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    Taking a deep breath... and here we go!

    Hey fellas!

    It is long over due that i get my stuff reviewed. Im way to shy in that matter, wich obviously is not a very helpful atribute for an artist. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to rip it all apart. I am seriously looking for critiques!

    Some words on my background: I live in Germany and i my aim is to work as an illustrator.

    I've got quite a lot of stuff around, so i will just start off with a mix of free work.
    Anyways, here we go. Hope you enjoy!

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    The minigolf thing

    A miniature golf team of friends of mine:
    They chose their nicknames and i painted these characters. The names are: "Golph Lundgren", "Gulf war", "Golfness", "Golfzilla", "Schwingdasding" (engl. ~ "swingthatthing")and "Weregolf"

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    Carrion hoarder

    a creature that collects dead insects and stores them for dinner in its slimy bag.. yummie!

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    Zombie Ahab - from CHOW

    and some initial sketches to get into the mood and character of the zombified whale hunter

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    sketches

    sketches for a comic story i am working on

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    same project more sketches

    more sketches

    The enviroment sketches are ballpen drawings colored in PS. Im thinking of using this kind of style for the comics finished artwork. Haven't yet figured out if it really works.

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    Hello my friend

    Hope you don't, but after seeing your CHOW character I thought Id swing over and check out your sketchbook and see what else you got. All and all I'm impressed. I understand from looking at these that you got a real knack for figures and have really good instincts when it comes to composition and blocking in your values. However, you seem to be looking for someone to "rip in all apart". While there are many in the art world who would be more then happy to oblige I feel I can't do this to you, I can however offer my humble opinions for improvement if you'd care to listen.

    first off I would say that you should try being a bit more adventurous with your figures. Like I said you have good instincts and the point of the sketchbook is to be bold and try new things. Art is made for risk takers.

    Second I would love to see some sequential work. it looks like your making a comic of some form and would love to see how you lay out your panels and composition for comic formats. I find Sequential art to be excellent for perfecting story teller art. if forces the artist to think whats important about the story for each page and how to build the art in each panel around that.

    Third I think you should give coloring some of these a bit more attention. I dont mean to say the colored work you have here isnt great (it is) but some of the rest feels like you did what I used to do all the time; good linework, layed down some great values, and when it came time to color you thought of all the time and effort put into the latter two steps and got worried you might mess that all up if the color wasn't just as good if not better.

    the is merely conjecture with possibly a small dose of artistic projection on my part, but if not then I cannot stress enough how important it is to face that fear of messing up a piece and move past it. speaking personally I have left far to many paintings in purgatory because I couldn't work past that fear of tripping on the homestretch.

    Ok wow sorry didnt mean to rant like that, but still I hope this helps. I look forward to seeing more of your work on the site.

    cheers

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    Hey there!

    First of all thank you very much for taking the time to dig that deep into my stuff. And really, you nailed it with what you said. One of my big weaknesses is wanting to make things look good to hard. Wich then results in frustration when it comes to things like coloring, wich obviously is not the best part in my work.

    Part of the problem is my workflow, i guess. I start off with trying to get a nice drawing down. Thinking of lineweight, rythm of line, curves vs straights and all that stuff instead of caring about that character or scene itself. Or i try both at the same time which seems damn hard..
    Anyways, being done so far, i scan the drawing and start putting in values in Photoshop, painting over all the nice lines and hatchings and details. At this point frustration takes over and it seems you know exactly what i mean.
    In those colored ballpoint pen drawings above i was trying to find a way to combine line drawings with some aquarell-like coloring. It kinda worked but i cant say i am really happy with the result.
    The comic project itself is on ice atm. It was a personal project that became huge. I was inventing a world, writing stories and scripts, dialogues, protagonists, antagonists, their friends and mothers and... Way too much at a time.

    At the moment i try using the weekly challenges to work on exactly the points you mentioned (btw, looking forward to see your stuff there too). Nevertheless it is priceless to me having people like you pointing out what i kind of feel but cant really name exactly.

    In that spirit, thanks again for "ranting"

    cheers!

    p.s. this sketchbook is slightly out of date, gonna update soon, hope to see you around again!

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    You are most welcome. I would like to say eventually that fear of messing up a drawing with the paint goes away but if it does I haven't quite got there yet. for now a trick I found helpfull was doing more painting exercises in photoshop without using linework. that way I'm not messing anything up. It will feel kinda sloppy at first if I'm any indication but you start to get more comfortable laying down color, so when you get back to using linework you have a more natural instinct for how to get the color to gel with the lines.

    either way I was happy to help in what way I could and look forward to future sketches and CHOWS with you.

    Cheers.

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    Been some time

    Time to update.
    Some COW stuff here
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    CHOWs

    character of the week entries

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    hummertime

    Two older pencil sketches. Scanned 'em in and colored / painted in PS.

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    Thought it time for environment experiments. Some characters made it into the pics tho. Seems like i cant live without 'em.
    I tried to focus on mood and atmosphere.

    1. vague idea was some exiled guarded king/knight..
    2. cropped the upper part and tried a different format
    3. mad swordsman fighting mechs

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