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I'm a 17 year old senior in high school, and I plan to go to art school and hopefully be able to illustrate the things from my imagination as a job...I feel that I still have a long way to improve for college apps & beyond, so I'd really appreciate it if anyone gives helpful criticism/feedback.
I hope starting a sketchbook thread will help document my progress, and motivate me to draw more (I'm pretty slow at sketching, it takes me roughly 20-40 min to get a page of sketches down)...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 8D Everyone here is so amazing~
***I'm sorry for my previous double posts, I didn't pay attention and I thought that the site deleted my posts when they were actually pending...
I suppose I'll start by putting some more recent things down, from around last summer (when I started getting serious about art):
Last edited by paper-jellyfish; March 8th, 2013 at 04:05 AM.
Some digital stuff & more sketches that are more recent. I started sketching more/trying digital around an year ago. I think I have a problem with speed & looseness (once I start a sketch I feel compelled to finish it & add details instead of being loose, which is why they usually take so long), but hopefully that will go away...?
Your first post, with the faces and hands looks awesome, really cool. Also the kid on the bicycle, very imaginative and stylish. I think that at 16 you're off to a great start. Don't feel like you should be sketching any faster, take as much time as you need it's the end product that matters, and I agree with you on the digital art. It feels strange to me too.
Thank you very much! (: I'll keep your advice in mind, hopefully as I keep this up I'll get faster. Good luck on your digital art, it does feel awkward ><
Uploaded some more sketches...
-a golem-type of creature that I am currently painting
-ships that will travel in air instead of water
-random robot thing...I'm not sure what exactly it should be
-my first attempt to color a sketch (the colors clash )
Treasure the fact that you go slowly and are patient with your artwork, it's an absolute benefit. Your work shows that you take care. I love that bicycling kid with the whale strapped to his back.
Only advice I feel I can give is to just push your values more. This is a great start.
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury
Thank you very much! (: That's a relief...& yes you are right, whenever I am painting, etc. my values look a bit grey...
I did some figure drawing thumbnails/practices while I was bored in school today (I started reading Michael Mattesi's Force book, & I tried his tips out, they're really useful)
& a random Japanese samurai-robot. I put it on a grey background because it looked boring on white paper..
Eyes practice (reference used)
WIP of characters based a bit on jellyfish, heavily influenced & inspired by aozorize! I'm trying to get them done by this Friday...
I couldn't upload stuff for a long time because for some reason linking the pictures didn't work.
more stuff c:
I was influenced by Mass Effect for a while, and also a lot by benbot
Trying to improve on digital painting skills, so I tried to do some studies from movie stills. I'm not sure how long I should do these studies or what exactly I should be focusing more on, I spend around 1.5 hours on each one, and I just try to copy the still in general, and get more used to digital art...
Also I've been doing studies of animals. Trying to imagine them in 3-D space.
More sketches from recent times.
Is it better/recommended to practice figure drawing from video stills? I heard that it's more "alive" than photographs, but I'm not sure about the difference.
I try to look for dance/lyrical videos online
Sketches from imagination, I'm playing a 'design game' with a few friends, where we pick a topic every 2 weeks and do work for it. These 2 weeks, it's based on the game Persona. Short summary: the players can use 'personas' which attacks for them. The personas come in a set, so I decided to do mine off of Greek gods. I've never played the game before, but it seems fun.
(i took the pictures with iphone/instagram, scanner is broken)
random one from imagination
Studies from animals (crabs this week), one minute figure studies. Trying to imagine the crabs as 3-D forms...
Longer figure studies, forgot to time it