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    - sammy - experiments and noodles

    Hey everyone --- welcome to my ESB, where i spend time working rather than:

    I'd like to thank Davi and Mike for the invite here - it feels good to be back in the sketchbooks where i belong.

    it's always fun for me to throw robots about --- but i really need to branch into other styles as well - so i'll be posting my experiments, tutorials, speeds, studies, rough thumbnails, etc .... hell, i'm even trying to get a grip on these damn brushes - so i'll get those ready whenever.

    and let it be known that i try and use references ALL the time ---- even if i'm not literally putting on paper exactly what i'm looking at - i just find that my mental-library is most absorbent when i am actually sketching (or warming up to) --- if i'm working on architecture, i might be referencing something as different as an image of a horse - just to get a better grip of how i can approach lighting/rendering rather than folding and referencing old habits.
    Last edited by Sammy; August 4th, 2011 at 08:28 AM.

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    I was just on the floor looking for my jaw...


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    Very glad to see you posting in here Sammy
    Your work is a huge inspiration and eye candy--and seeing as you don't have a website for me to go through when I needz a sammy fix, surfing through broken image tags from old threads = sad panda...although it does make me right click/save a lot of stuff now.

    I hope that you can continue to update here, and uhm feel free to post step by steps

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    aweomse stuff

    p00r thing the pics from ur sketchbook got lost when ur ftp died :/

    i so love ur stuff i could browse the sammy folder @my hdd all day long

    i really hope theres gonna be more stuff here soon

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    dude thats awesome !!
    i like those robots very nice design
    i like that thay have a big main area or torso
    that has cool organic design and the rest follows
    the design of it, i hope it make sense in a few words
    they are really cool :-) how big are these sketches?
    hope you find some time during gaming to post some stuff
    i have a hard time restraining myself to not spend a lot of hours playing
    and theres so many cool games !!!!!
    best of lucks dude

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    wheezy - thanks, i hope i can keep that up :]

    Texahol - one day i'll manage to set up a site... i'm just lazy - and actually want to get some finished games out too.

    Mike - thanks for the invite again ----- yea, i'm trying to pick one of those out, just can't decide

    sideshowbob - oh, there's more - i'll be sticking around

    robogabo - here’s been a torrent of good games lately … ones I actually want to finish – I like the last set of machine thumbnails you did, I wouldn’t mind detailing one of those!

    designboot - thanks

    --- okay, as promised here's a process piece i worked up:

    Since I wanted color to be a primary focus for the mood, I scouted corbis for some decent reference ---- found an image with a reflection and some shallow dune-ripples, that I felt had a quiet and serine look i should include (since it's just a nice detail, i would've never thought to include out of my head)

    With paintings I usually don’t start with any linework, but I had an idea in mind for the structure --- so I went ahead and blocked it in using some extremely broad perspective – I find that if you aren’t going to use 3-point perspective, you should stretch your 2-points out as far as you can – to achieve that zoomed landscape photograph look.

    I dance about blocking in the colors and values --- then blocking in more structures, paying attention to some of the reference since I still want much of the concept to seem industrial. Once I get some momentum, I keep dancing about adding subtle color changes. It helps me to keep the image flat, so I have to paint over mistakes ---- but with repeating details I’ll add a layer, then stretch them into perspective.
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    Thank You

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    Sammy, you rock! always a big inspiration and thanks for reminding me how using references is essential - I almost never use them, and thus, stagnate.

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    great process thanks!

    such great use and handle on colour.

    good to have this sb here!

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    last one is really impressive.
    Very cool technique and design,can't wait to see more
    btw, do you just google for reference, or you have some nice site links for us?

    keep sharing, lovely stuff
    ciao

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    Great work Sammy, the enviro is especially nice!
    2011 Sketchbook

    New Helzon's SB R.I.P. Mike

    "I am obsessed with the process of creation" -Zdzislaw Beksinski

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    MikeCorriero -- CHEEETOS ! i hope it was somewhat helpful --- i've always been a pencil/linework kinda' guy too ... but when i know something's going to be a paint, i really have to try and stay away from falling in love with my lines.

    Unbreakable -- thanks for that :]

    m@. ---- pfftt ... "stagnate" whatever... your range of subjects is Intimidating --- I’m still wanting another tutorial of how exactly you add such rich colors to your paints.

    TheGnoll -- Corbis is always a good source --- and the images are small enough to where you won't be tempted to bury your head in them ----- and a good DVD collection is a must too.

    salaryman, Lone Wolf --- thanks

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    some dinos, and some noisy speeds (experementing with scanned pencil texture) i had sitting about on my desktop:

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    these are all great sammy. you're inspiring me to quit my day job and start drawing and painting again Keep this going, I want to see more!

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