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    Yo man. You got a good amount of work going on. Cool dolphin sketches. I'm especially fond of you creatures. Just keep doing what you're doing man.

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    Character Day

    Jordy: thanks mate comments appreciated. In response to waht you were saying earlier about the skateshoe, you're right about the edges for what would havppen to mos skateshoes. With this skateshow though I'd put heaps of silicon on the ollie spot that'd smoothed out so there wasn't much raggedness happening there. I'm painting another skateshoe now that I delibrately thrashed beyond the life of the shoe so it should get some really interesting damage effects in there.

    So yesterday I didn't do any drawing apart from scribbles which I won't include. I spent most of Sunday collecting more reference images, especially skulls. Think I got about 400 images of different skulls of humans and types of animals.

    So here's Character day stuff,

    A bunch of gestures, some random character portraits, and a Kickboxer character. Will colour him sometime soon.
    Enjoying doing slightly more stylised stuff lately.







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    Hey!
    You're figures are already nice, perhaps a bit more dynamic?
    The faces are great, in my opinion they already got a lot of character!
    Perhaps a bit eye practice? Your eyes are looking all the same.

    But very nice! Go on with the plan.

    Greetings, silwynar, perhaps take a stop in my SB too?

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    quicky before bed

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    Environment Day

    Environment day - Focus: Submarine Environments

    Ok so here's the results of my enviro day tasks, as well as some portraits and a character wip I did as some extra fun.

    I think I'm starting to enjoy doing environments. I gotta do them more though.
    I didn't finish the would be final but happy with where it's going jsut too tired to continue.









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    Portrait Day

    Portrait Day: Focus - African Females

    Here's the result of today's tasks.

    What I learnt:
    >Different and some common characteristics that distinguish the appearance of African Females
    >I need to do more master studies and learn to better economise my strokes.
    (Perhaps do more oil painting to practice this)
    >Plus other stuff like skin tone practice and things.
    >Should probably take more time with the initial drawing to save problems later on during rendering.


    Started with these rough line drawings from ref



    Then tried some rough value sketching for the next few (from ref)




    Some from imagination to test memory



    Then a photo study



    then finally a coloured piece (no ref to test memory)
    Looks a little bland because I went for an ambient lighting situation



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    Anatomy Day - New Year's Eve

    Anatomy Day: focus female legs

    Well it's 1 am here s HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    previous year's I'd be out partying but Art is main priority these days.

    I went on a bit of tangent with the studies today although I got a bit of the tasks done. rather than just draw some legs I painted them too, because I really need practice with skin tones, and painting in general.
    Did some random portraits and stuff anyway, have a look.
    I really gotta do studies of clothing/materials more.






    This is a wip


    Painting these faces kinda with o'reilly method. Really helps to learn the plans and make interesting light vs dark relationships on the face.




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    Morning studies

    After viewing alot of good artists on the site, and seeing how well they handle form I figured it's something I really need to practice.

    So I did a bunch of value studies this morning. I'm also trying to block in big shapes and break them down from there.

    I also figured out for a more painterly quality I turned off opacity jitter, and jsut have flow jitter set, and I just vary the flow. Feels more like paint.

    Now I gotta get into my character day stuff.








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    what i like is that you set a schedule for yourself to make sure you improve.
    what i love is that you make sure you get your fair share of healthy habit-building in there with the jogging and stretches.
    and what fucking blows me away is that you've been sticking to it so far.

    great job so far and keep it up.
    I'd love to see how much your work improves 3 or even 6 months from now. Will definitely be a huge leap from where you were when you started this.


    btw: http://www.lyphorm.com/images/camske...cd/faces04.jpg face on the right is just adorable.

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    A la bapsi: Thanks alot man. Yeah my back is getting better because Im including excericse. One thing though I rekon I need to do more traditional painting for variety of movement. Using a wacom really kills your wrist. Yeah I can't wait till that day when I look back at page one in like 6 months and am like, whoa come so far. I mean I get that now when I look at my old work but I never had this intense a study schedule before.

    I'm watching Jason's Compostion download. Learning so much. I watched his streaming class multiple times but it's all really sinking in while watching this one.

    So I'm tired nad can't be bothered scannign the fat pile of sketches I did. I did like 25 pages of gestures, shape and costume studies of females. Funny thing is I ended up with this tribal dude as the character. Here he is, just straight with markers. Using some permanent mediums now n then to be more forward thinking with each line.

    Copic Multiliner's are really fun to use, go get yourself a handfull.



