time for me to start my own sketchbook.

    My name is Patrick and I'm 20 years old. I'm an art student here in Sweden (second week). I've always dreamed of becoming a concept artist and still do, so I'm really gonna take this serious from now on and work really hard. You can expect daily updates (I hope ).


    DAY 1 - 31/08-09 (Villpu's Drawing Manual, Bridgman's Constructive Anatomy and some other studies)

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    My first digital pieces:

    30min
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    This one is based on one of SamsonsReaper's works (I hope it's okey to post this, if not I'll remove it immediately of course). 40-50min
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    Please slaughter me with crits, give me compliments or tips or whatever you believe will help me continue to advance.

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    DAY 2 - 1/9-09

    Some more 30 sec figures:
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    And a mutant sketch. I know the proportions are way off, but it was just a quick one for fun. Probably gonna add some watercolor if I find the time to redo the proportions.
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    Thanks all for the inspiration today, I love this site!

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    you seem to have a keen eye for detail ;D thats great!

    Those 30 sec figures are really cool aswell :o
    And help you to understand movement, if you do 60sec ones try to put in a bit more construction ( ribcage & pelvis ) that would give you some basic sence of constructing and that way you learn 2 things at the same time weee!

    Keep it up man

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    Good studies! You're doing Bridgman as well as posemaniacs, yeah? Good combo

    rogerb has a point.. there is something to be said for getting the whole figure in when doing those quick studies

    In your digital work; try to use some almost uncomfortably large brushes to block stuff in.. Tends to get a little scribbly if you use small brushes and sorta hatch everything.. I'm battling to get a better grasp on how to describe planes without putting in too many small brushstrokes myself.. hehe..

    Keep it up!! Post some school work when you get around to it too!

    dC

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    Thanks alot for your comments, you make me happy. I almost feel like a child on Christmas, "my first comments on conceptart wohoo" haha.

    rogerb - Thank you for your tips and compliments. I'll definitely try some 60 sec ones tonight.

    dCepT - Thanks man. Yes I'm doing Bridgman, Vilppu and posemaniacs. I think all of them make studying really fun. I will not do any digitals for a while now but when I do I promise to use larger brushes hehe. Oh almost forgot, yes I'll post some school work in the future.

    Update later tonight. Cya!

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    I like your digital paintings. I think the one with the eye is awesome. The crushed can is cool as well. Keep it up!!!

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    tdHendrix - Thanks man. Really appreciate it.


    DAY 3 - 2/9-09

    No fancy stuff, just Bridgman studies, and some 60 sec figures as promised.


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    Good night everyone!

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    Great stuff! How long have you been drawing for?

    I have a few suggestions (I'm new to giving advice, so bear with me =P):

    1.) A rule of thumb for painting is to work big to small- block in big portions (main shadows, background, hair as a whole, etc) first, then get finer and finer with the details. It's VERY tempting to start out with all the fine details first, but it leaves room for a lot of hard-to-fix errors.

    2.) Draw from life constantly to keep your sense of visual reality calibrated.

    3.) Draw simple cartoon characters like Looney Tunes or Pokemon, especially when you're first starting out. It may sound backwards and weird, but the simple construction and definite lines helps to train your eyes to symmetry and accuracy, trains your hands for sketching, and forces you into definite linework. Try drawing these for a week, then have a life-drawing session and see how much it improves!

    Besides all this, the two most important attributes any artist needs is motivation and a will to learn, and you've got these down perfect. Keep up the good work =)

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    Great stuff! How long have you been drawing for?

    I have a few suggestions (I'm new to giving advice, so bear with me =P):

    1.) A rule of thumb for painting is to work big to small- block in big portions (main shadows, background, hair as a whole, etc) first, then get finer and finer with the details. It's VERY tempting to start out with all the fine details first, but it leaves room for a lot of hard-to-fix errors.

    2.) Draw from life constantly to keep your sense of visual reality calibrated.

    3.) Draw simple cartoon characters like Looney Tunes or Pokemon, especially when you're first starting out. It may sound backwards and weird, but the simple construction and definite lines helps to train your eyes to symmetry and accuracy, trains your hands for sketching, and forces you into definite linework. Try drawing these for a week, then have a life-drawing session and see how much it improves!

    Besides all this, the two most important attributes any artist needs is motivation and a will to learn, and you've got these down perfect. Keep up the good work =)

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    Sorry 'bout that, computer's acting up =/

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    James Wolf - Thanks man. I will!

    ashamolly - Thank you very much for the compliment and the tips. I've been drawing as long as I can remember. But I started for real when I created this sketchbook four days ago, haha.

    I will update when the problem is solved (later tonight or tomorrow).

    EDIT: Am I the only one who have problems with the connection to this site today? And I can't see any pictures. :/

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    I had the same problem with the pictures not showing up... happens every now and then.. probably some site maintenance goin' on in the wings.. hehe

    Good updates! Keep doing Bridgman and bring the stuff you learn about the major masses into your 60sec sketches When you've done enough of those 60sec suckas you develop a routine and can use the spare time to get in more masses and such

    gogogo!!

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