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    Msafs' sketchbook

    --Jan 2013--
    I'm now a third year information technology student, and I've calculated (via a lengthy spreadsheet) that I've spent more than 1,300 hours drawing and painting. (This is what one does for fun with an IT degree). I'm hoping to get to the fabled 10,000 hours at some point, and perhaps when I'm old and crazy from too many hours staring at code and setup screens, I'll run off and become an artist.

    --Dec 2011--
    Hello! I’m a second year information technology student and a long time lurker here. I think I posted once and went back to lurking, until this week.
    I took some art classes in high school, and so far I’ve tallied that I’ve spent over 500 hours drawing. Still a long way to go.
    I’m usually crunched for time during the semester with schoolwork and one or two jobs, but I’ve decided to start again.

    The posts aren't really in chronological order...

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    I’ll post the good stuff first…
    (The first image is duplicated in case I change the thread icon).

    All but the last one are from 17 yrs old/ 12th grade:

    1. This one took 63 hours with a 0.7 mechanical pencil (it’s 18” x 24”). I used a bit of ebony pencil to detail the alveoli in the background. The person on the right is ref’d from a self portrait photo, the one on the left was ref’d from life (wearing the uniform while drawing).

    2. My best clothed pencil drawing, from a self-portrait photo. Four hours with a 0.7 mechanical pencil.

    3. Drawing from the mirror. About an hour

    4. An illustration from a novella I never finished writing (20858 words so far). Almost entirely from imagination (except for the clenched hands and folds in the pants). About 15 hours in Illustrator.

    5. Eight hour portrait of a friend with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. I started from life (about 40 minutes) and continued the rest from a photo.

    6. Another mirror drawing. 1 hour 37 min

    7. This one is a T-shirt design for the high school I went to. About thirty hours in Illustrator. Used a bunch of references for various things.

    8. Fourteen hour self portrait in Corel Painter. Mirror reference. The back of the head isn’t deep enough by a lot.

    9.Twenty hours in Photoshop in 11th grade/ 16yrs old. A bit of indirect reference used
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    India Ink

    Some Pitt India Ink pen drawings...
    All of them but the last one are friends and teachers drawn from photos (I decided to make my own high school yearbook). The checkerboard shows the progression from my first ink portrait to my twenty-fifth one. They improved a lot, imo.

    The last one is drawn from life. I didn't bother with perspective, so it's pretty off. The blob is from imagination, of course.
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    Moar India Ink

    Some stuff from life and mirror in India Ink pens...
    I like the umbrella a lot. Also, the landscape from campus (#1) although I didn't have a red pen to draw any bricks.
    I didn't try for proper perspective, so they all look off in their own ways.
    The guy in the chair is always sleeping in the same chair in the library. Saw him once in December and twice in the summer. Always wearing the same thing, too. The cables on the desk are so kinked because someone tried to send too much Internet through them.
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    Some Flowers

    Some flowers from my mother's garden...

    The two lilies were drawn when I was 16 years old.
    The first one is five hours in colored pencil from a photo. Wish I still had the original.
    The second was three to five hours in Illustrator and Photoshop from life. Not sure how there were lilies here in February.

    The orchid was from a photo. Seven hours with colored pencil. 17 yrs old.

    The daffodil is India Ink on yellow paper. About an hour when I was 18.
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    Graphite and Colored Pencil

    Some colored pencil and graphite stuff from when I was 15...
    I'm rather fond of the Akatsuki Gundam. That one took nine hours, drawn from life (my action figure). I used Roseart colored pencils, which included a fun metallic gold one. I got some Prismacolors as a gift later, but they're the hard kind and sort of hard to draw with.
    The geode is also from life. Should've used a straightedge for the corner. Maybe five hours?
    I made up the background for the duck on a stool, but the rest was from life. I built the stool in 7th grade. Should've used a straightedge again. That's not my croc.
    The teacup and crayon still life are also drawn from life. The spatial relationships in the crayon one are shot... looks like it was squashed in a microscope slide. Five hours for the crayon one.
    The portrait was of a friend. The only picture she had of herself at the time was a crappy passport photo mugshot, so the angle's really boring. Ten hours.
    And happy new year! Have a snow ZAKU.
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    Arms and hands

    Some arms and hands and a face... The fist and the hand on the lamp were drawn from life. The rest were from the mirror.

