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Posted by: Handkannon - 10-05-2018, 01:30 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (1)

I have been drawing all my life and have aspirations to one day make a graphic novel. I spent 9yrs in the navy drawing off and on but my skilled waned quite a bit during that time. I went to college and got a art degree in illustration and worked as a graphic designer for a sign company for a year before I took a job at the patent office as a patent examiner. I still make art and will continue work towards improvement with each piece of work I finish. I look forward to sharing my work here with and hearing feedback and criticism from you. Thanks for looking.

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Posted by: Shinkasuru - 10-05-2018, 12:29 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

Hello Everyone,

It doesn't look like there is too much activity on the forum these days, but I'll post something and we'll see where it goes. I learned about the forum through a David Rapoza Gumroad tutorial. He mentioned the forum in the tutorial and I thought I would check it out.

I won't be too long here, but let me briefly explain what i do and my goals. I have been sculpting for years, but I did start out drawing. I just ended up focusing on the sculpting and never really developing my drawing skills to the degree I would have liked to. So now I am giving sculpting a rest and starting to spend more time drawing and getting into digital art. I am a complete newbie with digital painting. I learned some basics and completed my first few digital paintings after taking an Udemy course on painting faces taught by concept artist, Hardy Fowler. I have much to learn, and that is part of the reason why I am here. I am hoping to exchange thoughts and ideas with other like-minded artists, and also I was hoping I would find some motivation to continue with my practice through this forum. I work a full time job and sometimes it's not easy to find the time to draw and paint, let alone the drive, but I am not one for excuses, so I am making sure to fit artwork into my schedule each day.

Okay, enough about me. Just wanted to introduce myself and start off by sharing a couple of work-in-progress pics of a painting I am working on now. This is a painting of my niece when she was approximately 12 months old. She is now 22 months. The likeness is not spot on by any means, but it does look like her. I am not too worried in nailing the likeness though. This is more an exercise in painting. So I started out in grayscale, and then I tested out some color, adding the base and red tones with a soft light blending mode in Photoshop.

Both versions are incomplete and need a lot of work. I just wanted to see if I might get some feedback. You can be brutally honest. I am eager to learn and improve. I'm really new to this medium and I want to learn all that I can. I admit it's a bit intimidating when I look at the incredible digital art out there; however, it is also very inspirational to me.

Thank you all for looking and I hope we can have some conversations around art and shared interests.



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  Hello everyone.
Posted by: Rainwater - 09-29-2018, 07:39 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (3)

Hello everyone.
I'm not very good at introducing myself, but I'll try :)
I'm Joanna from Germany and I joined this forum a couple years ago but life got in my way and I couldn't really participate and post a lot of stuff. I also struggle with mental health problems.

I love to draw since I can remember. After finishing my graphic design degree (which was completely pointless btw, because I learned nothing), I decided to become a self-taught illustrator. I developed an obsession with skill improvement and I'm eager to see where my art journey will take me. 

I joined this forum to take part in this community, take feedback and to make friends :) I struggle with motivation a lot and I also need your critique to improve as fast as I can. I hope to learn a lot from you.

Sorry for the short introduction, I'm not very chatty. See you around!



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Posted by: comedyronin - 09-20-2018, 09:07 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

I've been lurking here/on Xelfereht's discord for a while so I figured I would finally join the forums and maybe do the sketchbook thing.

I live in a small town with no real art to speak of so I've just been learning on my own via books/internet courses until recently.

Coming from mostly pencil sketches and cartoons, I tend to lean pretty heavily on line so I'm consciously working against that right now by painting things.

I enjoy long walks on the beach, video games, and ending sentences without

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Posted by: NikkiDreamer - 09-16-2018, 11:01 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (8)

Hi fellow artists.

I don't know how to describe myself, as a new artist or an old one. I have a BS in Visual Art from SUNY New Paltz, but it was very generalized and more about theory and concept. At the time, I didn't really grasp the basics in my drawing courses and painting classes. I hand more interest in Craft and Theory. My portfolio never coalesced because I just did the assignments. And I didn't really understand that assignments don't equate to portfolio pieces. Although I was inspired by and really enjoyed experiencing museums and galleries, for myself I never felt like I fit into the maker side of gallery aimed fine art, which my school did very well, but I didn't know where that left me. I finished up school while I was growing my family.

So after college, I spent the next ten years keeping house and raising my kids and just being human. I kept sketching, although my style and understanding were stagnant, about the same as my high-school level, and mostly focused on still life— nothing wrong with still life! Or high-schoolers! LOVE them both— I just wasn't growing. I am (mumblemumble) years old. My kids are getting bigger, but caring for them and keeping house and preparing meals is still the primary focus of my every day efforts. To do art, I steal the in between minutes and I stay up way too late.

About 2 years ago I started taking online classes through Paintable.cc, and within months I got very excited about improvements in digital painting. I will continue on with them, but now I am feeling like I also need to improve my sketching, my understanding of forms in space and especially the figure in motion and perspective, and I want to learn to attain that sense of flow and play in my line work.

I want to become an illustrator and possibly also a comics artist (I also love to write).

