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    *UPDATED August 28th*Xelar's SKETCHBOOK

    Hello everyone !
    So yeah, I'm new around here.
    My Name is Felix, aka Xelar, a 17 year old from Germany.
    I remember visiting this site about 5 years ago and being awestruck by the skill and creativity in this community.

    I have had a tablet for about 4 years now but I didn't really start taking art seriously until late 2008 when I got an email asking if I would want to illustrate cards for a fantasy trading card game. I have already sold over 60 illustrations and I decided that I want to pursue art as my career.

    However my artistic skills are terribly lacking in certain areas. I feel very confident when choosing colors and and compositions but my knowledge of human anatomy is , well, limited.
    When I use references it's not an issue but when I don't my figures not only all look the same but also all are terribly flawed.

    Since I'm now on my summer break I'll try to invest as much time into drawing as possible. I will probably do anatomy studies, 30 sec poses etc.
    I also bought "Drawing on the right side of the brain" and "The artist's complete guide to figure drawing" and borrowed "Color and Light" and "Imaginative Realism" from a friend to help me out.

    btw If you want to see some of my finished works
    xelar-art.deviantart.com

    Thanks in advance for critiques and advice or recommendations !

    I deleted the first few pictures. I couldn't figure out how to change the icon without reuploading all of the old pictures and that's just too much work
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    what da hell!!

    17 years old and sold over 60 illustration plus wking experience in painting trading cards?!

    u gonna have a good future as an illustrators.. u are sick!
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    oh forget to comment..
    ur grin face sketches looks great ...promising skill
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    @Cerealist
    Thx a lot
    As I said drawing with photo reference is not an issue for me given enough time.



    I started doing quick poses from lovecastle and its so damn hard ;_;
    I'm so slow -.-

    Right now I dont really have any great sources for learning anatomy outside of
    quick poses. I'll have to dig up my loomis pdfs but if anyone knows a good site, author etc. pls let me know!

    1: first one is a selfportait (mirror as reference), second one is a random chick
    with the same lighting, 3rd is my hand
    2+3: quick poses from lovecastle... they looked better on paper ....
    4:random doodle in PS
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    Today's stuff

    1: quick poses from lovecastle, random eye
    2: Loomis heads and expressions
    3: Loomis anatomy
    4: Loomis inspired Mannikin
    5: random doodle in Photoshop

    Input or critiques are always welcome!
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    Good sketchbook start, Xelar. Keep up the sketching from references and make sure you keep up with drawing from imagination to constantly assess what you learn. Life drawing will help more than Loomis with drawing figures at the moment too.
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    HI XELAR thanks for stopping by
    you have some great works here , just watch out proportions in some poses
    if you need sources for learning anatomy outside of quick poses there are some links that i actually use to learn
    http://learninganatomy.tumblr.com/
    http://www.drawingsofleonardo.org/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/garysev...7602588651653/
    in books there is "Bridgman'S Complete Guide To Drawing From Life"
    hope that will help
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    @tehmeh
    Thanks for the tip!
    I indeed need way more experience to be able to fully grasp Loomis' techniques :/

    @§Hy9oD

    Thanks for the links!
    I've seen so many Brigdman studies on here so I need to give that a try


    Here's today stuff

    1+2tudies from lovecastle
    3:eek! poses from imagination and silly creature concepts
    4:random doodle in Photoshop

    btw my avatar got replaced by a smiley, whats that all about?
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    I feel kinda bleh about today's stuff -.-
    stupidly humid weather should be outlawed or something

    too bad I can't scan my sketchbook pages :/
    1+2: poses from lovecastle
    3: first one referenced from photo, rest from imagination

    If you notice reoccurring errors pls let me know!
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    I absolutely love the atmosphere and the mood in your landscapes! Wow!
    Quote Originally Posted by NickyBeats View Post
    keep being crazy! its inspiring
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    @HomicidalManda
    Thx !
    Landscapes are comparably easy for me. I just play around in Photoshop for 20 mins and end up with random poop^^


    I didn't really do anything from imagination today aside from the random scribbles
    on page 4 and ofc the Photoshop doodle

    Btw I feel like im doing a much better job at drawing women.
    Maybe its because the guy in most of the nekkid pictures on lovecastle is so....
    unattractive ?
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    Ahh, yet another person my age to contend with.

    I say you're onto a good start. Those portrait studies show a good understanding of form, definitely keep them up.
    I'd love to see you handle bodies the same way you do with faces, you show a nice way of shading.

    Also, liking the colours on the last landscape.
    Nothing really very constructive I can say. Just keep going.
    - Sketchbook - Society6 - Etsy
    Cheers
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    @Naidy
    You bet
    You're right about the me having to keep up with the portaits.

    That's why today's stuff has more shading in it
    But that shit takes some time so I didn't do that much today.
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