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    ahhhh man TAD TAD TAD TAD TAD TAD. I just got my class links for going full time rather then part time. Gotta get cracking on those fechin studies and the SB stuff. Really digging those beach scene drawings and the frazetta mastercopy. Cheers man, hardworking people.

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    coool dude. Those drawings came out great! keep up the good work!

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    Your master studies and figure drawings came out great, keep up the good work

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    FFFFFFFFUUU~ those are awesome updates Moai! Very proud of you and it seems like you're breaking into a whole lot of different mediums. Frazetta copy is awesome as well as the master study for light. Waiting for more~ :3

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    TAD and misc. sketches (pt. I)

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    So, here is my second round of TAD images, plus some unrelated me-time sketches for fun. I went up to Washington state for about a week, so I'm scrambling to catch up with all that I missed.

    Composition and Color Theory

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    Working more on my TAD poster design. The pencil drawing was very fun to do, but I had to redesign it a bit in photoshop to accommodate all the text and information that must be included on it, plus add some more values.

    Sketchbook

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    Here are some later sketches relating to my earlier beach sketches. I had to draw a larger final image from imagination with me in the scene, and then experiment with some other media.

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    The next sketchbook assignment was to draw a building that was at least two stories tall. The first image is some houses up in Washington. The second is an apartment building across a field from my Grandma's house in Santa Maria. The third is the Pismo Beach Hotel here in...Pismo Beach! I still need to do some thumbnails from imagination relating to these sketches.

    Light and Form

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    Another master study of Prudhon. I've made some more progress on this, and I've drawn a few other things for this class, but it's too dark to take photographs now.

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    A portrait of my dear old dad, in the manner of Nicolai Fechin. Plus, the reference photo.

    Perspective

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    Cube practice! Really exciting stuff. I have another project that I've done for this class, but, again, no photos!

    Misc. Sketches

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    Some sketches from a local farm.

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    And some mall sketches.

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    ...and some sketches from a friend's art show opening...

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    ...and some beach sketches...

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    ...and some museum sketches...and a goofy dog.

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    The above two creatures were extraordinarily fun to draw. I see the first creature as some sort of medicine man, while the second creature is the ogre/hill giant version of the first.

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    The above sketch is my current favorite thing I've ever drawn. This guy was actually born in my head a few weeks ago, while the "Portal Guardian" CoW was still up and running. I was walking through Home Depot, and spotted some orchids, and thought that their flowers would work excellently as a creature's head. I came up with a body to go with that head, and figured out a way to make it appropriate to the CoW topic. However, I was doing freelance at the time, so I didn't have time to draw anything for it. I did write a description, though. I've pasted it below. This guy was hugely fun to draw.

    The (long) description:

    Dear Mr. Londour,

    I am pleased to hear from you so soon after your promotion to prime subdirector of Division 18. Please accept my hearty congratulations. I don't know if you remember, but you and I actually met briefly at the last agency retreat. I was quite surprised by how direct you were in addressing the devision directors--people at your level are often maddenlingly obsequious--but apparently the Archdirectress found your suggestions for handling the Pestilentian and Neohominid uprisings quite useful. Therefore it does not surprise me that you are rising so quickly through the ranks.

    You may have noticed that Division 18 is more or less the catch-all for the agency's less easily categorized operations. I have been here for thirty five years and I am still surprised by some of the things we have on file. It is perfectly understandable that you would require some clarification on some of our odder current operations.

    First, you specifically asked about Operation 125b-38, Codename Operation Lamassu. I must confess that this is one of our Devision's operations that holds the greatest fascination for me. You know of course that during the Strife of the Unraveling, many of the harder-hit worlds were severely depopulated, with their peoples now reduced to Iron Age level technology, or worse. The Empress--Ahura bless her!--has made it clear that we are not to interfere with these worlds, and let their peoples fail or progress on their own efforts. She feels that we will learn more by observing the slow advancement of these primitivized peoples than by uplifting them to our level of technology, though we could of course do that easily.

    New Mesopotamia is one of these worlds, but its situation is complicated by the fact that there remains a functioning Planck gateway on the world. Since the empress has decreed that there must be no contact between us and primitivized peoples, we were given the task of preventing people from traveling through the Gateway. Disabling Planck gateways is notoriously risky, given the spacetime curvatures involved, so rather than attempt that we installed a demibiological guardian on New Mesopotamia to kill anyone who approached the gateway.

