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    Page 3!!! WOOT WOOT!

    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!

    Hmm... don't really ask me... this is a result of not sleeping yet.

    Can't scan at the moment... scanner too many feet away!

    Here's what I did the past couple days in digitals...

    Alien Sketch

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    Title: Alien Sketch
    Date: February 17, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: <shrug>

    Samus Aran

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    Title: Samus Aran
    Date: February 18, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: Did kind of a battle with Sushy -- Samus Aran, 1.5 hr (even though my sketching and time wasting used up a great deal of this time...)

    More on Samus

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    Title: More on Samus
    Date: February 19, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: Did kind of a battle with Sushy -- continuing on... more from last time

    Punky Rockery Dude

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    Title: Punky Rockery Dude
    Date: February 16, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: While playing Fallout I suddenly wanted to do a punk badass dude.

    More in a bit... think I'm going to go warm up 'le scanner!
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    Artist of the Week! This week it goes to: Jackdaw!

    The style of this artist goes above and beyond basic concept art, they are like a master conceptual artist! Not only that but they seem to have a very painterly style when they approach the digital realm. I'm also giving them a super nod for the fact that they still draw in pencil, something that is seriously lacking in this day and age. Keep on doing your thing!
    So, if you haven't noticed... my blog list to the right has seriously bumped up in the amount of artists that I follow... I don't know where I found it, but basically there was a huge list of good art blogs on concept art the other day and I just went through it page-by-page and added all the artists that I found really interesting!

    If you get a chance, you should check them out if for nothing else than to fill your artsy brains up with sweet art and leave it flopping around on your desk trying to grasp at some semblance of order to get back to your art with.

    Annnyywaayy... so I've been pretty much drawing and painting like crazy lately, hopefully it will start to show some nice progress soon. I think I'm going to start doing some color studies using movie stills, especially since the shows I've been watching lately have been getting some super dynamic angles and lighting.

    Just doing more and more art and staying up later and later lately. I wish I didn't have to sleep... at least the Twilight vampires have one awesome thing going for them... the whole 'not sleeping' thing. Although I wouldn't want to be so glittery... that would kind of detract from any sort of 'manliness' I would have.

    Werewolves are where it's at. I mean think about all that power. I should draw some werewolves sometime...

    I can't wait for free time during the summer. I'll say this now and probably regret it and super procrastinate when it comes around, but... during this summer I really plan on getting some things together. Maybe going on vacations or at least good outings with my special lady friend... Drawing and painting my own stuff... getting some good movie / game / etc. time in...

    Enough ranting though... I have more work to get in, here's that art...

    Photostudy

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    Title: Photostudy
    Date: February 16, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 4" x 6"

    Cora -- Journal

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    Title: Cora -- Journal
    Date: February 16, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: This was more of a facial study for her... but then it developed into another 'character' design.

    Randomness

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    Title: Randomness
    Date: February 17 - 19, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: I couldn't stop staring at Marko Djurdjevic pieces and Wes Burt pieces... and they inspired this randomness. I really like doing these, I might make more of em later.

    Cora -- Mask Variants II

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    Title: Cora -- Mask Variants II
    Date: February 14, 2012
    Medium: Graphite

    Notes: Still trying to make more masks based on animals... having so much fun with this project!

    Reclining Pirate

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    Title: Reclining Pirate
    Date: February 14 - 15, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 12" x 9"

    Notes: Was just making a quick go at a contest on Deviantart... I missed the deadline as always, but it was fun to sketch quickly (spanned about two-hours over two-days).
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    Good stuff ;] Keep pushing

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    I like your pencil sketches, they're coming along real nicely!

    Remember that generally, highlights don't get convincing by adding white, and conversely, dark areas won't look convincing by adding black. Specifically I'm referring to your metroid painting. A few still-lifes should help you with this

    Keep it up!

