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    Revival! - Method



    Hey everyone!

    My name is Mattias Pettersson, and I'm a 15( as of January 13th, 2007 ) year old guy from Sweden.
    I've been drawing passively since I was 7-8 years old( You know, "Hey, I'm finished with my test... Ah, I'll doodle something on the back of the paper" ), but it was only recently that I got the thought, "Wow, I really, really, want to become an artist!" planted in my head.
    Since manga/anime was the only thing that I could do back in June, I started to study manga like mad.
    As you can see, that was not a good move, and I've begun my path towards a good base to build my skills on.

    Please criticize my drawings( from page 2 and forward ;P ) so that I can improve my abilities

    Thanks in advance!

    -Z


    Guess what happened today?
    A scanner found itself a home in my room, weeee!

    Now, to celebrate this, I've scanned some of the sketches I made yesterday and today, I'm spending some time colouring them

    I'll start by posting the non-coloured sketches, and when I'm done with a coloured edition, I'll post it ;P So stay tuned for more ... goodies? :p
    Please criticize them and help me to improve my drawing, as my goal is to get better

    btw: I've coloured them with my mouse, and I find it a bit difficult to use the my full potential with it, but I can't afford a pen tablet until next month or something So I guess I'll have to get used to it

    Leopard fighter. ( I hope you notice the "stripes" on the eyes, leopards are known to have those ;P )



    A guy named Captain Redeye, a sniper more or less



    A tiger-swordsman, for some reason he has a bear-claw instead of a tiger-paw on his pants, my brain must have blacked out or something while I drew it



    A monster of some sort, god inspired from the Guild Wars thread, so I drew this yesterday.



    A turtle, got inspired by the Guild Wars thread, so I did this one after I made the monster above


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    hey man, great to see another 14 yr old round here.
    Dile and kjartan is another(and DIle is sweden)
    My advice to you- start learning anatomy and drop the anime stuff.
    keep updating, and drawing like crazy and pull people here.
    welcome to ca

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    Creative ideas are always good. The biggest suggestion is one you'll see everywhere on this site. Practice drawing from life as much as possible, learn all about the human figure, study perspective.

    Alot of your figure proportions are off. The arms are too long and the legs are too short.

    Whatever you do, don't just draw anime/manga. It will only hurt your chances of finding a career in art.

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    Thanks for the comments guys

    blanquish: I've been on my way to drop the anime/manga-style, and now I got the much needed push to actually do it I've already started to try and draw everything I see ^_^

    woodbert: As I said to blanquish, I'll start drawing life-things instead I've already started, and I noticed that it's pretty damn entertaining too
    I was pretty tired of the anime-style anyway... :o

    Anyway, to update a bit:

    A drawing of my sister when she was writing something I'm not good at drawing real stuff, but practise makes perfect:


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    Here's a little update:

    btw: Although I'm not an interesting artist yet - since I pretty much suck in comparision to the rest of the super-artists on this forum - please take a minute of your time to criticize my drawings, since that would really help me in my progress And that would likely, some day, lead to the uprising of another super-artist on this forum? :p

    A drawing of my dad while he's watching TV.


    Something I drew earlier, colured.


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    !

    Also new here?!
    I like it to see that you're drawing many things from your own mind.
    Most of all, I'm using a reference when I draw, so I can learn how to draw the objects..I started my sketchbook today with anatomy studies!!
    These are also drawed with some help of an anatomy-studybook so I can learn the basic things of drawing a humanbody.
    When I got the basic, I will learn to draw everything from my own mind.
    It will cost a long time, but it's worth it!
    Have fun!! And keep updating

    You can check my sketchbook if you like: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=74675

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    Here's my first serious attempt at colouring.
    Unfortunately, one of my "anime/manga"-drawings, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for some new realistic ones

    Because of the huge size, I'll put it as a link instead:

    >> LEOPARD GUY <<

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    hey there mate, good to see youre updating like crazy.
    On the life study of your sister, look closely at her face. For the most part, the figure was good however the face had lots of issues.
    On the eyes, they look all wrong, they look like american footballs.
    Also watch the nose, you dont need lines coming from the brow to straight down to the nose.
    i did a paintover to try and show you what i mean
    http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/8...foraguyxm5.jpg

    Ok, your task now is to go to town, go to a book store, or art store and buy a book called life drawing by bridgeman.
    Also do some ref(photo) stuff, you still neeed to learn shading and light.

    http://www.fineart.sk/index.php?cat=1
    that is a link for an anatomist called andrew loomis, probably the most known anatomist.
    Go to both the figure drawing and the face one.
    ALso check out as many sbs here(mine included ) to get ideas and inspiration.
    keep it up mate.

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    Thanks blanquish, your comments are much appreciated
    I'll keep the nose-thingy in mind,;P
    Edit: Oh god, about this drawing I already had it scanned, coloured and ready when I read your reply xD So sorry for the nose-lines

    Here's a little update, I tried to draw myself this morning, by looking in a mirror, and I guess it went "ok"
    My face-attributes are little bit too far to the left I guess.

    btw, the reason that the food is all white is because it might make people ask some questions about it
    An artistic detail or whatever ^_^



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    Hey man Good to see another swede,(im 14 y/o myself)
    haha,its nice to see you
    can handle crits without getting angry, many people do so when they are new
    and other people wants to help
    I would advice getting a anatomy book, nothing fancy, to cover your own
    basics alittle, i see you have lots of troubles with your arms etc, but its DAMN
    good to see you draw the face and the hands, but there is still room for
    tons of improvement!

    However, you should spend time and listen to EVERY advice you get here, some
    people are real badass-amazing-kickass artists here, and those know
    their stuff, so, yeah, listen to em
    anyways, keep it up! and I be watching


    ~Dile

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    Hey Zynic, nice sb and your active

    I would suggest to you to only draw what you see, really nothing more. Dont make up things, dont draw a nose like you think it shuld look like, only draw what you see. (that is when u draw from life)

    Keep em coming
    Lewis

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    Thanks for dropping by guys

    Dile: I recognize your name from animate.se Anyway, thanks for the comments, and while I was searching the forums I found a link for Andrew Loomis's anatomy books, so I've been reading the "Figure Drawing for all it's worth".
    However, for some reason my drawings always seem to be "stretched", even when I use the same measures as the ones he has on his picture :-/
    I'll have to work on that I guess ;P

    Lewis:
    That's a good tip Now that I think about it, I usually try to draw things like I've learned to draw them, but that's an old habit that I'll have to get rid of

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    you have a nice cartoony style developing...play with it
    as for anatomy studies...use more fluent, round lines(for example the drawing with the remote control) try to sketch the basic shape with just a few curved lines and then take the next step, in defining shapes

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    oh yeah ITS YOU now I know who you are the 3CH guy
    Keep it up

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    Cigaro: Yeah, though I don't think I will keep it cartoony for long. I'd rather have a "real"-looking style ;D

    Dile: Yeah I'm the guy ^_^

    I won't put up any drawings until I get home( I'm over at my friend's place ), but I'll draw some and I'll give you a bunch in a couple of days ;D

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    Awesome work man, it's great you've started drawing from life, this will help you in the future
    We got to draw more together the next time we meet.
    Oh, and get a tablet dammit! XD
    -Kevin

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    You're pretty decent for a 14 year old, better than me and I'm 22! Although I prefer straight realism, I also like anime styles and I think if that is what you like the best then go ahead and continue in that style. The person you are trying to please is yourself, isn't it?

    I'd recommend adding more shading if you are drawing from life, it will eventually (if you have talent) help make your drawings look more three-dimensional. If you like anime stuff though feel free to try and copy and learn from that too though-anything that helps you make progress is good (at least I feel that way).

    Please work hard to become an excellent draftsman.

