Once again, thanks all for the lovely comments.
@Aestechnics - Thanks for the comments man :) Really good crit. You are right that my head doodles tend to be default front on. I think this sketchbook has been helpful for me developing some sense of style, but it means that often when I sit and draw without thinking, I draw default poses. So, I'm starting to push that a little more. I like your idea of pushing this in order explore character as well. I'm tempted to set myself a bunch of exercises to force me out of my habits. Get me working in news way. So thanks dude, really helpful stuff.
@Choob - Cheers Choob (love the name!) You are correct, one sketchbook in a year is kinda shitty. I do draw a lot more than that (will talk about this a bit more below) but I tend to have a bad habit of doodling across multiple sketchbooks. So, it's tricky to keep track of ideas and technique through time. So, this is a starting point to help organise all of that. And totally spot on dude, this year, all I seem to sketch is character. This might be because I do most landscapes etc digitally or with paint, but I definitely need some more expansion. Hopefully getting back into life drawing later this year, so will keep pushing it.
@Kerro Perro - Thanks KP. Seen your latest sketchbook update and will be over with comments some point this week :)
@Naidy - Thanks Naidy for the advice. Will take it onboard. I feel like I'm finding my style, but it has taken so long. For the longest time everything seemed so generic, but now I'm getting my style on track, it's time to get back to the grindstone and improve the core skills.
@Lodratio - It's awesome man. Miyazaki is this big mythical director who churns out great films. But throughout that documentary he seemed so amazingly humble and honest. He talks about sadness and reality, all whilst cracking that adorable smile of his. The documentary on Isao Takahata is also awesome. I just can't get enough of watching other artists at work.
Ok...so time for the work. I've been painting a ton of digital stuff this week for a print project which I'm super excited about. But at the mo, can't show any of that. So instead, here's sketchbook doodles from this week, plus some other bits and bobs from recent weeks to show what the fuck I do.
Whenever I'm working on a freelance project that is painting / drawing (rather than CG or animation) I try to warm up painting each day, just to get the muscles working whilst the pressure is off. Otherwise I waste the first few hours drawing absolutely awful. These are some of those sketches. They normally start on paper. I then take a quick pic on my phone, upload them, and add paint in Photoshop. I'm constantly amazed how much easier things become when I sketch on paper first. Then Photoshop is just a place to paint of my sketch and experiment with things.
So, sketchbook pages. Feel free to crit away, but I would like to explain how I work with this thing. This tends to be an ideas thing. I sit and doodle animation ideas and art direction stuff. Hence, things are pretty scrappy, scratchy and rough. No perfect studies or examples of strong realism. However, there is still plenty to feedback on, so feel free to comment. Not too happy with these pages specifically, some odd looking figure weight, but there are some faces and ideas that I might be taking forward to something more finished.
In addition to my sketchbook, I have always a huge stack of A0 paper on my drawing table that becomes a giant doodle page. It's really great to have it there when I want to get away from my computer. Plus, it's really relaxed so often things come out a lot better. The lack of pressure can be a good thing. It's 3am here, so I only have these two pictures, but tomorrow I'll take some pics of other similar pages in the daylight.
Ok, so that's all for now. I'll try be around the forums a little more during the week. I'm working hard to pay my bills but I'll hopefully have some time this week to get the old acrylics out and paint. Updates soon.
Florence and the Machine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbN0nX61rIs
Aaron Draplin chatting on Youtubes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3RnDD4kETI