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    Sectra's Book o' Sketches

    I guess this will be my informal greeting to all you CA heads out there. I've been on the deviantART scene for a while now, but spent much of the last 3-4 years lurking on and conceptART. Only recently have I met someone with mad talent that's pushed me to start up my own sketchbook for some much needed feedback: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=2713230

    In the meantime take a gander & feel free to say what's on your mind. I'm backtracking a bit and posting this newest work from my freshman year at RMCAD, but my hope is they'll be some signs of progression through the post, as I'm currently getting into the first half of my Junior year. I'll try and keep this updated week-by-week...promise.

    Thanks in advance!! Hope to ignite some dialogue with new members (ie: myself) and more seasoned individuals alike

    -Dylan

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    Self portrait. Final assignment for Drawing 2. Illustrate yourself as an indigenous person. The video that went with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99BYGxqNzZs

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    Some quick referenced figure sketches from last year.

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    This piece was part of a larger collaborative project between myself and Jay Miller. Started somewhere around 2008 as a way to experiment with imaginative settings based off musical qeues. The final edit can be seen here: http://warinmysky.deviantart.com/art...5358173?q=&qo=

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    Another scene I did from the Dead Flag Blues project

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    Old sketch. Trying to understand perspective from a low vantage point. Took me another 2 years before I started to understand properly

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    Part of Drawing 1 freshman year. 13 chairs assignment.

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    This was supposed to be 1/3 of a larger finished project from Drawing 1. Invented bug creature rendered in line, simplified forms, and final drawing. I was too impatient to mess with the former 2 steps, and went straight into the final. Suffered a bit because of my attitude as well. Let a...well, close friend of mine draw a heart on the shell. I kept it. I shouldn't have.

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    Wrapped & Unwrapped assignment from Drawing 2. Unfinished (obviously). Pencil on 18x24 Canson pastel paper

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    Pastels on 18x24 Canson. Occularium study.

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    Humanities 2 was a class designed for killing creativity and providing ample time to sketch fellow students.

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    Initial sketches for a celebrity characature.

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    Final piece. Chalk pastel wash, colored pencil fro detail, sealed and glazed in oil for final effect.

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    Profile sketch for a maquette that never made it to completion.

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    Messing around in Alchemy. No ref.

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    Referenced

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    Acrylic abomination that I was reluctant to post. Archibaldo study.

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    First ever attempt at oils. 8x10

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    4.5x10

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    5.25x10

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    3x4

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    10x8

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    10x8

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    16x24 from photo: Colorado Sunrise

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    Can't remember dimensions. Little bit bigger than 8x10. From photo

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    8x10

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    10x8

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    Final piece from Life Drawing 2. Ink wash, charcoal, and white conte'

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    Final sketch for clayboard assignment on fears.

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    Mono-print. Questlove

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    First day animal anatomy class. Snow Leopard and jaguar

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    Lioness and Asiatic Black bear


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    African Wild Dog and some birds from the estuary

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    Grizzly and Asiatic Black

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    Rhino/Tapir

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    Mongolian Wild Horse and Camel

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    Ox thingies

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    Mountain goat thing, ugly zebra and a peacock that was hiding off the path.

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    Had a really fun behind the scenes sort of tour at the Denver Museum of Natural History and got to sketch out all sorts of neat animal skeletons. Sea Lion and Leopard

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    Beaver/Rock Hyrax

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    Titanotheres (drew the wrong back right leg thinking it was part of the model I was looking at, instead of the one behind it. oops)

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    Nice day sketching at Starbucks with a few friends from class. Still trying to focus too hard on the rendering instead of the initial gesture. I need to blind-contour a hell of lot more often.

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    My anthropology teacher say's "whatnotz" WAY too much. But it's cool because he makes up for it with his drinking stories.

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    Character study on my anthropology notes for my editorial illustration project.

