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12 December 2009, 11:02 PM
Hey there,

my name is Julian and this is my sketchbook. Here I am going to post my daily sketches, speed paints and concept arts, hoping to receive some constructive criticism and being able to showcase my progress as an artist. I have to admit that this is a big leap of courage on my part. I usually don't like anything I draw and all I ever see are the mistakes. I guess this is kind of common among artists. I realized that I probably will never reach a stage where I am completely satisfied with my own work, so I might as well take the courage and showcase my work online.

Enough of the babbling; I am looking forward for some feedback.


12 December 2009, 11:05 PM
Silhouette sketches in Photoshop. About 1hr of work.
This is basically just random doodling.
I didn't have any previous design concept in mind.
It's all very sketchy and dirty, so excuse the lack of detail.

12 December 2009, 11:08 PM
Some silhouette sketches for character design.
About 1hr of work per image, all done in Photoshop.
I hope the images are not too big for viewing.

12 December 2009, 12:05 AM
Here is a concept sketch from one of my previous design doodles.
I spent about 30 min. on each drawing. So nothing fancy here, just trying to gather some ideas. I did some image googling on astronauts beforehand to get some inspiration.

12 December 2009, 12:07 AM
I got all excited about astronauts from the previous speed sketches, so I actually sat down and tried to draw one myself. I didn't do any previous sketches for this one, just jumped straight into Photoshop. About 1hr of work.

12 December 2009, 10:53 PM
Yay, more silhouettes. It seems I was in a robot mood today. (

12 December 2009, 11:20 PM
And some more robots, because they are so much fun. About 1hr of work over all. (

12 December 2009, 11:22 PM
I took one of my silhouettes and did some quick render sketch on top. Spent about 1 hr over all, so it's all pretty rough and unpolished, but hopefully gets the idea across. (

12 December 2009, 03:27 PM
Here are some speed sketches that I did yesterday. All done in Alchemy, I spent between 2-5 minutes per sketch.

12 December 2009, 05:11 PM
Yay, more speed sketches. Alchemy sure is fun.

12 December 2009, 05:14 PM
Some Render Sketches based on my previous silhouettes, I spent about 1hr on each one. All done in Photoshop.

12 December 2009, 05:54 PM
Awesome. :)

12 December 2009, 10:49 PM
I did a lot of experimenting during the past days with different brushes and work approaches, so quite a few sketches went straight to the waste bin. So it goes, but here are some that turned out OK.

God-Of-Zilla: Thanks mate. Anything you liked in particular?

12 December 2009, 12:38 AM
Here are some paint overs from silhouettes I have done before. I am trying to incorporate another sketching phase into my workflow, so I can focus more on generating ideas before starting to render. Not that I dislike rendering, it just takes so freaking long.
I still find it very hard to work quickly during this concept stage; it's just so tempting to move right into doing details.

Anyhow, here are some pics, all work was done in photoshop, about 4 hrs of work all in all.

12 December 2009, 09:46 PM
Here are some more sketches done with Alchemy.

12 December 2009, 09:49 PM
Some sketch paintovers. Done in Alchemy and Photoshop.

12 December 2009, 07:14 PM
And some renderings on top of the previous designs.

01 January 2010, 10:30 PM
I think GodZilla got it right: awesome! Great thumbs and are really digging into the design process. What about a few non-bipedal characters? Would love to see you develop one of these further.

03 March 2010, 08:47 AM
It's been a while since I updated this thread. Lately I have been drawing more away from the computer, you know, with pen and paper and stuff. While I am really enjoying the speed and flow of working this way I noticed that I am incredibly lazy when it comes to scanning my work. I will force myself to scan my sketches more regularly from now on so I don't end up updating this thread on an annual basis.

I have been doing a lot of life studies lately, mostly speed sketches where I clock myself to only spend 2 minutes per drawing. It's a lot of fun and forces me to focus only on the important stuff.

The following drawings were all done with ink pen and black copic marker. The topic was love couples snugging, hugging, holding hands and all the good stuff. All the reference were taken from google and flickr, since I don't have love couples snugging, hugging and holding hands around me all the time (although being single myself it certainly seems that way sometimes). ( ( ( ( ( ( (

03 March 2010, 01:24 PM
hey there,
wow - Alchemy has really inspired you and in turn - you came up with some awesome character thumbnails! - its amazing to see your progress from using that program o__o

03 March 2010, 07:59 PM
So here is an update on my studies on love couples. I started doing some character sketches for the girlfriend (she has no name at this point). I apologize for the harsh cut offs due to the scanning process; from now on I will make sure to stay away from the sketchbook borders.

I used mechanical pencil (colored and graphite), Inkpen and Markers. While I'm really liking my new sketchbook, the markers seem to think otherwise. Especially the copics bleed through the paper and across the ink borders.Ah well, I just gotta get used to it. I'm certainly not buying Copic paper; the markers are expensive enough as it is.

Cheers, I am trying my best to improve. It's sometimes difficult to see my own progress, especially since I tend to see mistakes rather than improvements. Anyway, thanks for the input; it's always appreciated. ( ( ( (

03 March 2010, 09:13 AM
I did some more quick studies today. I got some new reference images from my cousin and his girlfriend (who are a very cute couple by the way). In addition I took some more movie snapshots. All the doodles are done on paper with inkpen, 2 minutes max per drawing. ( ( ( ( (

03 March 2010, 12:06 PM
Here are some some life studies I did from various photographs found on the internets. I used mechanical Pencil (red) and ink pen on top, 5 min. spent on each drawing.
I have been doing alot of sketches during the past week and once again I have a pile of paper waiting to be scanned. I decided to only scan the drawings that I particulary like, because it simply takes too long to scan all these. Maybe one day I find a faster method to get these drawings into a digital format. ( ( (

04 April 2010, 10:58 AM
I found some more 5 min. studies I had done previously and scanned those in. Just as before these were done in pencil and ink. (

And here are some 90 seconds nude studies done in ink pen. Reference were found on the internet which oddly enough seems to be full of these pictures. ( (

04 April 2010, 10:47 AM
Something seems to be wrong with imageshack, some of my images have just exploded. I have to recheck which images are lost and reupload them, hoping that they don't get corrupted again.
Anyway here are some more speed studies all done in ink. ( ( ( (

04 April 2010, 01:26 PM
Here are some life studies I did at a local cafe. I really enjoy drawing people around me. It's a lot of fun and a great exercise to discover new ideas and shapes. For these drawings I used pencils and ink pens as well as copic markers for the colored sketches. I didn't time myself, but I average at around 3-6 minutes per drawing. ( ( ( (

04 April 2010, 02:53 PM
I went through my ever growing pile of doodles and picked a few more portrait drawings I have done during the past couple of weeks. These are either based on photographs, life studies or from imagination. The last panel is based on an exercise from Stephen Silver. I drew a portrait from a photograph. then tossed the reference and redrew the images from memory starting with either a circle, triangle or rectangle. ( ( ( (

04 April 2010, 07:08 PM
Nice robots! I like! :)

04 April 2010, 08:17 PM
And finally some updates. Not that I haven't been drawing, just haven't been scanning is all. Here are some more life drawings. Been doing a lot of these lately in order to improve my drafting skills. ( ( (

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