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    The Traumadore Thread of There is No Book.

    So being relatively new to this digital art thing, and after approximately dicking around for a week, I finally did something worthwhile on the computer. I did have one digital illustration course which was a more or less squandered opportunity, but I'll be trying to make up for my once wily ways here.

    I would gladly read any feedback. I'm no stranger to honest, serious critiques.

    Subject: Robot character, it's an encaustic monotype "sketch" with digital paint. The others are some pencil sketches and preliminaries for other illustrations in the project.
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    The digital painting feels nice and relatively non digital. I would maybe clean up the edges around the robot, mostly on the right side of the picture. It's a bit distracting.

    I like the shape of that fox creatures head.

    On the "factory" drawing. I'm assuming there are three holes in the ceiling with light shining through. They look a bit odd, perhaps because they are narrowing together a bit.

    Maybe look at some reference photos of how light shines through holes.
    Usually light seems to spread out after going through the hole:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/49220875/
    But it probably also depends on perspective as well.
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    nice start for a Sketchbook! Keep on posting your pencil pages, please!
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    Hey, thanks for the response! I've made a few more prints and I'll be sitting down at the computer to paint on them and keep developing my new process. Probably see some more digital paint sketches next update.

    Misplacedhippos: That was a great photo, thanks for taking the time to find one. The factory sketch was a preliminary, and the lighting did look more natural in the finished illustration. I can definitely see how the extraneous marks on the robot can be distracting, I'll see what it looks like to dial back the texture around the figure. Accidental marks like that are part of why I like printmaking and why I'm trying to incorporate it into my illustration process, I just need to find a good balance between legibility and character.

    Surus: Here's some more pencils, as you requested!

    Subjects are a man in hell, a wild boy and his giant animal companions, a monk, and some armors.
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    I have to say, for someone who's new here; this is definitely a winner. By the way, what medium did you use for your colored pieces?
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    Typically pencil, markers, colored pens, watercolors and gouache. Thanks for the kind word. Though I may be new here, I got my BFA recently, though my illustration teachers were mainly coming from a perspective of editorial and advertising illustration since print media like packaging design is so big in minnesota. Someone told me about this community and I've been wanting to re-align my portfolio so I can apply for some concept artist positions in about a year (I can't travel until then unfortunately!). It definitely helps motivate me to have a community.
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    Here's a couple more sketches, the dragon I made an intaglio print from that I was never totally satisfied with, but I might keep trying things till I get a good image from the sketch.
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    It sure has been a few months. Here's a random selection of some stuff I've done in the meantime. Some of these are just more practice getting familiar with digital color, and a couple pencils. I should probably post more regularly, I've got no lack of things to put up.

    Some armor, a classical type lady, breakfast, a computer made out of your deceased mutant cyborg ancestors, a dungeon hallway, some dead things, and a man in a bear suit.
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    Huh, looks like one of them didn't upload properly, here it is.
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    Some more digital color practice. This one is kind of sucky, trying to add more nuanced color, but not pushing far enough.
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    Plugging away.
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    Another warmup from this morning. I don't feel like I'm making much progress with this stuff. I'm also working on some projects I can't post about yet, but I'm working with these tools almost everyday, and while I'm getting faster It's just not coming together in quite a satisfying way. If anyone can point me to your favorite advanced tutorials I would appreciate it.
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    Here's some recent pencils.
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