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Author Topic: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook  (Read 28940 times)

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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #285 on: November 21, 2018, 11:48:09 PM »
There's something emerging in these newer ones, especially the chibis, that vaguely reminds me of another artist, but I'm not sure I can place it. Soul Eater's manga, maybe?

Regardless, it's nice to see you at work again. I've missed your feedback and presence around here. I hope to be seeing more of your stuff and advice soon.

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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #286 on: November 22, 2018, 05:13:25 AM »
@Ryan for just short of 2 hours thats some great dynamic sketches there. aha Cute and Chibi, huh. love it. my advice would be to keep the details simpler than a normal drawing. chibi hands especially tend to be blob hands, and only gain digits when needed for pointing and so on. that being said, I like the way you've going with the large hands, it reminds me of something but I can't place it. keep it up, and experimentation is key for exploring new styles. you don't want to end up drawing generic stuff like everyone else so push those boundaries!

great to see your art here again, yeah old drawings can make us cringe, but hey the harder we cringe the more we've improved right.
and if you get rusty for not drawing in a couple of days, I don't even want to know what I get after a couple of months of not drawing!
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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #287 on: November 22, 2018, 07:49:13 AM »
Nice to see your work again Ryan! Brings a warmth to my cold dead heart to watch artists who haven't posted art in a long time post their art again.

I do like the Chibis too! They're very expressive!

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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #288 on: November 22, 2018, 06:01:48 PM »
Dude long time no see. Like it's been ages man. Also those chibis are über expressive. This is really great stuff man! Love how your shading works. You should do more.

Also a cringe at old art is a win for your new art. You've gotten better then.

Please, keep at it man!

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« Reply #289 on: April 27, 2019, 07:23:42 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone.

For awhile, I wanted to be an illustrator for a living. I also went to university for art. I graduated last year in May.

The stress of trying to appeal to more a general audience, and the need to make more commercially appealing art got to me. I also needed to get a job and start making money, pressures from the family. That plays a big part.

I'm fortunate to not be in debt, and I have an internship now in another field I like, which is also less competitive.

I'm now treating myself as a hobbyist. I can do the weird, experimental things I've wanted to do for awhile now that probably won't lead to getting freelance work. I can just improve my skills, learn whatever new subject matter I want without needing to work on a portfolio.

I'll try to stick around longer this time.

Here's some semi-recent stuff, done just for the sake of drawing.







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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #290 on: April 28, 2019, 07:32:51 AM »
nice stuff. Yeah having a job certainly slowed down my art progress just for lack of time, but having stable income can certainly reduce stress while you pursue the art skill you want. well done for graduating at uni.
that last piece is super expressive, I can imagine a whole manga in that style. amazing what well placed scribbly lines can do.
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« Reply #291 on: April 29, 2019, 12:55:07 AM »
Thanks man, I'm glad to be around too.. The key is to create variety in tone with the scribbles and to make sure there's still a lot of white space overall. It can be good to pick a side of a form, and say it's the shadow side—and put the majority of the scribbly lines there.

I've been looking at kimetsu no yaiba a lot. The author uses scribbly lines to fill in the eyes. I love it. Anyways, I'll show more of what I'm doing with that in a different thread.

I thought it would be fun to put the sketch layer right next to the drawings I make on top. I'll be indicating this with an arrow.


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« Reply #292 on: May 28, 2019, 04:16:22 PM »
whoops missed your reply. I haven't done much cross hatching or line shading for ages so I@ll be sure to try out different approaches when I get round to it next.

nice improvement on the top one. I'm still trying to work out a good detail balance for a first/second/third sketch, and when in the iterations and resolving the sketch do I add each set of details. it's fun stuff.
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« Reply #293 on: January 26, 2020, 09:02:58 PM »
Been putting off updating this for a while. I made a collection of the stuff I did during the second half of 2019. Was kind of a difficult year. Hoping for a better one this time.

I realized that I don't really have any desire to tell stories with my art, or even really to write fiction. It's a notion that I've had for a while, that is, doing these things. But, I think it came more out of adoration and enjoyment in consuming media.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a lifeless imagination. There are no characters interacting there. No great yarn that I must spin. Aphantasia makes it like this. To me, the idea of spending countless hours on story seems like a gruesome, frustrating hell. I wonder why it took me so long to realize.

Indeed, it's the case that I feel much like a fake whenever I try to tell or make stories. The characters seem to fall lifelessly on the page. Perhaps I will put effort in telling stories again one day for the sake of sucking at it. But it's no longer a real artistic goal for me. I wonder, what the fascination is in something I have never done for fun. I suppose the naivete was expecting something I didn't enjoy doing to some day become enjoyable. I have caused much pain to myself, procrastinating on the notion of stories, as a person that at the core isn't interested in telling stories.

