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Frank's Thread [NSFW]

F87F87 So Say We AllRegistered User regular
edited February 2015 in Artist's Corner
Hey guys! Time for a new thread to post my progress on new pieces!

I've been spending time working on a spreadsheet of potential clients and I really want to give freelance illustration my best effort. I think it's entirely possible for me to make a living on my art if I can build a strong portfolio and client network, but I really need help getting some strong illustrations finished.

Feedback greatly appreciated!

WIP stages:
Thumbnails:

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Sketch / Values:

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Simple 3D mock-up:

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Current WIP:

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At this stage, I've laid everything out design wise and did the first render pass, except for her face. It's still pretty early on, but I was hoping to get some general idea of what you guys thought?

Thanks for any help!

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2014
    I like the hint of architectural detail in the background, and I think you could do more with that. Provide a secondary point of interest that leads on from her face, but with atmospheric fade so it doesn't compete with the foreground.

    The monk I'm not sure is adding to anything much, composition-wise. It's just kind of ... there, and i find the flag distracting me from the main figure, which should be my focal point.

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    You lost the interesting story elements of 1 and 2, in my opinion. I prefer there be even just a hint at what she is doing rather than just striking a pose like that. Maybe you intend it to be more of a splash screen? I think you could also get some more intensity in the face by working to hit that more down turned angle that your sketch implied.

    tynic
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    OK! Thanks for the awesome feedback! I'm going to work on it a ton tomorrow, but I tried to quickly implement some improvements. I think the "killing in the glorious sunrise" is a lot more interesting!

    70nn176gpncf.jpg

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    OK, I can't decide which version I like better, what do you guys think?

    Big lake bg
    8k5pqrs108xq.jpg

    Canyon classic w/ fog
    i07wkqtp5n0e.jpg

    I'm about to start on the colors and rendering everything out.

  • acadiaacadia Registered User regular
    I like the big lake one, but I feel like the horizon line shouldn't match up exactly with where that large stone pillar meets the water. I'd assume the water goes quite a bit farther than that (considering we're seeing the sun peek up without any mountains or anything to obscure it. I don't know if you've used any perspective guides for this drawing, but it looks like, rather than the lake ending on the horizon, the lake ends on a sheer cliff right about where that large stone fortress thing is.

  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    Thanks Acadia! I tried to do some perspective changes and worked on where the pillars meet the water.

    I still need to go in and really polish this. Also, I'm going to work on the hands soon!

    9t0oj3y8c4n6.jpg

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Her extended leg is super weird, cant tell if her foot is planted or if shes walking, but it feels like it is really long.

    F87
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    @Iruka‌ Ah geez, you're right. Looks super wonk. Other than that do you think the piece is portfolio worthy?

    New WIP:

    l4pptujw1m98.jpg

    I think I'm going to step back on this one and do some more thumbnails first.

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  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    People naturally gravitate towards trying to make things equal. Take a piece of paper and draw three boxes of varying sizes and dimensions and I guarantee you'll be able to find different measurements reoccurring all over the place. From the negative space between the boxes to the dimensions themselves, your brain has just automatically tried to make stuff equal. Your job, when designing dynamic compositions, is to do whatever it takes to avoid that.
    What you've done here is let your brain go on autopilot. You've got three elements in the composition, and two of them are pretty much the same size. And also, there's nothing in the foreground.
    Two rules of making compositions interesting, that I usually consult when something seems uninteresting, is to occupy both back, middle, and foreground for maximum depth, and the rule of three (small, medium, large. Basically: elements should vary in size.)
    I think you should try playing around with the placement of the elements in there, the size of them, and see if you can add something in the foreground. Play around, see how interesting you can make the composition. Make variations, see what effect the different things are going to have on the pieces.
    Also, I'd probably add some more light or a secondary light source to the thing he's investigating, it's reading pretty weirdly right now.
    Forget about the facts of physics and that there's no light source up there. You're an artist, you get to cheat! Check out this cheeky fucker
    quizzle387.jpg
    She's got a black fucking cloud behind her! A black cl- I don't... a fucking black cloud. But it works perfectly for stacking the values of her face.

