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    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    Hey all, i've been meaning to start a sketchbook thread for a while. It may only get updated once a week or so, but hopefully it will motivate me to update more

    My background is in 3d, but i've sketched all my life and currently work as a 3d environment lead and concept artist at a game company. (i know, weird title. I basically create art for whatever is needed at the time, 3d, 2d, level editor, etc...)

    Lately I have been doing a lot of digital figure drawing, so i'll kick off my thread with a few of the ones I like the most.


    These 3 are 3 hour poses
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    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    Some short pose:
    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    And a few misc mudbox sketches, an hour or two each:
    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

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    Why no feet on the barkeep?

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    Banggg onnnn i'd really love to see your sketchbook work, Values are looking good lovin how you arent going 100% light or dark keeping it in between 20%-80% most of the time is wicked

    i dont know much about 3d work so i cant say much there

    lines looking a little stiff for the poses i'd love to see you find a bit more Rythem / flow in the gesture phase perhaps


    looking forward to more soon ! keep up the hard work
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    tjtiger: I just ran out of time on that one...no real reason.

    Zorcron: Thanks, I think the reason I don't really go to pure black is that I like to have a little color in my darks. I get pretty close in creases though. I know what you mean about the stiffness of my lines, I think my 3d background makes me chisel in form and volume rather than get very fluid with it. I'll try and get some regular sketchbook stuff in- I haven't been working on paper that often in the last year or so, I wanted to focus on my color rendering when I got my laptop.



    Here's this week's figure work, 3 hour pose. Overall I'm pretty happy with it, although I didn't get to finish. We'll see if I can try a more "spontaneous" approach next time.

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    I really like how that figure painting turned out!! keep up the good work
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    I'm already in love with this sketchbook. Hope to see more!

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    A quick doodle from today while looking through a rainforest book. Color scheme and texture inspired by a frog.

    Nate - Espaki's Sketchbook (2d, 3d, figure stuff, and maybe some photography)

    A WIP 3d model I've had on the side for a bit. I haven't worked on it in a month or so, I need to get around to finishing it. Based on my car.
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    And another Figure piece from late last year.
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    Some photos I took yesterday-
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    Tonight's figure work. I spent most of the time on her face and ran out of time for the rest, but I think I was pretty successful at getting a good likeness. I'm also happy with my color palette.

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    A doodle from late last night. I think I might enlarge it and add some more finish to it, we'll see what happens. I tend to lose inspiration on something if I need to go back to it at a later time.

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    Figure drawing from this week-

    I tried a different approach this time, i didn't start with line, and I used a much more textured brush. I feel ok about this one, but I think my pallet choices could have been better. Finishing some of the details would have been nice too.

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    Your March 9th model painting is stunning! The negative space enhances the feeling that she is lost in her thoughts. Beautiful pallet as well.

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    Thanks Oblivia!

    Here's a 2.5 hour mudbox doodle from this weekend. I'll probably make a detail/texture pass one of these days soon.

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    You do really really beautiful skin tones and textures. i can't wait to see more work from you.

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    Mokhi: Thank you I need to do some master studies to really try and push things further. I'd love to achieve a more classical feel for some of this stuff.

    Here's the latest on the mudbox doodle, I think i'll move on from this one for now.

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    great work on digital figure drawing at the beginning of your SB. They really taught me a few things about light and color. Keep sharing new work.

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    Ivan: Thanks, and will do - continuing with this one!

    This is from tonight, another 3 hr pose. I worked with shape and color first instead of line again, all the while with a chalky brush. The model was very red and that combined with a bright yellow light she got very saturated.

    I'm really happy with how the pallette came out on this one, I made some conscious decisions about what colors I wanted and how to keep them somewhat harmonious and I think it paid off.

    I'm always open to critique if anyone has any for me, I know I have a whole lot to learn here still.

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    Added bonus, another process gif:

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    Here's the figure from this past saturday. I really didn't like how it was going after the first hour, but I managed to salvage it somewhat. Not my favorite, but I guess everyone has those days.

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    Thanks Kingkostas-

    Here's about an hour doodle from today. I might get around to refining it more later-

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    Another 3ish hour doodle from today. I would like to do a little more with it but i've run out of steam for tonight.

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    I started out using some really nice brushes from Jan Ditlev - They worked great, but i didn't want to take it too far and ruin the looseness. Here is the first one I did:
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    From there I went my usual circular brush route. Neither of these are really finished, but I'm happy with some of the parts of each of them.

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    I found a new figure drawing spot today, it's a smaller group that does short pose. I was pleased to find that they have really good lighting and the model had some awesome poses.

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    Super solid stuff in here. An inspiration for sure.

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    great stuff here, love the figurative stuff, keep em coming
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    Thanks guys-

    here's another one from today. 3ish hours maybe? I'm pretty happy with it, maybe i'll try and ruin it with color later.

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    Great figure paintings - I appreciate the process gif's as well.

    The orange frog creature looks very cool - maybe mudbox him up?

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    Not a bad idea puck, i've been meaning to do something besides a head for a while.


    I finally got around to doing a photoshoot of my car with the new wheels on it. I also discovered adobe camera raw, which for some reason I had overlooked until now. Fun stuff!

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    wooooo.....so nice!the 2d and 3d are so great! I like your zbrush works,I think you will become very strong!keep it up my friend. become the English is not the first language, so forgive my poor English.

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    I've been busy with assorted things lately and haven't had a chance to do much figure stuff lately. I have been doing a fair amount of speedpainting with a bunch of coworkers. You can check that out here: http://drypixel.blogspot.com

    A few of my favorites so far:
    A frozen cityscape - 30 minutes
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    A rusty hovering car with nuclear weapons - 1 hour
    I really didn't stick with the theme properly on this one, but i had fun with the vehicle design.
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    An enormous Demon Dissects a Train - 1 hour
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    A wounded hairy officer - 30m
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