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    Sweet sketchbook, im diggin' the birdman , Im into skating as well (though not recently due to british weather ) your wacom kills your wrist? what size is it? I find the small ones do that as you dont have the freedom of your full arm. Anyways, have fun

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    Creature Day - Reptiles

    JoeS: Yeah love skating although havent been skating much lately since I got my bmx fixed. It's A5 wide, it's not bad most of the time but if painting for 12 hours in a day it can get bad. I gotta wear my cotton glove to keep it slippy so using my arm and not just wrist.


    Creature day tasks, focus on reptiles.

    Reptiles was a pretty broad range of different shapes, so was fun to explore.
    Did a bunch of gestures form imagination and reference.



    I then did a photo study, then to apply what I learnt I painted another image from memory based on the photo I just studied.

    photo study


    memory


    I think doing this helps heaps to aid learning. to study then straight away apply what you learnt.

    Now just some stupid stuff. Some stupid heads a girl in kimono just for style exploration.






    I highly recomend the Jason Manley composition download. I mentioned it before but it's really that good.

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    your reptile from memory is really good, the brush work is awesome.
    I like in general how you plan your week, so much stuff to do ( so remember really to have fun) . All these hard work will be awarded, don't worry about this matter
    keep on drawing!

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    wow cam, that reptile from memory has really amazing colouring

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    Love your master plan schedule, I saved it in my morgue file so I can get some ideas on how to plan my days better Greaaat improvement too! Your brush strokes are getting ridiculously good

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    Twain: Thanks man.
    Daz: Hey Daz, how are ya? Thanks.
    Eddieee: Cool man, I hope it can help you in your own endeavours. Yeah working on saying more with less brush strokes, like Sargent. I did a Sargent study with oils on SUnday but failed miserably. Digi painting is easy mode compared to oils. But I think itf I practice with oils more it'll help my digi strokes heaps.

    Ok so my wrist was getting pretty sore so decided to take it easy for a few days than risk it being unusable fr much longer than that. So was using weights to strengthen it and stretching it too, and has gotten better since.
    So I tried to catch up on lost time today with this stuff. I like the enviro stuff but the character stuff was pretty half-assed. But I still learnt heaps.

    caucasian female portraits (2 mins only each, some longer spent)
    Going by what Jason Manley mentions in the portrait vidoes he says try to capture likeness in not longer than 2 mins so I challenged my self to try it. It's alot of fun and really gets you thinking fast.



    Swamp theme enviro thumbs




    and piece based on what I learnt from the studies


    some dodgy characters, the character with the sword coming out of hand is idea for the team chow.





    and life study im working on


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    Really good work here! Good values and colours, and it's cool to see you're doing so meny studies. Work on anatomy, trying to think in 3D, and be careful with some perspective issues with the feet, that occur when you draw people.
    Anyway, keep up the hard work!

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    Oh man, enormous amount of studies! I like it. Your paintings are very nice, i especially like that lizard from memory piece. You really are serious about it. That schedule thing is really inspired me to make one for myself. Keep at it, man! I'm keeping my eyes on this thread of yours.

    I'm making mess here: Sketchbook .
    also on dA and blogspot

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    Hello Cam,

    I just checked out this sketchbook for the first time and I really like it. In a short amount of pages I can see a huge difference in the quality of art. The gestures look great and I especially like this guy: http://www.lyphorm.com/images/camske...cd/lizzxy2.jpg

    Hope to see more!

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    It's really interesting to see so many studies that aren't just people! As I panned down the first page, I didn't realise what that timetable was for at first - I just thought 'HEY, I want to do whatever that course is!'.

    Very cool result with the reptile. Study then apply - I should really try this, I thinks.

    Great sketchbook man . Really impressive stuff!

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    Awesome SB Cam!!
    Love the fact that you're working on a variety of skills and improving in all of them.
    Great work ethic!!.....Keep it up mate!!

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    Been a while

    Abrodos: THanks, yeah I think I probably look at photo reference too much lately, due to life drawing classes on break. The lens distortion can really bend the perspective, especially the lower half of a person. I'll take more care.

    Everyone else: Thanks alot I hope it motivates you in your own pursuits.


    Been a while since I updated, honestly I've been wasting alot of time messing around with some video games I was trying out. But I deleted them and back in the groove. You see I rarely play games, but when I start playing a game I don't stop til I finish it. Can expect daily updates again from now on.
    Anyway here's what I got done over the week. About 60% of it was done just today.







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    Those landscapes are great you seem to have some skills when it comes to colours. You draw a lot which is the key to progress, I should take a page out of your book and do the same.

