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    Catish's Collaborative Sketchbook

    Hello,

    Well I didn't think I would be back here ever again. I've had a sketchbook here before, a couple of years back, under a different username. Eventually I stopped using this site because it wasn't helping me anymore. I found out that the direction I was going in was much more personal and really had little to do with hardcore anatomy practice and space marines/wood elfs.

    But recently I've been browsing again, just giving advice and help instead of posting stuff.

    Anyway, the reason I feel that I want to come back is that it's always useful to get some outsider advice anyway, but the bigger reason is that my approach to drawing has changed and I'm thinking that to continue drawing in my way, I need your ideas. So it kind of is like concept art in a way... (words are written down and pictures are created and improvised upon).

    I'm not calling myself an illustrator, but it's similar. I have this broad style that I want to express with others' ideas.

    So maybe this will be fun and a new kind of sketchbook. If you'd be so kind as to leave some tidbits - a breif outline, character synopsis, concept, mood etc. and I will post interpretations.

    I'm looking for both critiques of drawing skill, but also perhaps the execution of the concept. but sometimes what I draw is just personal to me, so... it's difficult to critique an expression.


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    Very TimBurton esq
    Seriously if havent seen his stuff and taken a good look at it I think you would enjoy it
    But remember it's important to do realistic stuff too
    If you have done that already I suggest posting it because otherwise you'll be bitched to hi heaven for it until you do

    Great stuff, post more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medusoid View Post
    Very TimBurton esq
    Seriously if havent seen his stuff and taken a good look at it I think you would enjoy it
    But remember it's important to do realistic stuff too
    If you have done that already I suggest posting it because otherwise you'll be bitched to hi heaven for it until you do

    Great stuff, post more
    i looked up tim burton's drawings, but i don't see the resemblence that much.

    i haven't been able to get to life drawing class for a while now. i'm hoping to start again at a new place soon though.

    i would like more to focus on the collaborative/concept aspect of the sketchbook.

    thanks for the comment. :-)

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    I meant more your line work is similare I guess
    colabs are great too! do you have a personal SB too or you just focusing on this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medusoid View Post
    I meant more your line work is similare I guess
    colabs are great too! do you have a personal SB too or you just focusing on this
    there are similarities. i'd probably say more in theme and mood though..

    nope, i don't have a personal SB.. is that just a private sketchbook? i don't have one anyway. :-) this is my only one on DA. the help i need is not to really make my figures more detailed, but to expand on my composition and expressive ideas.

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    Yep your right.
    I just wasn't sure what you were going for because you were doing figure drawings but they were so stylized.
    Well at least I ment well right?

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    hell, no wood elves, no spacemarines? c´mon, you don´t fit in here ;D
    No, for sure, you´re doing fine, seems like you´ve found your style, keep at it but don´t forget to try some things out.
    I mean, how about some fat guys?kids, babies, environments. your work looks good, but something different....
    sorry, i know this was your second post, so you didn´t even had the opportunity to show other stuff up.
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    That's a nice style that you have there, but HeerleerzeichenS is right though on the subject variety.

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    Interesting style. I'm finding it a little difficult to see quite what you're going for - obviously you're playing around with the anatomy but it's unclear whether you're aiming for elegantly slender figures or grotesquely malnourished looking ones - currently I'm seeing a mix of both (mostly the former). Stylised is absolutely fine as long as it remains consistent.

    For a suggestion on where to go from here... hm... well I'm seeing a lot of figures but not really many 'characters' in your work - I'm just assuming that's what you want as it's the human figure side of concept art. Try approaching the drawing board with a random figure in mind: a warrior, a scientist, a witch - and go all out with designing their face, costume, try to capture their personality and render it.

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    The first thing I thought when I saw the ballerina piece, is "This could be a character for a cartoon / animation movie!" It made me think of the ballet-scenes in the movie Despiccable Me.

    So, why not draw a few scenes or storyboards where your character(s) are performing what would seem natural to them? Hope it helps you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mila View Post
    The first thing I thought when I saw the ballerina piece, is "This could be a character for a cartoon / animation movie!" It made me think of the ballet-scenes in the movie Despiccable Me.

    So, why not draw a few scenes or storyboards where your character(s) are performing what would seem natural to them? Hope it helps you!

    hey mila. thanks for the compliment. i do like the look of despicable me.

    you know, for ages my approach has been to just let the characters do what they want on the paper. :-) that's what i usually do. got any other suggestions?

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    "you know, for ages my approach has been to just let the characters do what they want on the paper. :-) that's what i usually do. got any other suggestions?"

    im a big fan of fashion type illustration, heres a link to some really excellent stuff.

    http://www.art-dept.com/illustration/index.html

    some of it is anatomically correct while other artists try different things. What it all has in common is it makes the people look graceful; some of your heavy lineweights round the faces, and bendy bones in the legs look awkward.
    this one is a particular offender

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1296001732

    So maybe work on that, otherwise, nice start!

    Edit heres some sexy figure drawing from one of the best in the busienss, james jean. some serious skill and practice gone into being able to do this..

    http://processrecess.com/figuredrawing/01-03-06.html
    http://processrecess.com/figuredrawing/01-10-06.html

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    Fun style, I like what you have here so far.
    rather than the usual "hey, do some anatomy. lol".
    I think you should do some more traditional life drawing and perspective studies to strengthen your foundation. Sorry- but that's just how I roll!!
    Anyhoo- Glen Keane has some great cartoon / anatomy hybred drawings kicking around.
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    I think it will help a tonn- especially with your faces, you have a habit of squishy-face.
    eg. In this image your body is heavily stylized but still conforms to perspective and anatomy. The face doesn't/

    Hope this helps!

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