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After a couple of months of lurking on CA, I have finally decided to start my own sketchbook. Itís a bit daunting...
I first discovered CA while lurking on Google and looking for pictures of my favourite FF game characters [even though I haven't ever played any computer games, my friends kind of influenced me into liking them. It's very odd...]. What a strange introduction, huh? But that was long before I knew what CA was all about.
I have been drawing since I was little [like most children obviously do]. I always made up my own characters, created stories about them and worlds for them to live in. At the age of 8, my mother decided to enroll me in an extra-curricular art school. I studied in the art school for about 2 years, drawing still life and portraits, as well as landscapes, in various media. Most of the drawing was done from life. However, my studies ceased when my family moved to Australia in 2001.
I've decided to continue art at school here; but because the subject is actually called "visual art", they don't really teach you "how" to draw, but only give tasks which are to be completed either in a set medium or set framework. It gives you a lot of freedom about what you can do, but the sheer vagueness of it constrains the possibilities for artworks: schools here also tend to put emphasis on contemporary art. "Artworks", which require a manual to understand what the artist is trying to convey are encouraged and praised. It was a huge change from what I have been taught, but I continued to draw in my own time.
Iíve drawn mostly with traditional media until I got a computer in 2004, when I started drawing with a mouse [sadly, Iíve lost the gist of it now]. I got my tablet at the end of 2004 and have been drawing on the computer since. I think apart from the strange combination of pastels, acrylics and pencil, digital is my favourite media.
I'm not yet sure what I want to study in university after I finish school, but I know that I definitely want to continue improving my art skills. I donít have the opportunity to dedicate a lot of time to drawing, as my school is really competitive and I have to try to live up to my parentsí expectations. However, drawing is one of my passions and I really want to achieve something that is better than what I can do now.
Anyway, Iím sorry if this was far too long and dull for you to read [I tried to keep it as short as possible, I swear!], but it sort of gives an idea about my drawing history.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance.
I have selected the following pictures as I think they are my "best" over the nearly 2 years of owning a tablet. I can't possibly upload all of them [there's about 75 of them] because then my dial-up will kill my computer. Full stop.
Last edited by Kaoru; April 4th, 2007 at 08:30 AM.
Hi Kaoru! Your works are very nice! I note that you have improve your painting skills to much from the first image to the last! Can you post some of your drawings ?
Keep it up, cheers
Welcome to CA, cool batch to start a SB with. Looking forward to more updates .
Thank you so much for welcoming here; I'm glad I joined CA I will be posting my digital works, as I don't have a scanner [yeah, I know... I'm so technologically behind. Stuck with dial-up, too...]. My sketches aren't really interesting to look at though...
Just posting some really quick preliminary sketches I did before deciding what to draw.
Underwater... some sort of drowning people. Hm. I seem to doodle drowning people a lot.
My character underwater, surrounded by some kind of mechanical sharks [wolfsharkplanes]. This was more of a joke work, but ah well.
Maybe I should stop drawing drowning people and draw someone jumping out the window instead? Honestly, I have issues... XD
Well, this is pretty much what I decided to work with.
My WIP thread may be found here. I'm currently battling with some composition issues, so help me out please?
Last edited by Kaoru; September 9th, 2006 at 10:18 AM.
Nice to see you updating at a decent pace. I know you love drawing people but maybe you should just concentrate on painting landscapes and environments?
By this I mean more focus on the environment rather then the character, and if you really want to put a character in do it only to show the scale of things then the other way around.
Keep it up. You have alot of potential!
Rayk - Thank you, I appreciate the suggestion. The strong suggestion, rather... XD Yes, I will get to drawing environments, eventually. >> I have a few pencil sketches I drew in my new sketchbook [the real one...] and I will take a few photos when my camera battery is charged.
Anyway, posting this 10 minute sketch I did yesterday.
Going to challenge myself and try to speedpaint every day. Except at the moment speedpainting environments for me is a speedpain...
for tha last one some of that white destroys alot i think,just paint over it or crop it down!
the other painting/drawing of the dude with a eyepach is super cool! also the ones refined there are great!
your parents look also nice..
ff rules, keep it up!
you have amazing digital work skillz! rock on Kaoru !
Been working on it practically for the whole day. Might be adding some planes in the background. Thanks to rayk for helping me out with the perspective and stuff.
Any ideas on how to make the scene more dynamic?
frostsnake - Kind of covered up the white there...
danica - Hehe, thanks; there's a lot of room for improvement though.
Last edited by Kaoru; September 22nd, 2006 at 10:59 PM.
Another quick 20 minute character sketch. I actually drew this one a couple weeks ago, but didn't get a chance to post it here.
My friend's doll character. Yes... she looks kind of... doll-like.
Wow, I really love your stuff. I plan to keep an eye on this thread!
Yet another update. This bunch is really sketchy... just trying to get my head over what to draw. Too many ideas as usual...
This is actually a commission I am meant to work on... it's a mermaid [in human form] and a half-demon, half-fairy. I mean... LOL? I have -tried- to make it un-cliche, but I think I failed miserably.
Had this idea floating around in my head for a while now. Yes, I've changed from suicide to murder... It's a phase I think.
Just practising some perspective stuff for another commission. I think it's going to be quite dynamic.
My two characters, except younger and dressed in 19th century style clothes. Might develop this one.. but I don't really have many ideas about it just yet.
Someone drag me out of the browns/reds/yellows pallette? I think I've been hanging around CA for too long... *cough*layout colour scheme*cough*
I suddenly have a strong urge to draw those cyberpunk/sci-fi reflected glasses.
Last edited by Kaoru; October 10th, 2006 at 12:17 AM.
Please excuse the lack of updates.
Finished the weirdo commission... a long while ago, actually. Photoshop wouldn't let me change it from .png to .jpg, which was annoying.
A rendering of Kakashi from Naruto in my style for a friend.
Floating trees... heads... things.
Something I'm working on at the moment. The WIP thread is here -> http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...38#post1097738
Another WIP is here: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=81101
Something bright and happy for a change. Needed a break.
A progress update on the weirdo surreal picture I'm working on. Not really sure what I should do with it, but at least I have an idea.
Yay! I managed to speedpaint... kind of.
I might get around to finishing this one, it's very unusual for me to draw something like this. But at least I'm trying new things
You can just leave them in their actual sizes I reckon, most of your images are well under 100kb, so the majority of CA members can load them quite quickly.
About that meteor shower picture, I reckon if you just go ahead and finish it it will end-up looking less anyway. If you don't plan on going any further, then you can just play around with the contrast tab in PS .
It's cool to see you try out all these stuffs, would definitely wanna see you finish that lotus princess.
JERI - I would upload actual sizes if I didn't have dial-up. Makes it kind of impossible to upload anything bigger than 800 x 600.
softocean - Thanks, I will try
This is a picture I finished yesterday. Kiddy-HTK style... >> Had fun with the colouring though, it turned very bright without any adjustments.
really improved from the first pictures to these, great job!
''Imagination is more important than Knowledge'' Albert Einstein
Sketchbook of Roo.
Someone suggested I should draw Sasuke. So here he is. Kind of.
designboot - Thanks, there's still a long way to go though.
Rossouw - Thank you, I think it's not that noticeable
Hmmm, Kakashi without a face-mask...? Isn't that kind of sacrilegious?
Cool stuff you've got going in here.