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    This is a brilliant sketchbook you've got going here, Mat! Your work ethic is really paying off, I can see improvement in your figures in just a few posts. Can't wait to see more updates!

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    New Media and a Break (10/16/2011)

    Yay! Tiny little break so I can finally start to play around with my own stuff again...


    Very inspirational and LONG!

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    Isrynn: Thanks! I'm trying to remain super dedicated!

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    Thanks for the response Isrynn!

    I've actually finally gotten around to scanning and editing all those images that I kept hinting at... it was about 60 or so pages. I actually smashed them all into about 3 images so that there wouldn't be a complete image spam. I can say though... that each 'page' you see (even though it's hard to see some of the breaks) is a 9" x 12" sheet of paper. So the image is actually pretty huge if seen at full size. Either way, I want to finally share what I've been up so far for school.

    Artist of the week for this week goes to:

    Sickbrush here on conceptart.org

    This person has been extremely dedicated because of the multiple posts daily (each with a new piece of art), extremely great advice, tips and tricks, and even some downloadable material like brushes... Overall this person seems to just be completely on 'top of the game' and I will be extremely suprised if they don't go REALLY far in the future. My hat is off to you, and I am making sure to keep watching you...
    Not too much going on besides vacation and finally getting a small break. I'll just continue arting and animating. I'm actually trying a new way of drawing: Gunmetal grey paper, black conte / graphite, and white chalk... if you look at the last image, let me know how it turned out.

    I think in the couple of weeks there is going to be the haunted house for Memphis College of Art.

    Anyway, here's the art that you guys might've come for:

    Gesture / Figure Studies

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    Title: Gesture / Figure Studies
    Date: September - October 2011
    Medium: Graphite / Conte
    Scale: Each 'Page' is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Approximately 30 pages are here, all smashed into one image.

    Environmental Studies / Objects

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    Title: Environmental Studies / Objects
    Date: September - October 2011
    Medium: Graphite / Conte
    Scale: Each 'Page' is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Approximately 20 pages are here, all smashed into one image.

    Still Life / Other

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    Title: Still Life / Other
    Date: September - October 2011
    Medium: Graphite / Conte
    Scale: Each 'Page' is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Approximately 5 pages are here, all smashed into one image.

    New Media Test

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    Title: New Media Test
    Date: 10/14/2011
    Medium: Graphite / Conte / White Chalk
    Scale: 8.5" x 11"

    Notes: Just a test of media on a different type of paper. Trying to achieve that 'official' look that I see so often.

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    Good to have you back man!
    That's a ton of studies! I thin your linework and construction has improved tremendously.
    Only thing I'd suggest is also work on the linecontour, especially on live subjects.
    Keep it up man!

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    Great sketchbook you are having here mate . You seem to do right things, so I really don't have any big advice for you. Hmmm. The only thing I can suggest. Try to put more work into anatomy studies and applying those studies into your work from imagination. Cuz I can see some really nice figures in the first image of your newest post (this one with fat chicks). You got some really nice shapes and lines there. But this 'New Media Test' figure is much lower quality. So maybe try doing a study and after this a study from imagination. To make sure you learned as much as possible. Keep working And I hope you know what I'm sick so my English is pretty shity today . Cheers

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    Alright man! I'm really liking the gesture drawings. I agree with Ramalooke. Your line work is very clean, very fluid. I'm also really liking the perspective thumbs. Perhaps we could apply them to a full blown illustration! Keep studying! I'll see you in the Daggers stream.

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    Hey man, great to see you working so hard. I feel lazy just looking at the amount of work you have in here already.

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    Hey man, great work ethic! some of ur pieces are very strong. keep it up =D. keep up those anatomy/figure drawings!

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    Very good sketchbook. Many works attract attention.
    As for me, "The Ultimate Hipster" and "Cloth study" are one of the best, look very illustrative. And nice compositions in MKportfolios.

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    Lots of awesome pencil work here. Your graphic work and t-shirt designs are cool too, very clean and well presented. Some of the proportions on your faces are little off, so a bit more attention too that area may be helpful.

    Art is not about competing against others and being better than everyone else, but it is about competing against yourself and discovering your greatest potential!

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    Man, that break came and went soooo fast. It feels like it wasn't even really a break from school at all, more like an extra weekend.


    Awesomely enough, that video was done by Todd McFarlane! So that probably helps in the awesome-factor of that video!

