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    Mat's Continuing down the path of seriousness!! (Updated Daily)

    Keep in mind, that normally I'm not much for a digital artist. I'm learning though, and hopefully you'll see some improvement. If you have any suggestions that might help me get further along quicker, I'm all for it. I would also like to know what tools are typically used to make decent looking digi-pieces in a decent amount of time.

    I don't have much to start out with as I have loads of scanning to do.
    But here goes:

    First attempt to make anything digital only: Namely just trying to get something to look semi-3D
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    As you can see, it's just a sort of 3D orange. No ref used. Only photoshop/mouse. ~20mins.

    Next in the list we have Tank CAT! At the moment this is my favorite pic that has been digitally optimized
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    It was originally used for a DSG, the cute and cuddly The Cute and Cuddly go to War! but that is the original and doesn't quite look like I wanted it to, so I did a little bit of editing afterwards just recently.
    Like I said, at the moment that's my favorite traditional + digi piece. Was supposed to be a daily thing... but this ended up taking a week. I'm slow...

    And lastly for now:
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    This is just the larger version of my logo. This was done in pen and scanned then touched up in ~10 mins. At least I have some quick ones to show you guys!

    Alright that's it for today, but will post more as they come.
    As always, crits and comments are not only welcome, but are greatly appreciated. I'm in the learning stages, and hopefully will have some better stuff to show you guys in the future.

    Until next time,
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    Lull in artwork~ :(

    Lately, school and work have been overtaking everything... so much that I don't even have time to do quick sketches. I'm in the process of job hunting for something more reasonable, but it's going to be a long and difficult process.
    But bah, don't want to bore you with tedious backstory.
    So I give you some of my older works.

    [IMG]Thumbnails for DSGs[/IMG]

    My first attempt at thumbnails period. I was just trying to slap crap out as fast I could in an attempt to try to learn something. Picture in the top left is a quick thumbnail for DSG 1201 VERY LARGE ASTEROID-HARVESTING MACHINE DOING ITS THING. It didn't quite make it... but at least I got a quick sketch out in the corner lol ;P Other than that, just random sketches.

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    Next was something I had an idea for a tattoo once that would go on the lower part of someone's back. Very Cyber-Punky if I do say so myself.

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    Lastly for now, a dedication to my fiance for her trust and faith in me.

    I'll be back later to post more, but hopefully this is a small tid-bit to tie you over temporarily

    Oh, and for anyone looking for advice on the video game industry, seedling has some excellent advice at http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...22#post1015222. Hopefully you guys find this as useful as I do!

    Until next time...

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    More from earlier.

    More work from earlier in the year.

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    This is the design doc for my fiance's bookmark. I had the idea while just sitting around at work. Since she's an avid writer/reader, I thought it would be something nice to have. I retouched it in photoshop later, but hard drive failed so I lost the color version...

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    Playing around with some sci-fi city practice. And decided I wanted to try to color a little bit. So I used some paintbrush markers on this one. Not complete, and unfortunately probably won't be. That's something you'll notice with my sketchbook, most of the things inside of it, are good ideas that never get finished :-\

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    Another tattoo design. This one was pretty intricate and I thought about it ending up on someone's back. I don't know... kind of interesting I suppose. Got the idea by googling keyholes. Hehe, do so and you'll see my reference picture

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    This one took around 1-2 weeks to complete. It was stupid how slow I worked on this one, because it was really drawn out over months, but work time alone was around the earlier numbers. It's just sad how much I really like this one, but was so hesitant to complete it. Ugh lol. I need some good advice on working quickly
    The picture is my fiance placed in a futuristic sci-fi setting. The sun is in the background with a city and things. I plan on redoing this one in digital as the color is a bit dulled and the texture didn't show up correctly. At the moment it's just pencil and colored pencil.

    I've got many more that I need to scan, but work is summoning me
    You'll prolly see alot more of my older works and HOPEFULLY if I can you'll see some newer works. I'm in the process of getting a tablet, as I hear those are really good to work with if you're good with pencils. So maybe once that happens you'll see much faster/better work out of me. Until then... I can only give you guys what I can.

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    Glad to see that you started a sketchbook. I like the rose the best. The city is nice too but the lines are abit wobbly. Stay away from the computer for now. Pencils and paper are your friends. If you want to vary, try to find toned paper and draw on it with either dark & white conte crayons or with colored pencils. Draw from life as much as you can. Carrying a tiny sketchbook with you in cafes, parcs and on the bus and scribbling everything you see from cars to trees to ppl will increase your visual vocabulary, and it's quite fun too!

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    Reply:
    Qitsune: AHH thanks for some advice. You and my fiancee think the same... she almost uber bonked me when I said I was taking your advice. lol! As far as the studies go -- with limited time it's hard.. but I'm trying. School + Work takes up about 80% of my week. With the last bit being contributed to a healthy relationship Yowza it's hard... I think I'm going to find a good part time job. Anyone got any that I can have that involve graphic design or something similiar ;P

    Sketch DUMP!!!

