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    Another wannabee concept-artist looking for tips and tricks

    Hi all,
    After reading throug Kevin's topic I decided to start one for my own.
    I am 20 years old and still need to learn alot, the only problem is that I can't go to artschool or anything like that. That probably sounds weird, but I'm having CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Synrome) so that basically means I am tiered the whole day. Luckily I was able to finish school at A-level (VWO in the Netherlands) although I was there only for 25% of the time. After that I did 1 month of Industrial Design at the TU in Delft but it was just too much work and I couln't keep up the pace. Now I sit at home almost all day being able to draw about 4 hours a day.
    But the problem is, how can I learn to draw/ make concept-art if there is nobody who teaches me and give me some comments and crits, so my question is can you guys help me.
    I already bought a book about anatomy and watched a lot of video tutorials including some of Massive Black, I really like the statement of Andrew "Android" Jones: "Why did I spent al those years with learning how to draw if I can play with al those cool shapes."
    That line gives me the spirit to go on, so Andrew if you read this, thank you for that specific line.

    Here are some of my artworks to give you an impression of what I can do at the moment.

    Oh and BTW, I like to focus more on environments, architecture and technical stuff like vehicles, weapons and other devices.

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    Yesterday I watched Andrew Jones' thumbnail demo and I decided to do something like that myself. He uses Z-Brush, Painter and Photoshop mine are Photoshop only.
    They are just some shape exporations for alien/robotic type of creatures, which can be done very nice with this technique.

    Hope you like it.

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    Thanks for the invite:

    Here is some more stuff, I decided to go on with what I like to call the Cool-Shape Philosophy.
    It's still a work in progress so keep your eyes open for updates.
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    Hi all,

    Today I decided to do some canyoning. After a 2-3 hours struggle the sketch still didn't come out the way I would like it to be.
    Any thoughts on how to improve it? Every tip will be highly appreciated.
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    Thanks for the comment.
    I decided to give it a small rework, worked a bit on the perspective and added some small details.

    This is the result I came up with:
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    the blues/greens/birds you added gave the picture a lot more atmosphere, nice work.

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    nice stuff. I really like number 6 from your thumbnail images. You have some really nice values and colors going. Try overlaying some phototextures to help bring detail into the places where you dont have any.

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    Thanks for the comments.
    I decided to take the cool-shape theory to the next level.
    Downloaded a 30 days trial of ZBrush and started to mess with the decobrush, exported the file to Photoshop and continued editing.
    Currently I am at this point:
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    Still a work in progress at the very first stages, will update soon.

    Also did some work on the cool shaped monster, here is the update:
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    Here is an update on the cool shape thingy.
    I discovered some sort of tentacles in the shapes, so I refined it a bit to a sort of octopus like creature. Keep your eyes open for updates because he need some prey(s)
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    Here is another WIP I'm doing, this time a more traditional approach.
    Tried to create a vast army that is marching towards the battle.

    Started with some B&W thumbnail sketches:
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    Colorded them:
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    Picked one of them and worked a bit on it:
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    Will be working more on it of course, but I was wondering if it is a good start.
    How about the colorscheme etc. is it working? IMHO it works quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Studios View Post
    Yesterday I watched Andrew Jones' thumbnail demo and I decided to do something like that myself. He uses Z-Brush, Painter and Photoshop mine are Photoshop only.
    They are just some shape exporations for alien/robotic type of creatures, which can be done very nice with this technique.

    Hope you like it.
    where did you see that video I have been looking for it for a while and can't find it

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    The video is available for purchase at the Massive Black website, and I think here on CA as well. Here is a link to the specific video

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    ok cool I need to get a few hours to watch my Jason Chan Vids then I am definately gonna go check that out!!

    How did you do those shapes in photoshop in the mean time? did you just layer brushes?

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    Good start man, your speedpainting collage at the top looks promising.
    One tip to take speedpaintings up a notch is to keep an eye on your edging. I mean you can keep things loose and undefined but have some crisp edges to reinforce architecture or materials. Lead the eye by having a focused area that has more refined edges.
    The bridge would be a great place to block in those buildings with a strong edge against the backdrop.
    Take your time and keep experimenting!

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    You have some pretty good renderings here M-Studios! i also really like the alien robots sketches. What I could suggest is to play with perspective more like you did in the canyon piece. I was advised to put more 3 point perspective in my work such so that the vertical lines (like say for buildings) were not completely vertical, but had a slight but not necessarily steep vanishing point either up or down.

    Good stuff!

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    Let me know if you wanna try some things for my project, I have about 6 artists who are on it already for character design. You do some cool cool landscapes.

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    Thanks for the comments.
    Here is a little update on the army scene.
    Still need to work more on the detail and the focal point.
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    Yesterday I watched Andrew Jones' thumbnail demo and I decided to do something like that myself. He uses Z-Brush, Painter and Photoshop mine are Photoshop only.
    They are just some shape exporations for alien/robotic type of creatures, which can be done very nice with this technique.

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    Hi all,
    Here another update on the army. I decided to work out the mountain a little bit more, because it looked like a big flat textured blob. It reads more like a mountain now imho.
    Still thinking about a way of painting the army as it won't be doable to paint every individual soldier on the foreground. I guess I will find a solution eventualy.

    Here it is:
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    Here is a quick speedpaint I did in Photoshop, aprox 45 min.
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    M-Studios,

    Check your Personal Messages under your control panel. I dropped you something might be interested in.

    Your newest speed paint is full of a lot of nice, organic shapes. The river down running through it helps to describe it as an environment and I think it does well enough as a speed paint.

    I'd suggest that you begin to think about a closer foreground in your images. It's nice to place the viewer into the scene more. You've got a lot of space that was filled with patterns and rake brushes, but I'd like to see some of that area go to darker silhouettes of the closer organic forms seen in the background. In theory this should help places us in the scene more, and provide you with more depth, and hopefully interest.

    Again, check your PMs. Hope to hear from you, but it's cool if not .

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    Thanks for the comments!
    Maybe I will spend more time on the painting to make it a bit better, it isn't that good after all because I was just scribbling away without having any idea.

    I did another quick sketch, this time an old skook dogfight, I think I will use this sketch to create a better illustration. So comments and crits are really wanted.

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    I decided to make an illustration from the dogfight.
    Changed the composition a bit and added some warm lights.

    C&C wanted!

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    It all looks fantastic man! Biggest problem I see with your canyon image is balance, it looks better with the touch of blue and the birds, but the entire image seems to be roughly the same level of detail throughout, which makes it lack a true focal point, and lacks balance of contrast, I assume the buildings and bridge are the focal point, and because of the nature of the scene it is naturally a focal point, but only because of the nature of the scene, and not due to technique like use of contrast and detail. I still love that image though.

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    I guess I going to call this one finished, will continue with the army illustration with the help I got from the WIP section on the forums.

    Here is the final of the dogfight:
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    Also did a 10 minutes sketch with some randon shapes, it probably will turn into a sea battle scene.
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    Hi all,

    Here I am again. Decided to rough in a bit more detail on the sketch I did earlier.
    It's still in the very first stages, os it looks a bit slopy.
    I could use some crits to improve myself so feel free to flame me.

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    For someone with certain health conditions, you're actually doing a good job. Keep up the good work.

    I'm not an artist, just fan of concept art

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    Thanks for the encouragement!
    It's very tough sometimes but such comments like yours make me to keep going.

    Thanks!

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    Jackson Pollock meets landscapes in Digital Painting.

    I love your work.

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    i love your works, the general mood reminds me of a cartoon called samurai jack
    the nature, the futuristic cities, the fights and the sadness...

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