    As for the earlier piece I think you could benefit from trying to do some more solid construction on the characters. Really get in there and get dirty in perspective lines and boxes around heads and shit. One thing that immediately jumps out is how the ellipse around her stomach, her belt I guess, is facing the wrong way. If the horizon line is below her belt we should be looking up at it, not down.

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    @m3nace‌ Thank you!! That's some awesome feedback and I tried it out in some thumbnails.

    What do you guys think?

    9pgm2d7dh771.jpg

  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    Way more interesting to look at. I particularly like number 3. The character in the foreground is nicely framed by the crap behind him and the middleground. And it's also an interesting space, if you know what I mean. I want to be there, I want to look around and explore that space.
    Right now the city's light looks kind of randomly placed, try screwing around with the placement of that to highlight certain things
    remember: lightest light against darkest dark, now that's a focal point
    the-vision-of-the-valley-of-dry-bones-1866.jpg
    So yeah, you're defo on the right track. Now it's just deciding on a focal point and driving it home.
    edit:
    and another little thing. This isn't so important right now but it's still noticeable. Another thing we do when on autopilot is to parallel our lines. The foreground element plus the spaceship thing in no 1 are both angled parallel to the circle that is the planet. And in no 3 the same thing almost happens as well. Even though we're in space stuff is floating very neat and orderly in relation to the planet. It's actually just now that I realize that the space between the planet and the rightmost space debris stuff isn't part of the space debris, because the lines are so parallel.

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    F87
  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    F87 wrote: »
    Thanks Acadia! I tried to do some perspective changes and worked on where the pillars meet the water.

    I still need to go in and really polish this. Also, I'm going to work on the hands soon!

    9t0oj3y8c4n6.jpg

    Some thoughts on this:

    What's the narrative, and what are you doing to tell it?

    The man looks frightened, but the heroine is not particularly threatening and the dramatic tension isn't really there. She looks half an eyebrow cock from being on a poster for a DreamWorks film. Her face doesn't clue us in much and her body language is 'heroic generica'.

    A sadistic grin, a hateful glare, solemn duty-- there are a million ways you could go. The sword arm itself can gesture powerfully as well. Does it point with accusation? Is it raised in anticipation? Leaned on for support?

    It's easy to see how you've found yourself in this situation. Looking at all your thumbnails and WIP shots it's clear that the second figure was sort of shoehorned in there at a late stage in order to gin up a more interesting composition, but It's a bit half-assed at the moment.

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    That is some awesome insight, @Scosglen‌ . Thank you, sir! I will do my best to incorporate more intrigue and story.

    Some random quickies from the last couple days:
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    Early progress on the space walk piece:

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    You are getting stuck drawing that same girl face over and over, you should probably hit up some photo studies.

    Scosglen
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    It has been a while since I've done that, will do! Thanks @Iruka‌ .

    What do you guys think of this one?

    ped7unborkzt.jpg

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  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    Pretty tight! Love the stacking of the values, works really great. Maybe it's just a preference but to me it reads a tad too monochrome, there's not a lot of variation when it comes to saturation either.
    Did a quick and dirty thing:
    xtasa181s7on.png
    The thing about snow and ice is that it is incredibly refractive and as such the denser it gets the more saturated it gets as well, since the light is just bouncing from ice to ice to ice. By making the glacier crack more saturated, not only does it becomes more interesting (to me at least) to look at, but it also uses the saturation as a compositional element in that it both generates depth (foreground more saturated than background) as well as providing further framing of the focal point (the figure is now walking on an unsaturated bridge that is surrounded by a saturated ravine).

    F87Scosglen
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited December 2014
    OMG @m3nace‌ !! That is exactly what I was picturing when I started this painting, but I couldn't get it to come out like that. This is so awesome! I never really think about using more than shapes and lines in composition, the saturation change looks great as well! Thank you so much.
    I'm still working on the ravine (you painted that really well, really quickly ! ) but I was thinking, if the colony was under attack, I could have another saturation variation, what do you think?

    dwpbrke1b7es.jpg


    Also, any feedback on this one before I render it to death?

