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    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher

    Good mornin' CA!

    My name is Mark Chong, and I'm a former 5-year visual effects TD and 18-year programmer who left the film industry to work as a freelance storyboard artist/conceptual artist for the broadcast industry. It's been a little over a year on my own, and things are slow, and I've been spending a lot of time teaching myself the basic fundamentals. I don't do finished artwork very often, mostly because things die very quickly when I realize I'm missing something very vital.

    In any case, I joined CA.org because it seems there are some real pros here who are willing to call a spade a spade and dish out the tough love without being malicious. Feel free to give me your own special warm welcome in the tradition of CA.org, I checked my ego at the door.

    These are some of the "finished" yet flawed pieces that I've done in the past. They're somewhat embarrassing to look at, but I'm going to post them so everyone can get a sense of where I'm at, overall.

    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher
    This one's VERY old. Anatomy problems abound.

    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher
    This is a very early attempt at painting. It took a whole damn week because all through, I was lousy at planning. Many lessons learned in this one.

    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher
    This one's fairly recent. It's messy. My brush moves before I can decide where it should go. Still, I like the idea of floating isles with big cannons on them.

    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher
    This is a study from a photograph that I took. I spent about an hour on this.

    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher
    This is an OLD thing I did around November for a comic project I gave to myself as an exercise.

    le-mec's sketchbook - Dec 1. -sketcher
    This is the first page. There's more on my gallery but I don't want to inundate this with more of the same....
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    Life Drawing...

    Every Thursday I head off for a life drawing practice session for about 3 hours.

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    I also do a lot of subway/transit sketching and sometimes I sketch down at the beach near my house.
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    Woah, really nice drawings and illustrations. Figure drawings are really nice, like the style a lot. Love the figure inventions. My only crit is that in a few of your peices, are a bit hard to read because of a lack of a focal point. The creature on the mountain and the black and white peices could use a focal point.
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    Nice stuff, I like the figures and the sketches, they have a cool style to them. Also like the black and white pieces, they read well. KEep up the good work.
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    Shweet, going to subscribe and hope for some good updates man.

    I second the focal point bit, The glow technique is nice but it's stealing the show. Maybe make the focal glow instead?

    Also, man those are annoying watermarks *wink wink*
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    wonderful loose lines, first image has an awesome flow... the anatomy "problems" really help it IMO
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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Smitherines
    Woah, really nice drawings and illustrations. Figure drawings are really nice, like the style a lot. Love the figure inventions.
    Thank you for taking the time to comment! You flatter me a little too much!

    Quote Originally Posted by Smitherines
    My only crit is that in a few of your peices, are a bit hard to read because of a lack of a focal point. The creature on the mountain and the black and white peices could use a focal point.
    Yes.... I wholeheartedly agreee. I was bumbling around FAR too much trying to get anatomy and volume to read (it was also a first attempt at drawing a burly figure, and I was constantly going through anatomy books and Vilppu DVD's) and totally neglected to work out a 'photographic composition'. I didn't frame the shot, I just wanted to rush right ahead and get off to drawing a cool monster. I did that one around February, but it wasn't until earlier this week that I started understanding the importance of 'framing' my shots.

    I spend a lot of time reading animation books and drawing from life, and usually my main focus is on figure invention. It's all about making a nice solid pose, etc. The only problem is that during my studies, there was little to no emphasis on composition. In illustration, it's a whole new ball of wax. You gotta get certain elements to take up just the right amount of space, and overlap just the right amount, and point to other elements and make this whole flow. It makes it necessary to add just ONE more step to the process -- that is, to block in the shapes very lightly (without expending much effort to volume, anatomy, perspective) and make that composition work in my head... and THEN I can go in and gesture the pose and use all that wonderful volume, anatomy and perspective knowledge to draw the image.

    The black and white stuff....... Same deal. That stuff is even older, and I was just off capturing whatever images appeared to me. I guess I was so thrilled with the prospect of being able to see things before I drew them that I just rushed on ahead and wanted to draw pretty pictures....

    I also just took a quick peek into your sketchbook... You studied at the Watts Atelier? Most impressive. I learned about Watts from Court Jones, a fantastic caricaturist. I believe he teaches there...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Smith
    Nice stuff, I like the figures and the sketches, they have a cool style to them. Also like the black and white pieces, they read well. KEep up the good work.
    Thank you also for posting! I like to peek through the sketchbooks of my correspondents, and I'm thrilled when someone with solid skills takes the time and effort to comment. I felt just a little sting of envy when I saw your traditional work. It's great encouragement!

