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    New Facebook Header Yet Again

    So I decided to redo my facebook header again. It will probably be a never ending process but I wanted to make it more lighthearted than my current one.

    This is something I started working on today. I like the direction of this so I'll see where it goes. I still have to clean up parts of the drawing.

    I also need to do a value study of the drawing I posted before this which I haven't gotten a chance to do yet. There is so much to do and not enough time to do it.
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    More refining on the drawing

    Here is more of it refined. I'm still trying to figure out what to do in the background. I'm sure I'll figure something out. I'm liking the color scheme I'm using and want to play with that some more.
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    Added some color to this

    I fleshed out the general color and lighting. I'm trying to figure all this out before I get in too deep with it. In the past I haven't always cared and I suffered along the way. I'm taking baby steps and really thinking this through.
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    Hey Ian loving the last couple of concepts you are working on. You have very cool ideas and I think your skills are continuing to progress. It looks like you are doing all the right things. As always I look forward to seeing more.

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    Thanks Marian! Sorry I haven't been active in a while. I've been really busy because I moved last Wednesday and it was a nightmare.

    I'm glad it's over at least. I'm starting to settle in to my new apartment. I still have a lot to unpack but I do like my room and it's a much better workspace than where I was living before.

    I will post more updates to my illustration tomorrow but wanted to a doodle I did at work today.
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    really like the paintings man very cute and friendly! I also like your use of color!
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    More progress

    Thanks Uyeno! I wish I was as good as you when I was 15. lol.

    Here's an update.

    I ended up changing the pose of the pig and moved it over a bit to the right. I realized where the pigs feet were was dividing the composition in half. It was bugging me so I fixed it to be more asymmetrical.

    I like the drawing of the pig now and am getting closer to how I want the lighting to be. I did have to simplify my idea down a bit. I wanted the two pigs sitting in the bottom right to be playing cards but that was a very complicated idea to execute. I simplified it by putting a cow in there instead.

    I'm sure more changes will occur but I'm liking the direction that it's in.

    Also something I learned is that in Photoshop, if you switch the mode to LAB, the colors blend better than in RGB. The only downside is that you can't save your image as a jpeg. I've found a work around to this by taking a screen shot of the image.
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    Another update

    Here's some more progress. I was hoping to finish this tonight but that isn't possible now. I'll have to finish it tomorrow.
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    Hey Ian so glad you are getting settled and happy in your new place. I love the expression on the pig he looks so contented. You are making good progress, are you thinking of making one of the cows front legs more forward of backwards for a little variation? As always I look forward to seeing what you do next.

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    Here's something new I created. I'm curious to know what others think.
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    Finished

    Thanks for the tip Marian. I ended up applying that. Great suggestion.

    Here is the finished version.
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    Figure Studies

    I haven't done much figure studies in a while so I figured I'd start doing them again.
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    Cool figure studies-- You seem to have a pretty wicked grasp of values. Keep up the great work!

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    Thanks Misty Feather.

    Here are some more doodles and studies.
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    Added some highlights and a doodle sketch

    After looking at my new illustration I completed, I realized the pig needed some little highlights here and there. I think it looks better with them in.

    I was also goofing around tonight and did some doodles.

    I have another idea for an illustration and will start working on that soon.
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    A doodle and a study

    I was trying a different method of coming up with a composition by not having a plan at all and just painting stuff and seeing what happens. It eventually developed into this. I want to take this further and see where it goes.

    I also did another study. This time I used a block in brush. There was no opacity or flow settings. This really forced me to break the form down into basic shapes.
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    Thanks for dropping by my sketchbook! I browsed through yours and must say that the improvement is evident. I also like your quirky ideas, which I think is of major importance in an image. No amount of rendering etc will save a poor idea.

    Keep it up!
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    I really love the whimsy and idea in the house concept! The no-frills block-in of the figure looks pretty cool as well!

    Most of your figures seem fairly rough. Have you ever thought about taking one to more of a finished, rendered state? I don't know if it would help nessacarily (not an expert at these things), but it might be something to consider.

    Anyways, keep drawing and painting!

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    This sketchbook has a great lighthearted atmosphere to it. I've been enjoying all the quirkiness

    If there's any weakness right now, it's that the altered proportions don't always feel balanced. I see you like playing around with character proportions, often enlarging the head, or shortening the shins, but if the character doesn't look like it can stand or walk it won't feel convincing.

