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    "Sketchbook" - Working towards a porfolio

    Hi everybody, my name's Kale (inventive forum Id... I know ) and this is my first post on ConceptArt.

    I've been living in Japan for a few years now -- since graduating from college -- doing some pretty boring work fixing computers, and I've decide to move back to the US. Specifically to Seattle, where I hope to get a job in the Game industry. It's a complete stretch I know, but I've got a fair training in classical art (and some 3D work) so I'm going to take a month or so off, once I finish work, and use this "sketchbook" to work on a portfolio.

    But before I work on 3D models and textures during my month off, I wanted to brush up on more conceptual stuff -- that's when I can across these great exercises on this forum:

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=81332
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=79065

    So anyways, I'm going to try to update once a day if possible for a while starting from tomorrow (yeah... right you’re thinking ); I would be grateful for any critiques of my work. Here is something I did recently in PS, just so people know where I'm at:

    Attachment 76271

    You can look at other stuff here if you want:
    http://samuraifight.deviantart.com

    -Kale
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    wow thats some nice beginning to your Sketchbook. looking forward to see some more!
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    That's a really nice start. Love the colours and the way you've rendered the her clothes.

    Lets's see some more!
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    Welcome to CA, and as the others have stated, very nice start to an SB. Got to see more to critique. keep posting.

    My Sketchbook- C&C very welcome
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=85772
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    Hey Kale! Great first piece however I did notice that the neck seems a bit flat. Even if you reference doesnt have it create some neck muscles. Also with the drapery of the legs would have more folds unless it is a orange sheet of metal which I'm guessing its not! So put those folds in there! Great job and let's see some more.
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    for me it's too much realistic, I think that was a photo or something ...
    make some art
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    Guitar

    Attachment 76754

    Here is today's sketch. I decided for my first "from life" sketch in a while I would try something difficult like a guitar. I'm not completely satisfied with it, but it's done, although any comments would still be helpful.

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    oma, mull77, Envisor - Thanks for the comments!

    The Lone Gunman - Yes the NECK, I have futzed with it so much but nothing looks right. Everything above the obi (belt) is mostly out of my head so I have to work a little harder on it. As for folds at the bottom, kimonos are very very flat in the front (unless the have a crease line from being folded) but maybe it could use some more finesse. I will work on it.

    designboot - Well what can I say, this is a portrait taken from my own photographs - not concept art - and I was going for realism. [start sarcasm] I will try to make actual "art" in the future [end sarcasm] Maybe I will follow your example and make pencil sketches from porno.

    -Kale

    *edit* spelling, put comments after drawing...
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    Like first one
    On the life scetch I'd say that transitions between values arent actually smooth, same goes for hetching in general,
    Guitar casts shadow on suitcase but not on floor/ bottom bag?
    If Guitar is supposed to be main subject, you have to make it obvious.
    Hope tis's been of help
    good luck n so long....
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    good start for a sketchbook.I agree with blacky, and i add that you might want to slow down your pencil rendering, just to make it look smoother.Try and study line quality more.But anyway, its a good start, keep sharing

    ciao
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    This goes along with the last one... for assignment #1 in this thread:
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=81332

    Attachment 76822Attachment 76823

    It's not very polished but completely done out of my head (and lately I *never* draw without a ref) so I'm kind of happy. Reminds me of my dad.

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    Blacky and The Gnoll - Thanks for your tips! I'm really impatient when it comes to pencils for some reason, but not on the computer or with oils, it's strange. I guess I expect some sort of instant results. Anyways I hear it a lot about my pencil sketches so I will try to smooth things out a bit. Thanks again!

    -Kale

    *edit* picture not showing up right
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    Self portrait

    Okay here is my peice for today, a self portrait done from a mirror. I didn't what to do a straight one shot, but I was doing this in a mirror so options are limited. Instead to make it a little interesting, I tilted my head down a bit.

    The ears are a little lop-sided and the mouth is funny, but what I was concentrating on was making everything smoother looking. Any improvement? I still feel like I'm rushing, especially the hair, but there's not enough time after work to do a long studied rendering.

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    good stuff. that top piece is great. love her pose and feet position - ( no i do not have a foot fetsih. lol)
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