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    Not so scared anymore(ish). (Advice, guidance, con.crit, show me the way!))

    Holy hell guys, I am nervous as I type this. Like, legit shaky.

    So I was here a while back with a sketchbook thread ( http://www.conceptart.org/showthread.php?p=3176035 ), and I did my best to post and stay active and stay motivated but I didn't last long to be honest, I was just so freaked out when I looked at other people's work. It was just so damn good, I felt utterly insignificant. As if I'd done something irreversibly wrong with my art and I'd never succeed in this field.

    That was then though, and this is now, and I'm back to try and get involved here again. I need a community. I need to grow that thick skin, I could use some motivation, and I need someone to tell me what to study and how to try to fix the downfalls I know I have. I know I have a long way to go, but I'm sure I can do this. With you guys, with my determination, with the knowledge that ever since I can remember I was designing monsters and games. But I know that isn't a free pass, I will work my ass off if you guys tell me to. All I want is to build worlds. I'm that little bit older now at nearly 18, and I think I'm ready to start this engine up again. Kinda missed you guys.

    So to start off I'm just gonna be posting my bests and worsts, tell me what's good, what's bad, I gotta learn to objectify this stuff or else if I ever get this job I'll just be sat there crying at my client like "HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT BEHEHUHUAH", so yeah. Not good. Also, colour for me is a pretty huge learning curve, I am very sluggish with it and have really only within the last month or so started tentatively playing with it. Any guidance you can give me with regard to it would be a huge help!

    Will start uploading sketchbook stuff soon, I just don't have any to hand at the minute and my brain is exhausted.

    PS: All of this stuff was done within the a year ago.
    PPS: The pencil sketch and the rough yellowy PhotoShop sky scape sketch are my exercising my ability to work without ref.
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    You should chill out man, it's not a race to get good You should look at, admire, and aspire to be like the other great artists around here, but there's no reason to compare or envy them. If you keep practising you will eventually get to a level where you're satisfied with your own art. Everyone learns at their own pace!

    And no need to be afraid of failure, you learn something every time, even if you don't feel like it. Anyways I don't have much time to give you any worthwhile crits right now, and I'm probably not the best to be giving them out anyways, so I'll just say your work is looking good and you show a lot of potential, so just keep at it and enjoy what you do!
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    Just practice your weak points and you will do great, just don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone =]
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    I'm glad you aren't scared anymore, and welcome! From what I see, your figures seem stiff; great shading and constructive, but too stiff. I'd suggest working on fluidity in your work.
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    Hey guys These aren't in order for some reason but this was my last sketchbook, it's about 5 days work. So now you have a better idea what kind of workload I can handle on a good week, and can see where I'm at with the more sketchy basic stuff. Any guidance or suggestions about what I should focus on are super welcome Will hopefully get round to posting today's actual work in the evening or something. Thinking I might try to update this daily, but I'm not gonna be super regimented about it, otherwise I get into a weird headspace with it.

    Vezares - Hey man, thanks for the kind words You're absolutely right, I need to chill out. I've just been reading too much about work hours suggested that people put in. You start to feel if you don't pull 10 hours out of the hat every day, or don't necessarily feel like blasting through Loomis texts 24/7 you're doomed to failure. It's kind of ridiculous. You're encouragement is very helpful, and what you suggest is something I'm trying very hard to work by

    V3T - Thanks for the advice dude You're sure right about weak points! One of the main reasons I'm on here is so people can point them out to me so I can machete away at them haha Thanks again dude!

    RissaKay - Hey there and thanks for the guidance! I see what you mean in my work, you got me to spend some time last night sketching free running stills on Youtube to try and exercise that fluidity, I know it's a bit of an over simplification of a solution haha, but it made me realise I don't often draw people caught in motion, I should do it more But hopefully I can upload those later today!
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    Hey there. Don't be afraid of exploring, of being curious an of evolving. This is a part of learning about yourself. Art is about discovering yourself in others and in yourself also. When I first posted i also felt really bad about myself , like I felt a tremendous pressure from all the hotshots that knew better than me by a long mile , but I can't say I've gotten past that feeling.

    I still feel the pressure , of time , of age , of not doing anything productive that much. Work harder , observe more , learn more. You'll feel better at the end and don't give up , because nothing is more regretful than that.

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    Ah god guys, today has been weird. I'm frustrated at the minute because I'm limited with regard to how much time I can devote to art currently. I'm doing a course with the Open University at the minute and it's come to a bit of a head... Don't like making excuses but I am not happy with today's workload. It drains my energy when I have to blag my way through essays and "reflect" for 300 words. Just want to paint, yano?

