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    New Start Sketchbook

    Well, here goes. I've never posted any work before. I've been an advertising storyboard artist for a while although I've always wanted to do finished illustration but have been too busy doing storyboards to do much finished work.

    My apologies to any storyboard artists that love it, but doing storyboards has usually left me feeling dissatisfied. There is usually not enough time to do as good a job as I'd like with the result being that I seldom get the time to really do my best and come up with something I'm really satisfied with. Also, I love storytelling. I really love graphic novels and the old books and magazines that were illustrated by the likes of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Loomis, John LaGatta etc.

    So here goes. I'm making a commitment to post new images at least four times a week. They probably won't be all that innovative or creative, instead they'll be more basic as far as experimenting with mediums, both traditional and digital.

    I'd appreciate any constructive comments. Again, don't expect really imaginative or creative stuff. This should look like an art student's notebook/sketchbook.


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    pg
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    Yikes! As I mentioned, I've never posted an image before. Obviously, this one needed to be reduced in size.

    If anyone has advice on how best to upload images, I'd appreciate it.

    Here it is at what I hope is a more manageable size.

    pg

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    Need help on the mechanics of uploading images

    I could use some help on the following;

    1) What's the best size for the images to be when I attach them so they don't look waaay too big, like mine do?

    2) How do I add an image thumbnail to the left of my main post? I believe it's called the "Profile Picture". When I hit "User CP" and select a picture for my profile picture nothing shows up when I exit.

    3) Finally I see some people have a link at the bottom of their post to a sketchbook. It looks something like this;

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=1#post25

    How does this work? Is that a better way than to reply to yourself and keep uploading images to each reply?

    Sorry for all the questions. As I said before, I'm new to this.

    pg

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    Here's some more warmup gestures and composition studies for an illustration.

    This is something I seldom got to do while doing storyboards. I went to Farmers Market and took photos of people and am now trying to work out a composition for a finished illustration by combining elements from several photos.

    I've been going through the FAC and they're familiarizing students with different pencil lines and tones and going over compositional thumbnails. I'm going to give it a try, hopefully this weekend. Haven't tried a pencil full-value rendering in a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgd View Post
    I could use some help on the following;

    1) What's the best size for the images to be when I attach them so they don't look waaay too big, like mine do?

    2) How do I add an image thumbnail to the left of my main post? I believe it's called the "Profile Picture". When I hit "User CP" and select a picture for my profile picture nothing shows up when I exit.

    3) Finally I see some people have a link at the bottom of their post to a sketchbook. It looks something like this;

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=1#post25

    How does this work? Is that a better way than to reply to yourself and keep uploading images to each reply?

    Sorry for all the questions. As I said before, I'm new to this.

    pg
    1. Not sure whats the best size but you can resize it MS paint Image>resize>then type in like 50% in the first 2 boxes or explore how many pixels is best
    2. You have to post a picture in your first post!
    3.Click "user Cp" at the left top part of where the forum is. Then go to "edit signature" and you can put in "http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=1#post2 5"
    4. Yea you just keep replying

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    Thanks Diarum, your answers were very helpful.

    Also, thanks for the tutorials link. You have some great learning aids there.

    pg

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    Well, my resolve to post often took a hit from the July 4th holiday along with the fact that we moved last month and I'm having a heck of a time opening boxes and organizing my stuff. Here are a couple of pages from the FAC I'm following.

    These are studies to practice pencil rendering. As you can see I'm not too hot at tones with pencil. But it's fun learning.

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    Hello!
    Nice start here,that pencil rendering looks fine to me!Those gestures are very good,and the face looks great too!Nothing to crit right now,keep posting(so I can start nitpicking on small mistakes )!
    Keep it up!
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    Hey DSmith,
    Thanks for the comments. Here's a not-so-hot sketch I did from life trying to use the "Pencil Broadsides" method I was practicing. I must say doing studies from a book is much easier than sitting outside trying to sketch form life.

    I checked out your sketchbook, very nice. Really amazing progress from the initial sketches to your most recent work. I hope I can have improvement like that.

    Appreciate the feedback,

    pg

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    nice studies mate especially the volumes at last one :o

    please visit my page and help me.
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    your studies are very good, keep them up
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    Thanks Weashell and [E].
    Appreciate the encouragement. I'll be posting more tomorrow. Hope to see some improvement.

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    Hello, just thought I would support another fellow new user ha ha.
    Can't wait to see more from ya. I love your nature study.

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    Greatness! You are clearly very well trained and talented to boot. Good luck in your new career!

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    Ronpower & DmnSpawn, thanks so much for the support.

    Here's the first lesson from the FAC course. I'm afraid I'm still not getting the crispness of the lines and tones I wanted. I'm a big admirer of Ted Kautzky. I think I'll spend some time doing exercises from his "Pencil Broadsides" book.

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