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    krels sketchbook - Learning to draw..eventually ;c

    Omg, school, I hate thee ;( Need to draw moooooore! 1 AUGUST 2010

    Sketching and getting started with (digital) painting. JUNE 2010

    ..moving on to muscles. 7 MAY 2010

    Serious bone studies are go. 4 APRIL 2010

    Knee-deep into Vilppu.. 20 FEB 2010

    School hell is over for now! Lets get some studies done! 1 FEB 2010

    Holiday break is over, but school is keeping me busy with everything but drawing.. 7 JAN 2010

    The SB takes a break for XMAS! Have a great holiday everyone! 22 DEC 2009

    Almost been 4 months and not alot of progress to be honest. Gotta work harder. 10 DEC 2009





    Tally ho,

    On the 22th of August 2009, I realized that I want to become a Concept Artist.
    This is my quest to get there eventually.
    As Im still a beginner when it comes to everything art, please give me advices that can push me in the right direction. Anything would be of great help to me.

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    Do you have a tablet / photoshop etc? If you do, have you tried a still life yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by surrealitycheck View Post
    Do you have a tablet / photoshop etc? If you do, have you tried a still life yet?
    Hey surrealitycheck, thanks for posting!

    Yes, I do have PS/Illust, and I also happened to pick up a (small, think its A6) tablet the other day. Ive tried using it alittle and I actually feel more "natural" using the tablet than a pencil.

    However, it feels like I get ahead of myself if I go digital without learning the basics in drawing. Or atleast thats the impression I get from listening to people on CA and elsewhere.
    I dont really understand how values work yet. Or I do in theory, but I cant get it to look right. And I have problems seeing where light comes from if I dont use a clear reference. Not to mention my lack of knowledge when it comes to anatomy.
    Taking this into consideration, I feel like I wont get very far with a tablet, no?

    Remember, this is just what I heard and feel. I have no real first hand experience, so feel free to correct me.



    Anyway, decided to start some Loomis studies. Will update with results later.

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    Some parts look kinda wonky but overall happy with it. Girls next..

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    you've got talent. just keep practicing and drawing as often as possible, I'm sure you will improve really fast.

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    iphigen: wow, really? Having a hard time beliving that, but still makes me happy to hear. Thanks!

    Did some more studies of the whole body. Feels like im learning a thing or two about proportions.

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    Some more studies. Tried not to measure too much. Faces look weird. Hate arms.

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    So far so good, have you tried using posemaniacs? if not, be sure to check it out, it's great for anatomy

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    Just keep on keeping on. You might want to check out "The Natural Way to Draw" it's basically a guidbook to drawing with exersizes and really structured lessons. It's intense but I think it would be of extrodinary benefit to you. It's pretty cheap. 10 dollars or so on Amazon. There's also "Keys to Drawing" which I have not read but my drawing teacher raves about. Might be worth picking up. It's good to see that you're already tackling people. A book I read that helped me a lot with drawing when I was younger (ha. That makes me sound terribly old. I am 18! ahh!) was Drawing on the Right side of the brain by Betty Edwards. It doesn't so much teach you how to draw as it helps you to understand how to see (which will improve your drawing). Don't be afraid of doing anything wrong, just keep throwing things down and you'll keep improving. And yes! Check out Posemaniacs.com. Have fun with it.

    And still life: A still life is just a setup of objects, can be anything, usually just everyday things in your house. You could do, for example, a desk still life, just a stapler, a roll of tape, and some post it notes, or whatever else you like, and draw. Traditionally still lifes consist of fruit or flowers

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    Just two weeks? You got some talent man. Keep practicing and studying every day and you'll do fine!

    I'll definitely keep an eye on this one.

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    Thanks for the kind comments everyone!
    And yeah, im trying to do some posemaniac quickies every day. It helps me not to worry too much about what I draw, and just draw. Good practice.

    Spaggen, like your Bridgman studies! Looking awesome.
    Btw, where in sweden do you live? Im from Småland originally.

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    Wow, this is really inspiring to me, my story is almost identical to yours. Ive been trying to make games for like 5 years and now at the age of 21 i decided the only job that will make me truly happy every day doing it, is concept art. I have a lot of the same questions you do, but there one above all else that keeps passing through my mind, "How long will it be before im good enough to get paid for this". Im 21 now, but i suck, so what happens now? Work my ass off for 5 years and see how it goes? what if 5 years isn't enough? what if it takes 10?

    It might seems like a funny question to ask, but in all seriousness if someone spent every waking hour dedicated to getting good, how long until that's person was good enough to get hired? Is it worth working a minimum wage job for 10 years just to have the change of happiness in the future?

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    Trying to keep up with one update / day. One page is not much of an update, but its been a busy weekend.
    Doing alot of posemanic aswell, but I cba to post that. Looks awful (:

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    Tried out the Wacom today. Super fun!

