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    from drawing club last night...

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    I just got a new tablet PC so I've started using it as my new sketchbook.
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    really awesome sketches
    i love the looseness. keep posting
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    Awesome last work ! what tablet pc did you get ? are you happy with ?
    it seems to be a wonderful tool...
    Do you think you would use it also to make your personnal stuff ?

    Bye !
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    You have some really beautiful sketches Mermuse. I'm really lovin that whole blind girl concept you're developing.

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    "Get reference.
    There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
    No one complains about life drawing,
    so take a photo.
    its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
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    life painting from this morning...

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    Ryu- I got a Toshiba Tecra M4. I love it. I was really getting
    tired of trying to work with the laptop/wacom tablet combo
    as a digital sketchbook... it was too limiting in when and
    where I could sketch and paint. The tablet PC solves most
    of those problems. My only complaint is that the battery life
    is really poor (a little over two hours) but I've found that I can
    pull out the cd rom drive and put a secondary battery in that
    slot so I'm going to try that.

    I think I will start doing my personal work on the tablet... I'm
    still trying to figure out how to work digitally but still have the
    organic quality of traditional. The last set of drawing club
    sketches are digital and I think they are getting closer to
    achieving that.
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    a quick study from Ashley Wood...
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    and some more quick studies for the blind girl concept...
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    The green ones are from my head and the rest are based of stuff in the
    new Wendling sketchbook. I've been trying to find a strong visual clue
    to show she is blind. I kind of like the idea of her having a thick mop of
    unruly hair that is always covering her face or I could have her be
    blindfolded.
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    Awesome stuff. Everything is great! Who are your main influences/who do you study from?
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    quick compositional studies from class...
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    and a quick color study from a photograph of a
    still life in a Kevin Macpherson painting book.
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    krAmEr- influences? Um... I guess right now Claire Wendling
    is one of my favorite artists. There are a lot of artists that
    can render people and animals well but her characters seem
    to have the spark of life... she captures a lot of personality
    in her characters.
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    drawing club...
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    It was a real struggle to find a style that worked for this model and theme.
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    The compositional studies are really nice and I really like the way you draw women.
    "absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and keep what is essentially your own." - Bruce Lee

    Bojee's Monkey Brain
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=29869&page=54
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    I've shifted into a different phase lately. Right now I seem
    more interested in concept then concept art. I'm really
    interested in the ideas but not as interested in doing finished
    illustrations. Lately I've found that the smaller and looser I
    sketch the more I enjoy it and the more life my sketches have.

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    The story with the blind girl has come to a halt. I tried to develop another story with a child as the main character before and that didn't work either. Part of the problem is that I'm not used to drawing children and the other problem is that I'm not sure if she really is a child or if she just acts like one. The character I have in my mind is called Piper. She is a character that I developed in an acting for animators class a while back. Every time I try and draw her as a child it doesn't feel right. Now I'm beginning to think that she may be an adult or even some strange monstrous creature that simply has a split personality that is this strange spooky little girl that is able to see a different world then the rest of us.

    I guess the real problem is that I'm not really a story teller. I like the intuitive ways in which stories evolve as you tell them but I don't like that a finished story becomes a static /dead thing… it stops evolving. I'm less interested in linear storytelling and more interested in creating a universe where someone can create their own story and where every ones experience is different. So I’ve decided to leave the story of the little girl and go back to the fantasy sports game. In the end I prefer games because they do all the things I wish stories did. I came up with about 5 different races that I really liked so now I just need to start developing them a little more.

    Teams/Races____________________
    Cloudcoocoo -Birds
    Levellers -Bugs
    Warhogs- warthogs
    Dervishes -humans
    Skullduggers -undead

    The original goals for the game were supposed to be large cairns (standing stones). I liked the idea that there would be a large "crack" sound when the skull (ball) would hit the stone so it was obvious when a goal was scored. Over the weekend I had a stronger idea. I'd always struggled with how to make the cairn visually interesting but this weekend I had a vision of the goal as a huge gong. The frame holding the gong would be about the size as a soccer goal and the gong itself would fill that whole space. I can just imagine the overpowering vibrations that would flow over the players and spectators every time a goal was scored. I also thought a larger drum could work but the framework that supports a gong makes it more visually interesting.

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    The bird sketch is a study from a sketchbook I picked up this weekend called "line dancing"
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    more sketches from the "line dancing" sketchbook... I really
    like this artists work.

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    As far as the fantasy sports game goes...
    I'm starting to learn a engine named Vassal which I'll be using to make the game. Since the goals are no longer stones I need to change the name. It used to be called touchstone (a play on touchdown) but now that name doesn't work.

    Visually I see the game board as having a strong black and white contrast with splatters to give it the feel that lots of mud and blood fly in this game. It reminds me of when I was growing up and our soccer fields would get slick with rain or mud so we would play mock rugby (we didn't really know the rules so we just made it up) and end up coverd from head to toe in mud.

    I also want to play off the musical quality of the goals. So far the only game name I've come up with that I like is Muddle. Muddle; A game of blood, mud, and music. I'm still not sure about it. It sounds kind of violent and messy and it would also represent the rather chaotic music created by the process of playing the game. I envision the crowd as using instruments to cheer and show support. so the opposing fans would be each have their own little jam session going to support their team and each would be trying to overpower the other. This adds a whole other level of muddled chaos to the game.

    I had an idea of how to get the old stone goal idea to visually work. I would design the field based off a Japanese stone garden with a larger stone at either end and cool radiating ring drawn in the sand coming out from each goal. I'll have to think about it some more because the gong goals still seem more interesting.
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    quick paintings from class last night...
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