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    Kit's sketchbook

    Hello,

    I'm a 21-year-old guy from Finland. I liked video games so I turned to art, thinking I could create some, games. Don't really have anything else to go for in my life, so probably going to stick with it. Most likely, I'll never be amazing. I've never been. And it's hard to change, being average to the core. But maybe, just maybe, I'll be a little above average some day.
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    Level Up!

    Reached level 2 by painting the banners for the starting post, finishing a portrait of my grandmother and a quick selfportrait. 70 exp to go for level 3... might finish that tonight still.

    D10kHC LVL2 (110/180)

    /edit: Exp table moved here from first post. Will reserve first post for random stuff.

    About the Rank Up Table:
    LVL = Level
    TNL = To Next Level, the experience needed for next level
    TOTAL = Total experience, accumulated so far at the start of each level.
    Experience = Minutes spend drawing/painting. Minutes instead of hours because sometimes you just don't have the time to work for a full hour.
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    Level Up!

    Reached level 3! Did a quick landscape from ref and a character sketch.

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    Great start! I love the 10,000 hr philosophy, it applies to anything that you want to learn and makes it managable! Once you get to the first 10,000 hrs, you realize that you need another 10,000, and another, and another,... but by that time it's already become habit! I guarantee you will improve quickly if you follow your benchmarks! Cheers and good luck!
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    The miserable march... and level up.

    @Dark_Eyes: Thanks for dropping by and for the encouragement. Wish I had more of it since I already feel my luck running out.

    I applied to an art uni this spring... Well at least I did the preliminary work required and sent that in. I got a letter from the school yesterday saying the usual "Nice try pal, try again next year", so I didn't even get to the entrance exam... I even had a feeling that I was wrestling in the same league with the others, since I got to see some of the other works that were sent in when I went to get mine back from the school. I guess I was wrong.

    I'm constantly debating in my head if it makes any sense to be even trying and my motivation goes up and down a lot. It's not really because of the rejection letter either but it definitely made me feel a notch more incompetent... I'm a half-assing amateur, I guess. I just don't have anything else going for me, except art.

    But nobody cares about depressed ranting people so, here's some art for update. Did some gestures and failed horribly, made me depressed, not posting those. Drew my mannequin for a bit. And some figure drawing from photos, so NSFW from now on.

    Meh... all I can do is copy from photos or life, and even then they're crude deformations of the originals. Anyway... level up.

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    Ohh sorry for that issue with art uni dude... but don't get upset, just get to work hard with art and you'll see the results!! I think you did a good job with those drawings of your mannequin, and hey, even if you think your drawings from life come up deformed keep working on those!! the idea is that you learn to see, and that will come up with practice, the drawings that come along are just sketches intended for you to get an idea of how to see right.
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    I have a S.KETCH.BOOK.!!

    and a blog (with animation stuff): http://animatedskycat.blogspot.mx/

    and a tumblr (with random stuff): http://arturoarias.tumblr.com/
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    I've always liked this idea. If you follow through and can curb the hard times and low points there's no way to fail in my eyes.
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    Update

    @DARKTHUR: Thanks for stopping by! I guess the uni thing served to let me know my standing among peers. I'm not even in the upper half. I'll keep working on stuff, though, I'm not a 'genius of hard work' so I might be a bit slow about it.

    @Tides: Hopefully, I have enough sense in my head to keep practising right. If not, I'll just keep making the same mistakes and never getting better, no matter the time invested.

    Been working a lot, so haven't had too much time or motivation to draw stuff. But here's a quick update. Dunno if I can squeeze another one for this week since I'll be working through the weekend. Still planning to attend TAD, so I need to build up the money for it. Or get a scholarship. But nice things, like that, don't happen to average people. Hopefully I'll have the money by the end of the year.

    I really need to get to art school or find a teacher, even a mentor would be fine. I'm just not the type who's good at learning things by himself... Probably 'cause I'm not really a hardworker.

    Some nudes. Used a harder pencil this time, I think it fits me better.

    Level 4 (280/420)

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    I've never really liked the idea of treating art like grinding levels. It is possible to spend an hour drawing absentmindedly and not learn anything, unlike a videogame where as long as you're killing things you gain XP. However, you seem to be using this as a motivation rather then a yard stick, so I can respect that.

    Keep it up, let's see some gestures!
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    Love the level-up idea ^^

    Maybe add in some 'skills' or something too, like line accuracy %, drawing from memory levels, 'vision' levels (seeing an object with an artists perception is important I hear)

    Keep it up!
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    This sounds like a great idea I love levelling in games to but have motivation issues with art..this might be just the measure I need..have to find a timer. If I start up I'll drop by and let you know, us lazy people have got to stick together
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    Nice drawings ^^

    Just one question
    I think the idea with the rank up table is really nice. Could maybe copy the system and use it for my sketchbook too (i don´t have one yet). It would be really nice to have something where i can record my progress :3
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    Update - Almost level 5!

    @OfficialLamp: I'm using this challenge as a motivator and a yard stick. Mileage is just as important as 'training right' in my opinion. Can't have success with one without the other. But I know what you mean, I'll try to look out for it. Also, I'll get some gestures up for next update.

    @vices: I've thought about adding skills to this also, but it'd need more thinking to implement, I want to keep things simple. One thing I initially considered doing was rank up tests. Like past a certain level you can not gain more exp until you complete an assignment to proceed further. Like a doing a more polished piece in a specific medium, or something. If you've got any good ideas, let me know!

    @Trailblazer: Nice to see I'm not alone with my motivation problems. Or maybe it's just a lack of focus on the right things. As for watching the time, I just eyeball my laptop clock and try to catch the time I start and finish drawing. There's really no need to be accurate by the minute. As long as you know that by cheating you only cheat yourself. Good luck if pick up the challenge!

    @Saiyu: You're very welcome to pick up the challenge and use the system if you find it interesting. Use the rank up table for reference or save it for yourself to look at, but please don't post the image on your sketchbook as the idea and art on it are mine (I hope that I don't sound too obsessive). Please direct people to my first post if you want others to see the original chart. Good luck if go for it!



    Now for the update... I started doing Riven Phoenix's The Structure of Man, figure drawing training course. So far I'm quite impressed how easy it is to understand his formulas for the proportions. I'm only at the very start, though, I'll see how it pans out. Here's some stuff from the first few lessons. Scaling down the images for web viewing killed the quality. Sorry about that, I'll need to figure out how to keep it better.

    Level 4 (370/420)

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    And something extra that I'm not sure I was supposed to do yet, according to the lesson.

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