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    Jim's sketches -- december 4--

    Hey C.A, I finally decided to really participate in this amazing community, so here is my sketchbook. I've dug up everything I've had laying around for the last year. So I'd love to here what everyone thinks, what I need to work on, bad habits I can break, ect.
    One thing I noticed while organizing all this stuff is that a lot of my drawings are just meaningless doodles of nondescript figures. What I'm going to try to work on is taking drawings further, being more patient and developing characters more. So heres the first dump. I'd love some crits, thanks for looking!

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    Hey man! Yeah it was fun.
    hmm.. that last one looks familiar.
    Yeah like you said a little more definition in your sketches would definitely help, as well as some practice with cleaner rendering. Ill look forward to seeing more!

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    Yo Dude!
    Good to see your starting a Book here! I like your studies on faces and you know a lot about the human body what I really admire. Most things look pretty good, even the quick sketches. Just show us more!

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    Holy dumpzilla I'm the exact opposite of you, I pinch it off in little chunks and scatter them here and there.... plus I suck

    Good stuff going here, I'm feeling the style you're going for and I think it's gonna turn out great. Welcome aboard

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    Hey man, thanks for the SB comment. Nice first dump . Excellent energy and rhythm, good anatomy. I'd like to see the same energy and enthusiasm of your freehand stuff applied to your studies! That and maybe work up some of your stuff to a more finished / fleshed-out level.

    Good going man!

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    yeah these have a nice energy and effortlessness to them, i'd like to see some finished/colored bits...

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    Busy with your comic, right?
    The link to the poses is truly awesome, thanks a lot!

    see you thursday!

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    thanks guys! here is a recent drawing and a couple speedpaints i tried (from reference).
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    this is my most recent illustration, for a themed gallery show "across the sea"
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    a cd cover i did for my band last year
    Jim's sketches -- december 4--
    a cd cover for a band called "high council". with this one i decided to attempt something more like an actual painting, without relying on lines like i usualy do. as you can see i have a lot to learn in that department - blehh
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    Great variety of styles! Just keep playing and it will click!

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    Thanks! Yeah the one after mine was the guy i was trying to get to come to the group. O_o

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    Wow man, the colored linework is really amazing. I don't really know too much about painting but one thing I've found that helps in digi stuff is using the right brush. Also, thinking in terms of 'cutting into' forms as you overlay them...maybe try working in black and white first...

    Also, you can try drawing with pen, or better yet, pencil, and staying well clear of using arbitrary 'lines'. Concentrate on internal forms and shadows, negative spaces, only show hard line when it's created from harsh lights overlapping deep darks, like a head framed by an unlit doorway or such...

    umm...and remember that 'outlines', at least on figures, are just the terminator or horizon of a curving form...so they are there, but they are soft and gradual, formed by areas where the light is reflecting off into the empty air instead of directly into our eyes...Try just looking down at your own legs in a pair of shorts, or point your arm toward a mirror...the foreshortening of the undulations of wider and narrower 'nodes' creates a 'dark halo' effect...especially if your friggin hairy like me

    Oh yeah, and the two biggest issues with that CD Cover painting: corners and points aren't sharp enough, shadows (especially cast shadows) aren't deep enough. Good composition though

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    Oh yeah...almost forgot...

    you might try doing some chalk or white charcoal studies on toned paper...even construction paper works working in highlights is probably one of the biggest differences between painting and drawing...IMHO

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    wow! I was looking at the studies and whatnot and I was impressed, but those last few colored pieces are very well done! awesome!

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    hey all, thanks for the crits and comments. got some new stuff here. a couple character sketches, a couple girls reffed from a magazine, a concept for the "soul collecter" chow that i never finished, and an illo i did for my girlfriends birthday -

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    I love those pages where your sketches take up the whole page! Really great sketches. The waves in the "across the sea" remind me of Hokusai's print with the waves almost becoming claws at the top.

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    I could swear I posted a comment here before.. hmmmm.. Anyway, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook, and welcome aboard. Your sketches are looking good, let's just see some more so that we can know better how to help and critique you.

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    Looks good so far! how did that samurai chick for your friend go?
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    Wow, what a lot of sketches! These look great, i love how loose they are (the first lot of figure studies) and how much movement you capture. The designs are fun and interesting to look at, and i love those CD covers let's see some more finished work!

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    good work here. really like the loose pencils, especially like the more rendered versions recently. Excellent cd cover of the girl by the water.. kepp it up man.. ;-)

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    designbot- thanks!

    Shobunkin- thanks, yeah across the see was definitely an homage to hokusai.

    Sepulverture- thanks dude, on the way.

    ChaoticKnight- yeah i didnt have time to scan that drawing before i gave it to my friend, especially since i was late to his birthday. ive been trying to get him to scan it for me cause i think it came out pretty well.

    Zimzibar- thanks man

    RandAlThor- thanks a lot

    well here is a something i did over the weekend at the wizardworld philadelphia comic convention. its a character from the comic book im working on, the current issue involves a snowboarding competition. im pretty happy with how it came out, considering this is the first drawing ive finished in ink since highschool, pretty much. a bit cartoony though, and i really fucked up the bindings, i think they are backwards and badly referenced. oh well.
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    Hey Jim!
    Seems as if the comic fairy was successful. Though it looks a bit too cartoony for my taste, that snowboard dude looks good! I think the outlining is a bit too heavy and you could have worked more on his pants that look a little stiff. But otherwise good job!
    The one soul collectors head look awesome! what a bummer that you did not go ahead with that one!
    see ya thursday...

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    Soild, VERY solid pencilwork, but it really doesn't translate into your digital stuff. Not sure what to reccomend, but possibly a looser, more painterly approach (at least at first) might help?

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    i really like all the sketchy studies and, well, sketches. and that illo with the waves.... sick, saved to hard drive. nice work.

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    your comic book stuff gives off a marvel feel to it. i think you should definitely try to make your stuff cleaner

    your artwork is definitely good. hope to see more. respect

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    pascallo - yeah man the show went pretty well. i agree about the outline, i just really wanted to let loose with my brush pen and have fun with those juicy strokes! i think two more guys are coming on thursday so get ready to draw your ass off!

    Rhineville - thanks man. still experimenting with different digital styles

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    ped454 - thanks, ill definitely work on it.

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    Love the snowboarder, it feels very "solid". The linework is neat, although it could do with some more contrast on the clothes i think, to compliment the thick lines on the outside. Great stuff though

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    Zimzibar - thanks, others have suggested more shadow on the clothing as well.

    JURY DUTY. here are a couple from today while playing my part in the criminal justice system. actually it wasnt too bad, i spent most of the time out front on the lawn, enjoying the nice weather and drawing, waiting to be called. they let me go pretty early. a red headed girl i was sitting behind and a bum outside who would cackle every 32 seconds for no apparent reason. obviously he knows something none of us ever will!

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    ahh, life drawing. nice studies! Haven't heard from you in a while too. Hope the business is going well.

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