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This thread gives me the warm fuzzies.
**Finished Work Thread **Process Thread **Edges Tutorial
Crash Course for Artists, Illustrators, and Cartoonists, NYC, the 2013 Edition!
"Work is more fun than fun."
"Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
WOW the improvement here is ridiculous!! Everyone on this thread should be really really proud of themselves. Here's me own progress
February of 04
I just wanna say that the inspiration here has been MONSTROUS. My feelings are quite similar to Oregano's, if it weren't for this place, I never would have started drawing from life, and I never would have let go of my anime/comic book style. This place has changed my perception of life and art in ways I can't even begin to describe, and it has instilled in me a certain level of maturity that I would have never found had I gone to any other place. Thanks fellas.
This thread has convinced me to change my underwear more than twice a month and to look up "sketchbook" in the dictionary...
I was wondering when you'd post your's, fellah. I think you deserve the greatest improvement award.
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Thought it was a 2 year only thing and didnt want to crash in on a closed party Thanks for the nice words, dude! I think theres so much amazing improvement going on in a lot of sketchbooks and seeing other artists progress every day is a great drive! Keep rocking dudes!
been on here a little over 3 years now, learned a lot and met some great friends through this place.
roughly 2.5 years ago (gahhh! bad!)-
posted around a week ago... well, not so great either but there is at least more motor control
When im studying anatomy, im looking in three different places for info: Loomis, the mirror and your studies. They're a great source of inspiration, and a testiment to your improvement and all the hardwork you've done. Just wanted so say thanks for that , you rock. I would post my improvements, but its early days for me . Although, that said, i do feel my confidence and comitment has skyrocketed during my time here.Originally Posted by n0fishOregano, thank you for this thread. It's great to see pepoles progression this way, and I think that a lot of pepole has learned and benefitted more from this site than may of the expensive art scools out there. I know that, if I had gone to a norwegian artchool, without knowing of this site, I'd still be at the same level I was, one and a half year ago. Thank you all for the efforts you all do. You inspire more pepole than you might think.
Here is my lenghty, yet cramped resume of the last two and a half years at this site..
I think I discovered this site in the late summer of 2003. I discovered wes, lung-bug and lukias' artwork and I was hooked. I decided to pick up the pencil again start learning. I remember the first serious study was a copy from an anatomy book I found at the local library.
I also had alot of fun experimenting with different mediums, like charchoal, pastel, ink and aquarel. I stopped experimenting quite early tho..http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/n0fish/scary.jpg
I was tarting to get depressed that summer. My parents divorced, I lost touch with my friends and I started to listen to Radiohead. I consider the period between Fall 2003 to spring 2004 as being one of the worst parts of my life. Being at school was pointless, a total waste of energy, and, well, I started to feel worthless. I started drawing instead of studying, someting that the teachers considered a total waste of time.
Christmas arrived, my dad gave me a scanner, I joined the "Middle Class" and I stayed home from school in allmost month - long intervals, giving me more time to focus on art (and gaming ) The first post in my middle class thread, was my first "serious" self portrait.
Well, During easter, I completely quit school and I started playing Anarchy Online. Biggest mistake ever! I continued studying art, but at a slower rate. Isolation stole alot of creative energy too. Here is a quick scetch I thouht had some good potential at the time...
During the summer, things started getting better, and with that, I think my art jumped up a few notches.
Damn, this is getting too long winded. This feels more like a hijack than anything else...sorry about that.
Well, to sum up the rest, another year went by, I farted alot, and this is how my latest decent drawing looks like.
We'll ride the spiral to the end, we may just go where no one's been
Whoa some badass stuff here. Here's my little progress.
The oldest one I have online and one thats a year or so later. Come on... I was 11 .
And I remember Jason manley was first person who made crits for my works. It was amazing.
i want Sinix to post his progress. I'm just amazed at what he's able to do in the past 2 years. That boy sold his soul to the devil.
here are some of my first wacom hackery's from 2 years ago:
cool thread.. i'll post mine next year
I sincerely hope that lung bug doesn't mind and that this doesn't offend anyone. But I thought this was perfect for this thread, he was !FIFTEEN! when he did that first one...OMG!
bah, wish i could post something different, but only have access to what's on my website at the moment
anyhoo, old stuff when i joined, or browsed the forum rather- without ever posting
Newer stuff, not necassarily most recent
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
About... 1 and 4 months ago...
man.... im glad i sooo dont draw like this anymore...
- that was the first Wacom drawing i ever did....
some of my latest...
30 min speedie
YAY... 1 yr 4 months improvement.
Nice one to everyone... it really does show the great talent coming from this place.
