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    I learned how to use Sparth's custom shapes last night. I had a lot of fun, though the images themselves fail pretty badly. I wasn't using masks or any other technique to keep them fresh. I think it is a powerful tool. I just don't understand how to use it yet.

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    So I did this painting based on this quote by Karl G. Maeser

    "I have been asked what I mean by “word of honor.” I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I might be able to escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I’d die first."

    At BYU there is a statue of Mr. Measer. If you look closely you can see that Ivy has been sculpted growing up his leg. This painting is exploring that idea in a vague sort of way.

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    This is another attempt at doing the Sparth method. I think that one thing I am doing wrong is not letting the shapes hold my profiles very well. I am going to work on that.

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    congratulations on understanding Sparth's method! I haven't figured it out yet...

    The painting looks interesting so far, the backstory even more so. Are you going for some kind of fusion of man and tree?

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    Krysjez: "Understand" is still probably too strong of a word. Still thanks. Hopefully in time.

    here goes another archive doodle

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    nice drawing but feel the head is bit small , maybe this hero have a metal suit .

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    Raminafshari: good call on the proportions. These doodles have been pretty fast and sloppy.

    Here is another doodle.

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    Here a bunch of environment doodles... I am pretty happy with how these turned out.

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    I like it

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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1298606785

    the idea here is an intrigueing one. both for the strength of the concept of a word of honour, a symbol of choice and principles, and also in the idea of a human artefact lasting and interacting with the environment over long spans of time.
    apparently if our civilization stopped totally today it would take a few thousand or hundred thousand years (or a severe ice age) to erase things like our cities, the pyramids, the interstates, maybe leaving a think strata of radioactive rubbish in the fossil record. The footprints on the moon will be gone in a million years under micrometeorite impacts... our tv signals will spread out forever I suppose..
    I always loved that part in the Time Machine movie where the models in the shops change styles as years pass.
    Thinking about it, inside a bubble of slow time, you would see the sunlight blue shifted into xrays... although imagining refractive indexes and other light behaviour at the interface of zones of differing time rate hurts my brain..
    the technology discribed in HP Lovecraft was really built to last; the Pabodie expedition found artefacts that had lasted 600,000,000 years intact, times over which mountains flow like liquid..

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    Wow, Velocity, thanks for your insight. I think that if art can provoke someone to think, it has done its job. I am glad it got your gears moving. I have been pretty pumped about Tyranids lately. I am sure you will see more of them in the future.

    So this is an update on my TAD homework. It is the low-poly version of the chair with normals baked onto them. I am getting some bugs and there is definately some room for improvement on the low-poly, but overall I am really happy with it.

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    really really really awesome stuff man! so inspiring. love it.

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    lovely mate, the chair looks great!!!also great sketches!!!
    Maybe try playing with bigger shapes in the sparth style. Keep the very detailed shapes for certain areas.
    keep up the great work!!!

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    Great works!!! especially pencil line draw. I dont understand why only 4 stars!?

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    Wow massive response today. Does everybody else get their subscription notifications on Monday too .

    Tron: Thanks man. If I could have my pick of adjectives to describe my work; Inspiring is probably the #1 thing I would aspire to.

    KingKostas: I think you are right about the Big shapes thing. Use the shapes as the basis for my silloette. When I get a break this week I will give that a shot.

    n1frit: Thanks! I used to have 5 stars. It was pretty heartbreaking to lose it. It felt a little like I was digressing. I don't really pay as much attention to it anymore. But it would definitely make me happy to get back to that point. I tend to post every little doodle that I have done (like todays post). I think I would get a better reception if I focused on finishing my images rather than just getting them out of my head.

    Like I mentioned these are just little doodles. Both personal images. The first was me thinking about human duality. Without getting too specific it was me drawing out the concept of the good side and the bad side of myself. The good side is this physical and suffering thing, while the bad side has almost evaporated except for his eyes.

