#51 06-30-2011 3:57 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

I think I've really come a long way myself, though I still have seemingly FOREVER to go, so I'll keep at it. I figured maybe someone would be inspired like I was with this thread, so here's a sample:

2008 drawing:
http://www.fredthemonkey.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/DD_02_14_08.jpg

Drawings I did today during practice (6/30/2011):
http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/i/2011/181/8/f/ninja__warrior__and_more_by_jkr_of_ftm-d3kjnb1.png

Still a long way to go. Slowly but surely, though! I also have some 30 second gesture drawings I just put up on my DeviantArt page which I don't think are too bad. Not great, but better than I was last year!

EDIT:
And here are some 5 minute poses from January 2012. Getting better all the time, still got a long, long way to go...

http://www.fredthemonkey.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DD_01_09_2012_02.png

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#52 07-23-2011 12:20 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

wow wht a wonderfull sketch is it a computer made or handmade??

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#53 07-23-2011 1:33 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

This thread blew my mind away the first time I saw it...
Hey JKR, nice subtle pose on the guy with the spear... smile

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#54 08-13-2011 2:22 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

oh wow. Thanks aja

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#55 09-02-2011 3:04 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

wow what a change !!!!!... its really inspiring.. thank you aja...

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#56 12-23-2011 2:34 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

This is very inspiring, I started off much worse than his first drawings, so I have a way to go, but at least things like this remind me to keep practicing. big_smile


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#57 01-16-2012 6:35 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Wow, that's really encouraging!


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#58 01-21-2012 5:06 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

very inspiring..

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#59 02-04-2012 4:35 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Thanks Aja,Very encouraging post

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#60 02-12-2012 2:14 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Whoah, the diffrence between the first and last are VERY diffrent, cool to look at!

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#61 03-14-2012 12:30 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

So inspiring - I used this to fuel a drawing everyday for the year blog. It was such a challenge. I think painting it next on the cards. His paintings are just brilliant.


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#62 04-07-2012 4:31 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Wow! "Rocky" training montage, eat your heart out!

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#63 06-17-2012 11:57 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

I will come back to this post every time I feel like giving up

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#64 08-13-2012 4:03 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

In this vein, the other day I was cleaning and found some drawings I had to do for a class several years back (character model sheet). At the time I had tried insanely hard to do well, but it still wasn't great. And by "wasn't great" I mean it was completely terrible.

So I grabbed my sketchbook and tried again. The two images below are about two and a half years apart:

http://www.fredthemonkey.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/nightAndDay.jpg

Practicing is a really, really good idea, it seems. smile


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#65 08-17-2012 1:10 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

This is a really inspiring thread, totally getting back into drawing.  It seems I've always drifted away out of frustration, right on the tipping point of breaking through that barrier between carp (lol at swearing censor) and good.

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#66 08-20-2012 6:44 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

very inspiring smile))


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#67 10-01-2012 3:29 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Wow nice!

I'd love to see more someone's progress with 3d animation also. I'm just almost done in school and feel like I have
soooo much more to do in order to be at least a ''good'' animator when i see the amazing reels here. sad

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#68 10-01-2012 4:01 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

JRoy wrote:

I'd love to see more someone's progress with 3d animation also.

You can check out some of Carlos Baena's work starting from his earliest! And here are some of JD's personal animations too.

JRoy wrote:

I'm just almost done in school and feel like I have soooo much more to do in order to be at least a ''good'' animator when i see the amazing reels here. sad

Don't get intimidated seeing great work around you. I know sometimes we can't help it, but instead try to draw inspiration from them.

Whenever I see such stuff, I feel like staying up all night animating trying to make my shots as good as theirs! Give yourself time and room to grow... and sure enough you will! smile

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#69 10-01-2012 5:32 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

maybe when later on when i am successful in the industry, i'll keep my old crappy 3d models...and tell my self...look at now...and tell myself..."this is why i didn't give up...whatever it takes"

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#70 12-12-2012 11:23 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Wow this is incredible. Soon people will rate themselves on the "MindCandyMan" scale. I think, going by page numbers, I'm around level 29 or 30. I hope this is the stage I'm going through with art and animation. I'm 22 at the moment, in my fourth year at university, but these days I can't sleep without thinking about projects and things I want to do.

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#71 12-17-2012 1:15 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Very inspiring stuff..
And his paintings and sketches are amazing as well...i .i liked the man with the gun in his hand smile

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#72 12-17-2012 11:22 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Thought I think this is an incredible inspirational thread, a lot of my work colleagues (professional 2d artist) question the legitimacy of this artist. Between 2003-2004 there's a huge gap in quality of drawing, they think the artist had solid skills in drawing and that he faked those early crappy drawings. I dno what does everything think?

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#73 12-18-2012 12:24 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

yikes! that's a very cynical thing to say!
Where you mention there's a huge gap in quality, I see consistent progression.
do your colleagues honestly believe a person would go to that length, in the span of several years, and plot something so elaborate? for what cause and to what benefit?

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#74 12-18-2012 8:51 am

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

I don't think that's what he did either. I mean he gained a lot from this exposure, least of all fame and a well known online drawing course, he couldn't possibly have anticipated that when starting this thread.
Secondly, improvements in art skills are never linear, and these professional 2D artist you're talking of should know that better than anyone else.
And thirdly, if you're already good at something, it's practically impossible to create something looking (or sounding) genuinely bad.

Thats my 2 cents. smile

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#75 01-16-2013 8:45 pm

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Re: Why you should keep trying.

Indeed, it's completely possible to make HUGE leaps forward in a very short amount of time. Check out Betty Edwards' "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" for some amazing examples. Night and day difference in students' work just from a few months of lessons! smile


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