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    Halfmonk's Scratch Corner - *UPDATE* - 07/03/08

    Hi all,
    I thought I'd start my very own sketchbook thread. I'm hoping it'll encourage me to keep on drawing. Most of these are doodles done during my lunch hour at work.

    Any Comments and Crits gratefully received.
    Thanks!

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    Welcome to CA

    Fantastic start! I absolutly love all your characters here, very imaginative.
    I would love to see some of them together in a piece

    Keep it the great work, I will definatly be keeping an eye on this!

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    Glad you like Hurley, I checked out your sketchbook, lovely life drawing!
    Here's a few quick digital doodles:

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    that last guy seems to be a step up. Anatomy is a little bit off, but whatever, keep on drawing from life and studying anatomy. I also wouldn't mind seeing more drawings in a context. Floating figures are great and all, but the result is being growing weaker in any other categories. By growing in your ability to draw lots of different things, it enhances what you already are more experienced at drawing.

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    Thanks for the comments McLean, you are of course right, excellent advice. I am trying to draw more from life, doing studies and what not, I'll post some of those soon.

    These are some digital lunch-hour doodles. Some DSG stuff too.

    Thanks!

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    Hey dude. Thanks for checkin' out my SB.
    Cool sketches. The rock face digi-paint is sweet!
    Keep it coming.

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    Nice sketches, very imaginative and playful - it's what having a sketchbook if for; to let your imagination take you in interesting directions - which is always a joy to observe. Having said that it would be nice to see some studies from life as well. Keep up the good work.

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    Nice stuff you have here, dig the dude withe the axe

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    Hey, very nice sketches going down here, especially the melting faces, have alot of character to them.
    I agree, the viking dude is a step in the right direction my fellow brit!.
    hope to see more soon!

    Crit for a crit!

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    Man, dude, you've got a really nice, delicate touch with pencils. The attention to detail in the shading in those sketches is really quite nice. Keep it up!

    Check out my sketchbook.
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    some really nice work in here

    ART BLOG

    "Admitting that free man may err, in no way invalidates the importance of his ability to decide for himself."
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    "laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
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    HunterKiller - Thanks!
    Puck - Glad you like, I'll try and do some life sketches soon :-)
    D@niel - Cheers!
    Frogsweat - Thanks buddy, glad you like.
    Bad Geometry - I'm always trying to improve my pencil skills, still got a long way to go!
    Bone Weep Tedium - Thanks for dropping by.

    Small update: I've been trying to force myself to use colours a little more, here's a piccy I did - more sketchy stuff soon hopefully.

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    I've been making a few custom brushes in photoshop, here's a creepy little gnome I did using them. Plus a DSG.

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    Wow, I really like the texture you achieved with the gnome, especially the background.

    Using custom brushes to create textured effects with PS is my biggest headache to figure out. I am really impressed with what you did; any chance you could post the brush/maybe even a quick tut to help out some of your admirers?

    Should we ever meet (stranger things have happened) I promise to buy you a bagel in return

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    "laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
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    Hey Bones,

    Since you asked so nicely ;-)
    I've attached the brushes I used, they're nothing hugely special mind!
    If you stick them in your \Adobe Photoshop CS2\Presets\Brushes folder they should appear in your preset list (called Scatter Brushes).

    My basic method is:
    On a white background scribble on rough black brush marks.
    Draw a marquee box around it - Edit - Define Brush Preset.
    I then play about with Scattering and tend to set the Opacity Jitter to be depenent on Pen Pressure.
    I sometimes stick some Texture on it too, just to break it up a bit.

    I think that makes sense, feel free to PM me if you've got any questions.

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    A quick environment sketch I did, playing with textures and brushes. I really need to do more of these, and use more reference!

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    A lunchtime doodle, struggling with values a little. Good excuse to draw tentacles though :-)

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    Having a bit of a play in black and white - Adrian Smith inspired.
    All crits welcome!

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    Cool critters, i think some of these would look awesome painted up, give it a go mate ;-)

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    I really like your sketches. All of them are very imaginative and well done, I really like your use of exaggerated facial features and such. My favorite is the fat guy with the fish tank(?) on him, really good stuff. Hope to see more soon!

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    A few DSG doodles - I'm going to try to take part in DSG more often! Feels like really good practice, getting me to draw things I haven't attempted before.

    DSG 1302 - Creature: LEATHERY WHITE-SKINNED, EYELESS, FLYING PREDATOR ON ITS PERCH
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    DSG 1303 - Sci-Fantasy: ETHEL KEPT THE MASSIVE GUNS OF THE SKY-BOAT CLEAN AS A WHISTLE
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    DSG 1304 - Creature: ANIMAL'S WHOLE HEAD IS LARGE PINCER W/ EYES AND INNER MOUTHPARTS
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    Ooh evil gnomes...

    Really nice SB, love your rendering....
    My favorite must be this one!

    Keep updating!

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    A piccy I did tonight, based on a quick thumbnail doodle. I've been staring at it for too long now... C&C welcome! :-)

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    Some goood stuff here, some of your work looks like they were drawn by a drunken person. Not all the b&w digi of the barbarian is neat, looks the quality. Chin up and pen down...

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    It was cool meeting you at the workshop, Grant. Now update this bastard.

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    I agree man, we want an update!!! Come on, I saw you sketching at the Hurricane while everyone was enjoying the superb FAT TIRE beer hahaha. It was great meeting you man, hopefully seeing more art from you. Since you mentioned you do some 3d works, it will be nice to see some of those.

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    A bit of a random update. Hopefully some more focused work coming soon.

    Playing with different brushes turned into a bit of a random pic:
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    Playing with colour:
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    A very rough doodle that I messed with, hence the horrid proportions :-o
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    Thanks for looking!

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    hey Grant. good times in seattle!
    ill keep an eye on your stuff now. love posts number 18 and 23.
    the gnome in post 21 is gangsta man! cool work.
    best wishes for 2008, barely starting and just getting better and better.

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    Your studies are all from your head?! Thats really impressive that they are so good; but all original! I guess you never have any problem thinking of something to draw or coming up with ideas. lol NICE Sketchbook.

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    A brainless bit of colour play I doodled at lunch, would have liked to have worked longer on this one.

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