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    Hi, welcome to my sketchbook post. Any advice pertaining my work is greatly appreciated.

    Newer pictures are posted on later posts as usual, but not necessarily when the works are created, because I tend to post some stuff from the past. The work creation date is after the description of the number in respect to the image. So head on to later pages to see later works.

    The pictures that were originally in this post have been moved to page 2 as of 4/28/2011.

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    amazing stuff , love sketch number 4 ... keep it up

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    Hi mate.
    I think you're pretty good with proportions already. i think you're pencil shading can't keep upt with that. try to follow the form a bit more instead of using your fingers to smudge (and hide) "mistakes".
    hope this doesn't come along to harsh. just wanna give u some input
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocko View Post
    Hi mate.
    I think you're pretty good with proportions already. i think you're pencil shading can't keep upt with that. try to follow the form a bit more instead of using your fingers to smudge (and hide) "mistakes".
    hope this doesn't come along to harsh. just wanna give u some input
    cheers
    Yea, I learned to not smudge after I drew those last year. I used a blending stump to smudge two of the pictures, the rest got smudged over time because of weather. I make myself draw on newsprint, and smudging would be really bad on newsprint. Thanks for the advice, it is true that my shading can't keep up. My foundation teacher keeps criticizing me for bad shading. All I studied mostly books on perspective and anatomy, so I think I should get some books on shading now.

    Also, I uploaded two more:

    8.I. Inspired by music and my novel-in-progress. As you can see, some of the type design got left out because my scanner is not big enough. 4/8/11
    9.I. Inspired by my novel-in-progress. circa 8/23/10

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    Your pencil work is looking pretty good! I especially like the guy with the horned helmet! Do you take time to do some gesture sketches or light sketching from life/observation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aronjs View Post
    Your pencil work is looking pretty good! I especially like the guy with the horned helmet! Do you take time to do some gesture sketches or light sketching from life/observation?
    I rarely do drawing from life, in fact, I have never drawn a person in real life other than a self portrait I did in high school. I do, however, seldomly go to characterdesigns.com and do quick sketches of the 2D figure from their database, but I owe most of my works to inspiration, that is why I noted them in my posts. My imagination goes crazy when I listen to epic music. I get all these battle scenes of knights from the novel I am working on. I am also working on a sci fi novel, and that robot spider is drawn from that novel I am working on. It would be a good idea to get inspiration for your drawing, such as reading a novel or trying to write your own story or novel, because it helps establish a strong scenery to draw from. Music also works as inspiration, and if you like orchestral music or trailer music (these music are my favorite because of their dramatic elements and suspense), I think they still sell "Invincible" a public album by Two Steps From Hell, the musics they make are primarily used as trailer music for movies such as Star Trek, Inception, Avatar, and video games like Mass Effect you name it! There is also Audiomachine, they also make trailer music.

    Feng Zhu from FZDschool talks about inspiration, but inspiration is not limited to just the things he says:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuayEzH8c4

    Something he says that I totally agree on is that novels or stories can be great sources of inspiration. When you read novels, you have to create the scenery and the people yourself, since there are no pictures to guide you through.

    This is a sample music by audio machine (very good and inspirational music):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXNBii70Xw

    These are by Two Steps From Hell:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBuz9ul88bs

    This one inspired my very first picture:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaQKnpdxFpE

    You can search for more of these music on youtube.

    The inspirations are for coming up with a gesture, and the rest is the anatomy you know. When I draw figure, I break down the figures to the bones; I draw sticks to represent bones, then I draw ambiguous geometric shapes around the stick until they look like a body part. The fact that I am not experienced at rendering and shading probably lies in the fact I don't draw a lot from real life.

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    You've got some pretty cool sketches here, Vay! I agree with the previous comment on shading - I think your sketches would look better with a wider range of tonal values. Other than that, great work =]

    My Sketchbook - Advice would be very much appreciated! =]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumari View Post
    You've got some pretty cool sketches here, Vay! I agree with the previous comment on shading - I think your sketches would look better with a wider range of tonal values. Other than that, great work =]
    I tried to put in more value for this sketch: (The right knee and face wasn't worked that much)

    10.I. Inspired by music. 4/10/2011
    13.I. Inspired by music. 4/10/2011

    Is my shading better, am I heading in the right direction?

    These observation sketches are 4x6, it is from a small sketchbook I travel with. I will sketch things around my neighborhood or a bit further beyond of it into this sketchbook. I live in New York, New York city on the Lower East Side of Manhattan Island:

    11.O. From observation. Barbed wire, barbed wire post. 4x6 4/9/2011
    12.O. From observation. Car, pigeon, plant. 4x6 4/9/2011

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    Two things I did in high school.

    13.O. Shoes I drew for fun in high school. Circa 12/1/2009
    14.O/I. A glass cup from observation with imaginary ash tray and cigarette with fume. I drew this around the same time for required art course in high school as the shoes above. Circa 12/1/2009

    P.S. I decided it is not wise to put up all my sketches on one reply, as my own post will drown in the oceans of sketchbooks here if I don't impose on myself a limit on the sketches per reply.

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    Thanks for stopping by. You've got some very nice drawings here. I can tell you've been drawing for some time.

    Keep it up. I really like the last one, nice rendering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmpaArt View Post
    Thanks for stopping by. You've got some very nice drawings here. I can tell you've been drawing for some time.

    Keep it up. I really like the last one, nice rendering.
    Thanks for stopping by as well.

    15.O. Here is my first experiment on white charcoal. It is of a carved elephant I bought from a chinatown giftshop. Couldn't put in much detail since it was a small image on very rough pastel paper. 4/11/2011

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    16. I. Concept sketch of knights, which is inspired by the same story I am writing that has inspired my other sketches. 4/13/2011
    17.O. Another glass drawing I did in High school. circa 12/1/2009

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    18. I. Learning to use charcoal. On rough paper. 4/13/2011
    19. I. Inspired by music and knights. Attempting to improve rendering. 4/14/2011
    20. Inspired by music. Quick sketch in 5.5" by 8.5" sketchbook. 4/14/2011

    If any are wondering what music I listen to, I listen to Two steps From Hell and Audio Machine. You can listen for free on youtube.

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