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    Algenpfleger learns to draw (He really does!) 2014 - New Sketchbook!

    Last edited by algenpfleger; April 20th, 2014 at 03:43 AM. Reason: Update! :D
    New sketchbook here!


    Hello, happy people of conceptart.org
    I'm, umm, new here. My name's Hannes, 19 years old, male, from Germany. I've been lurking around this place for quite some time and finally found the courage to join

    While i always did a bit of sketching in and for school, the common stuff like doodling on your books, and a bit of manga-style crap, it wasn't until July of 2007 that I started taking art seriously. Around that time, someone showed me the world of Digital Painting, and i was off the hook, beholding the vast mass of inspiration.

    So i spent the last five months learning to paint, and working with light and color.
    Well, I found out that all of this is completely useless without basics, and I saw that anatomy is what I have to learn. So today i put my tablet aside, said to myself "Dude, you need to get better, start over", took my pencils and started studying some serious stuff.
    That's why i came here, I'm sure that conceptart is the place to go to when you want to evolve as an artist. I really want to improve my skills and will be thankful for every hint and critique i can get. I'd also love to participate in some activities.

    I won't post anything that's older than 24 hours. (Edit: Or maybe I will D: )

    So here's the stuff I did today. I started with 60 poses from posemaniacs, 60 seconds each. I have a lot of trouble seeing the important forms and the essence of the pose, but i will keep practising that.
    The next thing is some Bammes studies, i apologize for the crappyness of my lines and the bad scan, but please bear with me, as I'm freaking motivated right now.
    Last are a life drawing of my cat and some non-reffed faces, also with a lot of issues regarding anatomy but ah well, I'll practise, I promise.

    I hope I'll be able to update daily with at least as much stuff as today, I'm highly inspired by all the great artists here, I hope I did the attachment stuff right, and thanks in advance.
    Cheers

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    Elloe. Good job with the first post.

    60 second poses are great for warming up. In fact I recommend that's all you should use em for.

    Once you're fairly lose move up to 5 minute ones. Then 10. then 30 or howeveer you feel comforetable.

    You seem to have a pretty good understanding of depth and know how to manipulate perspective. Your faces look rather geometric and unnatural so I would recommend that you spend a day practicing just them. In fact spend a lot of time practicing one thing at a time. It is the one crucial thing that has worked for me. The more you do one aspect the better you get

    Other than that I recommend looking @ some anatomy books and seeing how the body can be formed down into geometric shapes. it helps understanding more.

    Remember...success lies in the power of will. Never give up...and learn to enjoy frustration. Cause once you kick it's ass it will feel so good haha.

    Hope to see more ~ peace

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    Welcome to CA, olle Alge!
    Nice sketches - I wouldn't have the patience in 1000 years, you know. Looking forward your future stuff!

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    practice,practice And just Practice.
    and post your value studies too.
    keep it up

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    ped454, thank you so much! So much advice. Okay, I'll practice more faces. You're right, they look weird. I need to seriously study Loomis, I'm afraid.
    And i got an anatomy book, but i still didn't find out how to break the body down into usable chunks. I hope that will come with time.

    Zeitwolf, hello again Thanks for stopping by.

    hmanafi, thanks. Value studies. I seriously hadn't thought of that before. But I did some today, thanks to you

    So, today I did some more poses, then moved on to studying Bammes again, bones of the arm, blargh. Then some eyes, some after Bammes, some with ref, some from head.
    Some random faces...
    The last two are from life, i did them after reading hmanafi's post and thought "OMG value studies", first is a drapery study (yay! ), just a towel hanging over a chair, second is a fairly crappy self portrait which took about 50 minutes.

    My scanner should actually be delivering better results :-/
    And does anyone know how to put those attachments directly into the post?

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    Woot, i found out how to scan properly
    Some poses and value studies, some from life.

    Hmm, i feel like i really should do anatomy and faces instead :-/

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    Nice poses man, i really need to start doing this. Loving the shading of the pencil on the last picture, very nice.

    If you feel like doing anatomy, will not try to mix it with the poses? Draw the pose and then try to define the muscles with the help of anatomy books.

    Keep it up man!

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    Wow, so much work each day. This really inspired me to just sit down and draw. Definitely keep this up. b"b

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    Haha, i´m just as impressed with your amount of studies! Keep them coming! Looks great so far!

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    Carbono, thank you! Great idea, combining poses with muscles. I'll give it a try tomorrow!

    Flakari Leader, glad to hear. But how could i not be motivated, beholding these great forums with all those awesome artists?

