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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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  Hellos and Intros
Posted by: MoodDoodler - 03-12-2017, 04:12 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (3)

A wholesome hello to all, 

     I'm MoodDoodler, and as the name kind of explains I tend to draw when I'm in the mood. Its something I'm personally not proud of but want to work towards changing as a long-term goal of mine. 

     I fell in love with the creative arts a few years back doing graphic design and the urge to improve led to me attempting to teach myself to draw. Unfortunately, the area of my education wasn't equipped with that kind of expertise and being an antisocial dumbass, I stayed away from the web when it came to seeking critiques and helpful advice. Over the years I pushed my personal boundaries and got better with asking for criticism. I eventually pushed myself toward joining a portrait drawing class which helped me understand how to use a pencil and get an idea on how to draw.

     Work and college got in the way of continuing the class and I regrettably fell farther away from the improvement I desired. I tried continuing but I ran into this predicament of not knowing what I want anymore.
Should I draw things that look good to others?

     Will it help me find work?
     What kind of work do I want?
     What kind of career do I want? 
     Am I wasting my time ?
     I'm turning 19, is it too late to learn now?
     How the hell do you do a study?

     Hilariously enough, I figured the answer to most of the career questions. Still a little confused on what should I focus on at this moment to get better? I would draw faces but it'd look bad cause I haven't drawn in a while so it sent me into the loop of "I'm bad cause I don't practice. I don't practice cause I'm bad. I also know that keeping my drawings/doodles to myself is obviously not helping me. That led me to seeking out other more established artists. Seeing their beginnings and what they did to improve themselves. I eventually get word of this place, think this seems like a lovely little community, and here I am, attempting to introduce myself. 

I'd like to thank the community in advance for this opportunity and say a fine, how do you do?

Quicky FAQ:
Location: East Coast, USA
Long-term Career Goal: Art director/Show Runner 
Age: 19, I turn twenty sometime this year.
General Interests: Video games (Currently playing Dead Rising), animation (Cartoons, anime, etc...), television shows, Documentaries (Finished Abstract on Netflix), film (Saw Logan), Graphic novels/Comics, small techie stuff, photography, Graphic Design, Music (Currently obsessed with the 80s and some Vaporwave)

Little list of General Goals.
I wanna be a better story teller.
Learn to paint. 
Draw at least an hour a day.

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Star Hello forum, I'm one of the new guys
Posted by: Runensucher - 03-02-2017, 09:45 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (3)

Hi everyone!

This forum is overwhelming, but I need to start somewhere, right?
My name's Hannes, I'm from Germany. I'm living in Berlin for my whole live (around 27 years) and I want to get better with arts.
Everything started with my wish to do pixel art. I joined the pixelation forums and there I was told to learn to draw on paper first. Now I'm following "draw a box" since 11.11.2016. It really changed my live and I try to draw every day. I only missed about ten days since start. (Did not count, heh. ^^)
It's an up and down, some exercises really make me feel bad while others feel easier.

Uff. This isn't easy to talk about. I wish to get good with something because I need to express myself. When I left school with my A level, I was pretty sure I want to be a voice actor.
I followed this road for a long period and standing in front of a microphone made me so happy every time. I've spend a lot of money and energy into coaches, a private school and my own record technique. But it wasn't enough and my unhealthy ways of thinking, my shrinking nest egg and the overwhelming feeling of being all on my own made me brake up with my dream. I'm kind of sad about it but this is like it is and now I have to overcome my fears of not making the right decisions.
Drawing is different to voice acting. It's easier to do every day. It's way cheaper and there is a bigger community to talk to. That's why I'm feeling way better about it. It's still hard for someone like me, I'm very self-critical and serious about everything I do. But I bet I'm not the only one like this around here. ^^

For now, I'm just want to get better with art. I still have to go to my part time job, and I'm running a relationship so it's a challenging balance act. When I come through all this, with sparing some money from my job, maybe I can start another private schooling for gamedesing. But I don't want to think of it to much. Just having fun and drawing as much as possible is my main goal for now.

What I need is regular feedback. And that's why I'm here. I give the creator of "draw a box" some money via patreon and he is offering feedback in return. But just for a whole finished lesson.
I think I can get some feedback with starting a sketchbook, right?

Thank you for reading through this. It was kind of personal, but that's how I am.
Don't get fooled. I have a strong easygoing part too. ^^
So don't be afraid to talk to me. I'm interested in almost everything and I love to earn some new insights.

Have a good time!

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  Orange Pekoe
Posted by: Orange Pekoe - 02-20-2017, 11:06 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (6)

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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