    Anyway so yeah, I'm uploading this with a couple of things I did last night that I couldn't post at the time. The photoshop work was fun, about a half hour on Kennedy (that's who it is if it wasn't obvious, which I fear it isn't :L) And an hour on Hitchcock (again, I'm working on likeness here, it's a weak point of mine). Also Captain S.E.G (Shit eating grin), as I like to call him, sort of evolved out of something I wanted to be serious but don't have the skills/faith to pull off. No reference for him/it.

    Crit/advice/love/support is more appreciated than you might realise I want to get round to returning the favour to you guys, I'll try and be active tonight

    Rostas - I'm glad I'm not the only one haha! It is a worry putting your stuff out there in front of semi-pros and pros alike... I'm sure though if we don't let it stop us we'll be the one's making everyone else feel a little nervous some day haha Thank you for your input, you're very right. This is most definitely a battle worth fighting!
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    Cracking up at your little notes to yourself! 'Perspective, you are a dick!'

    Just keep on going man, your figures are definitely getting better, and faces will follow.
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    Good, clean linework, i like what I'm seeing! There should be more, I want to see more!

    The animal studies are coming along good, proportions seem good. Although there's a hippopotamus
    study in perspective that could use more understanding first, before you start drawing. So overall, try
    to understand what you're drawing first, as good as you can, and then put pencil on paper.

    The figures look good, the features and muscles as well. What could use some work in my opinion
    are your proportions. Try establishing that, and the general flow of the figure before you start.

    Cheers!
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    You have some great lines, really glad you decided to show your sketches. You have a good handle on the human figure, way better than I have the moment. I would post something more constructive but you have a better grasp of things. Keep up the good work.
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    Hey guys, sorry for no update last night, so this is a couple of days work (a few scribbles late on the 16th as well, but not much). Yesterday I couldn't get as much drawing done as I'd have liked, and today it's been a little sparse as well (had a visit to the hospital about a back problem of mine, s'all good), but yesterday was worth it, as I was visiting a life long friend of my mum and me who offered to give me tutorship in drawing and painting, he's a fantastic artist whom I really rate. I'm very excited to see what he can pass on to me as he has a very traditional background in art. He also made me feel a lot more confident about my chances, it'll still be tough but he seems to have faith in me. I've noticed of late my understanding of figures and faces and so on is all steadily getting better, as is, I suppose, my ability to draw what I see. But other aspects appear to have stayed the same pretty much. Hopefully under tutorship I can speed up my development and gain some proper guidance, otherwise I could be hankering over the same problems for years until I finally realise what was wrong. But hey! That's why I'm posting here! To get things pointed out to me I may not have noticed in my work

    The still life I did was inspired just by the long talk I had with this guy about art and theory. He made colour seem a lot more doable and formulaic almost. I felt confident so I set up some apples and grapes and did a sort of okay colour block.

    Inkthyosaur - Haha, thanks man, the little notes are a nice way to break the pace, and keep a more clear narrative to my art hehe. I'm glad they're funny to other people and it's not just me sat there chuckling lightly about my own jokes hehe. You got me doing more faces, 'tis a weak point of mine. Bloody likeness haha. Thank you again! I'll keep driving forward!

    BlackDelphin- Haha, thanks man! More is definitely on the way. Hopefully I'll be churning out a lot more when my time table frees up a bit. That's good advice mate, I'll keep that in mind I think you may be right, I'll put a little more thought into my proportions and flow next time Thanks for the feedback!

    Dicemarine - Thank you! It's alright man, any comment is a really nice thing to receive I keep wanting to reply to people and post on there's sketchbooks but I feel bad because I don't feel like I'd be able to say anything helpful haha :L I shall keep posting, thank you again!
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    Hey guys, not much to say today. Went into town, did some sketching in Starbucks. Went okay, haven't sketched like that in a while though. Real rusty with the quick stuff. I've just been indoors all the time locking myself away with my pad for days at a time for weeks now. Actually breathed some air, so nice. Working on trying to get likeness a bit here, some quick scribbles from last night, and also this quick colour block painting from a mug shot. I'm aware the facial anatomies a bit shit, I always rush sketches when I intend to paint... If anyone can see anything I'm doing wrong though please critique the hell out of it, I really want some things to keep in mind next time I try and paint. I know I'm not producing enough work lately :/ I want to get back to much bigger workloads.

    Seriously, lots of critique and advice for improvement please people! don't be shy!
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    Hey guys, just some gesture drawing from last night and today's workload. Got really into doodling characters, ended up with a lot of imagined stuff, just couldn't get into or find any referenced stuff that caught my eye. Finding myself frustrated with having so much imagination just wanting to be put to use, and not the skills to make it happen. I just want to transpose my ideas onto paper but it's still so hard, getting there and finding art to be more and more rewarding without reference. I think I'm getting better at putting pen to paper and visualising my ideas. So, SO lovely when it works.

    All that stuff aside though, tell me what to focus on, what you think I should work to improve. Crit me guys! What should I do?? Anything at all! :L

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