    As an example, the purple piglet illo (I love saying that). The arm position gives it character, but the arms themselves feel off. They're the only part of the piglet that aren't round and stubby.
    You could also give it a greater sense of weight by adding some occlusion shadows under the pig.
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    Thanks everyone for commenting.

    @Chronberg Thanks! I feel like I'm definitely improving and making work at a professional level. I just have to keep making more art to put into my portfolio.

    @dragning Thanks. I should probably work on a more finished figure painting. I guess my goal was to practice blocking in big shapes so that's why they are rough.

    @IntoTheVoid Thanks for stopping by. For the pig piece, I tried playing around with the arm but it honestly doesn't work making it round like every other body part. It needs to look like an elbow is bending and making it round really doesn't work here. To me, it didn't feel off. I'm curious to know if anyone else had an issue with it. I see your point about not making my proportions balanced all the time. I guess that's because it's just a doodle and I'm not thinking about that stuff. It's just something fun to do.

    I'm starting a new illustration. It will be a giant M&M attacking the city. It's still really rough right now but I thought I would share my process anyway.

    I also worked on the alien creature I posted earlier. I did this before keeping in mind the proportion things IntoTheVoid mentioned so I will have to develop this further.
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    Hello! Thank you for the kind words and advice in my sb You have so many great ideas and pieces in yours, makes me feel jealous hehe. I really enjoy seeing some monsters and creatures!
    You have come a long way, I definitely can see the improvement since the first page Keep rocking, try new things once in a while and have fun~

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    Thanks Minella! I will definitely keep trying new things.

    I ended up fixing the proportions of the earlier character I posted. The face changed also bit I'll keep developing it. I also paid more attention to my line quality this time. I think my issue is that sometimes I rush through the drawing without thinking first. Thinking before hand definitely helps. I'm also drew more with my shoulder than my wrist.
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    some progress

    I finally added some figures to this. It's taking a lot longer than I thought. Drawing these figures has been a challenge. I'm almost done drawing them though. I'll probably add 1 or 2 more.
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    I didn't have a chance to work on the illustration and did some figure drawing instead. I was trying to keep my pen down on my wacom tablet more to make my lines more fluid. I'm still getting used to it.
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    Redoing the composition

    So while working on this, I came up with a better idea for the composition. I thought it would be better if I changed the angle. It still has a ways to go but I'm liking the direction it's in.
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    hey there

    The last composition is much better. I suggest You add one foot in the foreground of someone running

    and also add some rock and cracking on the road to direct the eye

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    Yeah Ian this is a great angle for your latest piece. Looks really good already and you can really feel the drama and fear. I look forward to seeing more of this one.

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    Thanks guys!

    I finally got around to scanning some drawings from my sketchbook. I have also been trying to get better at having stronger brush economy in my paintings so I am trying that out on a couple of images I painted here. I also did some more figure drawings.
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    Love you comic sketchbook pages, I had a giggle when I saw the T-REX on page #1
    I also really like your figures you build them from inside out, which is why I tell
    students how important it is to know the stick figure WELL.

    Can't wait to see an update from the M dude chasing down consumers, looking forward too see where
    you will take that image. Some how I like the #529 more than #531, cause it looks more dramatic!
    I guess it's the people and that he is covered from the escapers. Think it that why, bigger monster more
    people are running away, maybe it's just a psychological effect! LOVE IT, keep working it
    out, swing by if you have time,....would love to have your feedback on my work!
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    Twitter Header

    Thanks iven!

    I haven't posted in a while but I decided to create a twitter header for my twitter account.

    I'm curious to know what you guys think. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    I also found out yesterday that I was laid off from my job. Upper management decided they no longer needed my services after 4.5 years of working for them.

    I'm surprised I was laid off because I was the only graphic designer their. They were doing a lot more graphics and needed my help. I don't know why they would cut me off. To be honest, I outgrew my position but it was still good to have a job at least. My boss even admitted that I outgrew my position and that there wasn't room for growth. It sucks but I wasn't completely happy there and was almost thinking about quitting so maybe this is a sign that something better will come along.

    On top of that, I'm starting to realize that my visual vocabulary is weak and that their are gaps in my fundamentals. It sucks because I don't always know what those gaps are at this point. I don't know how to feel about the visual vocabulary aspect. I've been drawing a lot but maybe I need to spend more time analyzing which I thought I was already doing. I don't know. I feel frustrated.

    I do know tat I have seen growth myself and my skills so that is a sign that I am doing something right. I really need to go back now and finish the m&m piece because I pushed that off.
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