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    edit: is it too dark? Is the composition to "heavy handed"?

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  • m3nacem3nace Registered User regular
    Whether or not that's necessary is up to what you want to be the focal point. Personally I quite liked it when it was just the dude on the bridge. Oh, and protip for painting the ice: teal where it's lightest, ultramarine where it's darkest.

    F87tynic
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    Edit: Update below

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    Finished this finally!

    "Remnant"

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    This one needs a bit more polish:

    "Cold Snap"

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    New sketch, wanting to try some fan art out! :)

    Can anyone guess who they are?

    cgfct424qn7q.jpg

  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    I dont know who they are, but the faces look a bit different than your standard face, so I suggest doing way more fan art, if it motivates you to expand.

  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    I know you're still working on Cold Snap, but the fire on the ship could use some work with a reference. The added color is nice though!
    Agreeing with Iruka's encouragement to branch out, face-wise

  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    Thanks guys, I will work on some face studies soon.

    I asked this in the questions thread, but I figure here is fine too:

    I'm still having trouble getting any freelance work! Do you guys think I should work on a different subject matter or change my style? Any general tips for getting commissions?

    Also I tried out the new fzd school video technique and made up some thumbnails:

    nfsf6zlmuqik.png

    85sy7scl053w.png

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    Somewhat bored with my art... I need to mix it up. Decided to just have some fun on my next piece, here is a WIP:

    vpurf2pteojc.png

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  • bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    F87 wrote: »
    New sketch, wanting to try some fan art out! :)

    Can anyone guess who they are?

    cgfct424qn7q.jpg

    House of Cards?

    ?username=bombardactyl&theme=dark
  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2015
    Those thumbnails are pretty nice! Keep doing those.
    F87 wrote: »
    Thanks guys, I will work on some face studies soon.

    I asked this in the questions thread, but I figure here is fine too:

    I'm still having trouble getting any freelance work! Do you guys think I should work on a different subject matter or change my style? Any general tips for getting commissions?

    I Kinda think of freelance and commissions as two different categories, freelance being professional work and commissions being small pieces that are generally for personal gifts. These are two different markets and both are sorta volatile when it comes to regular work. For freelance you are probably going to have to really go out and look for it. For small jobs like card illustrations and similar gigs, people post listings and you'll just have to continue to chase the dragon.

    Personal commissions will likely come to you through word of mouth. If you want to make a market in that, work on your internet presence and build up a network of interested parties.

    But don't do studies later dude, do them now.

    When I look at your work, I see a person aiming for basically the most elusive job there is, which is like that job where you do all the polished promotional material for a game/show/whatever and not concept art. I know that job exists, at some huge companies where that is needed, but for the most part that job is going to go to the person with the highest rendering skills, with the most polish.

    You want to be a concept artist, right? Well then do some face studies. Because if I was your boss and I said "I want 20 different looking female faces so we can settle on the look for character X" I need you to be able to do that. The reason why these:
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    were so good is because they show an understanding of the process. Do you know how few positions there are out there to do finished sci-fi illustrations? Maybe for book covers, maybe for card games? What job do you actually imagine yourself doing?

    I realize that that may sound a little hostile, but what I'm trying to say is you spend a lot of time being coaxed into doing one really good, pointed study before you immediately start doing stuff that is completely the opposite. You are still hitting those low laying technical issues, like drawing the same face over and over where I see it and I'm like "Man, heres a dude who is not willing to sit down and draw a bunch of faces" Or "man here's a dude who is not willing to take the time to sit down and work on figures"

    You need to tackle way smaller problems.
    Take for example your ice environment illustration: https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/90/0mggyxx0bkxq.jpg

    What do those ice cliffs look like, like, really look like? Could you do a material call out and actually render out what a portion of that wall may be? Could you render that same scene in a different lighting situation so that the 3d artists could use that as color reference? Look at these Leyendecker studies: http://artanecdotally.tumblr.com/post/105673714177/art-and-things-of-beauty-studies-by-joseph before he jumped into a full painting, look at the multiplicity of studies he did on a singular batch of folds, looking to understand it. Look at this Last of us concept work: http://gnrradio.tumblr.com/post/96161043745/the-last-of-us-early-infected-concept-art-by so few of these are finished by any stretch, they are looking for something, they are studying, because that is a huge part of the job you are tying to do.

