Man, you may feel mediocre, but you are not..
Is great to have you back
Man, you may feel mediocre, but you are not..
Is great to have you back
I'm 29 and still living with my parents.
I won't elaborate too much but to say that my family has been blessed with talent, ambition, and adventurous spirit in a way that makes me feel very much like I'm still a turtle in his shell.
I'll tell you right now, I take pride in my current job but I see it as trap as much as a blessing, and I do not intend to keep it as a career, because it is not what I intend to do with my life.
The reason is, that I know, in my heart of hearts, that I can do more. I know you can do more too. Its not just about not wasting all the sacrifices that you have made. Or the time and effort that others (including artist who aren't even alive any more) have spent to help and encourage you. Its about not betraying your own human potential. You might as well spit in the face God or whatever else you might believe in, as to deliberately turn your back on your own potential.
Just remember you don't have time for doubts, you don't have time for people who say 'I gave up my dream, why should you be different?' You don't have time, because YOU SHOULD BE DRAWING RIGHT NOW!!!
That being said...I always wanted to be a fighter pilot.
Damn you Tom Cruise.
Well hey again, Kiwi.
Step 1: Go for a long walk every day. Seriously. You'll be like "Aww, it's cold/dark/windy/I don't feel like it/I don't have the time" but it does something magical. Especially if you feel like arse beforehand, mentally or emotionally or physically.
Step 2: Stuff. You do what you have to do. Still living with parents? So am I. Can't afford to move out right now. That's the situation a large number of people in the world are in. The fact that your parents haven't booted you should say something about their support for you. They want to see you succeed in your endeavours.
I help around the house when I'm not working on small things or studying. I can tell you're not sitting around the house idly playing videogames or watching television. Doing studies is taking responsibility, it is being proactive. Studies lead to larger things. You'll be doing one, stumble across something, work that small part further, and suddenly there's an illustration. Then there's a portfolio. Then there's work. And you won't hate it or yourself.
If you can, go to Magic_Man's sketchbook thread and read through his posts, he doesn't just post art. They're quite thoughtful.
Step 3: Don't think of it as a competition. This is the worst possible thing you can do. Do not keep reminding yourself of "all the other people out there trying to be the same thing". Most will not "succeed" and, knowing that, you can be safe in the knowledge that you can and you will. Sure, the rate of time it takes for you to "get there" will vary but again, up to you. And there will always be naysayers. It pretty much a way of life over here - someone gets some positive growth, six people appear to bitch about it, and then drag the previously ascendant person back down to their level so that they don't feel so bad about themselves anymore - Tall Poppy syndrome. And whatever you do, don't become like them - it's horribly easy.
You want it badly enough; we all do. So kick the door down and go for a stroll.
dude, please just keep posting, you've got great skills and so much potential,
just keep going man
hehe dont worry mate.
Other than that, you have very good skills, have you searched for any art related job?
Anyway relax and enjoy it cause you are already training for something you love, and all this progress and skills you have achieved wouldnt come without having the passion to do them.
keep up the good work!!!
Yeaugh! Diggin the realism in this sketchbook! Heh! Eh heh...:} Goooooood styleeeeeee! :x
Some awesome looking studies
Thanks so much for the support everyone! I'm very grateful.
I was kind of overreacting before, 'coz I have the emotional stability of a menstruating 16 year old.
Now that I've calmed down and read your nice messages and thought stuff over, my situation isn't even that bad, it's probably good even.
I think I had just lost sight of my short term goals. Having long term goals and no short term goals is like scaling a cliff without tools.
So I'm pretty much back on track now, here's one thing I've been working on for a local art forum. A character reinterpretation for 'Jason and the Argonauts'.
The prize is a ticket to a local workshop held by a couple of artists from Weta.
Nice designs and good luck......plus at 16 your stuff is looking pretty darn good so keep it up and you'l be working for weta soon!
these sketches are looking yummy, specially the heads.I like the strong outer lines
Keep up the good work!!!
You better win that prize :O Ooooooooh
So Jason and the Astronauts it looks like you're heading for? Some good face studies. With the space suit I'm guessing it's not designed for fighting openly with that rigid neck armour. But yeah nice explorations :)
I've often thought that the Argonauts would be awesome as a scifi interpretation...especially Talos...hehe.
The Argos, too...a talking ship, eh? Plenty of room for robots, space monsters, who knows what else.
I really like the headshots of Jason. Especially the tousled-haired, slightly unshaven ones. Given that this
is a character design and that Jason is 'Our Hero', I really think you ought to prominently display his face
somehow in the final, even if its as a vignette (think book cover or movie poster...).
This more rendered design looks okay, but I do feel like it should have more 'punch'. Don't let thematic
elements overpower the need for a compelling composition...back away from the image and just look at
the simplified overall effect of the lines and colors.
I like the broad-shouldered silhouette of the design on the far right of the first sheet , and the confident
pose of the two designs next to him. What about working in crest on the helmet somehow...as an
antenna, or maybe a floodlight?
