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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:27 pm

Digital Character Design - First attempt [Eye]

All my life I have been drawing on paper and used good old fashioned graphite pencils, so now I decided to do some digital art training and bought myself a PC Drawing Tablet, Wacom Volito 2 and started training.

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I should mention right in the beginning, if you want to do pencil drawings plus digital art at the same time, not to mention being good at them, requires a full time job. So my approach is just on a very basic level.

As digital art is concerned I took Don Seegmiller's book, to study, which got my attention the most. The book's title is "Digital Character Design and Painting", from where I started the first lesson and took a reference images :

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After lots of hours of frustration and new ground exploration I managed to do this :

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Few days passed and I gathered new will, power and strength to try it again, and to do it better:

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I hope that my works are not bad, for first attempt. Handling a PC drawing tablet is a different story, I was sweating blood managing to keep it under control after 15 years of mouse user friendly environments.
I would appreciate any comments, suggestions help.
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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:27 pm

how much was that bad boy?

Is it old stock? cause I can't find it on the wacom web site. I found it on a seperate volito website though...


I am thinking about getting the intuos 3. I used to do some maya animation a few years ago. and I think it would help out a bunch with it.
a 6x8 intuous 3 is 300$ here in korea
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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:05 pm

It was about 70 euros, [1 Euro = 1.2658 U.S. dollars], and most probably is old stock, cause here in my country mostly find stuff like that (and I am happy when I found even something like that).
The intous 3 as I see is a more complexed gear, and it has a mouse in the pack if I am not wrong? I could never get my hands on something like that :(
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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:37 pm

Actually I don't think the Intuos 3 is all that great. What you have is fine.

The tutorial looks really good.
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Post Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:00 pm

Re: Digital Character Design - First attempt [Eye]

Plissken wrote:I hope that my works are not bad, for first attempt. Handling a PC drawing tablet is a different story, I was sweating blood managing to keep it under control after 15 years of mouse user friendly environments.


Holy cow, sweating blood? Just to create some digital art? If that isn't dedication, I don't know what is! :wink:

Your second try looks much better than your first. For some reason the very last image won't load for me. Are you going to try it a third time?
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Phan-Tom wrote:Actually I don't think the Intuos 3 is all that great. What you have is fine.

The tutorial looks really good.


You don't think it's worth it?

What tablet do you think is the best to get?
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Post Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:41 am

thematrixiam wrote:You don't think it's worth it?
What tablet do you think is the best to get?

It depends on the person, and how much you're willing to pay. You might want to try the Bamboo if you want something inexpensive.
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Post Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:56 am

thats great!! Digital art is so interesting and in the next few years I'm sure it will be huge. I worked with all the digital stuff like that but I always come back to the traditional drawing/painting. I'm sure you'll learn ALOT with that tablet though!!
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Post Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:43 am

Thank you all for your attention, and your replies.

Phan-Tom; I guess that you are right, maybe the Intuos 3 tablet looks powerful and most probably is good, but for learning and basic stuff is the best choice the Bamboo or a Volito. It really does the job, and honestly I am satisfied, except that the pen tips are wearing out faster than I thought, and just on pen tip costs me a lot.

Maple; well, I actually did not sweat blood, but I was pretty close :)
Yes, I know the second try went more smoother and with more experience.
I do not know about the images not loading, I just tried opening the page from another computer, with another configuration and network, but it seems to work fine, maybe it is up to internet browser.
However I noticed that imageshack knows how to bug out, from times to time , some images will not load, for any good reason.
About the third try, I will do it most probably, but this time I will do a pair of eyes or maybe even a complete face drawing.

Thanks again.
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Post Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:36 pm

The eye looks really good, especially for a first attempt. Great job.

And yeah I agree with Phantom, the intuos3 isn't that amazing. I have an intuos3 and have used less expensive tablets and found that they're just as good. To me, as long as the pressure is around 1024, they're all the same.
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Post Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:28 am

I might buy that tablet PC of yours. Do you know where will I purchase it?
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Post Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:40 am

Unfortunately I do not know, I purchased mine around half year ago, and even then i guess it was older shipment. Try asking your local computer shops.
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B-E-A-U-TIFUL! :)
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Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:07 am

The second version looks better, but the first one looks ok too , and its your first too. :)


I'm kinda wondering about how a tablet works exactly, like when you lift the pencil thing from it , does it move if you move your hand somewhere else, or does the pencil have a button or something to press when you want it to draw?
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