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    Diary of a young artist.

    Hey, I'm pretty new here, having only posted a couple of times in the DSG.

    I've followed MintCandyMan's progress through his "rookie" thread and have decided that I'd like to do something similar. Seeing how much he's improved has inspired me to follow in his foot steps. I draw pretty much everyday, so it shouldn't be too much trouble to update.

    I've had little drawing experience, and what I've had is mostly in cartoons. I've decided I'd like to get into the industry at some point so I need to aquire some solid traditional skills. It'd be a great if you could help teach me, and hopefully you'll see *some* improvement.

    Okay, Introduction time.

    Name: Olly
    Age:16
    Lives: Winchester, England
    Art Experience: 2-3 years with anime and cartoons. Draws and Co-writes a small, infrequently updated webcomic.
    Media: Pencils, Painter 8, Photoshop 7.
    Tools: Pencils, small tablet.

    Some recent art:

    Diary of a young artist.

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    (Really rough, quick cartoon example)


    Please crit away, I really want to improve
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    Hey Olly,
    looks like you are off to a good start! I like the second pic that you posted...good defined shadows there. I guess my biggest suggestion is to draw from life every single chance that you get. Take extreme care in everything you do...if you are drawing a baseball on your desk or whatever..make it look "exactly" as it looks in real life. You won't be able to do this right away but you have to strive to achieve that. Trust me in saying that if you want to learn to draw monsters and people fighting...etc...doing figure studies, still lifes, etc... is the best way to go. They seem unrelated but they really aren't...you will find out in time.
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    Diary of a young artist.

    Random sketch.
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    A somewhat "knobbly" apple that looked tons better on paper.

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    indeed a very young talent u are..
    interesting~
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    My suggestion is to find good reference pictures to use.

    The third picture of the guy kicking seems like a very painful (yet kinda funny, I admit) pose. It looks like some guy twisted his leg up to a split position. =) OOOUCCH.

    Keep drawing. You'll get there!
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    Thanks for the advice. As for the reference pics, that's no problem as I have tons of photo libraries (My mother runs an advertising agency).

    Some more, albeit older, sketches.

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    Diary of a young artist.

    Photo ref. 30 mins. Scaled down.
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    hey..another stacks of great stuff herethe 2nd one looks familiar to me..much resemblence to the cover of shawshank redemption..the movie i mean..
    wonderully done overall..
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    Yeah, it was referenced from that film. Probably my favourite film of all time actually.
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    haha sweet i see the evil bunny from donnie darko. keep it rocking man i like this stuff .
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    Good work man, your pretty good..keep working at it!
    One suggestion I would make would be to work from life more.
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    fully agree - drawing from life is prob the best way to get better. While I was at digipen I had to do 50 life drawings a week for a grand totatal of 600 life drawings at the end of the semester. (at least 3 to 4 drawings on it as well) sketch booked filled from front-to back and it really helped me out like no mercy.

    so lets see some more life drawings and anatomy drawings.
    Chuck jones once said- "Everyone is born with a million bad drawings....the only way to get them out is to draw them out."
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