Then the girl said: Less art, more chocolate. (Journey of the 1st CA student)
Teach me to draw, please! - this is how it all begun.
I guess i have to do this.
My name is Andrei Fantana - here is my little journey.
I've seen Conceptart.org by accident in its first days and i suddenly wanted to draw and paint like all the front page guys. What followed was a trip i wish for everyone - a journey into myself and towards brother-like friends, the exploration of what most of you love probably as much as i do.
So Jason said - ok - we'll teach you. I reminded myself that i should be a complete retard to miss such an opportunity.
I went the very same day and bought myself a wacom, a scanner and drawing tools.
He said then:
- Do your Self Portrait.
- Wait... I've never done this - shouldn't we start with a cube or a sphere or something like that?
(but then again who was i to speak back? and hey, what Andrew was doing - the self portraits thing - had turned my head completly. brute inspiration )
that was so hard - but i was happy. they said it somehow good
the lessons if i remember correctly were like one week assignments.
next week Jason tried to show us (more had joined me and we were already a few) how it's supposed to be like.
i don't know about you but when i saw it the first time i was about to quit
luckily i've spent all my money into wacom and all - there was not much room to turn back. You have there my pathetic attempt - but hey - they said it was good
Well... next lesson was MASTER PAINTING
I've spent some time on it - meaning few hours (around 8 hours in more sessions)
I'm always lacking time - with a sort of 2 jobs and lots of other projects
Well... for once i was quite amazed by what i was doing - remember - this was probably less then a month after i've started to draw. I'm sure you know the feeling of a compliment - but when my mom got to see it by mistake and she said it was nice... it sounded too strange.
well.. this is where things got sentimental and all.
My brother had a terrible paragliding accident. He was a mess - couldn't move at all.
My assignment changed - i started to draw him everyday. It was really painful to look at him - i do have some pictures but seeing them now just messed me up again.
He's the extreme sports kind of guy - being in bed isn't him - i was happy i could mix the drawing with the brother time spending. The schedule was already tight. I guess those are bad drawings with good feelings in them. I really tried.
I've started to spend more time drawing - long nights and all - got myself 2 casts and tried my hand at it.
here - a motocentaur - i think my first concept - for a friends game concept.
and these are probably the first drawings out of my head - and the first contest at conceptart: bugs concepts!
i kept on drawing - on self portraits - EVERY DAY and tried to do some extra drawing too.
here - the 1st concept that got into a game:
In the end i've lost my job.
Last edited by Oblio; November 3rd, 2008 at 11:23 AM.
welcome to life using the right side of your brain....it's a great adventure that youve started.....showing amazin strides as well!!! sorry to hear about your bro....but keep up with the drawing, and keep us posted!!!
Those are amasing for your first steps! You can definitly see the improvement as you scroll! Keep drawing all the time, it reliefs stress...really it does. Sorry to hear about your bro, and your job, life can really suck sometimes-yet it will always get better 8) Hope things get better for ya. Anyway those are great, Keep up-dating alot! Great Stuff there man, keep cranking them out!!!
atta boy frate! i am very proud of you my freind. you have come so far...im truly amazed. keep it up man. dont stop, you have stumbled onto the secret of how to become an artist, hard work...i am truly proud to know you dood!-c36
You got a bad case of creativity ~ some good stuff here ~ like what I see lots o variety ~ lots o talent.
The 3/4 pencil portrait lacks structure.
Don't put so much emphasis on lower eye lids.
Lower lid is usually up plane and catches light ~ it is also much thinner than upper lid ~ should not compete with upper lids!
...and the beat goes on....
Thank you so much for the replies - you guys are too kind.
I'm sorry for missleading some of you - i'll try to be more explicit.
mainly these were almost 2 years ago.
MrFrost - o, thank you. what a great journey. I'm not quite a stranger of those lands. I graduated theater and film academy so i've been well instructed to the right side - but this speciffic journey, is so much special - and i hope i'll manage to tell you all why exactly is it so.
arghmisfit, groover, rolb, emily - thank you. i'm just starting - saty with me and help me keep it going. Please.
Delta - thank you - as i said the events happened proabbly during one year - what you have there are basically the first weeks. My brother is fine (paragliding again and going on more other things) and as you'll see, i've got a job back pretty fast.
coro - frate - we didn't get to hang out too much last time - but i'll be in SF soon and i'll bring you vampire blod as offering - for the so manny times your art became my desktop, for every drop of inspiration, for being my frate! i love you!
Erik - you.. you.... don;t worry frate - if i don't undertand what busy means - who does? thank you so much for passing by.
Sam - ha ha - yep - i hope you didn;t took it the wrong way man. i used to hire lots of artist so at least some crits i can give see you in SF soon eh?
mentler - your words just reminded me what concepart.org is about. don't ever stop to crit - it's probably the thing that kept me going. The fact that i was convinced i could learn to draw just with feedback from the net made me go on and on.
ok, so where were we? oh.. i lost my job. It was the 2nd time and it wasn't pleasant.
I was working as game designer for a big mobile gaming company.
that day i did this:
and Andrew responded:
i was having a great time doing portraits every day with keyth and blackhawk killing.peopl, retro and and lots of others.
Joining Andrew in this ride was a fabulous trip - and i still envy him for going strong each day.
so here are some portraits of the first months. just some of them.
you can see the progression too i think.