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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:
Daniel
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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.
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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
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ianvicknair Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional
Thank you!
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ianvicknair Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
welcome
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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 ?
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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 =/
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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:
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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:
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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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memod Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional
Haha exactly, I totally know what you feel like, that's why I try to draw every day for a couple of hours, I feel a lot more productive and can play with ideas much better :nod:
I was at home for 5 days last week, and I kind of hardly drew there...never really feel like it at home, I don't know why. But ack, I felt so antsy because I hadn't done anything productive after those five days... :lol:

Of course I am still around, why would I go away? :D :glomp:
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tatlntael Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I THOUGHT about it, then I ENVISIONED it. Then I sat down and DREW it. And now you want me to PHOTOGRAPH IT?

It's understandable. :)
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional
Haha, EXACTLY :D How dare they!

But well, after all I want to share with people and I gotta proof somehow, that I haven't just been hanging around all the time :lol:
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mynti Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Finally! :bucktooth:


:heart: :glomp:
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional
:giggle: You're being a slowpoke, lady, I submitted that weeks ago :lol:

Hehe, more shall come :cuddle: :heart:
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ELECTROpanda Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
'Could have sworn that I had commented on this before now. :paranoid:

Absolutely stunning work, memod! I love the contrast of the warm/cold grays. And the perspective is fantastic, especially given that it was "eyeballed". :giggle:

Good to see you updating with some of your newer work.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional
Hehe, thanks a lot! :cuddle: Playing with the warms and colds can be quite fun, although also difficult :D Sometimes the difference is just too jarring for the picture, so I have to make it work... :lol:

More shall follow :nod:
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mau4hits Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Hey Dan! This is really good :) I'm practicing with watercolors now. Hope I can make it as awesome as yours someday!
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional
Heya Maureen :aww: That sounds great, I am sure the practice will pay off! :hug: I will soon give watercolours a try, too :D Right now I just want to keep it values only and work with ink, but soon I'll add in the colour element :D

Happy New Year to you! :glomp:
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lazybutt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
the perspective here is amazingly portrayed!
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional
Thanks a lot :D Glad you liked it :D :salute:
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PhilippeGaravel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009   Photographer
Beautiful :aww:
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional
Merci beaucoup, Philippe! :D
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Windcharmer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is good to see some of your work again. Beautiful monotone throughout the piece. :heart:

:hug:
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional
Hey, thank you :cuddle: I will maybe post more of these things now, as I'm filling my sketchbook(s) with them :D :cuddle:

:heart:
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klopfer-11 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
hey :#1:
du hast ja mal wieder was neues rein gestellt :aww:
*kinderpingui mampf* :hexentanz:

*hust hust räusper* :flirty: hast du sehr gut gemach, gefällt mir :clap:
du könntest ruhig öfter sowas rein stellen, damit ich was zum
bestaunen hab :giggle: würde mich freuen! :eyes:
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional
Joah, wird wohl jetzt auch passieren, dass ich öfter was hochlade :nod: Produziere ja reichlich so Skizzen.

Danke dir, du kinderpinguisüchtige :giggle: :hug:
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graphicspirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
oooooohhhhh das is wunderschön! tolle Arbeit
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional
Hey, danke Mona =) Freut mich, dass es dir gefällt :hug:
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graphicspirit Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
kein problem :) ich muss zugeben dass du mich überrascht hast :D hab bisher noch nichts traditionelles gesehen. Sind die Akzente mit Markern gemacht?
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional
Ja, ich hab deviantArt irgendwie nie als platz für meine Skizzen gesehen. Aber da ich dieses Jahr eigentlich fast ausschließlich so gearbeitet habe, dacht ich mir, ich zeig trotzdem ein bisschen was :nod:

Mit Akzenten meinst du die Glanzlichter im Wasser? Also die praktisch weißen Flecke hab ich digital noch eingefügt. Marker können lediglich etwas verdunkeln, du kannst mit ihnen nicht heller über etwas zeichnen. Hab mir inzwischen zwar Acrylweiß zugelegt, aber wirklich deckend ist das auch nicht :hmm:
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graphicspirit Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nein, ich meinte mit der Markerfrage eigentlich die grauen Akzente...
Mir ist schon klar, dass Marker nicht aufhellen können
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional
Hm, dann steh ich glaube auf dem Schlauch :lol: Graue Akzente? :D Das gesamte Bild ist mit Markern gemacht :paranoid:
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graphicspirit Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
ich meinte einfach die grauen Stellen :) lassen wir das bevors verwirrend wird ;) das Wort "Akzente" war wohl einfach nicht das passende Wort
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional
Hehe, ist schon okay :D Ist halt doof, wenn man nicht mal eben einfach auf was zeigen kann, nicht? :lol:
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akitoamasawa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
I think you're AMAZING! :wow:

I like how you painted in the water.. you can really see it streaming through rather than being a still river.
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional
Thank you :aww: Yeah, I was trying to indicate a sense of motion. Am glad that you think that worked out :D
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cheaterguy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
I have to say... This instantly reminded me of "The Guardian". I think it's the bridge that does it. Anyway... xD

I think it looks brilliant, as if it was snatched directly out of some fantasy universe. I really like how detailed the architecture is with all the engravings lining the bridge and the base of the tower.

I can't give many pointers, since I know nothing about drawing, so I'll just leave it there.

Brilliant work which I'd love to see more of!
Keep it up :D
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional
Hm, the Sentinel you mean? :lol: Though, this bridge here is a lot more detailed :D But yeah I see what you mean :giggle:

Thank you muchly! It's fun to try and draw things like little engravings and such, hehe. And yeah, I think I shall be posting more :nod:
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cheaterguy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Yes, the Sentinel xD For some reason I always mix up the name on that one...

You're quite welcome! And I agree... Doing runes or engravings in 3D is really fun ^^
Do so, and if I may request, I'd love to see this one colored :D
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional
Hehe, I think I will have to disappoint you on that one, sorry. There are already too many things bothering me with this piece to really put any more work into it. Plus I think by now I have a fair bunch of other sketches that tempt me more :D In fact, yesterday I spent a few hours painting a scene that I just sketched out recently... :dance:
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cheaterguy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
No greater disappointment, mate ^^ 'Twas a simple request xD
Well, I'd love to see that, then xD
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Xerces Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice job! lovely work with the colouring and shadows :D
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional
hehe thanks a lot :D I deeply enjoy plotting shadows. it can be quite a challenge sometimes, but it is so much fun :lol:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe- i bet! i'm glad to hear you enjoy it :D
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SergeSombre Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great sketch! Waiting for next ones!
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional
Thank you :D I am sure more will follow :nod:
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SergeSombre Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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SirGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
That's great work.
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional
Hey thank you! :D How have you been? :salute:
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