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    JPacer's Sketchbook

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    Hey there,

    I'm fairly new here. I've been lurking for a couple of months now trying to get the lay of the land here and decided that maybe I should finally post some stuff. It seems like the sketchbook forum is the place to do that. I've only recently been experimenting with digital painting. I've made some progress thanks to things I've read in these forums as well as the downloads and classes available here. Kudos to Jason Manley and everyone at Massive Black for having this site and making learning more accessible.
    Anyway, my digital skills aren't up to snuff just yet to the point that I'd want to post anything digital so I figured I'd share some of my other work here. I was trained in a more traditional manner (oils, watercolors, etc.) so I'm posting some watercolors I did for a comic book I was doing about the Iraq War...



    Addendum: I figured I'd give a little explanation as to what these images are, so that they are not misread in any way. These pieces are part of a much larger series which I’ve been working on for the last year. Please note that this is not a traditional narrative. Rather the pages are designed with what Scott McCloud, in his book, Understanding Comics, refers to as “Aspect–to–Aspect” transitions and “Non-Sequitur” transitions in an attempt to convey the overall atmosphere of war. The images are juxtaposed according to subject matter or an overall visual “theme.” Interspersed throughout the series are abstract images which I thought conveyed the psychological intensity more directly.
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    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    This is a quick oil sketch I did recently.
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    Wow those Iraq War pictures are looking great! Good job especially on the composition which is so varied and full of action.

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    Thanks for the kind words Staffan.AI. I sometimes get nervous posting images like that because there's an underlying political connotation that may or may not be misconstrued. With the whole series there's an effort on my part to not take a side, but to simply show what war is. If there's any conscious political statement being made with the series it's about the media and the way they treat such subjects and events. i.e., as if they're entertainment, like a comic book.
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    Here's a quick sketch I did of a cowboy...
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    Great work so far, the cowboy is my favorite so far. Keep up the good work!

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    watercolor sketch

    This is a sketch I did for a live watercolor demo a couple of weeks ago...
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    New Sketches

    These are just some figure studies I did. I was going to post some of my first ever digital paintings, but I'm unsure whether or not to do it here or in the WIP forum, as this forum seems to move at a blazing speed...

    On a side note: How does one change the thumbnail that appears next to the thread title on the forum menu? It still shows the first image I showed and I'd like to update it with each new image I post...
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    The Philosopher

    Here's a study I did of a young Guyanese boy named Celon.
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    First Digital Works

    Hi there,

    Here's one of my first attempts at digital painting. This is a quick little one hour sketch I did just trying to figure things out. I've spent the last several weeks watching some MB downloads and reading through these forums trying to figure out how to use the software. I did this in Photoshop 7. Although I've had the software for years it's only now that I've tried to paint with it. While I've gotten the hang of using layers and such, I am still figuring out what the different blending modes do and such. Any comments and critiques are appreciated of course.

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    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    brushes

    Here's another quick digi thing I did. This was just me playing around with and learning about some custom brushes I made...
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    Lizard

    Here's a cheesy sketch I was working on. Couldn't get the textures to work the way I wanted, so I gotta go back and do lots of reworking on it. Attachment 802057
    I also threw up one of the thumbnails I did for it.
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    Cubist Study

    Title says it... Playing around with multiple views...
    "Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote

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    hey dude, great works you have here, going to bookmarked this to see you evolve in digital painting, you have a lot of talent, post some more often

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    A Barnstone student. Awesome I'm going there in January.

    Great stuff!

    How long were you there and when, if you don't mind my asking?

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