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    Skurai: Thanks man, and yeah Next time we meet, I'll arrange a pencil-orgy, and we can sit and sing around fires of crappy drawings! .. or maybe not <_<
    One pen-tablet coming up! ... in a month or two >_<
    My heart says yes, my brain says yes, my fingers says yes, my wallet says "Shut up and buy me dinner". :-/

    G..fromthevoid:
    Thanks for the comments
    Actually, the style I will go for will be a mix between realism and manga/anime, but to fully understand anatomy etc, I will draw real stuff for a while Also, it will be a good way to learn to use perspectives correctly
    I see that you are a skilled writer I hope that you, just like me, will work on that talent and become and excellent writer ;D

    Thanks for the comments guys!
    Zynic out ;P

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    Pencil orgy,,, hmmm >_>
    You're disturbdly weird my young man
    Just kidding
    Can't wait!
    Oh, you can borrow my tablet when you get here the next time
    -Kevin

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    Ok everyone, I just got home from my friend, so it's finally time for an update ;D

    Just a few sketches of masculine upperbodies, made them out of my head but I tried to keep the anatomy in mind


    A few faces that I made out of my head yesterday evening, I'm pretty pleased with the guy at the bottom



    A guy I drew, using a photo-reference( link ).
    I'm pretty pleased, seeing as I only used the reference to have a face to draw, I didn't trace it or anything.



    A vampire WIP, later I'll add this tattoo on the left side of his head, and of course finish the legs and the left arm


    Please tell me what you think

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    Whoaa, i must say that the last post is improvment x 100, go away manga!!
    Keep it up
    that last pic got so much characther! just keep working on it

    ~Dile

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    Ok, I've been working some more on the vampire-dude, but I also drew something else, with some inspiration from a weird movie that my parents were watching called "55 days in Peking".
    And I bet that you all know what this means?
    Correct, another update!
    ( "... and there was much rejoice!" )

    I'll only let you see the new sketch though And while I work on colouring it, you guys can criticize it a bit for me ;P

    For the record: It looked a lot better on paper :-/
    *stabs his scanner*



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    Wow u swedish peepz are good at english for such age

    butteh.. artrelated: improvement indeed. I like where its going. Next time also try a bit more shading (instead of a simple line to show a chin) and i would like to see it a bit more loosened up!
    Keep going

    lewis

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    Lewis: Thanks for the comment
    I'll try to use more shading, that way I'll learn how light works in the process ;D
    I don't quite understand what you mean by "loosened up", more sketchy, more flowing or what?
    Edit: Nvm, Dile told me what "loosened up" means ^_^
    I think it's photoshop that's causing it, because I have to change the "Levels" of the image to make it clear after scanning it
    I'll try to make it look a bit better next time I scan something.

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    cool, that last guy has eyelids i was going to comment on the fact that a few lines here and there can really add some depth to your faces. keep it up!!

    Not quitting my dayjob just yet...
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    J.P:
    Yeah, it suddenly became clear to me when drawing that picture
    "... Heeey.... humans have eyelids! *Final Fantasy victory-theme* "
    Thanks for the comment, and I'll follow your suggestion and try to look into the structure of the face

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    Ok guys, time for a night update
    I played around with some colours on my vampire-guy, and this is the result
    I'm pretty pleased with it, even though I pretty much suck at colouring ^_^

    Edit: I just noticed that I uploaded the wrong one >_< Here's the real one.



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    Ok, time for a little update
    I've been looking through a book that my sister gave me, and I've been doing some eye-, anatomy- and head-sketches.

    Enjoy and criticize

    Eyes:


    Heads:


    Poses and doodles


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    why arent you posting the pic, instead just the code?
    Youve defiantely made improvement, and im seeign it.
    Dont worry bout the loading times, anyone who has 56k is a nazi and can go to hell. Keep drawing like mad

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    blanquish: Something is weird with the attachment-function :-/
    It was normal at first, you could see the images and not just the names etc, but after I updated the page, this is what it looked like
    If anyone knows how to fix it, please share it with me :p

    Edit: I'll just use imageshack instead

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