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    I'm new to the community.....and i must say...damn, your drawing is freaking increadible man....and your style of shading is absolutely stunning....your human drawing looks most like he are photographic images....

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    your work has a wonderfull solid feel to it, when i draw my people still look relatively flat, so im worki ng on getting them up to this sort of standard (veeery slowly mind)

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    Oh my goodness! Where and how did you learn to draw like that?

    "The progress of learning is from indefinite to definite, not from sensation to perception. We do not learn to have percepts but to differentiate them."
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    FuT - Thanks. Hope to get another response from you.
    Tigermilk - Thanks for all of your encouragement and compliments. I've been freelancing (painting on a computer all day) and persuing my personal expression through fine-art (drawing and painting traditionally whenever life lets me...which has been more and more often, nights, weekends). It's all I do. I got an X-Box 360 for Christmas and have only played it once or twice. I'm sure most of you know how you need to focus and let the labor take over. I just love to paint, but I'm not going to show any of it until I feels right. If you want to see more of my commercial work, I've been doing stuff for Wizards of the Coast. I did work on the Dungeons and Dragons Complete Psionic book. One of my paintings is the splash when you roll your cursor over the D&D icon on the Wizards web page. It's the female warrior with the crossbow. Here's a link to a wallpaper: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20060410a. All of my other freelance is a blurr, except that I have been working full-time for a filmographer based in San Diego (he's done work for Tony Hawk). It's lots of storyboards and cut-away work. I'll have a better recount of what I've been up to when my new website is up. Hope that's a good enough answer. Glad to inspire.
    Benga - Welcome. Thanks.
    foggle - Thanks. Just keep pushing.
    sleeperservice - I attended the Shaolin School of Fine Arts.

    Here's a spooky monster (old drawing) to start page #5.

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    Hey Ted Great work, you are an awesome renderer, but one suggestion, with your skill you know what would be awesome. Drawing some individuals with crazy expressions. For example a warrior who is bloodlusting or a girl crying that would push you in an even higher category.

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    All these portraits are truely great bro...I'm definatly going to keep an eye on this thread from now on. You have some mad skills with a pencil, I'll look at your images and try to decipher your secrets!

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    Great sketchbook, wonderfull rendering. Thanks a lot for having me to pick up my jaw from the floor everytime!

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    Ashrumm - Thanks. I know your just saying that I need to put more emotion into these figures, but the examples you gave are not the sort of general description people should have in their head when they are trying to convey an expression. I don't think that would help me, or anyone else who is reading for advice, rise to some sort of higher catagory. It's a mistake that peeps make when they are acting for the first time. I've found that I get my best results when I think far more complex than that. Your suggestion does make me take more time to consider the gap between my understanding of character complexity in a story and how much that comes through in my characters face, but a simple change of content isn't going to help anyone get better.

    Brall - Thanks. No secrets here...study away. Hope it helps.

    ArcoNL - Thanks so much.

    Here's a less than 2 hr. study.

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    awesome work ted- your faces are wonderful- hopefully i can learn something from them.

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    Beautiful study man! Looking at this, I start to realise a misstake I apparently make. You spent 2 hours making this; if I try to make a study like this, I tend to spend something like 30 minutes on it. Conclusion: I work too fast..
    Something to work on for me...

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    Thanks for the update Ted...I'm really diggin that study! Yeah like ArcoNL said, this is a good reminder that slow is ususally better. I'm usually speeding through anything I do, when I should be slowing down and really thinking about the marks I lay down on the page...

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    wow, check the difference between studies from 2004, and studies and drawings from now, the improvement would be huge, but it is ENORMOUS!!
    5 stars from me!

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    beautiful pencil work, truly inspiring
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    very very good! I love your style to "render" the lights in your sketches. Why don't you try with something more fantasy? I really think that your style is perfect for the fantasy, or the historical too... good work, continue to post!

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    sith - thanks.
    ArcoNL - Thanks. I work fast as well. I just have never been one to stop working when there is a model to study. This level of finish comes from pushing the image with all of the time I can get. Concentration and intensity helps develop an understanding of how to approach the situation and get the picture you want.
    Brall - Your welcome. Like I said to ArcoNL, it's not a matter of pace but a matter of understanding. I wish I could show how quick my medium moves...I keep a fast pace (because there is a job to do), but I keep "thinking about the marks I lay down on the page." Don't slow down...just build up your experience.
    Dile - Thanks. Yeah, I got a better scanner as well.
    WolfBane - Thanks. I will.
    anjin - When I first read your post I thought you were one of my friends, in disguise, playing a joke. When I was in school we would say "That ass on your drawing is so shiny, have you heard of Boris Vallejo? You should really check him out." I have a feeling that your question is asked in the vein of passing and not kidding. I will just say that I do fantasy and historical work all the time...I'm not going to do it when I don't have to. Thanks.