    The guardian and gateway occupy a central position in the pagan religions that have developed on this world. Read this account of it from one of their sacred texts, which we viewed via nanodrone. "The Guardian of Heaven, called the Behemoth by some, is the greatest and most fearful of all beasts. It is five manheights tall, and the pillars of its legs are greater and stronger than the greatest tree, and can crush anything that stands before it. Even more fearful than its legs are its arms, which are heavier and swifter by far than the greatest smith's hammer. The Guardian of Heaven's belly holds enough liquid fire to fill a sea, and it spits this curious flowing fire with an accuracy unmatched by any archer. Its skin is no harder than rough leather to the touch of a hand, yet bends and breaks any sword swung at it. The Guardian was placed here to prevent mortals from entering the realm of the gods before their time."

    Fascinating, isn't it? It is remarkably accurate in spots as well. It is likely that memory of the Strife and the Early Empire survives in their mythology. Anyway, the Guardian, as they call it, is a demibiological organism designed by Samad Theoni; if you recognize the name, it is because Sammad also designed the infamous Andean Basilisk. The beast is an absolute work of art, cobbled together from the genomes of hundreds of different organisms. I've attached both an overview and a detailed account of its genotype, as well as its other specifications. It is mostly organic, but contains an internal safe-fission plant that powers its biological processes; it does not need to eat. The plant is refueled periodically via a very small mobile Planck gateway within the creature itself. Likewise, it's "flowing flame" weapon, actually a napalm derivative, is also refueled via an internal Planck gate, so that it never runs out of ammo. The fission plant also powers the Guardian's stopfield, which lies flush with its dermis, and renders it invulnerable to any attack with a force of less than a megaton. It will be quite a while before the New Mesopotamians will be able to vanquish the Guardian and enter "heaven!"

    Thank you and congratulations once again. If you require additonal clarification on Operation 125b-38, or any of Division 18's ongoing operations, please don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to working with you.
    Humble servant of the Agency, the Archdirectress, and the Empress, may she live a thousand years.


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    Finally, some redesigned goombas from Super Mario Bros. I'm slowly working out a science fiction redesign of the Mario universe. The mushroom people from a few pages back were part of this same project.

    Well, I think this post is sufficiently gargantuan. That'll do for now.

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    orchid behemoth - fukken saved! enthralling.
    heh,and the goombas make me smile

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    Aw man more Moaitastic epicness, i'm really lovin those ink creature sketches

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    Great stuff!!!! i'm so jealous you're in TAD!!!!! oh darn you!!!! lol

    great work, you're improvement is so visible...
    tell us abou the TAD experience!!!!

    i'll keep an eye out for more post... great to have found this sketchbook..

    cheers

    ps. if you lower your dad's left eye a bit you can get that mysterious look he's got... food for thought....

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    man, these last few updates are really really impressive!
    looks like you're really taking all you can from the TAD experience, and thats great.I see improvement all over the place! No crits whatsoever, just an asspat from me too.Keep doing whatever it is you're doing, cause its working great! last orchidhead behemoth is especially cool.
    Rock on dude!

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    Dude, that orchid face creature! All I can say really!

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    Moai! It's been donkeys since I last posted in your sketchbook!
    You've come along way thats for sure!
    The orchid creature is just epic, it has great posture design and everything! You can tell that all the different bits and pieces you have learned are starting to slot into place, how very exciting!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing where the TAD takes you. Keeping my eye on you

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    More TAD

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    Mr. Man- Well, look who it is! It's been a while, dude! Awesome to hear from you again, and thanks for the comment!

    Composition

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    More TAD poster work (started over with a fresh design), and some rough compositional figures.

    Sketchbook

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    Some more sketchbook pages from the building assignment. This portion of the assignment was to do a view from the second story window of the building.

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    The theme for this assignment was empathy. You were supposed to draw a subject that an audience could feel sympathy for. I saw this woman in a nearby town. She was dressed rather eccentrically, with scarves and a shawl, but was too clean to be a homeless person. However, all she did was stand there with her disposable camera in her hands and a bewildered look on her face, so there was obviously something going on. I knew I'd found my subject. I still have several more sketches that I need to do in this series (thumbnails, an imagined composition, etc.)

