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    Art for my own sake

    I'm currently a second semester freshman at Boston University studying painting. My eventual goal is to become a conceptartist! But for now I am working mostly with traditional medium (graphite/charcoal and oils) and strengthening the basics.

    My current goals are to:
    1. Improve anatomy
    2. Paint without as much blending ( using mark effectively)
    3. Apply my studies to my compositions

    Since I'm already in second semester, I'll post a bunch of my old stuff first and then go on into more recent work. Also a lot of my newer paintings are still with my teacher so I won't really have many of those .

    I appreciate any comments/critiques, Hope you stick around!

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    Heres some stuff from first semester:

    For drawing we weren't allowed to shade, it was a course on line . The stuff where I added value was outside of class.

    1. 20min figures at the gallery
    2. 20 min figures at the gallery
    3. Figure in class
    4. Skull in class
    5. Stairs in the college
    6. Skull outside of class

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    Heres some more old stuff and my finals!

    1. seven desks
    2. Drawing one final - graphite
    3. Painting one final - oil

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    Heres the most recent one, I forget how long this pose was, but it was over an hour.

    Graphite

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the visit to my sketchbook, you got some really nice stuff here.

    Bill

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    Thanks and np.

    Here are some digital sketches of heads from loomis.

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    Nice, I especially like your still life drawings.

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    Thanks Sushy

    Digital sketches of my hands from life

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    really dig your gesture and hand drawings. Keep drawing mang.

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    I like it all. I think you could really benefit from learning how to get the same line from making one stroke rather than 10. If its hard to do then thats an indication that you should be doing it.

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    Hey there! The piled desks and mirrored self-portrait drawings are really gorgeous! Especially in the desks I can tell there's so much investigation into the different angles. I'm glad to see your figures too; they're a great start. I would suggest working larger, so that you can use your entire arm to draw and to establish a more deliberate relationship between the figure and the page.

    Also, something that will help is drawing from a more structural standpoint for the figures. Draw within the silhouette/contours; build from the most basics (triangle, circle, rectangle, sphere, cylinder, etc.). This will allow you to really understand what you're drawing, and commit it to memory. For example, with what basic shapes can you build the hands? The Loomis heads are looking good, although I would simplify them even further; no nostrils, eyes, lips--those can be easily added on later.

    Keep it up.

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    PLeon - Thanks, will keep going.

    Sunny - Thanks, have started to draw the general shapes of things like figures to build form. But when i draw contours i will try to be more aware.

    Yih - Thanks so much for the critique. I am trying to work towards the shapes and building volume. For the loomis heads, I am having a bit of trouble and will try to draw them more simply hopefully with the correct angle and gesture.

    Here are 2 one session head paintings from class

    the one on the left is white and burnt umber palette and the one on the right is yellow ochre, white, burnt sienna, raw umber.

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    Another head portrait.

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    Went on spring break and had sort of an art block . Now I am back at University ready to kick into full gear. I have 15 pages left in my current sketchbook and already got a new one, cant wait to do some vanderpoel studies.

    1. Figure Drawing with charcoal in class
    2. Figure Drawing with charcoal in class, 2 tiny ones from imagination during the break
    3. Graphite Figure, playing with crosshatching
    4. Charcoal skull, worked reductively.
    5-11. Some pages from my sketchbook most are really old.

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    i always enjoy seeing oil paintings.... i love the portraits.. i love to see moreeee.. did u do it in one session or in layers (fat over thin)?

    i love to do everything and learn everything... i hate to be cornered in one place.. i believe u can be anything u want... Your mind is limitless... check out my sketchbook ... u will find a bit of everything

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=203429

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    Thanks Rain Walker, I do them in one session usually.

    1 - Female Figure in graphite ( I made the back/torso region too long I think)
    2 - Male Figure in graphite
    3-6. Sketchbook of heads. Found out one of my many weaknesses is head/portraiture, been drawing a lot of loomis heads, a few from photos and tried some from imagination. Got to keep practicing them.

    Thanks.

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    Been busy with finals I'll also try to get around photographing my paintings which are laying around the studio next time.

    Lame update:
    1. Figure in graphite
    2. Figures from imagination digitally
    3-6. Sketchbook pages, bridgeman and some vanderpoel

    Thanks for viewing!

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    hey dude,ever read betty edwards- drawing from the right side of the brain?

    keep going anyway! :3

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    Never Attempt the Possible;attempt the impossible and even if you fail,you'll fall among the stars.
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    Sorry I haven't updated in so long I will try to do better!

    FootstepsBeckon: Nope, I haven't read that sorry I'm guessing you are recommending I check it out. Will look into it, thanks.

    1 - Still life of bust in charcoal on toned paper
    2 - Nude female Gesture in oil
    3 - Nude male drawing in black/white charcoal on brown paper

    4-6 - Painting 2 midterm - 5 mini self portraits and 1 larger self portrait.
    I tried to see shapes on the face and use it as form but in the end, the shapes seemed to large and too raw and thus it looked a bit flat. But I learned a lot from it.