    Flaskpost, thanks! I hope I'll be able to keep it up


    So here's, with my newly found scanning ability, more stuff from this afternoon, making the second update today

    Some Bammes studies, then some random faces, some of them with ref. Then some more poses - 149 in 3 days
    Last for today are two value studies, some toy horse from my little sister, and a roll of adhesive tape which creative some interesting caustics, i failed to render them though, gotta try again soon :-/

    And I still need to find out how to put attachments directly into the post

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    Didnt get around to do much today... some 60 second poses, some 5 minute ones, then anatomy studies after Bammes, and finally some faces.

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    Last edited by algenpfleger; December 31st, 2007 at 08:15 PM.
    Didn't get much done today either, for obvious reasons. And yay! It's 2008. Which means my I-won't-do-digital-for-a-while is over now.
    Note how the second random faces page looks better as i drew it while listening to other music and hanging out in the living room.

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    man i like your art much. i love the expressions of the faces.

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    Some of those quick studies are really great, and like someone else already said, nice facial expressions on those quick ones too. I agree, music can make a big impact on the work, it does with me anyway, its almost become an essential thing to have good music while I draw !

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So if you haven't gone onto good ol' fashioned "CA" in a while, you might want to do that now; 

dreamfuel.conceptart.org/proje…

Now I've got my own personal feelings about the site. To be blunt, it's an egotistical, bloated site and community with a stick so far up it's ass it might as well be a puppet.  If you read their feelgood hullabaloo about DREAMFUEL (When i was 14 i made up a business and called it 'skydreamerstudios", i can't help but see the resemblance as one of the stupidest names out there) , you too can feel a looming sense of doom for the site a real sense of purpose in your bleak, meaningless lives of the great shadow that CA casts.  Best not to let your eyes gaze upon it's majestic majesty. 

I've been a member of the site for years and years. Barring a glitch that accidentally put me on the featured artists list at the top of the page back in 2008, and the relentless hounding I got from that, not to mention that the admin told me  it was ridiculous to think they'd ever feature my art, what was I thinking?  - I haven't been on the best terms. Critiques are not helpful, Opinions are not there, Sketchbooks are so washed out that you best be scratching someone elses's back to have anyone scratch yours.  Concept art, no matter how much it doesn't want to hear this- Is deviantart. Just with a 'professional' sticker slapped on it. 

I went there for the freelance job listings. They had a forum originally set up in a pretty standard way - Full time jobs, part time jobs, two sets of freelance forums for over 500 and under 500 usd.  Best part about the entire site, barring some of it's challenges i used to take part in,  is that businesses also still saw CA as a professional site. If we can both keep up that ruse, hey, the site has uses.  I'm not entirely against the people of the site, i'm against how it's run. Because some five months back, they suddenly changed the layout of the jobs forum. it became "Art jobs for art mobs" and instead of having those categories, they had one. And instead of having maybe 50 to each, there were 4. And they were also never updated because the people who had to post had no idea how the damn thing was run. So that was dropped recently too. They changed it back after about 3-4 months. 

Why dreamfuel is so stupid, beyond having to pay 75,000 for forums to be run since Manely apparently was picking up the tab *excessive air quotes*, is the site believes it can extort that money from it's mild-mannered artists.  There was literally no warning for this- it was "everythings fiiiiinnnneeeee" then the next day the forums were entirely shut down, this piece of trash had gones up in place of it, and even some of the staff were caught off guard. You want to post a link and make a news article that pops up before you go to the forums, that's fine. You don't just shut the whole goddamn thing down with no warnings. So now they're holding the forums ransom, because they believe themselves the top site for art. They're not. I'm not sure they realize there's many other resources out there now. That even some of the site's original creators, who i've spoken with directly on the manner, saw it as a bloated, egotistical site that had become something so different than what they made.  It doesn't end there though.

Earlier in the day when I was brushing into the situation, you should've SEEN that comment's section. 80% of them were angry, well written rants why they found the situation to be horrible. That CA was killing it's own fanbase. That it was slowly snuffing itself out.  ACTUALLY, thanks to the magic of people screencapping the comments, you can! i.imgur.com/qz7PsL9.jpg 

You check those comments now---- there's nothing. Some of these comments being "If you wanted to hold a fundraiser, that's fine. But i don't want a new layout, you keep changing the layout and driving people away. I just want my forums back, this is ridiculous"  and many other related to that. Now the comments are only full of praise, mostly from the people who set up the damn thing in the first place.   You wanna run a bloated site, fine. You wanna drive yourself into the ground- go nuts. But when you take legit comments and delete them all for this fake air that everyone's really into this idea-- the hell with you.  They care nothing for their people, and they just made that blatantly obvious. 

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