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    wow after going trough all of your sketchbook i'm truly inspired to get better myself

    Thanks for sharing man

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    Man, this is amazing. Love the painting with the Lion Warrior, really powerful and impressive. And those foxes, oh those are cool. Astounding work!

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    Thanks once again to everyone for stopping in. It is always great to hear that I am providing some inspiration to others, that is a good place to be. I love drawing, and being part of the community out there which shares that passion is a big motivation.

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    Just another day at the grindstone-

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    Hey, some good stuff in here! I like the line drawings, previous page looks great ;] Though some parts look more clean and others more sketchy, as if you were having a bit more trouble there with the line. Or it was a choice, then ignore this. Keep inspiring!

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    @razz: I'm not really trying to make clean drawings with this most recent round of stuff, my goal lately is trying to make better designs and to tell more of a story. Honestly, I want my drawings to be more scribble-y a lot of the time, because when I get caught up with making things "precise", all the art to it tends to suffer. Over the years I have come to respect memorable designs over technique, so I am trying to discipline myself to focus on that aspect more, since that is where I want to be consistently strong.
    That said, of course input is always appreciated, and I am always open to hear people's reactions and thoughts!

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    These are all great! Some great shapes in a lot of your designs. more!

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    Thanks Chris-thanks for the cool tutorials that you have been posting too!


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    I love the personality in your characters! The linework is fresh and the carefully designed shapes are really nice but not overdone. I also really love how your illustrations when painted are very unified for an overall effect. It makes them powerful beyond the content itself.

    On another note, I hope you don't mind a random, really quick paintover (...like, really random...) Anywho, apologies for the shitty linework. This is the first time I've broken out the tablet in several months. Also, general anatomy disclaimer that I may be totally off, but hey. Number one thing that sticks out is the overlapping of forms of the far shoulder and chest. Boobs hang out and overlap over the shoulder, and the pec under the boob will merge into and a bit below/under the deltoid. I think you can accentuate the sagging shape of the upper far arm and overall bent-ness more than I have to help show the foreshortening. She also seems like she's pretty badass and chill- letting the legs loosen up and fall open a bit and have less of a dainty, stiff pose would help the attitude on her face translate into body language. The far leg would give more of an arm rest that way too. Butt cheeks will show at the base of the leg from this angle, and she just generally needs a bit more connecting her leg to her body (she's got butt-less teenage boy "my pants won't stay up to save my life" look right now). I think she has a glove on the closer hand which is making it so huge, either that or you're going for a burst of foreshortening which made me think of this situation: Envoy of Ghosts process Lastly, I like to try and get a general grasp of where the two main planes of the bottom of the foot are planted to get a better idea of how it all should look.

    Anyway, take all of this with a grain (wheelbarrow) of salt. I hope something in there helps a little.

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    (...aaaand a really, really minor and late-in-relationship-to-finish-of-piece comment, but the lady in post 778 has super short thighs- like a foot long or so if you give her any pelvis at all... anywho... fantastic piece!)

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    No worries, those are totally fair critiques, and are much appreciated.

    The stuff on the above drawing is all completely valid input, though it doesn't bother me too much. That said- I never want to be one of those types who freaks out like an idiot when people offer thoughts, or those annoying artists who offers some huge ramble about people "not getting it"- honestly, I drew most of these pretty quick and I was thinking more about the "feel" than anything else. But anyway, I will definitely work to stay aware of technical accuracy, and pay respect to the forms and keep striving toward excellence in all regards.

    I overlayed a photo of a model in a similar pose on the "sword lady" post at 778, and you are right that the proportions are off, though more like 5-6 inches in relation to the legs. Also, the chest height was more disproportionate than the legs actually, so I tweaked it up to match the reference more closely. All good reminders to stay vigilant about keeping those basics solid!

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    I worked up some values on this. Having a pretty settled drawing really helped, which is something I have a bad habit of neglecting even though for the way my mind works, this is a pretty crucial element to have. I did almost all of it using just a 100% soft brush, then I worked the rest of it with a blocky brush to add a little tooth and hit a few key edges.

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    Man that last value piece is awesome John. I do have one critique for you....I want to see more monkeys.

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    @TNiznet: Thanks- Don't worry, there will surely be more monkeys in the future!

    One of the recent site updates cut off the end of this thread; I will re-post the missing images plus some new stuff I have been working on-

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    Just came across this sketchbook. I havn't browsed everything yet but there are beautiful lines from the first post to the last, some great renderings, terrific life drawings; it's full of freshness and good energy. Thanks for sharing!

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    stumbled into this sketchbook by chance and it seems I made the right choice your line work is real clean
    the personalities of the characters are unique and original in every way hope to see more

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    Alex DL & I-Bomb: Thanks for dropping by and looking around.

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    hey John! awesome updates dude! hey i really love these loose line sketches, you have captured so much feeling in just the lines. lots of emotion and mood already without even values or color. i was wondering... would you mind if i tried my hand at coloring maybe one or two of these for practice? i would absolutely force everyone who looks at them to come visit your work! and give you the credit of the lines of course. would you be down for something like that?

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    @NickyBeats: Sure man, go for it.

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    Correction.
    Gas mask guys. And gas mask cat xD. Looks great , the gas mask on the cat made me laugh.

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    Did a quick paint in for this one-

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    Nice work, man. I've gotta go back and see everything in your thread now (caused by this latest piece with the dude(ette?) and the cat).

    The colors on that poncho are exquisitely done. The lines in the line drawings are great; they display great character... and whatever proportional anomalies there are in your characters is intentional it seems.

    Somethings that newer artists may not notice in your work is how line defines planes... such as in this one of yours... the curly-cue on the girl's forehead--which defines the plane. Subtleties like that really mark your work as high-grade.

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    @p sage: Thanks- I do agree that what makes an artist good is that certain level of discernment, though I always feel like the more I learn, the more I realize I have that much more to learn.

    I painted this sketch in. This was a useful experience, as it reminded me in a memorable way that I need to care way more about staging. Composition and presenting a subject is CRUCIAL, far more important than the subject itself or any amount of mind numbing rendering. This image was not very well thought out in it's early stage, and although I edited it, it still has tons of fundamental problems that can never be fixed without basically a total redraw. Also, I should have been more thoughtful with the lighting, which is pretty unfocused. One last thing is that an image absolutely HAS to tell a story that is compelling in some way for the viewer. This image is unclear in this way, and working away on it and knowing it just wasn't ever going to be fixed was a good lesson to get me to spend more effort where it will make a real difference.

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    As someone pretty new to this site, I just finished browsing this sketchbook from beginning to end. I have to say...this work is disgustingly amazing! It's very inspiring to see how far you have come in this time. Hopefully I can show a similar progression in the immediate future

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    @kalevy: Thanks, I appreciate it. It's funny how our own progress just keeps scaling to our current outlook; I always feel like I am a beginner, trying to keep up with all the stuff I am constantly realizing I don't know.

    Wow, so it has been a while since I last posted on here- I have a lot of stuff, I will try to sort through and add it soon.

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    A quick study before work-

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    I hope to see more pencil pages or line drawings of figures soon. Maybe you could also post steps of your digital drawings, which show your working process.

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    I just noticed that your sketchbook is couple years older than mine so I just had to look it.. and I really like it

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    Your work was great in 2006, but now its 10x better. It was cool to see the evolution of your style.

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