Yeah, glad to see you posting again, dude! great works!
I really like your stuff, stranger! It's all so dynamic and believable. Although, I couldn't help but chuckle a bit because of your IOW.
Love the latest Chow.
damn, I need to get skyrim for pc. I've only got the xbox version
that of babylon idea is maaad good
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Yeah where the fuck you been dude?! Long time no speakie
oh god, haven't been here for a while and you are really improving even thou your moody moments wouldn't agree with me.
Your style of so nice and simple female figure with beatiful clean and saturated color I something I really adore and look up to achieve myself.
"the of Babylon" is fucking amazing concept, keep it going man keep us entertained
amazing progress love this sketchbook!!!
my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !
Very inspiring SB..*subscribes*8)
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.
"Under the weather" ATM due to many things, but mostly b/c my tablet is falling apart and a new one is not an option. Plus, my right shoulder is killing me for some time now, so I have to constantly take breaks. Not that I`m doing anything productive, you know, but still.
I`ll suck it up. #chucknorrismode
Anyways - a smaller crap dump. Unfinished chows.
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We need more work more often from you young man! That thing is creapy awesome! Maybe the arms could do with posing slightly more dramatically
Moleskine bits`n`bobs and...a chow and a COW.
C`mon, Pxel, get your head in the game...
Finished ChOW, crappy doodle.
Sorry for not being the usual, chatty me. Stuff just seems to pile up. When it rains...
ur recent work really has improved alot, though i see alot of negativity, i hope that you can see some positive in your work and keep at it i really enjoy some of the peices alot!
So, here`s the thing. If by any chance you are following this SB, you probably noticed I have occasional meltdowns every now and then. No biggie, right? I`m only human.
I just wish I had the patience for some things. And I wish I wasn`t bothered with all these crazy expectations I`ve placed on myself. *sigh*
And I really wish I wasn`t bothering you guys with all this psycho blabber. This is a SB, not a self-help thread. Lame, Pxel. Lame. But, this too is a part of my journey...right? I mean, ones skills grow and mature, but this is all connected to how your mind is processing this and maturing as well. Art and art training and learning to draw...it always had a deep impact. I`m just one of those who actually feels comfortable enough to talk about it.
It`s not all about how skilled your lines look on a piece of paper. It`s also about how your mind perceives it all, deals with challenges and changes in the process.
And my skills are on this plateau because my mindset is...not the best.
I really need to change that. I`m holding myself back. I need to figure out why.
Any while I do that, here are some sketches...yikes.
That' smore like it! YAY!!! You got my bote on the CHOW it's a great character! And the chick with her boobs out is a great image
After 3 years of drawing...I don`t even know how to draw a correct, straight forward male torso.
Well, you've come a long way judging by your first posts.
Very inspiring to see your progress over these past 3 years.
You've mastered rendering in 3D, light, values, composition, anatomy (although the male torso could use some work ), hues and chroma, not to mention combining it all in interesting, sometimes great, sometimes not so great, but always interesting designs.
When hitting a perceived ceiling feels hard - and it does.
Try thinking about where you've come from when you look back.
You blazed a trail across the landscape, now littered with past works that would never have been there had you not chosen this path. Now, face forward. Stare into the future, rain and wind in your face (or sunshine, don't know what's the weather like in croatia atm and hell, it doesn't matter) and just take another step.
In time, when you look back again, you'll see it was the first step on a blazing trail, now littered with past works...
Your drawings look awesome. There is no "right" or "wrong" in art, only "better" and "best." (and "worst," but you're not anywhere near that end, so it's not really wort mentioning). Be kind to yourself and explore art.
So in regards to those torsos--they look good. Abs can form in a million different ways; they vary with each body. If you're not satisfied with them keep drawing, but realize that there's nothing "wrong" with your current pictures.
I don't know what in particular is causing your woes (just art frustration?) but I can recommend a good book about self-growth, Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. After the first half the book kind of falls into repeating itself (but making its point very well), so that's a small drawback, but it's easy and interesting to read and not too long. Mindset creates a subtle change in your thought pattern. I don't know if it's what you need, but I definitely view the world differently after reading it, and it's in a good way. So I'm recommending it!
You seem to recognize that mental health is just as important (probably more, actually!) as your art ability. So do yourself a favor, get a copy of the book and have some faith in yourself and time!
