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    Amphsix's Sketchbook

    Time to make a sketchbook on this forum, it is long overdue! I could really use all the help and critique you'd be willing to share with me. I am looking to improve all the technical aspects of art (anatomy, values, colour, perspective, etc) as well as expand my conceptual side (so recommend me books/movies/artists you think would help with my ideas!).

    I've been drawing for over 10 years, but lack serious practise in a lot of basics. For most of my teen years I just drew animals and anthropomorphics, it's only been a few years since I picked up humans seriously. I really enjoy it so I want to get better at it. Same goes for environments, I am pretty bad at it, so I'll just have to push through the bad and keep on going. I'm aware of my weaknesses but am willing to improve. I'm certainly not going to give up.

    I'll attempt to upload regularly.

    EDIT 28-08-2013: So it's been over a year and a half now since I started this sketchbook, and unfortunately I've not been able to stick to my self-promise to update regularly. This is mostly been due to the realities of life... but also a bit with my disillusion in art. Although I have progressed, I have not progressed as much or as far as I had hoped 5 years ago. I'm still in the process of taking a good hard look at myself, and figuring out what to do with that realisation. That doesn't mean in any way I am giving up, no way! It simply means I need to reassess what I expect from myself and how to balance optimism/pessimism, motivation and time. I want to make a more concious effort to work on my skills, and hopefully give myself better incentives as to why I am doing this.
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    Ok so since I am still newly registered to this site it's difficult to start uploading right off the bat (system isn't sure yet wether I am a bot or a genuine human ) So I guess I'll get involved in a bunch of other threads and try and help others before I start uploading my own sketchbook~

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    Here's a first batch then, after 20 or so posts on CA.org =D
    These are a few "highlights" from the past few weeks. Next posts are definitely going to include more studies and works in (earlier) progress. Some of these aren't finished yet, but it's to sort of show where I want to go. Currently focussing on the human face (which I am still relatively inexperienced with) and environments (they do drive me mad... but I'm going to keep on going!)

    Feel free to crit any of this, I know I have loads to improve on.
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    Studies man, lots and lots of studies.

    Even of boring shit like sloth or dirt, just keep plugging at it, every study is adding something to your toolkit, teaching you a little bit about light, form, anatomy etc.

    Good start though, keep going.

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    Thanks a lot! I'll be sure to keep at it. It'll be difficult to find something I find boring to draw... I don't know.. it seems like everything has at least -some- visually interesting aspect going haha. Maybe I'll just have to look for more random things to draw.

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    Ok super quick update after having had a busy weekend.
    So here's a little WIP creature design. Just me trying to visualize a type of creature from a short story I'm writing. Yeah, writing is my second passion, after art.

    Tried my hand on a little translucency here and there... but I'm by no means good at it. Time to start drawing jellyfish!
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    Tiny bit more rendering and some simple effects... Also slapped in a background colour just to see what it would look like. They do live in a very saturated and bright environment, so maybe I should draw it properly some time soon.
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    I really like your colour choices!
    As Inkthyosaur said, studies are a great practice. Draw/paint from life as much as you can - it really helps broaden your imagination when you get to unique creations (by the way, I love that creature. I want to catch it and ride it)

    It seems you're staying pretty strictly to a single brush setting. Try experimenting with some others to get different textures onto your paintings. (This is something I still need to get the hang of, haha)

    Looking forward to watching your journey

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    Hey Brakken! =) Thanks a lot for the feedback.
    Funny you said that about brushes, I was thinking the same thing. I see some of these artists using brushes very masterfully, but whenever I attempt it it looks very... well... photoshopped. Like there is no cohesion between the different brushes. To help myself, I made my own brush file a few days ago, containing some of my favourites. Hopefully that will encourage me more to use different brushes and see if I can use them properly some day.

    What I sometimes do, but doesn't show up in the works I have posted thusfar, is overlay a texture when the piece is near-finished. However, I have grown to find this a bit of a cheap trick in recent years. It can still look good, and it's certainly a great way to help concept art along, but it would be great to get some of the texture into the actual work, instead of an overlay.

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    I haven't had a lot of time to focus on drawing in the last few days. I did draw and practise a fair bit in my dummy, but the lack of a scanner is kind of limiting and prevents me from showing what I've done.
    As I am kinda busy with a website design job I'll just post a few wips.

    Still practising environments, a correct perspective helps things along tremendously.
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    Wow I absolutely love your paintings, so warm!, I can definitely see a signature style here. For the portraits, the proportions seems a bit off, especially the boy with the blue eyes. Definitely work on heads and body - that's my goal for this year.

    PS we have so much sililarities, I also need a scanner, getting serious with concepting and im also from the netherlandse! Though i live in London now, I'm from New Den Helder! good to meet you! We moeten vrienden zijn!

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    @ AliSaid: Thank you for the feedback! Improving on human anatomy is definitely one of my goals this year as well. I'll be sure to keep practising proportions. Good to meet another Dutch person I live in Den Bosch myself, although I am soon moving to the UK (so yet another thing we have in common) because my significant other lives there and my studies are soon coming to an end.
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    Currently in college and I noticed I hadn't updated my external HDD, so not much new digital work to add until I get home. However, my college does have a scanner, so here is a tiny backlog of sketches from my dummy.
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    Great sketches here buddy, you got a lot skill and know a lot about perspective, i want look more of your sketches keep on it !

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    Wow nice sketches mate... I'm so impressed. Nice skill wow wow wow

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    Really liking your concepts. Very interesting character designs and environments. It looks like you are doing all the right things to improve your skills, thumbnails, gesture/figure drawings, etc. Keep doing studies as well, I like the soda bottle you did. Keep it up mate!

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