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    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist

    Hey guys,

    My name is Pip, Iím an 18 year old creature artist.

    Iíve been meaning to join ConceptArt.org for quite some time now. My art ainít really up to the quality of most of the god-artists on here, but if I ever expect to evolve, Iím guessing Iíd better take this step. So, Iíll be trying to post as much art as I possibly can on here; varying from digital to tradtional works. Hopefully if I keep it up, Iíll have improved before my first year of 3D animation at Dawson.

    So for starters, Iíll just post a few examples of some of my more recent artworks:

    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist

    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist

    And, hereís what I managed to complete as of today:

    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist

    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist
    * Speed paint: 1hr 50minutes (Iím not too good with speed paints at the moment)

    * Character owned by Ida Eva Neverdahl
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    (Ignore the dinosaur image, I just want to make that my forum cover)
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    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist
    Speed Paint (Each took about 1.5-2hrs)
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    Nice (and some very cute) creatures so far! You have a good way to work with colours already. I like them most in the picture with the nocturtle.

    But, I would say, if you really want improve, give your creatures more anatomy. Show their muscles, show how the fur is affected by movement. There is much space left for improvement.
    No matter how your style looks like, it will be more believable if you know the anatomy beneath the surface. If you know the complex things, you can make them easier and it still looks right. But it doesn't work the other way. People who know about anatomy will always see your mistakes and do the job better. So, go on! There are some cool books around, even about animal anatomy.
    I'm sure you can do some really badass creatures if you take the chance to improve. You have the fantasy to create them. Just work on the basics to make it true =)
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    Iíve gotta say, that was the most helpful critique Iíve ever recieved via the internet. I canít thank you enough for the tips ! Youíre absolutely right, anatomy has always been a huge problem of mine for both humans and animals --Iím sure it shows through. I should really work on the basics before jumping ahead of myself.

    Thanks again! Looks like Iíd better pick up some anatomy books from the library this weekend :3
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    Hi, Pip! I rarely get the chance to see artists that specialize in creature imagery, and it's such a pleasuring seeing your works. I'm not very good at the technical stuff because I'm more of an appreciative audience, so I won't be able to provide constructive criticisms. The least that I can do is, of course, appreciate your pieces. Thanks for sharing!
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    : ) Hi, John. Thank you very much, I'm glad you enjoyed my art.
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    Sketchbook of a Stagnating Artist

    Trying to work out scales in this one. I think I could have done better, I definetly need to master adding muscles on my creatures.
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    ***Used photo-reference.

    Ughhh, I NEED to focus more on humans and less on creatures hence forth. I really can't stand using photo-refs, feels like I'm cheating somehow...guh, hope I can improve.

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    your photoshop/color knowledge is impressive say the least, its very clean, it would be nice to see some "work in progress's" to see how you do them (this is a sketchbook forum)
    :] though i will be keeping an eye for updates and subscribing. Good stuff, wanting to do creatures myself (less cute ones) tehe. keep it up.
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    Thanks much mate! : )

    You're right, I should start adding in-progress shots, it does beat the purpose of the forum.

    Good luck with creature designing, the 'less cute' ones are the most amusing to make.
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    Hey guys,

    I'm gonna post up the W.I.P of my upcoming creature design up here. The monster is called a Volcoxolotl, which is partially based on an axolotl (except it dwells in lava rather than water).

    I've never made concept arts before making my final illustration, but I thought i'd give it a shot. Here's what I've worked on so far:

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    Good creatures!
    But the Doctor's head seems a bit squished.
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