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    Smile The Rome Tome

    First post here. Hello! Finally getting back into regular sketching after a long hiatus, about 14 years.





    Battling the proportions a little in these, I also mostly avoided the head, wanted to concentrate on form. I washed the paper ahead of time with acrylic paint (14 yrs ago!), then I used black and white charcoal pencils. I like to work from a medium tone, can push in and out quickly so it's kind of like sculpting.

    These come from a great life drawing session at blankslatejoe's place last Friday. Thanks again Joe. Good meeting the guys too: Tarwater, Brian, & Britt.

    Jax, you were absolutely a great model, good poses and good company. Nothing like trash-talking frog AI, eh? Looking forward to the next meet.

    Going to start scanning the choice bits from the rest of this book too, it's a thick one. More about that later.

    Comments/crits/beefs welcome.

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    welcome to conceptart eric!
    it was awesome meeting you and those sketches are downright beautiful. 14 years? Dang, that's a long haitus.

    Jax actually posts on here sometimes, she's got a sketchbook on here somewhere

    looking forward to the next drawing meetup!

    heh, frog ai.

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    now those are just lovely! esp the 4th one from the right!!

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    Red face

    Hey, thanks folks, nice words.

    That last one really bugs me though, the legs seem a different scale than the torso, like I need to scale the torso down a bit. But yeah, I guess they came out ok.

    Hasn't really been 14 yrs, I do do some concepting at work (game software development), but I haven't been sketching regularly at all, for way too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricChadwick
    Hey, thanks folks, nice words.

    That last one really bugs me though, the legs seem a different scale than the torso, like I need to scale the torso down a bit. But yeah, I guess they came out ok.

    Hasn't really been 14 yrs, I do do some concepting at work (game software development), but I haven't been sketching regularly at all, for way too long.
    yeah the scale of the torso is a bit off but the legs are beautiful.

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    hey,

    When is it best to use a majority of white chalk when working on toned surfaces? Like the 3rd and 4th drawings in your sketchbook. How would you also develop the mid-tones? Do you also use the white chalk for that? My questions are refferring only to the case where you just use most of the white chalk.

    Thanks man.

    Patrick

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    I thought I recognized that model Great looking sketches! After your long break you didn't lose much at all Sorry I missed you guys, hope to meet you at the next one.

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    awesome man..how could you do that to michaelangelo..hehe

    my new site, is crazy stuff but is my own space, I can say whatever!! hehe:
    http://theallejo05.spaces.live.com/?_c02_owner=1
    One of the art schools I respect the most:
    http://www.mimsstudios.com/philosophy.htm
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    Hehe, thanks. I couldn't help it. What an inspiration though, he's amazing.

    I had the amazing opportunity to spend my final school year at RISD's extension in Rome Italy. A couple other students gave a crash course on book-making, so I made this sketchbook.


    It's about 25x35cm and pretty heavy. Filled it with thick watercolor paper, so I could do anything without the pages wrinkling or bleeding on me. I love this thing, but I've made a point to not be too precious with it, let myself put anything in it, regardless of how it looks. I wonder if there are others around here who make their own books? Going to have to make another one when this one's full.

    These sketches are from January to October 1991, more or less in chronological order...


    Sketching a couple Raphael paintings in the Vatican. Charcoal pencil, graphite pencil.


    Another Raphael study. Charcoal pencil and watercolor.


    Some columns in the Roman forum. Charcoal pencil.


    A crumbling ruin outside Paestum, near Naples if I recall correctly. Charcoal stick on acrylic-washed paper.


    I loved those Kinder Sorpresa chocolate eggs, the ones with the little toys inside.


    A study of a Bernini bust, done with an old quill pen.


    The ruins of the Roman Baths next to the Circus Maximus. Charcoal pencil.


    A doorway in the archaeological site Iplonti. Pencil.


    Ostia Antica had these heavy stone wheat mills, about chest-height. The weird colored thing on the right is an ancient glass shard that shimmers with rainbow colors [I should have left it on the ground but it was so amazing]. Black and white Prismacolor pencils on dark-painted paper.


    Bernini's Triton fountain in Rome. White and brown Prismacolor pencils.


    A square in Venice, quickie watercolor.


    Charcoal of the Tiber Island at night.


    I love Mort Drucker's line work, had to do a couple studies. Messed up the Mel Brooks one by trying to blend it.


    Pencil study of a painting in Berkeley California.


    White prismacolor pencil on black-painted paper. I like this one a lot.


    Pencil of my brother sleeping.


    Crits welcome.
    [edit: fixed incorrect materials for some of them]

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    talk about a sketchbook catching attention quick... man.. there's whole conversations going on in here.

    For all you local guys, be sure to check out Eric's book next time we meet up.. that thing is DANG heavy. it's also chock full of good stuff. I still like that orange double page spread a lot, though I like the vertical black and white spread even more... I must have missed that when I flipped through that monster.

    There's another drawing session possibly in the works for sunday. I'll keep you updated!

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    Hey, thanks Joe. Yeah it's a fun book, and I'm happy to share. I want to look through yours at some point.

    One thing that's been a curse as well as a blessing is that I am constantly trying new things, but rarely sit down and focus on a series of similar studies. So my work ends up a hodge-podge of many different methods.

    This is good for my line of work, since game dev software and methods are always evolving. But for artistic development I think it kind of bites me.

    So I'm pushing myself now to narrow my focus and concentrate on a particular method, to perfect it as best I can. Then I can take what I've learned from this and move on to a different series. Well anyhow that's the idea!

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