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    reading Hampton, Hogarth + more
    trying do more sketches from life (most are from airport)

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    Awesome start : O! Clearly you work really hard : D! That and your willingness to try different things is going to get you very far! Keep doing what you do : D!

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    Your figurative drawings are beautiful; I particularly enjoy the charcoal skull in post #14. I'm glad to see you're experimenting with color variation in your skin tones, but I think you're exaggerating them a bit at the moment which is leading to some rather distracting color blobs. The variation of color in a single figure will typically be very subtle and it takes a trained eye to notice most of them. (For an example, check out this post from the Art Discussion forum.)

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    NailbiterMR - Thanks, but I get distracted with games and such, I hope I can work harder.

    dierat - Thanks, that post is really helpful. I understand now I should dilute the color into a common ground so that it looks cohesive.

    Learning digital, finally putting my tablet to use ^^

    1 - grayscale portrait from imagination
    2 - study from a reference, was lazy and didnt render the background
    3 - first complete character concept design, learned a lot on this
    4 - incomplete character sketch
    5 - face from imagination..still trying to learn digital portraiture

    Digital painting is really hard. IMO it feels a lot different from traditional and I'm trying to get used to it. Also I have trouble with painting male eyes, i think i make the socket too round or the eyes kinda big causing it to look female.

    I need to do more from reference, where do people find good pics to study anatomy/portraiture?

    Thanks for looking.

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    Hi everyone!
    I am back in school. Wish I could've done more over the summer but I guess what's done is done. I recently made a resolution to do at least 2 digital paintings every week so lets hope I get better!

    Lets start things off with a few things from last year (I finally got my paintings back from Painting 2 that were taken by my professor for this fall show)!

    1 - Figure painting of a female with clothing. Two 3 hour sessions.
    2 - Painting 2 final! My double self portrait, I think I learned a lot doing this, my heads took me forever.
    3 - drawing of my friend during figure drawing in charcoal.

    That brings us to this year's work:
    4 - female figure drawing in graphite
    5 - female figure drawing in graphite, trying some things
    6 - torso study over my figure drawing; graphite
    7 - gestures of a female in graphite

    Digital paintings (most of these were done over the summer):
    8 - character thumb
    9 - MANGIX fanart or you could call this an E-Selfportrait! This was my "Summer of painting digitally final" which I imposed on myself. I am happy that I could produce something finished.
    10 - environment study 1
    11 - environment study 2
    12 - environment study 3
    13 - character sketch of a wimpy hero
    14 - exploratory gesture, playing with human form

    Thanks everyone for viewing! I will do more/get better
    -Mangix

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    Updateeeeee?

    1-4. Female Figure Drawings from school, graphite.

    5. Digital environment sketch
    6. Female Character Sketch
    7. Head sketch

    Sorry I haven't done as much as I should've.

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    i like those color portrait studies!

    for the anatomy studies, the hands and feet are quite small^^

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    Natalia Soleil: Thanks, that is a common problem, I have noticed it in a lot of my work unfortunately.

    I am back with more stuffs! Happy thanksgiving/black friday everyone!

    1 - Graphite Figure Drawing, cast shadow looks weird.
    2 - Figure Drawing, Graphite
    3 - Figure Drawing, Graphite

    4 - Figure Drawing, Graphite, I was pleasantly surprised when one of my peer's described it as "Bridgeman-esque" or it looked like Bridgeman did it.
    5 - Skeleton Overlay of the above drawing. It is done on tracing paper with graphite.

    6 - A friend of mine let me use his conte in figure drawing. So here are my first drawings with the media. Conte is so fun to use.
    7 - male figure drawing, conte

    8 - figure drawing with a few muscles labelled for class

    Moving on to some digitals:

    9 - Environment speedpainting
    10 - Environment speedpainting
    11 - Environment speedpainting

    I am having trouble moving past the initial layout of the environment painting and moving on to details/form and texture.

    12 - Lastly, a 3 hr environment from head

    ^_^ i'll be back soon.

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    Your figures are looking more balanced. The second one looks especially good--seems like you are really figuring out the stuff inside the contours too, and the proportions/weight is convincing. Try drawing some small stick figures w a couple lines to get the general proportions/balance before you start on the big one. Post some quicker gestures!

    The light in the environments are good. Maybe try some texture brushes to do the work for you.

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    new figure drawings look better man. keep practicing

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    Hey thanks for the post. Your stuff is definately getting better, this last post shows a lot of improvement, particularly with the life drawings. keep posting

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    Hello,
    sorry for the long absences between posts, I will try to update more often!

    now on winter break!

    Heres a few new things:

    1 - sketch of digital art android goddess
    2 - study of environment
    3 - random gesture with some errors lol
    4 - ConceptArt for my portfolio: character design

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