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    Dando's sketchbook

    Hey guys, I've been circling concept art for a long time now, and I'd like to finally make a real effort to improve.

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    This week's sketches

    Hey guys, here is my first weekly upload as promised. I didn't get to sketch as much as I'd hoped, but I'm glad I got some time into to do these anyways.


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    The first image of an eye I did from observation, the second one was from my mind. I sometimes have trouble drawing eyes with character so it's something I'm working on along with full body sketches.

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    This week I purchased a mannequin and decided to sketch it from observation.

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    Hey guys, here are my sketches for this week.

    I know these are a bit high school but I'm going back to the basics and so I'm re-learning a lot of the things I thought I knew before. I admit that I was pretty arrogant as a teenager and I didn't listen to my teachers a whole lot so I'm sitting down and filling the blanks. I've never learnt how to paint properly and I've never even tried oil painting but I'm going to give it a go this year. I've got a job and I can pay for what I need.

    earlier this month I bought a new monitor for my computer and it's really hard to get used to. It's a widescreen and I'm not used to the change in aspect ratio, it turns out that the wacom tablet adjusts for it so now it feels really weird! I was going to save up for the smaller cintiq, but I've had an intuos 4 for a long time and apparently there's not that much to actually gain from getting the intuos. in the end I felt that I wanted to use traditional mediums very now and then anyways, so it's nice to treat the computer as a different medium with it's own rules. not to mention that sketches can be scanned in anyways and, well, it's just nice to sketch with a pencil now and then.

    My two sketches this week are of a red pepper and my hand. I'm working on changing my sketching style as my cross hatching is messy and incorrect and my sketches are usually too light. I'm also taking a departure from drawing human figures for a while and I'm doing a lot more observation work. Don't be shy to tell me what you think, as it could be what I need.

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    (On a side note, the guy who invented the ass pat emoticon is a fucking genius, and why is there a wasp as a post icon? does anyone else think that's slightly strange? it looks like a flying turnip)

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    More sketchy goodness

    Hey guys, I've had a busy week, but I had enough time to get a few sketches done.


    This is a sketch from observation at the coast of bronkhortspruit dam in south africa. I ended up not finishing it.
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    This is a sketch of a logo build I'm thinking of making. as you might be able to tell, it's an underwater scene, with my logo lying in the sand, emitting a soft light.
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    This is the logo itself, I'm still unsure if I want to use it
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    I've been working on a story for a long time, in which this is the main character. I quite like the way it turned out
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    Hey guys, sorry for the late update. Here is a little robot I use when testing my games. I update him whenever my 3d or conceptualizing skills improve, hence the name "version 2". If you'd like to see what he looks like when he moves, you can see the animated version here.
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    On a side note, does anyone know how to change your sketchbooks picture?

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    And here is a sculpture I did earlier this year
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    Hey folks, here is a portrait I completed over the weekend

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    I made it using graphite, and pastel for the highlights. the quality isn't that great as I took the photo with my phone. I'm used to drawing portraits. but not other things so in general I'm trying to learn to draw the rest of the body this year. I'm also working on a landscape that I should have done in a few weeks.

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    good start to the sketchbook, but make sure you keep at it. (it doesn't look like 1 hr a day for the last month, unless you're not posting everything )

    The clint eastwood portrait is great, I really should dust off my charcoals, but I'm to addicted to the messy free availability of the computer.

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    Great start.

    I don't know about it not looking like an hour a day. I can work an hour and only get halfway through a piece if there's a lot of observation and detail involved so I think thats a relative thing and I wouldnt worry about it. Just do the work and update when you can.

    I really like the Clint Eastwood study and the sculpture. Those show you have a good eye for form and expression.

    Good stuff, and keep going!

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    Thanks guys. I try to update every Sunday with all of the work I've done in the week but I do admit it gets hard to draw every day, and inspiration is running at an all time low lately. However, I have created a timetable for myself where I make sure that I draw at least three times a week (though, some of it is for work, and I can't upload it)

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    Hey guys, here is my work from this week.

    This is a quick sketch I did this week of a character next to his bag. I've been experimenting with traditional brushes in photoshop, and this one came out quite nicely

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    I have been spending a lot of my time working on some chainmaille for the upcoming waldorf medieval fest (currently it's a lot more developed than it is here) I wasn't sure if I should put this here, but I figure it's an artistic endevour of some sort.

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    Hey guys, I managed to squeeze in some time to draw this girl today

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    I haven't been able to submit a lot lately as I was deathly sick last week. though I'm much better now.

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