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    My first SB...work very much in progress!

    Hi guys. I've read around and I hope this is the place to introduce myself and my work!

    Well, I've been reading this forum for a number of years, looking at all the amazing stuff you guys produce day after day; never really having the confidence to post my own work.

    I'm 22 years old, and although I fancy myself as quite imaginative, I've always been frustrated by my lack of knowledge and artistic 'flair' where putting it to paper (or screen) is concerned.

    This SB is more of a journal than a show case of my work, as criticism and any helpful hints will be greatly appreciated. I'm sure I'm not the only one who sits at their computer constantly deleting work that really should be worked on because it doesn't look awesome straight away....It's just hard to be patient when all you want to do it get better, right?

    Anyway. Enough of that. Here's my first piece of work to kick it all off.

    It's 'the baluga'. Not quite sure if it's a land or ocean dweller yet, will add more to make multiple versions. This is the first piece of work I want to add to my personal portfolio too, so you guys get to decide what stays and what goes!

    Thanks in advance to all who take the time to look.

    -don

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    Haven't seen much yet, but great start, keep us updated!

    Don't bother looking at my sketchbook. I haven't updated that thing in years. :/
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    Thanks for your kind words. I'm working on a concept sketch at the moment, which I'm hoping to be up on here by tonight.

    Nothing spectacular, but it's time I got my work out there and critique'd, god knows I need it, especially if I'm going to learn anything.

    -don

    Edit: Here's another quick sketch...

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    couple of sketchy sketches. None from studies just trying to remember a tiny bit of basic form.

    It's so frustrating not being able to nail down the basics when my head is telling me to create these vivid masterpieces, but I guess that's part of learning and it just makes me want to do it more. Skill can be worked and improved on, I guess imagination can't.

    If anyone could point me in the right direction of some awesome anatomy books or specific studies, or even just show me where I'm going wrong I'd be most appreciative! Obviously the ridiculous forehead and the arms of the archer are big ones, not to mention the composition of the attempted perspective low view, but just the more subtle things that I missed.

    Thanks guys!

    -don

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    Hey there!

    The Baluga looks really cool It kinda looks like an Orca

    I found it best to start with stick figure drawings and then move on to construction of the body and then fleshing them out.. Check out posemaniacs.com , heard about it through CA earlier this week - the 15-30 second drawing exercise's a great warmup

    Check out anatomy books by
    -Andrew Loomis
    -Bridgeman
    -Burne Hogarth (a lil bit more advanced than the others?)

    Till next time then, keep drawing!


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    Hey

    Thanks so much Sharon, wasn't sure about the composition of the skin of the baluga, as in how I wanted it to appear (ie scaly, smooth like an eel etc).

    Thanks for the advice on the stick drawing too; will definitely give that a go. I think I have the problem that I try and focus on too much too early. I've also got some anatomy books in the pipeline for when I get paid.

    Thanks again for the advice, be sure to check back here soon!

    -don

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    Erase that 'I suck' now! Confidence bro, confidence, your sketches are good, but like all of us, still have a long way to go. Nice studies, but bring more of 'em out!

    Don't bother looking at my sketchbook. I haven't updated that thing in years. :/
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    :D

    Hey MiladThaha

    Haha, that was just my little joke after seeing the Mr. Bloaty Head I drew. I know what you mean though. Confidence is important.

    It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one going through this too...that's the great thing about this forum; there are people at all stages of professionalism that are willing to give advice and point you in the right direction.

    more sketches today!

    Thankyou Milad,

    -don

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    Good start here. I think that robot head looks pretty good.

    My advice for improving is to sketch as often and as many things as possible. Just carry around a notepad and jot down thoughts or ideas whenever you think of it. My favorite thing is when people fall asleep so I can sketch them.

    Keep working hard and posting lots. Remember, every piece helps you improve, even if it doesn't turn out.

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    Hi MoKhi, nice to meet you!

    Thanks for all your input everyone, it's nice to see so many requests for more sketches!

    So, here they are as promised.

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    Some anatomy studies with a .5 fineliner....took around 15-20 mins with little details for the page.

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    keep up don.doing well so far.

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    Hi mate, thanks for checking out my sb. And thanks for your positive input, your work is inspirational to me.

    Should have some more sketches done and uploaded in a couple of hours...having my head bashed around trying to figure out Java Programming

    -don

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