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    Dsmith's Sketchbook-'Till I kick the bucket!

    Hello guys/gals!

    Last page=better stuff(pretty straightforward)

    First,I want to welcome everyone in this great forum!Hi!
    Second,an introduction:My name is Daniel Kovacs,I am 16 years old(By the time I started this sketchbook, I'm 20 right now) and I live in Hungary.My dream is to become a 2D/3D artist in a game development studio when I finish high school.(pretty tough dream huh?)
    I am into 3D stuff(I use Blender and ZBrush)since 3 years,and I am working as a concept artist at Vertalex Studios on a next-gen game title for Nintendo,and I want to get a LOT better than my current level!

    My main interest is Sci-Fi and fantasy,so perspective and anatomy is really important if I want to be able to draw all that funky sci-fi aircraft and characters.
    I had a lot of false starts at drawing some years ago,but now I think I will be able to learn.I've got 6 years for learning before trying to get a job,so lets get moving!



    These four images were my very first drawing that I considered finished.There is a lot of room for improvement...
    Although these are digital images,I am working with traditional media now because I had to sell my tablet.

    Some books that I am learning from are Loomis,Vilppu and some others.
    I want to learn figure drawing mainly from a DVD series,the Structure of Man.Is it a good resource,or should I stick to books?

    That's all for now folks,please leave a comment to help me out!


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    Hey Daniel,
    I just started posting here too, so welcome! Looks like you're off to a good start with your drawings. One suggestion I have is to study the drawings of other artists you like and try to recreate their lines, etc. I did that a lot when I was your age and I always found it to be a great way to train the hand to do what you want. Also, take note of line weight and its variations. Instead of using lines as a border around colors, try using your lines to present the figure and work with the colors more to build your shapes.

    I'm definitely still working on these things myself and Im sure everybody else is as well. Good luck on your future drawings.
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    Maunty:thanks for the advice!

    I did some portrait sketches tonight,but I can only scan them on Wednesday,so the next update will be on that day.
    I decided to watch Riven Phoenix's Structure of Man.But I don't know if it will help me or not,so I will download it with torrent,and if it helps,I will definitely buy it.I am very sorry for stealing the work of a great artist,but I don't have the money to try out different books and DVDs.

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    Hello guys and gals!

    This is my next batch of images,two portraits that I am not exactly proud of,and some skull studies,and a head based on the skull study.

    I gotta recommend the Structure of Man everyone,in 2 days,I've learnt how to draw the human skull in any angle(although they are not perfect yet,but a lot better than my previous tries).

    Riven Phoenix is a great teacher,his methods are awesome,I hope that the other parts of the videos are also this great!

    Next update:wjen I finish the next 5-10 lessons.
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    I decided to follow the days of my training,so:
    End of the 2nd day:Here is my next update,the "milestone"(as Riven Phoenix calls it)of the chest and the skull.Note that the muscles are mainly done from imagination,I don't know if they are correct or not.The unfinished image is basically the construction of the image with the muscles.
    Some input is welcome!
    A question:is 3D stuff allowed in the sketchbook part?
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    Hi!
    End of the 3rd day:Not a big progress in learning the anatomy today,but at least now I know how many bones are there in the ribcage,how they look and where they are,and also how many parts does the spine consist of,where they are etc etc.The skulls are just quick sketches,so they are most likely not correct.
    I might be drawing some more today,but I don't know if I'm gonna actually update once more.
    Comments appreciated,harsh critique,anything.
    (Note that the bold parts of the text are the main focus of the studies on the given day)
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    Hi and welcome to the forums!
    It is good that your doing all these studies. 15? i wish i took art so seriously at your age.
    I like your designs in the first 3 pics. it resembles a knights armor,but it is mixed with
    high tech scifi elements.
    I suggest to draw lots from life aswell.do selfportraits,portraits of people you know
    and go out side with a sketchbook and just draw people.you will quickly discover that
    they move really damn fast so you cant be overly detailed,so instead you draw the movement,the essence of the action. thi is called gesture drawing.
    A great source for practising these is posemainiacs.com.
    Most people when they begin drawing worry about developing there own style,
    but they dont want to flat out ape some artist they like. dont worry about ''style'' for now. As you will develop your own when you no longer think about it.
    keep drawing every day and post often. you're of to the right start.

    good luck!
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    Thanks for the advice Glaedr,very helpful!
    I decided that next day I'm gonna finish learning the ribcage and the spine from every view(front+back are missing right now)plus the pelvis, and then do some portrait and maybe gesture drawing.(I used Vilppu's manual to learn how to draw gestures).
    I also set up a basic weekly plan,I don't know if it will work or not,but lets try:
    -Monday: 5-6 lessons of the Structure of Man,practice the information I got there
    -Tuesday: Gesture and portrait drawing(I don't wanna go into the full body yet)
    -Wednesday: same as Monday
    -Thursday: Still life
    -Friday: Same as Monday
    -Weekend: Finishing and developing the imaginary stuff I draw at boring lessons in school
    I hope this will work out,at this pace I'm gonna finish off the Structure of Man in 2 months,then I will spend another month burning all the information in my brain again(heh,double layer...).And hopefully at the middle of spring I will get a basic understanding of anatomy.
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    Sorry for no updates yesterday,I didn't have time.
    So,I finished learning the ribcage,the pelvis,the scapula and the scull.Here is a quick sketch of these bones in 3 views(sorry for the totally wrong scapula,I have drawn the torso with pen,then I realised that I left the scapula off,so it turned out quite ugly):
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    I am at lesson 42,next up are the bones of the legs and arms.
    Being very happy now,two reasons:
    -A new set of Conté Sepia pencils
    -16 Copic Sketch Markers and 4 Multiliner SP-s.I tried them out at an art store today,and I fell in love with them...I think that I'm gonna do some of the next studies with markers when they arrive
    C&C welcome!
    Tomorrow is portrait&gesture,though it will be tough for me to resist watching some more videos,anatomy is so fascinating!
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    Hello!

    Sorry for no updates,it was a busy week.Some good news:
    -my art teacher in school said that my portrait drawings of my classmates turned ot very good,so I can go to the art class of older students!I would be happy to show the portraits,but unfortunately I cannot take them home from school.
    -Bought 2 Copic Multiliner SP-s,but I have some problems with them.Their nibs split in two parts after some hours of use...what am I doing wrong?am I pressing too hard?
    Done some Riven Phoenix studies as well,but my scanner doesn't work(f*cking great...).To have at least one picture,here is a car concept I drawn some weeks ago,in fact I will draw a 4-view drawing of it because I want to model it sometime in 3D.

    Cheers!
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    That's a pretty cool vehicle design. Things are looking good here... keep up the studies.
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    nurraymjo:Thank you for visiting my sketchbook,your sketchbook is awesome!
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    Hi there!
    So here is a batch of updates,I bought some multiliners and hopefully my 16 sketch markers will arrive this week,I've finished learning the bones of the legs,next up is the arm and the hands,and then the skeleton is complete.
    After that,I can jump into the muscles,yeehaw!
    Also,I cannot keep the schedule of mine,because it is so friggin easy to learn anatomy with the method of Phoenix,and I cannot stop!I mean I watch the lessons once,and I don't forget the formulas,unbelieveable!(BTW I am at lesson 57 ATM)
    There are some non anatomical stuff,I am learning perspective as well,but the results are horrible right now,maybe later I will post some stuff.
    Note that on the page with the front and side of the skeleton and with the epic fail muscle study,all of those drawings are 3-4 minute sketches.(yeah,I am happy that I could pull it of so quickly...)
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