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    Grim Reaper's Dark Art Sketchbook

    This is my sketchbook, open to your criticism.
    I'm not a professional artist and never finished any art schools but i believe experience and hard work can lead an artist further than teachers' points of views and formal education. Of course I lack all those things.

    This is my sketchbook, my journey through art in search of self- improvement, artistic enlightenment and finally job as a concept artist which has always been a dream of mine. There's a long and curvy road ahead but at this point I decide to fully sacrifice myself to this and finally get somewhere, move on with my life, get better as i go along with this.

    Hopefully this w i l l gradually get better:)
    If not I will take on knitting and spend rest of my life whinging about how dreadful and unfair life is....

    - Chapter 1 -

    " Old- style backgrounds "

    I made dozens of them during long nights at work, some of them are crap, but also some of them I quite like. I used to make games using AGS (Adventure Game Studio) but after one finished game my ambitions grew and I started few projects that were too big job for one man and never finished them. Some graphics remained though.
    Here they are:


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    And finished background:


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    Another one. I read somewhere that using violent images in portfolio meets bad reception and generally should not be practised... Well, this is not a portfolio as such and I like gore so here it is:

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    And with colours added. I'm using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9 instead of Photoshop because I like being cruel to myself I guess:)

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    That's it for tonight. I shall continue as soon as I come back from work, which will be in about 36 hours.
    I do really long shifts you know...
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    Welcome to CA. Very dark stuff. I like it. Tho i dont draw in that style. But I do like it.

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    Cheers Envisor. There is more coming shortly that you may like so please keep visiting
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    Ok, I'm gonna give some more examples of those backgrounds.
    This is my favourite actually although I seem to be the only one who thinks so It propably wouldn't work as a real life living room but I put a lot of work into this one and also at one point in my life I lived in a room like this (but without the hanged lady before you ask):

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    And the finished version of it:

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    On this one on the other hand I'm sure there is some perpective problem but I can't figure out why... Anyway it was supposed to be a restaurant in a creepy hotel. Did I mention that game I was making was supposed to be a sequel to old Elvira games? Don't know if you can remember them peeps but Jaws Of Cerberus scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. That dead guy under the stairs... And the policeman in the locker... Those were the games to remember.

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    Short break now because of photobucket's site maintenance.
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    In the restaurant pic you can see paintings on the walls.
    The first one comes from a sketch I made when I was about 16 of a creature with the spinal cord coming out of its back and connecting to its brain.
    My big brother always liked it and one day he used it as an idea for a 3d picture he made.

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    The other painting on the wall is also very old. It was an exercise in using black marker. I like the simplicity of it.

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    And here is some more background work that I think is worth looking at:

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    At the end of Chapter 1 I'll show you some more colour background graphics although I realise that colour is my weakness... I've always felt more comfortable with pencil and soon I will focus on pencil sketches- at least as soon as I cover what I've done in the past.
    Speaking of colour I used to make pictures with water crayons in high school. Most of them were fantasy style ladies and dragons and...you get the idea. Some of them were put on the school walls in a large glass frame.
    Year after I'd finished school I met my arts teacher and he had sad news for me- some pictures were stolen and gues whose!- mine! He he they're on somebody's wall now and weird thing- I'm actually quite pleased with that

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    ohhh you are dark very dark . i like it .
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    Lovin this new stuff Grim. Especially the pencil backgrounds turned out great.

    My Sketchbook- C&C very welcome
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    White Rose, I guess I'll have to give in and agree with you. You convinced me 97%. That 3 percent of doubt is that thing you said about drawing a circle and drawing a face. I can't draw a circle and never could. I'm not bad with the faces though and I'm gonna prove it
    You're right about the boring theme. In chapter 2 no more backgrounds. I guess there's been to many of them already but I wanted to find some use for them as the game they were made for never got finished.
    Also -to follow your advice- I went to the shop today and bought some good quality paper and pencils and I'm gonna practise. Practise hard.( so maybe one day you will say' that one's alright mate, nothing wrong with it'
    My line, yeah, it'll get better hopefully. My style is a bit messy. A bit like my personality. You girls have a bit different aproach. You are better organised, tidy and clean. I -as a man- am a bit chaotic.
    But I believe there is also great beauty in chaos.
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    In between chapter 1 and chapter 2 : a quick sketch I drew just before supper.

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    CHAPTER 2

    " Oil paintings "

    There wasn't many oil paintings. About 6 or 7. I sold one in the art gallery for quite a lot of money actually but then I lost interest in oils...
    Anyway this is gonna be a short chapter. Have a look at these two pictures of my canvas taken with a camera. They're not best quality unfortunately but will give you an idea of what I was doing when I was about 16.

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    So.... what is it you're doing now?
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    I'm getting there.
    Keep coming mate and I'll get to to what I'm doing now soon
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