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Author Topic: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook  (Read 60762 times)

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Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« Reply #750 on: May 13, 2019, 06:30:11 PM »
All progress is progress Mahlua. If there's anything I've learnt from regimens is that it's the small steps done reliably that are ever more important than the big milestones as fun as they seem. If you've done some work in a little way in your drawing then it'll pay off in a big way later down the line. Work at your pace and you'll be aces gold.
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Thumbs: 1014/1000
Chars: 1000/1000


The 700 mark for both of the regimens was one of the worst grinds I've ever had when it came to regimens. A lot of things in my life at the time were demanding all my attention and I just generally felt wrung out and exhausted with the trudge. But as it always happens regardless of how unmotivated I am the numbers dwindled up until I was only a few more before the finish line and now I'm beyond even that and can say that I've successfully done 1000 characters and 1000 thumbnails.

I tried as well as I could to be unique with every one, to come up with an idea of how the characters would look fully rendered or what thumbnails interested me, and there are quite a few fun moments paired with the horrible trudge. For example the conversations that always come up when people notice you doing regimens (obvious, repeat occurence when you draw traditionally in public.) And then there were times I saw scenes clearly when I was feeling tired and/or boozed up. It's interesting how not being quite razor conscious helps you build up and imagine scenes free-er. I wish I could've done some of those thumnbnails more justice, but I do remember their essence and if I ever felt like expanding upon them I'm confident I'd know a lot more on how to fill out those scenes.

This regimen was a milestone on another front as well: In interests of time and my hope to improve my art, I'm going to be going a heavily tracing/reference based regimen road for a while. I'm desperate to jump right back into my main comic and writing projects after this regimen to see what I've learned from it but I know I'm not quite there yet and am actually excited to shut off a little and let myself learn from external sources and let some inspiration and influences seep into my art more. As it is I have a comfortable enough base of my own style to start off on any of my projects and I'm confident in that, but I want to still spurce it up a little by learning how to reference and basically drawing stuff I usually wouldn't draw (or at least draw stuff I'd love to be able to draw)

I'll be sure of what to call the regimen when I get started on it, but I'm thinking it's 1000 magazine drawings. If something else comes along before that - even if it's not referencing as I intend - I'll see about that too.

For now I will just dance a jig and be happy about hitting this milestone.

And now post all that I have done in all it's glory.

Warning: Lotso scrolling

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Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« Reply #751 on: May 13, 2019, 11:27:10 PM »
Congrats Lego! There's definitely an improvement that can be seen between the beginning and the end of all of these! Some of the thumbs feel like they're about to be focused into a more flushed out piece.

That magazine run does sound interesting, although the thought of you getting back into the regular comic routine is an awful appealing one. It feels like years since you've been on that consistently (hell, maybe that's not far off). But yeah, I imagine once you're back to it on the regular, there will be a marked difference.

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Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« Reply #752 on: May 14, 2019, 07:26:17 PM »
Thanks Coryn!

In my head I'm doing a sort of 'classy procrastination'. I have so many hang-ups that I've got to work through that I need to work my way through them before I can focus on what I want to do. I wish I had  your level of productivity on that front haha.

I'll see if i can sneak a panel or two in between my 'busy' life

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Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« Reply #753 on: May 14, 2019, 08:43:43 PM »
Well, you just gotta push through it sometime. But I've found that just setting aside a few hours every Sunday will at least keep me pushing forwards. As long as you can find a time to consistently put to it, even if it's an off day, you'll get something done.

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Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« Reply #754 on: May 15, 2019, 04:14:28 AM »
Congratulations on getting a whole TWO more 1000 regimes under your belt!!!!!!!!

I've sort of mentioned favourites along the way so I wont mention any more, but it's been great to see the amount of unique ideas that you put down on paper.

I did notice that your regime changed very quickly from just drawing clothing to drawing whole characters. that took the focus off the accuracy of the clothing, but I think these functioned better as complete character concepts. As with my own sketches, I've realised it's better to have the good idea and fix the accuracy later than draw something non interesting accurately first time. Your thumbnails also started off a bit random on the pages but you got into a nice rhythm and spaced them nicely and evenly.

You went through quite a few sketching styles so it's difficult to comment on actual art improvement, as well as the fact that they are meant to be rough to begin with, but you had some solid ideas. Even what you probably consider to be your generic non-interesting ideas are still way ahead of me haha

Now that you have finished the both, I might go through and use a bunch of your characters and thumbnails as inspiration for new sketches for a while, although I've got plenty of my own to be working on as well XD

I've not drawn in public very much, partly because my life doesnt get me out in public very much where I am free to draw.  It's great that you've made connections this way and I'm sure it makes the art more fun and interesting.

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It's interesting how not being quite razor conscious helps you build up and imagine scenes free-er.
I have occasionally experienced this but not consistently enough to call it a thing. I have experienced very different moods where my accuracy has been extra high or my ideas have been extra fancy. But it's not like I feel any different, it just happens and I don't know why. Sometimes having done exercise beforehand seems to help, like it loosens my body up so I'm more fluid when I draw. I think.

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I wish I could've done some of those thumnbnails more justice, but I do remember their essence and if I ever felt like expanding upon them I'm confident I'd know a lot more on how to fill out those scenes.
Really, I think that's the point - to quickly get an idea down on paper. It doesnt have to be great, or even finished, if it conveys the idea properly. If you already know how you would improve it then you almost don't have to, if you get what I mean. It's when you decide to use that scene in an artwork/project that you should be investing the time to fully develop it I think.

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I'm desperate to jump right back into my main comic and writing projects after this regimen to see what I've learned from it but I know I'm not quite there yet and am actually excited to shut off a little and let myself learn from external sources and let some inspiration and influences seep into my art more.
Yup that's exactly how I feel pretty much. It's hard to balance "learning art" and "doing art" when you're not at the skill level you want. You've certainly got the right mindset for taking on a huge project now. It's just having the time to do whatever you want that seems to be the problem for all of us.

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing your art leap forward and all the best for the future regimes and projects!!
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Re: Miscellaneous Arts and Sketchbook
« Reply #755 on: June 30, 2019, 09:56:22 AM »
Well the idea to reference as much as possible turned out to be a huge failure. I ended up shutting down and getting into a major rut. I'm still for tracing manga and drawing from mangazines as the like, but my engines went to a complete stand still and I felt daunted at the idea of putting my pen down to do anything really.

I've decided to dial myself down to near zero, that is, stick figures and simple shapes. It's a legendary cop out, but it's the only thing that works, and it's made me able to draw a little more again so I'll stick with this.

New regimens: 10,000 stick figures and 1,000 simple buildings (made of squares mostly)

I hope the building one will help me with scale at least, otherwise I'm literally just burning through scrap paper and doodling when and where I can, the true essence of a regimen. Still feel like I'm in a rut but I'm more optimistic about these than other ideas.