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    Sketchbook of a beginner

    Hi guys, i uhh made a thread before but it didn't work? I dunno it said it will be approved first but i'm seeing threads created after mine so i guess it didn't work? *Sigh* Well let's start again!

    I'm transitioning from DA to CA because i want to improve my skills and i don't really think DA is a place for that. I go there from time to time for some inspiration though

    Anyway i'm currently in Uni studying a BA degree in Games art. I want to specialize in 3D Modelling but i really want to get my drawing skills better since that's where it all starts right?
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    Uhh okay seems to have posted. This whole attachment thing is pretty confusing or maybe i'm just stupid.Attachment 1220058

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    I did all of these yesterday. I really have lost it with gesture drawing. Need to start from scratch, the last time i did life drawing was months back in uni at the beginning of first semester. I'm using a site called pixelovely that i saw another member recommend and it's great for what it does!
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    Sweet!

    I've just been accepted to do games art next year and it would be great to see some of your 3d stuff as well. Which uni are you at btw?

    I like your figure and face study although I think you need to vary the strength in your lines and not draw the whole of the features. For example in the mouth when you look at the bottom lips they tend to blend into the skin below and you could show this by drawing the line with less weight.

    I like your life drawings stuff and personally i find it easier working on a mid tone paper to let you draw highlights and areas of darkness.

    Keep going!
    Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
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    For some reason these didn't appear on the last post. Is there some sort of limit for the amount of images you can attach per post?

    Anyhoo these were also done at the uni life drawing classes months back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crocley View Post
    Sweet!

    I've just been accepted to do games art next year and it would be great to see some of your 3d stuff as well. Which uni are you at btw?
    Thanks! I'm studying at the University of Bolton. I live in Manchester and it was the only best course around me. It's pretty fun , i'll have to have a rummage for my 3d work but i'll post it up
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    Okay todays been one of those day were i cannot seem to do anything and it's really annoying. I grew more frustrated every time i did more gesture drawings! It might be because i've locked myself in a little room with a computer and the fact that it was quite hot today. I couldn't even finish a gesture in 2 minutes!!!! ARRGGHHH!
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    Hey sibby, thanks for dropping by my SB.
    I understand how you can feel scared with the industry being what it is right now.
    But I also happen to live in a country with like two studios, woo :|

    I think you're rushing ahead quite a bit with trying to draw the human figure.
    You should focus more on understanding form, not drawing something fantastic.
    The body (and everything everywhere) can be broken down to basic shapes like cubes,
    spheres and cylinders. First you need to be able to draw these basic shapes with great accuracy before you can start to blend and merge them into something new.
    Being able to draw and understand form -greatly- improves your 3D work as well.

    Look to this thread for inspiration and studies.
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=870

    Look at the first page, then look at the last.
    Study his progress and learn from what he draws, in fact, draw what he draws but try to do it better every time. Pick up a book on the subject and read.

    Good luck and be patient
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    Reedux - Thanks for the advice!
    So today as you can see I've gone through the Fun with a pencil book. I've realized that using a tablet and forgetting about traditional media was a very very bad move and i wish i never did do that [insert kick up the arse emote]. I can barely draw with a pencil anymore. So I've started from the beginning. I've got some uni work that I've yet to do so i might not post for a while. I'll try and get some sketches done daily but i'll bulk upload them at some point. Slowly making my way through the book and then i think i'll start with the figure drawings book. I really need to get a bigger sketchbook, i'm doing all my work in a small A5. But then there's the question of where to put a big sketchbook. My workspace is tooooo small.
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    Hi! So yesterday was my birthday, so didn't get anything done lol Uhh today i just looked at the internet for some refs and then i was like "WHYY THE HELL DIDN'T I LOOK AT CA??!!?" Found a really good site posted by someone called
    Hel-Looks
    I'll be using this site and normal google searches and just draw from them. I've decided that i want to first work on getting the body shape right, so i'm just going to draw and draw people from pictures. Here's some work i did 2 days ago and some i did today.
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    Today i didn't feel like doing much, Just one of those days eh? So i started this late in the evening and took around an 30-40 minutes to do. Life study colour. I don't do this at all but it was quite enjoyable. I was thinking of something to draw and then thought why not do things that are on my desk? Since i had fun doing this i'll probably do this more often. One that that i had a problem was this weird reflection on the monitor gloss. It's like distorted and hard to draw if you have two eyes open at the same time. So if i closed either eye the reflection changed depending on which eye i changed. It was complicated to draw so i just did what i saw with my left eye closed
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    Today i didn't want to do much. Desk is a mess and i really cba cleaning it up. Tablet was here from yesterdays digital drawing. So both of these are from imagination. On the second one i applied the Loomis studies for proportions. It went okay i guess. Still need to improve though and i really want to get out of the habit of colouring in cartoonish. Want to make it a bit more realistic, not sure how to start off though!

    Also i sort of cheated in photoshop with the orangy tone look. Just added a layer filled with orange and set it to color burn and messed around with the colour balance lol
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    It's Been quite a while. I've been very very busy with the final assignments for the end of this year. And i haven't had any time to upload some work. I mainly had some level creation work in a game engine, some reports to do and just this artwork, didn't like observation work because it got boring pretty quickly but here is the word i handed it.

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    There's some things i cant believe i got wrong. Mainly Colour and stupid anatomy errors i only realized once i was finished with the painting lol. Anyway got a long summer break from uni but might also be going on holiday so i might not update for a few months. That's a BIG maybe
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