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    Simon's showcase - One 17y/os attempt to build a great foundation portfolio :)

    Hey guys, I'm 17 and live in the UK. Looking to study foundation starting next year and then probably graphic design. I'd really appreciate any advice you can give

    Here's some work to get started:

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    ^Self portrait, PS CS5 + wacom bamboo



    ^My hand, oil pastels



    ^Sketch 1, CS PS5 + wacom bamboo



    ^Sketch 2, CS PS5 + wacom bamboo

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    Last edited by SimonART; November 17th, 2010 at 11:28 AM.
    I'm an 18 year old living near London in the UK looking to build a great portfolio for BA Graphic Design, about to start foundation at Ravensbourne

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    Also please check out this dude: Raffix
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    ^Sketch 3, 2 Hours, PSCS5 + wacom bamboo

    Did a pencil drawing of the same photo yesterday... but spilled white spirit all over it, smudging everything. Scanned it in and managed to salvage it with this

    Last edited by SimonART; October 21st, 2010 at 05:31 PM.
    I'm an 18 year old living near London in the UK looking to build a great portfolio for BA Graphic Design, about to start foundation at Ravensbourne

    BEHANCE.DEVIANTART

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    Also please check out this dude: Raffix
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    duuuuude
    this is gonna be sweet man
    you were so right about the likeness in the one of me. and you've managed to stick a cheeky bit of guitar in the top picture. stellar.

    these are some good threads im subscribed to that you might like.
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108180
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=172541
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=56806

    ah dude this will be siiick!!

    and i totally just noticed mario and luigi. stellar.

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    Cheers tobes hah well they had matching hats and one had a thin face and the other a fat face, I thought they suited them.

    Below: Pencil drawing of one of my friends, Raffix, on the tube.

    PSCS5 sketch of woman looking glumly at her phone

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    I'm an 18 year old living near London in the UK looking to build a great portfolio for BA Graphic Design, about to start foundation at Ravensbourne

    BEHANCE.DEVIANTART

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    Also please check out this dude: Raffix
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    Just updated with a pencil self portrait I did yesterday while i was sick with food poisoning, if it looks glum its because I missed out on a party because of the food poisoning D:

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    I'm an 18 year old living near London in the UK looking to build a great portfolio for BA Graphic Design, about to start foundation at Ravensbourne

    BEHANCE.DEVIANTART

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    Also please check out this dude: Raffix
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    nice stuff dude. just keep the art coming and you'll start getting loads of comments. also just try to crit as many other people's sketchbooks as you can. you might get only 1 reply for every 5 or so comments you leave but it'll be worth it.

    values are looking good in that last self-portrait and your digital stuff is really tight. you missed out on some good shit on saturday man. tim very nearly got sexually assaulted when we were walking home. classic.

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    Heheh I'm guessing Raffix recommended you to join Welcome!

    Promising start so far, just keep posting more stuff and we can see what your strengths and weaknesses are

    Keep it up and have fun!

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    Thanks guys Yeah he did.

    Here's my sketchbook as it stands at the moment:

















    Going to be doing some bigger work from now on, and some photography.

    I'm an 18 year old living near London in the UK looking to build a great portfolio for BA Graphic Design, about to start foundation at Ravensbourne

    BEHANCE.DEVIANTART

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    Also please check out this dude: Raffix
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    Also please check out this dude: Raffix
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    Hello there! I see you're a friend of Raffix's. You seem to be making a good start with the portraits, I like the coloured ones in particular, so keep up the good work!

    As a small crit, the girl's profile seems to be a wee bit odd, might be something to do with her lower lip/chin area. Profiles are hard, but if you practice them you'll get the hang of them quickly.

    Hope to see more soon.

    Take a look? - Sketchbook - Tumblr -
    Also, why not check these guys too?

    Krysjez - Clur
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    this is all pretty shit tbh. might as well give up now.

    maybe its just me, but in the bit about the photoshop selfportrait where you talk about spinning the eye round a bit, does the eyeball lose some of its form after you rotated it? the shadow that runs along the bottom seems to get lost after the edit and makes it look less 3d.

    in the watercolour portrait of Nay there aren't enough dark tones, plus you havnt left any of the paper empty of colour on the face, so no highlights either. try sticking in some deeper blues in watercolour then some white acrylics for some higlights?

    the form on the watercolour self-portrait is working really welll even though it doesn't look as good photographed. the still life is rad.

    oh and you havn't commented in my sketchbook yet you massive prick. sort this out.

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    Hello and welcome,
    Your studies demonstrate a lot of good raw potential. They could be more refined, however, I think that refinement comes with practice, and age.
    A couple of points to ponder...
    Your shadows are nicely crafted, but they may need a bit more variance. Some more subtle blending may help. Even the darkest core shadows, have some light in them.
    You should always clean up your art with a kneaded eraser. I'm seeing a lot of fingerprints, and smudges. It may seem like a small thing, but the strength of your overall presentation is weakened by that lack of attention to detail.
    You put in so much work and effort into your artwork, so why not take the extra time to clean it up a bit.
    I know these are quick studies, but you may want to slow down, really observe the subject, and make more careful and deliberate marks. That will help with that refinement I spoke of.
    Okay, that was more than a couple crits!
    Hope that you find that helpful.
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    zombifried

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