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    Sketching Skallywag! (Big Update: May 14th 2012)

    SKETCHING SKALLYWAG!

    MAY 14th, 2012

    AHOY MATEYS!!! It's been about a year since I last posted here. It's been nuts. I did an internship at a video game company, and since then I've been totally rocked by school. However, that hasn't stopped me from being creative. There's a big update on the next page over showing how I've improved. Hope you enjoy!


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    One day, I realized that being an artist takes a lot more than innate talent, it takes work. And a heckuva lot of it. So in the spirit of work I figured it's about frikkin' time I made a sketchbook on here and held myself to a regular schedule, forcing myself to improve each day. It's time to set aside the video games and start doing what I really love.

    I hope you enjoy visiting my sketchbook.

    ~Stephen N.

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    Hooray for Google Image Search! I found reference. I always like drawing skulls. Not because I have a morbid fascination with death, but because each one is unique, and is the basis for the facial features of each person. Try this: Take a photograph portrait of yourself. Then, using tracing paper or photoshop, trace the skull over your face using the landmarks of your own face to determine the proportions. Guess what? That skull will look like YOU! I really enjoyed that exercise, I could actually recognize my own skull.

    Anyhow, just trying to get used to using a tablet again. I can't believe I haven't drawn in so long....

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    This started as a value study and turned into more of a Kristen Bell is hawt study....

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    Cool drawings. It's good to hear that you're taking initiative to improve your art -- it's definitely something I'm trying to work on these days. After all, artistic growth comes with perseverance and dedication. Feel free to check out my sketchbook -- it's mostly figure studies and some cartoon scribbles thus far but I'd love to get some feedback

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    Thumbnails for this week's CHOW.

    Post-Apocalyptic Paladin!

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    Moar art, and i love the skull study ^_^

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    Pirate Practice

    This picture has taught me several things. That I know nothing about back-lighting, nothing about complimentary shading, skin textures, nor neck anatomy. That painting without reference sucks. And that I frikkin' love pirates.

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    Hey, thanks for checking out my sketchbook

    Your skull studies are great, you seem to really understand the form,

    Damn, i wish I had the bawls to enter the weekly competitions!
    Some good thumbs happening - I like how the rightmost one pops out immediately, while the left and top-middle have potential for some really cool narrative context.

    Keep on studying, understanding, moving forward.

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    Cheers Dave, thanks for commenting on MY sketchbook! I'll be sure to keep an eye on yours in the future!

    Here's some WIP's for the CHOW entry....

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    Good stuff Demo! Keep up the hard work and keep posting your stuff in here!

    Lookin forward to the next update

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    Thanks Beek!

    More WIP's....

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    nice SB, I'll just recommend for improving your painting to start thinking more in shapes and get rid of the lines, you just need to get loose, the same happens to me, I stick to my line drawing and it is bad for painting. Excellent job with Kristen Bell

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    Getting tired of looking at nuns....

    Random doodles to loosen my mind up, and remind myself how much I suck at color

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    Hey, thanks for writing in my sketchbook. I get so little comments, or expressed interest so I appreciate it.

    You seem to have a good understanding of form. Perhaps now work on lighting and color. Start with a base color to define mood and atmosphere. Artists like kekai kotaki and marco djurdjevic do this very well. I haven't experimented enough to apply it to my own work, but it helps. Push your values.
    Aside from anatomy, you're doing well.
    Your chow entry made me realize such cool themes and characters can emerge from that forum. I have yet to join the weekly chows, but so far nothing's really interested me.

    Post more!

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    nice work here.. and ur right it takes looots of work to be better... and i wonder.. do u have some anatomy or perspectice sketchs u did before ? upload if u have them coz it will make u see ur progress after a while .. and it will make u feel better

    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

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    @Leroy: Thanks mate!! Yah, I understand about the interest thing, sometimes it's hard to get inspired. But like for this topic, I wasn't serious about doing it until I started looking for reference pictures. I saw a pic of some nuns holding shotguns, and suddenly I was on a drawing frenzy XD Really, you just gotta MAKE it interesting. I hate drawing something that I'm not having fun with. Drawing a boring old guy in a suit of armor was one thing, but nuns on a jeep is another! So really, you're only limited by your imagination. Thanks so much for the tips!!

    @ Rain: Thanks for the encouragement mate! I'll definitely try to do that. Should help me gain some perspective on my progress. Keep doing all the work you're doing, and I'll keep doin' mine!

    And now....

    YUCK! GAG! BLEAH! This is even with photo reference! Oh well, just gotta practice, practice, practice....

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    I'm sick and tired of this thing, and I haven't even started color! XD LawL, I just hope it turns out well.

    Herp derp, I already see some huge things to fix!

    1. The car seat is out of perspective, big time.
    2. The jeep frame is missing a pole.
    3. The gatling gun needs a total perspective do-over.
    4. The panel that the nun is standing on needs a perspective shift.

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    Hi, I like the piece you're working on..a lot of action goin on and it just looks fun :p
    It might help you to mock it up quick in 3D to get the perspective right...sort of a lazy man's shortcut to not having to figure out perspective, but it works!
    The nun hanging on the outside, her thighs are too short in comparison with the lower leg.
    Will be cool to see how it comes out in the end

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    Thanks Kalin! I had a lot of fun working on it. Thanks for your comment, that did help. I don't know how well I fixed it, but I tried to make a change. I have no 3D software, nor the skills to use it. I'll just stick with ye olde horizon-line/vanishing-point method. Thanks again for your feedback. I was really scrambling for as many opinions as I could get and I got very little feedback no matter where I posted this silly pic. But hay, I think it came out ok, relative to my current abilities. Can't wait to start working on another one.

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    Good job on fixing the leg, it does look better! I really like the dusty smoky background and the action-like you can really feel the movement of the vehicle, so you succeeded with bringing life to it I think! And I totally understand about not getting critiques when you need it..like not till the very end when you're almost ready to call it done..ugh, annoying :p If you ever want you can send me a pm and I'll critique something for you as best I can.

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    My arms for the day. Now on to furniture....

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    throwing some support your way!
    nice effort so far you two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a la bapsi View Post
    throwing some support your way!
    nice effort so far you two!
    Thanks, its always nice to get some encouragement. ^_^

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    Ok, got my furniture studies done for the day. Where's yours Kevin?!?!

    I found that once I stopped trying to use perspective lines, it got a lot easier....

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    I hate furniture too, but I did mine but they aren't getting posted.

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    Patsy! Ah well. LEGS!!! I've always struggled with legs, so these studies are really helping already.

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    Oh Pilot Precise V5, how I have missed thee. Here's some doodles. Will work on hands after I do homework and chores.

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    The leg studies are looking really good, and I really like your character faces and your quick poses. Do some feet studies, I notice they're getting ignored in your leg studies and it will really help solidify the drawing and you'll feel the weight more if you spend some time on the feet.

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    Thanks Arenyth! Yeah, Kevin and I will be doing feet studies Thursdays right now. We're trying to focus what time we have very specifically. Probably not the best way to allocate our time, but at least it makes us draw XD

    More doodles. My hand studies were from my own hand and my classmates. The other image is just sketches I did of other students in my class. Medicine is cool, but I think I like art more

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    Finally, something to post. I've been sketching a lot, but I've been... well really lazy. After updating once a day for over a week, I realized why people never update every single day I've seen it done, but those people are nuts! I'll try to start posting more often though. I'ma take an hour and post a sketchdump soon.... Anyhow, here's my latest project!

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