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    Jen's Sketchbook of Nonsense

    Hey guys! I've been lurking around for a while, and now I've decided to start posting some of my work! I'm really interested in creature design, so I have some animal studies and beastie concepts.

    EDIT 9-21-2015 Updated and removed old images to change thumbnail/clean things up!

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    I like the creature design, it looks very believable to me. Personally I like the purple one, with the colours on the webbing it reminds me of a sunrise Keep up the good work!

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    Good work! You got some nice anatomy and proportions going on!
    About the creature, I really like the orange one, but I would like to see some markings on it, as in the other designs. I can't also really tell if this creature has fur. The body makes me believe it has, but the lizard head makes me think otherwise... You should render it a little bit more, or just do a quick overpaint to suggest that!

    Anyway, good job sir! I hope to see more from you here D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunchdebunch View Post
    I like the creature design, it looks very believable to me. Personally I like the purple one, with the colours on the webbing it reminds me of a sunrise Keep up the good work!
    Thanks, I'm glad to hear it looks believable! I love making creatures that look like they could actually exist anatomy-wise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhasdra View Post
    Good work! You got some nice anatomy and proportions going on!
    About the creature, I really like the orange one, but I would like to see some markings on it, as in the other designs. I can't also really tell if this creature has fur. The body makes me believe it has, but the lizard head makes me think otherwise... You should render it a little bit more, or just do a quick overpaint to suggest that!

    Anyway, good job sir! I hope to see more from you here D
    Thanks so much! Yeah, I was thinking about that as well- it does look a tad plain next to the others; I'll have to experiment and see what else I can come up with! I'll keep the texture in mind as I continue, I tend to have some difficulty with rendering textures like fur/scales in a believable way.

    Thanks for the feedback, I'll definitely be posting more!

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    Alright, here's the beginnings of my fully rendered 'fin-horse-thingy' (catchy name, isn't it?):

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    Still have a lot of work to do, but it's a good start I think! Next to the brainstorming stage, this is my favorite part of the process of making a creature.

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    And a really quick (about an hour I think) study of some basic shapes to practice! I might go back in and refine it some more for tomorrow morning's warm up.

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    Some more work! Not much for now, just last night's wind-down practice portrait before bed. About an hour to an hour and a half if I remember correctly.

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    The creature is starting to look more 3d now, particularly around the face and neck I think some of the proportions are a little off in the portrait, in particular the chin looks a bit small to me. The rendering is looking good though, keep it up!

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    @Hunchdebunch

    Thanks, I've put a lot of time into that area! (the head is my favorite part of all creatures) I'll keep in mind the proportions on my next portrait- it's something I really need to work on in the future. I'm glad to hear the rendering is looking good though!

    Here's my warmup from this morning- a cool little rhino face. About 30-45 minutes, I wanted to take longer but I had to rush off to class.
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    Heya! Superb animal studies.

    Thanks for stopping by my SB. Looking forward to more creature stuff.

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    Your creature proportions are astounding! Great start to your sketchbook! Looking forward to seeing a couple of fully rendered pieces, but again you have a great start here. :-)

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    @dndallasta Thanks, I'm hoping to get a lot more up here as I get it done. Gotta get those portfolio pieces done so I can get some cool creature design jobs.

    @Chey Fergus Oh wow, thanks so much!! I love studying animal anatomy on the skeletal and muscular level, so I think that's helped a lot. Hopefully I'll get some more of those done, I have the bad habit of losing patience when I do full renders- gotta push through it though!!!

    Alright, here's the (potentially) finished Fin-Horse-Thingy! Started to get frustrated, so I took a short break then went back to it. Really liking this design, I think I'll try it out in some interesting poses.

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    Today's work! Not as much as usual, had classes all day and we're mostly just doing midterm critiques instead of working on projects.

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    Wish I'd spent some more time on this one- not entirely satisfied with the proportions and value structure.

    Liking this one a bit more- it's got an interesting range of values.
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    I LOVE your fin-horse-thingy!! I really hope you don't mind this suggestion, but I feel like you could add a little more interest to the face if you added some of the orange color to it, above the eye perhaps? Anyways, I can't wait to see more!

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    @MochaMonkey I don't mind the suggestion at all, thanks! I'll play around with it and see what I can come up with.

    Been a few days since I last posted, so here's some WIPs! Spring break just started, so as you can probably imagine the last couple of days have consisted of more celebrating than working.

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    It's nice to see some more art from you! I was wondering, do you use a square brush for your digital painting? Or at least for parts of it? Because you get these really interesting square marks in your images, and I just wondered where they came from.

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    Thanks, I'm glad to be doing more! I'll be hopefully be getting a lot done this week. Yeah, I do! I used to use a basic round brush, but for some reason it didn't feel right so I tried a square and it was perfect. It's one of the defaults in PS, I just tweaked with some of the setting so it'd be good for painting with.

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    I dig your colors, it reminds me of Moebius.

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    And I'm back after a few days!! I've been working on a lot of homework so I hadn't been able to do as many of my digital studies- here's a couple from the past day or so.

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    Anyone happen to know a decent archive of face/head references? All google gives me are photos that have been airbrushed to hell and back, which isn't very useful for value structure.
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    Had some free time to work today, so here's a headshot of a cool little beastie that's been floating around in my head:

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    Started off with some color ideas, then chose one.
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    Did a greyscale painting, plopped my basic colors right on top with a Vivid Light layer (lazy lazy) then painted it up a bit. Probably gonna do a full body for this lovely guy at some point.

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    If you're still looking for photo references there's this tumblr and also portrait photos. You might find some useful images

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    Thanks so much, that tumblr is exactly what I've been looking for!! I usually do portraits for my morning warm ups and to wind down at night, this is excellent.

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    that square brush gives your work an 8 bit feel, love it!

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    Aaaand I'm back after a few days! Here's some stuff I'm currently working on/worked on:
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    Sketch that I decided to scan in and paint for some practice! There's dozens of these things in my sketchbooks, wish I had the time to develop them all...

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    Doodlin'.

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    A project I'm doing work for!

    As always, any advice would be awesome- I've noticed my digital work is always overly smooth, any tips on getting some nice texture going on in there?

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    Whoa, been quite a while! Totally forgot to update this poor little sketchbook. Here's some recent work to get things moving again!

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    As you can see, been working mainly with animal anatomy lately, with a bit of environment work to slowly ease myself into them. Hopefully I'll remember to update this more often!

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    I feel your starting out good, but I would recommend focusing on forms and how to really emphasize it in your drawings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah moatasem View Post
    I feel your starting out good, but I would recommend focusing on forms and how to really emphasize it in your drawings.
    Thanks much, I'll work on that as I continue from here! Been realizing I need to go back to the basics a bit lately.

    Today's update! Quick little environment practice that I might continue with- I like the general mood it has so far.
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