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    Starting at the bottom, working my way to the top

    Hello all, I am very new here so not entirely sure how everything works but someone suggested I should start a sketchbook on here even if I am not very good yet, if nothing else it will help track progress. I Also have set up a Youtube channel to track my progress/ display my progress and hopefully help others with what I learn too ( although I am still a newbie at the moment ) (www.youtube.com/learningasidraw)

    I am 21 years old, living in the UK, currently a student studying computer animation and special effects but hoping I can one day be a freelance digital concept artist and illustrator ( You have gotta have a dream right? ). Most of my work posted here will likely be digital or pencil on paper. I really like fantasy characters and will be working towards that although I still have to work at basically everything before I get to that point lol.

    So yeah, as the title suggests I suppose I am starting at the bottom but going to work my butt off to get to the top even if it takes me a very long time.
    Thanks for taking the time to look through my sketch book

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    Right so since starting digital art 6 months ago and trying to take art very seriously I have messed around with a lot of different things but I am just going to post a few random bits I have been working on, good or bad, they are going up.

    After I painted that skyrim picture posted above, I tried to use similar techniques for a head from the front without reference.
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    Something I made when I set my Youtube channel up to try and promote it a little (LOL)
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    Trying to paint a nose and a head without reference, I thought the head was okay but I posted it up and I realised I have to do a hell of a lot more work from reference to get it right, but at least I gave it a go right?
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    I attempted a 'sexy warrior woman' type thing, I used photo reference for the body and just tried to make the rest up
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    Here is something I copied from the Tomb Raider comic book, nothing fancy but I am doing a module next year in Uni where I have to create a comic/graphic novel type piece so I thought a little practice couldn't hurt.
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    Messing around with hair colours..
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    Then I attempted something more concepty.. a little bit of character creation
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    Some hand studies from photo reference ( I plan to do a lot more studies like this too)
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    After posting things like this I was told I should work from life an awful lot more so here are too little things I tried to paint from life. The first one is a Tshirt I threw over my pencil pot which had a few pencils in it, hence the weird shape, The second is just a spoon (hopefully you can tell that ha)
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    Some of these look okay when they are smaller but when you zoom in they look messy but I hear that's the case with a lot of peoples work?

    Anyway I am aware these are not 'Fantastic!' but hopefully it's something and as I mentioned before I really am working hard.
    Today I am off to buy a little table and a lamp so I can play around with lighting and improve my understanding of it, hopefully will get some more drawing from life done too. I am also studying the Gnomon anatomy course at the moment.
    thanks for reading/looking .
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    Looks great so far! Glad to see your eye for values is already quite developed! Better than mine I have no real critique for you yet, except keep drawing all the time and posting it! Easier to find trends with lots of samples~ What are the goals you have set for yourself?
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    To be honest I hate to admit it but these are probably my top few images from over the months, a lot have been much worse..
    I need to improve everything dramatically but I am currently working mainly on the human anatomy and the anatomy of the head along with trying to get the hang of lighting - something I am having great difficulty with. I am learning lots of other things too but trying to focus mainly on one or two things to start so I don't get too overwhelmed.

    I am hoping to one day be able to specialise in fantasy character creation. Everyone on here has told me I need to work from life more which I am trying hard to do at the moment so I suppose you could say at the moment my goal is life drawing everyday, I am hoping to find life/figure drawing classes in my local area too soon!.

