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    What's a Snurkle? July 21st (figure drawings)

    Taking the plunge here. Typical story, been lurking for a while, thought I'd finally make a thread for c&c. I'm 17 (graduate from highschool this year) and have been drawing somewhat for most of my life. It's a hobby (I'm looking to go into a science-related field in college) but I put a little more work into it a year or so ago and have been getting a little better, so it's a more "serious" hobby. =]

    I recent set myself a challenge to reach a certain point in a current sketchbook that I randomly marked off -- it's about 50 pages, for under a month, came to about 2 pages a day for me, which is more than I usually get done when not on vacation from school. Unfortunately since I don't quite like the paper in this particular sketchbook, and I have a lot of it to go through (400pg), some of what I've been putting in to make the goal is just...crap.

    To offset that slightly, I'll post a not-so-recent, but favorite picture of mine to try and get on somebody's good side.

    What's a Snurkle? July 21st (figure drawings)

    Here we go with the recent stuff, all done this past week.

    I've been pseudo-planning a masked gladiator picture. This will not be him.
    03/02/2006 A

    A couple of sketches in a restaurant, more from my head.
    03/04/2006 B

    More on the gladiator costume research/planning.
    03/04/2006 C
    Still life sketchy from somewhere in my house... I think.
    03/05/2006 A

    More still life, and from head concepts
    03/05/2006 A

    Random stick figures to finish off for that night
    03/05/2006 C
    Started drawing the bowl, then got caught up in studying its reflection on the wood table
    03/06/2006 A

    More silly stuff, I recopied notes from my Astronomy class and added from-mind imagery
    03/06/2006 C

    I drew some zebras from nat'l geo. a while back and thought I'd add one into the gladiator mix.
    03/07/2006 A
    And a digital paint, which I am very marginal at. 15 minutes before I had to run off.
    03/09/2006 A

    Which I am about to do now (run off). I'm looking at an art post probably every weekend after this, fyi. I'm mostly interested in concept art stuff, but I've decided to work on from life lately to polish up rendering, structure, and stuff like that, so general advice is appreciated. If you want to see some earlier stuff of mine, check out my dA gallery, or this random directory of a few more uploads.

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    the sketch with the watch is awesome. it looks just like its on the paper.
    good luck with the gladiator man.
    the gladiator with the zebra seems like a cool concept.

    thanks for stopping by my book.

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    Interesting stuff so far, just push those observation skills, really look at what your drawing. It obvious you can do it, the watch is a great example, nice work. Good luck with that!

    Pencils before Pixels....in theory..
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    Mort: Thanks, I had fun doing the watch. Zebras are kind of neat, so one might make it into the final *shrug*. Hey, thanks for stopping by my book. =]

    Savii: Glad it's not boring, =D. Re: Observation; will do! Thanks.

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    Here's what went into the next few pages following my first post. Most are from when I was at a film festival, so they were drawn either in the dark or between bad science fiction movies (that is the reason "bad" and "wtf?" or "DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE" appear a few times in cropped-out spaces).

    There was a page before this: I was warming up and trying to reference from face from "Signs." The page is pure crap, and would've been all blank stares anyways. Following that movie was a Star Trek double feature, the only ref'd sketch is the from-life of my foot on the back of some chairs.
    03/10/2006 A

    Sometime after midnight we started on "The Black Hole" and the scribble on the right is inspired by the captive humanoids in that film (which was so odd). The left guy is another gladiator helmet consideration.
    03/10/2006 B

    Random clothing done during "Buckaroo Banzai", and not ref'd at all.
    03/11/2006 A

    Done this morning, I think this is going to be the final helmet design for my gladiator, at least the face-plate.
    03/12/2006 A

    And another silly digi-paint. 20mins of me paying absolutely no attention in OC.
    03/12/2006 B

    Apologies for the image qualities of this batch. I use a camera because my scanner is old (and cheap) enough to eat pencil-work on every scan, unless I promise it my first born.

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    That Zebra-mounted gladiator's pretty spiffy. I think you might need to work on necks and how the head connects to the body, because in your gladiators and other humans the heads all look a little off (in relation to the body).

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    I like your gladiator ideas, they're awesome. National Geographic is the best reference, I have a pile of them. Shoulders and necks are hard, especially when someone's in a bit of an odd position, some more figure drawing can probably help that. Ask some friends to sit still for a few minutes, or take some photos (if your camera isn't bad) and draw from that, and of course there's lots of people in NG. Drawing upside-down is good if you find you're struggling. You have some great shading here though

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    mlsfishi: Heads-necks/shoulder area, right!
    Madfishmonger: Yay for National Geographic. Shoulder area is on ze list.

    Half hour with my brain turned off. Because I just needed to do something PI-related before homework.
    PiDay2006

    Happy PI Day!!

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    You certainly have great skill just looks at that watch it’s amazing. That pie gladiator is great to epically since you said you did it without your brain on, keep up the good work look forward to seeing more of it.

    'I HAVE NOT FAILED.I'VE JUST FOUND 10,000 WAYS THAT WON'T WORK.'
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    Hur. Pi day = love. My school...sold pie at midday. Our math team's always proud to celebrate Pi day.

    The shading on the head is different from the rest of the body it seems, though. Always remember your lightsource! =D

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    EKU_11: Well, I think parts of my brain were on =], but thank you!
    mlsfishi: I don't have math on tuesdays, so in my class we celebrated on monday with pie, and number cookies, and a story, several poems (I wrote a "pi-ku") and three people reciting the digits. Good stuff it was.

    Here's another during-the-week-one-image update (I did five pages in my sketchbook the other day, but that gets to wait until the weekend to be uploaded).

    My next assignment in commercial design deals with high contrast images, and we're to first create a black and white portrait to explore positive/negative space and for further work. I did a test run today (because I'm actually ahead - most everyone is still working on the previous assignment, which is due tomorrow) and thought I'd scan it before I showed my teacher and it went into my materials at school. Black acrylic paint, with remnants of pencil I did not erase. Referenced, guess who!
    captainjack

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    That's a nice likeness. Now if you can construct me some kind of life-sized realistic and fuly animated reconstruction of Johhny Depp...
    The mouth looks a teeeeny bit off to me, like it's straight while the rest of his head is tilted. That could just be me swooning, however.

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    so, i'm not the only 17 year old around here

    i like the still life, the stick figs and the clothing studies...but i'm sure you could do better with the digital paintings

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    Hi there welcome to ca enjoy your stay and keep drawing everyday :p

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