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    really like your style!


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    @LtPlissken: I can allways count on you to be a sweetheart. I really ought to stop by your sketchbook sometime!

    @Henrique Ventura: A very legitimate claim. I quite often feel that the typical way people show expressions looks quite gimmiky (i.e. people who are angry and fighting with their mouths open in a shout, or people who are crying in a full on sob). I feel that the most important and intense expressions are perhaps the slightest ones, and I think I'm failing at capturing that. I will do everything in my power to correct this.And thank you for the lovely comments as well. (also, I'm pretty lame in the fact that I tend to draw only moody young men. :c)

    @Velentry: Thank you so much, though really I never would have guessed Time splitters. I never really came across their art work, and tried playing it once with Tom...we didnt get very far though I'm afraid.

    @kidult: Thank you, it's very nice of you to say!

    This isn't a particularly large update by any means, but was having a slight panic attack, so I needed to do something with myself.

    I signed up to the whole Sketchbook Tour 2012 thing which seemed quite nifty and fun. I'm not having any real problems with it yet, and only started my first picture a few days ago :

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    It's yet another Jesus picture, and I finally decided to flesh out my Anti-Christ. I already had an idea of what I wanted before I put the pencil to paper, and I'm really trying to push myself to capture the overall image as close as I possibly can. I'm kind of going for a 40's style movie poster sort of thing..but with the same kind of feeling "The Great Gatsby" book cover gives, and I want the Anti-Christ to have a sort of 60's debonair look about him....

    It was when I was working on this that I realised that..well I kind of feel lacking. Sometimes I can feel that I might even be technically good at what I want to do, but I'm not really pushing myself. Like int eh sense of actually trying to do the things I want to (bascially draw comics and things, and write stories and all). I sometimes feel like I've got it right on the dime as far as content goes.. but then other times I feel like I'm a bit diluded in thinking that it's good and I've only got this handfull of friends to tell me that it is....

    And I also realised how much time I spend drawing and illustrating (though I feel I've not much to show that) and how much it takes me away from the rest of my life. I often feel like I'm neglecting Tom and my dog, for the sake of getting better. I wish I could break away from this kind of passion that consumes me, but the times I do, I feel this gut wrenching urge that I need to return right back to it, and finish what I'm working on.

    Anyone else feel these pangs ?

    Also, the picture still needs loads of work (and I've already done a bit more since I've scanned it last), and I will attempt a smile on the Anti-christ. As much as I hate smiles.

    P.S. Anyone else doing the sketchbook project?

    Sorry for the wordy update...just don't know what else to do right now...

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    yea, your not alone. i feel this way all the time. all of my friends used to get really pissed with me when i would stay home and spend all night painting. but ive explained it to them since, many many times, how i feel about art and how it can consume me without me realising it. if they still get upset i say whatever, but most of my friends understand, so that helps to ease the burden. i usually explain it to everyone i meet when im drunk. . . haha.
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    @NickyBeats: Yeah, Tom totally understands and all, I just feel like I'm being unfair. As much as I love giving into the drug, I just wish I could tear away for just a minute to enjoy some time with him....

    Not much to show again, but thought I'd share these things.

    I finished this thing , but still have many more pages to finish

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    Not super happy with it, but I think I kind of ruined it for myself thinking about colouring it the whole time rather than concentrating on what I was doing. Was listening to a lot of Bond themes. They're the greatest.

    Then I applied for some contract work. Mind you it was the first time I've ever applied for anything, as I always felt like my work was sub-par, but I thought I'd bite the bullet. And crazily enough I got a response! Was totally surprised. Anyway so they told me to draw a 5 year old girl with a tomato battery, installing it into a teddy bear, with big bright eyes. So, I did a test page for them.

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    Kind of happy with this one, and they still want to buy the high res version off me, but it didn't land me the job I originally had my eye for. (they gave me other work, so I'm in no way complaining). They wanted something more dark and moody, and I just had no idea from the description they gave me. But you live and you learn. And I think I've already learned a lot from applying to this single job..... I will always look at this as my ultimate failure I suppose. The picture I like that never landed me the things I dreamed of.

    If only I could read minds!

    I think I'll go do some stress reliever painting. Though really I should be working on that damned sketchbook.....

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    Between new found work and this sketchbook project, I no longer have a life.

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    I have recently acquired a contract, in which I have to draw 7 females, each in their respective genres. I thought I'd tackle the sci fi mech suit first, as they're usually a bit difficult for me to compose and make them look decent. I'm satisfied with the image as it stands now...but feel like I could have done so much better......hard lessons are hard learned. Still need to finish this and need to start the second one stat.

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    I've literally only been able to quickly do this other thing in my sketchbook for the Sketchbook project. I actually quite like him, so I think I will keep him. I shall call him....Gregory.

    work work work work work work

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    Sorry to hear about the lack of time.
    These are some wonderful sketches.

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    Still working on sketchbook project.

    Started one of my own, finally.

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    Check it.