    Keeping with the theme of practising light and studying from life.. I have just set up a table and a lamp with an egg on the table ( as suggested to me ) and have tried to paint these on my graphics tablet concentrating mainly on the light. So the top 2 were are fast rough attempts trying to show what I can see in terms of light. The bottom one I concentrated on lighting still but I tried to spend a little more time on the egg, neaten it up a little, blend it better and add a little bit of texture. It's not amazing by any means but Its a step in the right direction for me (studying from life) so here is the pic
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    Need to start posting way more in here. I am in my last month of uni (2nd year) at the moment, after that I will have about 4 months of no uni work at all, which is when I am really gonna be able to work my ass off with improving my art
    Anyway... due to my deadlines I have not been able to do much drawing recently but I decided to do some 30 min class mode sketches (30 min in total for all the below sketches) from pixelovely just to improve my anatomy and gestures a little bit. I was tempted not to post them up because honestly, they are very disappointing! I have used the website a fair bit in the past and sometimes have produced some better work, this was definitely not one of those times! however I am still going to post them up below, if nothing else I can compare results in a few months
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    Almost all of these are 30 second figures and the odd 1 min and I think a 5 min one too. The last one I had 11 mins on, At the time I thought 'oh this one isn't too bad actually' then i looked at it from further away and realised I have given the lady a very long upper body and/or very short legs :/
    Again, a little shocked at these drawing but im sure everyone has day's where things don't go to plan.
    I presume it's okay to post pictures like this on this section of the forum (nude)?
    Thanks for looking
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    Hey Stephen, thanks for visiting my sketchbook, nice start, keep going and don't give up, remember with every drawing you improve
    If you haven't come across this thread, I recommend it, loads and loads of inspiration http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=269717,
    all of them great artists, but my greatest inspiration of all of them is http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho....php?t=114449;)
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    No worries, your sketchbook has some incredible work! Good advice I will remember that
    They are great threads, have bookmarked them to come back to as well.
    Thanks for checking out my sketchbook, you are the first person
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    Hey Stephen,

    You've got a decent handling of both drawing and shading.Your main focus right now should be to improve your drawing, structure to be more specific. Here are some links that might help:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqxPHew5bGQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihoY94K-Yhs

    I'll keep watching.
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    Thanks very much for linking me I will take a look at those now !
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    So I haven't had much time to draw/paint or post recently due to uni work but the good news is it's almost out the way!
    Also here is something I painted this morning from reference, I was actually happy with the way it turned out, although I often say that and see it the next day to find a lot of mistakes..but for now it will do . It is by far perfect and 'clean' but it was only supposed to be something fast, got me using a few different brushed and what not, nice piece for the behind lighting too. Although it was supposed to be a fast piece it actually took me about 3 hours... I am so slow!
    Hopefully its recognisable as the Starwars episode 3 movie picture
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    tried a study from life. resembles the person I was drawing a little bit but as im sure you can tell it's not amazing, I am pretty terrible at drawing from life at the moment but here it is so far anyway.
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    Okay so I have almost got a decent timetable written up that will have me doing anywhere from 5-7 hours a day minimum, A little scared to be honest but we will see how it goes, it focuses mainly on anatomy but with face studies, colour studies, drawing from life and then a few bits like backgrounds and textures/materials, will post it soon if any one is curious

    Anyway as suggested a week ago I watched Prokos videos on the bean and robo bean, really love his videos so this next image is me working on that, This is just things I have worked on over the last few days. The robo bean ones ( the majority of this image) I think were 60 second ones then I had a quick go at doing some full body poses over 30 seconds and 60 seconds, they arent all great but I am hoping that's excusable for 60 second ones I think there is improvement in comparison with when I have tried 60 second poses in the past, and I would never have been able to do anything in 30 seconds before, so that's something at least! Also with the final pose that came up at the bottom of the image I tried to do a bit of a value study on that, I didn't have a time limit for that though. Wasn't too happy with the way it came out but it will do for now.
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    Also attempted a quick colour study, I think I may have picked something a little too advance for my level and I did not want to spend too long on it so this is it after an hour and a half, maybe even 2 hours, was really disappointed with the way it turned out if im being honest. Although I like to think if I was willing to put another few hours in it would have improved a lot.. but posting it anyway!
    I need to practice faces more...
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    Nice work on tackling the bean shape of the torso. When drawing them pay attention that the center line is drawn actually in the center! This is crucial since you'll be using it as a reference to place other forms correctly.

    You'll have to slow down a bit and really take time to construct your drawings properly, checking if things are lining up.Especially in drawing heads. Whether you're drawing or painting, get the overall form and the correct placement of the features first, then you'll have a solid base to add the details on. Keep up the hard work!

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