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    AC's Sketchbook - I'm back :>

    Here comes the sketchbook then as i said in my introduction thread i will try to update it as often as possible with the random stuff i'm doing on at the moment.
    It feels so weird finally posting something here on CA.org after all this time spent watching the amazing stuff you guys are showing here but i think it's about time.

    My long and hard way of the "wannabe concept artist" starts pretty much here, please don't hold back with crits and feedbacks because i really need it, do your worst!



    I'll start posting the first digital attempts i did few years ago, i was still using an old Wacom A6 (and i hated it with all my heart)
    For the last piece i used a painting by Robert Bateman as reference.
    (Of course i forgot the first image will be the SB's preview, my bad sorry )

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    A couple of quick studies

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    Your studies look great so far. Keep practicing, work from life as well as from photos, and try to pay attention to edge variation and color variation. Some edges should be softer and fade into the background a little (more info on edges), and when you have an object like those leaves up there, the highlights on the object will often have its own color that tells us about the light source (blue highlights suggest atmospheric light from the sky, orange light suggests a setting sun, white light suggests an overcast sky or a white electric light like a flash) and the color of the shadow will tell us about the reflected and atmospheric light existing in the scene.

    Other than that, I think that if you want to be a concept artist, it's important for you to learn to deconstruct objects and learn to reassemble them to draw them from memory. So in addition to drawing from observation, take some time to learn how things are made and how they work. If you want to do character design, study human anatomy. If you want to do creature design, study animal anatomy. If you want to design props and vehicles, learn about guns and jeeps and tanks. Then practice designing those things using your references as a starting point but making it your own. And consider joining in the weekly challenges; those are great for practicing and getting feedback on your attempts.

    Good luck and god speed.

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    These are really beautiful, but I second what Dierat said about edge variation/shade gradation - I noticed it especially in the last piece (the eagle). Seems like backside of the head should definitely have receded into space more and I think edge variation would have helped. Looks kind of flat as-is.

    Good depth and color on that plant study though, I keep going back to look at it over and over again. =D

    You're leaps and bounds ahead of me, so props!

    *kowtow*

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    The eagle is awesome and the leaves look like they're real! Keep at it and try grander,bigger things because you're on the right track.

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    @dierat: Thank you, that goes straight to my tutorials folder, i never pay enough attention to how lights and shadows change edges Actually i called them studies but i guess they were just photoshop tests, the eagle piece started as a brush set test, i don't remember how it ended up becoming an eagle.

    @Kellye: Thanks!

    @Kriss_Kringle: Thx, i'll try


    Some more "recent" stuff
    A brushtest, ended up somehow taking the shape of a Shishi lion and a "not so quick" speedpaint (not really happy with the result, had to finish it because i was spending way too much time on it)

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    Some silhuettes and character/creature tests

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    I've been trying to work on the creatures' silhuettes i made some days ago, I decided to pick 3 and try to develop them a bit.

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    Finished this a couple of days ago, it could use some more work i guess.. not satisfied with the background and it gives me the impression that it needs more color

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    Little update, trying to stick with the silhuette's shape as much as possible

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    Some quick random environments

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    Dude, you keep pumping out stuff like this and you won't be a wanna-be much longer. The creature designs are great, and I hope you draw some illustrative pieces because I know they'd be promising. You seem to be ahead of me so I don't really have any crits on your work. However, if you posted up some still lifes or figure drawings maybe we could see what you can improve on. PEACE.

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    Flanagan: Thanks man, i still have a ton of work to do and things to understand, i'm still weak with color/lighting/perspective, actually pretty much all the basics, i'm trying to assign myself little "homeworks" in order to to understand better how everything works Hopefully i will find some time to do more still life/figure drawings in the near future.

    Little update, quite busy weekend with unexpected friends coming to Berlin, started some little color/composition studies (with photo refs) but i'm still forced to color pick some values from the original when i get really lost, especially with shadows.. it's freakig hard, apparently my eyes still can't properly recognize colors with particular lighting.

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    2h portrait, once again my brain was screaming "keep it loose asshole" and my hand was like "stfu i NEED MOAR DETAILS".
    I keep trying but looks like i won't be able to loose this bad habit of mine easily. I definitely need to do a crapload of doodles and speedpaintings, like 30 mins max each.

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    nice environment studies. The shadows on the face are sick. Pretty nice for only 2 hours. It would take me foreeever to pump something out like that lol. Keep posting.

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    Flanagan: Thanks man

    Little update, other "quick" studies, 1/2h each more or less. Changed the face of the ronin 10 times and still not satisfied with it but whatever

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    cool stuff so far!

    I noticed on your side views of creatures the legs have no perspective
    they are the same size mostly.

    and on one of them the further away hand is bigger than the closest to the viewer ones.

    also you can very lightly brush in some some of the background color over the further away legs to create depth by with atmospheric perspective

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    looks good so far! great studies and enviros.

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    ferrando: Thanks mate, yep i noticed the perspective issues they have, i'll fix them i have been lazy and i forgot about it. Definitely need to do more quick sketches and work on that so that it comes naturally and i don't have to fix it afterwards all the times.

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    very nice studies, a lot of attention to detail and mood, lets see more cominggg

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    TFsean: Thank you!


    After a sleepless night, first crap of the day, random environment, no ref, 30 mins.

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    Little useless update, changed the way i hold the pen since my wrist is killing me and i find it extremely uncomfortable.. i need to get used to it because everytime i loose focus i change it again without noticing.

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    Hi

    I only wanted to say that I really like ur character and creature concepts, also the hunter illustration is badass!

    Hope to see some more awesome artworks from this theme.


    (add brief description to the latest creature )

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    good choices for your training,you did a really good job,keep it up!
    und schöne grüße aus deutschland^^

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    The photo studies are lookin' good to me.

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    ANtY93: Thank you, i'll do my best

    htkpeh: Thanks man, i've seen your blog, great stuff! Love those sci-fi environments and concepts. (my German is still awful but i can understand that much ;D)

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    Another awful night, couldn't sleep properly so ended up scribbling and doodling around, i don't remember why i ended up with this, but i kinda enjoyed drawing these crazy bastards (actually not satisfied with the crocodile, maybe i will finish this one day)

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    Quick color test

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    Maybe i will polish it one day
    For now, i consider it kind of finished.

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    i really like the drawing style and they have good facial expressions,well done

    sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

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