    Working on stuff like face studies and technical studies will build your portfolio, It is going to give you the skills you need to actually do the work you want. Don't skate around the tasks and try and make cool illustrations, do the work that will actually enable you to make cool illustrations. I'm not saying you'll never do a finished illustration again, you will, but you need to work on some of your basic rendering skills and you need to do that in smaller chunks.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    I agree completely with Iruka, here.

    I haven't been critiquing any of your stuff lately, Frank, because I feel like everything you needed to hear had already been said. Mainly, that you should be doing studies - but you wanted to do your own thing and not do studies. There's nothing wrong with that, inherently, but it's detrimental to the progress and success you have over and over again mentioned you want so badly. Rather than focusing on making Youtube tutorials, streaming videos, getting commissions, trying to find the easiest art job you could get, working freelance, getting an industry job, suddenly changing your style, etc.....just simply focus on improving yourself artistically. Decide that you're not going to pursue ANY professional art for the next year or so. I'm serious. If you can really convince yourself not to do that for a year, I think you'll feel much less stressed about how to "get commissions" or "which job should I pick" or "I'm trying to rush to the finish line with this piece, what can I improve!?"...because you will be allowing yourself to just focus on YOU.

    People cannot change their style at whim - it takes years, generally...and it's not for some short-term purpose like getting more commissions. It's usually a more permanent style transition, i.e. "this is the kind of work I want to do now, instead". I don't think your style is the problem here, at all. The problem is - frankly - you need to develop more varied work, reach a higher skill level, and break out of your comfort zone. What you are producing right now does not look like professional work, and it all looks very, very similar. I also apologize for sounding harsh, but it is soooo frustrating on my end because I can TELL you have it in you to get there! You just refuse to take the more difficult path of Studying, and continue to get lost in the weeds of finding the Shortest Possible Route To Success, which doesn't exist. I completely understand that nagging pressure of "I have to get better RIGHT NOW! I have to market myself RIGHT NOW!" but the most effective way to do that is to make yourself marketable through study, skill improvement, realizing your faults, accepting them, and working towards improving them.

    You've generally been really receptive to direct critiques - which is really, really great. The problem is that the core of that critique seems to go out of the window by the time you sit down and make your next piece. If you can, try to gather up all the critiques you can remember getting for your work. Dig up your old threads and check out what was said there. I will guarantee you that you will find a wealth of information that is still completely applicable to where you are right now. Doing studies, and trying to really absorb the core suggestions in those critiques would be a great place for you to start.

    If developing a sheet of concepts is not attractive to you, then being a concept artist will likely not be all that fulfilling. You might prefer to be an illustrator. Or a matte painter. Or a character designer...etc. No matter what you want to do, though, you need to accept the fact that to get there, you need to improve...your technical ability, and your creative ability. To improve, you can't recycle the same information that's in your head over and over again...you need to get new information in there, and the way you do that is through study.

    IrukatynictapeslingerWassermeloneMangoes
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    I really thought I told you guys, of all people, that I had a breakthrough/realization recently: I want to be a freelance illustrator, not concept artist! I think illustration is a lot more fun in general and listening to a freelancing tape by Noah Bradley convinced me to try.

    Does that change anything about your feedback @Iruka‌ @NightDragon‌ ? I know I need to do more studies...

  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    Not really. :)

    The only difference now is that you're going to need to really up your self-marketing game, in addition to everything we said above. You could be a star self-promoter, but not get any work. The two must work together. Word of mouth is also very powerful, but again, only really works when your art is at a marketable level.