    With the second one I was thinking about a family member who I am estranged from and how like these floating asteroid cities we are drifting apart, but also inexorably chained together. Again I didn't really finish them. I just got them to the point where I realized why I was drawing them then felt like they had served their purpose. Pretty selfish I suppose.

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    Rare work I can finish. I haven t patience, or it is simple not intresting ... I d not know.
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    n1frit: Yeah it sounds like we are in the same situation.


    So for a while I was on a kick of drawing impossible airships. My life had gotten too complex and felt unsustainable, I think the airships were something of a metaphor for that.

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    lovely sketches as usual!!!
    Well if your aim is not to finish something but to sketch out ideas then no worries. I would simply think about what i would like to achieve.I always enjoy your sketches & concepts.
    keep up, i am very glad that u are back and uploading

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    KingKostas: I really want to do both, express and finish an idea. I just often don't. Not finishing things is a bad habit. I am actually finishing my drawings a lot more lately, I am just still posting older work at this point.

    This is another "Speed" paint. I just call it that because I am using some Sparthy stuff. But it takes me a helluva long time. This one was about 2 hours including making the new custom shapes out of some renders of my chair.

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    thanks for swinging by the sketchbook man! the sparthy tech is getting better and better. I love how you used the render of you chair as the shape manipulator. well played I really enjoy how you handle your sketch work. you have nice lines that hold weight very well. I subscribed

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    CrookedHorn: Thanks for the kind words. I am subscribed to you as well.

    These are thumbnails for an upcoming project I am calling "Houses built in precarious places" I am not sure whether I am going to take them to fully realized game environments or just do a series of more final sketches or watercolors. A couple of years ago, during the housing market collapse I kept hearing news types saying that this collapse was a one-in a million fluke. That no-one could see coming. That idea made me pretty mad as almost everyone I know saw it coming. It shouldn't surprise anyone that prices cannot double every 6 months forever. Anyway, I am starting to rant. These drawings and a bunch more to come are explorations of this idea. These thumbnails were from several months ago but it is a theme I am still working with.

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    Beautiful sketching and such creative ideas. Loved the costume.

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    Your sepia sketches give me a warm fuzzy feeling.

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    just dropping by to say that I will follow your SB progress from now on ^^ good entertaining and varied SB, a pleasure to browse through

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    Hajime: Thanks. It sounds like I am going to get to model for a figure drawing group in that costume, which I am excited about because I can spend the money I make from it on a better costume for next year

    Idrawcartoons: thanks I was using a recycled paper sketchbook for a while. Everything I am posting is a couple months old though at this point. My current sketchbook is a regular old moleskine. Still you have a couple more posts ahead on nice paper .

    Partisan: Wow man, thanks I really appreciate that. I am a big fan of yours as well. I subscribed to your book a couple weeks ago too!


    Here are some more doodles for my "Houses Built in Precarious Places". The library is an idea inspired by a PBS show I have been watching occasionally called art 21. It is a look at contemporary art, and is pretty infuriating. There is all this insight and wisdom in the work that these artists are producing, but it is packaged in a way that is so obtuse that no-one can actually access the knowledge. To me it felt like a library where all the books are built on shelves 15 feet up in the air. A room filled with vital but inaccessible information. That chair that I am modeling was initially thought of as an element for a 3d render of the room.

    I have been thinking about doing 3d environments as fully realized pieces of art. My thought is that art should be created with the best media available. And that the strongest media for art creation are 3d game engines, because they can create the most immersive visual experience. It seems like thus far no-one has done this though. What do ya'll think?

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    here are a couple more drawings.

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    You have really nice, clean concept sketches! The linework in them looks great In your digital paintings your brushstrokes look a little too dabbled though, and it's hard to read the forms of objects. I think if you practice how light interacts with form you'll improve with leaps and bounds c8

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    I finished my chair! Onto the next prop.

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    wow!! awesome sketches!! thanks for the inspiration man!

    EDIT:: i just went through your entire thread man!!! holy crap! i LOVE your work!! such awesome stuff!!

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    Yay! You're posting again! Fun shapes man. And I love how story-provoking these lovely little houses about to get owned are.

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