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    Now this is a fun assignment. The subject for this series is "Microcosm." We were to look around us for tiny ecosystems and lifeforms to study; anthills, bugs in the yard, aquariums, etc. I chose a tidepool with a dead crab in it (and a smaller live crab). We were to do some initial observational drawings, and then some imaginative thumbnails. For the thumbnails, we were to compose and arrange our subjects in order to tell some sort of story or make some sort of point. For mine, I got this "fallen giant" idea, with the smaller live crab peering cautiously at the larger dead crab like a villager looking at a dead giant. I still have to do a larger drawing based on one of these thumbnails.
    For the last two drawings, our assignment was to design a creature, character, or vehicle that could function in our environment. This was really fun! I'm going to do more on this assignment.

    Light and Form

    As you'll see we do a lot of work in this class! If anyone's thinking of just attending one part time class in TAD, I'd recommend light and form with Dorien Iten. This is prehaps the most fundamental of all the classes we're taking, and really teaches you how to see accurately.

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    One of our assignments was to draw some shapes and height/width lines on a piece of tracing paper, hang it one room, and then draw them from memory in another room, going back and forth to refine your memory and observations. At the end, you put the tracing paper over your drawings to see how accurate you were. This is an extraordinarily useful exercise, and I recommend it to anyone.

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    A bunch of observational drawings brought to the construct stage. The construct stage of a drawing is when you have all the major shapes and angles drawn, though in a very simplified, straight-line fashion.

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    Above is a drawing brought to the construct and then to the articulation stage, which is the final stage of measuring and drawing lines before actually beginning to render light and shade.

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    In contrast to many of the other drawings, for this exercise we simply tried to make an accurate study as quickly as possible. Five, ten, and fifteen minute poses, I think.

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    Another construct. I'm going to do a full on dozens-of-hours cast drawing of this ear soon. Oh boy!

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    This is a construct from memory, the next stage of those abstract memory exercises above.

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    Nine step value scales in graphite and charcoal. These will be our aides in the upcoming cast drawings.

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    The ear again, also from memory, but this time brought to the more specific articulation stage.

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    One of the points Dorian has made is that you begin a drawing with shape, which is flat, but the last stages are about form, which is three dimensional (or at least presents that illusion). This sphere is our first exercise for that part of the process.

    Continued in the next post!

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    Figure Drawing

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    Here are some of the figures that I thought were worth posting. I've done at least three times this many.

    Media

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    Another charcoal portrait of my dear old dad. This could use some more work, if I find the time.

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    Now that we have charcoal out of the way in media class, we're tackling ink. Here's a Jeffrey Catherine Jones study. Next, an original piece in ink.

    Perspective

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    One of the main points in Marshall Vandruff's perspective class that we've learned so far has to do with lenses and what they imply about your proximity to the object you're drawing. Above is my ukulele viewed from far away with a telephoto lens, making all lines parallel and the forms rather flattened. Below is a close up view with a wide angle. Parallel lines converge very obviously, and there may even be some distortion.

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    Testing out our mastery of right-angled objects by drawing a cube with many shapes cut into it and extruding out of it. This was fun!

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    The assignment we're going to be working on for the next long while is an ideal studio. This is an overhead plan view. We're going to be drawing several elevations and three quarter views in perspective.

    Now...

    The TAD Experience

    So BANDD up there asked me to describe the TAD experience. I could use a few words to describe it, but at the moment the word I'd use would be intense. You have three classes a day (one on Friday), each with their own lectures and critiques to listen to and assignments to complete. The school moves fast, and it can be difficult to catch up if you slack off for any length of time or if you miss a week. I did the latter, and for a while it felt like I was trying to climb a wall that kept on getting built higher. Don't underestimate this school, and don't sign up for it lightly; it will make you work. In the first few weeks, I often wondered what I had gotten myself into. But I am learning to love it. My fellow students are a good bunch, and the teachers are the best I've had. I can feel the learning happening, feel the way I see things changing. It's fantastic.

    Any more questions about TAD, just ask me. But, that's it for now.

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    I'm just checking on this thread for a link to a friend's sketchbook, and it says that there are 120 users viewing it.

    Holy. Shit.

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    Your creature designs are pretty cool! I would love the TAD experience man.. I'm happy for you. Keep up the good work!

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    rad stuff man, rad stuff.

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    Great works friendito! AWESOME AWESOME STUDIES. YOU will be totally great in time. Can't wait to see where you go after all of this =)

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    awesome drawings i see a lot of improvement , dont stop .

