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Grey's Sketchbook

Since I make a traditional sketch any time I do any sort of drawing I thought I'd post them here. Any critique is appreciated. I am mostly looking for help with anatomy and scenery, as well as tips and tricks for traditional media. I'll post some recently completed work and their companion sketches to start this off.

(I know my composition could also stand to improve a lot but we'll climb that mountain when we get there)

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And these are just some recently completed works without the sketches

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you may or may not be familiar with my traditional work, but if I can be of any assistance with the techniques just pm me!
examples:
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15711699/
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15238912/
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/14217452/
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/14824631/

Thank you so much! I like the smooth shading style you've got going on. I'm going more for a "painterly look" with my work, or in other words, shamelessly trying to follow in one of my favorite artist's footsteps :U

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/16743859/

Really, I don't intend to imitate him but I do love his sketching style.
 

Gnarl

The Arcane Sage
Yep, very nice! use a water color paper for the texture, make sure that it is not white, then use an Ebony pencil and white conte crayon. Wonderful effects! No smudging no blending just straight sketching.
 
Yep, very nice! use a water color paper for the texture, make sure that it is not white, then use an Ebony pencil and white conte crayon. Wonderful effects! No smudging no blending just straight sketching.

Later I'll scan some sketches from my grey toned sketchbook. I have been using HB, but I think I have an Ebony pencil somewhere. I've tried using it for drawing before but I didn't like it. Now I'd be quite interested to see how it does with shading.
 

Gnarl

The Arcane Sage
The trick to the Ebony pencil is, the more pressure the darker the line. Also if you were to use a stomp like I do, you can draw out the shading and then go over it again to make it even sharper. But for what this other artist is doing you will want to hold it sideways and use the flat and not the point. One of the advantages I have found with the Ebony pencils it that they are not 100% graphite. so they are not reflective (shiny) like a HB pencil. easier to photocopy and take pictures of. They also do not change tone when you fix the drawing (spray it to prevent smudges).
 
Sketchy sketch. I am not proud to say that my work lacks a lot of "care", and it shows particularly badly in these quick sketches. Working too quickly + lacking technique is a very bad combo.
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Its just another thing I want to get better at.
 

Gnarl

The Arcane Sage
Practice, just practice. The art is not bad at all. When you are ready there are a few things I can help you with but those may come to you in time anyway. I like your line work!
 
Here is some lineart for a reference sheet I'm working on. I'm actually quite happy with this so far. I dedicated some more time to the little details. This will end up being a digital flat color
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Now here's an interesting picture. 2 WIP badges for a free raffle I held about a month ago. The one on the left was drawn several weeks ago, and the one on the right was drawn today.
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