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    Tamaira's Sketchbook [updated regularly]

    Hi,

    I'm 23 years old and finished my game design study in september 2011.
    After some months of confusion I have a goal for my future - concept artist
    in the game/entertainment industry. It's a long way to go, so I tried to find a
    realistic schedule to achieve this.

    The next 3 years (start date: 1.01.2012) will be drawing, drawing, drawing, getting a strong
    portfolio. With this I want to work the following 2 years in a games company
    and after that I want to become a freelance concept artist :3

    Sounds crazy? Maybe, but that's my personal goal and I will do everything to
    achieve it. So let's start. Welcome on my road.

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    The drawing below was the first I ever posted here (22-23.08.2011)
    It'a a collage of sketches I have done this day. Includes light/shadow studies,
    creating animals from circles and quads to their original form, hatching and
    drawing a female face from a photo reference.
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    Digital Pencil Strokes

    Today I tried to shape faces in Photoshop and it doesn't wanna work. But at least I find a brush
    adjustment to let brush lines look like pencil strokes with the right pressure and everything.
    I'm sure for the most people here this isn't a real improvement, but for me it a huge step. =)

    The following picture shows how it looks like (I only tried this brush out, I haven't used any references).

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    First photoshop drawing without outlines and smudge tool :D

    I used the yesterday created brush to draw this picture and I'm really happy with it.
    I never knew how to draw light and shadow without smudge or dodge tool.
    Today was the first time I get a clue how to make it

    24.08.2011:
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    Study colors and light/shadow from photo references

    Practise, practise, practise...

    25.08.2011
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    Figure Drawing Training - 2 mins per pose

    In one of sketchbooks I found a link to Figure Drawing Training. And I have to say, it's a really great tool to
    learn how to focus on the body motion. To guarantee that you don't get lost in details, you have to create
    every piece of art in an extremely short amount of time.

    I started with 2 minutes, because 30 seconds it's much to hard for me. Here are my first tries from yesterday
    evening and from now on I wanna do this every single day as a warmup. 5 poses, every 2 minutes
    -> 10 minutes warmup every day

    26.08.2011:
    (I hope it gets better after a while :/)
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    Warmup Saturday morning

    @caaraa: Thank you very much. It's such a motivation for me, when someone likes my drawings

    And here my daily warmup, every pose 2 minutes (the two woman's at once were definitely too much for me in such a short time :/).

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    You tend to choose a basic tone of the whole composition and continue using it without varying it so much. It helped me when I started painting in black and white, that strengthened my feeling for contrasts and automatically helped me improve my color management.
    Your sketches are pretty strong, I like these fast sketches as warmups. Looking forward to more
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    Painting black and white

    @2.3J: Thx for feedback I like your suggestion to paint black and white to get a better feeling for contrasts and color management. So I tried.

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    Yes, your work was definitely worth it. Although the proportions are a bit off, I think you made some good improvements there. Nice, keep it up !
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    Good work! Gesture studies really helped me, too.

    I've found it's sometimes easier to see proportions when drawing with only straight lines. You can learn different things from your daily warmup by changing aspects about it. E.g. draw with only straight lines, curves, geometric shapes, or a manikin construction like Loomis'. I hear changing your medium can help, too, but I haven't had enough courage to do that yet. Also, Walt Stanchfield's Drawn to Life Volumes 1 and 2 are very good books when it comes to gesture drawing.

    There are many guides to drawing online. One thing I've noticed from my own experience, though, is that it doesn't matter whether you're doing the suggested "best practice" studies if you get into the habit of doing them mindlessly (like I have in the past). You always have to ask yourself what your bad drawing habits are, identify them, and try to replace them with better ones. Usually these "better habits" come from careful, slow observational drawing and advice from better artists. Improving your drawings is hard work, and takes both perseverance and the ability to mentally apply yourself to whatever problems you're having.

    Hope this helps! (and I hope I haven't mislead you - if a better artist comes along and says something different, follow their advice! )
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    Daily warmup

    @2.3J: Thx. Yeah, I'm not good in drawing faces - it's another thing I have to study : )

    @Clean3d: I like the idea of changing aspects about my daily warmup. But now it's prime my third warm up, so I'm a little
    scared of do it right know. My idea is to do it every morning in the usual way and in the evening in an other variation.

    Also I looked for Bammes and Loomis E-Books to improve my anatomy studies. So I hope that I can show you some anatomy
    studies soon : )

    Today my daily warmup is a mess :/

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    Gesture drawing

    So now you can see my first try to do gesture drawing only with straight lines.
    How you can see, there are some other lines *my subconscious took control of my hand - arggh*

    28.08.2011:
    (time: every pose 2 mins; I like the one in the middle )
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    I'm noone to say something like this, but would you mind to do more anatomical studies? I mean your start is quite amazing, but I feel like if you make more of this "standard" and boring (maybe just for me, haha) studies you would get insanely good! Also I think that you could get some work on the face and proportions. I could recommend you Bridgeman books (since you already have Loomis) for anatomy and maybe some of free tutorials from idrawgirls . Also - watching other paint/draw is in my opinion really good thing to do , but I'm no pro or either great artist myself, haha.

    Anyway I love your color studies on #3 and #4.
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