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    From nothingness to improvement

    Hello to all of the artistic souls here! Let me first introduce myself. I'm Lyubomir-a junior multimedia designer, currently residing in Denmark(originally from Bulgaria). I've known this forum for quite a long time but this is the time when I am getting truly active and beginning my quest in concept art. I'm interested in character and environmental design and with your help, I will give my best to master them. Your critique, suggestions, corrections etc. will be highly appreciated!

    I started out with baisc anatomy.
    Note: Sorry for the bad quality.

    GOAL: This time next year (21.02.2014) to have at least 4 kick ass character designs and 4 enviros. Mind that I've started from scratch, so I've got a lot to study through my art voyage.

    Please check out my stuff from page 2 on. There you can find some more interesting studies. Thank you!

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    Here comes a small update on anatomy(again). I'll have to disappoint you that it's not done on a digital medium. It's mainly focused on ears and their placement, a little of lips and basic skeletal study. Tomorrow after work I will finish up and upload an update of ears seen from different angles.
    Coming up: Muscles of the human body, the head in planes and basic gestures.
    Hopefully next week I will have two brand new books delivered:
    1) It's based on perspective & landscapes.
    2) It's about fantasy characters and ways/tips to draw them.
    I think it's useless to mention that your critique is very much needed and will be appreciated. This is what would give me even more motivation to improve myself. See you around, concept people!

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    So I am back again . This time I am working on a value study represented buy a sketch of a helmet. As a matter of fact it's so fun to play around with it that I consider refining it. Apart from that, I've been doing traditional anatomy studies, which I will post later cause I want them to pile up a little. So this is the first draft of my today's exercise and lets see how it will end up at the end of the day.
    PS: My books arrived! It's time for hardcore drawing!!

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    It's time for #2 draft.

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    It's nice to see you are taking steps to improving and finessing your artistic abilities. One thing I might suggest is to work on gestures since it is the backbone to every figure you draw. What I suggest you do is to carefully read the first chapter of Michael Hampton's Book "Figure Drawing Design & Invention" then get yourself setup on a routine of doing gestures every day, preferably an hour a day. Get yourself to setup using this site and start doing gestures not ranging more than a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamikazel33t View Post
    It's nice to see you are taking steps to improving and finessing your artistic abilities. One thing I might suggest is to work on gestures since it is the backbone to every figure you draw. What I suggest you do is to carefully read the first chapter of Michael Hampton's Book "Figure Drawing Design & Invention" then get yourself setup on a routine of doing gestures every day, preferably an hour a day. Get yourself to setup using this site and start doing gestures not ranging more than a minute.
    Thank u for your suggestions. U're the first one as u might have noticed, so it's highly appreciated! Yes I am definitely going to do/study gestures in order to loosen myself. See u around .

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    That's it for today. More on the way.

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    ...and now follows up a small update by me, myself & I
    PS: gesture drawing is quite fun!

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    For anatomy, have a look at Loomis and Hogarth (haters be damned). If you go on amazon you can check out a ton of pages and plates in the preview bit.

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    Too large! Please shrink those down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inkthyosaur View Post
    For anatomy, have a look at Loomis and Hogarth (haters be damned). If you go on amazon you can check out a ton of pages and plates in the preview bit.
    Thanks for the suggestion but I've got it + some more(in digital format). I brought myself a very good anatomy(hardcover)book, which covers a great deal of info+nice & well explained imagery.

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    Good start, but keep pushing !

    Remember to always judge your work and ask yourself what is working and what is not.

    Best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by dracken View Post
    Good start, but keep pushing !

    Remember to always judge your work and ask yourself what is working and what is not.

    Best,
    Thank u for your kind words. I know that I suck a lot for the time being but I am determined to improve. I just love drawing!
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    A traditional update. Next-more gestures.

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    nice! keep at it! Your sketchbook also reminded me of some areas where I could use some more practice too...