    Edit: Ghaa, too big. Resized..

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    More fun times with the Wacom!
    I need to learn some basics in digital painting. Right now Im just painting away and hoping for the best.

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    therefore that you are a "complete beginner" you are way better than i am.
    You sure got the talent!
    well the best way to learn to draw is to draw
    kinda sounds stupid...

    Keep it up!

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    Thanks sarbro! (:

    Been way too busy lately. Not good at all.
    Was able to get some Loomis studies done atleats.

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    More Loomis.
    Doing alot of digital lately. Will post something..eventually.

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    looking great man - try working from life/or pictures of people as well, copying drawings other drawings isent what you want to be doing in the end i hope
    life drawing would be the best but i think pictures are at least a bit more interesting than already made drawings.
    mix it up a bit and have fun mate

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    Thanks for the comment Jofx. Really like your sketchbook-stuff! Naked ladies ftw (:

    Tried to draw a banana digitally today. First time I try to draw from life and I encountered a few problems.

    Im really unhappy with how it turned out. (Looks awful.)
    But im posting it anyway. Hopefully you guys can push me in the right direction.

    Problems:
    -I made this on and off for about 6 hours. The banana got alot darker while I painted and I didnt know how to tackle that. Very frustrating. (The banane was rather black to begin with. Will try something more fresh next time.)
    -Colors dont look like I think they do. Think my mind fucks with me.
    -Shadows. Im afraid to make em too dark, and they turn out looking bleh.
    -Lights and darks in general. Think im afraid of overdoing it and instead it turns out very blase.
    -Step 1. Sketch. Step 2. Block in colors. Step 3. ??? Im supposed to refine those colors, but I dont really know how. Feels like I want to go into detail too early.


    Where did I go wrong? Feels like I did okay until picture2-3, but I probably shouldve blocked into other colors than just the yellow.
    As I said, the banana was much much more yellow at the start. Surprised it can change that fast..

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    Better? :s

    I need to pick less weird fruit. (And improve..)

    And yes, the shadow is all sorts of fucked up. Please, someone, explain how you make a shadow.

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    Today: An egg.
    I tried to blend like crazy this time, zooming in quite a bit. Dont know if its good or bad. Feels like you overblend it. Kind of smudges alittle.

    Except that colors are slightly off, and the dark part to the right looks weird, what should I concentrate on? Any tips in particular?

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    Some thumbnails.

    Yes, limbs are pointy. Ive heard people say you shouldnt use KChens style without "understanding" it, but it seems like a good way to practice proportions without putting too much effort into details.

    About half of them are from observation, the others from imagination. You can probably tell which is which (:

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    Tried a Garlic this time. Very hard to get the colors right with all the light greys.
    This time I tried to never zoom in more than 100% and it feels like it paid off.

    During the end of those I always get alittle too eager to get it "done". Feels like I learn so much during the 4-5 hours it takes to make em that I rather use that newly discovered knowledge on a new painting than going over and fix whats broken with the current one.

    Shape! I still dont get it. I try really hard to get the overall shape right from the beginning, but somehow I always fail hard. May have to do with my lack of knowledge when it comes to traditional drawing. Having a hard time measuring shapes and lenghts with my eyes.

    EDIT: Just noticed..looks like fukken cream with a piece of butter on top. Ghaa, need to practice.

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    Some spheres. Trying to understand how it works.

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    You know what's funny? I've been drawing pretty much my whole life (and drawing seriously for about three years) and I only learned how to draw a ball two days ago. Isn't that weird? I can paint a still life of a woman in acrylics with all the tones but I couldn't draw a ball!

    So don't forget to work on perspective, too. Draw your desk or your room or a guitar looking at it from the bottom, whatever! The book "Perspective Made Easy" is good for learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherry_Cheesecake100 View Post
    You know what's funny? I've been drawing pretty much my whole life (and drawing seriously for about three years) and I only learned how to draw a ball two days ago. Isn't that weird? I can paint a still life of a woman in acrylics with all the tones but I couldn't draw a ball!

    So don't forget to work on perspective, too. Draw your desk or your room or a guitar looking at it from the bottom, whatever! The book "Perspective Made Easy" is good for learning.
    Haha, thats kind of encouraging. Thanks for posting in my humble sketchbook (:

    Would you say my ball "works"? Does it look convincing?

    I will definitly work on perspective! Going thru Loomis now, and by that Im starting to draw some human studies in perspective.

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    More anatomy and perspective studies.

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    Another sphere. Tried to copy one of Briggsys spheres to the best of my ability. Not happy with how it looks, but it was a good study. Harder than the first ones.


    Tried some environment thumbnails after that. And realized I dont have the patience for that tonight. Off to bed..zzZ

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    Haha, your "balls" look fine, nice and round! You can try drawing them with different light sources like from the side, the bottom, the very top, ect. I haven't started trying different light sources myself yet. I guess I'd better get to work!

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