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  Hello everyone!
Posted by: Orange Pekoe - Yesterday, 11:06 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

Hey guys, pekoe here. \(^w^)/

My real name is Shen Jia and  once upon a time in a previous life, I've actually frequented here.

I hope that this forum can replace some other online communities that I'm addicted to, so I'm at least somewhat productive when I'm procrastinating from my drawings. Don't know if that makes any sense. :P
Looking forward to hanging out with all of you. 

Cheers! o(^_^)b

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  Hello peeps!
Posted by: thatguyVLAD - 02-03-2017, 07:41 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

My name is Vlad and I am currently and actively learning how to draw at the age of 28.
My goal is to be able to design characters, environments and much more.
I love games, movies, shows, anime and traveling. (If I have the money lol)
I think the artist that really sparked my interest was  Hyung-Tae Kim. Something about his style really moved me.

Right now I am drawing primitive shapes and lines. I don't Know what a decent practice schedule looks like when drawing but I might come up something soon.

Another worry I have is when do I move on to drawing eyes and body parts...I don't know what the progression looks like.  Some say start now while I do the fundamentals and some say start later.  Any help and guidance is greatly appreciated.

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Posted by: Ardian Gashi - 02-02-2017, 08:28 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Hi my name is Ardian,

actually I really don't know what to write here, what a great start.
I'm 21 and just some random dude in germany that tries to become a concept artist and illustartor. Right now I may suck at art, but I really want to get good at it (kinda obvious when I wrote that I want to become a concept artist). I hope I can learn a lot of new things here from other people and stuff like that.

Like I said I don't really know what to write here, I'm kinda bad at introductions, but I hope we can all have a good time together.

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  Hi guys!
Posted by: ThanatosIruga - 01-26-2017, 09:24 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (5)

My name is Marcel, 26, i'm from brazil.
My goal is work as character design, but is hard to keep me motivated X_X
I'm a gamer, love anime, music in general.
As artists, my influence is a mix up of classic and contemporary, most of manga and anime, i though J.C. Leyendecker brush work fascinating.
I'm having a hard time doing a study schedule, if any of you can give me a clue, it will be of great help.

In my signature you i'll find links to see what my art, I think is just it for now, i just hope to learn a lot here.

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  Hello daggers!
Posted by: Steve H - 01-23-2017, 12:30 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Greetings! Salutations! Hi... I'm Steve, 25 years old and living in south east England. I am not great at introductions or writing anything biographical so I will keep this short. As you may gather I am quite a nervous guy. The type of person who'll sit quietly in a room full of people, and only really speak once I've got a feeling of the atmosphere and what the conversation is. Which very often means I'll actually end up saying nothing at all. :s

I am still at a very basic level when it comes to artistic ability. A lot of my process owes more to happy accidents than any real honed skill. When alls said and done there is usually something kinda lifeless and quite unfinished about the final result. To that end I have taken this year to be the start of my attempt to fix that by learning and honing myself.

Still trying to figure out how best to get myself into a schedule as well as build a list of things to learn. At the moment I am currently working through the lessons on the drawabox.com, and just started going through Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis. All while fighting an uphill battle of thinking I am not good enough to even attempt to draw anything, especially with all this laundry that needs folding! Any resources you think will help, advice, or anything you would recommend. I'd be most grateful!

I just have got to say it is really inspiring to see how people here have progressed from learner to learned over time!

As far as long term goals of what I'd like to do with art, I'd someday love to draw my own comics someday. I recently read Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, and even though I've always had a love for comics that book made me appreciate the medium to new degrees.

Anyway I have rambled into a much longer intro than I really meant to do. Bottom line I am really hoping to get to know people and overall feel less alone in not being where I want to be, while I attempt to get there.

Thanks for reading! :D

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Posted by: DunkSlammins - 01-20-2017, 08:51 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Hello Daggers!
I used to lurk around and follow the streams forever ago, but never having the balls to join and get serious. Not anymore! I think i need to get honest feedback and dare to show my failures so I can motivate myself to keep doing it. Working from the shadows isn't doing me any good.

My name is Henning, im from Norway and i have been working small freelance jobs for a while doing illustrations for private clients and small companies. But im not happy with where im at, my speed, my overall quality and skills. Thus the need for a community that can kick my ass a little (or alot). I had to step back from regular studies for a couple of years due to illness. This has caused my progress to completely stagnate and set me back quite a lot skillwise. But! Im am getting better at the moment and have had a lot of time to think and get motivated. 

Thanks for reading and I wish all of you good luck in your own journey. :)


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Posted by: MotherOfPigs - 01-20-2017, 04:52 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

Hellooooooo guysss , I'm so exciting to be here !!!! I decided to take a step forward through my art jorney . I don't have a style , I know almost knowing about art , but I am here to learn and I have the two most important ingredients  to sucess : passion and discipline !!!!

