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    Time for serious improvement - Come see my progression ! - UPDATE 06/14/11

    Hello everyone!

    I'd like to welcome you to my sketchbook.

    So the story is, I've been drawing a long time and have had interest in drawing since 3-4 years old. Like many others on conceptart.org, I have been looking at quite a few sketchbooks over the past couple of years, and seeing the improvement people have made on this community is quite simply amazing.

    Despite all the other times I was going to start a sketchbook, I never did, but now my deadlines have finished, I thought that this is definitely the time to seriously improve.

    Its only been a couple of years since I've realised I want to be a concept artist and persue it as a career.

    I aim to post chunks of studies, ranging from anatomy, character concepts, environment concepts and self portraits at least once a week!

    Anyway I'm going to start by showing quite a lot of paintings/studies which I produced in the past 6 months or so, just to let you see what I've been up to, and also to see future improvements (hopefully bwahaha) since earlier work.

    Crits are very welcome, I just want to get better!


    (below is my most recent work)

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    Beginning

    Here a few concepts, studies, portraits; some being more serious than others. All these pieces were sketched in a little A6 sketchbook around half a year ago, no reference was used apart from the life drawing of my hand and the byro sketch of a friend.

    I know that there are many errors and mistakes within these drawings, I have got a little better since then I think, but hey critiques are warmly welcome, and any knowledge passed down into information/critiques, I can learn from!
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    Thought I might dig up some pieces I produced for my foundation diploma in art and design, was kinda hard to fit the sort of illustrative pieces I wanted to do in, especially conceptual art found in games or films, but I managed to do it and fit it into the briefs anyway! Was a bit annoying but it worked out all okay.

    This was a little narrative I made for a college project:

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    A character I designed for my portfolio, this was done with a mouse...lol, took me so...so long to do.

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    Close up of the head without hair, some reference used

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    An evironment concept for my portfolio (also done with a mouse)

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    Another environment/scene piece for my portfolio

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    A water colour study out of imagination

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    A portrait/study of my girlfriend, this was referenced from a photo, medium used was pencil

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    An illustration I came up with for a very early project in the course, attempt at using digital to form more shading and make it more 'physical'

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    Some self portraits

    Hey, another update again!

    These are a few self portraits from life I have compiled over the past 6 months. I've used a mirror for each one. First one is an old life drawing of a friend.

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    This took me approximately 30 minutes. Medium - byro pen on A5 paper

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    1 - 1 1/2 hours. Medium - photoshop

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    A 40-50 minute life study of myself looking into a mirror. Medium - photoshop

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    Object life drawing

    This be a painting I done around 4 months ago in my room back at home, approximately an hour or so

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    This was the very first digital life drawing I’ve ever done, was quite recent. It took me about 5-8 hours, I can't remember exactly.
    I wanted to make small intricate detail corrections on the course of drawing this, one of the areas I really need to improve on is rendering faster, getting block details out rather than the smaller ones whilst making it resemble the object in real life as much as possible.

    This is a good queue for me explaining my problem with drawing, mainly digital. I tend to get carried away, and really focus on small intricate details, and spend a hell of a lot more time on pieces than I need to! This could have been done in half the time I reccon...but hey, its something I definitely need to improve on!

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    The second digital life drawing; this was very difficult for me to draw. Glass was now my number one enemy to draw...lol. This took me around the same time as the Wrench, again I could have done this in half the time, damn myself!

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    Life drawing with people

    A few examples of my life drawing, I really didn’t go to enough life drawing lessons in my first year, thats bad I know, but I will make sure to do as much as I can this upcoming year, its totally vital to any concept artist or illustrator.
    There were a few more, but they were too crap to show, was real rusty, but these I was warmed up for

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    A few old character and environment concepts, some newer, some not. At points I was drawing every day a week here and there.

    The only reference I used for all of these were for the happy looking Santa, and that was for his face, hehe. Everything else is from imagination

    I've put all of these in the order that I painted them, all of these were done on the course of the past 6 months or so.


    This was an attempt at starting to use thumbnails, haven't developed any of these yet though.

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    Had fun doing this on last christmas!


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    The final render took me about 6 hours, again, too long! I suppose one of the reasons for taking long is to emulate metal as good as I could without reference, are these exercises of using no references holding me back? I suppose I need to start using a lot more reference and studying the human figure, rather than test myself with each time with just a little tiny bit more knowledge on anatomy and form...Seems pointless? I don't know, what do you guys think??

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    I made use of reference for the face in the end

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    This is pretty poo I must admitt , took me about an hour, but as for the idea I don't think its as bad as how its been rendered and drawn poorly ha.


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    A 10 minute doodle, trying to enforce light and form, any crits?

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    Now for some old environments!




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    A recent speed paint, trying to use minimalist techniques, i.e block form with loose details that form the whole image together better without unnecessary details!


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    The most recent environment I painted, wanted to approach a bigger scale

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    Some no good for nothing creature designs :)

    Again, these are in order of when they were painted in the last 6 months

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    The latest concept about 2 months ago


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    Would you look at that

    Some head/face studies, past 6 months. Starting with the oldest, around half a year ago, maybe more, no reference used apart from the lady posing:

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    This is a study referenced from a photo


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    Reference used from a random 3D mesh image from google to try and capture the light realistically



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    This is the latest face/head study I have painted without any reference


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    Excellent stuff!

    You have a much better sense of color and values than i do.

    I especially like the portraits, the starcraftesque armored soldier, and the spiderman.

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    Another update with anatomy in mind

    Thank you! All it takes is practice and more practice!

    I've always tried to draw from imagination as much as I could, but I think those days of testing myself to see how good I can produce unreferenced work are over...I suppose it was more of a personal goal/challenge.

    But now I really need to start referencing a lot more and copy studies ranging from master studies to google images of faces? And then do a lot more anatomy and posemaniac studying.

    Anyone else got crits for my work? I'll return the favours to the best of my ability

    Here's some recent-ish anatomy studies:

    A bit of anatomy studying with Loomis and my imagination. Some of these pages in my sketchbook are just quick mashups of different angles of faces or postures.

    I will start to post some posemaniacs studies very soon as well, heard its great for doing 10-60 second studies which change with a time limit, that will surely sink anatomy, posture and generally the way how body moves/appears a bit more I hope!
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    Hey man, you're right I'm the tall dude, we met in life drawing classes, didn't we? It's good to see you here, the more of us the better. I see you haven't been lazying about recently, got quite a bit of promising stuff here.
    http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php use this instead of posemaniacs (posemaniacs is shit compared to this website )
    When you paint digitally try to keep high opacity around 70%+ then you'll prevent muddy values.

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    Yeah I thought so! Yeah I went to one life drawing class while you were there. Yeah good to see you here too. Thanks man, appreciate it! And I'll definitely check that website out, was just about to do some pose maniac stuff right now lol.

    And that is a really good tip, never thought about that, thanks a lot!

    I really dig your pencil stuff! its sick

    Btw man, how do you make your sketchbook have a thumbnail image, i browse around the sketchbook forum and everyone has an image from their sketchbook, mine is just blank :|

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