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Artwork 2014
show user profile  Setherial
Hey guys

For starters happy new year everyone!! This might be late for best wishes and all but I've been ill for the last 3 weeks, great start of the year, and I'm just getting back into the game. First day back at work and all... So, that's my excuse, happy new year fuckers :)

To kick off the year here are a few new artworks that I managed to do in the past week

Feel free to visit my website at
if you want to see more.

cheers guys


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1/20/2014 2:14:45 PM (last edit: 1/20/2014 2:15:52 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Wondered what you've been up to. Like those watercolours, reckon it's your best medium. Also good to see how to do that old dude with the cap, remember him from your workshop.
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1/20/2014 3:45:29 PM (last edit: 1/20/2014 3:45:29 PM)
show user profile  _3dioot
Haha your character sketches are as quirky as they always were (thats a good thing). Hate to sound like an echo but yes, the watercolor is freaking awesome! :)

This year I really want to get back into drawing. Or, perhaps, learn it well for the first time. ;) I've decided to join a group of "artists" near where I live and will be drawing from a live model at least once a week till may (its when their season ends).

So its great to "hear" from you Seth, I've wondered how you were doing as I tentatively approached this white flat stuff. ^_^

I was getting sick of 3d (not making progres anyway) and with last year being very work intensive (reorganisation and programming course) this year I finally managed to motivate myself to take some concrete steps towards traditional drawing. I haven't mustered the courage to post up some sketches but hope to do so soon.

I hope your health just had a temporarily lapse and please keep posting your inspiring work. :)

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1/20/2014 6:01:46 PM (last edit: 1/20/2014 8:01:43 PM)
show user profile  Lazmo67
Very nice work. Do you purely concentrate on Portraits and caricatures?
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1/21/2014 9:19:43 AM (last edit: 1/21/2014 9:19:43 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
good to hear from you guys!!

Herfst: yeah I've always liked that ref and as I have this large ever growing collection of refs on my Ipad I tend to revisit the ones I like best. I love the sun/shadow contrast in that shot and how his eye area is more of a suggestion then anything else, or at least it could be.

_3dioot: Hope you see it through man, it's a pain learning to draw, well maybe not for everyone, depends on how much you enjoy the process versus how much it frustrates you. For me it's hell. But at some point you start to enjoy it and it opens a whole new chapter in your life. Drawing from life is an important part of the process, you'll enjoy that.

Some books you should really get are:

- How to Draw by Thomas Bertling and Scott Robertson
- Sketching: The Basics by Koos Eissen
- Drawing for Product Designers by Kevin Henry
- Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers by Koos Eissen
- Successful Drawing by Loomis

These are the drawing fundamentals you absolutely need and the best place to start in my opinion, that said the stuff covered in these books is mind blowing and very difficult to master. It's very high level stuff so don't let the fundamentals part fool you.

If you ever get serious about figur drawing this is probably the best book to get

- The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder

This is a great book about portrait drawing using Conté or any dry medium really

- The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan

If you ever want to pick up water color I suggest reading

- The Essence of Watercolour by Hazel Soan

But it's hard to learn on your own without seeing how an experienced painter does it or at least get some guidance while you're at it. The natural tendency is to use watercolor totally wrong and it's what most people do. That and most watercolor books are utter crap. Most watercolor painters are utter crap as well but those that master the medium blow my mind. It's such an increadibly difficult medium yet so simple.

anyway if there is anything I can do to help just let me know, anything to help a maxforums brother right!

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1/21/2014 9:36:03 AM (last edit: 1/21/2014 9:36:41 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
Lazmo67: yes I do, mostly anyway (97,99%). I do some character work and enviroment design and I would like to get better at it but so far I haven't invested much time into that. It's all about priorities I guess, I invest the time I have to be reasonably high level at one thing rather then mediocre at a bunch of things. I don't believe it's the best way to go but it works for me and it keeps me sane or at least reasonably sane :) That and I got to a level where I get to play with the big boys in the caricature artist industry and get their respect which is nice.

