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    tryin' to be rad ummmmm updated? yeah actually.

    thought i should start one of these...

    I was a figurative gallery painter up until the last 2 or 3 years when i got disillusioned with the gallery scene...
    stopped painting for those last few years...
    found this place...
    got my hands on a wacom, and photoshop...
    giving art another shot.

    now that you're caught up to speed here is my old oil work for a frame of reference. they are all large scale (anywhere from 2'x4', to 6'x4') and painted on gessoed lightweight wood. also no brushes were used making these. 100 percent palette knives.

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    my next updates will be used to post all my digital work up until now.

    thanks for looking.

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    Don't be quitting this time. These are really good. Love the brownish look.
    btw. stop fucking mothers.

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    placeboast: thanks for the nice words, but mothers are sexy! seriously though i don't plan on quitting, but as you can see below I've still got alot to work on.

    here's all my entries for C.O.W. I've had since finding this place and starting with digital work.

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    new c.o.w. entry. "rusty metal eater"

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    i love to take dumps...

    anyway. here is a bunch of shit that isn't very good that i did during the first few months of learning photoshop, and learning how to use my wacom.

    also the last one is an old oil painting i found a pic of.

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    Wow, amazing works! Hope to see more from you

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    small update...

    wip for this weeks cow

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    amazing , grate works , strange style

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    Good stuff! like the colosseum blood drinker thingy! (post #7)

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    thanks guys.

    here is some more older-ish stuff. don't really like it all that much but here it is.

    couple of heads.

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    also tried an enviro. not very good, definitely one of my weak spots i think.

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    thanks for checkin!

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    here's a cow update.

    made him more fat and gluttony. he does live off of the blood of fallen gladiators after all. kind of diggin his face right now. wish i had more time to draw. 70 hours of work a week isnt good for my art fix. oh well i shall prevail somehow!

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    I love the work you're showing us @ the cow section. You also make some bad ass paintings. You're obviously a skillfull artist.

    In particular i like your visions on normal day to day live v.s. living your dreams... at least, thats the idea a lot of your work inspires on me. (i'm not sure how to put it, i just came back from a holiday)

    About your weekly creatures, i like the way you pay a close intention to the "assignment", and never fail to make a creative ánd functually looking creature.

    I'd say; keep up the good work, and love to see more of your creations in the future.

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    GORE!!!!!

    YUZworks: thanks for the nice words. i think i leaned toward more real life when i was painting traditionally, but the reason my work is getting more fantastical is because its a good excuse to try new things with photoshop, which is still a pretty new media to me.


    cow update. and variation. may change a lot by the end because I've still got over a week until deadline.

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    bump. for some reason it didn't bump the last post #13. weird.

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    welcome to McDemonbuger. would you like you underground tentacled hellbeast plain?, or drenched in fucking blood?

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    thank you. pull to the next window.

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    i love your drawings they are amazing , i dont know what to say .

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    amazing style , and a big source of inspiration

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    raminafshari, Brahimpag: thanks dudes!

    here's some more cow update. and a shitty 5 minute sketch i did the other day. i need more time to draw, i work at my day jobs too fucking much! argggghh!

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    thanks for looking!

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    final for this weeks cow. Cruentus Deus, blood god of the Colosseum.

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    your creatures are awesome Lark... nice ideas in all that COWs.
    The oil paintings you posted in the beginning are specially cool.. they have a sad look.. but are very well achieved.
    keep working man!

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    From just looking through this collection of work, I really see some definitive and pretty admirable improvement. You have some really cool creature designs in there. And those palette knife pieces are awesome.

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    Ricardo Robles: thanks dude! i really dig your stuff and your nice words mean a lot.

    Duman: thanks man, I'm trying to get better all the time!

    sooooooooo...

    i was listening to Dave Rapoza interviewing Brad Rigney on his stream, while trying out m@'s brushes for the first time and this is what popped out of that wacky concoction.

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    then i added some color... probably made it worse.

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    Lark,
    enjoying seeing your progress
    from your first post, sounds like we come from a similar background.
    I tried the gallery world for a few years in new york, some things happened, but mostly hated the all the crap and crappy people that came along with it. But mostly I felt there was a real lack of creativity and originality and was struggling for any inspiration.
    Then I found this site, got a wacom, and have been going at it for a couple months.

    glad to hear there is another fine art veteran on board!

    as far as your work goes:
    I really like what you're doing with the creatures, keep at it. The shapes, and forms are excellent.
    would like to see more of your general landscapes though. I think with your color palette, and sense of light you could really say something

    best of luck to you, cant wait to see what you come up with next!

