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    Draw to Survive [Updated May 9th]

    Hi, starting this up again.

    22 Years old, I want a job as a concept artist, illustrator, anything with art really. Crits and suggestions on what to work on are appreciated.

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    Awesome start!--lets see some more. Don't tease us with one image lol

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    hh just one artwork more

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    Amara91 - Thanks, and sorry! I didn't know I could add more than one image per post. I've added two more piece and I'll be adding some sketch work from my books as I scan them. Is there a limit to how many images I should attach to a post?

    inspectorsokar - I've edited the post with two more images for now, more to come soon!

    Thank you for your interest guys, I'm really excited about starting out on this site now.

    Here are some pencil and charcoal sketches. The first is just a facial study - I need a lot of work on human faces/heads. The second is a bust study of an original character of mine from a story I am writing. I used an image from google as a reference for the face. All other elements are mine.

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    I love the illustrative look of the cloud sin the last painting, but the whale dosent look as strong as it could be, the perspective seems alittle, skewed maybe you could make it pop a little more, push the dynamics a little

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    I thought the whale was a submarine at first, haha. My bad.
    Like TheJackal said, you should make it more apparent, maybe make it's tail above the water a little

    Also, I see you like scars, on your characters Anyway, you're off to a great start, keep 'em coming!

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    TheJackal - Thank you for the critique on the cloud/whale piece. The whales were added as an afterthought so I didn't use any reference. If I can find some nice reference for that perspective I'll try to fix it up.

    MrMagic - haha a submarine! Yeah, I can see how the whales are not typically iconic. I don't think I could have the tail fluke and the dorsal fin showing at the same time due to the locomotion method of the whales (if a tail fin is showing, the whale is usually diving, thus the dorsal fin would be obscured by the water). So really what it comes down is one or the other (dorsal fin or tail fluke). I will look up some reference to see if I can make the whales more recognizable. Thank you for the critique! And scars are always cool.

    Here's a few brand new things from me (made last night and this evening). The first piece is digital but for the rest I wanted to work in traditional media a bit since most of my paid work is digital and I needed a break. I noticed how stiff the figure on the first piece came out (and over-rendered, ouch) so I decided to loosen up and do some gesture drawings via posemaniacs. I hope I am doing gesture drawing right - it's something I never did in any of my classes.

    The last piece is a quick self portrait with lighting below and to the viewer's left.

    Also, there's a pegasus in there referenced from the "Draw 50 Horses" book by Lee J. Ames. I tried to combine two poses illustrated in the book. Horses are hard!

    Anyway, crit away please!

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    Damn! Your brush gestures are awesome - consider me inspired! You've also got a sweet knack for faces that I wish I had. I just can't seem to get the hang of the head.

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    karmiclychee - thanks! You should give it a try sometime, the results are interesting. =) As for faces, thank you so much, I've been really trying to improve because I am not very confident with them.

    Here are some more 30 second gesture studies, this time with a crayola watercolor brush pen using http://pixelovely.com/tools/gesture.html for reference. Last image contains a few 5 min charcoal study also using pixelovely.com. Glad I picked up that site from a post in another sketchbook!

    I'll also be giving the loomis books ( http://alexhays.com/loomis/ ) a try tomorrow after work.

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    goood keep up
    i love ur lines in the horse drawing
    and about loomis its the best thing to do
    STUDY STUDY from them
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    i wish u luck

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    inspectorsokar - Thank you so much for the encouragment!

    Here's some updates. First are some loomis inspired doodles. Second is a sketch for this week's CHOW. Critique please!

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    i like the pose in ur last chow pease.. tho the weapon suggests movement. or a swinging type of motion.. tho the arm thats holding it.. suggests other wise. my only thoughts about it tbh .. too im a nab in that kind af stuff.

    keep posting.
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    oma - thanks for the critique! I was trying to make the whole pose look dynamic with movement but I can see how the weapon and arm disagree. thanks!

    Since I couldn't finish that chow in time here's a sketch for the next one. Critiques would be awesome! Theme is Steam-punk Aphrodite.

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    Your brush gestures are really cool ! Should try that! For your steampunk sketch maybe you could give her more steampunk looking goggles? just a suggestion!

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    long time no post, time to get back on the horse

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    Wow I really like those water colour figure studies!!! Amazing work!

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    Been a while, hoping to start this again.

    Here are some sketches from reference using colored ball point pen. Trying to get more accurate with human faces.

    Next are two gouache studies I did using Nat Geo photographs as reference. They are pretty small (2"x6") and painted on wood boards.

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    WIP for the Illustration of the week. Let me know what you guys think and what I could improve upon. Used photographic reference of myself.

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    And here it is finished, crits very welcome!

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    Freakin love the minotaur

    Also, your use of color is very good. Keep it up!

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    B_h_bloomer - Hey thanks for the compliments! I will try

    update featuring mostly sketch work from the past few weeks. I apologize for the quality, they are captured cell-phone style as I do not have access to a scanner currently. I'll unpack it again soon.

    Also a speed paint from observation of a photo. Been looking at the Ctrl + Paint tutorials and decided to try some digital painting techniques from that site. http://www.ctrlpaint.com/

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    Great stuff! the crayola watercolor brush pen gesutres looks very interesting, too bad i cant get these expensive mediums in my country keep em comin!

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    Really dig your faces Fantillus. Lots of attitude in them. Keep'em coming.

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    eclip-se - thanks! The crayola watercolor brushes are really cheap here actually. Crayola makes mostly art stuff for kids. I am sure there is an equivalent where you live. ;D

    Blue Gun - thank you so much for that compliment! Up until recently I haven't been very confident with how my faces turn out - glad you think they got attitude.

    Here are 36 gesture/proportion practice thingies, some from reference, some from my head. trying to learn as I go.

    Also a quick master copy from William Bouguereau. Eye-dropped the colors. Was interesting to see what hues/shades he used.

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    Here are two studies I did yesterday and today, both from photographs. I've also worked on more loomis studies but those will have to wait for my scanner to be hooked up.

    Haven't been feeling so well lately so I hope I will start feeling better and do more art soon.

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    a nebulous-spacey speed paint. was messing around with creating new brushes for it.

    just got out of a mental health hospital, feeling a bit better. bought a small model skeleton, been doing bone studies to help with anatomy and proportion. will post those soon.

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