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    Umbravita's Little Thread of Progress

    I'm Laura. Like a lot of people here I want to do concept art for video games, including character design. I'd also like to do some freelance illustrating.

    When I started this I was 18, but now I'm 22 years old.

    This is my journey.

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    Some relatively new stuff to show my skill level. (And by "new", I mean "the last two proper pictures I've done which were done in July and October.")

    Cuddly nekkid night elf ladies - as you can tell, I have no idea how to do background and the figures are rather stiff. I didn't even know what colours to use for the background.

    Bunny pic - my World of Warcraft char with a Noblegarden bunny.

    I read on these forums once (don't remember who said it, so sorry!) that they did a painting by doing little thumbnails to test out positions and angles, then sketched, then they'd paint from there. This pic was the first time doing that method and I had a blast.

    Please excuse the weird-looking arm. (Sometimes, I can't see something that needs fixing until I'm slapping colours on and by then it's too late to fix it without having to take a LOT of time to redo it - anyone know any shortcuts, or is that something I'm going to have to learn to grin and bear?)

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    Reference: http://kh2kid.deviantart.com/art/Bird-190688261

    I used the grid tool and the eyedropper tool in several places to do this one. The grid tool, used for the first time here, made a HUGE difference.

    So if anyone's around, I ask - grid tool, yay or nay? Is it a bad idea to use it too much? I felt it helping a lot, but am I likely to become dependent on it?

    While I don't want to become dependent on the eyedropper tool as well, I had a terrible eye for colour without it. I shouldn't get into that habit, should I?

    Anyway, have a birdie num nums. This was done in under two hours, surprisingly, and the best thing I've ever done.

    ETA: I have an idea for a proper piece - a bit of WoW fanart, a naga lady. I'll post WIPs and studies - going to have to practice drawing some coral and painting underwater scenes in general. (Why, yes, I am taking art More Seriously now. Used to be I slapped something together in an hour without a sketch, nowadays it takes far longer! )

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    wow, it looks like you really do well with transferring depth with reference.
    I can feel it really well on your last post

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    Thanks Onyx! I really liked that piece 'cause of that reason - when it comes to stuff from the imagination I am terrible at depth. Heh, eyedropper tool ftw. :/

    Loomis, yaaay. Spent the last few hours doing this - was slow going 'cause I was talking to someone at the same time over MSN, whee. I decided to tackle it 'cause my faces are somewhat lacking, and it really shows here. And yet, I can see the improvement.

    I may have to do 'em again before I progress further through the book (the head and hands book). It's much duller than using other kinds of references, but so much more effective, and I'm finding it really helpful thus far as long as I can keep focused on it.

    One of 'em (Stoutwell) is applying what I learned right at the beginning. Would look different if I did another right now, but alas, I cannot brain!

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    "So if anyone's around, I ask - grid tool, yay or nay? Is it a bad idea to use it too much?"

    yeah why not? i find drawing a vertical or horizontal line helps a lot, if not a whole grid.
    good work so far, keep em coming and youll feel the improvment.

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    Thanks for the advice, Velocity! I wasn't sure if it would be a bad idea to become dependent on it or not.

    *Grin* I feel the improvement already! Thanks for coming by, I'll have to check out your SB when I'm less braindead!

    About to pass out from le tired, but before I do, more stuff I was working on tonight.

    Below are two WIPs (not sure which order they're going to go up in): my WoW naga lady. I tried to do composition, then realised that the naga tails aren't darker than the bodies... not having much luck but I'm going to keep tackling it and see what I can do!

    Also, before someone points it out - yes. I realised tonight that the thumb on the bottom hand - yes. Thumbs do not bend that way. Ouch. I'll fix that up tomorrow.

    And, a pirate zombie Gaia Online thing. Ref'ed from a random screenie I had in my bookmarks, it was nice to do something cute. I'm really not happy with the colouring though. When it comes to colouring I've always been inspired by Bumblescutt and Jezebel on deviantART (an example of a piece by Jezebel whose colouring I'm particularly fond of here - alas, Bumblescutt deactivated her account. But if someone were very curious I think you'd still find her works on google images), but I don't know how they do it. I have a long way to go.

