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There is so much amazing content in the thread! :wub:

 

Gf set me 'a drawing a day' challenge at the start of the year. Drew when I was at school, but sort of stopped bar the odd doodle. While the pics are pretty rough, just enjoying putting pencil (and pen) to paper again - so many great, free resources and tutorials online too.

 

Anyway, here's a couple, will add a few more every now and again...

 

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I don't really paint and I certainly don't use oils but I found some in a drawer so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Would probably help if I had any oil brushes and thinners. Bit hard to paint out of the tube with nail art brushes lol! Progress so far :) 

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Decided to teach myself how to use Illustrator, with little to no art skill I am starting with some pretty basic tutorials.

 

 

Sphere with different shading Illustrator techniques + a couple of examples of perspective with overlapping spheres.

 

I am going through learn to draw in 30 days book but instead of drawing trying to recreate in Illustrator.

 

 

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Inktober has suddenly started. Whilst I found out long ago that I have the attention span of a gnat and beautiful stuff just isn't me, I decided to go and do what I usually do and draw lots of random things on a piece of paper and see what happens. And whilst it's not officially all ink - my design work always needs a little shake-up in photoshop - it was done on a piece of real paper with an ink brush first, so I guess it counts ;)

 

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17 hours ago, JoeK said:

Inktober has suddenly started. Whilst I found out long ago that I have the attention span of a gnat and beautiful stuff just isn't me, I decided to go and do what I usually do and draw lots of random things on a piece of paper and see what happens. And whilst it's not officially all ink - my design work always needs a little shake-up in photoshop - it was done on a piece of real paper with an ink brush first, so I guess it counts ;)

 

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I love this! 

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I think some people make the assumption such walls of magic eye like repetitive mess of colours are spat out by a computer using some magical image generating software and as such are pointless and empty, and judging by the negs are not worthy of this thread, that I can't draw, I should apply to evening college classes and work on human proportions and my pencil shading. I've put up a lot of these type of images and never explained them because it would be pretty insulting to people to suggest they don't get them as if there's anything to get. I'll explain them now and will have to indulge. This is what happens when you get no feedback for years and fear your last breathe on Earth having not communicated fully what you're trying to do. They are best looked at in darkness from afar, if you go to any gallery and look at any large painting, it is a mess up close. For mine, stand two metres away. Anyway, they're not spat out by a computer, Photoshop is just editing. Layers, and altering any colour in an image, that's it. They're collages. Using all of my own drawings. They're Jackson Pollock/Mark Rothko in terms of approach but if they could use layers. Literally all the ones I've put up recently were from the designs below. Like so

 

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That isn't instant. That is loads of sketches over years, drawing them up over years. There's a lot of individual designs in there. That isn't a compelling dramatic energetic image. Not more than the sum of its parts. Just a collage. At some point it might become more. If I look ahead 60 steps and aim for that too soon with that above it won't happen. If I mess around in an improvised organic way expecting nothing, something happens. I hate fractals, I hate patterns, I hate pointless prettiness. I like movement, repetition, aggression. The point of this approach is to have an image that has been put together by hand/mouse but which doesn't appear like it. It is the visuals of electronic music, noise music, ambient music. I saw Rothko's stuff on the internet, in real life the impression was immense, everyone should see one of his just once. It's pure technique, of a darkened room, and subtle changes in the tones, they emanated a smell, a power. They play with perception, you sense what you can't explicitly see, their size dwarfing you. I want images that underlying them is a core structure so the surface can be as frenetic as possible, I don't want drawings of something happening, I want it to be happening in the moment. The distinction is between a complete mess you don't see but do feel and something that can be more easily defined. Something existing, not something drawn. I want shapes being ripped apart, i want shapes transforming. Not conceited, lets go through each stage. It's nothing and everything at the same time. That's bollocks, right, but it isn't. Clearly most see nothing. You can spend all the time in the world obsessing over satisfying your desire, and put it out there not realising for everyone else they see it in passing, they do not share the desire. I specifically am trying to draw the electronic music I like, that bombards you with sound while keeping some kind of structure underneath. So you don't hear it first time, or the second time. Maybe it can only be enjoyed physically, the sensation of how ..ugly and unlike anything it is, it exists in that way, for that reason, not nice and pleasant and palatable. Venetians Snares tried to create music that gave him the high cocaine did, I'm trying to draw his music. Maybe I should just do animation. Electronic music is something you seek...you've got to seek its purity, the way it can cleanse you, you listen to everything else and are bored. You ask; give me something heavier, nastier, more relentless.

 

I can't think I'd like an image that's falling apart, that subtly adjusts vertically, shapes spinning off, it can't be that considered approach. It has to be more real and aimless, and happen by accident. Throw anything, do anything, be totally free within the image, as long as each edit improves it, and have fun, mess around. If I was a musician I'd do the same. I'd want to create a cacophony and then make sense of it, so there's something unhinged about it. Whenever I've tried to copy what I've previously done it never works. I don't think Pollock was terrible just because he chose not to draw, I get it, you can't capture real energy by carefully drawing it. You've got to have your canvas on the floor and literally throw paint on there. He was just limited to how varied he could be with it. I don't love it, i don't dismiss it. All my stuff is meant to be sci-fi, alien, but in a really simple graphic way, it's all flat, there's only so much that can be done. They're always similiar, you see one, you've seen them all, right. But I can tell them apart. You do the same thing over and over again because there's nothing to say you nailed the idea. Rothko has the scale, but there's something about digital images where you can have cleanly defined layers that I prefer over paint on canvas. There's a purity to graphic design, i find bold block colours and shapes austere and cold and there's something compelling about them, somehow.

