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Hey guys, so conceptart.org got shut down & I lost my old sketchbook so I'm gonna start posting on here. Hopefully starting this sketchbook will help get me motivated again. What i do for work is mainly 3D for architecture (houses etc) but 2d and fantasy is what I really love, so I'm gonna try to start improving again. One thing I want is to finally establish my work/style , my problem is I've been influenced by too many styles of art so realistic fantasy/concept art will hopefully be what i'll stick to from now on and learning to paint in that way better.

 I'm a bit rusty because I haven't drawn much in a while (besides architectural stuff), but cc welcome on every post. I've been at this for so long (started at 12 in foster care) that I've kinda lost confidence in myself and my work over the years, but I'd like to improve more and change that. For one my biggest weakness is figures/anatomy so I need to focus on that and perspective (i've been relying only on sketchup for architectural illustrations). I'm going to take some online courses as well, and will post work from that here as well as books, (and maybe some of my paid work as well) I've tried for a while but sadly my knowledge of figures is still a bit terrible, so hopefully I'll improve tons. thanks for dropping by!

Eventually I'd like to be more rounded in my foundations: Figures,perspective,composition,etc and feel confident about my work/progress.


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welcomeeeeee


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#3
Welcome to Crimson Daggers Zarkatos :).

What you say about establishing your own style really resonates with me - when I study from multiple sources, it's so easy to become confused about what style I want to go with.

Do you have any thoughts on deciding on a style?

Love the scene illustration by the way :).

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For style i think it depends, I have an established style for my architectural work because I had a real teacher, but the rest is all self taught so It's hard for me to stick with one. Maybe it'll evolve naturally over time I guess. Here's more studies, sketches, imagination portrait, etc. I tend to do a lot better at things like portraits or landscapes with heavy reference, but building figures from my mind is going to take a while,since i need more practice & knowledge of anatomy and construction. Though i'm more inclined to environment/landscape design my figure drawing is abysmal. Anyways thanks for stopping by guys gotta keep practicing.


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Welcome to Crimson Daggers, weary traveler. I am curious about if any other ex-CA.org users will migrate here and liven this place up a bit.

I think that your art is looking quite solid so far, but of course, there is room for improvment. Have you considered setting up a proper studying schedule? Maybe consider reading and studying from one book or class at the time, finishing it and then moving onto the next in a structured way.

Looking forward to see more work from you in the future!

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Thats a good idea zorrentos, i currently have craig mullins course i was thinking of starting on schoolism and anthony jones on learn squared. heres some work, not much of an update but its something. (top is some slightly rushed client work, bottom is practice) The last full course i did was Noah's art camp, should really finish another class.


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character ideation artbreeder overpaint mixed with photobashing


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Rough 5 min timed studes( method from a course im working on) and a 20 minute speedpaint


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studies and practice


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#10
learning, trying new technique though still bad at it lol, more studies and practice next. these were very rough but fun


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In your #7 post in the character iteration the fourth character start from the left i find is proportion to be off be unless he suppose to be a dwarf.I think what happening here is you didn't do your mannequin before you dress the figure.One other hypothesis i have is you were working in a canva that was to small and it compressed your figure.

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ah i was actually trying to exaggerate proportions a bit to be more dwarf like, not sure if i pulled it off well, thanks! I appreciate any and all feedback since its mostly me being in my head haha
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#13
Interesting sketchbook so far! How far do you tend to take your studies before you define them as finished, or have found what it is you're intending to study? You have lots of effective work, would also love to see what they culminate into!
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Thanks melolon, took anothers advice and am taking courses for learning, and everything else (architectural related) is just work stuff i thought i'd share, having structure/ courses is much better i feel, and i can start to see real progress. Will try to update this often, though if i'm more busy at least weekly, thanks for stopping by!

I do enjoy some of my work, but fantasy/scifi related art is my real passion (both concept/illustration) I realized recently that I can't just give up on that because it's what I love, even if it takes a while I'd like to follow my dreams from when I was a kid, which i gave up on for quite a while, and took a different path. I can't do as much as i'd like but having an online sketchbook (like the one I had on conceptart.org) keeps me motivated more than anything.

I actually do a lot of 3D renders and the like (house exteriors,interiors, etc), but they're not exactly related so i don't share em on here, wanna get back to my roots a bit :) seriously any feedback helps though and I appreciate it, I want to keep improving and feel like i'm actually getting somewhere, I appreciate all your comments/tips/critiques/etc.
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#15
Nice studies dude. Looks like you're trying out different techniques at the moment - are you any closer to choosing a particular style?

In post #7 what do you mean by "overpaint" is that the technique where you paint over a 3D model?

Keep going!

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#16
thanks! overpainting photobashed elements, (basically detailing and painting over)

Here is a photobashed/overpaint environment concept

I guess my style is kinda fluid but id like to eventually settle on one naturally.


more studies and character related stuff next post.


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