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    Critters and Beasts Galore.

    Hey guys! Okay, I think this is the second or third time I try this, but I intend on keeping a sketchbook up-to-date now.

    I'm Piper, I start this sketchbook at 19 years of age. August 14th, 2012. About to go into my second year of 3D Animation. I currently suck at drawing humans and want to become a concept artist someday (pfft, sure).

    To give a general idea of my work so far, I've got a few dailies here (from newest to oldest).

    I appreciate critiques quite a lot Especially coming from this site, and I know that I've got a LOT to improve on.










    Yeah...watercolors aren't really my forte.

    ....I really like Pokemon. It must show, hehe.






    Below is a 50 minute speed paint.

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    Awwww, these are all so sweet and cute! (Probably cause caries?) -well, save for the zombie owl, that's not something I'd like to meet at night xD
    The only point of critique I'd have is that it seems as though you've put gadients over the first 4 pieces to stengthen the colors even further; That makes them a bit over saturated to my eyes. (Extreme in the 4th, where the heads base color almost merges with the sky.) Leaving more grey-ish colors may be beneficial

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    Thank you so much for pointing that out. I've been really worried about the saturation.

    I'm about 95 percent sure the over-saturation thing is my fault, but I'm kinda confused about my monitor. Because when I see my artwork on the expensive monitors at school or a HDTV it looks SUPER saturated, but the colors seem kinda toned down on my own screen. So for example in the first one, the creature has a burgundy kind of color in the shading --but on another screen it's super bright red.

    Whatever the case may be, I'll definitely tone it down. Thanks again

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    Hi, I like the owl dinosaur bird piece the best, is it watercolors?

    The saturation levels dont bother me, I think that if your values of lightness and darkness are spot on compositionally it doesnt matter if its black and white or extremly colorfull and I think most of these pieces you have a good sense of rendering edes and values.
    They may just be a bit lacking in texture.

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    I think that if your values of lightness and darkness are spot on compositionally it doesnt matter if its black and white or extremly colorfull and I think most of these pieces you have a good sense of rendering edes and values.
    They may just be a bit lacking in texture.

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    Yep, used watercolors, though I must admit I had to alter it in Photoshop afterwards.

    And thank you for mentioning that bit on the texture, I'll definitely keep that in mind next for the next one.

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    I'm about 95 percent sure the over-saturation thing is my fault, but I'm kinda confused about my monitor. Because when I see my artwork on the expensive monitors at school or a HDTV it looks SUPER saturated, but the colors seem kinda toned down on my own screen. So for example in the first one, the creature has a burgundy kind of color in the shading --but on another screen it's super bright red.
    Ah fff- I got the exact same problem. On the Laptop monitor everything looked super grayish, so I kept turning up the saturation -then I got my 2nd and suddenly all the older works were acid colored. ._.
    Why the manufacturers don't sync monitors is beyond me. *sigh* Therefore: Don't worry too much about it. Even if the saturation might be a little bit off on some screens, your works are still fantastic in value, composition and technique

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heyriel View Post
    Ah fff- I got the exact same problem. On the Laptop monitor everything looked super grayish, so I kept turning up the saturation -then I got my 2nd and suddenly all the older works were acid colored. ._.
    Why the manufacturers don't sync monitors is beyond me. *sigh* Therefore: Don't worry too much about it. Even if the saturation might be a little bit off on some screens, your works are still fantastic in value, composition and technique
    Seriously though, thanks for mentioning it. I really need to get a better screen, I recall one of my teachers mentioning a certain setting for color and resolution, but I completely forgot. Though I'm pretty sure that this cruddy cheap Acer isn't even near professional-grade quality.

    And thank you for the compliment >w<

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    Today's daily painting. Whooo, even MORE Pokemon x] Jeeeez.

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    Looking pretty fantastic to me. Start sending out this work people will definitely want you as a freelancer if you can do this kind of thing fast, on brief and reliably.

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    i love your colors, you are amazing.

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    Today's daily. Meh, window is kind of a mess --I'll be the first to admit, his eyes are too close to the book too. I unsuccessfully tried to jam two dailies into one (got 90% of the other finished though, so I'm sure I can make it two tomorrow)

    Thank you Pfloyd and Velocity! I never really thought about freelance work, it would be fantastic to have that as a side to being in the animation industry. I always wanted to illustrate children's books.

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    i think you dont need to paint humans, there is such good and colourful paintings, so professional, really good man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiderukkus View Post
    i think you dont need to paint humans, there is such good and colourful paintings, so professional, really good man
    Thank you! I'm really flattered that you think so --Only, I really hope I do grow better at human anatomy for the sake of having more variety. And even animal anatomy, it would be fun to have both semi-realism and toony paintings.

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    wow ur really good for a 19 yo. i like the solidity of your work. keep rocking it!

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    Today's daily. Well, I technically need to update another one before the end of the day to keep on track.

    Kinda extremely random, never tried bamboo before.

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    wow ur really good for a 19 yo. i like the solidity of your work. keep rocking it!
    Thank you very much

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    I love the graveyard one!

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    Yay! Made a second daily so I'm up to date now....well, for now atleast. This ain't gonna work when school comes 'round.

    And thanks Clayton!

    (Oh by the way, I have a question. Is a cintiq a good investment? My intuos is kinda breaking...)

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    Kind of a sloppy one, I might touch it up later.

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    These are very beautiful pieces. They give all of the creatures so much character and personality. I love your use of colors and how each and every work is so vibrant and lively. Your use of lighting is marvelous.

    Keep up the great work!

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    Amazing art....just loved it. I'll be coming back more to see them.

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    Thank you so much, Michelle and Sutapa!



    Here's today's loot. Dedicated to an amazing artist who unfortunately lost her son.

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    Blah. Only a day left of summer vacation, nooooo.

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    They give all of the creatures so much character and personality.

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    Beautiful beasties and colors. If you want to learn drawing humans better, make some studies of humans. Keep up the good work!

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    Thanks you guys! Yeah, details are a big problem with these. I hope I can figure out some new techniques to render more texture within a 3-5 hour time-frame. It would be really neat, maybe using photographic textures and overlaying them could work?

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    But.. but.. where are all the humans you said are difficult for you? o.o
    You've got really colourful and good works, but show us something that is difficult to you to get the full potential of this sketchbook out.

    Don't worry, Prices Slashed will (probably) not eat you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindinart View Post
    But.. but.. where are all the humans you said are difficult for you? o.o
    You've got really colourful and good works, but show us something that is difficult to you to get the full potential of this sketchbook out.

    Don't worry, Prices Slashed will (probably) not eat you.
    Hehe, yeah, you've got a point there --I'm probably gonna keep on stagnating unless I start working on that. Wouldn't hurt to try out something right now, I think I can squeeze in another painting tonight if I make it simple.

    I've been waiting for school to start up this week so I can attend the life drawing courses they offer after class. Definitely going to post those.

    I guess I should probably dust off those anatomy books in the corner of my room x]

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    I've been using website called posemaniacs to do quick sketches with 30s. drawing tool. There are other sites as well with that kind of engines, so go around internet to get tools to do anatomy drawings. ^^

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    (oh wow, Pokemon again. What a surprise...)

    Here's a WIP of the attempt at a stylized hooman....yeah I dunno. I've been messing around with human faces for the past hour; I want to go for a more disney-esque 3Dish inspired look. Noses and lips (for dudes) are super difficult, I need to study that definitely.

    And actually drawing them realistically next time around should probably help.

    Wow that neck is messed up *fixing*

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