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  Re-Introduction: Hi, I'm Sean! (AKA Valency)
Posted by: Valency - Today, 12:30 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

Hi all!

I had originally signed up here in 2013, intro'd myself, and then sort of dropped off the face of the earth. I'd like to try being a bit more involved as I'm having trouble finding some people to do art with and I'm trying to get back into it. In the time that I was gone, I have improved quite a bit, but only on the point of art, not on speed or concepts. Attached are a few pieces that I've made along the line of concept art.

I'm not sure what my goals are, but I'd love to do some art sessions if anyone is up for that. I miss being around other artists like I was in college.

[Image: distant___4k_download_by_valencygraphics-d9l2t0j.jpg]
[Image: trying_out_the_new_powers_by_valencygrap...aqnjkm.jpg]
[Image: arctic_doodle_by_valencygraphics-da0ois9.jpg]
[Image: abaddon___4k_lms_wallpaper_fan_art_by_va...aot6t5.jpg]
[Image: galaxy___4k_by_valencygraphics-daq99vb.jpg]
[Image: 4k_wallpaper___cornucopia_nebula_by_vale...apxd8n.jpg]

As some of you are probably aware, the Abaddon art is a fan piece, based on Dan Luvisi's LMS. I'm still trying to work on body and form. 

Thanks for having this community! Feel free to check out my DeviantArt or website to see some of the other stuff I've done. I hope to add some more by the end of the year. :)



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Posted by: Dreschler - 05-22-2017, 12:16 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (3)

Hello guys! My name is Isabella, but you can call me Bella, it sounds better haha. 

Well, I'm a video game development student from Brazil and I want to be an illustrator (oh, and I also want to work at CD Projekt Red one day hahaha), I always enjoyed drawing, since I was a little child, but I've never had any kind of art lessons (only at college, but it wasn't really good), so I don't have a consistent knowledge of anatomy, proportion, perspective, composition... well, the basics of design... Anyway, I actually started studying all of it about 6 months ago, and I believe I'm improving, but I'm still a little confused, so I hope some of you guys can help me to get things clearer haha.

Thank you, guys! I hope I'll make some friends in here, since I don't know many artists  Tongue

See ya :)

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Posted by: Maira - 05-21-2017, 12:31 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Hello everybody,

My name is Maira (not Maria ;)), I'm 23 and right now I work with advertising.
I've been drawing all my life but never took the time to really study it, and never considered it as a career option to me (my parents are artists so I always saw that as a hard path). However, I went through some tough times recently and realized that life is too short and I'm wasting too much time with things I don't enjoy doing and/or don't really care about. So I want to invest my time in what is important to me, and I decided that improving my art is something I really wanna do.
I was looking for people to interact with through this journey, but I'm also avoiding social media, that's why I decided to join this forum. I borrowed Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis from a friend that recommended it to me, and I'm looking for materials to have a better grasp of the fundamentals of drawing, so any tip or recommendation is very welcome. My goal for now is to learn a lot and make new friends.
Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

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  starting over
Posted by: lostviking - 05-18-2017, 02:46 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

viking here, ill try to give a very basic intro if anyones interested. 29 years old, drew off/on my whole life, started taking it seriously in my early 20s, stopped for awhile, came back with a vengeance hitting the books hard and studying as much as i could while i was out of work. 

lot of personal stuff happened, struggled a lot with addiction and other issues, lost interest in most things i enjoyed. naturally, drawing took a huge hit. still feel pretty low so i signed up here to check out what other people are doing. struggle a lot with mood swings so i go from drawing a lot to spending most of my spare time sleeping. 

gonna try to draw through my struggles this time around. it is very satisfying for me when i complete drawings and get something decent., and also frustrating when i draw like shit. nowadays i mostly draw from imagination and life observation. i used to have all these huge goals and aspirations but i think right now i just want to get into a habit of drawing a lot and making improvements in my work. its always interesting to me to see what other people are creating. we'll see what happens

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  Here we go!
Posted by: Xeul - 05-10-2017, 07:57 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)


I was so excited when I found this place that I didn't do nearly enough stalking and investigating, but even without that carnal knowledge, I'm fairly confident this is where I'm supposed to be right now... so if I get anything drastically wrong, berate me. I can take it.

By day, I'm a 32 year old lady from Colorado who jams to hardcore metal music and works damn hard at her job. By night, I'm asleep... because of the aforementioned daytime activities and age power-combo. I used to be a horribly depressed hermit, which was great fuel for my artistic passion, but once I discovered that's not a fun way to be, I sort of lost focus on my greatest passion. My excuses? Oh, I'm not good enough. I don't have time. I don't have the right tools. ALL BLATANT LIES. I just forgot how to be passionate about it, I think. The last time I was really passionate about art was when I was a member of a forum where everyone told me very bluntly why I was bad at it and showed me how they'd do it differently. So here I am, not really knowing what Im doing because I wanted to jump in head first so I didn't talk myself out of it.

I used the word passion a lot just now. 

Tell me all your hopes and dreams, my new special friends.

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Posted by: EmEl - 04-13-2017, 10:30 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (7)

Great blistering barnacles. After having followed the epic daggers for some time (see my sketchbook post) I find myself posting here. It's both exciting and terrifying. I've been hiding in my own little artists trench for some time and thought it about time I poked my head above ground.