Good day to everyone and remember , get the job done guysss !

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Star From the pits!
Posted by: deusExMatteo - 01-09-2017, 10:25 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

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This seems like what I've been looking for!

I'm an enviroment artist in the games industry by day but early morning and evenings I try to do some private art. I've been posting stuff on Instagram and my blog, and just got started with Twitter as they seem to have a pretty sweet image posting feature. 

I'm hoping to meet other artists here and be part of the community. I've already had some luck in this regard on Instagram and I'm hoping that this can be a horizon-broadening experience. If you have any feedback on finished stuff then please let me know :)

I'll be looking for partners to draw and studdy with soon, so if you feel that you want to talk to me about that kind of stuff please reach out. 

Outside of drawing I like boxing, swordplay, heavy metal (both the music and the magazine) and pen and paper roleplaying games (like D&D, but mostly in Swedish). Also browsing instagram untill I am filled with shame and a cold sweath breaks out. I've been looking a lot at tattoo artists as of late, Scumboy666 and Teide are my current faves. 

See you around and hopefully I'll talk to you later

Kind regards

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  A Wild Amateur Artist Appears!
Posted by: Alopex - 01-09-2017, 10:38 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (3)


I'm 33 and I currently reside in the southeastern US.  More specifically, I live in rural Georgia near the Alabama line, but I sometimes make it out to the metro Atlanta area on weekends. 

I was at first intimidated by all of the beautiful, professional work being submitted here, but I decided I wanted to join anyway, especially after noticing I wasn't the only one scared to join at first.  I know it's bad to compare yourself to others, but my own work is currently very much more amateur.

Basically, I've never had any kind of formal art education.  What little I do know was gleaned from practice on and off over the years, books, or watching the Youtube channels of some artists I follow that do tutorials and instructional videos.  I took one introductory level college art course in drawing, completely unrelated to my degree, but that was a very stressful time for me, that class often got pushed to the back-burner in favor of work related to my major, and I mostly ended up embarrassing myself.  My parents didn't know what to do with a child interested in art, my father often heavily pressured me towards STEM fields because they "made more money" even though those areas weren't really my strong points, and after attempting a degree in biology, I switched to English because people seemed to like some of my writing and I did enjoy literature, so that's what I graduated with.  I didn't adapt very well to cubicle life in an office, it quite literally drove me crazy, so I quit and I've had a bunch of odd jobs ever since including a bookstore position, a staff position at a living facility for DFCS and DJJ kids in government custody due to family problems or criminal records, and various warehouse positions.

I keep coming back to art though.  It's one of the few things I've pursued out of my own interest and one of the few things I can really lose myself in.  I'm getting a later start than most people, being in my 30s now, but I have no kids, I'm not married, and I don't have much of a social life due to being more introverted and having social anxiety problems.  I want to do something more meaningful with my life, and I hope to at least pursue art in earnest for myself, with the added bonus of at least getting supplemental income eventually, or even shifting careers if I'm ever able to achieve at least a semi-professional level of skill and the business know-how to promote my work.  I know the odds are stacked a little more against me than others at this point, but I have to try.  Worst case scenario, I figure I will at least improve in my ability to express myself artistically in my spare time, which is worth the effort in an of itself.

I did finally buy one of the Andrew Loomis books on figure drawing since all of his books seem to be highly recommended by most artists and I'll be working through that.  I've also debated trying out Noah Bradley's Art Camp when I have the cash.  I will be posting some of my stuff to the sketchbook section as soon as I'm able.  Attached for now is the full, uncropped version of my avatar pic that I did on scratchboard.  I'm open to suggestions as far as exercises to help in areas I'm lacking in (or even help in identifying what more specific areas I should work on first to see some improvement), links to videos or online courses that might be beneficial, or instructional books.  I'm currently focusing on traditional art first, though I'll likely dabble in digital later as well.  I do currently have access to a Wacom Intuos tablet and Corel Painter Essentials (got the bundle for Christmas).

To those of you who followed me this far, thanks for listening to me ramble.  Hopefully I'll be able to give a little something back to the community as well.  I'm more than happy to help or share in whatever ways I can, though as I said before, looks like a vast majority of people here are far more advanced than I am.

-Renee (a.k.a. Alopex)

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Posted by: gregorkari - 01-09-2017, 05:32 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (3)

Hey guys! 

I'm Gregor from the UK. I'm 32 and I've been working for a games company for 3 years now. I feel that my gestures and characters in general are still not as good as they should be. My goal is to use 2017 to teach myself how to draw characters in a semi realistic style (like Jim Murray for example) so I can use them for my paintings. 
Any advice is appreciated!

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