    Will upload again when they're done.

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    Zombie pirate Gaiaonline thingy finished. Her hair could use fixing but I can't be stuffed. I prefer to move on from pieces quickly.

    Already the naga's annoying me, so I haven't been working on her. Might do that tomorrow night.

    Someone I follow on Twitter made a remark about using photobooth on mac to take pictures of yourself in strange poses for reference. She's a genius! Maybe tomorrow I'll sit in front of my comp for ten minutes making funny faces and doing studies from those. Or just pics for head studies in general.

    I feel kind of overwhelmed with the amount of sheer stuff there is to draw out there. Leg studies, arm studies, head studies, hair studies, eye studies, nose studies - and that's only on the human body. Then you have flowers, trees, animals of all kinds, perspective, colour... I want to jump around from topic to topic (ah, a short attention span is not useful here) and feel in such a rush to achieve competency on all of them. But if I do that, I won't go anywhere at all.

    It's silly, but I'm afraid that by focusing on one thing too long it'll take so, so long to get to a competent level with everything else. And I'm far, far behind. I've been drawing for years, but not properly, and have so little to show for it. If I'd approached art like this long ago, I'd be amazing by now.

    But you can't change the past, all there is for me to do is start right here, right now, so that six years into the future I'll have made bigger steps than I have in the six that are behind me.

    Also, I have to ask - how do people use textures? I've seen texture brushes all over the place, and pieces with texture in them, but... how do you do it? Do you just use the brush as a stamp or what? It looks so odd if I use them as brushes OR stamps, so I'm puzzled.

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    The bird looks awesome, the feathers look soft and the beak hard. The "Zombie pirate Gaiaonline thingy" looks vibrant, I like your use of color and contrast there. You are absolutely right when you say there is so much to learn. However, it isn't like you start at square one with every subject you learn to draw. Your skill in drawing a particular subject/item carries over in drawing ANY subject/item. It's all about learning to see. Once you learn that you are well on your way.

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    great stuff!! just watch your proportions on some characters and faces.

    keep at it bro

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    PG - Whew. I'm very glad to hear that. It seems like there's so much to learn, and that cuts the overwhelm down quite a bit!

    Tron - Thanks for the encouragement! I'll keep an eye on my proportions and try to be more conscious of them.

    Thanks for the comments!

    Below - so I did the photobooth stuff and tried some self portraits. The first two attempts were terrible. (Second wasn't so terrible - but I had my glasses on in that reference and tried to draw without. Probably a bad idea.) Third one (bottom left) came out really nicely. Fourth was meh.

    So I whipped out the colour picker again and started colouring the pics with them to see what I could learn. Well, I learned a fair bit - that the colours in the picture were much darker than they appeared. That there were much more colours than I thought. Reds I knew of, the blues I noticed subtly - but I didn't see greens in the original picture until I'd done that, and I didn't notice the highlights were so (objectively speaking) dark! Context is everything, aye? I wish I could colour like that without using the colour picker, but that's what practice is for.

    I'd like to do that again - I learn much quicker through doing - but I'm afraid of becoming dependent on it and that it's "cheating"... Eh.

    Close up of my favourite one is beneath that. These pics make me look older than I actually look.

    Trying to update far more regularly and get more practice in. I can only pay attention for so long, but I'm hoping my attention span and discipline will grow with practice.

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    thanks 4 cheking out my sketchbook man, i think u got tonnes of potential, don't let urself get down, just draw and draw and draw hack at it each day, and you should be suprised what can come out of it.

    oh and btw i love that bird, u did damn well on that. u shud be proud

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    Nice stuff so far! I like your self portraits.

    As far as online resources go, there are a couple sites that have free art ebooks. I've gotta track down the link but I'll let you know when I find it.

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