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    LDQ - Sketchbook

    Hello to all here, I'm fairly new to digital painting/concept art, however, been stalking this forum for a good few years. Always hoped I'd get the chance to some day be a part of it. I've started on dA, 5 years ago, and for the last 3 years I've been looking for a better place. I've always loved drawing and painting, but I only recently had the financial means to buy a tablet and really start to work on my drawing/painting.

    So, with further ado, this is my sketchbook. Please go easy on me, as I've only recently really started to work on painting/sketching, and am really trying the hardest to get the hang of it.

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    some hand studies, just finished them.

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    I iz liking how I iz progressin'. Done by using photo ref... not necessarily good, but not bad either I would say. I'm starting to get the hang of this brush thing. Not bad once you get used to it

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    Welcome to CA! Nice stuff already, not much I can say so far but keep posting

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    Thanks a lot ! I'm one lazy dude, thats why I dont post every day. Also since I'm having a full-day job, I come home at 8 and depends on the day if I get to scribble some or not... Will try to do more of them !

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    Updated the above painting. Think I'm not gonna finish it off. I wanna keep what's left of the sketchyness

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    Uh since I was "in the zone" i thought of finishing off my aliend head concept. Turned out pretty ok, and I can honestly say I'm happy with it !

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    Another portrait, from reference. I was trying to render as realistic as possible. To be honest I would've tried to go from dark to light, but ended up going midtone/fleshtone to light and dark. I used the cardboard technique, digitally applied. love how it came out.

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    awsome start for you sketchbook
    your latest updates turning out real nice
    keep up those studies and keep having fun
    ill be staying tuned
    -Jamie

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    Thank you ! It is fun as heck and I'm really enjoying painting a lot. I'm trying not to do pencil because it is hard as feck to post them without a scanner ) besides I will end up drawing with a tablet eventually, hence it would make no sense to adapt twice. I'm trying to combine drawing study with painting for maximum efficiency. Fact is i have art background, but I am specialized in graphic design and new media. However painting and drawing were a big wish for me, as I did not get a chance to study those in school. I'm trying to round up my competences with concept art as well

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    Nice start man, keep painting you're doing great, I like that alien head concept, are you planning to finish the body?


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    I've started on dA, 5 years ago, and for the last 3 years I've been looking for a better place
    I know what you mean XD

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    Probably not any time soon It was a superquick study. But who knows... I just might. I do revisit some of my old stuff from time to time. So no hope lost there. :lol:

    Here's a quick enviro. Took about 30 minutes. Its kinda bland if you ask me. I'm still trying to create atmo out of thin air. noooooot succeeeding. My weak point is lighting.. need to work on that.

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    oh yeah. you really pushed yourself with that last realistic portrait from reference. It's nice.
    Try to experiment as much as you can. After all, it's all about hard work and dedication. Would love to see more from you. Cheers!

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    Yeah, the last portrait looks pretty good. Btw, enviro thumbnails usually results in a better image, so you might want to try to do that (thinking about the last one)

    Keep it up!

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    And another quick one. This time something more volcanic. This one seems to pack a bit more punch than the other one. To me it feels a bit stronger

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    Thanks guys ! will try out the thumb exercize tomorrow at work Wanna try it out tomorrow evening on a fullscale painting. Still have some trouble with lighting, perspective and comp (although the last is not as big as with lighting and persp).

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    And here's a doodle, while listening to The Verve - Lucky man. Music influences me a huge lot, especially by giving me all sorts of ideeas & visions and images. This however was just a doodle

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    Thank you ! I like to doodle a lot more than do premeditated stuff. I feel its much less constraining me. Premeditation usually leads me to a somewhat frustrated and forced outcome which in most cases shows.

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    thank you!!studies!!

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    And for today, a funky octopus and a snazzy assasin. One tried out with a more flowy technique and the other one with a more agressive,jagged one. the idea behind the assasin dude was to create a bit of mood too and to create cloth ONLY via one brush & study how different brushes behave under certain circumstances. Its all about experimenting and having fun ! and tbh I am having a friggin BLAST !!

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    some cool updates man keep expirementing with brushes youl find some that you like the most and most comftoable with.
    what ive been doing latley is using normal photoshop round brushes
    then adding in diffrent brushes after I have the base down
    have a good one looking forward to seeing more progress
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    thanks man ! I worked a lot with round brushes, but i use those more for coloring rather than painting. they just dont have the same effect. and sometimes I like to use agressive. + I am soooooo annoyed by everyone following the same receipes I hate to copycat a workstyle.. I am much more for defining my own one

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    BW sketches

    THis time I tried to explore a bit with alchemy, and see with what sketches I can come up with. This program is absolutley fabulous ! if you set it to pressure expression you can paint just like you could in Photoshop ! + bonus its got the mirror feature which is INVALUABLE if you're still shaky with your proportions !

    PS: I absofuckinglutely love that bughead ! came out sweet as hell !

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    Seeing that you have not updated in a while! how dare you not update whats up dude. Your stuff is sweet, I really like the guy that is one post #7 and the rino thing (hope you know what I mean). Thought I would stop by and everything!

    The Penvirates:: Xeon_OND :: PermaN00b:: Kamber Parrk :: Cygear ::Diarum

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    Back with some updates. Shitty period. Was literally overwhelmed by projects at work and I was forced to take on a few others in my spare time, which left me with little time for myself and painting (HATE THAT ) Can't wait for this whole thing to finish off and my life to get back to normal (once I move in alone) BONUS: My puter's Power supply went fritz on me, taking the cpu cooler down with it. So i got a new Chieftec power supply (14" fan) and a Zanemann Cooler for my CPU.

    here is some stuff. Sketches. One is that anthead which i've attempted to color, but ended up kinda bland for my personal taste and the other one is a sketch i just finished (but am too tired and lazy to finish today)

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    A attempt at a crit design. Again, not finished. Will work some more later on and post results

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    And here is another portrait after a looooong period of hyatus. I've found the brawn to put the pencil on the tablet again. For some reason I find that I'm afraid of it and I hate being afraid. So this weekend i pulled my shit together, found a good ref pic and did a quick sketch and worked on it. this is what came out (it's not done yet, will post the finished piece when done)

    I hate the fact that it takes long for me to learn this stuff, from scratch. Back when I started learning photoshop, photomanipulation and all that it took roughly 2 years or so. Now it seems I can't do it in a year. :| Hate that I cannot move within the space I've allocated... Oh well.

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    and the roughly finished outcome

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    After a longer period of saying "f__k it" not being able to paint and just generally being angry at myself for failing to come close to what I expect of myself, I restarted to work with new forces, and some more determination.

    Also, I switched programs, and rediscovered the joy of working with Photoshop CS1. It's incomparable with CS5 what painting is concerned. CS1 is far better, moves far quicker and is generally more responsive. Sure, not so many blings and stuff, but where there's a will there's a way. Originally I wanted to work with PS6 or PS7, but they seem to not be able to install on my machine (win7). In conclusion: i rediscovered my mojo.

    Here is some "proof"

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    And another doodle I just finished working on. st00pid. but still usefull.

    had a "kick-ass day" so myeah...

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