What now, then? I am considering to create manga-inspired artwork and to sell it. Originals and prints. I wonder if people will be interested in my inhuman tastes in art. You see, at the core I cannot shake off the feeling of meaningless I have for art. I'm convinced I don't experience art like the common person might. However, I feel that this reflects the nature of our absurd and beautiful world. Yes, in a way I feel that turning the absurd into something beautiful is something that may come naturally to me.

Anyways, I still don't know what this art will look like, as I've only gotten started.

But, here's some stuff that I did before, messing around with using spaced repetition for doing studies. I'll talk about it more if I do more. I started out with the idea of doing 5-minute ones, but realized that is not enough time and moved up to 10 minutes.

Anyways, for a disclaimer, you should click on the images below to open them in a new tab.

I also decided to do 5-minute sketches as a practice. My goal was to get to 500 sketches. It's not really something I'm aiming to complete, but we'll see.
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10-minute spaced repetition studies
5-minute spaced repetition studies


Link to 2019 collection.
https://mega.nz/#F!DFZilYRS!R-EdgyLJr6shuKntBjG_5w

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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #294 on: January 26, 2020, 10:45:45 PM »
Hrm, that seems to be quite the headspace you've got yourself in there Ryan. I can certainly sympathize with a lack of willingness to create stories, although I can't really understand what you mean by the "inhuman" part of it. I suppose not getting a ride out of art is fine as long as you don't have a total lack of emotion for all things to go alongside it. But I would hope that you take some enjoyment out of it somehow, even if it's different from how you perceive most people to.

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« Reply #295 on: January 27, 2020, 02:19:09 AM »
Well, I should be clear. When I say "art", I am really only referring to visual art that stands alone; e.g. stuff you may come across browsing online art galleries. The way I experience mixed mediums; comics, animation, television, etc. is for the most part normal.

Anyways, inhuman is maybe the wrong word. What does it mean for something to be "human" is largely undefined in the first place. What I mean is that I don't have taste that could be considered typical.

Take for example Samura Hiroaki's "love of the brute" art collection. I imagine the average person would find such artwork questionable. But, I find it to be valuable art and have no problems with it. It's not PG-13 work, so you'll have to google it if you want to see what I mean.

I think I like art that is well-drawn (visually appealing) and has some sort of implied story to it. Story serves to give the viewer a reason to explore the image, but I don't think the specifics of the story matter much to me. Story is really just the fact that something is happening in the image, or something already happened.

Subject matter is also not usually important to me. The first two qualities are what usually matter. I think this is unusual.

When it comes to art, the feeling of meaningless comes from the fact that I am very open to the subject matter. If the subject matter could be anything for me, then where does art possess "meaning"? What should the subject matter of my painting be? As a result, I came to the conclusion of making art where the subject matter of the piece holds no greater meaning, and is perhaps even absurd or undefined.

Well, my thoughts are still confused, and this current viewpoint will probably change over time.. But I know from a research study that every viewer brings their own history, personality, and values when it comes to valuing artwork. How many people will come to the same conclusion that I have?

How many people will get behind this notion of subject matter not mattering? I suppose, this is what I wonder. But I know that I will be bothered if the extent of my motivation in making art is to simply make visually appealing artwork. That's why I have a feeling that I should explore this idea of subject matter not mattering.









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« Reply #296 on: January 30, 2020, 11:01:27 PM »
Honestly it sounds like you're dancing on the edge of some new school of art man, or at the very least least the edge of one I've never heard of before (are we beyond post-post modernism yet? I have no idea). I think your thoughts have a place, and I am definitely starting to get more of what you're trying to say. I don't have the vocabulary to say it either, but I think the concept of stories mattering but not the subject matter is a line worth exploring.

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« Reply #297 on: February 04, 2020, 08:48:20 PM »
Mmmmm...I was watching some videos on Eric Andre. His comedy could be described as absurdist. I think there are some connections there with what I want to do.

I've been a bit busy with other stuff lately so I haven't drawn for a couple days. I'm happy with how these drawings turned out though. I'm trying to put as much focus on the silhouette as possible, and putting details off until the end. I guess I'm trying to build drawings that are solid and appealing even when there's not much going on.

I think I've had the tendency in the past to fill up my drawings with as much nuanced linework, "skillful" anatomy, and detail as possible. Perhaps it was to try to make the drawing look "cooler" when I didn't think they were cool enough.

I have also put too much emphasis in the past on drawing in an automatic way, heavily relying on muscle memory to draw things. So, I would have trouble when I would try to draw things with a different procedure or out-of-order. Perhaps my perceptions and knowledge has simply improved enough, but I'm able to build from basic shapes/forms into the complex shapes/forms much more easily now.

I'm starting to understand that the "cool" feeling to a drawing can be felt from a very simple, uncomplicated drawing.

This animator and his videos is who I have to thank for realizing the importance of silhouette.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtQeL5Ii2d0




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Re: NSFW Ryan's Revived Sketchbook
« Reply #298 on: February 08, 2020, 07:10:52 AM »
great sketches Ryan and good to see you challenging yourself to be more creative. A nice range of sketches and angles and poses.
And good to see you're learning new things.
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