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    Hi guys,I use this thread to explain who I am & why I am here.

    My name is Marco,I am a 23 years old self-taught 3d artist that is trying to achieve a level of skills good enough to work in a software house that makes videogames,working on the 3d modeling part...& by the way,I am Italian,so I hope my english is good enough to be understood

    Here you can see some of my 3d works http://marcusaseth.carbonmade.com/projects/3711568#1 ...nothing impressive or "artistic" I know,but there is still time to improve myself...

    & now the reason why I am here:

    In order to became a good 3d artist,able to do things better than a barrel or a stupid mace,for example able to do something like "a woman riding a snake" in 3d, I figure out that for example I need to know anatomy of the body,or if I want to make an incredible 3d scene,like a "city on top of a floating island" I need the skills to draw a concept of that environment.

    Now,I know that there are amazing Concept Artists like you guys to do that,but I still think that developing those skills,even if a base level,could really improve my ability to understand the shapes the volumes of a thing & maybe even improving my creativity or some other benefits!
    For sure,this help me to create better 3d stuff,because usually i run trough the phase of the modeling maybe not thinking enough about what could I do to make my 3d stuff looking better (for example that mace on that portfolio),so,maybe if I stop a moment in with a pencil thinking about how could I improve it,this could make my life easier in the modeling process & give better results at the end of the work.

    So my goal was to use this topic to learn about drawing & in order for doing this I have to ask you guys to "show me the path",even only telling me what tutorial I have to look at for starting with this,because actually you have to think at me like someone with the drawing skill of a guy that doesn't have ever draw something,& for sure if alone without a guidance I can only do sh*t...

    & this topic serve even as sketchbook

    So,this is it,I really appreciate & I am grateful to everyone would be so kind to help me in this

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    Here the first attempt on doing something,please don't laugh at it xD

    The question is,there is around a book or videotutorials online that teach me to do environment,concept art & stuff,even the correct way to draw,starting to the very beggining?

    please help me

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    Hi matey

    Nice 3d work by the way! as to your sketching try some of these, they might be a bit boring but trust me they help

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=223686

    also find yourself a good tutorial on perspective drawing if you need to do environments then you are definately going to need it.

    I would also recommend two books to you for all your drawing needs and I cant recomment them highly enough they are

    James Gurneys "Colour and Light" and "Imaginative Realism" they are worth their weight on gold mate, solid principles but in plain english.

    I hope this helps you out mate, keep posting and practising.

    A great kind hearted lumbering bullock



    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209918 = my Sketchbook
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    Thank you for the suggestion Lightship,now I have already planned to follow all the books from Andrew Loomis (now I am with the first one "Fun with pencil") but after that for sure i look for those two books

    Having fun with the "coal pencil" (don't know the english name lol),still doing a lot of shit but I have faith that I can learn this stuff if I put enough effort on it,& I am going to give 700% xD ...& is 100% times more fun than doing 3d!

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    New day,new s*it xD
    probably is better if a moderator move this topic on sketchbook,cause for the next days/month probably there are not much to critique lol,only tranining

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    FOR THE LOL XD

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    Today I was trying to copy some manga stuff

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    Moved and good luck with the learning.

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    Thanks Black Spot

    Guys,I am having trouble

    I am drawing on my sketchbook,traying to copy the charts of the human body with the proportion,where the body is divided into 8 units (from Loomis book).

    The problem is,I start by drawing this line divided in 8,but every unit is 1mm bigger or 1mm smaller then the other,somethimes even 5mm difference

    I do my best to make them of the same lenght,but when I compare them,is like if my brain can't compare this 2 different line correctly,they look to me to the same lenght,I realize the big difference only when I measure them,but even when I know that,looking again to the 2 lines they still look the same lenght

    It is very frustrating...thing I want to know is,you have ever experienced this problem or you know of someone who does? Is a common thing that can be solved by years of practice,or the ability to measure correctly with eyes is a prerequisite that a sucessful concept artist already have into himself from the beggining (with beggining I mean for example when he draw for fun at 16 years old but is not a pro)??

    If can be solved & is a common problem,there is a proper training for it?

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    Here a draw after a long period of "not drawing" ...

    My main problem/struggle is that every time(period) I start to draw very motivated & ready to do my best,but after I see the resoult like in this last draw I get totally discouraged by the resoult,first because take me more than 1 hour & second because is nothing like the real image,& the worst thing is that I can watch it & notice that is different from the real one

    So don't know,the bad thing about this is that there are no guarantees about it,I mean,if I could watch into the future & see myself be a pro at drawing I can tell "all right,I can learn it,let's do this" but without any guaranty I am more like "ok,let's try this (1 hour later) ...omg,the resoult suck...maybe I am lacking some important function on my brain that allow to learn this kind of thing " so thinking in that way,would be foolish wasting time on a thing that probably I can't learn...

    I hate to have that doubt,because I don't know if it is saving me from wasting my time or if it is stopping me to achieve a dream...

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    Just like everything else in life, learning to draw is hard, especially if it doesn't come naturally to you. If you really want to reach a certain goal with your efforts, all you can do is push through those moments of discouragement and follow through. With each attempt you draw a little closer to that goal.

    You seem to know what you need to do to learn so I wish you luck in your training. Update often, ask questions, post in other people's sketchbooks, ask more questions and you will soon have a library of useful sources for learning, and maybe even a few faithful followers.

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    Thanks Christoffer for your answer,actually I have a question.

    Do you guys know someone like me (a person that draw doesn't come naturally to him) that have keep to push trough in the time & reached some pro resoults??
    It's only to understand if it's possible,because every time when I heard of people that say to keep practice & that it only require time,when I check they're sketchbook I see that they start at an already good level,so this rise many doubts on me...

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    Another attempt...man,is so difficult >_< I hope that with the time it will become easier
    Any suggestion or critique is welcome!

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