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    Great sketchbook Clark! I remember lots of your COW entries, looking really good.
    But I didn't know about all this great traditional background. The paintings in your first post look amazing!!
    Also the plant creature #183 is one of my favourites!
    keep it up, man.

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    man, those creatures look totally otherworldy. I can't say which one I love the most.
    Some crits: I don't know if it's intentional or not, but your digital stuff has somehow less color variation, less intense (saturated) colors, less working color schemes than your traditionals. I can't really tell how to fix it - maybe you should give a try to Corel Painter. It's much closer to how traditional media works than Photoshop.
    Keep up the great work!

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    penpoint: yeah! traditional background ftw! yeah art in the gallery scene isnt fun when you don't show with people who have no idea how to sell art. i have no idea how some gallery owners get to where they are. also i never really dug the whole shmoozing deal. its so fucking annoying when your at a show and some rich fucker comes up and says, "so. what were you thinking about when you did this?" it always made me wanna say "i was thinking that i got into this stuff so i wouldn't have to make up a bullshit answer to people that asked me that question in order to think that I'm DEEP and buy my art, boy was i wrong" never had the balls to do it though hahaha.

    as far as landscapes... i should do some, maybe if i feel up to it in the next few weeks i'll give it a shot.

    monotony: thanks man! love your stuff by the way, you should come join us in cow again when you get a chance.

    novbert: thanks! i think the reason my traditionals have more of a cohesive color scheme to them is because i always used the same 6 paints when i painted, lead white, naples yellow, vermillion, cobalt blue, raw umber, and burnt umber. you can make pretty much any color out of those, except for real crazy vibrant ones. as for digital I'm out of my color formula, so I'm trying to figure it out still. thanks for the tip on painter. i haven't had a chance to check it out yet, I'll see if i can't get my hands on a copy.

    workin on a new c.o.w. its a creature used for assassination purposes, mine can phase through matter. here he is phaseing through a fence.

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    thanks for lookin, even though i haven't been super productive lately.

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    You are very talented! I love the paintings in the first post. All your creatures arre great too. You have a cool style that is present in all the creature designs. The only thing I miss is perhaps a little more defined surroundings. Use more props. This doesn't necessarily take focus away from the creature itself.

    Keep 'em coming!

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    here's my final cow this week. attached the description this time i kinda dug it even though its nerdy sci fi.

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    <<<< BEGIN TRANSMISSION>>>>

    <<<<TOP SECRET, GNIXXIAN BIOLOGICAL HEAD OFFICER EYES ONLY>>>>

    dear colleagues of the gnixxian biological research facility.

    we would like to thank you for your work on the gradius threaver you have supplied us with. it has been a shining success in helping with our efforts to hunt down the especially difficult criminal element that has arisen on our prime world. you were quite right in your assumptions that it would be able to use its unique phasing abilities on industrial materials, and not just the biological material of gnixx. that ability, along with its powerful tracking senses, have made the elimination of previously very hard targets almost laughably easy.

    we were also quite pleasantly surprised with the combat abilities you were able to train it. one instance the threaver phased through a target at a very extreme speed, the target dropped dead immediately, and upon inspection the threaver was somehow able to slice very clean slashes through the targets body on the way through. the assumption is that it was able to maintain its claws in a material form while the rest of its body was able to phase.

    as a final note, we need to warn you that the training techniques you have applied to such a powerful creature must be kept secret at all costs. if any criminal element were to learn of the **.*ghx sonic frequency that disrupts its phasing abilities, such an element could feasibly acquire and train a threaver of their own and i don't need to tell you the trouble the colonies would be in with that situation.

    again, thank you for your fantastic work. everyone on prime can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    sincerely, John Brasso head security officer of prime.

    <<<<END TRANSMISSION>>>>

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    andorz: thanks dude!

    here's a little sketch i did tonight. eh...

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    ughhhhh....

    i have insomnia so i decided to enter chow this week so I'm not just in bed staring at the ceiling. here is the result of my illness...

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