So, on that note, please accept my warmest hello and a hug! Handshakes certainly acceptable if hugs aren't your thing. And I totally enjoy a good 'awkward silence' now and again if neither of those work out! 

I'm looking forward to sharing advice/insights/other after my many years of self-imposed artists isolation/escape.

All the best!

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  Howz it going peepz?
Posted by: Hobbes Obodo - 03-27-2017, 01:32 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

Yo whaddup? I'm new here and I thought I join and participate in what seems like a wonderful community. Like many, I'm overwhelmed by the amazing artists on this forum. So much so that it prevented me from registering an account for fear of judgement but eventually I overcame it so here I am. So pretty much its been about 9 months since I've gotten back into art ever since I was in high school. Art for me has always been off and on throughout the years. Unfortunately I wasted a lot of time in college and by the time I figured out that digital art/illustration is something I wanted to do it turned out the college I was going to didn't offer anything remotely close to that field. As a result I'm a 23 year old dropout but honestly since then in these 9 months I've made better art than I ever have after doing a lot of self study/tutorials, etc which has given me surprising amount of fulfillment. It may sound lofty but my short term immediate goal is to DRAW MY OWN DAM COMIC BOOK! My brother was actually a writer in the past and I wish to turn one of his self contained short stories into a comic book by the end of this year. My best skill is really character illustration/portraits but I'm lacking in a lot of fundamentals, anatomy knowledge and pretty much everything else so I'm pretty much in the lab trying to improve. For now I'm reading various art books and I've purchased a subscription to skillshare to learn specific lessons I'm struggling on. My long term wish is to either become employed in this skill or at least do freelance work so it can be a alternative source of income. For now its very tough to keep a schedule of drawing and practicing daily in that I work full time at a day job which makes time management a crucial skill to which I am admittedly lacking. 

Like I said, I haven't started really studying seriously too long but here's my dv of stuff I've done so far: http://hobbesobodo.deviantart.com/

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  Hello everyone!
Posted by: Anvikli - 03-24-2017, 10:10 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (6)

My name is Anastasia, I'm 31 and I'm from Russia. I've been drawing since I can remember myself.
But because I lived in industrial city I've never considered the posibility to do it for living. 
I graduated from the industrial University and even worked in the factory for a while where I actualy realised that it's not mine at all. 
So I started to learn art. In time I got job in game development company. Where I've been doing overhelming amount of routine work and could study a little.
Recently I made a bit savings and quit my job to work as a freelancer and to have more time for study. But study by yourself alone is quite unproductive.

I've first heard about the forums through one of Level Up sessions at youtube channel. Now filnally I decided to make an account.
It is more fun to fill the gaps in knowledge together :)

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  Hey everyone!
Posted by: Pedro Barbachan - 03-24-2017, 03:42 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Hello! My name's Pedro, I'm a 19-year-old guy who lives in Brazil and I've been drawing as a hobby since I was 14.

 Two years ago, I made the decision that I wanted to live my life as a professional Concept Artist/Illustrator, because art is one of the things in my life that I honestly can't see myself without. I love creating concepts and working on drawings/paintings that can tell a story without a single word. Only last year I started taking it seriously by studying and practicing the fundamentals at a local traditional drawing course in my city, but because I was barely getting any sleep the whole semester, I got burned out, and stopped drawing kind of as soon as I completed the course. 

Last year, in november, I started drawing and painting again and also started reading Drawing With the Right Side of the Brain to try and improve my observational skills (I used to be really bad at it and I still am, but I've improved a bit), and I haven't finished it because of some later exercises that require specific materials that I haven't got yet, but I'm working on that and definitely will finish the book this year.

I've first heard about the forums through one of Dave Rapoza's interviews, but after seeing a blog post about Mike Azevedo some days ago on Brushwork Atelier, I decided to make an account to constantly keep myself motivated! 

This week I've just made a schedule for myself after days of research about how to do it most effectively, aiming to sleep early and wake up at 5:30am every day, studying 6 hours a day (followed by 3 additional hours of working on my own personal projects), and I also gave myself a good kick in the ass and started practicing Peter Han's dynamic sketching exercises to better my linework before April starts, where I'll begin taking Watts Atelier's online classes and continue to work my way up, giving my best in becoming the Illustrator/Concept Artist I aspire to become! 

Thanks for taking the time to read!

I hope we can all get along and get to work on our dreams, see you guys around!!

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  hey all!
Posted by: berrybloogenes - 03-13-2017, 12:43 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

hiya! my name is gina, i'm 19, from the united states, and i've been at this whole art thing for pretty much my whole life. being professional isn't my goal, but being professional-LEVEL is. i've gone through phases of being "serious" about art, but over the past few months, i have been putting the hours in and tackling my weaknesses one by one. it's mostly been stuff like anatomy and facial construction, reinforcing the skills i already have. 

i think i'm pretty decent at line-drawings of characters. HOWEVER! i've recently broached an area of study wayyy outside of my comfort zone: backgrounds and painting. i've never really drawn backgrounds, and my coloring is atrocious. i've always admired people who painted, but i've never been able to do it myself.

i thought that joining a community would be a good way to get feedback and document my progress as i struggle my way through what has always been the hardest thing for me. i hope to get to know lots of cool people and grow alongside you all!

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