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Arianod Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just found your gallery, and I'm loving it! :thumbsup: Keep up the good work!
makemeasamich Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I really like your work it's really interesting to look through. What would you say your style developed from?
vern-argh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh jeez, that's hard to say. But I'll try to explain, and hope it's not entirely coming from my ass. : D
About 11-12 years ago, I got huge influence from manga (a lot from Rumiko Takahashi's work), but then about 5 years ago, I started to get more influenced by variety of things; some of the styles I can think of come from the comics I read in my childhood, which were mostly Franco-Belgian (my favorite comic artist being André Franquin). Also in the recent years Tove Jansson's illustrations have been great inspiration.

I still feel like this doesn't completely explain where my style developed "from" so to say. It's just something that keeps on growing, with my visual tastes, and whatever keeps inspiring me at times - from known traditional painters to animation concept art etc.

Thanks for the interest, hope my answer has satisfied your needs. :B
makemeasamich Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Thanks for that reply you answered my question and more. I've been trying to work on my own style. But I don't really know how to go about it. I've been trying to mimic, how they use line and what no. How did you practice your style? What did you do yo work on it?
vern-argh Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Mimicking different aspects is one way to go about it, and eventually adding your "own touch" to it. I used to practise more with mimicking, these days I do things more the way I'm comfortable with or trying out different things on my own (with Photoshop at least). It's good to experiment without mimicking as well.
Had a quick look at your gallery, and since you use traditional media, it might be more helpful to look at other traditional work, figure out the different work phases someone else (i.e. your favourite artists) go through... (So yes mimicking).
It's been forever since I used colored pastels (I used to love working with them, but they are very hard to use well), so I'm not sure if I can give much advice on that medium.
Not sure what you're looking for in your own work, or if you're even asking me how you should go on about practising your style, or if you're just curious about my methods...?

I assume you're an art student(?), so I'd suggest to be very open to criticism from your teachers, no matter how harsh it can be. Having some "harsh" teachers criticising my work at least made me work my ass off more. I've known people who aren't that open to feedback, and I think those people usually progress the least.

I still have a lot of things I should be practising and working on, like drawing from life more. And just generally work harder.

[link] Here's a book I've found a really good read (it's a pdf-file). It's Gesture Drawing for Animation, but I think any kind of artist can benefit from the advices given in the book.
makemeasamich Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
I'll try to keep that in mind. It's hard though for me to get my brain
on paper let alone try and put a flair on it. But I'v been working
hard to try and fix that. It's still a struggle though.
Eh the stuff in my gallery aren't things I'm really prond of.
They are from my drawing classes. It doesn't really show what I like and do.
It's not that I'm shy or worried about what people would say about my work at the
end of the day I do this beceuase I love it. It's just I'm not there yet I'm not at
a place with myself that I want to show my work. I feel it just isn't to my standards.
The mediums I like to use are, pastels, charcoal, graphite. What do you like to use?
I like being able to get my hands dirty and just jump in and get into the drawing. I do look at alot of traditional art lately I've been into paul cadmus,odd nerdum,
and a few other I can't think of. Do you have any artist you think I sould check out?
It was a very ambiguous question.I was curious about maybe your methods.
To see if maybe that would work for mye if I try what you've done.
I am an art student been in college for 2 1/2 years. Are you in college?I try to be open to all criticism.
And when I am told something is wrong or the work I did wasn't very good.
I just go balls to the wall on the next project. It's just hard to keep it from being personal sometimes.
Because I put so much time and myself into my work.

I own that book it is my bible. I want to get into animetion or illustration.
vern-argh Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sorry I took my time to reply. This conversation is getting a bit overwhelming for me, I hope you understand.
I don't think there really is that much in to my methods. Pencil, ink, watercolor or Photoshop, or sometimes I do finished line-art with Flash. I try to work as fast as possible, as I get bored of the same piece very fast. I like to keep things simple, although I should be more experimental from time to time.

I'm not sure what artists to recommend, as tastes vary so much, and I haven't really grasped what kind of art you're mainly interested in.
makemeasamich Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
It's fine I bet your really busy. I know I him with work and classes.
What kind of computer do you like to use for art? I've been looking for one. I've had my eye on this hp model. Have you always been interest in digtal art or did you grown in to it when you learned more?
vern-argh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I use a Macbook Pro.
I've just always been interested in art, digital or not. As long as it looks good.

You have a bag full of questions, don't you? They seem to be never-ending. :nirvana:
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