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    facosta Sketchbook - Update Nov 11th

    Hi everybody,

    My name is Fernando Acosta and I'm from Colombia, South America. Originally an Electrical Engineer who got tired of that profession, I decided to go and study 3D modeling and Game Art and Design in Vancouver. There I learned all about Concept Art and just fell in love with it. I was also fortunate enough to be able to go and attend the Montreal Workshop, where I made the choice to become a better artist and work on my drawing and painting skills.

    Although I've laid low mostly around the forum, I visit it continually and I hope by starting this thread to become a better member, participate more and more importantly to learn from all the wonderful artists that are part of this forum.

    So here are a couple of sketches I've made for a project I'm helping on. It's mostly a story about North American Native American Indians meet Conan.

    I would really appreciate any comments or criticism you may have on them. If you want you can also take a look at my blog and site for more of my art.

    http://feracosta.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facosta.com/ ( older work)

    Thanks for looking and please do say hi

    Fernando

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    you've got a nice style and your sketches are detailed and nice to look at
    keep up the good work

    b

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    i really like your stuff a lot. the "accessories" and the "character step 2" drawing are my favorites. Can't wait to see more.

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    ohh...keep it up man. you already got some really good stuff in here.
    your thumbnails rock and that step 2 pose(s) are amazing.

    keep up the great work and keep posting!

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    really really great concepts!! do you have finished pieces, too?

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    Hey There

    zwergi: Thanks for the kind words. I will keep it up!
    emba: Hey Petra, Glad you liked these. I hope you like the tattoo when it's all done
    dkounios: Thanks again man!! Hope you like this update too
    Kfeeras: WEll I do have some finished pieces. Mostly on my blog. But in case you guys haven't checked it out yet here they are

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    Ok so in case you guys haven't been to my blog or site, I am uploading some of my finished images and some more sketches here

    Let me know what you guys think. Take care

    Fernando

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    i totally dig the "black knight". i like your grayscale images a lot.
    keep it coming.

    p.s. i'm waiting for my beautiful tattoo.

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    Electrical Engineering to Concept art, quite a big change, haha. Your stuff's real great, I especially love the indians.

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    Nice!!!:)

    Looking forward to seeing even more!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    emba: Hey Petra, thanks again. So more cats for your tattoo will come tomorrow. how's that maze of your coming along?

    28chelseaslater: Hey thanks for the kind words. Actually being an electrical Engineer in Colombia doesn't pay as much as in the rest of the world. Let's say I made the same amount of money in my first job as an average guy does in the States at Mac Donalds....

    Ismail: Hey thanks!! you should post your stuff here as well, share with the rest of us your awesome creature designs!!!!


    Ok so here a small update for you some face paint designs and some illustrations thumbs. what do you guys think?

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    wow, very nice. on this last batch of thumbnails my favorites are the fourth and fifth ones, they show the most action. Very nice stuff, keep it up!

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    Ok,

    First of all I just wanted to say sorry for not posting more often. I was working hard on my portfolio and then on some smaller projects.

    In November of last year I was lucky enough to get picked up by a Canadian games studio. We're already coming to March and I'm still waiting for my visa. I really do hope I get it soon as I have been looking forward to starting my new job as a concept artist for many months now. So please wish me luck!!!!!!

    Anyways, in January I decided to pick up my pencil again and sketch. I had not used a pencil for years, so It was nice coming back to it.

    Here are a couple of pencil sketches. Some were from imagination, some from photo reference and one was a study after Wes trying to learn from his shading technique...Still working on it. Please let me know what you guys think.

    The other images are from some, toy cars, and some were inspired while listening to the Harry Potter Audiobooks. I love drawing small thumbs.

    Please leave your comments and crits. I'm still working on my pencil shading so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi everyone,

    I hope you guys liked the pencil sketches. Here are a couple of digital ones. Some are sketches for fun and one is a color study. My first attempt at one, way too muddy and not very defined, but I'm working on them.

    I still want to finish this rhino dude and take him to zbrush.

    Please leave you comments and crits, I'd really like to know what you guys think or can recommend.

