noob to pro: a list of CA's epic progress sketchbooks
There was a bunch of TL;DR here earlier, which I'm cutting. Basically, I started this thread because I couldn't find one like it: a big list of the famous CA sketchbooks in which the artist progresses in skill from noob-ish all the way to pro level. This is meant to inspire people who worry that lack of "talent" is holding them back, or who are stuck in a rut and need a good kick in the ass, or who aren't sure what to study and want to see how others went about it.
Help build this list! Reply with links to SB threads you think fit the bill, and I'll (probably) create a jokey Delorean banner for each artist.
So, here we go. I'll update this list periodically as people contribute SBs.
Some artists have two sketchbooks, for some reason. In those cases I'll link to both above their banner, but the banner itself will link to their most recent SB. Also, we need some women artists on here. It's a sausage-fest right now.
Alexandr Pascenko: Old SB | New SB
(I'm stretching the definition of "noob" here a little, but Alex is worth it. Check out his work after CA, too.)
Hey Diamond, yeah I do remember seeing a huge thread similar to this. Probably need to search it in the depths of the forums. These artists mentioned are a luxury that we were able to see progress, by luxury, I mean that there are many existing aspiring artists and professionals who very well worked just as hard or are working as hard, only difference are that not all of them record their journeys or even bother to. Also, don't forget that these artists would rather (my prediction due to observation) be known for their artistry rather than their journeys to become the individual they are now, since employers distinguish by portfolio and not a proof of commitment. I guess what I'm saying is always be open minded, we as members are lucky after all.
Also, Jonathan worked from life, which I assure you is no easy task.
Hey diamandis, I just found this thread that you might be interested in. I haven't checked out all the links there yet so I don't know if all the images work or if the artists go from noob to pro or they're just pro, but thought I'd drop it here anyway.
Thanks for the links, people. Dayumn. This place has quite a history. Crazy that Sparth and Bobby Chiu are the first ones in that 5-star thread. Man, it's gonna take me forever to go through these, but I'll find some new people to look up to for sure.
I also saw this thread in the lounge, where people post a couple before/after shots based on their time at CA so far, but that's not quite what I'm after either. I'm also realizing I should've posted this thread in that forum instead, whoopsies.
I guess I'll keep updating the top post as I find more threads that fit the bill, and as others post good stuff. I think this kind of stuff would be really inspiration for newbies to see. It was definitely eye-opening for me when I first joined up a little while ago seeing the likes of snatti and Algen.
MODS: Is this thread an okay fit for this forum section, or would it be more appropriate somewhere else? It's up to you.
All right, massive update to the main post. Phew! Realistically, it probably accomplishes what I meant it to (inspire noobs and in general freak people out) with just that big handful of artists, but I'm sure there are tons of people I'm missing. Add suggestions!
(Although I wouldn't say I'm a pro yet, but getting there)
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Black Spot: eh, I brought it up only because it seems like these SB list threads tend to be in the lounge instead. But if it's not a big deal to anyone else, it's not a big deal to me.
Maledict: looking through your SB, you've got super impressive design skills. If you put more time towards studying figures, perspective, light and shadow, painting, etc, you could be unbelievable. These robot helmets are insane!
Ian Barker: hah, that's one of the functions of this thread: to light a fire under people. I saw Algen's thread a few months ago--the first insane practice/learning thread I'd ever seen--and it felt like I'd been hit by a semi. I felt abysmal for a while after, but eventually decided to follow his example, though not to the same insane degree.
JakehC: Robogabo was already very good by the time he started his SB thread. Does he have an older SB somewhere? Otherwise, doesn't count, unfortunately (though he's awesome). Bumskee's SB is missing all the images on the first 30-40 pages, but judging by the first reply posts, it sounds like he was already amazing.
Woah, first time I've bothered posting in a couple weeks or something, but had to because I saw my name there haha! I can't believe I was included here...I'm glad I can be a bit of an inspiration to some people, although I feel like the other people here outclass me by far. Now I need to work a lot harder because my improvement isn't as good as others and I haven't been working hard lately...
Anyhow, cool idea for a thread! Here is one example that often gets overlooked in my mind: tehmeh. He's ridiculously good haha, unfortunately he deleted a lot of his old images in his sketchbook, but this image here floats around online a fair bit.
"Complacency is the womb of mediocrity. " -- Jason Manley
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." -- Bruce Lee
Zombie: that'd be awesome. I also submitted it for inclusion in the next site header montage update, but that's probably a long shot.
Mr. Sonea: yeah, there's so many SBs here gutted of their images, blah. Tehmeh's progress looks absolutely nuts. So fast. Insane drapery in that bottom one. Why the hell do people delete their early images? I'd think it'd be something to be proud of, showing how far you'd come (and in cases like his, how friggin' fast). Anyway, yes, you belong up there, your progress is also bonkers.
Cool thread! Some sketchbooks I didn't know of here, so thanks
I cannot even describe the awesome feeling it gives me to see everyone's progression in their sketchbooks. I'm so glad we get to share like this and observe eachother, and learn from one another, make friends, etc. It does make me sad when older posts' images have been removed ;-;
"[...]as we gain facility of hand and travel further afield, we discover that we have a key to unlock the wonders of art and nature, a method of conjuring up forms at will: a sensitive language capable of recording and revealing impressions and beauties of form and structure hidden from the careless eye[...]"
-Walter Crane, 'Line & Form'
wow this thread is amazing!! actually i went back to CA because of algenpfleger xD
I saw once his studies and testimonial on deviantart,and I thought : holy gram! I need to get this hard too xD but never get it seriously..
Until now..that i was getting really frustrating with schools in my country, so i decided that I'll learn all alone too, if algenpleger did it, i can try also
so thx for the inspiration!!
awesome to see the progress, definitely inspirational to see noobs turn into pros, I still got a coupla/few years to go to get close to that level, but is shows if ya put the effort in it will pay off...