Hexaditidom I will hunt you down like a dog…!

Oh sorry I meant, No problem!



I’m with stupidkiwi on not being sure what topic is open. When I come to CGTalk I look for information fast. I’ve found that the Daily Sketch is not something that I could easily dive into without browsing it at length first. I’m just being lazy I guess.


The section is a bit swamped by other threads, so it might not be the easy to figure out where to start.

The easiest way to spot the “open” thread is to look for something called CgTalk Daily Sketch XXX … where XXX is the highest number. This is the most recent thread, and posting there that day will get you the most feedback. You can also choose to do those from a few days back, since no topic is every really closed. But if it’s feedback you’re looking for, join in on the most recent one.


Well, like some said before me, the problem is that I’m not very good at drawing. Not only that I barely have drawing skills, I completely lack any painting skills.

While it may be called ‘sketch group’ I find the images in it extremely high quality and not sketchy at all, also most of them include painting (also in a very high quality IMO).
I just can’t make anything which seem to fit the group’s standarts (yet).

However, the DSG did help me alot to improve my drawing skills and was also was one of the main catalysts for me to start developing any drawing skills in the first place (a month ago I couldn’t draw anything, today I draw things I never thought I’ll be able to).

For now I’ll stick with practicing my drawing skills until I’ll think I’m good enough to join, until then I’ll participate by watching and voting for other peoples’ work (while trying to learn from them).


I’ve been on the verge of joining a few times, but there have been a few reasons that made me not do it:

Firstly, I sketch a lot in my sketch book, and I can’t be bothered to scan everything in; Yes - pure laziness. And my Wacom sketching abilities aren’t anywhere near what I can do with pen and paper, so that is a big part of it.


I agree, and let me add how that particular subforum comes across as very unorganised and confusing in general. There is no stickied thread with rules or anything (at one point I was looking all over cgtalk for one), and that may also give you the feeling there’s this “secretly initiated clique” in there. It is one of the reasons I never bothered with it.

(to be fair though, I’m missing rules for other CGT forums as well…)

If you don’t want to lock threads, I’d suggest that the threads be sorted in chronological order, like in the “finished art” forums. That would enable people to keep entering sketches for old threads without messing things up.

Thirdly; I’m split over the fact that the daily sketches are contenders for frontpage material. That immediately makes it a contest, and while it may scare away “junk posters”, it probably scares away a lot of serious aspiring artists as well. It also makes it tempting for participants to dress up the “time completed” figures for things they really worked all night on. It would just feel like unhealthy competition, and that is sort of unfit for a daily sketch forum, IMO. I’m convinced there are more people than myself that would feel the pressure to “create amazing art” every time, and be scared away for that reason.

EDIT: This is speaking volumes in regards to this:

A stickied “Rules and FAQ” thread would probably help a lot in steering more people into the daily sketch group. That is my opinion at least.


Well, I kept seeing the “join us in the Daily Sketch Forum” so thought… hey, that sounds like good practice, because my sketching skills are not the greatest. I’m not so sure I’d be comfortable throwing up crappy sketches in a forum that someone said “competes for front page” quality. Hey. maybe we could start a “crappy but I’m learning to sketch” forum…:wink:


Hi Everyone, I am interested & curious in the sketch groups but I need a mentor or guide. I’m new,new,new…to computers,the web,etc. This is the first fourm I’ve joined and I want to learn. What do I do and where do I go? Is a dail up connection good enough?:curious:

I’ve been a member for a month and am still somewhat unsure of myself. Would my warm up doodles on the tablet qualify as a sketch? I do lack confidence but that’s probably because I’m a beginner.:blush:

I’m serious about learning and want to have fun learning at the same time. This is the place.:thumbsup:

I still have to learn how to upload stuff and…:shrug: Onward.


There’s seems to be a lot of people here worried about competition… :curious:

I’ve joined the DSG in January and drop by almost everyday and I don’t think we’re competing for anything (at least 98% of us aren’t :smiley: ). If you check the daily threads, you’ll see a few incredible pics but mostly you’ll see a lot of doodles - drawn or painted - just for exercise or just the fun of it.

Most of the “competition”, I think, is about who comes up with the wackiest idea!

I usually post some really crappy sketches and I’m still around. :slight_smile:


I concur with Sonia - the one who is not red. Once a week I try to at least do smoething time consuming for DSG- but usually they’re just silly doodles that I do for laughs. The whole point of the thing is just to have fun and appeal to your inner kindergartner.


ive posted in the dsg a few times but cant seem to stick at it. i even tried to start doing a self portrait everyday but a tight hand in for university broke the habit a week ago and i havnt done one since. too disorganised and unmotivated i guess.
also the whole issue of competition is weird. i would sometimes roll in and see an awesome sketch that was gonna be a contender for sketch of the week and not bother posting because of it. Tho i realise the whole point of the dsg, and see some of the 8minte sketches that prove the happy go lucky attitude of all the forum members i guess i lacked the confidence to be putting my work out there. I wanted someone to comment on my work and when they didnt after a few times attempting i wasnt sure what that meant so started aiming for votes.
I know its silly! problem was my head not the dsg setup.

my confidence has been boosted recently by pulling out some PHYSICAL ACRYLICS >gasp< so i might be back soon. hopefully.
but i think DSG is an AWESOME thing. :applause:
i love that it gets front page recognition and i commend roberto and all those involved who manage to keep at it so consistently.
yah you guys :thumbsup:
and see you soon :smiley:

and remember everyone - its not about competing, its about turning up at the page and creating.


