The Fearless

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    11:12 PM, Thursday February 27th 2020

    Hey man,

    Sorry for the delay been down with a cold the past couple days. Good to take a break from DaB once in awhile to recharge the batteries.

    Back on the wagon though and took a crack at those bug revisions. Drawings are located here.

    I tried something different with these this time. I drew a lot lighter first to get the proportions right then went back over. Not sure if that is breaking any rules. But it really helped.

    As always thank you for your continued feedback and support. I am fully dedicated to completing DaB then moving back to 2d Digital Painting which is my ultimate goal. This community has been so fantastic.

    3:58 AM, Monday February 24th 2020

    Hey thanks again for the feedback. I did some revisions tonight. I feel like I am going backwards? I feel like my proportions are really off. In addition to the bugs I redid the organic form with contours. Was not happy on how far I missed the mark on those. Revisions are located here

    As always thank you again for your patience and taking the time to review my work.

    11:46 PM, Monday February 17th 2020

    Thanks so much man.

    2:11 PM, Monday February 17th 2020

    Elodin, any ideas how I can get more visibility on the second submission to get Lesson 2 badge?

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    8:09 PM, Friday February 14th 2020

    First, I would make sure you are taking breaks. Learning to become an artist is not a 6 month, 12 month, 6 year thing. Becoming and incredible artist is a life-long process. Once that fact set in a lot of the pressure of making "good" art melted away.

    Some days are going to be awesome and you will make incredible compositions. Some days you will spend 16 hours and making nothing.

    The figure you drawings you submitted are awesome. You are able to see form and extract that from an image. Moreover, drawing from life is a really good practice to get into. So you are already doing that, congrats!

    As far as improvement goes, I recommend investing in some additional literature to help illuminate your path.

    Books on the Basics:

    Books on Texturing:

    Books on Color/Lighting/Rendering

    Feng Zhu has also really helped me find inspiration and clear creative blocks. He runs the FZD Design School and has a ton of free videos. I also recommend his podcasts on What to practice and How to Learn.

    Above all keep going. Try not to focus on outcomes as much as learning the fundamentals and how that stuff can applied. Challenges for seasoned artists are not on "How to draw" as much as "What to draw". Eventually your skill will grow to a point where it is second nature. That is not gonna happen over 6 months. Keep going and good luck! I hope this helps.



    7:50 PM, Friday February 14th 2020

    Thank you for the feedback. Going to spend some time tonight and take a quick crack at some of the stuff above and will resubmit. Want to make sure this sinks in.

    Good call on the rushing. I feel like when I am not thinking through my textures, I experiment till I find what looks good. Often times that gets a little messy and is rushed. This then compounds and start making mistakes in other areas as well (i.e. flat pitcher plant). Will try and be more cognizant of this.

    Again, wonderful feedback this is the stuff I have been looking for to really help me move forward. Thanks!


    5:08 AM, Thursday February 13th 2020

    Alright completed the revisions I mentioned earlier in this post. Sorry it took awhile, took a break in there too to recharge the batteries.

    New revisions are located here:

    As always, thank you so much for feedback and taking the time to help me progress. This platform has really helped my confidence and pushing me to keep going further.


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    4:38 PM, Wednesday February 12th 2020

    Hi Sammy!

    Feeling the challenge is good! That is how you you know you are learning.

    First, your ribbons are fantastic. There is a lot of depth and movement presented to the viewer. Make sure you watch your heights when creating your parallel lines. Some parts of your ribbons are bowing out and breaks the three-dimensional aspects of your form over all.

    Branches are looking good. Center line is going through most of the minor axes in your ellipses. You are rotating your ellipses as well. Watch the ellipses around your "knots" though. These look a bit rushed and it is not forming around the two starting ellipses.

    Leaf structure is fine. One leaf looks like twisting ribbon though. I struggled a lot with this as well. It breaks that natural feeling you get with some of your other leafs. I went back over and did one page of purely constructional leaf forms to experiment with various positions in 3D space to get more comfortable with it.

    One thing I do want to point out is your texturing. You don't need to outline the entire form with texturing. It feels more like fringes than broken parts of the leaf. The bottom right leaf especially suffers from this. Try breaking up the texturing a bit with some clean lines in between and you will see improvement.

    If you want to learn more these two books will teach you everything you need to know about ink/fine liner texturing.

    Your constructional drawings are fantastic. Just make sure you are keeping even width on you stems. There is some bowing out in areas that creates irregularities.

    Same goes with your detailed constructional drawings. They look incredible. I got lost in staring at the daisy's / sunflowers for couple minutes. Excellent work on these.

    Overall, you completed this assignment in my opinion. Marking as complete. Watch that texturing though. The fringes really break the naturalness that you have established with some of your other compositions. I don't think extra revisions are needed but I think you would benefit from rereading this exercise:

    Really focus on the jagged edges he creates in the first image on the "Leafs exercise".

    Nice job! Keep up the hard work.


    Next Steps:

    Revisit your leaf texturing. No more fringes! Revisit making knots in your branches. Revisit your twisting ribbons.

    Start looking at Lesson 4! Good luck on the Scorpion ;) I recommend watching the videos first, give it your full attention. Then start drawing.

    This community member feels the lesson should be marked as complete, and 2 others agree. The student has earned their completion badge for this lesson and should feel confident in moving onto the next lesson.
    7:43 PM, Tuesday February 11th 2020

    Yeah I have not heard about any reading order. I could be wrong.

    YUP! Chronologically, listen, then apply.

    5:58 PM, Tuesday February 11th 2020

    Hey! Thank you for the kind feedback. Been slowly improving but its a marathon not a sprint.

    I go one by one on the FZD videos. I watch the video and then apply what Feng is teaching to an new or existing project. I am on episode 13 at the moment. Start with one that interests you. They are FULL of helpful advice and information for improving your skills.

    I love listening to the podcasts too. They are perfect for listening while I draw.


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