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    Zombiphone's book of frivolous nonsense

    Well, since I work digitally almost exclusively now, I guess it makes sense to have a digital sketchbook. I guess I'll use this for anything that's not supposed to be a full blown illustration. I don't have a lot to post right now, and I might not get to update this as frequently as I'd like to (Juggling a full time+ job, part time school, and an obsession with motorcycles gets in the way of my drawing time more often than I care to admit >_<), but I'll use this thread as motivation to do more.

    Err, background on me, I've been drawing for longer than I can remember, but the extent of my education has been art class in a public high school (So none ). I currently work in QA for a game company (Yes, I know- No comment needed T_T), just went back to school to learn programming, and I'm a passionate hobbyist.

    I always appreciate any suggestions for improvement, so never feel like you should hold back if something is offensively bad and/or causing violent twitching and irritation.

    Blah blah blah, words words words- and here we go:

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    It figures that I get one, rare, three day weekend and now that it's finally stopped raining, I'm too sick and dazed to do anything >_< Anyways, being sick and dazed means I have nothing better to do than incoherent doodling.

    So I don't really do vehicles, as geometric anything baffles me, but I was bored and making shapes and somehow it culminated into this- which I have dubbed the motorsnake (Or MTR-SNK, rather. the missing vowels are for added sci-fi flare ). I've decided it's going to be the moon's equivalent of a motorcycle, where you ride on top of it and it propels itself forward with the jets on its arms and tail. Not particularly logically designed, not actually a snake, and I ran out of canvas without bothering to add more, but eh.

    Edit: Added the pictures from the first post to this one so I could edit my thumbnail in the future. n00b mistakes ftw?

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    Ack, sketch dump >_< I can't seem to follow through on anything right now, so here's some boring "mind in neutral" scribbles.

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    Thanks! I love how that one came out. I have a bit of an affinity for gas masks

    Anyways, I've been on kind of a sci-fi kick recently. It's far from finished, but my current WIP (Had a reference for the main tank, but otherwise, I'm currently winging it. I'll figure out how to make a decent background if it's the last thing I do!):

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    I think the next thing I want to do is try to understand how to use textures, as I think I could really elevate a lot of my pictures if I knew how to even start with some of that stuff.

    That said, these're a little more than rough sketches, and I have threads for them in the critique center, but just for my own collective visibility- The last two full pictures I've about finished (The first one was finished maybe a week and a half ago, the second one I'm still iffy on calling finished):

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    One last picture for today. I was really in the mood to just design something, so I decided I'd go for the good old fashioned concept style sketching. I've always had a thing for sinister jokers, so I thought I'd try applying my recent sci-fi kick with a classic jester. His proportions are intentionally a bit skewed, just for the record, as I felt a little stylization better suited his character than the initial base I had set up (Not that my proportions are normally perfect, but this one was consciously tweaked).

    I just made it up as I went, but all in all, I like how it ended up. Slowly but surely I'm building a proper portfolio

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    Great posts so far, love the jester...what a unique twist

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    Thanks! I've always had an affinity for jesters. I don't know why it took me this long to design one of my own.

    Well, I was working on a colored character concept, but I ended up being too busy to finish it last weekend, and when I finally sat down to finish it, my laptop died on me. So I'll polish that off provided I still have my harddrive information when that gets back. But, so I could still be productive, I jacked a different computer for a while and just thought I'd try something female and more current to tie me over (That, and I was listening to Eminem's Like Toy Soldiers, and it made me suddenly want to draw one). The monitor on this computer seems to have a constant film of light grayish blue though, so hopefully the values came out okay. It's supposed to be her in army garb and her in civilian clothes, but I guess her face ended up a bit different :/

    On a side note, guns are tricky. I think I have most trouble with anything that requires I use precise geometric shapes and/or the line tool rather than being able to freehand it. Definitely something to work on.

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    All right, my stopping point for this weekend's full color WIP. I bought the Color Theory live stream, and after getting a good 3 hours in, I decided to take a breather and try some colorful stuff again. I'm trying to be more methodical about my use of cooler and warmer colors across lights and shadows this time, but I felt like a more neutral pallet better suited a western scene, so it's going to be a bit more subtle to start (My second love after sci-fi, just for the record even if it is horribly underrepresented in my body of work).

    That said, I figured since I'm challenging myself anyways, I may as well take this as an opportunity to also try to understand perspective better so I'm..... awkwardly trying that too. I probably won't get to finish this until next weekend, but in the meantime, I picked up a real paper sketchbook, so can get my pencil on

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    Well, got my laptop back and got to see how messed up everything I was working on in its absence looks on a clear, not hazy monitor >_< I might have to go back and correct some things.

    That said, I finished off one of the quick sketches I was working on before my laptop had to go. I'm pretty lukewarm on how it turned out, actually, but eh. It's something a bit different, I suppose :/ The standing pose was to show the full design, and the squatting pose was intended to depict personality

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    First ever attempt at some sort of speed painting. Turned out pretty terrible, but I'd still like to document it here so I have a point of reference down the line. Looks okay in the thumbnail, but I kind of really hate it otherwise, so I decided to just scrap it already. I'm trying really hard to understand environments and color, but it's probably going to be a while before I can manage anything decent >_< Oh well.

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    Just a quick WIP, that I may or may not end up coloring later. This level of messy is pretty much what my character sketches always look like before coloring them, since I now do my sketching in photoshop. Just thought I'd try my hand at gun design and full body cyborg suits. Those are supposed to be dual railgun pistols, for the record- A weapon that I hope exists in the future

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    Ugh, it's been POURING all day. As a result, I didn't have anything better to do than to color my good friend the cyborg, so here we are. This with my last post is a pretty accurate before and after for all of my character sketches. Some of the details were lost in translation, and a couple new ones were added, but overall I'm satisfied with it. This is one of the more fun poses to draw for me

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