    Irukatapeslinger
  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    As a side-note, Noah Bradley is probably one of the most impressive self-promoters out there, right now. Aim for that definitely, but realize that marketing yourself can be a huge time commitment and his level of success is atypical. He also has very marketable art, though.

    Iruka
  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    How viable do you think it is that I could one day make a living doing freelance @NightDragon‌ ? I'm feeling pretty iffy about it all lately.

  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    F87 wrote: »
    How viable do you think it is that I could one day make a living doing freelance @NightDragon‌ ? I'm feeling pretty iffy about it all lately.

    It's not super-easy, but it's not impossible. Having an in-house/studio job might be easier theoretically, since the pressure to constantly market yourself and deal with income fluctuations isn't as much of a factor. That would be my answer to almost anything art-related, though. "How viable is it?" is a little hard to determine, since any career choice - artistic or not - is potentially viable, if you're good enough and if you work hard enough.

    At this stage - before you've really set your nose to the grindstone - it's too hard to tell. The future is what you make of it.

    So go make it.

    IrukaKallisti
  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2015
    If you know you need to do more studies, then do them.

    I'll ask you this, who do you imagine needs the illustrations you are doing? If you are going for basically, highly polished environments and character illustrations meant for cards and book covers, You need to keep two things in mind:
    1) That is a market where the amount of artists in the space out weigh the need for that kind of work (Its insanely competitive)
    2) You are putting yourself up against people who are incredibly technically proficient, Because polish is what those artists are selling.

    there is only one way to get more technically sound, and that is to do studies. You are going to have to keep working on your technical skills while you put yourself out there and finish illustrations, you cant do one or the other.

    You are stepping up to bat in a market that is really tough. You need to go from "Knowing you need to do more studies" to living and breathing doing those studies, because you are basically selling your art as a product, then, and not the process of being creative (which is a concept artists job). Its like you are trying to become a baker, but you only know one type of bread, you make that loaf okay, but you want to open up a bakery. People don't go to bakeries for one bread, and if they do, they better make the best fucking version of that bread on the damn planet.

    Noah Bradely is a smart guy but he found a market of clients that basically barely need another Noah Bradley (magic cards), you cant follow in his footsteps directly, so you need to tackle some shit first. Like, If I want to hire you for my kickstarter card project and I need you to draw... I donno, 5 girls who all look different? If I look at your portfolio and think "Man, heres a dude who is not willing to sit down and draw a bunch of faces" Or "man here's a dude who is not willing to take the time to sit down and work on figures", It doesn't really change how I feel about hiring you.

    Changing the goal post doesn't change what you have to do. If you dont enjoy working on your skills you are not going to improve fast enough to get work. Get goddamn excited about doing studies like drawing 20 faces is going to suck your dick, alright? Like really fucking get on it and actually do it like Scott Robinson is going to throw you a party with motherfucking michelangelo. Its not going to kill you, You just need to stop fucking around and get in there about it. You want to work? Then this isn't a hobby, you need to do your job, which means you cant just bake your favorite loaf of bread, alright? Studying is your job now. Wake up, and do it 9-5, draw for fun on the weekend. If you did this for just a few months do you know how epicly better you'd be, dude?

    Iruka on
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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2015
    And by the way, I mean that in the kindest, most encouraging way possible. You can do this, you just need to do it. You aren't a bad dude and your art isn't bad. You are a good dude and your art is starting to come along, you just need to light the fire under your ass. Also NDs advice was probably a gentler way to put it, so maybe listen to her.

    Iruka on
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  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    F87 wrote: »
    How viable do you think it is that I could one day make a living doing freelance NightDragon‌ ? I'm feeling pretty iffy about it all lately.

    What would you say to someone who wants to become a professional athlete but refuses to go to the gym or control their diet? Maybe you suggest that they should eat more vegetables and they point out that there's tomatoes in the sauce on the pizza they're eating. You tell them that squats are a really good exercise and they make a frowny face.

