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    Hello everyone, after lurking around these forums for quite a while, I finally decided to create my own sketchbook thread.

    Something about me first:
    I am an average guy, 22 years old, working behind a counter in a big store (never was good at studying, for various reasons).
    I spend most of my free time playing "them vidya-gamez", watching various shows or just plain surfing on the net.

    Some time ago I wanted to get good at digital art, but back then I didn't really have the determination or time to get more serious.

    Gaming is my major hobby, and as you all know, art can be quite time-consuming, so they don't go well together (especially since Diablo 3 is just around the corner, oh boy).

    But every now and then, I have a sudden urge to draw and create, and I feel like if I put enough time into art, I can get at least somewhat good perhaps.


    I am not trying to get a job in art, and I am not trying to go all out and get REALLY good like some of the great artists on this site.

    I'm just a "casual" artist, you could say.

    So enough of that wall of text, it's time for a wall of art! I hope the images show correctly

    Mostly 30/60 sec pose studies and some studies from reference, I first want to get some foundations before I create some art all by myself.


    PS: Man, the attachement manager is a pain to use O.o

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    Hi, at begining of my post I'm sorry for my english becouse is not very well. I see you have good start. You should take sketchbook and a pencil, go to the park and do quick sketches of people. Do not be discouraged by the fact that people will start to move. You just draw draw and draw again. You can also draw simple objects such as glass bottles, can. Try to draw the shape and show shading.

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    xiw: Good advice, but I am really shy when around people, plus I don't even have a paper SB, never really used traditional media much. Though I DO have some pencils, an eraser and a sharpener, so I am good to go. Might try it out sometime (maybe just buildings/nature first).


    Anyways, here is more of my stuff! Lots of pose studies, plus some value studies. And some thumbnails, the bottom line is referenced from a great youtube tutorial video.

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    Here are some enviros...

    Old photoshop study:
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    This one was done while following a tutorial from Feng Zhu, learned a lot!
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    This one was done while following a tutorial from idrawgirls
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    And this one is a mountain study I did in PS, guessing the right colors is HARD.
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    great start here! just keep it up with those gestures! even if theyre on short time dont rush it just to get the whole pose, try to see whats happening and draw it with simple lines, think of the line of action.
    also, i think your enviros are looking really good! keep it up !

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    A good amount of studies in here. Keep em comin.

    I know games are a big speedbump and it's hard to resist them, but they're also a big source for inspiration. I'm looking forward to Diablo 3 myself.

    Here are a few places you might find useful.

    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/501782/And...semaniacs.com/
    http://characterdesigns.com/index.ph...page=photosets

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    rumpenstiltzkin: Thanks! Yeah I heard/read about the line of action, will try to focus on that when doing those poses.

    Christoffer: ctrlpaint is an awesome site, I watched all the videos already
    And I hear the name Loomis a lot when searching through various sketchbooks, probably a good source of information/inspiration (already did some exercises from the "fun with pencil" book).

    Plus the third site, always good to have more sites with poses, some of my favourites are : posemaniacs, pixelovely, the drawing script and artsyposes.


    And since my posts should containt at least some art so I am not just bumping this, here is a really quick value study:

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    Hi dude,
    I`ve made this idrawgirls-tutorial as well - very hard and the colors are hard to find. I think it`s easier to start with photo-studys in bw.

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    Well, since Diablo 3 was a huge disappointment, I have time to draw again!

    Some clothing studies:

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    Small update...

    This is what happens when you are not taking it seriously:
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    And this is when you ARE taking it seriously, ie. willing to put in the time/effort:
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    Update!

    YAPOP (Yet Another Page Of Poses):
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    A shadow study, so to speak:
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    And a value study (planning to do more of these "pots"):
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    I rate this thread 5 stars 'cuz u are doing those studies so diligently! I like where u'r going!

