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October 31st, 2009 #1
Cam is chillin'
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My name's Cam Sykes. My main interests are Art and Skateboarding. I'm studying to become a professional Artist/Illustrator.
So I've decided to start a new sketchbook with a solid plan. After reviewing my old sketchbook, I didn't feel like I was making much progress considering the time I was putting in. I will be updating everyday, although I might miss a day when I'm tired and would rather sleep than update
I've pretty much finished my illustration course so I have heaps of time to focus on personal projects and studies. I've taken the time to work out a 7-day a week progress schedule to keep me on track. I've tried to balance it so it includes both imagination and reference drawing and painting.
The plan has a focus on Character design so I've got 2 days of characters backed up by portrait and anatomy day, then my extra life drawing classes and outdoor scribble sessions. Should be heaps of fun.
These tasks are the main commitments of those days but I will also want to be getting outdoors and doing sketchbook stuff and public scribbles. I don't want to go too crazy y'know
If you care my old sketchbooks are here
So I'll start with some of my better previous work to kick things off, as well as some things done yesterday that were part of the first Creature Day.
Now for the first creature day tasks - Topic Amphibians
25 gestures from photo's
25 gestures from memory/imagination
based on this week's cow topic
I did some colour but that looked bad so it's greyscale, gave up on it and started some life/photo studies.
and work in progress of my old skateshoe
Now to start my self portrait for Self-Portrait day
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November 2nd, 2009 #2
Monday -Character day stuff.
Posting a bit late because the froums were down when I went to post.
Ok so I didn't do much on sunday, just a quick self portrait. Was just planning more stuff and collecting reference.
So yesterday was character day. The focus was muscular males becasue I was thinking about Frankenstein as the character.
Anyway here it is, it's mostly crap but it's a step towards something better I hope. My day was taken up by other things like life drawing
so I didn't get time to colour anything but hey I still learnt heaps.
Today is environment day so gonna get to work on those now.
here's a franksenstein I'd drawn earlier in the week which I plan to finish and render on sunday.
I was really happy with the pose, while I felt my other frankensteins were exploration to see what works and what doesn't.
I've found that prethought about a character's background, motives and attitude will save alot of time and frustration.
here's some experiments I made at life drawing. They loo junk but doesn't hurt to try different approaches.
I was looking at the conceptart atelier study schedule so I could get some ideas about how to aid my own studies.
I think I will include more orthographic process into my work.
November 3rd, 2009 #3
That's quite a plan, just make sure you enjoy it. How many hours does all that add up to?
Also if you stick to this, I will love seeing the improvements you make.
I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, so you better keep updating
November 3rd, 2009 #4
Tuesday: Enviro Day
Nutter: Thanks alot man good to know you're keeping an eye on me it keeps me in check.
Ok So Enviro day stuff. the theme was snowy/ice enviros in relation to this weeks EOW topic, Iceworld Prison.
Also did a pencil photo study, and made progress on my skateshoe life study.
I want to paint more and finish enviro but my back is hurting which is usually the cue to save myself for the next day. Will probably finish the enviro on sunday because I like where it's going.
The enviro stuff is really good for my learning because it forces me to use perspective, which has kind of escaped my mind from not using it enough.
Edit: Mishkin did an awesome paintover of the snowprison in the EOW section that made me realise how weird I'd made the perspective.
Last edited by Cam Sykes; November 8th, 2009 at 04:09 AM.
November 4th, 2009 #5
Wednesday - Portrait day
For portrait day I chose asian females as my focus.
Ok so as you may notice I didn't fill my quota entirely. Mainly becaseu I was spending a good amount of time on each head. I wanted to do as Jason Manley suggested and only spend 2 minutes on each but I guess Ilike to take my time. I figure I will get faster with time and repetition so I'm just gonna do as many as I can for now. I learnt heaps.
photo study (unfinished)
November 5th, 2009 #6
Thursday - Anatomy Day
Fcous was coninuing on from monday so I did some muscalr male type figures. And chose legs as the focus area. didn't get as much as I'd like to have gotten done but I learnt heaps. I really gotta speed up to meet my quota.
gestures reffed from bridgman
gestures from imagination
crap figure from imagination
leg studies from bridgman
legs from imagination
fish fisherman character
November 6th, 2009 #7
Friday Character Day
So Today I decided to reapproach a charater design for one of my school projects. And attempted a cell shaded style which I don't ever do.
the character is the main character in a children's book, an astronaut.
and started another portrait study... gotta finish em soon.
November 6th, 2009 #8
Wow, those are some pretty lofty goals. I just hope you don't burn out from a schedule like that, but if you can handle it, then more power to ya!
I'm going to refrain from commenting until more work from this schedule is posted, so in the meantime, keep on chuggin' away at it.
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I'm jealous that you have that much time to study and work hard ass on art..
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November 7th, 2009 #11
What a monster plan. If you can do that you will kick all our asses soon. You are pretty close man, you just need a little more experience.
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November 8th, 2009 #13
Saturday - Creature Day
bad_painter: Thanks man. Yeah I'm avoiding burning out by doing other things in between the activities like skating. But I guess the problem that can occur with this is I don't always finish everything listed.
YEah you probably best check back when I'm up to about 20 pages, heheh that's when there'll be things worth looking at.
Fumble: YEah I do get out and excercise usually before I begin drawing, didn't include it on the shcedule becasue it wasn't really art relative.
nonameowns: Thanks yeah I'm in a good situation thanks to my generous parents but the aim is to get good enough at art to support myself.
Collywobbles: Thanks. But yeah not trying to be better than anyone just trying to see improvement.
Janos: Thanks man, I appreciate it.
I'll probably be sticking to this plan for the next couple of weeks but will develop a new schedule soon that focuses more on finished pieces, with a little less time on studies. Becasue I know that studies aren't always that interesting especially when they're just copied from photos.
Photoshop keeps crashing my computer for some reason. Nevertheless, I snuck a few scans in between crashes. Not sure why it's doing it. Was working fine yesterday.
So the focus was on birds I managed to capture quite a few gestures from life down at the park of some wood pigeons and ibis, and a magpie. The rest are from books. some gestures of dudes playing cricket from life too.
Last edited by Cam Sykes; November 8th, 2009 at 01:38 AM.