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    TDSpiral's Sketchbook- Be brutal!

    'Ello all, I'm Garrett. Or TDSpiral. Whatever is fine.

    Just finished this little bitty sketch of some zombie-things. I was a bit tired when I was doing these two, but I would appreciate any brutal feedback. Don't be afraid to use harsh language. I'll cry for 15 minutes, but I'll buck up :]

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    Sorry about the double-post, but I was trying to add more images and couldn't quite figure out how on my original post. I'm such a nub

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    I'm not a fan of Halo, but I love your Halo piece. The lighting is very good on it, though it should be a bit less intense on the right arm sense it's farther.

    Keep it up

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    Some kind of mountain looking over a valley. I was a lot more focused with natural colors here.

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    Here's some more recent stuff:

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    Very good work.... there is no point to be brutal... just keep it up

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    Haven't posted in a while, but here's some recent sketches (forgive the compression, please):









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    I don't update as often as I feel I should, but here's some more recent stuff.

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    Cool stuff man!!!

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    I like what you do, in particular, that one with the "spaceport" or the "spacehouse" with the spotlights up. What I see in your sketches is probably nothing new... You're missing the opportunity to make mistakes. You look so concerned to make things perfect, but you forget this is a SKETCHBOOK. it's supposed to loosen you, not the other way around. A lot of companies ask for quality and most people understand that you gotta make a FLAWLESS WORK, anatomy-wise, for example, and that's not necessarily the goal.

    Try to make an exercise in which you use your "mistakes" to get something different. Did you put an extra brush-stroke that you don't think belongs? leave it there and keep sketching. Chaos helps a lot. Just see what the image is telling you, what it wants to be. Don't use your eraser, don't think too much. At first you'll think you're doing bad drawings, but after you've spent an hour doing that, u'll see you're doing things u'd never come up with if you were thinking of making things right.

    Try it out and see how it goes. Dance with the art u're making

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    Nice stuff man! The cactus guy and the alien armor are pretty nice. Keep up the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreh_meister View Post
    I like what you do, in particular, that one with the "spaceport" or the "spacehouse" with the spotlights up. What I see in your sketches is probably nothing new... You're missing the opportunity to make mistakes. You look so concerned to make things perfect, but you forget this is a SKETCHBOOK. it's supposed to loosen you, not the other way around. A lot of companies ask for quality and most people understand that you gotta make a FLAWLESS WORK, anatomy-wise, for example, and that's not necessarily the goal.

    Try to make an exercise in which you use your "mistakes" to get something different. Did you put an extra brush-stroke that you don't think belongs? leave it there and keep sketching. Chaos helps a lot. Just see what the image is telling you, what it wants to be. Don't use your eraser, don't think too much. At first you'll think you're doing bad drawings, but after you've spent an hour doing that, u'll see you're doing things u'd never come up with if you were thinking of making things right.

    Try it out and see how it goes. Dance with the art u're making

    does that make sense? Hope it was helpful
    Thanks for the advice, it was REALLY helpful. You're completely right- I don't do a whole lot of just chaotic sketching. Usually I try to take on bigger stuff that I struggle with and then try to make it look as decent as I can. I know a lot of my artist friends draw a lot of random stuff and post it online, and I only post something every once in a while.

    Thanks again for the advice, I really appreciate it

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    I 2nd dreh_meister's advice for you.

    Good SB so far. I was really struck by the mountain in post # 5. REALLY good values and color in that piece; very strong.

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    That yellow/green armor is great. I like how it becomes more loose from top to bottom. I'd add some highlights on edges or some kind of backlight, imho.

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    Trying to do something more skercherly.

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    Man, it's always great to see the improvements in your work over time. Just to pick a few examples, the city looks great- is that from photo reference or is it an original design? The sci-fi armoured guy is excellent too and I like the differences in detail density so it's not overly detailed. I really like the small sketches too and I'd love to see that orc(?) head used to create a fully fleshed-out character. Great skull too.

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    Thanks for posting your sketchbook, cool stuff. The piece with the wrecked car and stranded driver really generates a lonely feeling... reminded me of when my vehicle broke down in the middle of nowhere

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