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On 26/03/2016 at 02:32, d ebolenk said:

fav character design sketches from the last few years

 

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I drew up a lot of these sketches and put them into a collection, compiled in chronological order:

 

http://a-r-v.deviantart.com/art/13-7-69231-638072621

 

It's interesting to me if no one else seeing how different and evolved the final design can be compared to the sketch. It took 3 years to finish, mainly because I spent an obscene amount of time messing around because i couldn't decide how to present them, i changed my mind every few days. They were drawn black on white in flash first. I extended the amount because i thought i might not get to do another so reached further.

 

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 I could like any one of these more now, but applied to every design some didn't work for them, or I just like contrast, i get bored of any one colour, and a little design put on to a big page it looked too dry and sterile without the messy collage effect...i loved a even stronger overlay with barely distinguishable lines but it swallowed the design. It is linework, filling in the shapes fattened them up. It's nice, but takes away the impression of detail and spikiness. Maybe it should be a different style for each design, was gonna do red/blue, red/blue. Tbh maybe I should have done that. But then it's jarring. I like the consistency of having the same style even if it's repetitive because the challenge is making each design entirely its own. It's like one design stretching and morphing into as many different shapes as possible as you go through it. I'm just interested in the variations of how the simplest combination of shapes can combine to make a design strong as a unified whole, more than the sum of its parts, it being unbreakable, anything added is superfluous and ruins its purity. Just to get each one to be as distinctive as possible without any gimmicks, if one can't get easily mixed up with another then that's reason to keep doing them.

 

I'll probably make a thread, but would like feedback on what designs seem stronger/weaker*. I'm just curious. I realise it's irritating trying to guess the differences between the designs, and an endurance to get through, but I want there to be many so that it can surprise. I want contrast and variation. *For me

 

Spoiler

The best design is 25.

 

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JoeK - 

I have the feeling it's been mentioned before, but where did you get the circuity paper you work on? It's a pretty interesting look. :)

 

As usual I've missed out on inktober proper, as I always get carried away focusing on other things (I'm rotating through character design, hard surface/vehicle stuff, and environments every few weeks), but did recently inherent a big shoebox full of promarkers, so I'll need to try them out at some point. Good timing as I've been musing copics for ages but never quite justified it to myself, so this'll be a nice cheap entry point. A no brainer.

 

Otherwise just been entirely working in pencil until I finish clearing the boxroom to use as a little digital setup. Taking ages though.

 

 

 

 

ANYWAY

 

That's not why I'm posting.

I actually wanted to see what people are thinking about freelance artwork in light of brexit. I figured I'd give it a while for things to settle and for repercussions to fully emerge.

I suppose it's pros and cons in equal measure if you work over the internet? A trade-off between the dollar/pound exchange rate and the potential rise in cost of living, etc etc

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2 hours ago, Vulgar Monkey said:

JoeK - 

I have the feeling it's been mentioned before, but where did you get the circuity paper you work on? It's a pretty interesting look. :)

 

As usual I've missed out on inktober proper, as I always get carried away focusing on other things (I'm rotating through character design, hard surface/vehicle stuff, and environments every few weeks), but did recently inherent a big shoebox full of promarkers, so I'll need to try them out at some point. Good timing as I've been musing copics for ages but never quite justified it to myself, so this'll be a nice cheap entry point. A no brainer.

 

Otherwise just been entirely working in pencil until I finish clearing the boxroom to use as a little digital setup. Taking ages though.

 

 

 

 

 

Made it myself, from various images all merged together, but it kind of works well for my purposes. If you want a copy of it, let me know and I'll happily email it over to you!

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Here are a few more from my drawing a day challenge. While I can see lots of room for improvement, very much enjoying the habit of drawing regularly again, and following some online tutorials to get a better understanding of where I can improve:

 

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Maybe not the right place to post this but i wondered if there were any graphic designers in the Manchester area who might be looking for a full time job? 

 

I work for an online casino and I'm the lead designer. I'm currently looking to fill 2 positions (one is  more of a design roll and I'm especially interested in genuine creatives with the ability to actually draw and the other is a design roll but with a leaning toward coding emails)

 

The job itself is pretty relaxed with some decent perks and you get to be pretty creative with your work. 

 

PM me if you are interested 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, g wings said:

Lovely work and love the CRT effect

 

Thanks! The CRT effect is inspired by the new Bitmap Brothers Universe book, got me thinking about different ways of presenting pixel art. I'm normally obsessed with clean pixels and no filters. 

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2 minutes ago, sir shrew said:

 

Thanks Tofu. It's an extremely large photoshop file, with a silly amount of layers. The png is quarter the size of the original. It's an unwieldly way to work, but I prefer it to vectoring.

Gorgeous colors mate, it looks lovely. 

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