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    Captain Riviera's Super Awesome Sketchbook

    Everybody says that starting a sketchbook here is super mega helpful so here I go.

    A Little Bit About Me
    I'm an art student who is hoping to get into concept art. I really just like sketching and digital painting but I know how to do other stuff and often times I'll experiment with acrylics and markers. I really like doing fantasy art and more recently I've become a little obsessed with trying to combine fantasy stuff with the modern world. I don't have a lot of finished pieces that reflect that because it is a recent obsession but trust me. I've got alot of sketches and pictures floating in my head that will reflect that.

    I'm just gonna dump a few finished works for the first post. Maybe I'll stop being lazy and actually scan some sketches or become more comfortable posting digital sketches. Digital sketches just feel like incomplete pictures to me so I don't like showing them. That's why I won't upload many WIPs. I hate doing that for 2 reasons.
    1) because I feel like it forces people to judge without (pardon the pun) "seeing the whole picture" so they might not get what I'm trying to do but I see its usefulness so I might try to do it.
    2) When I start a picture I hate stopping and taking breaks. If I have the time, I'll keep working until its done. That makes uploading a WIP for help more of a chore then me actually seeking advice.

    Obviously the Point of this is to get better so I shouldn't have to say it but I will anyway. Any and all critique welcome. I'm not easily offended but I'd still appreciate it if you tried to be respectful.
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    SkETchES

    "Sketches in a sketch book! Bull$H1* Captain!" It's legit tho check em out.

    These are my favorite sketches from a real sketchbook I just finished. For you kids, a book is like a paper sandwich.

    First is sketches of David Chappelle and Johnny Knoxville. The rest are some character designs I did for fun.
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    Wow I love your pencil work its just amazing. Did you come up w/ all of those off the top of your head?
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    Medusoid: Yea all these are created and designed by me.

    Mischeviouslittleelf: I don't understand. Could you elaborate?
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    Here's a Mechanical Fairy I painted real quick using the sketch from earlier.
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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...93#post2949493
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    http://julianrivera.daportfolio.com/

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    Here's some sketches of Olivia Wilde so nice I drew her twice
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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...93#post2949493
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    http://julianrivera.daportfolio.com/

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    Old Man Gato

    Little cat guy from my earlier sketches. I'm gonna color a few more of those because I actually did not plan on uploading those sketches like that but you never know when a sketch book is gonna start up.
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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...93#post2949493
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    You are definitely getting better at coloring. I want to make one suggestion though and it's just my personal preference so it's your choice. Often times gradient back drops come off as making your work more amateur than it actually is because it dosen't show much effort so instead of adding to the piece it detracts because it looks like you put thought into the background but not enough to do anything with it. I dont mean to come off as rude or even to sound like I know best I just feel like thats how things work out allot.
    Also a perfectly chosen solid BG can actually benefit the piece allot.

    Great work, and I hope I don't sound like an ass
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    Medusoid: Thanks, I really want to get better at coloring. I've always felt comfortable with my sketching and people tell me that my line work is good so I'm really focusing on get better at coloring because thats where I screw up. About the gradient. I used to think it was more professional to do a real background too but really its just more time consuming. Most professional concept artists that I've seen don't even put a gradient in the back, they just have a white background. Hell, the metal gear guy doesn't even color his stuff sometimes. The purpose of the gradient is to help me when I'm coloring because a white background can screw you up. I just leave it because I think it looks better than nothing. Granted, it would probably look more professional to have white instead and when I'm looking at concept art I do prefer when they have some nice little background made but I rarely see character concepts with background (Uncharted is the only one I can think of). Most people I've heard from see it like this: The fact is your employer hired you to draw characters not backgrounds for characters, so if you have time then by all means do a well thought out bg but they don't really care unless they've asked you to do it.
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    Cap.Rivera: Sorry I think my BG was not understood I just use that allot with friends but I meant using solid color backgrounds that are the right color can work better than gradients.
    For example using a color that is not present in you drawing bit is still is in that palette scheme.
    I don't often do this myself because I don't bother to make palettes, however you seem to be further along skill wise than me so I figure you would be willing to do it.

    Hope this at least can help you out somewhere down the road and again thanks for not taking me the wrong way like I'm taking down to anyone
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    Meedusoid: That's my bad. I didn't see that last sentence. I get what you mean now. Sounds like good advice.
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    Gerudo Sandstorm

    I worked on this during the Christmas season just for fun. As always critiques and what not are welcome and so on...

    Not sure if this is allowed but I hate the restraints here so here's a bigger version here if you'd like a better look.
    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/20...ro-d361lpb.jpg
    Last edited by Cap.Riviera; December 30th, 2010 at 07:55 PM. Reason: Picture too small
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