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    Rotor: Yeah, hopefully I'm back for good! I try to draw a ton, every other monday I actually attend a life study session. So that was included in all that cluster of images from last week. I will hopefully have more and more of those as time goes on.

    What do you mean by line contour by the way?

    Ramalooke: Thanks a bunch! I'm actually trying to learn to apply my life studies to my imaginary characters and things... Over time I think this will show through. The main problem that I'm running into right now is that, I can mainly just draw what I can see, so I have to train my mind to 'see' on my paper. Hopefully over time I'll get better with this... Until then, more and more life drawing!

    Bosque: Hahaha, yeah, I really do need to make full-illustrations out of my environment sketches, seeing as how I want to be an environmental artist and all. Thanks for the compliment as well! I've actually gotten that once before, that my linework is very clean. Hopefully I will continue to not disappoint you with that

    SteFlack: Pshhh... I need to work more! I see artists all the time blowing my work ethic out of the water! Hopefully though, there will be even more as time goes on! Thanks for the feedback though

    tronrobot: No doubt, I'll keep drawing like crazy! Thanks!

    Graworks: Thanks, I have lots and lots more to draw for sure!

    Rob Powell: Thanks! I'll try to pay closer attention to the faces from here forward!

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    Thanks guys! More to come!

    This week, Artist of the Week! goes to: Loish from deviantart.com

    This girl has some seriously awesome style! Not to mention her volume of work really speaks for itself. Just look at her watercolor type painting, she somehow does all this in photoshop. Overall her work is just really entertaining and expressive. And then if you get a chance, check out her animations, specifically the Open Question Terror.
    I wish I had more to say this update really... just been working a little less than normal during the break. But regardless, I have some updates:

    The haunted house for MCA is this weekend, so make sure you check that out!

    Class has been going pretty well, working day in, day out... got a big chunk of my animation done for this next project. I'll have to post that for sure when it's done.

    Anyway, here's that art (mostly WIPs this week unfortunately):

    Portrait Series: Edgar Allan Poe

    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!

    Title: Portrait Series: Edgar Allan Poe
    Date: October 21, 2011
    Medium: Graphite / Conte
    Scale: 8.5" x 11" Gunmetal Grey Card-Stock

    Notes: I have plans to actually do one of these for a bunch of different authors to get a cool series of portraits going! I think there will be eight in total. This is also trying to go one step further in the graphite / chalk / conte direction.

    WIP: Tesla Coil

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    Title: WIP: Tesla Coil
    Date: October 22, 2011
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: 1000px x 1000px

    Notes: A work in progress for the character of the week on conceptart.org Unfortunately, it passed, but I still want to finish this idea. It wasn't going to fit in the brief anyway, because the brief stated it that it had to be ultra-realistic and something that could actually happen.

    My thoughts were this:
    Nikolai Tesla, through all his testing, has decided that he needed to make a practical addition to the military. So, through thorough testing, he decided to apply his Tesla coil and the thought of electrical power towards making an undead army to contribute to state defense. What better way than to test two things with one test. Apply the Tesla coil to a cadaver, and hopefully (with luck) the electrical pulse will re-power the cadaver to create an infinite amount of soldiers. This was his experiment...

    Underpaint: Rivet

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    Title: Underpaint: Rivet
    Date: October 22, 2011
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: 1000px x 1000px

    Notes: Trying to learn how to under-paint in grey-scale...

    There you have it... more soon!

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    good work on the edgar portrait, can't wait to see it finished

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    Do you have a little Poe in your life?

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    Ramalooke: Actually finished it just for you (see below).

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    Thanks for responding.

    Just really doing a quick update on that Poe piece...

    Portrait Series: Edgar Allan Poe (Finished)

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    Title: Portrait Series: Edgar Allan Poe (Finished)
    Date: October 26, 2011
    Medium: Graphite / Conte
    Scale: 8.5" x 11" Gunmetal Grey Card-Stock

    Notes: This is the final of the Edgar Allan Poe piece. I have plans to actually do one of these for a bunch of different authors to get a cool series of portraits going! I think there will be eight in total. This is also trying to go one step further in the graphite / chalk / conte direction.


    More to come soon!

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    And it looks pretty cool xd Only one suggestion. Dunno what ref you used but you have to small value range. it makes piece kind of flat

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