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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,

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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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    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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    @Craz - Very true. Hey its like they say "every day is a school day"! Thank you for telling me about tonal striping, I'm adding that to my "Things I learned today" folder lol.

    About the Bob Ross technique, it’s a wet-on-wet technique, in which you continue to add paint on top of still wet paint rather than wait for each layer to dry. With a couple of methods this allows you to paint trees, clouds, etc. in a very fast amount of time. Its like Bob said, “Lazy man’s version of painting.” Lol

    The landscape though is from one of his guides. I’ve been learning his method so I can do some unique landscapes. I made a few unique ones already for some friends and my brother. I had wanted to get more done today but my lawyer called so I’m going to be busy tomorrow then off to court Thursday, then my brother has a concert on Friday, and Saturday is my grandfather’s 99th birthday. Go gramps! I’ll try to do whatever I can within that amount of time. Anyways here is another anatomy study.


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    Great stuff, your landscape paintings are great. Keep working on the anatomy studies. Also I'd love to see some more oil paintings

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    keep it up kevin! one thing that looks a little off though, the most recent skull study seems to have all the facial features a little scrunched down.

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    On the last skull, you could get rid of its skewing by thinking about all of its horizontal lines (like its brow and mouth and chin) disappearing towards a single vanishing point. This doesn't mean you have to be so anal as to draw the vanishing point and guidelines, but keep in mind that they are in perspective.

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    Your paintings are wonderful. Good job on them. Keep up with the head studies also, I would advise looking through other peoples sketchbooks to see how they handle the head also. I know it helps me!
    Keep progressing and having fun!

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    lovely landscape paintings! i also really like the pack of cards... how do you remain patient doing all the letters on it? that's not my forte, because i get really impatient.

    addition to fraser's comment, apply what you studied onto your own sketches of people. keep up the good work!

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    @The Original [E] - Thank you very much [E]. I'm getting really excited about sketching more often now, honestly more than oil painting! lol I'll post some old works as well as the one I did today.

    @007-r0b3r7 - Yeah now that you mention it, it is squished isnt it. I'll do some more.

    @Craz - Good point, I didn't even think of that. Thank you for pointing that out Craz.

    @FraserMcT - Thank you FraserMcT. Another thing I have just started but will have to post later is doing sketches of all the people in the sales section of newspapers.

    @Merrycarousel - My trick for doing the lettering was my short attention span lol. I kinda zoned out while watching Law and Order, but yes pretty soon I am going to apply what I've studied so far.

    Thank you everyone for the comments. I appreciate the encouragement and the input. Here is a painting I did today for my brother and sister in law.

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    Here are past works for friends and family.


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    Heres my anatomy study I did tonight.

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    Environments seem to be your strong point, but I'm really glad to see you don't stick to doing just enviornments. I'd like to see a character or something in your enviornments... I feel like I say "enviornments" too much... XD

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    Whoa, marvelous enviros!
    Hello there! Your head studies are nice too, especially that last one, i'm glad you did them, that means we shall see the whole anatomy too, right? Well, I'll just subscribe and see

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    @Bummer6 - Thanks Bummer6. Yes I love nature, but I want to become proficient in characters as well. Combining the two into interesting pieces is going to be a goal soon.

    @Witcrack - Hey, thanks Witcrack. =) Yes I am going to be working towards the entire anatomy soon. Hey thanks for the subscription, woot! I'm a huge fan of Justin Sweet's work. And a big time Conan nerd lol. So eventually I want to do swords and sorcery concept art.

    Here is some work done tonight. Anyways I'm off to do more anatomy studies from that Hogarth book!

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    sweet deal :] you've been busy!

    keep up the great work. another book i would reccommend besides the hogarth book would be Drawing Heads and Hands, and Figure Drawing for All It's Worth, both by Andrew Loomis. the pdfs are online-available if you just google them. they're so great. i need to practice from them myself, heh

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    love the environments! have you ever used ansel adam's photographs as refs? you could also check out some environments from games like warhammer (nature/fantasy) or fallout 3 (post-apocalypse terrain + abandoned stuff), and films like LOTR =P.

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    Well I just got home from Wisconsin. My fingers have that steering wheel grip lock to them. I think I'll go relax and sketch while watching some tv.

    @007-r0b3r7 - Thanks Rob, I will add those books to the list for checking out.

    @merrycarousel - I'm not familiar with Ansel Adam but I am checking out their work now. Wow this really is great reference work. I already see a mountain scene I want to try out.

    Here is what I was able to come up with since last time I posted and before I left for Wisconsin.

    Here is a fantasy idea that came to mind. The two frogmen's poses to the right were referenced from a painting I found while google searching for frog pictures. The artists name is Jaime Jones so credit goes to them. I'll work on finishing this up later.

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    Here is a study of Beethoven from my Hogarth book which I'll finish up.

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    Heey! those frog soldiers is definitely interesting. I imagine your excellent background skill applied there. Will be reaally nice, i'm sure

    The beethoven piece is looking great so far. just keep track of your structure when you shade this to finish (people, including me, tend to just shade and shade and lose the structure later).

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    wow, i live in wisconsin
    small world haha

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    @Witcrack - Thx Witcrack. I've been looking at photo references of Kailash Cave Temple for ideas.

    @007-r0b3r7 - Haha very true. Was visiting the Eau Claire area.

    Ugh, yesterday I was feeling quite sluggish. Anyways I finished my sister's Christmas gift and the Beethoven study. Still working on the fantasy concept one. And on top of that I picked up a 24x36 canvas for my brother's painting. @@

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    Oh boy do I feel like I have not drawn for a while. Christmas was really busy and I'm glad its over with so I can get back to the basics. More anatomy sketches.

    Here is how my brother's painting turned out. I'm off to work on that fantasy sketch. Hope everyone's holiday was great.

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