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    My Humble Beginning

    hey. im a self taught artist with no training whatsoever im hoping to become a well known established concept artist as well as illustrator and im here to learn. any tips tricks suggestions are more than welcome.
    one of my most favorite concept artists as well as illustrators has to be Marko Djurdevic.. crazy about his work and his style... i personally havent developed a style yet.. hoping to... i feel like my foundations are weak... really wanna improve in those areas... i wanna focus more on realism... im most comfortable with a pencil and paper... but im tryin to expand into the digital medium... im also a big fan of scott robertson and jason chan as well as El Coro, Andrew Jones, Feng Zhu and Nox.

    im currently drawing every page in Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth. Im really hoping this improves my skills...

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    The Monk

    this was somethin i just drew one day... got inspired by watchin shaolin monks and somethin on the discovery channel abt them

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    random pose

    i jus tried my hand at shading... kinda tryin to add value... didnt turn out the way i expected

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    there are decent design ideas in these two pieces but they are weak because you're lacking anatomy training. just keep doing figure drawings and referencing from life. If you're not planning on going to any type of art school you need to really focus and accept the criticism of other artists. Post the figure drawing work you're doing from the book you said you have. We can give you pointers and tips to help you along the way. Good luck, I hope to see more.

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    Da Robots

    a friend of told me to deviate a bit and try something different instead of jus sticking to human type things... so i tried my hand at some robots... some of my first attempts at them... their small quick sketchs jus playin around with shapes and stuff

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    Hey, nice start here.
    Don't be worried about creating a style, I think you should focus on more technical stuff like studying value and anatomy. The rest will follow.
    Just get comfortable drawing, test different medias etc.

    Looking forward to more stuff.

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    thanks a lot will do so... and dont worry all forms of criticism are more than welcome i really wanna learn

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    @ROTOR any ways or exercises to help with value rendering and learning it?

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    zombie land :P

    i got inspired lookin at some of keith thompsons work... decided to do something with zombies... also watched alot of zombie movies tht time...

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    vehicle try

    here i tried out some vehicles... perspective is probably wrong...

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    anatomy study

    i never had any formal training so i decided to study anatomy on my own... i borrowed Burne Hogarth's dynamic figure drawing... decided to draw the entire book and see if i become better.. this is some of the anatomy study i did...

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    the alien thing

    tried doin some random creature concept thing

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    other sketchs.. jus wanna keep sketchin

    jus some random sketchs... and on previous suggestions i did some studies and still life

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    Keep drawing mate

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    Draw draw draw! study study study! keep going man youll get there i promise!

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    hey there!

    thanks for being my first comment here on my finally finished post

    here are some helpful tips that helped me and hopefully will help you too.

    I never had any significant art training myself except for a couple high school classes which did not help at all. If you would like to keep studying figures it may help, but i personally never found it helpful. What i would suggest starting i order to help refine you skills is work from the head down. find a pictures you like that you took of friends, or find in a magazine, or online of an actor/actress. Then, print it out and make a grid of the picture (if you dont know how to do this you can ask me), and make a grid on the paper that you are wanting to use. Then draw, each box at a time what you see. doing this to start out will help you to realize the shape of a face from different angles, because when you see a picture you dont realize the shape because of the shading.

    Then after you have done this, you can start shading and defining features. For this i use different pencils depending on their hardness and softness to get the different shading levels. And i start with a very light shade and do the darkest shade last. i also use a tissue to help shade, dont use your finger because the oils from your fingers can sometimes make the shading mess up, and the pencil hard to erase. you have to be very patient when you shade because it takes a lot of time to get it right.

    then after you finish that drawing draw more and more, and i guess post it on here and get some tips on how to make that drawing better. Also, buy a gum eraser from the store. those are always nice to have. Paper that i like to use is strathsmore bristol vellum. you can always send me a message if you have a question!

    enjoy!!

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    Other then the anatomy problems (which I face my self, see my SB for proof) lol there are some pretty good ideas
    @Icecoldtears4321 - Sucks that they don't help you, I find them very helpful studying them, even in Art 1 were doing it right now.
    Anywho hope to see some more.

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    Other then the anatomy problems (which I face my self, see my SB for proof) lol there are some pretty good ideas
    @Icecoldtears4321 - Sucks that they don't help you, I find them very helpful studying them, even in Art 1 were doing it right now.
    Anywho hope to see some more.
    I am just saying that personally for myself, that anatomy study and such did not help much. This is partially due to the fact that i do not have formal art training. For someone such as you, who i am guessing is in an art class, studying the human body can help a lot because you are not teaching yourself, and many times you have human models in front of you.

    Furthermore, that is still a personal opinion. People learn in many different fashions. I was just giving some helpful hints, things that helped me.



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    Let's see some Bridgman's reading and performing too, a'ight ?
    Oh, and what pencils do you use ?

    You haz no talent perhaps, but I'm sure tenacity can cover that up. At least, that's what I depend on ...

    I'll subscribe to this thread.

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    Hey thanks for the comment on my sketchbook. Theres some nice stuff on here I can see, if theres any advice I can give you it would be to just keep drawing, you will definately improve

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    thanks for commenting on my sketchbook. keep up those studies everyday and you'll see improvement fast.

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    its been long

    quite sometime since i posted... been busy with college... but couldnt ignore my habit decided to perfect anatomy while doin some preproduction work for a project for college

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    sorry about the quality... neither do i nor my college have a a3 scanner... had to take photos

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    great studies, but some of the eyes are a bit large. I also liked the dragons

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    Nice studies. Don't ignore drawing hands. You have (presumably) a perfect reference with you at all times.

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    Nice going dude. Good that you started using Bridgeman... can see the improvement in your anatomy.... keep at it

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    Hey syk3, thanks for dropping by my sb Your stuff is showing improvement, those anatomy studies of Hogarth and Bridgeman are definitely paying off. I would also suggest studying some more basic shape construction and proportion work for your figure/character drawings. Look up Vilppu or actually one his students has a good series of videos on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=...17/BsQ1WVyPHvU

    Keep it up!!!

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    nice is that ur imagination

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    Quote Originally Posted by icecoldtears4321 View Post
    I am just saying that personally for myself, that anatomy study and such did not help much. This is partially due to the fact that i do not have formal art training. For someone such as you, who i am guessing is in an art class, studying the human body can help a lot because you are not teaching yourself, and many times you have human models in front of you.

    Furthermore, that is still a personal opinion. People learn in many different fashions. I was just giving some helpful hints, things that helped me.

    lol I am teaching myself just like you. I do have a high school art class but that is very very limited in what is taught. Lol we have only has like a models a couple of time and they were students and it was a gesture drawing that lasted like 20 second each.

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    cool sketches !!! you grow very fast !!
    Anatomy sketches very helpful thing. You need to make it as much as you can. But don't just copy it. Try to remember lines and forms , think about forms , imagine different corners of forms.
    Goodluck !

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