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Drawing from the mind... cont'd
Hey, gang. Here is the latest in this piece. Still going back on it, here and there. Still straight from memory, so I know it isn't perfect. Definitely uncanny valley. But it is immensely helping with my deadline work. I am noodling on it between the cracks off my commercial deadlines, and man, does it amp up the actual deadline work. Great exercise. I never went to art school (flunked out of art in high school- was a screw off) so I never learned proper anatomy. Only did enough "impressive detail" to get by, and wow people enough to skate through and get what I needed in work. But now, I hunger. Will continue to do these exercises to get better!
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Drawing without reference ---3
Pass or fail, here is another practice piece done from my imagination with no reference. Tis another part of the journey thru uncanny valley, as it were. This is not supposed to be anyone, but I did admittedly borrow pieces in my memory from my Natalie Portman sketch exercise earlier this week. So there are pieces of her in there. What do you think? Digital rough sketch. About 90 minutes of work.
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WIP: Drawing without reference 2

Here is another drawing from the mind. This one is a combo of a picture I made up in my head and details I memorized of light, colors, details, etc. from footage of my kids at a pool. I know it's not the best-- it's a departure from the usual photorealism, but I really want to challenge myself. There are SO many digital artists doing the photo real thing, but it's always off of photo references (including myself)-- seems less relevant-- less impressive or niche. 

Also noticed a good amount of these guys are just tracing photos, while some are actually smudging over photos as well (photo-bashing-- which is an accepted from, so I am not knocking it). 

So I want to try to explore new territory in attempts too memorize realism, and paint it-- make it up. It may take me a while, but Ill enjoy trying. 
Your thoughts, discussion is welcomed!! About 90 minutes worth of work

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WIP: Drawing without a reference...
Here's an illustration that I just started creating from scratch. No reference. About an 2 hours into it so far. More to come! C and C welcome/encouraged.
Must do a ton of these no-reference studies, so that I may eventually Escape from Uncanny Valley. !!!
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Drawing from memory.
Trying to improve my abilities on drawing people. So I'm attempting to do a new exercise-- stare at a photo of someone, then close it. And try to remember it-- and DRAW IT. So far, most of the attempts are pretty hilarious. But here's a few that got close-- came out SEMI decent. 
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Dark-Fang-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm curious now, could you make my OC look photo-realistic?
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graydama Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Hello dear! Just thought I would let you know since you're new that, in general, artist will only draw OCs or other characters if paid. Even then some artist don't take commissions because of their own busy schedules. Reviewing the artist page is the quickest way to find out if they are open for commissions or not. Hope this helps! :D
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Dark-Fang-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Artist page?
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graydama Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Well for example this is chrisscalf
profile, which is their page, you get the gist of what the artist draws, hobbies, their posts/journals which notifies you if they opened commissions or not. etc. :)
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trazor29 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Man your artwork is brilliant, absolutely breath taking
And such an inspiration. You are an inspiration :'3 👍👍👍👍👍
Definitely following! :')
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ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad I stumbled across your stuff. Really nice work. I think I'll have to put you on my Watchlist!
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chrisscalf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Thanks so much!
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Lashzara Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's probably redundant to say that your work is beautiful, but it is.
I've been following your youtube uploads, and they've really been helping me get better at my own work c:
Do you do commissions?
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chrisscalf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
Thanks so much! I do commissions on rare occasions. :)
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EemilyTH Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Hi ! Can I posted your draw on my page of facebook as a cover photo?
( chrisscalf.deviantart.com/art/… ) I really like dragons and you are a great artist!!
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