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    Mayernik's sketchbook Madness

    I'm Chris. I draw.



    Heres a good method to practice.

    All you need is windows xp or if you have a mac find a screensaver that allows you to have images change every 2 minutes or less. I use windows xp so what I do is put hundreds of images in the my pictures folder and then right click the destop/properties/screensaver and set the time to 2 minutes then click preview. This is by far the most fun practice I do because I never know what image is going to come up next and I know I have only 2 minutes to get it done. This helps me find the big shapes fast, improve my hand eye coordination, and greatly increases my design knowledge.

    In one hour I do 30 images or more because sometimes I'l finish before the 2 minutes and just move on.


    I drew these today at star bucks. They are all about 5 to 12 seconds. I've worked pretty hard to be able to draw fast and accurately.
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    These are from one of my quick sketch sessions using the screensaver
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    sketches from borders books.
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    sketch from star bucks. Something I really like to do is just circle the highlights and outline the lighted areas when sketching fast. It's not always important that you render everything but know where the highlights are and mark them.

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    20 second sketch from library
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    This one is older but I kinda liked it's sketchy quility. 4 minutes
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    older ink sketch from last semester- 30 minute pose
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    I have a study book dedicated to light. Many many notes are in there and lots of little paintings like these to practice value. They are done in acrylic which I can't stand but right now my I'm not allowed to use oil where I am staying.

    Both done at star bucks. One at night and when in the day
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    Here is a old ship design I did earlier this year but never finished on paper. After I scanned it in I used a brush set to vivid light at 20 percent and added the highlights and lights.
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    Here is a screenshot of a robot I'm making . It goes along with this months study of highlights and reflections. So far I've spent 7 hours on it.
    check out the making of it so far at sijun http://forums.sijun.com/viewtopic.php?t=39268

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    alright. That's it for now. Later.

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    Very good work.

    I espeically liked your light studies at Starbucks and quick sketches from Borders.

    Even though the last image loaded fine for me (T1), try and keep them under 800x800 for the dial-up users.

    Very cool work, keep the posts coming, man!

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    Awesome! You`re going to become my rolemodel if you keep this up:]
    I`m definetly going to try the screensaver tehcnique.

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    IanE: Thanks for the tip. I'l try to keep the images smaller next round.

    Mattinian: Thanks for stoppping by. Do try the screensaver idea cause it is really helpful if you do it every other day for like 2 hours or everyday for 1 hour. I mix it up a little every week.

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    updated june 25th 2008 ( yes the future )

    here are some 2 minute or less sketches.

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    Baja fresh and star bucks are my two main sketching places. I do all my quick studies at baja fresh cause it always has big lines and I get sometimes 20 seconds to sketch a pose.
    baja fresh under 30 seconds
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    Nice fluid style.

    Robot background needs cropping.

    Speed paints arent as good as the rest of your work..

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    goosehole: Thanks.

    Yea the robot is just for practice so I never planned it out. It's just coming together as I work on it.

    My speed paints are really studies of things I studied earlier in the day. There just not as good because I'm trying out new formulas or light effects and in the end I'm really not looking to make them good as I am looking to find out if what I studied makes sense when I try to apply it to my work.

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    Nice lines, mister! I like the colors in the paintings. Good stuff.

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    man you draw super loose. i really like the wip of the mech. you seem to have spent alot of time one it.

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    Kick ass style, screensaver technique is a fantastic idea! Nice one, thanks!

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    ...and I shall name it Tic Tac Sumo.

    This was my entry to pop photos digital wizard 2005 contest. I won 2nd place.
    It was much harder to come up with a good idea this year because of the pictures they chose. At the time when I was making this I was learning a lot about light so I ended up going back and changing things many times as I discovered new information. It's not perfect but the contest is over and I won so I dont see any reason to go back and work on it more.
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    some speed paints. I gotta start using references.

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