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Sci Fi City - CGMA by M0nkeyBread Sci Fi City - CGMA by M0nkeyBread
CGMA Week 6 assignment
progress WIP here: [link]

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duncanli Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
love it! 
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nikianna94 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I become so mesmerised by artists like you. Its my biggest dream to become a real concept artist one day and my art to be somewhat usefull and inspiring:) Thanks for the great art, its very very inspiring!
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks so much for the kind words. I was pretty much nowhere, starting from scratch two and a half years ago... so just hold on to the dream, and work hard with dedication and you can get there!!
Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Seriously? Two and a half years and you got this good? Got any of your first images?
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Well I've been pencil sketching since I was young, and doodling. I got my first digital tablet in late 2008 I think. These are literally the two first images I did with it. The cat is from a photo ref, the other is from imagination.


I only did sporadic stuff here and there, 30 min speedies and pen doodles until about September 2011 when I got hardcore about it all, so that is when I count my development from mostly as most of the improvement has come from the period since then. If you go through my other gallery folders, particularly the  'sketchs' and 'speed paints' ones you will see my general progression.  :)
Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Oh man... This is making me all excited for all the books I ordered on drawing.
I use to be able to draw semi-good... But then I just lost it, and I've wanted to back ever since.

Did you read any books during that time? And where do you get the inspiration for a drawing?
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ha, well glad you're getting excited about getting creative again! I say just go for it. The one thing I've learned this whole time is that there is no time like the present. If you want to draw, draw.  The other lesson that was a long time coming, was to not pay much attention to whether you are progressing or not, or to compare yourself to others. It's totally pointless! Don't worry too much about what skill you are at and how to get better, instead really cultivate your enjoyment of the process in this present moment. That seriously is my one big learning.

Other than that, I derive inspiration from my experiences in life, travel, reading, movies, other artforms and very very much from nature. There is a lot of cool, beautiful and interesting things happening in the world around us if we just take some moments out to pay attention. The back of a screen or a page isn't always the place to find inspiration, but an overall experience of life is. Just be open and let it come to you out of our passions and interests, rather than try and force it.

In terms of books, yeah I read tons. Many art ones, but I also read anything and everything literature, sci fi, biographies, history, science, comics etc etc.
Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I imagine that is one of the biggest things for people starting out. Comparing yourself to others. One my biggest problems as well haha.

Looking at the painting, I noticed the lanterns and kind of a "Asian sci-fi city theme" going on. Been to somewhere in Asia?

Honestly, it seems books are the best source for learning. Every class I've ever been to for art made us just draw and paint things. Never taught us about any of the fundamentals.
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not only for just starting out people. We all do it, and while you can use the feeling to motivate yourself to get better the whole drive towards getting better can sometimes become more important than just enjoying what you are doing, so yeah just be mindful of that. 

Been to quite a few Asian countries. Heading off to Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam in December.  

Books are brilliant, totally. One thing to keep in mind is that just "knowing" about fundamentals isn't the same as mastering them! You have to apply apply apply what you learn always, and you will only be able to really consolidate the learning through actually painting and drawing.  

Are you wanting to get into illustration or something similar? A few books I really recommend:

Color and Light, James Gurney (a very good book for beginners to painting)
Framed Ink (Great composition book from a storyboard/movie/graphic novel pov)
Alla Prima, Richard Schmidt  (Great book on painting)
Art and Fear, Orland and Bayles (book about the fear that keeps artists from creating)
And a couple that come very recommended but I haven't read yet:
Composition of Outdoor Landscapes, Edgar Payne (landscape stuff)
Picture This: How Pictures Work, Molly Bang (Another great simple composition book)

Note that none of the above are "How-To" books on technique, but go into the fundamentals and the whys. :)
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