I`ve been thinking a lot about this situation I`m in, and I think I`m on to something - I`ve used up my starting potential. I`m now the best that I can be, driven solely on experimenting and figuring things out. No studies. Or, not as nearly as much as there should be. My work will always be and stay the same if I don`t put new stuff "into" my head. There`s nothing else left for me to come "naturally", you know. The fuel is gone.
This leads to frustration. Me, a person who is used to practically "breeze" through things (while interested in them), now has to sit down and put some effort into it. Normally, I`d drop it (like many things in life) if I didn`t care, but I do. I still care. And this is brad new territory for me. It`s an internal turmoil I`m not used to.
I actually sat down and pulled out my books to do some studies. And I can`t tell you how frustrated I got. It started with "How could I possibly learn something from these drawings that don`t look so good? How could just copying them teach me something, when I don`t even know what I`m copying? None of these make sense!" to "I`ll never be as good as people who can afford to go to art school or hire models to pose for them, go to a life drawing class, or even buy better books. How can I learn to draw anatomy and figures if I have no access to it? I`ll never figure it out."
Well, I have to figure it out. I have to find a way to compensate for being in this situation I`m in. I`m probably over thinking it, but still...It is frustrating. On top of being a self educated artist wannabe, I also have to become one heck of an inventor. I don`t have to re-invent the wheel. I have to find a way for it to work for me.
And now to be a bit more specific - latest chow try.
Good thing is - I tried something new. a guy in a space suit of some sort. Never did that before, so it`s a plus.
Bad thing is - the figure looks awkward. I always have a hard time drawing a 3/4 view, because I don`t understand how everything is connected (skeleton and bones). This ends up with me trying to fix the angle over and over again, never producing a satisfying result. His shoulders are off. His neck is not connected. His legs are in a unnatural position. His entire gesture is unnatural. Also, material rendering is not that good, and his ornaments look out of place (mainly due to low understanding of perspective and how shapes translate into it).
All in all - a nice effort. But I have to do a lot better if I`m ever going to pay the bills and eat some food doing this. And I do like food.
Next one has to be better.
I'm sure you could find some figure drawing sessions nearby you? They're usually not more than $10, maybe $5 or something. Rebudget and give yourself $20 a month or so to go to a couple sessions. It is important for your career, and it's not that expensive. Prioritize it and you can make it work.
And yeah, keep playing, keep curious. I find changing medium is great when I feel like I'm in a stalemate. That, or just changing subjects (for me, that'd be animals or landscapes or something).
Last figure is looking good--the colors are kinda muddy, though.
First off, love your sketchbook and your character designs. They're quite inspirational, as I'm trying to improve doing digital creatures and characters while I have some time off. Especially looking at the first few pages compared to your latest posts. So keep posting so I have someone to look towards! hahaha
Secondly, I read your last little rant and I really feel compelled to say that as someone who isn't in art school, you are doing a DAMN good job from what I can see here and in ChOW. Experimenting and problem solving often lead to good things so don't sell yourself short on it. Just try doing something different everyday, including the studies and experimenting. Variety really helps me clear my head whenever I feel crappy artistically. And perish worry about people in art school. I'm in one and I wish I produced work of your caliber (and feel lucky that you don't have to spend a FORTUNE on supplies and books that you will rarely to never use). It has benefits but even our professors have drilled it into our heads that improvements and self invention, etc. come from us experimenting and practicing on our own rather than with the assignments. So If it helps I suppose you could think about it as you having time to improve in that respect without having the distractions of non art related requirements and other distractions (I relish summer since I get to go back to doing work for myself again). If anything I learned that every artist feels like you do more often than not. Comes with the territory
Keep pushing dude. You'll get through it.
I got a bit more into why I`m snapping every now and then - insecurity. Well, mostly.There are no promises that my life will get better if and when I get better at this. There are no promises that one day I won`t just end up hating it all, being a chore or a "job" I`m expected to do (and don`t get me started on that whole freelancer lifestyle...from what I read, it`s nerve wrecking...), and I`ll just end up being another little cog in the machine. A nameless nobody who draws chicks with major anatomy issues and comes up with really uninspired designs. A mediocre art twat.
Actually, I kinda like that phrase.
I did, however, put some things into motion. Nothing major-major, more like minor-major, so now I have to see how it plays out. In the meantime, I picked up Painter again, and...I love it. Spite the fact it`s unintuitive, crashes a lot and dosen`t recognize my tablet, which is not a Wacom. It puts my computer on a hiatus, making it produce all these sad, sad noises, but boy - does it handle color well.
Past Chow, reworked a bit.
And Painter stuff