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January 18th, 2012 #1
Powerful.pineapple's preposterous pre-portfolio preparations
Hi, guys. I'm a bad artist. Honestly. I feel pretty weird posting this in conceptart.org since the worst of you is a hundred times better than me. I don't like to talk about it, but I grew up drawing anime without really focusing on the important stuff like perspective and shading and when I went to art school the reality of this plus other personal stuff made me take a break. Not from just art school, but from art, period. This was scary. This lasted about two or three years and in early 2011 I kicked myself back into it because life without drawing was crap. My skills were pretty bad by then, because I had entered the workforce/worked on my career/relationships/waffles instead, but I don't really know how to give up.
If you don't want to read that wall of text, I'll get to the point in this sentence: I want to apply to the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark this year and learn me some 2d animation. It's been my dream all my life. I have less than 3 months to put together a portfolio. I'm bad with these because of the aforementioned head-to-brick-wall anime fixation, which has caused me to be rejected from several schools and not win many contests. Anyway, this is why I'm here: because I want to become good at stuff I'm not, and this sketchbook will be chronicling my journey through some drawing instruction books my helpful friend now studying at Gobelins recommended, like Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth, etc.
I want to do this right. Now, for the first sketches!
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I can sympathize with your story as a lot the time I spent drawing earlier in life was spent on drawing in an anime-ish style, which did me no favors.
But if you've got a dream and a shit load of perseverance, you can make it happen!
It's cool that you seem to have such a passion for drawing too...
About your drawings... the first shows that you've got some basic skills that just need some cultivating, so get on it! the second one has nice movement.
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January 19th, 2012 #3
Hey there pineapple. The point is you have turned it around and youre going to work hard for it now Practice and motivation get you where you need to go, looking forward to seeing your progress. You can do a lot in 3 months
Everytime you draw be trying to make it better, the quality of your line, the gesture etc. Your first guy isnt half bad and the girl is nice, proportions are there too
Good luck man
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January 20th, 2012 #4
Thanks for the incredibly kind words. I'm uploading a couple more things, the first being a mistake-filled photo ref sketch in marker, the second a graphite sketch. I'm going to try to keep this thing updated every other day.
I have been doing anatomy gesture sketches, the short ones, and pure/modified contour drawings but i don't think they warrant posting. To be honest, while doing pure contour drawing according to Betty Edwards's book, I realized why I never applied myself when I took classes in this as a kid--they are boring. Well, I'm just going to have to deal with it.
edit: more images. people here put lots of images in one post, sorry I didn't know. The last picture of the girl is personal stuff of a character of mine with a million anatomy errors probably. I marker/sketched the donut piece with my pitt artist pens and I like it.
Last edited by powerful.pineapple; January 24th, 2012 at 03:09 PM.
February 9th, 2012 #5
some new stuff, beginning of February
I haven't been scanning and posting my exercise sketches and gesture drawings, but I'm doing them.
March 13th, 2012 #6
March 19th, 2012 #7
I already submitted my portfolio to TAW and I'm not going to show what I sent here. Honestly, i'd rather they reject me than have people tell me after the fact "oh you should have fixed this leg" but, I'm going to display the "storytelling" part of the portfolio which was supposed to be 5 pages/panels. I have a background in comics so I decided to send an excerpt of a story I have in the works.
It might be funny to look at...
Backstory: Tenku is on a nice daytime date after clubbing all night. His friends have invited him to Test Drive for some hologram-background, wicked car driving fun.
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March 27th, 2012 #8
okay, everyone, animation workshop rejected me so I'm posting my portfolio.
I tried my best but it was very rushed. If I still feel like applying next year I will. Glad I have journalism and Script Frenzy to take my mind off this.
Drama/Acting (expressing emotion):
March 27th, 2012 #9
March 27th, 2012 #10
This is the last part, freestyle. I already posted the story portion a bit further up.
Comments are appreciated, thanks.
June 16th, 2012 #11
I would post my studies but...they're....bad...I've been doing life drawings, posemaniacs studies, and studies from dynamic anatomy and re-reading parts of Drawing on the Right side of the Brain (great book!) that I didn't get. For now I need anatomy crits on this, if anyone feels like it, thanks a lot.
June 27th, 2012 #12
Not bad, keep it up!
For the last life studies, you need to check the proportions, the upper body of the adults look too big, the character on the right has one leg longer than the other. The kid's arms look way to short, if his hands are above his head... they should be drawn ABOVE it. The character on the left looks like it has no structure, try to paint over this study with where you think the joints are, I think that would help you understand your mistakes.
I could try to send you a 'corrected' version of it but I am not an expert either so I ll wait a bit to see if a more skilled person can help you.
June 28th, 2012 #13
I know I'm not ready to learn digital painting and still have to improve my anatomy skills and other fundamentals but I did it anyway
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