    Thanks for watching,

    Fernando

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    Sweet stuff going on here.
    Just a little more practice on faces and you're riding the clouds!
    Take care,
    Khan

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    Hi Fernando

    This looks like some pretty cool new stuff! I can see how your style gets progressivly better. I especially like the new black and white girls and the last black and white thumbnails as well the colored ones.

    Keep it comming.

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    very nice sketchbook I envy how you can draw girls that are really pretty

    here's my DA account. S
    http://merlkir.deviantart.com

    and here's my sketchbook! check me out if you like concepts of soldiers and warriors of all sorts.

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=90214
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    really great stuff here. cool concepts throughout. i really dig all the thumbnails you got kicking off. all i can say is in your paintings try to push your values a bit more to give more contrast. keep it up.

    To live is to create, to create is to live. Without art and music, I do not know how I would get by in my day to day life.

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    Okay, i'm not sure why you haven't got more comments and some stars because your work is great. Therefore I'm giving you both.

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    Very good work`s you get here keep it up man

    Choose to live a life that matters.

    * My sketch book : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=117461

    **My finished work : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...38#post1632938
    O.K now let`s ROCK
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    Hey Everyone,

    Chupacabra:Thanks!!! I will do so. I guess it's a matter of more practice and time.

    Emba: Hey Petra, thanks for your comments. I'm really glad you liked my newer drawings. Can't wait to see more stuff from you too!!!

    Merlkir: Hehehe...thanks for your kind words. As for the girls, I've recently seen many beautiful girls pass my window as I've been sketching...Guess that's always a good motivator and excellent source of inspiration.

    thesadpencil: Thanks. I agree with you and it's something I will definitely work to push the contrast and values some more.

    PerinGalitte: THANKS!!! You are very kind!!! I'm glad you liked it and thanks for the stars

    Amir the night wolf: Thanks!!! Will do


    Ok, so in an effort to post here more often and to practice as well, I decided to enter the Dominance War III. It's really fun and most of the entries I've seen rock. Check out robogabo's entry on his exclusive sketchbook....he's a machine, very cool stuff!!

    Anyways, here's what I've got so far. I'm trying to do a character called the Crimson Pirate. Imagine a Mad Max like world, all desert land very few lakes that once where oceans. My character is a lone pirate on this world. He's from the water tribe and uses his magic to summon the creatures that once lived in the oceans and that now have adapted to this new worls.

    I wanted him to be a mix between a samurai and a viking with a seashell theme. Right now I only have one seashell element on his shoulder and it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the design. So I may either take it away and do something different on his shoulder or add some things on his sword and around his hips to balance a little bit better the design.

    I'd really like to hear your crits and suggestions. Thanks for watching.

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    hello everyone,

    it's been a long time since my last post. Working over here in Canada has been a pretty fun experience. Definitely leaning a lot and now I'm even leading a project which has been very cool as well. Doesn't leave me too much time to draw at home though, but now that Winter is coming, there will plenty of time to catch up.

    Anyways, let's start this off:

    1) This was an image I did for a sketchblog at work. The theme was underwater monsters and since I hadn't really tried doing an underwater painting I decided to study from a psd from Coro Kauffman.

    I basically studied layer by layer and tried to understand his approach towards drawing such a moody underwater scene. Then borrowing his composition I set out to do mine.

    It was a really fun study and great use of my time. Again thanks to Coro for sharing his psd with us.

    2) the next 3 images were done for pitch a at work. They didn't go with that idea, so I was allowed to post them here. I had 2 days to do them so they are pretty quick and have lots of mistakes in them, but they got the point whih was the important part.

    3) The commander sketches are for a personal project I'm currently working on. I want my portfolio to be up to date with today's lines of games, so I will be working on both a sci-fi and fantasy theme. These ae just some sketches for the main characters costume.

    So much still left to do...Anyways, hope you guys like them and as always C&C are always welcome. You can also just drop by to say hi, I do that all the time

    Later and thanks for dropping by,

    Fer

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    Hi Fer

    My favorite is the underwater picture, I think the depth of field is really nice on it and i love the highlights on things.... and of course the blue tint convinces me even more.

    I like all the presentations of your work. it always looks finished.

    Keep up the good work!
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    good job such an amazing range of ideas and I really like your little thumb ideas lots of cool exploration. well done

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