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    Brendan's SB : new update August 10th

    I took a look at a calendar tonight and near as I can figure, I filled this 70 page book between May 8th and June 21st. Fully half of those pages were filled between June 17th and June 21st. Workshop, baby, yeah!

    Here's 16 images that were decent ( hey 20% is not a bad "this doesn't suck too much to post" rate! ). All joking aside, many of these images are just roughs and thumbs, some attempts to do as Ron Lemen advised, and getting rid of the mundane detritus that my visual memory has soaked up in the past 25 years and breaking through to the fresh ideas.


    ***EDIT 8/8/04*** I deleted the links to the first 16 images to save download time. If you're interested in seeing them, head over to my website (linked in my signature).

    ***EDIT 10/24/04*** I changed many of the early image links to url's to save download time for this first page. All of the links still work and all of the images are online. go to this directory if you want to see all 100+ sketches listed on one page.

    Last edited by bwkeough; August 10th, 2006 at 12:47 AM.
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    WHOA! Brendan! What, have you been eating Great Drawing Pills or something??? Your stuff has JUMPED forward a mile since Thunderdome stuff!!!!! Holy Crap!

    Your drawing of the Roller Model (Is that who Miss Conduct is?) is stupendous.

    Some suggestions: try doing some action poses. Go to a fencing web site or something like that and start practicing with people mid-flight jump, or run and whatnot. I say this ONLY because that is what I am trying to do right now, because my characters in my sketchbooks tend to be stiff.

    Not to say that the way you drew them was stiff... quite the contrary, your lines have a great loose quality to them. I love it!

    Awesome man. Hey check out the "New York" thread, we are trying to plan some sort of get-together, you should come if you can.

    Awesome work man, keep chuggin!

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    Oh, also: practice those weapons man, they are a little wonky at times, but your costuming is great!

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    LOL, thanks, man. It's just in the last couple of months that I really took to heart the idea that drawing not only takes lots of practice to maintain but also gains momentum the more often I do it.

    good pointer on figures in motion reference...it just popped into my head that acrobats and dancers might be ideal for studies. Amazing that I never considered it before OOH! better idea, I should freeze-frame kung fu movies like Crouching Tiger! Damn, now I know exactly what I'll be doing this weekend!

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    ***EDIT: I url'ed these images to save DL time****

    ok here's 10 more images done since my last update. Started a new sketchbook; more empty pages to explore.

    This first set of images were done from reference. I took Muttonhead's advice and went hunting fencing websites. What I found in that process was a really nice site for a group of Society for Creative Anachronism. (for folks unfamiliar, SCA organizations do a lot of rennaissance faire and medieval combat stuff) They had lots of pics of people fencing and fighting.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch17.gif
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch18.gif
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch19.gif
    Next, I did several images of buildings since my perspective skills need strengthening. Working from pics of groups of structures gave me a better understanding of how randomly buildings can visually stack upon and in front of each other.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch20.gif
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch21.gif
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch22.gif

    A couple days later I sketched this astronaut. He's a space marine, but of the kind we would have had in the 1950's. He sparked a few more pages around that concept.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch23.gif http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch24.gif http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch25.gif
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch26.gif

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    Brendan,
    I was glad I could meet you in Austin! I had a good time hanging out. We should do that more often. heh. I love your sketching style. Awesome. I forget, what 3D program are you trying to learn? I think I'm biased because I watched you do it, but http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch09.gif is my favorite. Listening to you introduce yourself to people at the workshop was funny...hehe. Keep em coming weekly, I'll be watching for your awesome stuff.

    good idea about the buildings too, my perspective is horrid. must do what you are doing.

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    damn damn damn. only 3 new pages this time. I would have done more if only <insert lame excuse here>!

    so ok, here you go:

    It usually takes me one or three crappy drawings to get my hand and head in the flow. This page shows 3 out of 4 lousy-to-middling-fair drawings before I drew the old guy in the upper right (the first drawing of the day I'll leave in the book, no need to waste the download time ). The sketch of the woman is from my head, the rest are from photos I found on the net.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch27.gif

    This page follows right after the last, also from photo ref.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch28.gif


    Ok, the next day, or the day after that, I was drawing my wife as she watched TV. I did 2 crap drawings then she fell asleep. So this one was going pretty well because she didn't move for a solid hour. I had a pretty good rendering of her nose, but it's placement was off so I erased it to take fresh start at it. Of course, this is when she moves. I drew this nose from memory, so it's a little wonky.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch29.gif

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    those drawings on the first page are illllllllll. you've got a great style going, you gotta stop with <insert lame excuse here>! the values are pretty good on the drawing of your wife. I love how the crosshatching leads the viewer right in there to the face. :btu:

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    hey, thanks, man. This week is going better, I've got at least 4 pages as of last night and I'll have a couple more drawing days before I scan and upload stuff this weekend.