    That's a really harsh analogy, and you aren't quite that obstinate, but it's impossible to not get the sense that you have been squirming and wiggling your way out of putting any kind of serious labor into study for a long time. You've been advised to buckle down on study many times, as ND and Iruka have pointed out in their excellent posts, and each time you come back with a pretty small offering and then are immediately back in the weeds a short time later. I don't know the specifics of why you seem to have such a hard time sticking with it, but I'm sure we can all relate that study can be painful, or frustrating, or just boring. In the end, the simple reality is that you need to swallow it and find a way to make it tolerable, if not ultimately something you find enjoyable and stimulating.

    I'm not saying this to be discouraging, but simply to make it crystal clear that there's no way you're going to get to your destination without some real perspiration and dedication to improvement. As per ND's suggestion, a year of making improvement your main focus would be completely transformative for your art. It's time for squats and spinach.

    If you don't know what to literally do in order to study, I'm sure you will get an earful if you ask.

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    @Scosglen‌ @Iruka‌ @NightDragon‌

    Wow... you guys are awesome. It's definitely hard to read in some ways but on the other hand, I know it's all great advice and a year of hard study would probably get me where I need to be. To be completely honest, I live with my mom. She pays for everything. I'm pretty embarrassed about it but at least I can sit here and paint/game/smoke all day (which might be hindering me in some way?). I feel really bad not having any income whatsoever, that's why I keep trying to quickly move on to the next piece in hopes on fleshing out my portfolio and landing some work.

    I do feel really stagnant and I remember during that summer art camp the studies felt really good. I'm not sure how to try and sell my art while also studying unless I go without sleep or something. I do see how it would be a lot easier to produce quality work of a marketable level if I studied more however.

    And when it comes to doing studies on my own, I guess I would like to get an earful on the best way to spend my time. My best guess at this point would be to redo Noah Bradley's art camp I took. Re-watch the videos and do the assignments again. But if I decide to commit time to just studying, there will be very little done on my personal art and honestly I'm not happy with where my portfolio is. This is all so frustrating...

    I really appreciate the honesty and thanks for the help guys...

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2015
    F87 wrote: »
    But if I decide to commit time to just studying, there will be very little done on my personal art and honestly I'm not happy with where my portfolio is. This is all so frustrating...

    This is an absolute bullshit statement. I know because I spent like all of 2010 working on a fake game and then instead I sat down and did those two texture exercises ((These ones) Not only did they inform my rendering process for the next year or so based on the critiques I got, they also continue to garner me attention, a few years after the fact.

    Technical work is impressive, because non artists think its a magic trick, and artists understand that doing it will inform your decisions when trying to draw from your head. Literally every piece you make without studying first is just going to telegraph that you haven't studied and you don't want to make the time for it. Your portfolio can have studies in it. You can do face studies and paint spaceships behind them, if you want to. Like look at eyecagers thread, do you think all that studying is for nothing, or do you imagine that its probably why she has a job?

    If you live with mom and are at home all day, you really have zero excuse, I'm telling you that if you want to get out there and make a career for yourself, you absolutely have to do this, gaining these technical skills is your job, and you cannot move forward without them. Stop making excuses.

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Also, If you find that you cant stop making excuses and not studying, I suggest finding a part time job, or at least volunteering or something. If you stay inside all day and game and smoke its terrible for your work ethic and that can be just as bad for your work. You can work three days a week and still spend a ridiculous amount of time drawing. Back when I did those studies I was working a shitty part time retail job. I still have a day job now, and I wouldn't currently want to trade it for freelancing.

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  • F87F87 So Say We All Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    OK I'm going to change it up! I don't want to look back a year from now and be in the same position.

    Where do I start? Face studies? I'm going to try to only do studies from now on, all day every day. I want to get really good!! Art is the only thing I got and I really do love to paint/draw, I don't know why I haven't been studying more. And eyecagers thread is INSANE. I wish I could be on that level.

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