    Thank you for the post in my SB and here is a wallpaper I done of the drawing u mentioned:

    http://i367.photobucket.com/albums/o...WALLPAPER2.jpg

    P.S. - In order to give people a link to your SB or other stuff related to you so that they can be viewed at the bottom of each comment you make in this site simply go to Quick Links in the bar above, then choose Edit Signature in the menu from the left and Insert Link you desire people to see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by clanlord View Post
    I rate this thread 5 stars 'cuz u are doing those studies so diligently! I like where u'r going!

    Thank you for the post in my SB and here is a wallpaper I done of the drawing u mentioned:

    http://i367.photobucket.com/albums/o...WALLPAPER2.jpg
    Holy monkey in a tree, thank you so much for the wallpaper! And for the kind words, it's a big motivation boost. Hopefully I will post some updates soon (work and games take a big chunk of my time... but I still try to draw every day, even if only a little).

    Plus thanks for the SB link thread tip, I only figured out how to add the smiley with the link in the upper part, but that probably gets overlooked easily

    However, there are much better sketchbooks deserving 5 stars than mine, I am not putting in even 1/100 of the effort that some people do. Plus I really need to do some sketches from imagination, instead of just studies (gotta put them to use)

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    I am finally drawing again, can't say if I can keep at it, as I always get sidetracked, but there is something about art that keeps me coming back (even though it is incredibly time-consuming, and kinda demotivating, seeing all the other members who can draw so much better)

    Anyways, here is a wasp study!
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    Took way longer than I would like, but patience is key when learning I guess

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    A little update, so far I am managing to fight off procrastination, my biggest enemy ever (but browsing through other's sketchbooks is SO inspiring and fun!).

    Borenstein study:
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    A quick sketch, left one is referenced from a Guild Wars 2 art piece, right one is my own try with the same pose:
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    And a value study:
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    This one was kinda quick (around an hour), probably too quick/rushed:
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    Some old traditional stuff, I was never really good with a pencil, though I am currently drawing only in pencil, so I don't get distracted by all the different settings/methods for digital art.
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    Sorry for the terrible quality, don't have a scanner, and I still have to figure out good lighting for taking photos. Tried adjusting the images in photoshop, but it only helped a little.

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    Sooo, it seems like art caught up with me again, and this time, it looks serious. I manage to draw every day, and I am determined to keep at it. Let's see if I can improve! Even bought a new tablet, Wacom Intuos5 M. It's soooo much better than my old one, which was starting to act strange (probably outdated). Anyways the Intuos5 feels so much better and I can get better lines already!

    Here is stuff from the last couple days, mostly various studies, from photos/other people's art that I gather when surfing the net.

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    Borenstein studies (love his figure drawings), and some posemaniacs.
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    So the uploader is working again (have to upload files seperately, and with a captcha? REALLY?), so here is what I've been doing for the past few days:
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    For the colored version I just color picked one color for the general area and used an overlay layer (yeah, color picking is bad, but I wanted to see how my values hold up, and if I could color it properly using simple methods)
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    These next two are just few-minutes doodles I did from Warcraft/GW2 wallpapers. Done purely for fun, nothing serious.
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    Cute little elephant study with steps:
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    Still drawing every day, I feel like I can keep it up this time.

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    So while I skipped one day because I didnt feel like doing anything at all (was a crappy day), I am still drawing. Here is a study I did after I watched District 9 (awesome movie).

    Steps:
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    Done after a IDRAWGILRS tutorial. I would do better drawing from life/photos, but I like his style, and you still learn something even when "copying" other people's work. Why else would people do so much studies after Frazetta/Bridgeman/Villpu/Loomis/etc.

    The small pictures on the left are the ref, the big on the right is my render.
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    Just some pose studies for today.... took over an hour, which seems way longer than it should have.

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    Well, this is what happens when I try to draw from my imagination

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    Not much to say here, I NEED to improve, have to study more and, more importantly, draw from imagination more instead of doing studies all the time (have to apply them).

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    Face value study for today. Looking at it few moments later, I already see many mistakes and things I totally forgot to do (eyebrows?). But still, was fun.

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