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    "Create like a god, command like a king, and work like a slave"

    Check the last page for the most recent stuff.

    I'm a 29 year old musician living in Seattle WA. Just looking to progress my understanding of art and illustration for my own personal enjoyment.

    Much love and respect to all here! This is, hands down, one of the best communities on the web!

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    Hey man. Welcome to Ca!

    Cool use of texture in those balls be sure to not forgot the cast shadow underneath the balls. Now they're kinda lacking that. And you also wanna make sure you're not gonna show us but those balls. Upload some more stuff. Dunno characters and the like or environments.

    Keep 'em coming.

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    Thanks for the feedback jordy. For sure on the cast shadows, I won't be forgetting those from now on. I will be posting actual sketches/figures/etc soon, I just wanted to start slow and work on some basic fundies for a month or so; I am not sure how long I can do just value balls so I am sure I will be posting something else soon! Thanks again.

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    Another sphere exercise. I can't figure out the proper method of diagnosing the proper intensity of color to match an appropriate grayscale value...any tips?

    Also, I found myself a paper sketch pad that I am going to start carrying around with me so that I can start posting some real-life doodles and exercises. *WARNING* I am terrible! But, this is all for getting better, and I hope that the feedback I receive from this fantastic community will help me get better. Thanks for looking.

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    Another Value vs Intensity Study:

    This one took me an overall 15 min to do. The other studies posted took me 30+ min each, so I am making progress in my sense of fluidity with the program. I am going to start doing these once a day now, along with Idiom's next exercise. Trying to get a regiment down. I will be sketching throughout the day now in my drawing pad whenever I can, so I will soon be posting those sketches.

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    SB Update

    The few sketches/exercises I was able to do accomplish over the last few busy days.

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    Been gone awhile.

    I am going to just upload anything and everything I make from now on. Getting embarrassed about how terrible I am just makes no sense if I want to grow as an artist. From hence forth I hold nothing back.

    This update consists of an original pencil doodle. Then I tossed it into PS and "symmetrized" it. It's something I like to do (but am slowly trying to work my way away from).

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    A loose hand gestural thing that I manipulated in PS.

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    Charcoal. Then PS again.

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    Started with a pencil sketch up. Then PSed it. Then churned it into a 54"x48" acrylic painting. (Order of pictures here is: PS, painting, ball point pen)

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    *Update*

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    *Update 2*

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    Looking for some feedback on my gestural sketches. I was doing 60 sec posemaniac sets. It looks terrible to me, but will keep it up. Trying to do 3-4 10 min posemaniac sessions a day on top of perspective studies.

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    Still hoping for some help/feedback on the gestural stuff. Is there a right and wrong way to do it?

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    *bump*

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    Hi Syle, I don't really often do those posemaniacs gestures things , but I think they're mainly used to warm up. On the other hand, I can recommend this pdf, quite much to read but it's so great and changed my way of thinking about anatomy/gesture.
    "Gesture Drawing for Animation" (the link is a pdf!), it's a collection of the handouts of Walt Stanchfield. I should print it out and take your time read it.

    Good luck .

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    Thank you Lyno! I really appreciate it!

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    The pear was the first DP I did. The nectarine followed. And then I did the blue bottle/apple today. They each took me 1+ hours.

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    update: in the market for a scanner to upload pencil studies, in the mean time, trying to get back into the digital realm.

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    just an update. hoping to be consistent.

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    11-27-2010 update:

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    Update, going through Loomis and Bridgeman.

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    Update 11-30-2010:

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    "Create like a god, command like a king, and work like a slave"
    That is some trippy shit. Dude, I see some excellent progress here. Your lines are getting more refined and confident. Mix up your pencils, push your lights and darks!

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    Thanks for passing through here Karmiclychee. I appreciate the feedback. I will totally pay attention to pushing my darks and lights. More contrast!

    Also, I really dig your website. Those renderings that you did of the bananas were top notch! The first one I thought was photograph! Until I did a double-take I didn't realize it was digital. Very cool.

    I saw that you were moving to Seattle soon; I'm in Seattle myself. I would be curious to know which Futurepoly classes and Gage classes you take. I took the Concept Design course at Futurepoly. It was a good course and very loosely (but also very educational) structured.

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    Hey dude.

    Keep it up. Some of your abstract stuff is really neat; I especially like the stuff in post #9. Also, you seem to have a very good eye for detail.

    As far as your posemaniacs gestures go, I've just started doing some myself, but I find that the looser my strokes, the more success I have. You're going for feeling, not 100% anatomical accuracy in those 30/60 seconds. Just my amateur opinion on the matter.

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    This one gave me some trouble. Some of the shadows I feel good about, and the ones I marked with a (?) I wasn't sure about....

    Anyways, this was just a quick perspective/light-value study. Going to hammer on these basics for a while; I'll stick with basic geometric shapes.

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    First of all, post #11 is amazing! As far as your figure studies, they are looking pretty good! Hand studies are are also well done. Keep up the good work!

    "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syle View Post
    Thanks for passing through here Karmiclychee. I appreciate the feedback. I will totally pay attention to pushing my darks and lights. More contrast!

    Also, I really dig your website. Those renderings that you did of the bananas were top notch! The first one I thought was photograph! Until I did a double-take I didn't realize it was digital. Very cool.

    I saw that you were moving to Seattle soon; I'm in Seattle myself. I would be curious to know which Futurepoly classes and Gage classes you take. I took the Concept Design course at Futurepoly. It was a good course and very loosely (but also very educational) structured.
    Haha, those bananas. Everyone loves the bananas. They're actually both photographs of a banana that I etched with the tip of my pocket knife (like a dot painting).

    I'm definitely interested in doing the drawing and painting Atelier, I just have to make it work somehow since it's full time, 7000 bucks, and I'm pretty much broke. I'm not sure when I'll do it (at the same time as Gage or after I've learned the foundations from Gage), but I want to at least take the Digital Art Core classes at Future Poly - digital painting, texturing, and concept design. I might just pick and choose after starting with digital painting.

    I suspect that I'd be better off doing Gage first, getting some really solid fundamentals in classical skills, and then veering off into concept design with a good technical foundation.

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