Some great stories, and progressions in here.
I, myself was lost up until about 8 months ago.
My story is hardly uncommon or struggling compared to many, but I thought I'd share it with you anyways. I guess to show you where my journey began and where along the path I am now.
I had finished my digital animation degree in June of 2002. Struggling to look for work in the industry (local and distant), I gave up for a year and took off across seas (a break from life perhaps). I returned home in August 2003. Still trying to find my bearings, I jumped into graphic design, which was, and still is, an unknown territory for myself. It was horrible. My creativity spiralled downward, almost into complete darkness.
After 8 months, (not a long period of time, but for a job so depressing, it felt like an eternity), I had a chance to escape, when a friend mentioned an animation company in town was hiring for a future production. I applied and was put second on a waiting list as all the positions had been filled for animation. A very stressful time for myself, as it was my only way out of the graphic design job and into the industry desired to be in.
Convinced I hadn't a chance in hell of getting the job, I continued to slave away a graphic design, dwelling on the fact that I had missed my opportunity.
Several weeks passed, no phone call, and preproduction for the show had already started. My discontent continued.
The phone rang. It was the animation company. Seemed they had overlooked some positions in the Background Department. Not the position I had applied for, but an onramp for the highway to my wanted career. I took the position not knowing what I was getting myself into.
The project ended up being insane. Insane hours. Insane underestimated schedule and budget. Insane over-seas producer. Insane... Insane... (the list goes on). After hearing that this happens too often in the industry, I became mildly discouraged at my choice of career.
Soon after being hired, I happily accepted the supervisor role of the Background Department (a bunch of untrained misfits, including myself, who were left to figure things out for themselves). Again, I jumped into a situation I wasn't ready for. My insane job had just become absolute chaos. My newborn hope for creativity sank further into the blackness. Ten months of disillusion passed. The project ended. I was in the clear. I had survived my journey to Hell, and I was on my way out.
This story gets happier form this point on.
March 2005 - The last project ended and a new one started. It is promised to run smoother. It did. It ran perfect. There was free time between work and sleep (sleep being a rare thing on the first production). During my free time, I had a chance to discover Concept Art. (Thanks to a friend).
I buried my head into the forums. Reading. Finding. Learning. Drooling. And perhaps obsessing.
As of Nov 15, 2005, I stopped working in TV animation and am pushing at persuing a career as a concept artist. I have found what I was missing in my life, and have dropped everything to persue it. A big risk, but I have great support.
I have all of you to thank for it. Thank you for the direction and for making me unemployed This community has become the answer to my creativity stagnation and career choice. Without you I would be lost.
I'd also like to thank the moderators and techies who keep this beast afloat. They work hard at keeping the forums up, organized, and overly entertaining.
I guess this whole blob of words could have easily been summed up in three words:
THANKS CONCEPT ART
I don't know what else to write or if I've missed anything or anybody, as I have gotten lost in my own thoughts and words.
Almost forgot, here's some progression over the past year.
Recent OTW Entries
great progress everyone. CA is like a bless for me, inspiration, good people.
Here's my drawings
nine months ago
Now...and since i started my own Sketchbook
First post I've made.
Last post I've made.
I don't know if it's a progression, but it's something.
This could be one of the most inspirational threads i've ever seen.
CA hasnt just created amazing results, but it seems to have done amazing things for people personally.
I'll be spending a whole lot more time here from now on.
1 year ago - thunderdome
a few weeks ago- enviroment of the week
I post here so little because I rarely even finish things to my own satisfaction, but I visit almost ever day. So here's the effect it's had on me.
I got my tablet and started this in mid 2003. Shading with black and highlighting with white! Oh the horror.
A few months later I discover CA and the Poo, and though I never really post at either, just looking at all of the art, reading all of the fine critiques from all of the awesome artists, by the end of the year I've progressed more than in two years of art school.
A WIP (I'll finish it someday... I hope)
Ive been on these forums for a little over a year now and I contribute much of my inspiration and development to the people on this site. thank you very much for all your support and for all the inspiration...
some early sketches...
First posted image... (1980's cartoon redesign)
most recent sketch page
A couple of some more recent drawings..
Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd
Man i tell you.. I think Young paddy and Stoph really have improved tons! Congrats guys and to everyone else on a productive year.
Mainloop- man i must be dyslexic.. cuz i thought you asked how many people are on lsd
Vigo- you're improvement seems to pop out at me more, the rendering on the last one rules!
ehh, my turn, i wasn't thinking of doing this since i've not been here long- or think i've improved, but here goes nothing...
Not great, but it's an improvement
Great thread, CA has changed my life!