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    when you start out practice manikin\gestures and construct your figures in 3d space so you can improve your form awarness.
    also shrink your images to a lower resolution(600-800) as it is really uncomfortable looking at your studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayPersona View Post
    when you start out practice manikin\gestures and construct your figures in 3d space so you can improve your form awarness.
    also shrink your images to a lower resolution(600-800) as it is really uncomfortable looking at your studies.
    I will keep that in mind. Also I've shrunk all the images cause it was bothering, indeed. Great sketchbook, Graypersona! People like u provide me with even more drive to draw. Cheers!

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    I started this fast one and I think I'll go a little further with it. Just curious how it'll end up. It's funny in a way cause the one on the right is Bane and the chick(cyber-goth girl) is his........wait for it.........girlfriend.

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    forward march with hope to get better one day.

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    I really like your traditional stuff..keep doing those anatomy studies!
    For your digital stuff, don't be afraid to push those values. You can go much brighter and darker (but don't use pure white or black)
    Also, don't spend too much attention at details ,like those little bolts, but focus on the general form. Think about where the light comes from and how forms interact with this light.
    Keep practising & updatin! looking forward to your progress (;

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    Quote Originally Posted by DvrJeroen View Post
    I really like your traditional stuff..keep doing those anatomy studies!
    For your digital stuff, don't be afraid to push those values. You can go much brighter and darker (but don't use pure white or black)
    Also, don't spend too much attention at details ,like those little bolts, but focus on the general form. Think about where the light comes from and how forms interact with this light.
    Keep practising & updatin! looking forward to your progress (;
    Thank u for your kind words. Yes, i will do that for sure. Btw, your sketchbook is ultra awesome, man. u've definitely got it!

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    It looks like you really enjoy what you're doing, and it looks good so far! I'd recommend that you look more at fundamental stuff like anatomy, lighting and form, as you go along. If you can get those things nailed down early you'll have a really strong foundation upon which you can make really awesome looking illustrations! I like your anatomy work so far - strong start but don't be afraid to do lots of work in a small space - worry about presentation in your final pieces.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATP View Post
    It looks like you really enjoy what you're doing, and it looks good so far! I'd recommend that you look more at fundamental stuff like anatomy, lighting and form, as you go along. If you can get those things nailed down early you'll have a really strong foundation upon which you can make really awesome looking illustrations! I like your anatomy work so far - strong start but don't be afraid to do lots of work in a small space - worry about presentation in your final pieces.

    Good luck!
    Thanks As a matter of fact u did nail it about the space. when it comes to anatomy skills, yeah, i need to work far more than this but still i feel some confidence that i can work it out in time. perspective is what i have a problem with. i want so badly to draw enviros but when i try i end up with a crap. i will be very thankful if u recommend me some info efficient info on that cause by now what i've got is not detailed enough.

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    Good to see you are doing lots of studies. I'd recommend doing a few head studies, try to get a grasp on the planes of the face. Keep up the hard work! =]

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    Quote Originally Posted by V3T View Post
    Good to see you are doing lots of studies. I'd recommend doing a few head studies, try to get a grasp on the planes of the face. Keep up the hard work! =]
    Thank u man. I actually followed your recommendation right away so here's a small update on face construction.

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    Hey there, tnx for stopping by my sb, I think you're on the right path, I would suggest Michael Hampton's book for anatomy, he makes it really simple. Keep posting!

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    Today I decided to put my hands on environmental design since I never tried that before yet I am quite interested in. Later on I will employ that awesome technique with the thumbnails cause i can see it's very practical.

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    I'm not very good at enviros myself but for a first I don't think it's too bad, I just think it misses a focal point, what you want to show in the image? Where do you want the viewer to look? Maybe a person or a building, something happening you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Calza View Post
    I'm not very good at enviros myself but for a first I don't think it's too bad, I just think it misses a focal point, what you want to show in the image? Where do you want the viewer to look? Maybe a person or a building, something happening you know?
    True that. I got stuck with the focal point, indeed. I was thinking at first to add some building or a flying object but in the end i quit it. still i saw that enviros are not that scarry and i will move on along with the other studies. thanks for stopping by, man.

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    Here's an other up since today. Did a neck & arm muscle study. Then I decided to colorize the muscles in order to be clearer not only for you guys, but myself, too. Tomorrow I am gonna do some gestures and something else(not sure yet).
    PS: My scanner pisses me off so I took a picture instead.

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