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    Lance's art time adventures :D

    well, its about time i finally started one of these.

    im an aspiring concept artist from the US (California). i turn 18 in a little less than a month and im going to the university of illinois at chicago for art and design in two weeks.

    ive taken a bunch of fine art classes since i was little, so i think i have a pretty good grasp of drawing painting from observation, but my imaginative work sucks :/ ive been doing creature of the week here for a while and i wasnt very happy with how they were turning out because i realized my anatomy was just terrible. i was fine when working from ref with just about anything, but as soon as i took that away, i was just kind of mucking around, trying to figure out what to do and wasting a lot of time. a really inefficient way of working. so i decided that i would take a hiatus from cow and work on my anatomy and shtuffs. i dug up all the old animal books that have been collecting dust in my room since i was little and decided to start drawing from them. started doing that and then i discovered algenpfleger's sketchbook. in just two years or so, he went from just an average kid who just wanted to get better at art, to one of the best artists ive seen period. its the most inspiring and motivating thing ive ever seen.

    his work ethic taught me what i was only beginning to understand. there are no shortcuts in art. of course there are certain techniques you can learn from people and tutorials and such, but they only get you so far. the rest of it is up to you. i see a lot of people everywhere asking "how do i render this", "what brush did you use for that". i was the same way. but ive realized there are no magic brushes or tutorials to solve everything for you. you have to just go and draw. many people these days talk about a "visual library": things imprinted in your brain from drawing them over and over that you can look to as reference when drawing from your head. what i want to do is to build up that visual library as much as i can and see where i go from there.

    so anyway, enough with the ranting, lets get this sketchbook started!

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    here are what i feel are my best pieces to date. i really need to stop over-rendering digital things o.o

    sorry if theyre hooooge!

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    Very cool stuff so far i like your environments and creature concepts, keep up the good work

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    ...wowa... love the alien forest.

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    icedearth15876: thanks. tryin to branch into characters too...and eventually vehicles/props. i got a ways to go

    erick willand: you dont even wanna know how long that took me

    ok, so heres what ive been doin for the last two and a half weeks or so (plus some other stuff)

    for a class im taking we ha to design 5 characters sohere they are. the poses are pretty heavily reffed and i failed at the faces. im still waaaay better at creature design. will soon change that!
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    discovered posemaniacs a while back so here are some one-minute poses
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    and this is my start on all those animal books. amphibians first. got about another page or two of frogs and ill move on to salamanders and newts and such
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    some old vanderpoel studies i did about 3 monts back for the fine art class im taking. its pretty laid back so you pretty much do what you want once you get past the main coursework
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    aaaand after that i did some sargent portraits. first one took about an hour and a half and the second about 2.5
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    here are some more vanderpoel studies i did yesterday and today. the last section is from life and imagination; trying to apply the studies
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    here are some hands from life. trying not to erase so i really have to think about the forms.
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    and the other day i went to the getty museum to see the exhibit on the paintings of jean-leon gerome. that guy is just amazing. words cant describe. go check him out. i did some figure drawings from his paintings. took about an hour 45 minutes total
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    and lastly, heres a portrait im working on. juno! bout 2.5 hours so far, 16x20 oils should be done on thursday(hopefully)
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    ok, things i need to work a lot:
    -lines
    -digital color picker
    -anatomy
    -proportions
    -faces
    -light
    -speed
    -texture
    -temperature
    just to name a few...pretty much everything

    heres some speedpaints i did today. all i could fit in...damn. il do some more later. 15mins on the first, 20 on the second. these suck pretty hard. aaaaaaa i need to get better.

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    ok, got in two more of these. im taking a class at art center college of design so ima be pretty busy tomorrow finihing up this weeks assignment. hopefully ill be able to get in some more studies. we'll see

    i realized that cuz i was failing so much at the super short speedpaints, i should take more time and just get a better feel for the colors. 40 mins on the first, 30 on the second. i think these last two went a lot better, but i gotta do more

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    your paintings are looking washed out,trying using cooler colours in your backgrounds and warmer colours in your foreground.

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    Your animal and face studies look really good. How long time o you use on the figures? Some of them looks a little stiff. But you need to work more on your colors, pretty much all the paintings have almost depth, they look flat, try some aerial perspective, and like nubien suggest, some coolor colors in the background to push it further away. Also think about your saturation, do use saturated colors everywhere, but save it for the areas of interest.

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    nubian greene: ok ill try to push that a little more. digital colors are probably what i need to improve most. started out traditionally so im havin a little trouble O.o

    jskotte: thanks. yeah, again, i need to work on my colors. the poses are a minute each. go to posemaniacs.com, click on the 30 second pose tab, and it opens up a slideshow thing and you can set how long you want each pose to be up for. shortest is 10 seconds, and the longest is 90. its pretty awesome

    eeh didnt get much work done in the last two days. at least not as much as id have liked. its the last week of the summer class im taking and for the last week we have to go back and improve/finish all the work we've done so far and display it all next thursday kind of as a final. so basically im gonna be super busy this week; no time for studies but instead ill be doing stuff for that class, which ill hopefully post every so often. heres what i got done the last two days:

    sharks!!! these were fun...and good line practice. they have such fluid shapes!
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    heres an update on that juno painting. another 2.5 hours. didnt finish, but i got the face done. the colors show up a lot better on the closeup...at least on MY monitor...i need to calibrate it O.o
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    aaaaand im redoing one of the environments i did for the class. i though it had some potential as a portfolio piece so i spent a lot of time trying to make it kick-ass. ill color it probably sunday. any suggestions on it?
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    and yeah thats it so far...i need to get workin!

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    damn, sorry i havent been posting. it was the final for the class i was taking and i spent pretty much the whole week doing this:
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    still not quite done...ill work on it later

    i leave for college on monday, which is in chicago (im from california) so ive been saying bye to all my friends and family and stuff so i havent had much time for art even after the class was over. ill do some more stuff as soon as i can.

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    Fantastic traditional stuff! I love your ambition with pieces too, especially the avatar-ish forest

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    richart: thanks man! haha it kinda screws me over with deadlines though

    ok shiiiiiiiiiitttt i havent posted in FOREVER!!!!!!! moving in to college took about a week and then classes started and things have just been crazy. ive been trying to find time for art but ive had a lot of other things to do and gaahhhhhh im just making excuses! ive been lazy!!! i picked up my motivation a couple days ago so heres what ive been doing. its a pitiful amount of work for the 6 weeks since i last posted but its something. back to work!!

    here are my entries for teen challenge 100
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    and here are some speedpaints ive been doing. for some reason one wouldnt upload because "the file was too big"...even when i made it like 200x400 pixels so ill try to upload it later.
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    and i have about 16 or so sketchbook pages, but i wont post em till i make a best buy run to get a scanner

    thats it for now!

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