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May 23rd, 2014 #1
So, it's been almost a year now - think I am allowed to change the thumbnail. I'll leave my original first post below the dotted line even if I think it's super retarded when I read it now. Last page has (slightly) better stuff.
I just spent twenty minutes trying to figure out what to write here and I just gave up.
There's not much to say. I'll be uploading stuff whenever time allows it - things can be busy with a fulltime job, girlfriend and two kids - but I really hope this sketchbook will grow fast and that a few of you will take the time to comment and critique on my stuff. I'm here to improve.
I've been doing composition 1.1 studies for the level up worskshop these past few months, but I needed a little break from that so I ended up doing this curly bearded guy. It's actually my first digital piece of art that isn't lineart or lineart with colors. I inked my sketch of the head, added color and then decided to try and ditch the line art. Man, that was the best decision ever. I still have miles to go and mountains to climb, but I learn a little everything I work on it. I'm still working on it and hopefully I'll actually finish it! My threealmostfour years old son named him...Galf...Ghalf...I'm unsure how you spell it...
Oh and last night I couldn't fall asleep and an idea popped into my head so I got up and did the black and white sketch. I'm still tweaking it, but I hope to color it sometime soon. It's supposed to be a dwarf aswell, but hmmm....yeah...cutesy viking instead? It's a dwarf looking at a faerie, but I'm not sure if that's clear as long as I haven't really drawn the faerie yet.
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May 25th, 2014 #3Registered User
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Sweet start! Was wondering when you were gonna start a sketchbook Great rendering on the first, good name choice too, definately a Ghalf. I Love the one with the faerie on his nose, he is bursting with character. Look forward to more!
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May 27th, 2014 #4
You started a sketchbook! Awesome! So far I can see you're really great at conveying appealing characters and emotion. Great job challenging yourself with going beyond line work.
How did your son come up with such an awesome fantasy name? That's so cool. Are you guys fantasy geeks over there?
Let's see more!
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May 27th, 2014 #5
Anyway, Grumpy and Bri I can't thank you two enough for stopping by - I appreciate it much more than you know, I hope I can keep you coming back even tho I'll start posting horrendus gesture drawings and skull studies soon
May 27th, 2014 #6
Bah started this one yesterday and was hoping to have continued it today but alas - here it is anyway:
Just a real quick sketch and now I want to render it ><
This was done super quick and the armor was literally slapped on in like two minutes, so please forgive the ugliness.
My stuff is pretty cartoony because I started out drawing superheroes and what not and never sat down and learned the basics - that what I hope to remedy in the coming years. Anatomy, shape, form, light, shadow. I'm just the kind of guy who needs direction and there are so many places to start, but now I just try to do ANYTHING instead of wondering what to do. Practice, if only a little everyday. Then practice some more.
May 28th, 2014 #7
Hey, you finally made a sketchbook !
The first two are pretty fun and I like the rendering of the first one.
Keep them coming, don't wait the end of the Stage 1 to start sketching and stuff.
I personally take a few hours everyday to make some thumbnails, it helps keep my motivation with the exercises of the Level up program.
And well, it allows me to apply what I learn in my studies!
May 29th, 2014 #8
I am already sketching besides doing Level Up, I just haven't uploaded everything yet. I try to do gesture drawings and I'm trying to find time for some Bridgman studies, life skull studies and some really basic stuff too. I'm hoping that doing life skull studies will really help my understanding of shapes and light and shadow.
If I could spend a few hours every day on thumbnails I woul, but right now I can't even be sure I have even 30 minutes every day- that is the biggest challenge right now But I'm in this for the long haul so I just squeeze in as much as I can.
Yesterday I thought about setting a long term goal for myself: Being able to live of my art in ten years. Reaching that goal would pretty nuch make me the happiest guy on earth. I just need to make sure on how it's reachable with a fulltime job, girlfriend and two kids. But it must be possible.
Ahh but enough banter, real life calls!
Thanks for stopping by Fincks.
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May 30th, 2014 #9
Started a new comp 1.1 study today, but also sketched a bit. Tried doing some gestures from imagination on my tablet which is so hard for me. I need a pencil here at the beginning...and reference. Anyway that's how I ended up with that cartoony barbarian...it's totally not the way I'm trying to move, but that's ok sometimes
Also tried visualizing a helmet design I had i my mind and failed miserable. The last one actually started while I was browsing a gallery and saw a silhouette in a thumbnail that made me click it - when I did it showed something entirely different than what I thought I had seen on the thumb, so I tried drawing what I thought I had seen - I want to spend a little more time on it later. I also have some gestures in my notebook, but need to take pictures or scan them. They're from imagination anyway, so they suck.
Comments, critiques and any advice is so appreciated you wouldn't believe it!
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May 30th, 2014 #10Registered User
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Really like the barbarian, think he has lot's of potential! Totally feeling his barbarian swagger and that is a sword Conan would be proud of
As for gestures, don't be scared of making crappy ones mate. I bought loads of really cheap paper and did nothing but gestures which helped remove the fear I had of making mistakes. I came to accept that most them were shit but it was ok as it was only on cheap paper. It's all practice regardless.
I personally think doing them from reference is the best option until you feel comfortable, then do them from imagination. I could be wrong of course but feel this is the best way to avoid frustration and build up the mental library.
Mentioned it before but Michael Hamptons 'Figure Drawing-Design and Invention' is a good book for inventing figures.
saw a silhouette in a thumbnail that made me click it - when I did it showed something entirely different than what I thought I had seen on the thumb
June 1st, 2014 #11
Barbarian swagger haha. Yeah I like him too, but it's so cartoony. I hope I can gravitate towards more realistic stuff. But it's still practice, shapes, light shadow. It's all good.
And I'm not scared of making crappy drawings. I was. I used to stare and the paper afraid to start drawing, because it might suck. I'm almost past that - as you will see when I upload from my sketchbook
You mentioned that book before yeah and I got it online today - can be read for free via Scribd even if you haven't got an account.
Here's what I could squeeze in today. A few gestures after reading the first pages in Hamptons book and a few failed attempt of drawing an orc. The last one I really liked so I started coloring a bit. The ears aren't that orcish. Must be the exotic kind -_- I'm still wondering what my "style" is. It's all over the place, but I try not to care too much about that.
I feel pretty good about the gesture and I didn't do them on a timer, but tried doing them in a few minutes. Now to do thousands more.
June 1st, 2014 #12
June 2nd, 2014 #13
@Fincks Too big!? There's no such thing for an orc surely
Gestures from today, done from reference, no time limit. I try to keep them loose, but I end up fiddling too much with unimportant stuff. Also these are done digitally, I think I benefit more when doing them traditionally. Yesterdays gesture were better overall.
It's not much, but it's something
- Christof simons,
- Jesus Masochist,
- Dennis Kessel,
- Frida Bergholtz,
- Chris Flores,
- Isaiah PaulCabanting,
- The Red Raeburn,