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    One Pilgrim's Progress

    Hello everyone,

    This is the beginning of my progress which I was inspired to start after seeing Mindcandyman’s amazing transition. It has been a long time since I have picked up the pencil. Recently I have been trying my luck with the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique and have been having so much fun. For a long time I have had a passion to create whether it has been writing, game design or art. My goal one day is to be a digital illustrator. I have no training so far with digital programs so please bear with me. I will be starting from scratch and will be faithful to post everything and try my utmost to work everyday. I am armed so far with a book by Burne Hogarth that I will be working out of. I am aware much of my beginning pieces will be poor but I am eager to achieve. I am open to all and any criticism.

    Thank you for taking the time to view my journey,

    ~Kev


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    Here is my first work on getting the basic shapes of the human head. I will try to get more work done tomorrow.
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    first of all, good luck with your goals :]
    it's great that you're starting a sketchbook. it seems to me that hard work + a CA sketchbook is one of the fastest ways for improvement.

    anyway, it's great that you're starting off with the basics.
    as you browse around other peoples' sketchbooks, you'll see it encouraged over and over again, but draw from life.

    improve away!
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    Dec. 13th

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    Work from today.

    @ 007-r0b3r7 Thank you Rob! Today I got alittle busy but I will definately take your advice and start some life drawings tomorrow.
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    These are really good, nice line work, I myself doing kinda of the same thing.
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    @Spiderlok33 Thank you Spiderlok33. Yeah one thing I'm trying to keep in mind is to stay away from creating shaky lines.
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    Yea def. my teacher in Art 1 tells us to do very loose scratchy lines while doing oval people, I though it was kinda funny, but I don't really know if thats wrong or right.
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    So I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I took a sleeping ad last night and slept for fourteen hours straight, yikes! Anyways with Christmas around the corner and finances low I thought to do a couple of winter scenes for my family to save paint. This one is for my mother.


    Used my crummy cell phone to capture this. It was late in the day so the lighting is poor. I hope to get another shot tomorrow with some natural day light.
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    I borrowed my sister's digital camera to get another shot of this.
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    Just wanted to upload these, I'm off to practice some life drawing!
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    Those are very nice paintings, good job
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    awesome! keep on updating
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    @Spiderlok33 - Thank you kindly.

    @007-r0b3r7 - Thank you very much.


    Here is the life drawing I did tonight while being distracted by monday night football.

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    Wow! Very clean!
    You're starting on the right foot with planes and strong lines. My advice is rather simple- do more of everything, especially the human form. Master the human form from imagination and you master draftsmanship. Keep it up!

    Is that landscape from imagination? It's got very good tonal striping.
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    @Craz - Hey thank you so much! Yeah I'm giving a big effort to do as much as I can each day. The landscape is an oil painting using the Bob Ross technique. I'm kind of a dunce so I do not know what tonal striping is. hehe


    Heres an oil painting I did for my father for Christmas this morning. I'm off to do more anatomy studies now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_McDowell View Post
    I'm kind of a dunce so I do not know what tonal striping is. hehe
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    Not at all. There's nothing wrong with ignorance and it isn't to be confused with stupidity. I'm ignorant of the Bob Ross technique.
    I didn't know what tonal striping was either until I watched Jason Manley's composition download (a couple of days ago). It's the practice of alternating between bands of lights and darks to create depth.
    I recommend buying the download if you want to know more, but if that landscape is from your head, it doesn't look like you need it. Who knows? Perhaps there's stuff you'll pick up from it that I haven't yet.
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