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.
Hey Oblio, thanks for sharing!
Glad you started this thread here.
great work, keep it coming!
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!!!
Hey everybody I am new.
What up Oblio, I realy like you drawings, specially the sketches are look awesome. keep up man.
Marfa frate. I really like your progress here and hope to see more of them.
Second of all, i'm really happy to see so many "fratii mei" here: adiere, oblio and many others. Makes me feel not alone.
And third of all, i'm curious, wich mobile game company was that you used to work for? I'm working at one here in Bucharest. Starts with a Ga....mabe we were colegues
Check put my schetchbook if you please
heh.. when i first heard of u was in my childhood. the first damn game mag. i ever held in hand.. game over. that no. with final fantasy. i still have it. and i saw this dude, andrei fantana. seemed cool back then. time passed, i kept hearing ur name in various interviews & stuff..
then i got into arts. and found the forum. and found you. and saw what went on behind the scenes.. amazing.
never stop drawing, man.
i respect and salute u.
Auch.. thanks. I just i got lucky to make friends with all the awsome people here. Love your watercolors. I hope i'll be able to surprise you even more i've still got other undisclosed areas
Maybe we can hangout and do some drawings.
T-Raktor - yep.. we're separated by a floor. I like your latest studies (the hands and all). Keep em comming - as soon as i finish this game i'll get more time and we can hook up and draw.
Here's a little update:
Cyberfreak (battle with megusta and dariz...)
(still needs a lot of work.)
And a life drawing session in a cofeshop last night with megusta. It was realy fun.
I hope i'll be able to update this thread properly... the story i begun in the first post.. got so complicated... it will take me a lot of time to sorti it out in words... but... one day.. i'll catch up somehow.
Thanks for looking everyone.
Secretly adding some more
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frate! i miss you bro. i'll see you in Montreal. i hope your post in the cartoonfox roomate thread wasn't a joke, and you're actually staying with us... because that rocks hard. then we can have another draw-oblio session. i can see a lot more confidence in your strokes. keep truckin man
How did I miss this?! Such great progess, a real inspiration, very well done. I especially like your latest paintings. good job!
Pencils before Pixels....in theory..
savii - the sketchbook
And happy birthday, sucka =P
So let's see - after Egypt it was Montreal... the workshop and the whole time there... EPIC.
From there... france (Paris, Montpellier, Lyon) and back to Bucharest/Romania for few weeks.
Then the wave took me to Sofia/Bulgaria.
time for another SP.
see you around... this planet.
OMG LOLOriginally Posted by Oblio
Andrei what you have done here is amasing.
A fan of "GAME OVER".
Love your pencils,and you travel a lot . It sounds quite interesting
I just opened you thread. and you have my great sypathies. I spent last January by my father's side as he died. and it is very hard
And I miss him still. yet his voice is in me and his way of looking at things
colors my view of the world
that being said....
To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
Thank you all for your comments.
heartbeat - travel.. yeah.. more to come. i'll say it all here
dominus - you know i am worst that that now
kralizec - man... don;t be a stranger. if you draw.. post. if you don't.. hell a fan of GO is always a friend. it's been so long since that project died. Hell i burried so many other projects since... f**k i feel old.
dirty_c - man... i miss your feedback. See you soon in SF... brig the traditional - it's time for oil revenge and.. for more color talk and amazing time.
oldmoobie - update? sure.. thx for stopping by.
chaosrocks - i know exactly what you mean. thank you.
So - back at home...
The schedulle ahead seems busy like hell. I was supposed to leave the cuntry again tomorrow - but i realy need a break.
It's on for Sofia soon though.
The thing i look forward the most is the SF workshop - i mis so many of you. Hope to see you there.
I scanned some things from the Sketchbooks i carry with me.
There is more to scan.. but it takes time and i have to go anyway.
Thx for looking.
and some digital stuff...
Colabs with [DAN] - i miss you bro!
LapPainting - form life - TM Mall.
Then the same night we wend to a club.. somewhere unde rthe ground and got toa drum abd base pary - we installed the laptop on a piano.. and took turns in doing this one.
he started this one - i finished - yeah.. he did most of the nice parts.
Now these are all mine.
Unfinished portrait of a friend in TM
As i got to TImisoara.. this frined of mine was comming from ski - he broke his leg and drive the car with it like that (manual gearbox btw )
Here he is after we took him to bed. In the morning he went to the hospital. He's fine now
Lavi - i tried to draw her twice - not happy with the results
edit - found one pic of her.
Doodle for another dead project
Sharpshooter gave me a macro photo - i doodled on top of it a sort of robot. Trying Baronthiery's brishes. Thx bro.
piercing fashion - doodle
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Theodios - Orthodox patriarch of the new world
another CHOW - The weappon
Oxygen king - CHOW again
Bipolar Man - CHOW
CHOW - WWI Wizard
Mungo Jerry -
CHECK OUT THE 3D section - that contest started nice. This guy is in 3D now thx to Silvi~e.
Doodle at the office - waiting for Rayman RR to binarize.
Check out the game - www.raymanrr.com
Chow - in progress:
Sewer Mermaid - I have to tell you - it' sdifficult for me such a subject. Mermaids and Vampires are life enemies. Now you know.
sry -for typos and all - i'm always in a rush
here ar emore sketches i dig up.
lavi again... (old sketch)
and some inks
That's it for now... feel free to crit and help and all.
I realy need to push my drawings further.