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    here are some more....

    this first one has 2 that are from ref. the quick drawing of a woman in uniform is from my head and quickly lead into the next drawing.

    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch30.gif
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch31.gif

    here are some drawings of old gun replicas, from ref. (hey look, you can see the next image in the book...I should put something between the pages...)
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch32.gif

    more drawings from ref
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch33.gif
    I found a website that's an archive of british aristocrat photos from 80-100 years ago: the lafayette negative archive
    It's all copywrited so it's good for sketchbook studies only.

    more from my head (don't look at the legs or he'll fall over)
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch34.gif

    hand studies
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch35.gif

    2 quick gestures of our new kitten and some random stuff from my head.
    http://nand.net/~keough/sketchbook/sketch36.gif

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    Great studies. Hmmm, after looking at your stuff I think I need to go do some hand studies tommorow. The one of your wife came out really nice. My sketckbook is always filled with the same 2 shot of my wife... either a profile of her watching tv or better yet sleeping! Can't sit still!
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    you're doing all the right things. Just keep up a decent volume. and i stole your (insert lame excuse here) gimmick. I'm corny.

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    cire600 - never enough hand studies for me, the forms fade from my memory so quickly! I think I'm going to start a habit of doing one page of hands everytime I draw in my book before I draw anything else.

    artkitty, jetpack- thanks guys. I started working with loose lines to keep my images from being too stiff, but now they sometimes look indecisive. More push and pull to find progress, huh?

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    this is some very good sketch work my friend. Add some more!

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    love the linework buddy! good idea trying to get the poses more loose, aweome work dude, keep it coming!

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    hey thanks guys. I'll add more when I make more; the website was 2-3 years old and needed to be rebuilt and I did more work on that WIP painting, but I still feel like I'm slacking off even though it's only Monday (damn day job that pays the rent and buys food!). I should stop sleeping, that'd free up another 6 hours a day.

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    i like the painting of the soldier. something about the hand/arm feels slightly off. The attitude of the sketch is illllllllll. keep 'em comin, bro. you usually sketch with a mechanical pencil?

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    yeah, there's lots goofy about that painting. There's a slightly more updated version in the finished section, but it needs work too.

    I've usually used mech. pencil, but I've gotten tired of the lack of full value. been using a B and 4b lately (need to get mech lead that dark).

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    6 images...not tons this week, but since this computer was dead on Tuesday and I was reinstalling everything on Wednesday, I was busier than usual. There's still tomorrow to make more art, and I've already passed 50 images with this update.

    Brendan's SB : updated May 16th Brendan's SB : updated May 16th

    Brendan's SB : updated May 16th Brendan's SB : updated May 16th

    Brendan's SB : updated May 16th Brendan's SB : updated May 16th

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    man, this last update is great. i like how everything looks pretty rough and sketchy, but still you manage to show character and emotion in all of them.
    keep up the great work.
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    I like the way you draw fat faces. You know I loves yer updates. I might suggest structuring out noses a little firmer (making them more then an ambiguous triangle shape)...they seem to be a real loose area of the face (whereas the eyes and mouths are solid). Just a thought.

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    ok, 'cause jetpack said so, here's a page of noses and some other crap, too. I hope you're happy. nyah nyah. No really, if I'm doing something goofy, call me on it.

    Brendan's SB : updated May 16th Brendan's SB : updated May 16th

    Brendan's SB : updated May 16th Brendan's SB : updated May 16th

    oh yeah, all of the noses came from a book that collected 25 years worth of Rollingstone Magazine covers. You might notice that the face in the lower left bears some resemblence to Mick Jagger (well, you'll notice if I didn't mess it up too much).

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    here's one from tonight. I was kind of hoping to wind up with something worth painting, but I ran out of steam on this guy. It's probably because I didn't plan this image out. I'll have to do some more environment stuff 'cause I have no idea where this guy is and what he's walking from or towards.
    Brendan's SB : updated May 16th

    I've stopped using the mechanical pencils..I bought an electric pencil sharpener today I must say I love being able to have a razor-sharp 6B in my hand.

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    Nice line work man!!! And thanks for you're advice. I defiantly need to do what you're doing with the sketch work.

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    I dig your style. Looks good, I just wanted to add to the reference pics, I like using Kung-fu pictures, those always help me out. Give 'em a try who knows.

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    he's the whiz! nobody beats him!

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    yeah, that's right, ya'll best watch out or this cheese wizard will turn you into something stinky and runny!

    nah...thanks for looking, guys!

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