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    lol i wish i had mad talent. And are you kidding?! those environment studies are insane man! So is that chair rendering. Did you learn some of that from Barry's landscape class? Nice digiportrait too, seems like we have a nice healthy set of studies at RMCAD so its going to be fun watching these pages fill with more and more sick shit. Keep up the good work man and keep posting .
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    @ bpic - Thank you sir!! Now I just need to make time for personal, imaginative work. Something that is sorely lacking from this sketchbook I'm afraid Good thing I have someone to bounce ideas and inspiration off of now. Haha. Lets set this shit on FIYA!!
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    First update on a character design for a collaborative project between myself and: warinmysky

    She's waaaayyy too stiff right now, and there used to be a justified reason, but time constraints are killing me so I'll try and loosen her up in the final render. Should have her painted in full by tomorrow. Story to follow......

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    Hey main.

    It is a little bit stiff, even depending on the story. The details of the costume are a great feature of the drawings and I feel like it could be an interesting character, I especially am interested to know more about what your buddy and yourself are doing! *sticks his nose in* One final thought.. on the front view I would try to fix the perspective of the pelive and torso. I feel like the center line is slightly off, which isn't so apparent on the back view. Try to nail the drawing as best you can before moving in to digital, it's good practice and can save a lot of frustration (advice I need to follow more myself). Good job though, the whole project seems like really good practical application of what were learning.
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    Thanks mane!!

    I agree with everything you just said. And it's hard to get a feel for her persona when the initial sketch is unfinished. But I need this to be done by tomorrow, so the pencil will have to wait. Looking back on this now, and knowing the mechanical arm is getting nixed, I'm going to have to tweak her posture and (her) left arm placement so she comes off with more attitude, rather than stagnant.

    Initially, she was designed with artificial appendages fashioned together with scraps. But that started clashing with her uniform. Still have a ways to go, but it's been a LONG time since I've done problem solving with the digital, and that's going to save me the little time I have to get this chick finished. I'll post a bit more back story once she's completed
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    epic stuff clicked on all the links aswell great information and story basis to all finalized images. I think in a hole you have inspired my day of studying and hope that i can collab with you and maybe some of your friends in the future as for critisism, well... cant really see what your doing thats wrong so far but il let u know in further posts
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    @ Tom - Hey! I'm glad I could inspire another artist on here for a change. It's usually the other way around for me So much talent in here. I'd be more than happy to crit. your work if you're looking for some feedback.
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    WTB some art!
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    Ahhh!! Almost there. Just wish I had a faster method to rendering instead of laboring over every little bit, because none of those long hours show right now. Still a big ole' mess of value.

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    HEY MAN.

    It looks pretty sweet. I think you can and should think about your five tones and push them a little bit more. Keep lights light and darks dark or if your in more of a diffused lighting situation just make sure to keep your value relationships apparent enough to turn form in space. I guess what im saying is to up the contrast. A good method of character design I have seen is to start with a black silhouette and build up from there, as if pulling the figure out of shadow. Speaking of silhouette, I think your character's has a nice, interesting feel to it and the layout you chose has a nice graphic feel to it. Good job!
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    I agree. I have until Monday now to finalize this chick, and I think more than anything I just need a day off from looking at it. Come back fresh. I had trouble figure out what kind of lighting to use because I assumed front lighting would feature most everything about her, body, clothing, weapons, etc. But it felt fake, so I started pushing cast shadows across the figure to suggest form that way instead. We'll see.

    Silhouette still looks a bit stiff, especially on the back side. I think that was my problem from the beginning because I stayed so close to the linework from my sketchbook, i left no room for experimentation. Next character I think i'm going to approach this completely digital and push some value around until I find something more organic and less robotic :/ You the man, B!!
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    Almost there!! Big thanks to BPIC and Steve for the help with contrast and limb placement. I just have to add a few more nodes, complete the scars, fix the gun, and finish the shoes. Thanks for looking, all!!
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