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    Every time I will be discouraged, I will look at your sketchbok and get back on track. You're my hero

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    Every time I will be discouraged, I will look at your sketchbok and get back on track. You're my hero

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    Hi there! Awesome thread man.

    I was wondering, were there any books that you found really helpful when you were just starting out? Also, did you have any sort of schedule/routine that you stuck to as you practiced?

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    Every time I will be discouraged, I will look at your sketchbok and get back on track. You're my hero
    So will I

    Just amazing how your skills developed!

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    Thank you so much for sharing this!! You have no idea how much this has inspired me. The other day I was seriously doubting myself and wondering if I should even bother pursuing art anymore. I felt like I barely improved since high school and that I am so far behind compared to other people my age who are so much better than me at drawing. After going through several pages of this, I started to feel more confident and optimistic. The improvement you made months after making this is amazing! And just three years later, you were drawing at a professional level. So, once again, thank you for the inspiration!

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    only just discovered this gem,literally incredible stuff - exponential growth in skills in all areas!i dont know if you`ll read this but id like to ask if you think it would have been possible to reach this standard without attending the atelier?thanks for your time

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    maoloason, please stop posting your stuff in this thread and open your own sketchbook.
    It`s very easy and if you want people to look and criticize your work so you might become one day as good as MindCandyMan, you should practice everyday..

    But like I`ve said, don`t spam this thread with your stuff. It`s not right. Period

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjan Jurincic View Post
    maoloason, please stop posting your stuff in this thread and open your own sketchbook.
    It`s very easy and if you want people to look and criticize your work so you might become one day as good as MindCandyMan, you should practice everyday..

    But like I`ve said, don`t spam this thread with your stuff. It`s not right. Period
    Oh,oh,I didn't planned to post any more.It was just another way to say "hey,I love your work" to MindCandyMan. I just came here for several times,didn't know the rules here, now I konw.

    I just to be friendly,but .... obviously we had totaly diferent point on what I did.It's ok to delete my reply,and it's ok to say "it's not right"to me, but what I can benifited by "spam" my stuff in this thread?

    It's a pity to be a troublesome one.Anyway,thank your advice.

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    Youre the main reason I decided to learn how to draw or die trying - thank you!
    I kinda had the feeling that either you were born with this special skill or you could forget about it, but after some quick "googling" I stumbled over your journey here and was completely sold!

    I was wondering, looking back on your journey was there any red thread or some basic route of learning you perhaps could share? Of cause we all learn differently and we each have our own way of mastering ideas, but still could be there was some basic intuitive path hidden somewhere.

    Im very much a beginner at this drawing business, but I feel that all Im doing at his point is just trying to copy what I see. My goal is to be able to put my thoughts and in lack of better words "mental pictures" down on paper.
    Im studying full time at the moment, so I cant really afford to take any big drawing classes and such.

    Anyway, thank you for the inspiration.

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    This is incredibly inspiring. I'm just starting myself and this helps me tremendously! keep up the amazing work!

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    Christ. I'll go back to drawing once I am done eating.

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    Still awesome after all these years. I continue to look at this every once in awhile!

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    Thanks

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    THANK YOU!
    At the moment I'm (more or less) at the same level you were when you decided to learn how to draw. You were able to improve your skills so much!
    I hope I will be able to draw as good as you do (although I've got a long way ahead of me...).

    Regards!

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    Congratulations! You're famous on reddit, now: http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comme...ng_and/c4jnnu9

    That comment was way up there on one of the front page links. Great job!

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    2.2 Million Views and counting. You have inspired the masses Jonathan. Your link on Reddit today literally jammed the servers until we had to move your thread to it's own server! haha.

    I need to dig up the PM that started this all. I look forward to your updates and seeing how high the sky goes in the coming years. You have a bright future ahead and have lit the way for countless artists around the world.

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    I would love to see that original private message Jason! It's amazing to think about where I was only 9 years ago. I've grown up a lot since then both artistically and personally.

    I don't say this lightly guys...there are two main people that I owe my career to. The first is my wife who told me she believed in me after I completed my first drawing. The second is all of you in this community. Without Jason giving me poignant advice and without the encouragement of all of you I'm not sure I would have kept drawing through all those horrible first years (horrible in terms of the quality of my work!). I just want to send out a huge thank you to everyone. I've received a lot of email over the years and it's always humbling to think that I could help inspire someone else.

    I can tell you that I am VERY glad I didn't give up and go back to working in a cubicle. That one decision to pursue art has led to a different life.

    I'm still working all the time guys. I'm teaching and painting every day and I love it. Here's a couple things I finished recently. Did a quick portrait of my son Sam.

    Also you can see a progression of a portrait commission I started working on. I've been shying away from portrait commissions recently because it's hard working for an "art director" that doesn't know anything about art. They pay really highly, but sometimes the hassle is not worth it. This particular portrait commission is awesome though. The family is really cool and their rule of thumb for the painting was that they wanted a "conversation piece". So I am doing five character studies of them and the background will be a bit unfinished, etc... It's been fun to work on this one. I'll try to include a step by step on this one because I think it will be interesting for everyone. This one is going to stay loose. Trying to channel sargent these days hehe. The more I paint the more I see how ridiculously good he was...insane. There are a lot of times where I feel like I've just started painting. I've still got 20-30 years ahead of me before I'm doing the work I want to do I think. Alas that is the curse I guess haha.

