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    Woot, six replies on one day. I can't believe it. Thanks guys.

    designboot: I'll do so, thx.
    notic: It's a pleasure to hear such words from you, as you sure are one talented freak. Thanks a lot.
    Ksama: The laser one seems to attract attention whenever people see it. I don't get it, because it's mainly fog and invisible stuff. I'll add some shittalk in your sketchbook about improving your digitals. Speedpainting definitely helps, because it's a way to make something from imagination with the only limitation being your own skill and creativity. No other boundaries, you know.
    embee: Thx. Hey you're totally right about the composition in the last one. I'm thinking of making this a finished piece and I'll add some more tension. I already have some ideas... Oh, and mind the fat ass of that bunny. Slam it, yehaw.
    Kicek: Hey, thanks man. Nice to hear that from you. Ich hoffe dein Angebot wegen der Mappe steht noch. Ich bin den kompletten Februar arbeitslos, bis Zivi anfängt. Falls es dir passt, würd ich mich dann mal mit dir treffen. Wär cool.

    About the pencils: I switched from drawing to painting because it was so hard to get a pencil drawing look like I wanted. It was rather limiting too. But I think I'll have to get back to it soon, University is coming closer and digital pixel-pushing won't make those guys think I'm worth it. I haven't painted a single traditional painting in my life.

    Meanwhile, here's another speedy (well, 1,5 hours). DigitalDecoy was terribly nice to show me how to use selections properly in order to get some sharper edges. I use the smudge-tool a lot so this adds some nice contrast...

    jabo's book

    Okay, next on the list is a new avatar. I'm planning to print it on my t-shirt for the Italy workshop...
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    Really strong colours and enviros Jabo! New avatars are always exciting hehe.

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    Thx Jake. Yeah, I saw you changing yours and think it's really good. Your process is inspiring, man. Nice idea about the thread in the lounge.

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!
    Hey Jabo, I'm new on CA and your sketch book is the second I've seen and
    it has blown me away!!!! Your environments are amazing, I really like the way
    u can feel the atmosphere straightaway even at the slightest glance.
    I would love it if u could share some techniques with us, see I'm new at using
    photoshop so i don't have the slightest clue where to start.
    But ultimately keep up the good work and I'd love to see some more soon.

    b.t.w. thanks for loving the U.K. That's where i'm from XD

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    Hey man. Thanks a lot for your in depth critique. I at least have some goals and priorities to work up to now.

    I dunno man, the laser thing is just really well executed I think. That effect is just really cool, and it looks realistic as hell.

    Nice recent, I'm diggin the sharp/blur contrast and the colors. Keep up the good work dude.

    Now I'm off to experiment :p

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    duck_king: Many thanks. I will make a video of one of my speedpaintings in Febuary when I have time. I still have to get my finals done. But after that, sure. I'm a beginner as well, so don't expect any wonders or stuff. Oh, about the UK: You're welcome, but I should note that I love the french also

    Ksama: I was a little unsure about writing all that stuff. First of all, I'm not a good example of all that. My productivity is low as hell, I only finish one speedy and maybe 2 pages of sketching per day and I'm irritated quickly (Phone calling, someone asking me to go out tonight). But I'm not the kind of guy telling you to "stfu and draw". I hate that sentence, everyone should know his/her own limit and stick to it.

    Anyway, here are some real pencil sketches and a new in-depth sketch from Thursday. These show how irregular my quality is. I need at least one hour of sketching to get my strokes where I want them and after that, the outcome is always unclear. Some work (like the face of the hand-dude and the two big drawings) are... ok, but most of the time, it's crap. Feedback appreciated!

    jabo's book

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    Everything: no ref, expect for the last one, which is the big Vince D'Onofrio, reffed from imdb.com. And some close-ups:

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    Hope you like. I'm off for speedpainting.
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    hm, yeah, you got problems with your linework, i think. I want to improve mine too :-/
    well, i think sketching with a biro, or a marker (anything hardcore dark you cannot erase) helps a lot, because you have to know where you want which line to be and you want it to do, and put it that way onto the paper... additionally, you have to KNOW what you want to draw and what it looks like, of course, so knowledge is important too (anatomy, establishing a "visual libary",...).

    When you draw with a marker, most of it will look like shit (at least my stuff did ^^) but it will definitely improve... and it will also improve your pencilwork

    I dont know if there is any point in what i said, but maybe you can get something out of it...


    The guy who talks to his hand is dope, the weed-monster too.
    I like the looseness of your sketches btw...
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    Your envo. work and color schemes are great Jabo. Cant wait for you to stick some cool characters into there to accompany the scenery.
    TUNAFISH SAMMICHES?!

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    Sirio_Brozzi: Thanks a lot. The chars will come, don't worry.

    embee: Yeah you're right. I was doing fine liner sketches all the time in summer 06, but I was rather disappointed by the results. I don't erase anything in my pencils though. I usually use fine liners for quick and purposive sketches, not pencils, because you have to start a new sketch when you make a mistake instead of just erasing it out. But pencils look pretty.

    I'm not in the position yet where I _like_ anatomy studies, I rather draw things from mind and interesting stuff like enviros, guys with guns, girls with boobs instead of taking my time solely to learn anatomy. Makes me keep track with my goals, you know?

    BTW, are you around some other community (DD?) or something? I'd like to meet some German folks some time in RL before the Italy workshop to build some connections.

    Waiting for some new sketches in your SB... Meantime, here's a colored "weed-monster" (liked that expression). Don't smoke weed myself, but most people here do. I always like their faces when they take a deep puff.

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    Come on, Page 2 will be here soon, browsing this thread with my snail-powered DSL800 connection is a pain in the butt.

    Ok, here's something I've been messing around with. Really quick (none over 10 minutes) and just slapping some scenes onto the paper listening to the Homeworld Soundtrack, one of the best Orchestral soundtracks available. Maybe I'll continue the story...

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    Thx DARAF.

    Ok, I finally finished my final school project and am now full of excitement for the results. The last days were like taking a walk in hell, I'm rather exhausted (maybe it's the Vodka as well). Then again, I feel great excitement about this new stage. Well, civilian service first, not too crazy about that. A school for mentally disabled and difficult children. But well, I have to do it. I'll do more art related stuff and will be applying for college at the same time. Maybe travel somewhere. Whew!

    Ok, here's a speedy from today...

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    oh, i like "wiedermaldschungeloderwas.jpg" very much... especially the subtle transitions in the upper part. last one is also cool

    mind showing me how to use selections as well? i'm terrible at that.

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    I have to find a good capturing program yet. Then I'll make a video of one of my speedies. It's basically criss-cross movement on a very extreme range in order to achieve perspective. SHIFT or ALT add or subtract from the selection respectively. Then, STRG+H will hide the selection. Go over it with either a hard edge brush (harsh speedy look) or a soft one (good for round surfaces of course).

    Here's another example. It's fun to block in really big shapes with low pen pressure and use the overlaps to convey depth (mountains in the background, although I smudged it for the smoke... I hope you like.

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    I call it "Purple haired anti-hero fights witch on a hover-broom"

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