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    Mike Ferris sketchbook and life drawing

    Im currently an Illustration major, and my goal is to be a concept artist for the film and gaming industry. Im working very hard I will try to post more soon. Critiques and comments are very welcome, and I insist if you do have any thoughts, write them please.

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    the skeleton's "ärm" look extremely long and some of the proportions, like the lady in bikini, looks a bit off.

    are these asignments or random sketches? thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks for the quick observations! These are just sketches. My friends and I got together and started a 24 hour Draw-a-thon, just non stop life drawing session for the art department.

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    Here are some gestures I have done recently, and some Fable inspired drawings, just for fun.
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    A quick 20 minute sketch from life in photoshop.

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    Skate Break

    This is my first Illustration Concepts project. The project is was titled Triggers: What happens today that triggers a memory from my past. For me, it's skateboarding sounds and the memories of my past injuries. Critique please

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    A quick painting in photoshop. Please critique.

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    Some more life drawing

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    Hey Mike! You've got some nice work in here. You're figure studies are nicely drawn and getting better rapidly.
    I think you could stand to make use of reference for your illustration assignment. The falling figure's body is contorted impossibly. The perspective, anatomy and lighting are all inconsistent. All the professional illustrators find or shoot their own reference, so there's no shame in doing it! The color in the skateboarding piece is also really chalky/washed out.

    That's a pretty stiff critique, but I'm only being so tough because I think the idea has real potential! Your other work shows that you have the skill to bring it up to a higher quality.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Thanks for the comments Brinkman! I will definitely keep them in mind for next time

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    Figure Painting Practice

    I need to get some figure painting practice in photoshop done, so Im gonna try to do one of these a day. Please critique!
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    Figure Painting Practice 2

    Some more practice Please share any thoughts, I want to get better
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    Figure Painting Practice 3

    Another 1 hour figure painting practice in Photoshop.
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    Dana Lying Down

    This is a 2 1/2 hour painting of our model. Painted in Photoshop.
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    Geisha Prelim Sketch

    I will be illustrating a geisha for my current illustration. This is the sketch that I came up with, and what I'll be painting in photoshop. I just saw that the neck is too long, so I'll be shortening it in the painting process. Any other tips or ideas?
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    Dana Standing

    A 2 1/2 hour painting in photoshop of our model from life. Critique!
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    Geisha

    Illustration assignment titled 'Eye Candy'. I think Geisha's are a perfect example of eye candy. Painted in Photoshop over a sketch.
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    Face Practice

    Just a quick painting in Photoshop.
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    Face Practice 2

    Another quick practice of painting in Photoshop. I really need to start working on painting really finished pieces.
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    Derek Hess Studies and Inspired Drawings.

    Just found this guy Derek Hess. Amazing artwork. He's really influencing me right now check him out.

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    First Step of my next illustration

    This is my sketch for the beginning of my next and last illustration. I did a lot of research on this one, particularly in the roots of trees. I looked at banyan trees mostly. Im going to paint it in photoshop and leave all of the inked lines, and have very pastel/watercolor type colors.

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    Good stuff so far, i really like the digital paintings done in photoshop they look really good.

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    Hay Kungfumike your life drawings look great as for the photoshop practices they look a little bland theirs only like one gradation pattern which means your not finding all the specific patches of colors and smaller shifts of tones in the flesh two artist to look at to see kind of what im talking about are Cole and Cezanne. Heres a asmall piece i threw together to show u
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    Cezanne is a bit more extream and coles is a bit rough but its just to get the idea across

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    Relaxing Under the Tree

    Assignment: Interpret the phrase 'My favorite place growing up was...' This illustration is pen and ink with color in photoshop. I had fun painting this image, but I wish the illustration assignments weren't so personal. I will never get a personal illustration job out in the real world.
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    Textured Face

    Currently taking an online Digital Studio Techniques class. I see some huge improvement here compared to the other faces I've been painting. We are for our assignments supposed to do a master study, then an original based off of what we learned doing the master study, every week, for 6 weeks. Great class.
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    This is an original painting based off of a master study that I did for my digital painting class.

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    Cyclops

    This is an Illustration of a Cyclops from the Classic Battletech game. It is based off what I learned from doing a master study of another robot.
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