Damn, this category doesn't look to be the busiest of the forum. Here's to hoping this thread doesn't go entirely unnoticed.
Been poking a bit around ConceptArt for some time, but it's always been with a feeling of "I'm nothing compared to these guys" that'd discouraged me from actually signing up here. But finally I decided to just get past that and sign up anyway; if this place is full of artists who are way better at this than me, than surely there gotta be someone here who can teach me a trick or two.
I'm an 18 year old student from Norway, and I've been drawing and painting for about... three and a half years now or so (August 2007). I started poorly done front-view drawings of people that I scanned and "coloured" in GIMP, and since I've climbed to where I am now; painting in Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom tablet I bought in 2008. But I still got a long way to go, and I really want to get greater at it, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to do that through ConceptArt.
A lot of the stuff I know so far I've learned through seeing how others have done it, through some trial and error, and stuff like that (I'd say I learn best through a combination of recration and picking up on techniques). My favourite things to work with are non-classic fantasy monsters (giant skulking three-legged arthopods over dragons and fairies), and a mixture of fantasy and steampunk. My deviantART account (where I keep all the work I've done so far) is at Link, totally shameless plug, if anyone feel like having a look at my latest and giving some ideas for areas where I could focus on improving. What I'd like to get better at myself, is drawing detailed and interesting concepts, and painting them in a detailed and believable fashion (while still keeping on to a sense of stylization).
And that's pretty much all that's relevant to say.
First of all rest assured, your post did not stay unnoticed....I have myself joined the community very recently and your reasons and expectations are similar to mine. I feel that not only the talented works of many artists on this site may be intimidating but getting the attention as a newbe from the very active and settled members of the CA community is another challenge.
However I reackon that it is still early days and as long as we keep posting work as regularly as possible and share feedbacks and comments between fellow artists, we get closer to the goal set. Anyway....sorry for talking rubish! Welcome to the community! I'll have a look at your deviantart profile and will keep an eye on your CA SB (if already uploaded). Peace!
Observation is the Imagination's servant, It can carry you into uncharted territories."
My Sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=203841