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    My Constipated Brain - The need for a smooth flow of creative fluids

    I joined CA to improve my art. Level Up was, and still is a big slap on the face for me, it reminded me of what my professors taught in college and kept me thinking, "I should have continued those practices even after I graduated."

    Graduating college which was more than 5 years ago I think, and getting a freelance job, doesn't mean my learning process ends, I believe it's just another step for improvement. What I lacked was not the drive, but the direction of how I should improve myself and hopefully, I think I found it here.

    Slowly, I think I'm getting to where I want to be in terms of what kind of work I'm getting. Pursuing what you really want and getting paid for it is the best!

    My goal for now is to be able to illustrate or be good enough that my art can be used for game card illustrations like Legend of the Cryptids / Magic the Gathering or my designs being used as concepts for RPG games as these two seems to be my dream jobs at the moment.

    Feel free to help and join me in my journey of improvement and random stuff! BEWARE! I like sketching heads and mostly fantasy stuff haha oh and if you're not comfortable with nudity, sex, violence, blood and gore etc. you may leave and look at more kid friendly work but feel free to browse if you are curious.

    Please do enjoy and have fun and I'm pleased to share my imagination! Thank you for visiting!
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    Color and Light 1.1


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    Composition 1.1

    At first I tried working with speed, then was advised to concentrate on the values, and I did.

    I've been enjoying joining CHOW and COW lately and have neglected these studies, I'll be working on it again after I finish my current CHOW

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    Chow # 357

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    Chow # 358

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    Cow# 329

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    Chow# 359

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    CHOW# 360 design idea sketches

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    Cool sketchbook! I remember that fairy racer it looks great! However if what you want is to work for MTG (and the like) I think you're going to have to drop the manga style (both looks and coloring technique) and move on to something more realistic. I think you're starting to get there with these last pieces, the problem I see with them is they seem to be done to display the character you created, when instead what you should be doing is using your characters (or creatures) to convey a story in your piece. Cards like "Invoke the Firemind" and "Blood Artist" are beautiful examples of this. I hope this helps You certainly have the potential to get there

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    Thank you Kuroro!

    Right now I'm really still at a lost, I want to do both character design for games as well as card artwork, both are kind of my dream jobs actually haha so I haven't really had experience in both worlds. I'm not sure if it's possible to join the two, but I actually want to do almost everything! Should I just concentrate on one first? I really don't know.

    I see what you mean by character-oriented, I've been joining COW and CHOW for awhile now, since I thought I can gain experience and will be a big help in my colors. . . I like colors, apparently it doesn't like me hahaha

    That latest piece (though rejected in chow), gave me a big confidence boost in colors, I used so many reference of artworks from various artists that I like and I guess I improved juuusst tiny bit, still a long ways to go. I really need to work on my backgrounds and colors.

    That "Blood Artist" you mentioned was wicked! awesome piece!

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    Yea, you finally made a sketchbook O_O . Also tried to do the challenges but everyone else was way to good and we got 0 votes, so yea....T_T. Am sure you'll be like one of those famous superstar artists one day all your work has so much personality, bah we suck... ;_;

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    Keep your focus
    as it is evident you have the skill and imagination to reach all of your goals
    please continue!!

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    SRB Thanks!Yeah, I was reluctant to make a sketchbook here because I don't have a scanner nor a good camera to capture my pencil sketches haha but browsing through the other sketchbooks I think it gave me the idea that it's alright that I make one for myself. I am planning to buy a tablet pc in the future so that I can upload sketches that I make when I'm not in front of the PC. I'll try to make sketches in my computer for this sketchbook but I usually go to "work mode" in front of the machine hehe.

    Personally, I think you shouldn't think of having votes or winning in those challenges (though it's nice to win I guess? bit of a confidence boost) but it shouldn't get to you. Think of it as practice to improve, competition is good but pushing yourself and breaking your limits is better, I guess that's what the challenges are for. Also, I think the votes there are very subjective, and if it's a real competition, there should be professional judges (though again still subjective) not a poll. So again, don't let it get to you man, it's good to be hard on yourself but not too much that it will stop you from trying.

    And thanks again! I feel honored with your praises but I think anyone and everyone can be that famous superstar artist one day haha

    FROZ3N Thank you so much! Oh I really do plan to continue, I assure you that! Focus is hard, since I still lack direction, I want to do so many things all at the same time haha But for now I think I'll focus on improving my values, colors and composition!


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