:ahem: I'm a little chronic about opening new threads and making sure they're organized how I like... I'm still setting up a bit, but it's OK to post... (Not that they're much to see; pretty boring stuff.) I just need to take a break @_@ .
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Hello. I'm almyki but you can call me ali, and I've known about conceptart.org for a long time. I've lurked occasionally, and have long considered making a sketchbook, but I've only decided now to finally take the dive.
I am always welcome to criticism and advice, so please don't be shy! As will be soon made obvious, I tend to go on, and comment on everything excessively; I've tried amending this personality flaw for years, but it just can't be helped. I apologize in advance. It's fine to just skip to the pictures.
I am currently 19 (20 in June), I've had an artistic bent as far back as I can remember, but I only ever drew casually. I got into anime and manga in middle school, picked up some simple how-to books, and mostly self-taught and doodled from there. I didn't take any art classes in high school (sans pottery), and took some art history courses and one design class in college so far. I'm taking a watercolor intro class next semester, but beyond that, pursuing an education in art is not practical for me. However, I have always loved artistic pursuits and drawing, and I wish strongly to improve my craft on my own throughout my lifetime.
For the past many years of my life I have only doodled cartoons and sketches, and have no done very much with observation, learning anatomy, perspective, or other foundational skills (though I have made some attempts), and have not even touched color. Because of this, I have felt sorely unsatisfied with my skill level for a long time. The last few months I have meant to change that, and I have really gained a taste for observational sketches, rendering from photos, and experimenting with new mediums. I hope this momentum continues and gives this sketchbook a long and prosperous run.
I am most familiar with simple pencil and paper, and have used multiliner pens for inking. I have some digital art/Photoshop skills and a tablet, and have dabbled a pinch with COPIC markers, acrylic paint, and various random media.
About the Sketchbook
I want to be able to look through this thread and visibly see how much progress and content I've made, so I am going to post almost everything I've drawn in my physical sketchbook that I consider has helped me somehow. Especially for the first few posts, this means serious image-dump.
I often copy images from books or photos online, and if I do I typically label somewhere on a page a reference from where I got it (urls are usually shortened somehow) . I would like to try and update this thread with any new content once a week, but if I don't have much to show or am busy I'll wait for next week.
Here are some drawings that show what types of stuff I've been drawing up to this point.