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    wow, the last one is awesome. are you planning on doing some sequential work with these, like a short mini comic or something. i think your style would work great with a sort of symbolic comic story without words... could be interesting. anyways, always a pleasure to see a new update.
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    NickyBeats: Oi, thanks! The last one is actually a pretty indepth story I've been plannign for years and what not, but never really had the courage to put it on paper. I'm doing that now though. I've realised, I'll never be good enough to do a comic, but it's better for it to exist than for it not to exist. Each page will be better than the last, I can't have them all equally good. I just have to get over that.

    Still working on that sketchbook project. I'm starting to run out of time. Never worry though...at least. Trying not to.


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    Tokyo Incidents - Doppa-Mint!

    This one doesn't even look at different. Couldn't seem to find what needed changing though.




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    Mid-Air! - Her Footsteps Went (Boom)

    This is something I had planned for something else, but why not just add a little snippit in this book...

    I miss Mid-Air!'s stuff. So good. So good.




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    My new years picture. Didn't have a lot of time to work on it. Family came to visit (mother and sister. They were amazin).

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    Samurai Legend Musashi - Silent Dialogue
    (yeah...there's a game track or two that I will admit to listening to from time to time. Can't get enough of that vidya game mysak)

    The last three I had to kind of pump out in the last two days. Still Have 5 more pictures to go. I think I can do this.

    Happy new year everyone!

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    I love your use of negative space and geometric shapes. The sequential page in #97 is intriguing. Your style works very well for that. I also like the use of patterns in some of the work. Keep it up!

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    Lovely, lovely style, and nice to see someone else who shades their noses your noses can be slightly boxy, but you have made it your own style and it is gorgeous.
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    No constructive crits at the moment, but I just wanted to say that your stuff is just plain fun to look at. Like it a lot.

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    @jonafunart:Thats very nice of you to say!

    @msafs:Aha, i always like to have lots of space floating around, but Never really realised how much space I had until you've mentioned! But thanks a mil!

    @AllyAlbon: I think I tend to give my men boxy noses as I have a kind of small button type nose (what my mother says anyway) and I find more structured and European type noses to be particularly attractive (though on the real, almost any nose can be).Thanks!

    @Alenka:Aha, thanks alot! It's always nice to know when someone enjoys the effort you put into something.

    I thought I upload this one now cause I kind of like it, but I'm sure I won't in a few days. I wish my scanner could better pick up some of the gradients in pencil work, as it doesn't seem to pick up particularly soft things... ah well. WELL. Moving on.

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    The inn keepers daughter.

    4 more pictures to go, then I'm free.......already starting to not like this.

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    I really like your style. Reminds me of stuff I see in "Hi Fructose" magazine. Are you into Low brow and Pop surrealism?

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    Wow, really beautiful drawings, such a treat to have looked through this sketchbook. Not much else to say, will definitely stick around to see more!

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    fucking sweet! this kind of made my day! 5*'s

    somebody's gotta sponsor you to take some printmaking classes and give you a supply of gold leaf... you could do some seriously badass neo-schiele/klimt/mucha work with that. love the linework and the combination of flat/rendered shapes. don't worry about the facial expression thing some people are suggesting--it's good as it is and it fits with the otherworldly, timeless serenity of your images. if it needs to change, it will happen naturally with time.

    again, some really cool stuff going on here!

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    I really like your style, keep up the good work.

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    Holy hell man.. o__o I was literately scrolling through your sb with my mouth hanging open. I love your sketching style. Your shapes, lines, compositions, ideas.. ;__; powerful and fresh. The first sketch in #97 is something I'd want on my wall.
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    Hi! Your works are amazing, interesting and very inspiring. I like you style.

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    @Theodor: Ah thanks! I checked out the website and stuff myself, they have some incredible things up there! And yes and yes... I think? I always took fancy to those pop adverts and things (especially in american illustration). But thanks for the tip off on the site. Will check it again.

    @tehmeh: What a lovely thing to say, and thanks for stopping by. I hope I don't disappoint in the future.

    @ccsears: This is such an amazing compliment, thanks! After reading it though, it suddenly clicked that the Uni over here does short courses on print making and all the different types. SO naturally I'm signed up for the summer classes now. Hope it all goes well.

    As far as the whole expression thing, I think I know what you mean. I did start this thread when I had first moved to the UK, and without realising it until later, I was beginning to fall into some kind of depression. Culture shock or maybe missing my family, since I've had them so incredibly close for all those years, I think all that unhappiness just drained strait into to my works. I think I'm getting out of the moping phase, but I still don't feel it's necessary to have over exaggerated expressions...

    And I'm over explaining myself again. Anyway, thank you for your insight!

    @bleedhondos: Thank you lovely, and thanks for stopping by.

    @JesseM: Ahha, thanks for the incredible comment! I guess sometimes I try to do something "different" but don't feel it's as flashy as some of the other work out there. But at the same time...as time goes on, I don't feel it's important to be the best or to -always- try and clamour to the top with skill and technique. I've really been feeling at peace just doing what I like (but I should be careful, as that can be a honey trap as well). Thank you again though!


    Finally finished that Sketchbook Project thing. I feel...well especially when i did finish it, free. Completely free and like the world is my oyster...We will see.

