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    Jh's Sketchbook - Study! Practice! Apply!

    Hello, Conceptart.org!

    So uh, new guy here! My name's Junhong, 20 years old, from Singapore. And I'm hoping to use this sketchbook to hone my skills in drawing and design.

    I was fortunate enough to go a digital media design school, where they taught drawing, colour theory, 3D, animation, etc. Halfway through I got hooked onto digital painting and concept art all the while doing 3D stuff for school projects (I specialized in game art and design, which focused a lot of 3D and production). So when I graduated my portfolio works were just all over the place - I had digital paintings here and 3D environments there and all sorts of other random stuff.

    I still want to do concept art and design. So after graduation I tried to work on some digital paintings.

    And well, all I found out was that my skills were seriously lacking and that it was pointless to do all these paintings if I didn't even get the basics of drawing, anatomy, light and colour right. I did some practicing by myself for awhile but I found it was difficult (and boring) doing it alone. Also it was quite hard to judge my work for myself and to see what are the aspects that I need to improve on. So I decided it was time to stop lurking around forums and to get some serious help!

    I really want to improve and I hope you guys will be willing to guide me along. And any critiques, tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. I would love to join in the activities you guys have here as well!

    I'll do my best to update as often as I can. Though in my current situation, I'm afraid I can only post during the weekends as the rest of the time I'll be away from home.

    Aaand so, here's the stuff I did recently. I started with a bunch of studies figure studies from photographs, movies and even game screenshots lol. And also a bunch of 30 second poses. They all came out.. well, not so good. But I'll keep on practicing!

    Thank you for your patience!

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    More recent stuff here. More 30 second poses from posemaniacs.com, plus a 10min pose. And some eye studies from photographs.

    Now that I look at it my scanner looks a little blurry lol. Or maybe I draw too lightly.

    I'll be posting sketchbooks in and polycount.com too. Hopefully that will prevent me from getting lazy and motivate myself to do better each day!

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    Shit, that's a lot of studies! Great!

    Could you tell me which school you went to?

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    Thanks LastGen! Um, I went to Nanyang Polytechnic School of Digital Media Design. That's in Singapore (where I live). It's a 3 year diploma course.

    Here's more 30 second poses and eye studies, some hand studies from life. Also tried some 60 second poses. For some reason my 60s poses look just like 30s ones even though I have twice the time to draw.

    These are all the studies I did earlier this week. I'm trying to clear them out of the way so I can post the most recent ones.

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    Hey everyone! Here's this week's update - These are last week's work that I scanned today, some hands, nose and face studies. Was trying to study the rough placements of facial features

    Btw, I edited the previous pictures so that they are a little smaller and more compact. The previous sizes of the pics were like obnoxiously huge lol.

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    More stuff! Finally caught up to the present.

    First pics are some perspective stuff I did while studying Loomis' Successful Drawing book. Its such an awesome book, though the first few chapters of perspective stuff are pretty intimidating, right now I'm still at the spheres page, and the next few pages are looking even more challenging lol. I have a whole bunch of other perspective stuff but I don't think I'll be scanning those, it's really just a whole bunch of cubes and cones and stuff, not exactly very exciting, though I learned a whole lot.

    Next are some really embarrassing heads done in an attempt to draw without reference. I keep messing up the proportions and size of the features. After that I went into a rage and searched "male models" and drew these four head studies.

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    Your eyes & hands studies are on point. Plus your heads from imagination aren't really bad. Keep posting your work. This is a great start.

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    Blue Gun: Thank you! You are really kind. And yeah, I'm gonna keep on going! NON STOP! NON STOP!

    A bunch of stuff this time! I'm dumping my old perspective studies here, which are done along with Loomis' Successful Drawing book. It's not very exciting, yeah, I'm mostly uploading it for archiving purposes.

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    Next are some digi landscape studies! Haven't touched my wacom in ages lol, so this was pretty fun. Pictures are from terragalleria.com, lots of pretty landscape photos there! My goal here is mostly to study colours (which I'm really pathetic at).

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    Aaand more perspective stuff from Loomis. These are done just last week. I'm progressing the pages of that book sloooowly lol. I'm at page 36 now. Getting a little more comfortable with this construction drawing stuff now, though I'm still doing simple forms. Hoping to apply all this to something useful soon.

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    Great perspective studies. Post some anatomical studeis too.

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    Cojac: Thank you! And yeah, will be doing more anatomy stuff soon. I realised I haven't done much studies on arms, legs and torsos and stuff yet.

    A little slow on the update this time. I entered the imagineFX monthly challenge (the theme was Sky Harbour), so I was kinda busy with that the whole weekend. Soo that's what I'll be posting now!

    These are the sketches and thumbnails I did to get an idea of what to draw for the final piece. Originally I planned to have to characters near the foreground buuut I gave up on that idea because I was afraid I couldn't finish it in time. Plus I was also struggling with scale and rendering so I didn't really have the confidence. So I went with itty bitty characters instead.
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    After I decided on what to do, I did a basic perspective drawing first, before scanning and adding more details and linework digitally. The line took a hell of a long time because I kept getting stuck not knowing what to draw next.
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    Aand the final piece. To be honest it didn't really come out the way I liked. I struggled a lot with stuff like lighting, colour and design details. There's also so much like "empty" areas all around. Plus it looks pretty bad when zoomed up lol, since the brushwork is really sloppy. Soo I probably will have to practice on all these things. Ahhh still such a long way to go.
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    It's good to see you do all those studies - just keep at it and you'll improve a lot
    For the landscape studies I would suggest to practice values first before you jump
    into color, so you don't have to concentrate on so many things at once.
    At least that is what I am told quite often, and I think it holds some truth -
    even though I can understand why directly working in color is more fun

    Your perspective practices look neat so far.

    Good luck, keep it up!

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    Lyraina: Thank you! Yeah maybe I should do some value studies too. I did colour studies mostly because I feel like I'm really, really (really) weak at colours lol.

    Anatomy stuff! Some torso studies here. Trying to use the side of my pencil stead of the tip to do values instead of just line. Pretty fun but messy lol. Need to practice controlling my values to do those really nice high contrast drawings.
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    Back to gestures. The last two are done with the side of my pencil, wanted to mimic charcoal.
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    These are some crappy master copies of charcoal figure drawings done by Ryan Woodward. The way he draws with charcoal is amazing, and I wanted to study how he uses so few strokes to convey so much in his figures. Check out his stuff at conteanimated.com, he's crazy!
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    Update!

    Some poses from imagination - which are pretty bad lol, need to study proportions of the figure properly, plus learn all the landmarks of the human body so that I know where to render shadows and stuff. Also got a calligraphy pen today! Did some 30s gestures with it and random figure studies with it. And finally some arm anatomy studies.

    For some reason I couldn't concentrate properly and I have no idea why soo I didn't do as much drawing as I wanted today. Bleh.

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