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    Mythmaker's Olde Dusty Tome

    Greetings traveller! Pull up a pew and make yourself comfy - I've got fresh tea brewing over the fire...

    Well, this will be my 200th post in uuuuuh... 13 years? So I thought I'd better do something useful with it!

    So here we are - I'm finally giving in and making a sketchbook. As the great Hobbit says - 'I've put this off for far too long...'

    To be honest - I've never been very keen on posting sketches as most of the rough stuff I do is only meant for my own exploration, and I don't really do much traditional focused study these days. I have been trying to address that recently though and thought I might make more of an effort if I had an audience.

    To start things off I thought I would pull together all the community challenge entries I've posted over the past couple of years (next post). They're a mixed bag as far as quality goes, but I think there's some decent work in there somewhere.

    While we're on the subject - I do recommend taking advantage of the community challenges (character of the week etc.); It's very useful for learning as you have a set subject, criteria and a time limit - as you would working as a professional concept artist/illustrator.
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    These are the entries I've done since 2016 for CHOW, COW and EOW in community challenges (oldest at the top).

    There are quite a few more than this I've done in secret but didn't finish - especially last year. And also I think three much older ones which are no longer on the server - perhaps I'll dig some of it out later... maybe... if you behave...
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    These are nice, especially the fluffy centipede. Actually your creatures look loads better than your humans and I think it's because you don't use black as much in them.

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    Hey Lady Blackspot! - Thanks for stopping by, and also being first to post! I should give you a prize or something... let's see... rummage... hmm... no... rummage... aha! - here's a nice piece of cake! Well... uh... I think it's cake... could be cheese... but... I'm sure it's edible either way!

    Thanks for the feedback - that's very useful, and already I'm seeing the value of having a flipping sketchbook!

    I'm trying to figure out what you mean though - is it the use of black as a colour e.g. black clothing, or do you mean black as a value? And I'm also not sure whether you mean the creatures or humans use more black?!

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    I love your process shots. Your creatures are cool even though they freak me out lol. Nice! I like your creatures because of the shapes you used, and there's a framing and posing element too that's intriguing.

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    Always great to see a revival, awesome that you started a sketchbook! Great posing in your characters, rendering and some anatomy could definitely be improved but I hope to see more recent stuff and give some specific critiques on those, hope this becomes an awesome sketchbook!

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    Thanks for the feedback - It's really appreciated!

    I really should have done this long ago, but now that I have I feel a new focus - like collating all these pieces in one place is exposing all my weaknesses (in public) and I want to address them.

    I think my main problem for many years has been impatience. I frequently get excited by sketches and work them up rather than following a logical process. It drives me loopy that I know what I'm doing but still I keep repeating the same mistakes.

    The last piece is a perfect example. I started to do a thumbnail page, but the first thumbnail I did felt good, so I isolated and blew it up then continued to develop it as a greyscale image. So that's three mistakes right away - skipping development, not solving drawing problems before painting, and painting in greyscale (not because it can't work, but colouring greyscale has never suited me). I also neglected using references for much of the process; the anatomy is pretty much all guesswork, as is the perspective, drapery and furniture. I didn't reference the outfit directly but did spend a couple of sessions looking through clothing styles to get a feel for it. I did use reference for the gun though.

    So as usual I ended up having to spend ages trying to fix a multitude of drawing issues - due to my impatient sloppy process. Even if I end up with a decent piece, it will always fall short of what I could have done. Most of the above looks unrefined to me - recurring issues with values and clarity. I definitely shouldn't rely on my anatomy knowledge as much as I do because I haven't done sustained practice for many years; there are too many fuzzy areas in my knowledge.

    Okay - I think that's enough ranting at myself for the moment. I've said this stuff before many times, but hopefully if I say it enough one day it will stick!

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    Hey, I really dig your creature design! Especially that creepy caterpillar one. You've been here since 2006? I've been lurking on this forum since 2008 but I never really had the courage to post something.

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    It's funny people keep mentioning the creatures as I don't really have much experience making them! Maybe that's the reason though - because it pushes me to focus more on process, and maybe because it's just more engaging to do something different.

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    I think you should try to push contrast for example characters are bit samey value and you could try to push pieces further keep it up

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    Okay - I'm not really sure why I'm adding these - I just thought it would be nice to complete the set of community challenge entries.

    Had to dig deep into my archives for these - The first two are from May/June 2009 (10 years! ), and the last one from April 2012.

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    And this is the latest Character of the Week I finished on Sunday.

    I'm trying to address the issues I've been blathering on about. I focused in on my drawing and trying to keep my painting clean and contrasty - the design and environment was more of an afterthought, but I think it doesn't look too bad as a whole?!
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