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    Picking Up the Pieces

    Hello all, I have not been here in quite some time... I believe I had started a sketchbook somewhere, but I have definitely lost track of it (it's been a few years). This is a big endeavor for me, because although I nurtured my talents at a very young age, after I graduated high school I did not actively pursue my talents. Instead for almost 6 years I worked in veterinary/laboratory animal husbandry. I lost my job at the lab about two weeks ago, and I wasn't left with much but my experience in those fields, which I now feel totally unsuited for.

    So, I took what I had pretty much abandoned during that period, and I'm picking up the pieces. I am going to school this fall to major in graphic design and printing press, but I will be studying illustration as well. I finally feel whole again, but I've got a long way to be where I want to be. I still love animals as they are a frequent subject matter of mine, and I own about a dozen boas and pythons that I'm itching to draw.

    I have some "doodles". I'm calling them doodles although they are fully colored and largely unchangeable, but back around 2005 or so, this is what I was calling finished work. It's not. They look nice and I can sell them pretty cheap but they don't encompass all the facets of art that I haven't quite grasped.

    I'm practicing more still life and anatomy, and I'm referencing photos more, and those will be posted as well. I hope to post here often and hear your opinions and much needed advice.

    The wolf was the first thing I drew from memory using what colored pencils I had on hand. Some people draw cubes and spheres or other shapes when they are bored or talking on the phone. I've been drawing these wolves in the exact same way as my go-to boredom doodle.

    Second is the boa constrictor... This was entirely an experiment, and not meant to be anything more. There are things I like and don't like about it but I will keep it for further reference because I will attempt it again. I attached the photo for reference. The head was what I was really going for. Peruvian red tails are big boas and they have a really blocky, impressive head and I was really trying for that. I own the animal in the photo as well.

    See you guys tomorrow, any suggestions on what you want to see?


    *EDIT* Looks like I found my old sketchbook in my signature, there. I will be using this one from this point on but will keep it there for posterity's sake!

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    Welcome back =) Thats very cool that you worked in the veterinary field and also very cool that you are drawing again. As for suggestions of what to draw next id say more snakes but thats my own personal preferences. Anyway I enjoy animals as well so Ill be watching you so keep posting =)

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    hey thanks for dropping by awesome that you are drawing again! All the best to achieving your dream!

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    Thanks guys. Here's some very random stuff I've doodled. I desperately need to work on human anatomy, but right now I'm not focusing on trying too hard on it. Class starts in August and by then I will have plenty of studies to show. I'm just easing into things at the moment.

    Snakes? I got snakes.
    ...and other stuff

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    Let's see some more!

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    A few character concepts. His name is Karson Cabrera (K.C.). He's a streetpunk and bass player/vocalist to a band called Clusterf*ck. His favorite pastimes are drinking, smoking, cards, and vandalism.

    Another is a WIP of a ball python.

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    ....Oh, and an Ourboros logo, which I will twiddle with and ink tonight.

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    That character... Karson Cabrera looks so cool! And those cartoon animals are so nice

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    That WIP snake is looking great nice job ^^

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    Inked Ourboros and made some progress on the ball python drawing.

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    More... Some facial practice, canine/wolf stuff, a character concept, Dethklok fanart.

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    Thumbs up 5/23-24

    Some Bully dog sketches


    If there's anything you want to see, let me know. Critiques are always appreciated.

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    WIP of a friends dog.

    Nothing much today.

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    Here is a drawing book I'm working on. This is the inside cover and it scanned kind of funny. If you have any tips on scanning those hard cover sketchbooks let me know

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    Very nice start to your sketchbook make sure to keep working at it and really look to find the underlying structures and systems at work in the animals/figures anatomy. From what I see you like drawing animals if so you might want to check out Marshal Vandruff he does a lot with animal anatomy and can sometimes find his work in ImagineFX the best way to find some of the older anatomy lessons is to just Google him and look through some of the stuff for the older magazine articles.
    Keep up the work O and thank you for your comments!!

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    can't wait to see the improvements...

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