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    M. Williams Sketchbook

    Hello, everyone at Concept Art.

    Years ago as an art student I wished to pursue a career in illustration but for various reasons put my artwork "on the back burner" so to speak, while I worked a dead end job for over a dozen years. I was never satisfied with that decision, and was always thinking of artwork I'd like to be doing but never had the time for due to the demands of my work schedule. All the while, my drawing abilities rusted away with the lack of use.

    Having saved money over the years, I decided enough was enough, and I would get back into drawing and painting come hell or high water. Knocking the rust off was quite a challenge---I had not picked up a pencil or brush to do any serious work in at least six or seven years.

    Starting over with artwork in your late-30's is a daunting task in and of itself. At 38, I feel like a geezer with the young folks around here. Also a dinosaur---I draw and paint traditionally, and feel like a relic with my pencils and paintbrushes while everyone else talks about Photoshop and other programs. Not that there's anything wrong with using the computer!

    I am determined that 2010 will be about making my first portfolio since schooldays sixteen years ago. A bit intimidating to do it publicly on line with so much good work around here, so wish me luck!

    I have always enjoyed reading science fiction and fantasy and finding ideas for images from the texts, so these first few sketches for my first paintings are based on two classics, Frank Herbert's Dune and Larry Niven's Ringworld. Hopefully that's all right.

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    Ringworld sketches...
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    Love the sag in the old woman's/witch's face
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    Thank you, Chelli.

    Two more I had to reduce first.
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    Great sketches. I like the expressiveness you captured in the faces.
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    Very good, the detail in each of the people are great, you are very good with the human face.
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    I really love the work. I don't see any rust in your talent.In my opinion your at a professional level.

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    Hi and welcome!

    So far your work is nice, really. I especially like your interpretation of Jessica and I look forward for your paintings!

    My little adivce: Keep drawing you are good at it, keep posting it will make you even better!!
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    ayelid: Thank you!
    Icedearth: Thank you!
    crimsoneye: Thank you, I appreciate that. I have a few sketchbooks from when I started drawing again that I won't be posting---They are chock full of rust!
    Dir3kt: Thank you, as a Dune fan I hope you enjoy the illustrations when I'm done with them.


    Now an older sketch of Jessica and the Reverend Mother---the faces are obsolete, but it gives an idea of the final piece. Just imagine the two portraits of the women in the posts above in place of what's here. If I had Mad Photoshop Skills I'd try to replace the heads, but...there's a reason I cling to my pencils and brushes.
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    Sketch Above painted over with Acrylics.
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    More sketches for the Dune piece---prudence door projectors and the Reverend Mother's arm with a staff(not mentioned in the novel but I felt like adding it).
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    A sketch of Speaker-to-Animals from Ringworld.
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    A study of drapery on Jessica's gown.
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