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    Ted E.'s Sketchbook (Update: August 18th)

    A graduate of the Art Institutes of Seattle and Pittsburgh. I have been obsessed with drawing and painting since I was very young. Filling up sketchbook pages with studies in realism, creating characters, ideas and worlds I filled to the edges over 2500 pages. I compiled many large finished artwork through the years - including portraits, caricatures, landscapes and animals. Although life has pulled my time in many directions I have always stayed constantly drawing.

    I have been digitally painting for about seven years now and became completely obsessed the last 4 years.

    I like to digitally paint in Corel Painter. I like that organic feel and look that Painter can offer. Sometimes I open the program just to find and tweak different tools. Sometimes I experiment with the property's of one tool and stick with it for an entire rendering. Sometimes I do very technical study's on proportion and realism. Sometimes I force myself to time limits. I mostly do my digital paintings, speed painting and sketch's in Painter X. I use Photoshop CS3 (a digital painting program) to paint an average of about %5 in my work flow using brushes and tools that Painter does not have. I have painted 100% in PS with a handful of paintings and enjoy the differences that it can offer. No matter what program I use, I never use photos (digital or otherwise) in my digital paintings period!

    I am here to grow, so feel free to speak your mind. (Just be constructive - please!)

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    Ted E.'s Painter sketchbook

    A couple more sketches and speed paintings in Corel Painter.





    Polar Bear- Painter w/one palette knife




    Bridge Speed Sketch- Painter w/pastel variant




    Misc Face sketch- Painter w/basic round, conte, and real round




    Beetle Sketch- Painter w/ chalk, pen, airbrush


    I am here to grow my speed skills so feel free to speak your mind. (Just be constructive please!)

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    Great start for a sketchbook! That old guy in post no. 1 is awesome. It has a loads of feeling. Keep posting!

    My sketchbook here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...75944&page=999
    (some nudity may occur)
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    Did you attend AIonline or in the school for Pittsburgh? I will be taking AIonline classes soon, and it's kind of too late to back out but I've been hearing more bad than good reviews about the school.

    Really great work. I love your details.

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    i like the portraits theres some really nice shapes in those faces, some of the edges on the beetle seem a bit muddy to me maybe paint in the edges with a hard edged brush?
    keep going great stuff

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    Myllys: Thank You, I definitely will!

    Pinkish: Thank you.
    I attended the campus in Seattle for a year and a half. Then I finished my degree online. Education is always what you make of it. That said, If you can JOIN TAD!!! I wish that this program was around when I was entering school. With the high number of qualified industry leading instructors, TAD is a students dream come true.

    stormrider85-Thank You. Yeah, I should probably put a little more time into refining the beetle sketch.

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    The Art Departments Discovery has been awesome!!! I have been loving the range of artist that the program has included. So much information being covered by so many amazing artist. So much to learn and absorb for everyone.

    I thought I would share some more of my pre-Discovery artwork. I feel major improvements starting to happen and would like to share where some my personal foundation came from.

    First post will be animal studies:



    Painter X- Liquid Oils and Airbrush



    Painter X - Oils (Hard and soft round)



    Painter X- Inks, oils and chalk.



    Painter X- oils and acrylics



    Painter X- Watercolor, inks and oils on colored paper



    Painter X- acrylics and oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils and palette knife



    Painter X- Liquid oils and airbrush.

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    nice ones, the fish is awesome!

    in general I found it a bit hard to decide where to look in your paintings tho, it seems everything is the same density, saturation, and contrast... it's quite hard to decipher which objects are foreground and background, where the most interesting areas are, that sort of stuff
    You could try focusing on one area (like the faces of characters) and toning down the rest by muting the colours, using less contrast, or adding depth. i reckon that's how the fish works so well!

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    NeonDuck- Thank you.

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    Some landscape study's from a commissioned project. They were printed at a large size (3' x 5' avg.) so I created some of the files at 90-40 mega pixels. Crazy huge I know, but I wanted them to print at a high resolution.



    Painter X- mostly used the Sargent brush with some liquid olis.