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    This was a WIP for the Iorek Byrnison CHoW. Unfortunately, I couldn't wrap my head around it... so it never got finished. But I can't say that I didn't have fun doing it Regardless... this kind of stuff is helping me to build speed and slight confidence.

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    Just some quick studies that I did at work. Literally like 10 mins to do this whole page.

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    This was a WIP I was working on for PLUGGED-IN CYBER-PUNK GNOMES RIDE TECH-ENHANCED FOREST ANIMALS
    . As usual, I didn't finish it in time, but here is the completed:

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    I think the coloring is what REALLY brought it forward. 2 days work -- colored pencil + inks. Would really like some feedback about this one, as I would think this one is portfolio worthy.


    Well, hopefully you guys like what you see and I'll keep posting updates.

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    More from earlier!

    Currently working on this one:

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    It's for The Black Queen CHoW. Although this one's over... I can't help but work on it anyway. I want to finish more pieces in reasonable amounts of time. Hopefully you like the WIP and I plan on being able to post the finished one ASAP! Working hard this weekend!

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    This one was for the DSG 1207: GREEN & MEAN. Although it has no color currently... the sketch is of a leprechaun(sp?) robbing a bank! Hehe, I thought the idea hilarious and my fiancee suggested it. So there it is. Coloring coming soon!

    Now...
    The next three were WIPs for the Blizzard Art Contest 2006 that never got done... but I plan on using them this year if the contest comes again. Hopefully I'll win this time as my confidence has built ten-fold since then. I was too scared and focused on minor details to really get into this one. I'm working on scanning the background for this, but it's being a beesh lol. Anyway... here you go:

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    First picture: My favorite little guys. The zerglings... The final picture has like ten of these loveable little guys! LoL!!! They are slightly varied from the concept picture I drew. But well... they were fun and probably the fastest I've ever drawn anything. Took around 25mins to complete the sketch.
    Second picture: This one was of the marines. Only planned on having one as the picture itself was going to tell a story of utter desperation.
    Third picture: A starcraft ghost. Probably the most important part of the picture except the enviornment itself I think. This one took the longest and turned out the best in my opinion. The story goes like this: The two terrans were broken away from their main platoon when they were under heavy attack. They were told by command to go north and that there was a bridge that would lead them back to the command base. Little did they know that the bridge was out and well... an ambush was in the works. This picture is meant to show emotion from them. They know they are going to lose, but they are going to fight with all their might!

    Coming soon: The starcraft picture's background!

    As far as the contest is concerned, the winners have GREAT entries. I just wish I could have competed at least. My goal was not to win per se, but to at least make it to the honorable mention. That would give me a serious boost in confidence lol!
    Yet again, any feedback is really appreciated. Especially on the starcraft pictures as I want those to be of competetive quality!
    Anyways... thanks for taking a look

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    Hey the green and mean has a lot of potential, but be careful the thigh of the forward leg looks broken. It is quite dynamic though.

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    Small Update:

    Just messing around with digi-junk lately lol

    Tried for speed painting.
    ~15mins original drawing, 1hr for actual render.

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    This one was for a DSG, way back... Aliens with dinosaurs or something or other.

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    Here's an attempt at some cloud drawing in photoshop.

    Anyway, thats all this time.
    Cya next time!

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    First Attempts

    This is an update of firsts.

    First of all -- lets sum up whats been up.
    Semester 1) Complete!!!
    Going to work part-time and school full time.
    Plan on making my art skills as best as I can, so I'm developing some sort of regiment that I'm to follow.
    I'm going to try to practice something quick every day and try to enter at least 1-3 things on the forums, DSG, CoW, CHoW, etc. Hopefully this will improve my skills as fast as I can. Digital is soooo much harder with a mouse and a focus for not doing detail. I'm trying to stay broad in most of my drawings as I have a bad tendancy to stick on one small thing for hours and hours.
    Anyway. Onto my update:

    The first one is my first attempt at color theory.

    Next one is my first attempt at speed paint.

    Next is my first attempt at using only filters to create something in photoshop.

    And lastly is just a random WIP.

    Crits always welcome and appreciated.


    Also... this might sound strange, but I'm looking for a mentor that might be able to help show me some techniques or something so that I can actually improve.

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    looks good. would like to see some more complete images before criting too mutch.
    still... like (almost)everyone else work on your anatomy 'n' stuff

    keep sharing

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    Sat/Sunday

    Here's the entries for sat/sun

    Sat: 1 Ocean Speedpaint (7 mins)

    Sun: 1 Face Speedpaint (9 mins), and a dedication painting to my fiancee.

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    I really like the steampunk-looking fox. Some action shots would be nice of that kind of stuff.

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    Hey there! As i said to you earlier you have some very nice things going on here but I really think you should work on anatomy~grab a book by Loomis( I think somebody uploaded the .pdf's on the site somewhere...), it'll help a lot. Oh and pencils and graphite are a lot better at this stage rather than trying to battle with a mouse ;p

    Anyway, keep it up! Looking forward to seeing more.

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