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    The Notspecialist /// A Designer Learns to Paint [UPDATED 1/19/08]

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    hi,

    this is my first post here and hopefully the start of a frequently updated sketchbook.

    i'm in my last year of design school (interactive, motion, etc.) and of course now i just want to learn to be an illustrator, concept artist, or matte painter or something.

    anyway, this is my transition to digital painting from the beginning starting last week!
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    the still life

    in design school, we began by drawing simple shapes so i tried the same thing here but with a tablet...

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    The Notspecialist /// A Designer Learns to Paint [UPDATED 1/19/08]
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    now the good stuff

    from shapes, we moved on to the still life so here's my go at digital painting from life!

    and the last one is from a photo taken on prince edward island, but not traced.

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    sketchy crowd of people

    here's a little sketch

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    robot on parade

    some more speedy, should i do a more detailed version of this???
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    bigger better

    had this up before but it was tiny so hopefully this is better (not posting for ranking honest!)

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    warrrrrrrr!

    more sketching, but still no comments!

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    nice stuff man, you seem to have a pretty good eye for lighting. give us some more stuff, any maybe don't work THAT rough, sometimes it's really hard to see anything, especially in the last one!

    keep it up!
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    There's some very artistic work you have here. I especially like the graphic nature of #5 (planes and robot). It would make for a decent large poster on a studio wall.

    Are you using one of those fancy Cintiqs?

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    I really like that pepper and the reflection is hot! No pun intended... The lighting in the last one is really nice as well.

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    thanks for the encouraging comments!!!

    and maybe don't work THAT rough, sometimes it's really hard to see anything, especially in the last one!
    i'm really trying to figure out at what point to call a sketch finished. cause of my design background i tend to get a little too flat with my compositions. but i'm not sure if i need to use more paint or just describe shapes better. i'll keep experimenting!

    Are you using one of those fancy Cintiqs?
    i wish! what i actually use is my 17 inch powerbook and a silver intuos 2 6x8 tablet with photoshop!
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    there's a process!

    here's a bit of underwater fun

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    and here's a bit of the process

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    faucet from life

    here's another painting from life, i wish i could paint surfaces this easily in my concepts.

    do most people only post one image at a time, or is it preferred to dump a lot on once in a while?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notspecialist
    here's another painting from life, i wish i could paint surfaces this easily in my concepts.
    Try taking that same surface texture and painting something from imagination with it, like a robot or a suit of armor. Still-lifes can be a great way to learn textures.
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    Great work on the texturing of that last one. When I first opened my sketchbook, I posted a lot of my old work. Now, I'm only posting (well, trying) an image of day of new stuff. It's up to you and how much you draw a day. =)

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