    Painter X- Sargent brush, chalk, variety of liquid oils, and splatters



    Painter X- Sargent brush, airbrush and liquid oils.



    Painter X- Sargent brush, inks, chalks, and airbrush.



    Painter X- Sargent brush, liquid oils, airbrush, and spray splatters.



    Painter X- Liquid oils, Sargent brush, and airbrush.

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    some more landscape studies using Painter X.



    Painter X- Liquid oils and airbrush



    Painter X- Sargent Brush, liquid oils, airbrushes and pastel.



    Painter X- Palette Knife, liquid oils, and pastel



    Painter X- Liquid oils, pastel, and airbrushes



    Painter X- Liquid oils

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    and some more landscape study's:



    Painter X- Liquid oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils w/ tooth on the paper



    Painter X- Liquid oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils with various airbrushed spray splatters.



    Painter X- Liquid oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils



    Painter X- Liquid bristle oils



    Painter X- Liquid oils, pastel, and acrylic

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    Starting to convert my some of my sketchbook into paintings. This is a marker rendering I did years ago. Nice to finally getting to finishing it off. I am about half way through the digital painting and would love any feedback.

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    Another WIP from a marker drawing I did years ago.
    I think I am going to add a agent Smith running into the foreground. Would love to get any feedback.

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    ---HI, mate & welcome on the board Really like your drawing style especially you did the way that on the Matrix things. Also I like your coloring & rendering... The "Golden Fish" was looking great...
    ---btw: sorry about my English... Good luck, mate...!.........................

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    ---HI, mate & welcome on the board Really like your drawing style, especially the way how you did that on the Matrix characters. Also I like your coloring & rendering... The "Golden Fish" was looking great...
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    Mag-Neo- Thank You!

    Another WIP of the 'Orangutan Kiss' and some WIP's of a compositional study. Working on six different compositions at the moment. Like to juggle multiple composition at one time so that I can come back to each with fresher eyes.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

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    The Christopher Walken piece is my conceptual portrait assignment from TAD's Discovery. I wanted to have a young Christopher Walken being dropped by aliens in the 60's.

    The other two are WIP's that I am working on currently.

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    Another WIP of the Eddie Murphy Piece. I decided I wanted to capture his sarcastic laughter more. I think it helped, made the piece more lively.

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    Third WIP for 'The Orangutan Kiss'.

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    Some conceptual portrait studies created in Painter.

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    Master studies created in Painter.
    The top three are after Sebastian Kruger, and the bottom landscape is after Albert Bierstadt. I will probably detail these a little more to get some more great info.. These are soooo fun!

    Edit: Another master study after Kruger on bottom.

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    Some of my studies from The Art Departments Discovery program.

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    Speed painting of Arnold.

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    Some of the study's from this week. Got a terrible cold this week so some of my work reflected that too much. Continuing to experiment with being more suggestive. Self-portrait on top.

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    Some recent sketches from my sketchbooks. Working out of the 'The Book of Bones', thank you Mentler. Going to try to work my way through his study's. The other sketches are from 'Bridgeman's ......' .

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    wow, really a lot of great work. My only crit is that some of the hair/fur looks too much like the brushes in photoshop, it doesn't look natural.

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    Great job! You have a lot of wonderful work here, love the gold fish, we just got one and a turtle.

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    really inspiring thread, really good job, I'll follow this SB
    keep it up

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    jskotte- Thank you. Always looking for a more natural digital brush for hair. Checking out the Real Bristle system in Painter 11 and getting some cool results.
    Mike Butkus- Thank You! It blew my mind to see that comment from an artist of your caliber. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my sketchbook. Wow!
    Twan- Thank you for the comment and the follow!


    Starting to scan in some of my work from the last ten years for personal archiving. Plus it is always nice to review these just to see how far I have come. Decided I would share some of this work (even though some the mistakes stick out like a sore thumb to me now). Some are class assignments, some are personal study's and some experiments with media.

    (Note: 'Cheap acrylics' - $10 set. Second flower painting is oils and not acrylics.)

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