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    what an exercise program!!!Great studies mate and great variety.Ok the progress is really obvious even in one page.Everything is going right, you keep this up and in no time you will become confident with everything
    Keep up the great work!!!

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    you got some fantastic skills man

    if you don't mind i decided to take the schedule you created and apply it to myself since it was so well made it will be a bit tough at first but i'll improve with it.
    you have great stuff here.

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    Some stuff from last few days

    UrbanHermit: Thanks hope you make progress too.
    Kingkostas: Been checking out your book from time to time. You yourself are making significant improvement.
    oren90: Yeah I don't mind at all. It was actually my hope that other people might be able to get some good ideas about making their own schedule too. It's really about what works for your and what your personal goals are but it might give good ideas about how to structure it. I think one of the main things I found was balancing studies with imagination stuff.

    I discovered pbase so I've been spending many hours everyday collecting reference. Been really into birds lately. Amazing variety of shapes and forms, and colours. God's work is really apparent within their design.

    Ok I won't make any promises about updating everyday because alot of the time I just want to go to sleep after painting and drawing most of the day. I can at least offer regular updates like every 2-3 days

    Here's from last few days
    Firstly Wip for this week's chow - The archaeologist

    Then studies






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    The results of some study

    Hey everyone. Here's the results of studies from throughout the week. Today was the most productive day. This may seem like alot of stuff but I wasted alot of time. Things are getting more urgent as my end of the month deadline to have a decent amount of pieces to show potential employers is getting closer. So no more wasting time.

    baby faces

    some chick

    progresss on my chow piece, need to finish this tomorrow

    enviro studies


    gestures

    clothed gestures (gotta do more of these, I tend to lost sight of the proportions of the figure when focusing on shape of costume)

    hands from life and photos


    And today's creature day stuff- insects
    warmups/gestures

    photo studies


    and a creature design - I call it the Bolete Beetle


    This creature helps protect itself by letting a poisonous fungus grow on its back so predators will not eat it. In return the fungi get a good way to transport their spore around the forest more effectively.

    Thanks for looking

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    Hey man, don't have much time but I really wanted to throw in some advice that I think will really help you.

    I like what your doing a lot, and your drawings seems to be coming in leaps and bounds.
    You've gotta remember though, it's QUALITY not the quantity that matters. Always put in your best effort for a piece, if you do that, then you improve like mad.

    For example on the portrait day, instead of doing quick sketches, take one image and really paint it, spend as long as you need, push it until YOU are happy with the quality and you've achieved what YOU WANTED from it. If you wanted it to be a speedy and it shows that well, then you're doing great, if you want high realism then you spend your time and get accuracy to the best of YOUR ability, what you've got to remember is this is the best you can do RIGHT NOW, not what the best artist can do, that's not your best, that would be theirs.

    A nice thing to do would be to do 3/4 things a day. For portraits for example, start by doing an artist study, see how they've done it. Then take a photo or do a self-portrait from life applying what you learnt from the artist. Finally, read a book, play a game, watch a movie etc and get inspired, have some fun and paint a portrait from imagination.
    This in my opinion is the best way to learn, you're seeing how it's done, then your learning from nature, your applying it and all the while you have a bit of fun with it.

    I hope you understand what I mean, if you want any more explantion or anything just ask, it took me a loooooooooooooooong time to figure this out and it'll really help push you.

    I gotta run now, too much time typing, more school work lol

    Just remember push everything to the best of your ability and until your happy with the results

    Keep at it

    edit: this also applies to your imagination stuff btw. Draw from imagination a lot, it's fun and you see the improvement which helps you push yourself even more

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    lilnebo: Whoa, thanks heaps. That really does make a lot of sense. So much so that it's made me make some pretty significant changes to my plan.
    The point about doing a master study before tackling a photo/imagined study so I can apply those techniques to it. Over time I've learned how long it takes me to do certain things so I think this new plan will work out better now. I find the master studies also help me to develop interesting custom brushes with a more traditional feel.
    I'm still going to do the quick sketches but just as warmups to start the day.


    Anyway not really any updates, but I've revised and updated the progress plan which I will be beginning tomorrow. The main changes were to do master studies before photo studies, plus give more time to do longer pieces and not so many quick half-assed pieces. I also felt it was neccessary to do costume studies ont he character day as I'm lacking in knowledge about rendering different materials and folds, etc



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    Hey, I really like the structure in your training and it's looking good!

    How much time do you give to each gesture? I am trying to work on that and i like the style you have with a quick sketch with more form/volume.

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