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    Tofa's sketchbook, C&C appreciated

    Hi all, I'm an aspiring artist who wants to get into character design/concept art. It's a dream that I've had for a long time but the past couple of years have been rough and I've gone through a lot of stuff that's hindered me from getting to where I wanna be.
    All thats in the past now and I'm focused on getting back to where I was a few years ago. I want that passion for drawing back in my life.

    Here's my old CA sketchbook (2009)

    .Here's my blog which has more recent stuff

    I want to improve on my digital painting mostly. But I'll be working everyday on all of my respective weaknesses in art.

    Didnt really know where to start and being that it's been months since I touched my drawing tablet I decided to start with some shading exercises, it was pretty painful as my art muscle is a dribbling mess atm.
    Let's see if we can get it growing nice and quickly again

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    I'm gonna be posting everything I do even if it's just stuff I'm not particularly proud of so here are some doodles from my sketchbook, the beggining drawings are the first I'd done in a long time, most of these done whilst I was at the beach

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    Your sketches are pretty cute, and they have a lot of expression. I've seen your old work and it impressed me quite a bit

    This newer stuff is quite different from what you were doing before? Any reason why the stylistic changes? I don't have much to say in the way of critique unfortunately. For what they are I think they;re quite nice. Good proportions in a lot of the faces.

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    Turpentine: hey man thanks for checking out my sketchbook. Appreciate the kind words
    Reason for the style change is I studied 2 years of traditional animation animation and that influenced me a lot.


    Today's post. Working on understanding the form in the face a bit more by using tone, not too confident in my pencil rendering but pleased with these.

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    I like your style
    get back into the groove!!
    lookin forward to more

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    wow I really like stylished faces in the second post.

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    CR Faerber + FatMoStank: thanks a lot guys appreciate it


    Todays pages.
    stiff male study and something from imagination. Also a bunch of female studies, female form is one of my biggest weaknesses

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    good job on the female form sketches dewd.
    I think I'll try something like that next, haven't done ANY female studies at all yet ¬¬

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    CR Faerber: thanks man go for it

    Was ill yesterday and couldn't bring myself to draw anything, started this study last night when I was feeling better.
    Found this awesome reference album of a sculpt someone had made to help with the understanding of the planes of a head. Here's the link if anyone is interested >>> here

    C&C welcome

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    hey that head looks really good. Keep up the studies they're paying off!

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    Psychobuddy: cheers bud, I will do!

    Here's a wip, putting it up cos I want C&C (on porpotions design whatever). Used the female study I did (scroll up) and a moebius pic as ref (as i dunno much about space suits and love those knee/shoulder pads + moebius )

    Pretty happy with it but I'm sure its beaming with errors that I'm not skilled enough to see

    C&C mucho welcome

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    Nice one dewd I see improvements already!

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    CR Faerber: thanks man

    Another study, i need to do some focusing on legs, cos they're a nightmare and couldnt really see what the abs were about, they were like a formless mass with really soft definition.

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    Hey Tofa, thanks for stopping by my sb. Some cool styling here. The asaro head study turned out well Keep that kind of planar thinking in mind when mapping out forms on the body. Think of each turn in the form as another plane it can help you to simplify and find the correct forms. Keep pushing

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    You have really interesting work! The faces you did look like each one has their own personality. I also like the outfit you designed for your characters... keep them coming!

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    Some awesome stuff you have here The last two characters seem to have heads on the small side though! (maybe it's just me)

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    Ninjac: hey, np. Thanks for the advice. I've noticed the study pay off already which is cool . Gonna do as u say and try it out for the body aswell.

    Cabbage Caterpiller: thank you!

    Soapy: cheers! actually trying to draw smaller heads as I usually draw them too big but yea the space girl's is a little too small x)

    Not much to post, this is just a drawing from imagination so the previous study sinks in. Sacked it when i reached the boots

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    Skeletons...need to push through the pain, also have to find better reference.

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    Todays drawings, studies from a Gottried Bammes book on anatomy, pretty gruelling at first but im sure it'll pay off

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    It's been a while! Glad CA is back up and running . Here's a big dump of stuff that's been in my sketchbook and hard drive that I didnt get to post because of CA being refurbished. Loving the batch uploader such a time saver!
    I've got a bunch of other pages left to scan and my tablet is bugging up so wont be doing much more digital stuff untill i can get it working properly or buy a new one. Time to get back on the anatomy grind

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    Nice work, your drawing kind of remind me of Alan Tew.
    Your on the right tack with painting too, keep it up


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    great stuffs, love your style!

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    Sketchbook scans, this is mostly just what I've been doodling these past few weeks
    my young niece and nephew got hold of some markers and my sketchbook and tagged a bunch of pages if you're wondering what all the random purple and green lines are covering some drawings x)

    Caleb-Brown- Cheers man, looking for a budget tablet so I can get back to painting, looked up Alan Tew his work is really cool, watched a video he did explaining his drawing process gave me some good tips and a ton of inspiration so thanks to you for introducing me to him

    Joulle- Thanks dude appreciate it

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    Oh, your sketches are great, so graphic, nothing unnecessary. Opposite of my style And your dudes have a personality, first pages in the last post remind me drawings of Stanislaw Lem, polish fantast-writer.

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    Haha I love the funny bits in your sketches.

    Lots of personality in your work which is lovely to see, keep studying that anatomy you're making improvments all the time but don't lose your style, it's too much fun!

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    KateyParr-Thanks appreciate it, anatomy studies can be draining sometimes, you're right about keeping the fun in the drawing, I'll keep it in mind

    ill_Buny- Thank you Sadly couldnt find any work by Stanislaw Lem except for a Google tribute, well intrigued now


    Not the most productive day to say the least, managed just a few fun doodles in green pen, cleaned up one I liked best

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    Tomorrow I'm gonna get on that grind and pump out mad sheets 8).

    For now...there's todays

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    You're interesting. I'll be stalking.
    Sorry I got no crits, but you seem to know what you are doing.
    I had that Asaro head in my hands. But now it's far, far away. T_T

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    Leonor:- yo thanks. Good to be stalked I think :p I'd love to own that Asaro head! Also I have no idea what I'm doing but ty for the kind words

    Didn't get to focus on drawing today as much as I wanted.

    Either way I bought myself a 50 pence sketchbook and tried to draw through the pain and work on all the weak points i have. Every bad drawing is one step closer to a good one

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    Hi,Tofa. Still very nice sketches. That's Lem's drawings. I hope I am not littering in your sketchbook by posting them here

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