    The last image is a close up of the "block in" I completed of the little girl. I thought it was quite "Zombie-ish" so I wanted to post it. Who says I'm not a concept artist...I paint zombies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MindCandyMan View Post
    The last image is a close up of the "block in" I completed of the little girl. I thought it was quite "Zombie-ish" so I wanted to post it. Who says I'm not a concept artist...I paint zombies!
    hehehe Jon that's so funny. It's great to see you doing so well, the portrait of your son is stunningly beautiful, as is he, and I like the loose, painterly approach. I can feel the warmth and happiness in your family portrait so I'm guessing that you and they will be really happy when it's done.

    I've been drawing for about 3 years now, thanks to you, and I couldn't feel more happy. I am at that 'horrible' stage but it doesn't bother me because I know if I keep trying I might be able to paint a portrait like you are now, one day , and that by then you will be painting like 'Sargent'!

    Thanks to you and your wife for sharing so much, with so many, I know how much I appreciate it.

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    Hi, this is my first post.

    Man, I first saw your drawings on a vid in vimeo yesterday, and I jumped right to this thread. I felt so amazed about the incredible work that you've developed among 9 years, since you started as a rookie like me and like many in this thread that also felt inspired with your development and decided to give a chance to themselves. Before discovering that you exist, I was feeling really down about myself, feeling that I'm old and that I should have started years by now. I never had family support to draw in my early years, I liked to draw manga and that kind of stuff but I felt really discouraged because I couldn't figure out the techniques, I was good to my age and had a gut, but at some point in my life that I don't know to define when I gave up. There was already drawspace and deviantart but I felt it was gonna be a lonely journey and that I wouldn't be able to do it , and now I study something else in the college but the frustration NEVER left me.
    Now, seeing how you started, back in 2002, and the amazing help you've always received from other members made me finally decide to pursue my passion. I know it's gonna be tough, and most of the time (but never all of it) lonely, but I gotta do it. And for being the final push that I needed, I can't thank you enough. But thank you! Thank you, man!

    Now I'm off to buy my sketchbook

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    Thanks so much for the kind words guys! If I can even do one painting on par with sargent before I am dead I will be lucky trust me. Big shoes to fill. I've heard one painter say that "Sargent is the painter that makes us all want to fall on our palette knives"...oh yeah that's true haha. Anyone who hasn't tried it might not be impressed, but if you actually paint, and you try to do what he does, then you realize how talented he truly was.

    I'm glad to hear that tea party! Trust me...people said I was nuts when I started off on the journey. You will always receive negativity from something all along your journey. People who can't think outside of their box will always look at you that way. If you decide to head on path stick with it. Work hard and no one can stop you.

    Here's a mini update on the painting from the other day. Still working on this one. It's been really fun so far:

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    When I feel like giving up myself, I go here and see your spirit and feel anew again. You're amazing.

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    Holy ****! As many posted here, this thread gave me a boost of inspiration to keep moving on.

    I think I'll start my own thread by now.

    Last edited by alfredbaudisch; May 14th, 2012 at 10:55 PM.
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    A pleasure looking through your SB dude

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    One of those beautiful developments that I'm so glad conceptart allows us to capture and I'm also very glad to see some new work

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    Fantastic improvement from beginning to current. I applaud you good sir!

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    Hello Mind Cindy , first of all I would like to congratulate you for working so hard and for bieng so presistant and want to you to acknowledge the fact that you are my role model
    As I am a complete begginner I was hopping that you would tell me what books should I buy as I cant offer to take drawing classes and how many hours should I draw per day ?

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    there are so many people telling you you rock so I'm not going to post any reply telling you you rock... (oh I'm funny) awesome how you did the teeth (even though they may not be finished they look awesome, simplified in strokes like that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnctdsns View Post
    dude this thread is amazing
    i know its been said a lot already... but truly inspiring
    to watch how you progressed from this -



    to this -




    ...incredible
    The way you put this just made me say "holy sh**" on this topic again. It's amazing to see the evolution by this perspective.

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    WOW!!! This is crazy inspiring sir.

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    Good lord - boom goes the dynamite..... jeeeeesus man - inspiring indeed..... I would say speechless but I'm bleating out awe and drooling. Fantastic studies and work. Jealous as hell - looking forward to more!!!

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    Smile BINGO!

    This is my first post on the CA forum and seeing all the work I really felt like a "Absolute Rookie". I have only 19 and feel that it was too late to start studying digital art, art or drawing. But I've spent hours and hours to see every page of your sketchbook and feel, as all who have written before me, this is pretty motivating. Here in Peru it is quite difficult, especially conceptual study art. I study graphic design, I'm half the technical course and then for my part I have read and seen books on artistic design, the human face, still life, etc. See for example the costs of universities in USA, or the art department and beyond my expectations. Well out he could, but I have to accommodate myself to what I have and move forward. I had thought of doing the same thing you did, every day making sketches, concepts and listen to advice and criticism from everyone in the forum. My future goal is that here in Peru is to develop the career of conceptual art, handicraft mixing with digital and will not stop until you do because there is much to exploit here and there are many like me who wish they could have the same tools or possibilities, and I wish I could give them these tools to grow as artists.

    I know my English is not good enough for everyone to understand, is because I stopped practicing for several years.

    I look forward to any advice of many people visiting this post for how I look for the "push" needed to move forward.

    Greetings from Peru

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