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    Good pencil skills are clearly showing here!
    Also I like the photostudy of the girl, I wish you'd used line thickness more properly in that sketch though, to show the viewer what's closer and what's farther away. Notice one of her arms is farther away while the other one is closer, but the one that's farther away gets a thicker line around it. It creates sort of a confusion as you try to bring the wrong arm closer to the viewer.
    Anyway - Cheerios!

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    Artist of the Week!
    This week it goes to: DStraX!

    Your studies just keep getting more and more amazing! I'm actually going to start following in your footsteps as far as the art related stuff goes... I really need to step it up on many things, such as matieral tests, rendering tests, etc. I can't wait to see you reach your full potential, it will be one for the stars. The main thing that I would like to see you work on would be fully utilizing dynamic posing. Once you get that down, I'm not sure what will stop you...

    Thanks for the AMAZING advice that you and 'another artist' gave me... More on him next week.
    Alright let's see.... this week hasn't been a major breakthrough in the art department, EXCEPT that I started breaking away from just my strange brush that I've been using. I guess that makes me a bit more versatile when it comes to just painting around. Either way, I still just want to have more time to paint hahaha

    I've been sleeping a bit more than usual. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing who knows. Oddly enough though, I've been extra sleepy since I've been doing that. Not sure how that works.

    Uhhh... Not really a whole lot going on besides that. Thought about switiching to Illustration major, but that would leave me sticking around the school for another semester (not that I wouldn't like that, but I don't think my bank account would appreciate that). So I think I'll just keep doing as I am and just gear all my electives toward illustration or painting or whatever. It might be best that way.

    Anyway, as always... here's the art!


    Crushed Can JUSTICE

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    Title: Crushed Can JUSTICE
    Date: February 24, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Trying to study how metal crushes in the hand. This was for a poster idea that I was working out. Don't think I'll have time to do it right now, but it will fester on the back-burner just like all these other ideas...

    Cora Character Exploration AGAIN

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    Title: Cora -- Character Exploration AGAIN
    Date: February 23, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: Well, it's time to redesign her again, so we're back to the 'ole drawing board. Oh well, more doodles and exploration as always.

    Tom Servo Look-Alike

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    Title: Tom Servo Look-Alike
    Date: February 24, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: More of the study from above... Was fun to try to use different colors to shade instead of just back to white.

    Color Studies

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    Title: Color Studies
    Date: February 20 - 23, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each 'piece' is 7" x 10"

    Doodlin'

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    Title: Doodlin'
    Date: February 21 - 25, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Just trying to loosen up again and just relax with different stuff...

    Full Action-Pose Study

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    Title: Full Action-Pose Study
    Date: February 23, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: This is a work in progress, but I fully intend to finish this guy!

    ----RESPONSES----
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    Ramalooke: As always! Thanks for the inspiration!

    iambanana: Thanks, I was just staring at different pencil artists that I adore and just couldn't not draw like them!

    Yeah, I agree with the light and dark comment... I've actually been told that by quite a few different people. I think my problem is that I'm not only used to painting completely grey, but that I'm still learning that light isn't white, and that shadows aren't black. Over time this will fix, and also, color theory (besides the completely abstract-ness of the class) has taught me a bit about color interaction. So that should help as well.

    I'll have to try a still life or three when I get free time!

    Kerah: Thanks! Those are related to Marko Djurdjevic and Wes Burt... was just staring at them all day and just really wanted to do one for myself!

    Unfortunately I do agree with this fully about the pirate the girl, and in my defense, it was as of the time unfinished (as many of my pieces remain to this day). I really would like to go back and finish and I will make sure to persue this further...

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    Thanks for the comments and for looking! More coming soon...
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    When drawing from observation, think more in terms of fields of values and how they build up shapes, rather than in lines. Also take into consideration the negative space around the character/focal point. Where does the main body of light come from, where it hits the hardest, bouncing light, different surface materials etc. all affect the outcome.

    I hope this helps, keep it up.

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    Nice concepts and color studies! Keep it up! Try to shade your pencils in photoshop)

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    Just a quick update, will post more later today.

