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August 31st, 2004 #1
Thought I would start one of these online sketchbooks... heres a few pages to start it off. I did these while attending one of the seattle sketch group meets. ill post more when I have time to set the scanner up for speed scanning
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Hey! Welcome aboard.
First of all good to see you sketching, thats always good. I think the best thing for you right now would be too watch your mark making. Get some 8.5x11 sheets of paper and practice hatching, making lines, drawing lines and just keep drawing different lines alternating and all around have a bit of fun. Then do circles and so on. Line quality is key to doing art!!
The "scratchy" shows unsure lines and unnecessary lines that confuses to what is actually there under the many lines.
Keep practicing, putting the pencil on paper is a good start. Just keep going!
Oh and btw you might want to resize your images a little bit, they are a bit too large for viewing !
August 31st, 2004 #3
thanks endregan, I need to setup the scanner so those first pics were too big. I just resized em though... as for the extra marks yeah, I tend to draw too gestural like and end up skipping the rendering process. As I continue to do updates im going to focus on the process of thumbnails/sketchs/quick renders with shading etc. I checked out your sketchbook.. looks like your making lots of progress, keep it up!
September 7th, 2004 #4
Heres a couple from life drawing on sunday.. and some random stuff from the week.
September 10th, 2004 #5
Ive been working on some portraits (15 min) using form following lines.. Its pretty hard but im seeing some improvement. Im also starting to work out some ideas for the latest Seattle VS Cali T-dome. Im designing a near future vehicle pilot/driver. Im doing some studies of the cool characters from the game mech assault 2. They are really well designed and executed. One thing I have stayed away from in the past is "copying" other artists work to gain skill... I now realize thats kinda foolish and plan on doing alot of copying to gain skill and technique.
September 10th, 2004 #6
Michael- cool man, still diggin on those vehicles, they seem to flow for you more. Keep it up dude.
September 10th, 2004 #7
thanks bojee.. ive been itching to do more vehicle sketches/designs but now ive got the T-dome to do. I ended up PMing sinix when he asked last minute for a challenger.. Im in way over my head now hes really skilled haha. Itll go good as long as I keep widdling away at my driver concepts. I just aim to make progress and turn out something somewhat professional. If i set my pencil rendering up correctly I can accomplish that. Cant rush it and wait last minute. I dont have enough experience with rendering.. here is a vehicle I just finished for my portfolio. Its 3D so ill just leave a link
Near Future Pod Racer
September 10th, 2004 #8
Wow,fun stuff, some of the most professional work I've seen you do, haven't seen a lot of your work though. Cooolio. OH , hey what's your challenge?
September 11th, 2004 #9
Keep the sketches coming dude! Some of those SPs are looking really good -- you did alot of them! And as for copying other artists, I do it all the time.. I like to look at several different artists at the same time and kind of combine their styles together to make up something new from it.. it's like when DJs sample some old jazz beats to make new hip hop tracks.. you're just doing it with the pencil instead of the turntables!
September 11th, 2004 #10
wikity wikity eek, yes DJ's
It's looking good man, I was wondering where your sketchbook was. I love the portraits very cool, and yeah the vehicle designs are really creative. I need to start practicing mannequins like that so i can pose my characters more. Keep the updates coming, I know you have more than this."If you only heard one side of the story, then you must be deaf in the other ear." - Sok N. Wett
Sok's Sketchbook Thread Last Updated November 25
September 18th, 2004 #11
Heres a big update for the week of 9/10 to 9/17... from here on out I think ill be updating only once or twice a week. I hate scanning
As for what ive been working on this last week:
Self portraits- Im trying to learn value by using form following lines. Its REALLY hard but im seeing improvement. Im also seeing ALOT more detail in peoples faces when I look at them I see the planes of the skull showing from under their plasticeeee skin and to be honest it kinda freaks me out. Everyone looks different when you're drawing every day and in the groove. Almost like artists have X-ray vision
Futuristic Race Car Pilot/Driver- This is my seattle vs cali thunderdome subject. I havent been working on it as much as i should cause I really like doing the sp's. What I have been doing is drawing characters out of the starwars books and drawing some of Josh Nizzis characters for the new mech assault 2. After a few days of copying I felt ready to design my own character and turned out a couple cool little sketchs. The sketch closest to what Ill be doing for the final version is on the 2nd to last page of this update. A skinny guy with a frame reminescent of eon flux. Hes going to have a kind of F1 racing harness/neck brace over his shoulders. I now need to sit down and do the finals. I only have this weekend but im confident I can get something cool now that ive been drawing 3-4 hours each night.
Sok N. Wett- your right i do have more.. here it is keep up the drawing on your end dude!
Last edited by Michael78; September 18th, 2004 at 05:00 AM.
September 20th, 2004 #12
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September 20th, 2004 #14
thanks guys. Sinix ive got the design for the T-dome done in my sketchbook but still have to do the final. Ill do that tonight. Hopefully it turns out well in the larger more finished size. Im sure youll turn out something wicked.. should be cool.
September 20th, 2004 #15
Michael- Nice , some of those last self portraits are looking better. Your making progress, keep it up. One more thing the posts seem kind of all over the place, maybe try focusing on one area for a while.
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