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    The progression of my obsession

    AHOY ye wielders of Pencil and Stylus.

    I am TeRRoR-303

    I am AJ Nazzaro


    I am starting a sketchbook because I have horrendous stage fright when it comes to showing my work in public.

    I am working towards being a professional Illustrator and Concept Artist.

    I would love to hear any advice you have of my work and methods I am using to study things. I am just trying to get better every day and I have thick skin, feel free to be brutally honest. It will earn you a digital high 5.


    As of the beginning of this sketchbook I feel I need to improve on:

    Faces
    Hands
    Rendering of different textures
    Anatomy of humans and creatures
    Composition
    Dynamic poses
    Attractive women
    Male body types
    Armor
    Clothing


    SKETCHBOOK ENGAGED.

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    Ill start things off with some anatomy sketches I have done in the last week or so, I am not too confident in my ability to draw legs. I also cant draw the muscles from memory as easily as I can draw arms.

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    Ok now some paintings from photo reference and from life - Working on rendering skin a bit - rendering women's faces is more difficult for me than men's faces.

    I really like to draw and paint from life, I am hoping to get some up here often

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    OMG those images are huge. is there any way to adjust the upload and send a smaller image?!

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    Even though they may be huge. I definitely want to commend your talent. You are off to a great start. Try to use bigger brushes though and then smaller and smaller as you get to the details.

    For instance the arm of the woman has a low transition because the transitions were don with a smaller brush initially. Try to work from a general to specific approach/

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    try to make the images no more than 900 pxls tall otherwise they will turn out massive. Your off to a great start indeed, just keep it up daily. a couple of hour studying and a couple more of your own designs.

    For form work try a couple of these - http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=76733

    Keep it up!

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    @Tagachi - Thank you for stopping by and for your comments! That is great advice, I think what you have just mentioned is an indicator of the fact I was focusing only on the face and the arm was a secondary thought - I think I was rendering the face by the time I put any thought into the arm.. hence the small brushes! Thank you!

    @Chris Sanders - Thank you for the advice on the uploads, my next images will be much more manageable. Thank you so much for the link to the faces! I love those mannequins that define the planes so strictly. Would you happen to know what the name of those are? Maybe I can afford one

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    I love armor. I want to know everything there is to know about armor, I want to study armor and how it has evolved in different cultures and I want to study armor from video games.

    But Ill start small and work up to all that, lol.

    Also a quick troll.

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    Lol my sketches are really boring compared to what most people upload on here - I think this isnt really what people want to see but its what ive been working on. Im starting small and working my way up!

    I really want to have a solid handle on human anatomy, there are still a bunch of blank spots in my mind. I am most interested in the function and basic structure of bones rather than their wobbly details, I like to break them into super easy to remember forms. Im studying a lot from Bridgeman. Ontop of that I am really interested in the planes of surface anatomy and the way shapes fit together like a puzzle.

    This update has:

    A ton of elbows and tricepts
    A Darth Maul sketch from memory to demonstrate my tablet to a friend
    Some goblins and trolls (love goblins and trolls ) from ref and memory
    Some hand studies - The page with a ton of hands is a few days of sketching from looking at my hand directly and in the mirror - I try to draw hands as often as I can. Every hand on this page is drawn about life size.

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    Just wanted to post my most recent painting!

    Also some process because I always take screenshots of process and never use them for anything


    Sorry if the file sizes end up weird - still trying to find out the best size and shape for uploads

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    Just some older stuff, I recently was accepted into the Oatley Academy and cant believe how much I have learned so far. I will upload my progress through the class in a bit!

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    Just a few quick uploads - I have more to add but havent had time to prepare the files yet!

    One page from my sketchbook - studies from statues

    One digital still life

    Others from memory

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    Few more images to post - A few drawings from my ACTUAL sketchbook. Mostly I am just too lazy to photograph the images and upload them.

    A little TF2 love.

    An Orc face concept.

    Love me some pandas, also some expression practice tossed in there.

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    Very nice works, specially the latest ones. and I love that frankenstein monster in the first post.

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    Some face studies from photo

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    One batman sketch on a tablecloth at a sushi restaurant, lol.

    Some bluejay sketches from photo with waterclor and some freehand filigree.

    Ear study.

    Nose sculpt - Sometimes its easier for me to sculpt something to understand its for a bit better. Ill upload some hand sculpts I did soon.

    Nose study.

    Face sketch from my sketchbook.

    Sorry for the lowres cell phone images!

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    If you have even 5/10 of those books - we are good friends.

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    One of my new obsessions is to paint/draw from an action figure.

    Drawing from life is unquestionably the fastest way to get better, I have done 2 years of drawing from nude models which is great for anatomical practice, proportions, and general drawing skills. But what happens when you want to study armor? Or character design?

    Drawing these things from photo for me has been lacking lately. There is much to be learned there as well but this feels like its building stronger bridges.

    More to come after this!

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    Some studies from photo

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    These are drawn from action figures

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    Ive been spending time drawing at a Museum near where I live, they invited me to come draw from their specimens in storage that get rotated into exhibitions.

    These are all drawn from life, the variety of animals are from my first visit and the Siberian Ibex all on the second.

    All of these drawings are done in-

    Charcoal
    Wax Pencil
    Ballpoint Pen
    Felt Tipped Pen
    or
    Tombow Markers

    Or a combination of any of these

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    Love the animal studies. For your humans, I'd say maybe you tend to go a bit too 'Blizzard' if you know what I mean. Your digital still life and animal studies show you can clearly do a more natural style, and i'd be tempted to say try the same thing with your people, just so you don't come to rely on the exaggeration as a crutch.

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    Hey thanks a ton for stopping by and the comments Inkthyosaur!

    That over exaggerated blizzard style is truly what fuels my interests as an artist. There is nothing ive come across in illustration that excites my art taste more - Ive been trying to find my own niche within that scope of style. I have some new work that I cant quite post yet that might explain my intentions a bit better!

    I do, however, completely agree with your comment about it becoming a crutch. I want to support healthy growth on my art journey and not become a one trick pony. Thats why you see the more classical studies! I dont really have access to figure drawing at this time so im making the best of it with action figures and animals

    Thanks for the advice brother, much appreciated.

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    Its my dog

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    Its the Commish

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    Animal studies from life - Sorry for the not so great photos!

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    My most recent Museum sketches, a total of 36 hours spent drawing from life there in February. Just trying to plant some seeds for future creature design and hone the ever important drawing skills.

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    Working on a piece now with a dragon so ive been sketching them! Kind of difficult if you've never done them before but easier when you start from something like an aligator or snake.

    From imagination.

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    I used charcoal a lot in school and I really came to love it, After about two years of not using it.. I dont really like it anymore.

    A month or so back I tried some charcoal work at the Museum and it just didnt go well.

    I decided I would commit a few full days to charcoal and try to conquer it again. I still dont love it, but the great thing about it is how non-commital it can be. You can really get aggressive with it and not worry about messing something up. Although, I woudnt describe any of my process as aggressive

    Also some images of the Museum's Storage Facility so you can get an idea of how many specimens are in there. This is just one tiny corner of the warehouse, there are hundreds of animals in there.

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    Yep - Like I said. I have an obsession with Undulates.

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