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    Eckis sketchbook - please rip me asunder

    Hey there,

    my name is Ecki, I'm male and from Germany. I'm kinda new here. I've registered a few months ago and am floating through some threads since.

    I've spent 3 years of my life on a design school, but we didn't do a whole lot of drawing there. After that, I've started an apprenticeship as a programmer. That was five years ago, which makes me a professional programmer by now

    Now I'm about to take drawing serious. Next year in April, I've saved enough money to quit my job and self-teach for 3-5 years to become an concept artist & illustrator. Until 04.2013, I'll still be working a 42 hours week and keep drawing as much as I can.

    I've already drawn for quite a while, but it was mainly manga and anime. Right now I'm trying to rid myself of this kinda stuff with learning the basics. Over the last 2 months, I've already done ~100 digital color and concept studies and filled almost 3 sketchbooks with anatomy studies.

    I wasn't sure on whether I should open my sketchbook already, because next year I could have given it a real kickstart from April on.
    But now I thought – what the hell, why not just start right now? That are a few months worth of useful critique.

    I hope you guys don't show me any mercy – In two years, I want to reach Janaschi/Algenpfleger levels. I know what it takes and I'm prepared to get my ass kicked.
    I'm dead serious.

    For my current level, visit my dA page.
    From now on, I will share my daily sketches and studies with you every evening.
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    Sketches from 2012-12-06 + older stuff

    Hey there, so this is my first real sketches post.
    I've tried to upload this stuff yesterday evening, but I failed at posting and just produced a lot of confusion (sorry to the mod's at this point ). I'm not used to post in forums, but I'll have to get used to it

    So, first I'm giving you a little collection of my most recent drawings. I've chosen the ones I like most or from which I think that they show my skill level decently:

    First, 3 photo refs:
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    Now, some anatomy without refs:
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    And some of my latest concept drawings:
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    As well as some landscapes:
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    Now, you'll see the stuff I did today (which is now yesterday :/ )
    First, a drawing that I did for Sinix's design lab (space pirate): http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...utube-activity
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    And some random sketches I painted digitally:
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    So, my last post isn't up yet, but it's evening and I've got something to show

    3 Landscapes, which took 10 minutes each:
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    Some hand sketches:
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    Some more landscapes, 45 minutes each:
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    Damn, your plan for 2013 sounds interesting. I'm excited to see what's going to happen.

    By the way, nice hands. Make sure to check the proportions/measurements of the fingers each time.
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    Yeaaaah, that's the spirit! Go for it and welcome.
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    Great goals! I admire your motivation. Your color in the landscapes look really nice, but work on some perspective! Your line quality with the hands is really awesome, keep it up. I can't wait to see more!
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    Man, I am sure you are millionaire, haha.
    I suggest more grayscale studies, they are pretty useful. When you are able to handle them, move to colors. I think this system (perspective-grayscale-colors ) is used in Feng Zhu school, but I am not sure, feel free to ignore my comment. Looking forward to you next stuff.
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    Thank you all for your nice comments!

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    @LastGen: Yeah, I'm already counting the days Working as a programmer seems so boring all of a sudden. You're right about the proportions, this stuff is really hard. I'll have to do more studies.

    @eclip-se: Thanks man! I'll not disappoint (hopefully).

    @Eikoae: Thank you! It's quite hard to always keep the motivation soaring, but seeing the improvement and getting some feedback sure helps Yeah, I should really do some perspective drawings, maybe some stairs D: (I hate them)

    @blu01: No, I'm no millionaire, I've just saved up a lot of money, live very cheap and have very low demandings I sometimes do grayscale studies, just to get a feeling for the values. But I didn't find a big difference to starting directly with color. I'm used to putting a black layer on top of everything and setting it to "color", so that I can observe the values every now and then. Why should I ignore your comment? It's very useful

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    Somehow, the post from yesterday evening didn't make it online :/
    So, I'll just list the sketches from yesterday too (and save the text before posting it!)

    First, the stuff from yesterday:
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    And now some (crappy) sketches from today:
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    hey glad to see you putting the effort, really more than time you have to put your head into it hahaha, techinque will build with enough practice but knowledge takes thinking and planning, i see you have alot of talent man i know you can do this!

    do quick poses or take a 2 hour class from Pixelovely its an awesome site!

    keep up the awesome work!
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    I also recommend http://artists.pixelovely.com/practi...igure-drawing/ ,class mode for 30min

    10 poses, 30 seconds
    4 poses, 1 minute
    2 poses, 5 minutes and 45 seconds
    1 pose, 11 minutes and 30 seconds

    this i do often, one sheet paper.
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    you are off to a great start. i'll suggest you do a lot of still life drawings with pencil, that is the most helping advice i ever got. keep up the good work.
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    Hey there, it's evening again and I've got something to show
    You guys are so awesome!

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    @lionheartGFX: Don't forget that I'm already drawing for quite some time, I've filled several sketchbooks and I've been drawing manga stuff too, so there's no talent involved All hard work. Thanks for the Pixelovely link - I like this site already much more than posemaniacs.

    @eclip-se: Thanks for the suggestion, I've tried it twice today It's great. The 30 second drawings however, are really just to warm up. I think it would be better to have 5 to 10 30 second drawings, and than directly some 10 to 15 minute drawings afterwards. I think this is what I will do next time.

    @Yemi775: I should definitely do some still lifes. Especially drapery and clothes. I really suck at this kinda stuff. I'll definitely go for it, thanks.

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    So, here we go:
    Sorry for the first one, those are about 10 30 second poses layered above each other because I didn't have any time to turn the page
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    i see that intuos 4 penholder you did, more! i can tell you are good with the pencil from the shading.
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