Cavematty, don’t worry about how some of the people around here do full-fledged digital paintings with insane amounts of detail instead of a quick little doodle. (you know who you are!) You do whatever you want. The real point of the DSG is to improve peoples’ skills by having them do a sketch (or many sketches) a day, it’s not just about competition or getting the best one in.

The reason I started coming here is that I’ve not really done any drawings or sketches in around three years and I want to get back in the habit, so this is a really good way to do it. I also get to do fun stuff like this! :smiley:


I agree with Sonia, Stepington and Swizzlestick, DSG is fun and a bit of practice that’s all, no one cares if you post a 10 minute doodle that you drew on the back of a fag packet, a 9 hour Painter masterpiece or anything in between…
Yes there are some posters who can knock out a fully rendered painting in the time it takes me to draw a stickman but that’s not really the point, for me the idea is to doodle, try out ideas and (hopefully) inprove.

I wouldn’t worry too much about competition, it’s not like you can win a renderfarm or anything.:slight_smile:



I wouldn’t worry too much about competition, it’s not like you can win a renderfarm or anything.

lol. true true :thumbsup:


Yo people,

Just found this thread this morning, (insomniac dazed trundelling through CG Networks.)

I’m really up for this as it is something I try to do on my own every day, but to think of a new topic and then actually do it is getting a bit much for the hour or two that I can spare…

I just read through this thread and only have 1 question that someone asked, but no-one seemed to answer -

How do you actualy post on this site?

I’ve never done it…yet.

Do I have to have a reply rating or something before i can post? If so I will burn through stuff today commenting on EVERYTHING until I get to the limit I need…


You just posted. If you mean posting images then you press the button and type/paste the url to the image (that you will have to have hosted on the internet)

You don’t need a reply rating.


I would love to partake in the sketch of the week. But I seem to have trouble navigating through the treads to find the current topic, please post the method of finding the current topic. I feel the forum will be very good for all of us. But its hard to find it. Maybe I missed the thread somewhere, but please clearify this for me thanks!


I’ll cut & paste this from a mail I sent to dunkelgold ,
I hope it’s as understandable to you as it was for her

Yea, I found it way confusing at first , too. I think many
people do, but it’s actually quite an easy system, I’ll explain:

Every day a new topic thread is posted by Roberto Ortiz on
the forum. The topic is named and numbered, for example:
[b]CgTalk Daily Sketch 352 “pocket sized monster”

[/b]People do their sketches during the week , based on the
topic, each sketch taking anywhere from a second to many
hours to do, whatever you feel like, but usually half an hour
to three hours.

Then after one week , 7 topics, people get to vote their
favourites for each of the last weeks threads and those who
get the most votes are mentioned in the voting thread as
winners of each day. In addition the sketch of the week is
announced, as well as the ‘level upper’ which is a person
whose skills have seemingly improved in the eyes of the
fellow daily sketchers.

so again: a topic appears each day and you can take part
in it any time of the week to get in the voting, some people
even reply to older threads, as the forum is really based on fun
and learning

any part u still don’t understand just ask


thank you for all your help i understand now how the sketch of the week works! and two last questions! when I see the sketch of the week image on the banner, I click on it and enter the forum? And how will I know what is the current topic. It sounds like fun and I would love to improve my skills I’m rather new to computer graphics. but anyways thanks for your answers.



And the link to the forum is: http://www.cgtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=130

I’ve been intensely busy: work, website, personal forum, car accident, portfolio… but after seeing this on top of the DSF for the first time and reading it thorougly, I can agree with the “pessimists” and those that back up what the forum represents. Because of these pros and cons thrown out in front of me (like my own inner thoughts being typed by others), I feel more comfortable in posting (somewhat) my etch-a-sketchs.

I had thoughts such as StupidKiwi, but Sonia (the unred one :smiley: ) mentioned “I usually post some really crappy sketches and I’m still around”. For some odd reason, I felt proud. Maybe because she worded the “underdog speech” that fit my mood. Who knows…

Besides using the excuse of being suicidally busy, I’ve also wanted a reach-out for comments/critique, which I don’t really receive (two so far). I take it as no one has an opinion on what I do or it just sucks. That sinks me. I get so much criticism and … what’s the word… “praise?”… in-person than I do on any online forum, it makes me wonder if it’s true what people in-person tell me. I guess I wish to get the attention of fellow creators. But, in the past, two of my entries actually got a vote each. One person, each sketch, months apart. Something as little as that made me proud. They never commented on the pieces, but I’ll be damned that my heart didn’t grow three sizes those days!

I just wish I can find the stones like Sonia has, to say “screw how mine looks and what others think… I just want to get used to this and have fun” (not an exact quote, but you catch my drift). My stones tell me, “well looky there… yours looks like crap… why bother wasting bandwidth? keep it in the drawer, fool” (my stones don’t actually talk… they whisper). :rolleyes:

Oh well… what do I know? I just enjoy looking and laughing (come on, there’s some hilarious comedians here!).


I can understand your feelings but don’t let things like that bring you down. We are all here to learn. And most people are at different levels. So keep moving on! Thanks for all your help on the topic to you and squib!