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Sketch 001 by memod Sketch 001 by memod
There we go, as I promised, here's something that shows what I've been doing over the past months. Basically I've done tons of sketches like that. As the date shows, this was done a few weeks back already, but I'm notoriously slow with photographing my sketches.
This was done with ink pens and markers, cold and warm grey. I did some tweaking in photoshop, fixing a few things and smoothing out some shading, plus I enhanced the whole warm / cold feeling. But otherwise that's pretty much it. Done on A4 copy paper....

Hope you guys enjoy it. I know there are some mistakes, maybe I shouldn't have eyeballed the perspective, haha. And I'm sorry for the unoriginal title...but with how many I am doing of these, if I submit any more, it'll be easier to just change the number ;P

Think I'll submit a print of that, too. Enjoy, and of course, tell me what you think! :heart:
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Wahahaha, I finally have critique, so here goes. At first I wasn't really sure about the way that you drew the river, as obviously there isn't really any texture or shape. After a while though it occurs to me that if looked at in terms of the picture as a whole, the river works fairly well, especially in the very subtle waves around the rock in the center.

Overall, you did a fairly nice job of maintaining the perspective in the image. The corner of the stone wall in the right section of the picture is curved just a little bit, but enough that it's possible to view it as a product of the fortress architecture. I particularly like the sketched carvings on either side of the arch spanning the stream. On the whole, this is just a universally lovely image. It really reminds me of the conceptual art that they did for the Lord of the Rings movie. It's not overly detailed or intricate, but in a sketchy, rough sort of way I almost like this better than your digital art. It has a very natural and archaic feel to it, like the sort of thing that might have been lost for many years only to be rediscovered and put into a book somewhere of old fantasy art.

One other thing, I really like the way you did the trees. The image would have been very stark and base without them; they help the picture to cross over the edge of a sketch and become a well rounded work of art on the whole. Very well done. If I didn't know that dA takes WAY too much money from the sale, I'd actually consider buying a print.
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Intercepto Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Cool camera angle. Very nice drawing. I am still a little bit confused about what should be focus of the image.
memod Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional
Thanks, Toni! Yeah, you are quite right, the focus is really unclear in this, the compositon is not helping with that. I suppose I should finally clean out my gallery a little :D
Loved your recent images, by the way =] Was looking at them only a day or two ago :D
ianvicknair Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work
memod Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional
Thank you!
ianvicknair Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
synapse89 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
A few questions:

Is it done on photoshop?
If not, then how did you create those outlines?
If yes, do you think anyone could ever be an artist with no tablet? (oh...please say yes...:(..)

Request: Please PLEASE make a tutorial on matte painting!

U're an amazing painter...Need I say ?
memod Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional
Hello =] No, this piece is actually a marker and ink drawing, all done on good ol' paper. =] And sure you can be an artist, the tablet is just another tool. I draw both on paper and digitally and I enjoy both. It does not depend on the tool, just on your dedication and willingness to practice, that's all.

And thanks for the compliments! I am not sure though if I will have time for a tutorial anytime soon, I don't even have time for personal work lately =/
NinaGrace Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it Daniel! ...and how have you been? I haven't talked to you in forever. Hope you are doing well! :iconredbullglompplz: :iconpenguinsnuggleplz:
memod Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional
Hussa, look who's there! :lol: It's great to hear from you! :glomp: And thank you, I'm glad you like the piece :heart:

I have been pretty well most of the time, staying busy with drawing, hehe. So I think I'm fairly productive. How have things been going for you? :hug:
NinaGrace Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconunicornglompplz: It's good to hear you're doing well and staying busy with art! :painter: That's the best way for an artist to be. I find if I'm not productive then I just get antsy or crabby or blue :sniff:. That doesn't mean I can't relax or take a break, but if it's been a protracted period then I start to feel off. Hence my newest signature line which I coincidentally changed a few days ago.
I'm so glad you're still around! :iconhyperglompplz:
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