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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 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.

    Currently, I have work illustrating stuff but I'm not really happy with it since it's not my style or what I really want to illustrate while earning. Not that I should talk about style since I'm still looking for my own.

    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 haha)

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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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    Cow# 330

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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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