    Color Studies -- Harmony I

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    Title: Color Studies -- Harmony I
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each study is 7" x 10"

    Notes: Each of these is a study in color interaction using Color Harmony as a base.

    Color Harmony Practice

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    Title: Color Harmony Practice
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2012
    Medium: Gouache

    Notes: Trying to gather ideas for my color harmony II project.

    Cora Walk Cycle II

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    Title: Cora Walk Cycle II
    Date: March 1 - 4, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Attempting a walk cycle with Cora proved difficult. I need to get a better handle on her side view...

    Military Hat

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    Title: Military Hat
    Date: February 27, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Continuing my studies with Photoshop. Getting a better handle on digital painting.

    More Sketchbook Craziness

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    Title: More Sketchbook Craziness
    Date: February 25 - March 1, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Each page is 9" x 12"

    Notes: The basic forms seen here of the people are from life, as well as the hands. I just decided to add some Graphic Design flair to them for fun!

    Valasquez Study WIP

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    Title: Valasquez Study WIP
    Date: March 6, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: What better way to study then use my favorite artist as a Master Study.

    Legend of Zelda Study

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    Title: Legend of Zelda Study
    Date: February 27 - March 3, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: A huge gathering of reference and sketches. Once I get more time from school I'll have to start doing these and others full-time.

    Illustration II Sketch

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    Title: Illustration II Sketch
    Date: March 1, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: One-Hour powersketch with a friend from school, we just went into it with a lunch break. It was fun and actually a good color study.

    Siren Sketches

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    Title: Siren Sketches
    Date: March 6, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: So... can we say... BLOW UP DOLL?! Ugh, this is terrible... will have to revisit later.

    Responses next post... should be later today or tomorrow.
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    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!
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    FOR JUSTICE!!
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    the siren seems like a sketch for an interesting painting :> Mouth should be fixed though, unless you intended to have it look like that.

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    Definite progress in here from the first page!

    I love the gesture drawings -- so cool to look at when the entire flippin' page is covered! (Also love the life drawing stuff -- I want to see more of those and the anatomy studies!)

    Your last portrait above (girl with multi-colored hair) shows some nice improvement in your digital work! If I had to find something to nitpick: you're using a really wide brush to sketch in with a flat black and then you're painting over it -- it's making your colors a little muddy where you're painting over. Try sketching with either a smaller brush (so there's less to paint over), lowering the opacity on the sketch before you start painting (to take away the harshness of the black), or sketching with a color/tone (works well if you know the colors you're working towards beforehand). Painting over stark-black is challenging and always seems to mess with whatever colors you put on top of it.

    Keep up the great work! ^_^

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    If there's one thing I would say it would be to work on your colors, which you seem to be doing. It seems like all of your colors are very saturated, so it's kind of like all of them screaming for attention at once. I've always tried to save my brightest, most saturated/intense colors for the area that I wanted the most attention in my pieces. Here's a good example of what I mean: http://snowskadi.deviantart.com/art/...ight-140699178 There are a lot of areas in that painting that, if taken by themselves, would be really dull; but they're needed to balance out the painting, so that your eye isn't bouncing in too many different directions.

    (Of course, to some extent I have the feeling that some of it is your style, and that's okay.)

    The latest painting is looking really good on the coloring front!

    The rest I know nothing about and you are clearly more advanced than I am in those subjects. I've got a lot of catching up to do!
    Let's do this.

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    Looks like you're putting in the work. I'd suggesting doing some studies focused on form. Just do it in black and white and practice rendering simple 3d shapes. Important when you're drawing to visualize every in 3 dimensions.

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    Really like that last painting and your pencil drawings are great really creative I can't really critique your digital stuff that much as I havent ever touched a graphics tablet in my life but as Ohaeri and Riley also said you should keep working on your colours because some of your pictures do look a bit muddy the ship ones a good example.
    Anyway keep up the good work.

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