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    Basement Jaxx - Alkazaar
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    The rest of the sketchbook project actually turned out to be a kind of weird sequenced story thing. I was running out of time so I asked tom "what should I draw?" as you do... and basically whatever came out of his mouth I was determined to draw.

    So the list went like so

    Our Dog
    A tree
    his sister said A Minotaur
    Cake
    A city
    A wizard with 5 balls :I
    a dragon!

    So I tried to do all of them and compile a story together, which was pretty fun.You can read all the captions about it in my blog. I like to call the collection "Letters to My Mother"... but yeh.

    so after that, the first day, I go right back to drawing the most gay stuff i possibly can.

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    It's as if I learned nothing from my hard and arduous journey... But oh well. Man flesh is always best to draw. Started colouring it too in a livestream. It quickly got way out there and full of drawmaw and talking about weird shit. but it's always in good fun.

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    And..well I kind of like how it's coming out. The skin tone isn't particularly correct yet for the character but...fixable. I should really stop drawing shit from my imagination though...need to do more studies! I started one the other day. got no where.

    Oh and here's some old pencil drawing I did ages ago, but started to colour recently

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    And something I did at work

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    I would stop drawing at work. but you know. It's quiet and shit. There's no one there. I'm kind of standing around. It's freezing. And yeah. Drawing. I need to do it. I also need to stop doing portraits and shit. They get boring.

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    Lots and lots of Daedelus lately. Can't get enough of that... Still really miss my little sister...

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    I havn't really done too much in the last month. But I finished these two things.

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    Had a good time painting that. I just wanted to actually "finish" something. So I did. I think. Had fun chatting with friends on the live stream though. It's really annoying now though cause the new version, the little chat box just floats on top of everything, and you can't make it go away. I had such a clever set up too...

    and this.

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    which is probably the most gay thing posted on the entirety of the site... probably. but its whatevs. Had fun painting that one too. It's kind of annoying though cause I paint everything very closely, so it always looks horrible when you zoom out at a size where you can see the whole picture....need to work on that.

    I actually started a Pin Up calendar project for myself, with strange pan sexual males, cause no one does that shit. Never really seen a decent male pin up calender thing. And I don't like super masculine super muscle males. They look kind of grooosss. so. yeh. The calendars can actually be found on my blog and pretty much look like this.

    anyway, here's some close ups cause....well....dunno.

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    I was pretty happy with how I was all doing the lighting on the hand. Then when I resized it for posting and whatever, I realised that it was barely even visable. So I need to stop this zooming in all the way to paint mess.

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    And his face actually looks marginally normal close up, but it's all a sweet lie...

    I had some other pencil sketches somewhere...but I don't think i scanned them in. OH, almost forgot this thing.

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    I havn't really drawn jesus in action yet so I thought it was about time I did. So maybe all isn't lost.


    I've started doing actual painting with real paint. Acrylic and what not. I forgot how much fun it is. And really going to try and push myself out there locally this year. The internet, though it is good and great, isn't really my forte I guess.

    Real exciting. Yeh....here's a song.

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    Wow, amazing work!
    Your drawings are unique. I love your style!

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    @Greenhouse: Thanks love

    I was really getting into this one, especially since it was a kind of imprint stuck in my mind for a long time now.

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    But I feel like I've lost something along the way.....Should proabably take a break from this one. I'm still pretty happy with it, but it's uneven...and...there's a big storm missing in some parts....

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    hnnn....I uhhhh....I don't know.

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    I was reading my original post just a second ago. I didn't really do anything I said I wanted in that post....and I'm not really that bothered. Is that a bad thing? Maybe.

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    I keep drawing at work now....And being more emotional with my work I suppose...I think that's good.I'm actually pretty happy with myself at the minute. Dangerous. Hm.

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    I drew this second thing for a girl on dA that goes by ~GameDweeber

    I was taking requests for my sketchbook project ages ago, but finished that up mostly with my own stuff and she asked, even though that request thing is like, months old now. But she seemed nice, so I drew her wolf thing anyway. I never really draw ...fantasy things like that I guess? I never feel like I do, so I thought it would be fun to try something different. I'm alright with how it came out...only spent a day on it though really. or two? I don't even know....

    Original is here : yo.

    It must be an interesting life of those who randomly get attacked by godly swans....

    love love.

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    really love the compositions and ideas you have going here

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    wow awesome stuff! love it! thanks for sharing.

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    Wow, you've got quite a style going here. That city atop a giant dog is amazing.
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    Gosh, I love your drawings so much! Makes me want to take my pencils for myself and do some drawings...
    And the thing is, I have seen your sketchbook some months ago for the first time and loved it already. But I forgot to subscribe (what I've done now!) and didn't know your name - so I was sad that I couldn't find that sketchbook anymore! And now I'm happy that I can see all your work here again.
    What impresses me most are the expressions of your characters. There's a kind of melancholy I appreciate

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    felt in love with yours sketches, those lines are just pure awesomeness, shading is also good, especially the way you shade nose

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