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    Siroilas Sketchbook

    Hello everyone

    I have this dream of being able to tell stories using the comic book medium. This last year I've just decided to move my skills from an below average level to a good one. I know it's going to take Time and Hard Work. But the game is ON! So please, leave comments, critics, anything that you think it might help me to make this dream come true.

    This sketchbook is mostly an effort from ME to keep MYSELF in check! I want to post at least something every day. I want to work one day for the French/Belgium Bande Dessine market, doing my own books and make a living with it. Too ambitious? Yes I think it is. It's going to take a while? I don't mind if it does. I just want to keep improving and improving and have fun with it meanwhile.

    So, Thank you in advance for any comment you leave, and Welcome to my first digital Sketchbook

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    24 - 7 - 2010

    Here's my small efforts for today. I did a couple of 30 sec poses from posemaniacs (I do them on my wacom because I find really hard to draw in it, So I have to do it.) Then I tried some poses of my own, each 2m30. Then there's some drawings I did from photos, and finally I did a painting study from a photo. Please do leave some advice or critic. Thanks.

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    25-07-2010

    Here's my stuff for today. Some 30 sec poses from posemaniacs. Two drawings from photos (I tried to do these as much detail as I can. But my main goal is to understand better values and textures), and a painting I finally finished.

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    Hey dude! Rock on! Good to see you here Studies are looking great! Keep those up like you have before cause thats the sure way to learn my friend. That photo study in the first post looks like a big improvement! Keep doing these regularly!
    The digi paint at the end is pretty cool too! Dont forget about atmospheric perspective and soften the edges on the horizon and maybe create a gradient around there where u can see the sky/ sea fades off to so we get more depth. Keep rocking cause I'll be keeping an eye in here!

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    26-07-2010

    Thanks Ben! As you know, and if you don't know I'm telling you now, you are one of the friends that inspire me to keep going and not quit EVER! I hope you'll leave loads of critics here too

    Here's a couple of drawings from photos and a painting I was working on and just got fed up with.

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    29 - 7 - 2010

    I'm trying to experiment with a different process. I would like to be able to colour my drawings more than do paintings. But I guess I ll have to get better at drawing first

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    30 - 07 - 2010

    Some sketches just to keep the 'one post a day' goal going. should do more of these every day.

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    Cool work i like the last bit of sketches, keep posting.

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    Really nice start to your SB. Sketches look really cool and that underwater scene is great, great colors. But the colors in the landscapes is a little monotone.

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    03 - 08 - 2010

    @DonovanGonzalez - Thanks! I find them really useful to try to exercise imagination. Please, any critique is welcome

    @jskotte - Thanks! I wish I knew a bit more on how to work on that underwater scene. I think it has potential but I'm way out of my league trying to understand how light and colour works there. Please do keep droping by.

    I had a couple of days without updating, so here's one update. Some time ago I had a couple of characters and an idea for a story. I decided to bring them back and these are two sketches I did just to help me get the feeling back for the story. I'll probably work more on this idea in the next weeks.

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    2010-07-08

    I'm not confortable at all with enviroments. So I decided to try a diferent technique. It was a happy day of work

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    Ugh, man, I truly love those environments. I'm a sucker for a beautiful landscape, and I would be more than happy to go trekking through any area that looked like those.

    I think the top right and the waterfall in the center/bottom left are my favourites. The dreamy sort of morning palette used in the middle right is really great, too.

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    2010-08-16

    @Arbor - Thanks To be honest I'm a bit glad with these environments because I'm not that good at doing them. Actually the very next day I've tried to repeat the process and everything came out really bad. Anyway, I'll keep trying of course. Thanks for your comment.

    These next pages are from a comic book I was doing some years ago and that never got finished. I was going through the old stuff and decided to colour one page just for the fun of it. I think some of my drawing was better then. I think the colouring is not a good one but I don't really know how to make it better. Any tip is welcome.

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    2010-09-01

    I wish I could say this one was quick and easy and that I like the end result I have to do more exercises. and more and more. oh and post more often. Any critic is welcome.

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    2010 -09-05

    The first two are tries with free colour sketching. And the last one is a try on a diferent style that I would like to develop more. Too much to go yet but I do have to keep going

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    Thought Id give your thread a bump by posting the crits I already gave you for the bird piece:

    Some improvements in this one dude! You have some harder edges which is great to see! The eagle is looking goood. With the other bird,you can match it's values overall better. The head and its upper body is more rich in contrast but its lower body is faded off in colour and value so it doesnt look like its part of the same creature. The background can be more suggestive too. Afterall the main focus are the two birds, the background should compliment them, Im finding the darks of the tree is conflicting with the darks in the eagle. So if the background is not as important then you can lower the details in there and tone down the contrast (the trees are quite dark and the sky is quite light so they create a lot of contrast but are not the focus). This really is choosing your lightest lights and darkest darks more carefully. Also the cropping can be changed too. I wouldnt crop the wings off the eagle and the small bird like that. Id cut the bottom off and add more space at the top. The action is going upwards so you should leave space for them to move into.

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    2010-10-13

    @Ben - Thanks for your critics and help. Please do keep doing them.

    A happy two hour speedpaint I should try one of these every day.

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    Hi, some more studies from reference and a couple more thumb-exercises. Just trying to get more familiar with using all the menus available for the brushes in photoshop. thanks in advance for any critic.

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    O man love every page so far on this sketchbook. The comic panels and the pencil are really great.

    "Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasum." Cliff Blezenski
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    28-09-2010

    @xxPurple Nugxx - Thanks a lot!! I'm glad you like it. I'm always thinking that I should do more and more studies with the pencil. I can really feel they help me a lot. I wish I would do them more often. Thanks a lot for your comment and do drop by whenever.

    One more try at kids illustration. Cheesy, but I'm feeling cheesy lately so it's alright

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    2010-10-06

    Karaté Time!!

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    17/11/2010

    Something important about a book...

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    28-10-2010

    This one is a frustration. I don't like to leave them halfway but I really want to work on a certain style right now, and this one is delaying me a bit. I should be working on something else. I'll leave this one as it is and I'll probably come back to it later. So for now, this is a work in progress.

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    23/11/2010

    I wish I had more time for this one.
    This is my first Chow entry.

    This is Atomic. Born from a cold fusion accident, his heart was turned to a giant Atom. He decided that he could use this new power to help fighting the villains and corruption in his city. Unfortunately his main enemies had a wicked sense of humour, and therefore his name was written in the pages of History as Mr Golden Pants!!! The Humanity!!!!

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    08-12-2010

    A doodle from yesterday.

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    some exercises from reference photos.

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    trying some brushes and some colours and a try at child illustration.

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    Comics!

    "No. Mischief is a small thing, a toy I've well used and discarded. This isn't mischief. This is mayhem. Just watch." - Loki Laufeyson

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    i just love ur work i dont know why!!! u can paint realistic.. u can paint cartoon... u can do anything ... lovely work

    i love to do everything and learn everything... i hate to be cornered in one place.. i believe u can be anything u want... Your mind is limitless... check out my sketchbook ... u will find a bit of everything

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=203429

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