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    Euvari's Sketchbook Thread

    Iíve been doing pencil drawings as far back as I can remember. I donít ever remember being taught, it was just something I did innately before I learned to read or write. My main influences back then were Pro Wrestling & Video Games. Because of that, most of the drawings I did was of the human form (cause pro wrestlers tend to be half naked), but the environments were over the top (see mushroom kingdoms and the like). Along with that, I was drawing characters from shows like Spectreman and Voltron. Around the 4th grade, I had started reading comics, and they became an inspiration as well.
    Around the 7th grade, one of my teachers introduced me to inking. For whatever reason, this was about the first time I started getting positive feedback on my work. Regardless, I still only did the occasional illustration as a hobby. But then, someone offered to pay me for an illustration I had done, and that became a source of income during my teenage years. This was in the 90s, so a lot of customers wanted pics in the Image Comics house style (heavy on hatches/cross hatches). I used this income to buy supplies and teach myself how to paint, while discovering and becoming familiar with anime & manga, specifically Street Fighter II, Fist of The North Star, Ghost In The Shell, and Ninja Scroll.
    For awhile, I stopped doing commissioned work so often, as customers wanted the Image style, and that didnít come naturally for me. I also stopped reading comic and narrowed my focus on anime, and became re-invigorated by video games, specifically Metal Gear Solid. At this point, I stopped doing commissions all together, and began doing a lot of self study in cultural & natural history.
    While I havenít done commissions in years (about eight to be exact), I never stopped drawing. I did stop painting (couldnĎt afford to keep buying the supplies), and started coloring digitally. My contemporary influences include films & music (that ďspeak to meď), but I still get inspiration from comics, manga, anime, and video games. I even started back reading comics sparingly around the time I turned 25.
    I had been trying to get work as an artist, more specifically, a Production Artist or Concept Artist, but have been batting a zero on that front. Also, I currently have no desire to do commissions, so Iím selling prints online at the various sites on the right. At some time in the future, Iíll probably start taking commissions again, but like I said, this is where I am currently.

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    Old Work Area sketch

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    Sylina Johnson references

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    First of all, I commend you on being self-taught. It's a tough road, but you're in the right place, and I think you will get some good feedback here. Comics, and video games are all good, but it you might benefit from broadening up your horizons a little bit. Here is a link to some free e-books. I really recommend the Bridgman and Loomis anatomy books. Most artists find them really helpful. I think you could benefit by practicing by drawing people at restaurants, from your front porch, draw your friends, but work on your anatomy, and your basic skills. You have a strong style...Don't be afraid that you will lose it by studying other subjects, or other techniques. You won't.
    Hope this helps... And don't hesitate to visit my sketch book, and tear it to shreds!
    ~Zombifried
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    Leigh Alexander reference

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    Emerald Shawl

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    Zombifried, sorry I missed your reply, and thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the shout out on being self taugh. I'd rather be taught by a professional, but I'm on a budget, so, we do what we can. And another thanks for the ebooks link, I'll be checking those out sooner than later. I've subscribed to your thread, so I'll be keeping an eye on that.

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    Thank you, Euvari, for subscribing to my sketchbook thread. I don't think I've had anybody do that yet! Once again, I really admire your devotion and work ethic.
    Don't get discouraged if the demand for your commissions slows down...Just use the time to keep working, trying new things, and you'll continue to grow. The work will get stronger, and the demand eventually, should return. I'm going through a very similar scenario, right now. So I use the time to get back to basics. (I look at review as necessary, because I know I've missed a lot, and I can use the practice at everything! Hell, I even use kid's how to draw books on occasion...They're great for breaking more complicated stuff into simple bite-sized chunks! ) That's enough of my rambling, though...
    Keep up the good stuff!

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