    Quote Originally Posted by Idiot Apathy
    Shweet, going to subscribe and hope for some good updates man.
    Ohhh maaaaaaaannnnnnnn!!!!!! I'm getting my arse kicked by someone 6 years younger than me (in regards to your sketchbook). Wow. Good for you, I'm SO impressed! Over here in Toronto, I'm constantly shaking my head at all the schools here whose teachings are devoid of any sort of basic fundamentals. You've reinstilled a faith in me that upcoming generations of artists are not totally doomed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Idiot Apathy
    I second the focal point bit, The glow technique is nice but it's stealing the show. Maybe make the focal glow instead?
    Ah, this is a case of me loving filters just a little too much... Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Idiot Apathy
    Also, man those are annoying watermarks *wink wink*
    Yes..... I hate watermarks too... Should I care/worry about people stealing artwork for use in posters and whatnot? I don't really know... Watermarks make it worse for everyone when it's only a few idiots who steal. It also makes it harder for people here to crit. Whatever. If someone steals, que sera, sera... Starting today, no more watermarks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferg
    wonderful loose lines, first image has an awesome flow... the anatomy "problems" really help it IMO
    Gah -- You're too nice!! Look, even you spot something amiss that seems that I'm probably aware of already, be BOLD! Say something about it, because at the very least, someone else browsing through this thread may be able to benefit from it! Don't pull your punches with me, kay?
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    Hahaha, reinstilled faith in the upcoming generation... me? I too would love a school chock full of the fundamentals, it's what most people are missing I think. Honestly I've learned more here at CA.org and it's members than I have in my ... half dozen art classes.

    You shouldn't let the age thing bother you either, or I'll show you some 16 and 17 year olds that will make you cry.

    Kudos on deciding to nix the watermarks; just sign your stuff and keep the high res off the web and you shouldn't need to worry. The people who do steal it won't get much use out of it, but honestly I don't think you need to worry.

    Hey, so how about an update yeah?
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    Simple cloud studies...

    Clouds looked great today, so I grabbed my stuff and skated to the beach again.

    I tried to put some emphasis on catching some good volume and try to suggest a little perspective. These are the relatively successful ones (but wash wasn't really cooperating today, so only one tiny fragment at the end).

    I typically stop when I feel like I'm not getting anywhere -- when my stuff starts to look the same... So if anyone has anything to say about where to go from here, please do! If you'd like to see more of a particular type of study or exercise, say so, as well. Those are things I can tackle when I'm out in the field again.

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    wow im really digging the way you shade im a big fan of hatching
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    Without seeing very much of your work I can't say too much, but I do know the feeling of stopping when things start to look the same. I think it means you need to go experimental, untested and unproven. Go nuts! Do some clouds with a chunk of charcoal, brush and ink. Or just try and draw them differently, accentuate the softness somehow perhaps? Use line thickness to convey depth maybe? Give your self small rules and try to stick to them - perhaps how can I show this cloud convincingly with only 3 shapes?

    All I know is through experimentation I've learned so much that I can apply to everything else. It all chains together, lately I've been trying to figure out line and it's actually helped me quite a lot with painting.

    Cheers! Keep the updates coming.
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    @DesperateCuban >> Yes... I'm slowly learning to exercise a bit of restraint and ease up on the drawing instrument to get some degree of subtlety. It's so important, working lightly! I have to throttle that scribbling caveman part of me every so often...

    @Idiot Apathy >> Okay... I've brought the clouds into TVPaint and did a bit of painting, but I think right off the bat, I try to go into the nittygritty details too damn soon. I need to look at the masses a little more simply. It's strange. When I work with a fountain pen, I can maintain some amount of distance, but once I'm on the computer... gah. Must... keep.. sight... of.... the... TOTAL!

    *note to self* I need to examine Idiot Apathy's work a little bit more...
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    LOL !

    "In any case, I joined CA.org because it seems there are some real pros here who are willing to call a spade a spade and dish out the tough love without being malicious. Feel free to give me your own special warm welcome in the tradition of CA.org, I checked my ego at the door."


    THAT WAS FUNNY


    I love these two :

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    they look so professional, is it your solid style or were they happy accidents or something ?
    look I dont know why I love you I just do
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