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    Jephyr's New Sketchbook

    Hey!

    I had a sketchbook here years ago that had grown to 12 or so pages and I got to know some pretty cool folks here way back then.

    Unfortunately as Concept Art has moved from server to server my pics were (mostly) all deleted — and so I decided to start a new sketchbook to share my stuff.

    I'll get right to it with a tiger photo study I just finished.

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    I captured the painting process and put it on YouTube as well.

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    Last Fall I was sketching with a friend at a local fast food joint and saw this guy over by the door that I thought had a very interesting face with lotza character.

    I borrowed my friend's phone and went over and asked the guy if I could take a photo for and use it for reference for a digital painting. He was cool and said it'd be ok.

    Below is the finished portrait and a "process" composite that I posted to my blog.

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    I've been doing a little more "real world" art lately — and bought a pastel pencil set and some sketch-books with grey paper.

    I finished this photo study of a Cinereous Vulture recently.

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    I also like cartooning and do a lot of characters in my regular sketchbook and will include this one too 'cause it's kinda a cartoony vulture.

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    Here's a couple more from the grey sketch-books and the pastel pencils.

    The wolf was one of the first I did with them — and each time I use them I learn a bit more.

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    Hi!

    I posted this original sketch way back when (2013?) in my first sketchbook — and decided to digitally paint it more recently.

    I remember that day of the sketch — sitting in the coolish shade on a patio at a tiny Mexican restaurant — watching pretty girls walk by — and getting "thumbs up" through the window from the older couple who ran the joint.

    Painting it was almost as fun — but I was at home in front of my computer......

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    Jephyr--
    Not sure what you want when you post work that's better than mine!!
    Seriously, though, are you working on/through a weakness we can't see? Vultures aren't blue, of course, and wild animals have more than just well-rendered heads. If you want or need help, lay it out in the open, fer crysake, or there's nothin I can do for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalle View Post
    Jephyr--
    Not sure what you want when you post work that's better than mine!!
    Seriously, though, are you working on/through a weakness we can't see? Vultures aren't blue, of course, and wild animals have more than just well-rendered heads. If you want or need help, lay it out in the open, fer crysake, or there's nothin I can do for ya.
    Thanks very much for the encouraging words, lalle. After this post I'll look for yer sketchbook/art here on CA and return the favor...as well as take a look at some other sketchbooks.

    Of course you're right...vultures don't have blue heads.

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    As for what I want: Just simple things like world peace, adoring fans, full time employment as a bikini-team towel boy. Ya know...the usual stuff.

    But seriously...I'm just looking to share my stuff and be inspired by other artists. If anyone sees something that would help a me as an artist I'd love to get that kind of feedback too.

    Your comment already gave me food for thought. I do love doing portraits...and although I've done all kinds of human, creature and animal bodies...after your comment I decided to look through my "Image Bank" and work on a pic with a body.

    I found a squirrel photo from a copyright free site and decided to take that on as a project.

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    I got about this far and started getting bored with just doing a more or less straight likeness of it:

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    And so I started messing with a background and some other ideas for it. Since I'm a HUGE Frazetta fan I went that direction and am calling this one Alvin the Barbarian.

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    Anyway...thanks again.
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    I commented in another thread about having a ton of unfinished projects and decided to go through my folder and look at some of my "works in progress".

    I opened one and have been working on it - and have made some good headway on it over the last couple of days.

    Anywho - I decided to share the initial sketch and a shading rough of it today.

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    And a sketch from the archive.

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    ^^^^ I take my sketchbook out if I'm going to out to eat or to a coffee shop etc. I was finishing the one above in a restaurant one night.

    A group of kids dressed all in black, with their hair died black, and tatted and pierced out came in and one of the girls looked over at what I was doing while they were getting seated and said, "That is BAD ASS!"

    I felt like I was sitting at the cool kids table for half a second.


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    Wow, the animal pencil paintings are stunning bro! I like that man you took a picture of, the portrait painting came out nice, he does have interesting characteristics. post more
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    Thanks Danny! I appreciate the very encouraging feedback!

    Since you mentioned the pastels I'll post another recent one - a photo study of another vulture (this time with a red head).

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    Before I did this one in color I did a pencil version:

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    I used to post all kinds of anatomy studies and life drawing here on CA.

    For a long time I got away from that but lalle got me to thinking - I have to get back to challenging myself more with stuff that I find harder to do.

    So here's the first figure from my imagination that I've done in ages. I felt so rusty but plan to do more to clear out the cob-webs.

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    Love that bird head with pastels!
    When doing characters try to have a goal, maybe think of a short story, give your characters a place, a time, it will add more sense and interest to the design. I used to have the problem of doing sensless almost brainless characters until I figured I need to put thought and planning into my work, even the simplest of sketches.

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    Thanks a bunch Danny! I do like working with pastels. Makes me want to break out the oil paints too - something I haven't done in a while.

    Anyway - here's another recent pastel - but on 18 x 24 grey paper. (there's more work that needs to be done on this one)

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    I get what you're saying about giving characters "place and time"...I'll keep that in mind.

    Thanks again for commenting!

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    I used to love drawing BIG happy women - and haven't done them in ages - I had a lot of fun with this one.

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    And a coupla recent cartoony thangs from my sketchbook.

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    Ciao

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    Sweet pastels! Definitely will try them myself!

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    Fun stuff hehe, try to push your values more, add more darks to make the lights pop and vice versa, cheers!
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    Love your pastel paintings man!I have also tried working with pastels many years ago but they were so hard to get used to them!>_< Keep it up!

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