    About an hour...

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    I am here again! I am seripus. Maybe I am in error but I don't see anough fantasy in this sketchbook (my opinion) where your style seems to me perfect to it! So... forgive me if I offended you, but It was not my intention.

    Well, about your last update... good. I like it. good lights, and the things that I prefer is that her seems a real person, a not perfect doll's face but a real pretty woman. I am impressed. How much time to draw the last one? Just to have an idea! I am slow with my sketches.. or I think so, but I don't have a real idea of the time that other people need! Do you have advices to give to me, watching my humble stuff?

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    opppsssss " about an hour"! I am blind! Excuse me! I was continuing to watch the drawing and at the end I saw the note about the time!

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    I'll say only one thing:
    PLEASE UPDATE!!!!

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    Hey ted,

    I've been an admirer since my cousin ryan gave me your url address... Its inspring to see someone from the same town making it. I use to want to be a concept artist. I don't really anymore... but yeah... anyway... thought I'd drop a line I'll definately be checking your skecthbook... makes me want to rethink what I want to do with my life.

    Yes my cousin Ryan is the same Ryan you know!!!!
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    wow excellent drawings, what sort of paper / sketchbook do you use

    cheers man

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    your pencil work is wonderful, but watch those hands - its blatantly obvious that its a weakpoint and they are often concealed or half heartedly rendered.

    Remember, next to the face, the hands are the most dynamic and emotional individual segments of the body - they are often the hallmark next to facial expression of an advanced artist, since the small joint manipulation is some of the most difficult to undertake successfully.

    Other than that, keep up th wonderful work.

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    Hey everyone, thanks for your comments...sorry I haven't been around.

    Lostwithacompass - I don't know if you or anyone will be back to read my reply, but Ryan is such a friend to me that he makes me think of when Jesus said "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." So, I have to tell his cousin that if you ever need any advice don't hesitate to get a hold of me. I just went to a Chivas U.S.A. MLS game with Ryan last weekend and I had the best time away from the studio...Viva V-town forever!

    Eh, I decided to keep the rest of my sketchbooks to myself, but I have been using quite a bit of my non-comissioned time to paint so I hope to post some of that later.

    Duh, here's a study of my buddy Slayer who works at Paul Frank (he is a great designer: www.heatiscool.com). I had to scan it to give him some prints, so I figured I'd post it before I trashed the file.

    He moved a bit so the parallel lines that exist between the corners of the eyes and the corners of the mouth don't recede together. There's also some lines of my cat sleeping (two different views)..if you can make it out.

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    Another one of those amazing threads I've been missing! Great work you've got here!
    cheers

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    some of those models look familiar, do you go to the tuesday night workshops in down town?

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    Voraz - Thanks for the reply. I wouldn't be suprised that you've missed this thread...I haven't been as active on this forum as I would like.
    character - Yes, I have gone to the workshop down town. I haven't gone in awhile (just too busy), but I'm hoping to go tonight if my mom lets me.

    Here's a scan of what I've been drawing with lately. I have a stack of these to post, but I'm a little frustrated with the shadows that occur when scanning and piecing a canvas together. I'll just keep trying it out as I post and hope it gets better. The top left portrait is a little less than a half hour. The other two are around two hours. I used Ivory Black and Titanium White with terpentine as the medium...I've been using different vehicles and whites...I'll mention those as I post more.

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    Here's another...about four and a half hours. I used lead or flake white with the ivory black. I let it dry and spent the last half hour glazing with some safflour oil I washed.

    I don't think I'm goint to scan these boards anymore...it's too much trouble for something that misses the representation of the original. I'll just take digi pics of the previous along with this one and the others and post em later.

    I just met Jeremy Lipking while figure painting tonight...pretty cool guy...great drawings to show...of course I love his paintings.

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    so inspiring work ... very interesting and deep for me ... unique style
    keep posting!
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    Hey, I think I recognize that model....

    Good work, Ted.

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    Beautiful stuff here ted! Great rendering technique and very nice sketches. I love the last heads- and figures paintings! I will check in here for more.

    Take care!

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