Anyways cool beans, keep it up. Win that ticket!
kidult: That's was a joke, I'm not 16 at all. :P
kingkostas: Thanks bud!
fionkell: Cheers bra. The suit is definitely not for combat.
BludHund: Thanks man. I didn't mention that the brief is actually for a cinematic interpretation, so a friend told me that the face isn't so important because I can't design an actor, lol.
I understand that I can still get a personality going but since I don't have much time left anyway and if I can get away with not doing then cool.
In terms of the suit design, yeah, people don't really seem to like it which is ironic because it's one of few of my own designs that I'm actually happy with so I'm just gonna be bold (or dickhead) and just stick with it. :tihi:
Just for fun, Apollo and Hecate from the story.
Thumbnail and lines for final. One day left. Still don't know what direction I'm gonna take it.
Just noticed I screwed up the posture from the thumbnail. Fuck.
Phew, managed to finish it on time. :D
Here is the accompanying summary:
My concept takes place in the year 2000 of an alternate time line. Where ancient Greece continued it's rule
till modern time, and their remarkable feats of technological advancements raced ahead unhindered.
By the year 2000, space exploration became the norm, and traversing the far reaches of our galaxy was feasible.
My vision for the concept of the technology in this world is to be grounded in reality, especially the aesthetics.
Jason is a space explorer and his suit is not geared towards combat. My aim was for his suit to remain somewhat ordinary, built to do the job without superfluousness.
Despite being in the far future (compared to the real world), the Greeks have strong culture and I wanted to show this by
reflecting ancient Greek aesthetics in the design.
glad you´re back on track man, been missing your arts! how about some handsome self portraits?
Hey HK, that's the right track. Short term as well as long term goals.
My short term goals are....be a better draftsman. Tackle figure design and learn value & composition. Whatever I need to draw solid figures. I want the tools at hand so I'm earning them steadily. My long term......I don't know yet. Some career to do with art......
Good to break down what skills you admire and then go for them. At the very least you'll have many options the more skills you have.
You're quite young. Just set a path of skills you want and let the experiences grow. You've got the time and the support from your parents, yet. Exploit it. Explore without pressure of living paycheck to paycheck. Create and absorb all you can. You'll have time enough on your own.
Flaskpost: Hey bud! I suppose self portraits could be in order, haven't done any in ages.
AztcFireFlower: Good advice, thank you.
Great stuff man, some lovely studies. Keep em comin!
You draw much more then me.. Soon you won't be "mediocre" anyway :)
(by this phrase I'm not saying that I'm better than you, just emphasizing :D)
Great studies!!!Interesting concept up there, and the preliminary sketches are great.The rendering have some nice brushtrokes.The multi light source make it seem a little flat in some areas and makes it harder to bring out form.Just keep up and improve things in the next one.Actually the next ones seem better :)
You are doing a good work, so keep it up!!!
Glad to hear your not 16......tired of ass-kicking teenagers.....glad you a ass kicking older person.....er...yes
Don't mean to be a hypocrite but everytime I visit your SB there is always such a variety of stuff. Other than figure drawings you don't seem to ever pick up a theme consistently for any period of time. Maybe I'm wrong though; if you have done this please excuse my fart. For he who hath smelt it, hath dealt it!
kingkostas: Thanks for the crit man. Didn't really have a clue about how the lighting would work in that environment.
kidult: Yeah, those little bastards. ;)
cout<mecha: You're right on the money. That's one of my major problems, not having any consistent ideas/style/themes in my work.
I'm still struggling to build a portfolio because my work content is all over the place.
Fooling around. Coloured page is with water colour pencils, which are quite fun.
I agree, we have to learn to curb our enthusiasm sometime. Even if there are SO MANY THINGS out there we want to do and see and draw :)
I reckon you should do a few black and white portfolio pieces, characters and creatures, you're good with graphic styles like in that last page there.
fionkell: Cheers bud.
I have always like black and white art the most. I actually had no care in the world for painting with colours until I realized that I kind of have to...
Anyway, I enjoy B&W so I'm gonna try do more of it.
The following is a study turned into fooling around. I figured I need to do this more,
because I learn more and it's efficient because I get something worth showing out the time spent
as opposed to just boring shit that nobody cares about.
You should try some digi life studies. They help loads with learning how to render differant materials and surfaces.
like the last one you posted! keep it up!
i find this last one really interesting and with high potential.maybe if you are not bored you can push the rendering more.very interesting.
Dont worry about light that much, i mean when you dont know the situation use a light that will aid your composition, bring out the forms etc.
keep up the good work
Really like the studies man, I wanna see you carry that through to the imagined art aswell. Cant wait for that to happen.
kidult: Yeah I don't do enough drawing from life, period. Reminds me that I need to get a decent light so I can setup some still lifes.
kingkostas: Thanks man. I've actually touched up the tree stumps and the skull just a bit little (replaced the previous image), not sure what more I should do to it.
bhanu: Better? Pfff that's fool talk :P. Thanks I appreciate it.
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