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    The long road to greatness

    Hi guys my name's caleb. I'm a former foster kid, and my dreams of becoming an artist are what helped me get out of foster care, through the many homes and schools throughout my life and become who I am today. What I lack in talent I've always made up for in effort and hard work in my craft. I'm a slow learner, I even made my first sketchbook on here when I was 12 years old, but I will never give up on my dreams , this is my road to becoming a professional concept artist and working for Magic the gathering as well.

    Art is the one thing I've always had, along with my dreams. Conceptart.org has helped me more than anything else, the critiques and advice given here have been the most valuable things I've had. I could never afford art school, but what I can do is draw and paint each day. and until I reach my dreams , I will never give up, no matter what obstacles I face.

    Critiques and advice are very welcome

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    * Check last page for newest work*(beginning stuff is literally years old, since I started this 5 years ago In senior year of high school)
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    heres some more stuff
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    "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci

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    I noticed you're quite new so I hopped on by to say hello! I look forward to more posts from you since you seem to have your head in the right place (Frank Frazetta, fuck yeah!! I should do some master studies from him). Keep up with your studies and always fill your head with beautiful and awe-inspiring artwork. The concept art world is tough competition (not speaking from experience, of course) so push as hard as you possibly can to become a great artist. If you get discouraged, keep your head up and come look at the work of people here who started without knowing a thing about art. Celebrate small accomplishments to keep yourself motivated and take your journey as an artist one step at a time.

    Cheeeeers!! Keep posting!
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    heres some more ideas(new and old)and studies too- have tons of studies but takes too long to scan em all in so just showin a couple
    "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci

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    30 minute digital still life from observation
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    finished value study of that one guy, when i finished i noticed i messed up a bit on proportions because his nose should be a bit longer and his orbicularis oris should be a bit smaller
    "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci

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    Value studies are pretty helpful.

    With the last -- aye, the proportions are off. The eyes seem a bit small, too. When you get the sketch down check, double check, triple check that the proportions and foundations are right before you continue, it's a lot easier to fix it in those early stages than later on. With digital art it's especially easy to fix things.

    I love the area around the eyes, forehead, etc. I think it would help you to use harder brushes at parts, but you really nailed the character of the reference, especially in that area.

    I also recommend doing some gestures to help loosen up your poses and characters.

    Good job, keep practicing!

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    figures from imagination
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    thx Umbravita i have a problem of not noticing those things at first then finishing the details thennn seeing them :p
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    Remember not to just do the drawings in the anatomy books. Really read and understand it. The point is to get the idea of what everything looks like and why. Then you can apply it to your drawings. If you just do some sketches you see in the book you don't grasp it and tack it on without knowing why and it won't fit. You don't need to know this is the deltoid muscle or blah blah blah, just what it does to the human form.


    I'd be more sparing with digital when first starting to study. Digital is a tool with a lot of shortcuts so people tend to ignore the basics when you can just skip over aspects. Most professionals when using digital I notice barely even use a lot of the tools they just do what they would in real life painting. For digital right now I'd focus on 2 things. Line drawings for your studying and maybe value (black and white)

    http://itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm

    This is a good tutorial for some info. Basically you want to avoid things like smudge tool or a bunch of low opacity small brush strokes. Get your values down first. But this is a later step. First thing is just drawing what you see and doing figure studies. The more the better.

    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/home/2011/8...o-anatomy.html


    This is also a good site for all sorts of info.

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    thx and btw i know what value is and i already use those sites, but thx for the advice and helpful information
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    Hello! With this last image, he's leaning a bit far back. I know for me, sometimes all it takes to keep my character standing straight is to use a light vertical line to use as a guide. I really enjoy the drawing with the dog, and how you used the texture of the paper in an effective way. Is it your dog?

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    thx GoGoJojo it was of a friends dog and just a very quick sketch to tell the truth, and for the last guy ya i noticed something was a bit off , thx for the advice
    "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci

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    heres a black and white frog and an attempt at color(didnt use a color picker). hmm maybe i should stop doing completely imagined stuff for a while but use reference because i want my art as good as possible and my knowledge just isnt there yet. more studies and reference will make me a better artist in the long run anyways
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    heres a couple recent sketches, starting to use reference and working on improving my stuff. last image is super small just a quick acrylic painting
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