    Art goals for early 2012:
    Start working on constructive anatomy
    Start on lighting
    Learn to create enviros or even draw them from reference... they always turn out awful.
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    Graphite Nudes

    Some nudes and sort of nudes drawn with mechanical pencil and tortillion...
    Bunch of things wrong with each one...
    I think the woman is my favorite, although her breasts ended up looking a bit detached from her body.

    Ref sources:
    http://jasonaaronbaca.deviantart.com...t=408#/d36150y
    http://kristinkk.deviantart.com/gall...et=48#/d351jbb
    (third one's been taken down from http://medusestock.deviantart.com/ 's gallery... shame.)
    http://vishstudio.deviantart.com/gal...aster#/d1h42ym
    Last edited by msafs; February 11th, 2012 at 02:28 AM. Reason: Well they're not all nudes. Thought I'd clarify that.
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    Life in graphite

    Some things from life in graphite...
    First is a tree in the park. The light coming through the leaves was changing and I had to stop when it turned overcast. From 2009. I left such a large area blank because there was only uniform grass there and I wanted to leave room for characters from my unfinished novella. But I realized I couldn't draw from imagination at the same level of skill as the tree.
    Second is a drapery study done from outside of a window. It was a really thick curtain. Had to stop and bs the lower triangle when it got too dark to see inside.
    Finally is a one hour life drawing pose at the local Art Alliance. It ended just before I got to the hand. The last two are from this June.
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    Your rendering is really beautiful! I like your black and white ink drawings the best though.
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    dude your drawings are so good! keep it up!
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    Thank you, CarlyH! It's a fun challenge not being able to erase the India ink.

    Thanks, Quasar97! I'm definitely going to spend more time drawing this year.

    Here are some ink drawings from reference photos. I decided last year to put all of my ink stuff in one sketchbook so that it didn't get smudged with graphite. Only two pages left as of today.
    In the interest of trying to get things right the first time, I sketched in grey ink instead of pencil, so all of the preliminary mistakes are still there (did the same for some of the life ones in the previous posts).
    I was inspired a lot by Rupert Smissen (and sort of stole his handwriting for a bit).

    Sources:
    http://jappasstickystock.deviantart.com/ (image isn't in the gallery anymore)
    I'm not sure where on Deviantart the second stock photo came from. :/ She's kneeling on a barrel.
    Third: http://freeport.deviantart.com/
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    Digital stuff

    I should be posting more…
    Here's some old stuff. I have some new graphite stuff that I'll post eventually. Not that any of the previous things were in chronological order anyway…
    I have a ton of crappy digital stuff that's a lot worse than my graphite drawings, but here are a few not-yet posted highlights. I need to do more digital.
    I'm quite proud of the kneeling man, although I was too much of a bum to draw his neat gas mask. Five hours for that. The values on Agent Hotchner were getting muddy, so I stopped at five hours, although I think the colors were decent. The Hooverville drawing is a T-shirt design I made for my high school's cardboard box shantytown simulation (the lineart was printed in black and white). It took seven hours to draw in PS and three hours to outline in Illustrator. The outlet used my hand as a ref. The bird one was a thank you card for a bird ornament (so the bird is suppose to look sort of fake). Hand and bulb are terrible and the whole thing took seven hours. Coraline is ref'd from various screenshots and my own pose. The character took four hours to draw in Illustrator before I bs'd a Photoshop background for it. The Sleater-Kinney poster was drawn with a now-offline photo as a ref. It took fifteen hours (two for the pencil sketch, thirteen for the photoshop). I was about an hour and a half from finishing my epic-ish WIP, until I realized that everything was wrong with it even though I'd taken numerous ref shots for it. More fold studies and lighting practice before I attempt anything else so large. The guy with the tires is from only a month ago. I like the right arm. I was trying to use varying opacities and 100% flow/ make more opaque strokes.

    Man holding tires from: http://vishstudio.deviantart.com/gal...ottle#/d1infd7
    Kneeling guy from: http://danger99stock.deviantart.com/...et=96#/d2p6fji
    Last edited by msafs; February 26th, 2012 at 06:41 PM. Reason: moved image to another post
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