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    dude, this stuff you've been working on looks great.Looks like the instructors are really good!
    I second what magic man says, can't wait to see how you put your post TAD skills to use.Massive improvement in such short time, and looks like you're having a blast too
    Can't wait for the next updates

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    LOVING how you are explaining each exercise. really gives me some tips on how to study. thanks so much for logging everything, it's very encouraging and exciting to see you progress. the figures look great!

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    Thank you for this sketch book, I am bookmarking it now. I will have to come back and read every post in depth. Thank you for all of this great information!

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    Great update!!!!! made my morning )
    thank you so much for keeping track of everything and posting, i know it's very time consuming...
    thank you also for the TAD info ) can i make more questions??? pretty please??? ) LOL

    are you attending POD? how many hours are you putting into these classes? how's the teacher student relationship? just wondering cuz i am thinking on moving to amsterdam and hopefully be able to handle a job and study at the POD (if mr. bank is ok with it ;P )


    i'm so jealous... but good jealous congratz on everything!!! great improvement!!! i'll be waiting for more post!!! great stuff!!!!

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    Thank you for these great posts. You are hard working and it's so inspiring to see your drawings. Thanks too for the TAD stuff, and all the information about it. Quit interesting to see what happen there!

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    awesome works ,study from you ,keep up bro!

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    October's TAD Update

    poetry man- Thank you! TAD is a great experience, and I do recommend it.
    Alex Konstad- Thanks, dude!
    Magic Man- Thank you so much! That means a hell of a lot coming from you.
    raminafshari- Thanks!
    TheGnoll- Thanks, bud!
    MattGamer- Thanks! Yeah, I always like sharing some of my thoughts and purposes when I post images.
    BenjaminL- Thanks!
    BANDD- Thank you! No, I'm not attending a pod (though I'm considering joining the Southern California Pod that Marshall Vandruff will be heading). With very little exception, the teacher student relationship is great. The classes aren't very large, so all the teachers know pretty much all the students by name. It's a very friendly place.
    Klaus Reinbach III- Thanks!
    LAL- Thank you!

    Wow, it's been a long time since my last update. That's partly because CA's uploading system is a tedious pain in the ass, and I know that the longer I wait the more I'll have to upload, making me postpone it longer.

    But, without further adieu, art.

    COMPOSITION AND COLOR THEORY

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    Finally finished my TAD poster.

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    Some vignettes.

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    This is the current composition class assignment. We're working on illustrations of the theme of dreams or loss, going through various stages of loose and tighter thumbnails.

    Sketchbook

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    More sketches from the microcosm assignment.

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    The subject of this assignment was Scale. We had to find a big object and a small object, both unrelated to each other, and then in the thumbnailing process try to get them to relate to each other somehow (and making things interesting by switching the scales of the two objects).

    LIGHT AND FORM

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    For this exercise, we relit a model of a head in photoshop. The idea was to create a convincing lighting situation that was different from the original reference, paying special attention to what direction the light source was coming from.

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    This was a big form modeling exercise. The idea with big form isn't to capture detail, but to capture the general shape of the form (how light or dark it is, how round it is, etc). The lights are simplified, while the shadows are reduced to a single value.

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    Here we practice rendering an imagined form. On the left (I think; I flipped the image a few times) is the big form modeling, and on the right is the medium form modeling, which deals with smaller and more specific forms, and allows for some value variation in the shadows.

    More soon!

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    Thanks for posting all this awesome stuff! It's really inspiring and helpful.

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    your tad poster is really cool!!

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    damn interesting to see everytime

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    Vertical, Krato, Carnifex- Thanks, guys!

    Here's the other half of my TAD update.

    Figure Drawing

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    Media 1

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    This was a super fun assignment! The objective was to create an original piece in ink. You can see my ideation process, and my "final." I put that in quotes because there are still modifications I'd like to make before I truly put this one away.

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    So, after inks, we've started learning about digital painting from none other than the great Android Jones himself! One of his first assignments was to create a solar system using brushes, patterns, and papers that we ourselves created.

    Perspective

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    In perspective class, we've moved beyond boxes and into ellipses, though as you can see boxes still play an important role in finding ellipses in perspective. There is something so serene and satisfying about perspective drawing; it's pure problem solving.

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    More cubes.

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    A simplified object.

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    Stairs, in correct perspective!

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    I have some personal and professional work to post as well, but that'll have to wait for another time.

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