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    Book of the Rat

    Hello everyone, it's been a long time since I've posted here, lots of surgeries and such. However with all that time away it only gave me more time to spend sketching, so with the huge time gap between my last sketchbook and today I figure that i'd start a new one and continue on; ya know, get a fresh start.

    Anyway to kick off, the following are sketches of heroes I made for Champions(which luckily i was able to remake in champs online too hehe)

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    cool characters are here good job Blindrat !

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    Thanks, did a couple of extra stuff today. I'm not very good with human faces so I took a whack at t in gimp today as well as the usual doodling in my sketchbook.

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    I really like the flow of your pieces and look forward to seeing more.

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    Great stuff, I really like your creatures, keep up the good work.

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    Thanks guys, I couldn't sleep so I spent the time till I got tired just sketching a facourite character of mine named Anya.

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    Had some free time today to finally get in a study, in the final two weeks of my college semester so the papers and research are really getting to me.

    Anyway colour is not my strong point so I figured I'd take a whack at it with a study while I had the time. any critics are welcome.

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    Been a couple of days, but I've kept myself busy

    Did some practice with charcoal, digital colour study, and ink. Then one of the ink gesture practices i did with the crow women inspired me to do another ink drawing and a digital piece, using a crow-man and Aya my crazy lemur.
    Also going to the Norman rockwell museum tomorrow which should be fun! Maybe put some pictures up of that later

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    Finally done with the major "end of the semester" work. Thought I'd do another colour study after my class today.

    Thinking of giving photoshop or painter a whirl later, friend told me they're better than GIMP.

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    You've really got good poses. They have nice flow and really clear weight. Don't really have any major suggestions. Just work on keeping down the sketchiness I guess. Bigger breasts would definitely not hurt anyone.

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    Thanks, I guess bigger breasts wouldn't hurt, perhaps next time

    Continued on a previous colour study, tried a new way of digital painting, a bookmark for a friend, and a face study. Tried to be more refined and reduce the sketchiness in the last image.

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    I'm really digging your stuff. Feels like a cohesive world you are creating with all of these. Can't wait to se more.

    ...a perpetual plan for discovery days,where everyone can take part in "purposeless play".
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    Thanks! I know when I go out in the world I'll be doing other people's characters, so I've just been practicing making my own little world to make characters and stories with.

    It's been awhile since my last post, one more final exam to study for and I'll really be able to grind the graphite on some paper(or whatever I get my hands on really)
    Heres a little d sketch I did earlier

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    Very expressive work you've got here. I love the rat page!

    I suppose no matter what I'm drawing, there will always be some sort of question in my mind about it. A work of art (even cartoon art) is never really finished; it is abandoned.
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    Thanks, I'm thinking of expanding on it. I like rats(go figure) and people seem to show a lot of interest in it.
    Two colour studies using Anya

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    Page from the sketchbook
    Another sketch of Anya today getting ready for the hunting ceremony

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    i love how you have a story behind your work its cool and the rat theme is pretty cool to what influenced you to be so interested in rats ?

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    Thanks, that's a good question too.
    For me it has to be probably from being around rats so much, growing up with so many rodent cartoon characters, having rats as pets just seemed natural to me. I used to do a lot of my life drawing studies of rats, practicing with gestures and the such so they've in a way helped me start off my love for drawing.


    Here is what I did with yesterdays sketch om GIMP today.

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    ugh I hate resting after eye treatments, always feels like i fell off a bike when i don't get to draw or paint at all. Anyway here is a few warm ups I did today. the last one is a somewhat old that i touched up a bit for a colour scheme, Thinking of using it to make a more refined illustration.

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    Good stuff! The poses look pretty decent : D

    /sorry I can't be of any help T-T

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    Thanks and no worries.

    Heres a varying value study with some awkward looking organic form I did as practice today. I feel that colours and value are my weakest point, so really trying to push it, especially in digital media which has been a big learning process in itself.

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    cool sketchbook, I like your character designs.

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    Thanks, heres a long overdue update, really trying to get a grasp of working digital and had a friend teach me how to make brushes recently.

    The first few are sketches and speed-paints I volunteered to do for costume contest in champions online, where the winners were awarded sketches of their heroes. Had a lot of fun with that, along with some other sketches. The last one is a work in progress still, gotta get some reference of easels and stools, then I might colour it afterwards.

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    Good to see another Jamie Hewlet fan! Great work by the way - look forward to seeing more from you.

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    very nice sketchbook, i love your portrait and your sketches. Paint in post nr 18 is looking very bad ass, nice colouring!

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    Thanks, and yeah I love Jamies work, really enjoyed his monkey journey to the west stuff especially.

    Spent most of the day with the family veterans, so I didn't get much done today and I highly doubt tomorrow will be anything special either. Figured I'd at least get a colour study in before I get to bed

    Also After looking at that previous sketch I realized how bad I screwed up on the ninja heroes breasts so I did some correcting.

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    Very strong sketches, I'm very impressed by your creature designs in particular - very unique and you seem to approach them with ease. Keep up the great work.

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    thanks CG, coming from you that means a lot to me ^_^.Sorry for the late update folks, preparing for another upcoming surgery.

    Anyway I wanted to post colour/light experiment I was working with. It's a character I had forgotten all about until I heard a prayer in a game called The void.

    "Emerald, heavy and viscous as tar, enveloping canopy, invulnerable shield, arbiter of scales -- bestow thy power to this venerable warrior.
    To me, who raised a vengeful hammer —
    Listen.
    Fiendish plot of the heretic, who dares resist —
    Twist.
    His treacherous soul, chaotic and insane —
    Banish."

    I think i'm getting the hang of colour now and need to focus more on my technical skills and texture variation. I'm starting to notice that while I'm getting the colours I like on the digital softwares I'm having trouble getting the right texture.

    Also included a sketch of something I'm working on for CGhubs creature planet chellenge.

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    Wow! Your character designs are strong. I love the way you color your characters too. Keep it up!

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    Thanks Aresa

    did a few more sketches and finished up my warbeast entry(few minor tweaks still needed, now that I look at it*sigh*)

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