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    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.

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    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.)

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    Algenpfleger

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    Andrew Sonea
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    Dave Rapoza

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    Gloominati

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    Jasper_

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    kingkostas: Old SB | New SB

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    ~KJK~

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    Miles Johnston

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    MindCandyMan
    (afaik, mostly good at art from reference, not imagination, but still great. Whatever happened to him anyway?)

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    P E N Ricklund

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    Raphael Luebke

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    Sebastian Gromann

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    snatti

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    Tugelbend: Old SB | New SB

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    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.

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    You can check out Ricklund, he's awesome too. I would say Ville as well but most of his images or if not all are deleted.
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    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.

    Complete List of Forgotten Sketchbooks

    I have a few saved sketchbooks on another computer that I'll have to go through to post later.
    I like this idea though! Hope a few more people get to posting their favorite sketchbooks!

    EDIT: There's also surus List of the Pencil Masters Sketchbooks if you want to check that out too.
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    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.

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    I personally love seeing this kind of progression, although in the back of my head it does make me regret all the years that I stopped drawing.

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    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!

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    this is great topic for motivation and to show people (non artistic) who think you need talent to get in industry
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    Just wanted to thank Zenith for linking to that 5* sketchbook thread. Thats a goldmine for inspiration.

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    great thread diamandis. I would check out KJK~ aka parsakoira
    Sketchbook since 2012. Hop on over!

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    It's fine here, but I can move it to the Lounge if you want. And thanks, fun to see there's hope for us all.

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    Can I toot my own horn here? (I'm sure Black Spot can vouch for me )

    First page: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=120518
    Last page: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...e=5&highlight=

    (Although I wouldn't say I'm a pro yet, but getting there)
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    What about Gabo Garza, he pretty much developed on the forums and has been posting consistently for years.
    Or, Min Yum.

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    tentativesteps: ~KJK~ added, thanks.

    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.

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    Both those guys started from the bottom on the forums. Gabo's old username was Gaboartpage. As far as Min goes, i think he did get rid of his old stuff.

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    JakehC: argh, what a shame, his Gaboartpage SB is missing all of its images. Too bad. :/

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    I vote this be stickied so we don't lose the crazy amount of improvement.
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    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.

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    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.


    Changelog: added Tugelbend

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    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 ;-;
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    Love looking through these. MindCandyMan's thread was the one that brought me here Hopefully I'll join the ranks with enough hard work and sweat ><

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    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!!
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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=140758

    Similar thread from many years ago.

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    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...

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    thanks a ton for making this thread

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    This is by far the best thread on the entire site

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    Awesome and inspiring. Whats the average year between the noob to pro stage? Would love to be here one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aotix View Post
    Awesome and inspiring. Whats the average year between the noob to pro stage? Would love to be here one day.
    Consider what professional means. It doesn't mean that you're just capable of awesome work. It means that you have also networked with clients and companies that will come back to you for more work or recommend you to other clients that will reach out to you. Professional means you are completely self sustained by your income from your artwork and are capable of working with art directors, deadlines and contractual obligations. (Speaking commercially)

    You can be a hobbyist and have professional level work - but that doesn't mean you are a professional. Becoming a professional isn't all solely about the work - though that is a key element, that if it isn't there it's not going to work. That being said, I've seen people build their work up to a professional level in as little as 1-2 years, but then you also have to consider how long it took them to build a reputation with in the business community of the art world that enabled them to become financially self sufficient.

    It's something to be aware of even as you are practicing and not quite there yet. Maybe you can make really great professional level piece, but it took you 6 weeks to do and veered off the prompt. Consider how that would go over with a client if the deadline was 2 weeks, and the prompt was to be followed strictly.

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    Aotix: According to this diagram I just made, the answer is 16 years. If you're German. If you're not German, add 1 a year for every hundred miles away from Germany you were born.

    (Sadly this one doesn't quality for the thread, since Jana wasn't anywhere near a noob when she started her SB here, but thought it would be cool for people to see )

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    One day XD, i'll make the list cuz if one things certain, i qualify as a noob
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