Like most, I struggle sometimes with motivation, especially when I am trying to grow and run into development walls that I need to climb but make my creative muscles hurt. But the feeling on the other side of the hurdle is addictive. So I'm hoping to make some friends to interact and strive with.



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  Hello there- i'm new
Posted by: The.Artist.Strikes.Back - 08-26-2018, 04:35 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (2)

 I'm not sure how to properly introduce myself so if this is a complete mess... I apologize in advance.

Though I usually prefer digital art and animation I do love most of the traditional art mediums I've tried, my favorites being plain ol' pencil, markers, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor. My greatest enemy is oil paint but I'm trying to patch things up with it.

 I'm hoping to get a job as a concept artist for LucasFilms someday, or as an artist for Funko. I would also love to illustrate children's books and perhaps even make a comic book or two. As of now I'm in my final year of high school and really trying to improve my art.

 That's all I guess, I look forward to seeing everyone's work!

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  Hello fellow Humans
Posted by: Narog - 08-08-2018, 07:18 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (9)

Hey, I'm new here (registered a LONG time ago though), Thought I should introduce myself as an effort to not completely suck at being social. 

So I'm 30, did some work in illustration, designing and concept stuff. Right after I write this I'll do my best to post a sketchbook, browse the forums a bit, try to be helpful and actually talk to people instead of drawing and painting all the time in my cave   Joking

Along with composition and colors, networking is my biggest nemesis, but I'm super motivated to change that. 

i see there is and option to add attachment to this post so I'll add something to grab attention


thanks for reading ! :)

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  New here
Posted by: Moniquoi_ - 06-28-2018, 10:12 PM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Hello, everyone. 

My name is Monica and I'm 23. I went to college and fell off the internet, but in that four years it seems like the online art communities that I enjoyed went into decline. I'm hoping to find a new community that I can be a part of. 

From age 11 to until I graduated high school (18 years old) I basically lived and breathed art and the internet. I knew about crimson daggers and lurked through a lot of the first live streams.  I got decently good at drawing for my age, but the price was that all other aspects of my life, health, and interpersonal relationships atrophied into nothingness. When college rolled around I went the OTHER way and became a real life social butterfly ("lmao computers???? idk how those work") at the expense of my artistic productivity. I felt a bit like Jekyll and Hyde. Now, I'm hoping to find some balance. 

I'm holding down a full-time job overseas (ESL teacher: not glamorous, basically broke), but I'm not getting any younger and if I really want to go freelance with illustration + graphic design, the best time to start building a portfolio is now, right? I've thought long and hard about what I want to do with my life and art is the answer I keep coming back to. 

My interests are definitely in illustration and graphic design, but I know that a solid drawing foundation is very important.  I want to get a sketchbook up and running that has all kinds of life studies. I've got a (physical) sketchbook filled with doodles, but I haven't drawn from observation in about a year. 

What I really need is some comrades: in real life I'm basically going at this artist life alone, and after losing my other online communities it's kinda lonely. 

So, Hello! Here I am. Nice to meet you.

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Big Grin Hello everyone!
Posted by: edd - 06-27-2018, 02:03 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (4)

Hello everyone i am edd . Almost two years ago I found art and i fell in love with the process of creating (or at least trying haha) to create . Since then I started to pursue it  despite everyone some of my loved ones telling me that I should keep pursuing engineering and in the future creating my own business around that. I tried to ignore them, but some of there words hurt me back then (but just because i let it). I kept going and after a while those opinions stopped.

So, at this moment I am stil studying computer science, still have one year left. At this moment i am trying do as much as I think I can. 

I have been in the ups and downs , the joy and the frustrations all of you know of the artist's journey. So, hopefully I will meet amazing people here that are trying to get good aswell or just enjoy creating.

Cheers for everyone out there (who is reading this and who is not ) pursuing the path of an artist, because it is not an easy task to do. Although, it is totally worth :)


P.D. I will try to upload every single thing that i do on the skechbook section. Happy creating !

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  Hello everyone!
Posted by: TokyoNova - 01-24-2018, 01:29 AM - Forum: INTRODUCE YOURSELF - Replies (1)

Hey guys, I'm Mario/TokyoNova. 

I'm 21 and currently live in the UK. Used to study Biology at a University in London but I decided to withdraw 2 years in, as I didn't enjoy the subject anymore and had a strong desire to pursue art instead. 

Like most of you here, I'm currently trying to put in the time and effort to become a better artist and hopefully in a few years, become a professional Concept Artist/Illustrator - whether it's Environment or Character Design, I'll have to find out which I prefer later along the road.

I'm not a total beginner but I think I'm still quite a novice at drawing and digital painting, so I'm currently trying to do various different studies every day to improve in the majority of fundamentals as fast as I can. 

Decided to join this forum so I can have somewhere to upload and document my progress over the course of a few years, until I get my first freelance job. But also to receive much-needed critique and harsh feedback so I can improve - so honestly please don't hold back in telling me my studies are shit and what I need to improve on.

Here http://crimsondaggers.com/forum/thread-8451.html is my Sketchbook I recently started and will update every week! Also my IG https://www.instagram.com/tokyonova/.

Looking forward to learning and progressing with everyone on here!

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