But on the topic of non-caricature art I love for instance the work of ISH

I would love to head in that direction, seems like a world of fun to be had with skills like that
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1/21/2014 9:42:59 AM (last edit: 1/21/2014 9:44:25 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
Fantastic stuff mate. And great info too, thank you :)


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1/21/2014 9:43:08 AM (last edit: 1/21/2014 9:43:08 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Great stuff as always Seth..

I need to start using the Bamboo i got for the painting workshop and get back into practice..

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1/21/2014 11:18:19 AM (last edit: 1/21/2014 11:18:19 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
on the topic of goals for this year I would like to do some kind of game card character art for a board game, collectable card game or digital card game type of thing as an exercise. Probably fully digital to completely break my routine and force myself into something new. Designing characters for cards seems like a fun thing to do that touches a lot of technical areas like composition, pose, clothing design, weapon design, etc... Just something I'd like to do... don't know if I'll do it but seriously thinking about it.

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1/21/2014 2:06:08 PM (last edit: 1/21/2014 2:06:08 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
great stuff seth, see it all the time on fb :)

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1/21/2014 3:12:30 PM (last edit: 1/21/2014 3:12:30 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Excellent work! Checked out your website. Very cool.

- Portfolio-

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1/21/2014 3:15:48 PM (last edit: 1/21/2014 3:15:48 PM)
show user profile  _3dioot
Thank you for the warm and detailed reply Seth! This really made my day. Art is very much a love/hate thing with me which is probably why I jojo yoyo with art activities like fat people jojo yoyo with their diets! That said it seems I cant live without it because I keep coming back to it one way or another.

I've been insecure on how to proceed, watching videos on youtube thus far, so having some books recommended to me is a great help.The first book from the list has a nice unboxing on youtube with is essentially a browse through of the book in its entirety. Looks fantastic and starts at the basics with perspective and from there on deals with quite diverse topics (from landscapes to cars). Do the books from the first list compliment each other or did you mean i should get one or two of them?

Ill definitely buy the two books on figure drawing because I would love a structured approach there. Right now I'm working just with pencil and Conté (and charchoal if ever grow up the guts to use it and just make a mess) so that sounds right up my alley. I'm not even thinking about touching paint yet. Prefer to start slowly and learn the basics first. I think I have my work cut out for me just getting values right in grey (in fact I know I do).

I dont want to derail your thread with too many questions and I must watch out im not going to just theorize about drawing instead of just doing it but I do have one question. I tend to gravitate towards the pc for my sketches at home. Especially "silly" stuff like drawing lots of boxes etc. I've ordered a bigger tablet so I can keep drawing from my shoulder when on the PC (I was a wrist scribbler; still fighting that one).

Is there any reason I should stay away from the PC and -really- go traditional if i want to learn to draw (which is essentially my goal) or does it not matter what I do it on as long as i draw?

If you could help me out with that one that would ease my mind going forward. Ill make my own thread soon I promise! :)



Herfst :p
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1/21/2014 11:18:40 PM (last edit: 1/21/2014 11:32:26 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
I don't normally pick people up on English errors, but since you're also Dutch...

Jojo = Yoyo. Had me seriously confused for about 10 seconds.

Like my German friend who was enquiring why Mona Vale was called "Mona Whale."

Anyway... going to get a cup of yo, I'm falling asleep.
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1/21/2014 11:25:46 PM (last edit: 1/21/2014 11:25:46 PM)
show user profile  Setherial
_3dioot: You don't have to get all them books, they obviously overlap. I'm just one of those people if I want to get into lets say design, I'll google the top 10 books and buy them all at once. I'll stop doing that if I ever run low on cash :)

- Scott Robertson is a design God, this is the one book to rule them all, well maybe aside from the Loomis book I mentioned. These two books cover a world of stuff. Scott has a lot of free turtorials online which help as well and he has great dvd's about perspective fundamentals on gnomon as well. Loomis is boring to read but the content of that Successful Drawing is pure gold. I also advice you to actually buy the hardcover book if you can rather then downloading the ebook. It's a huge book and worth having. The others 3 books are just popular design books, what most artists learn when they get a design eduction. They are all very good but not a must.

- The two Artists complete guides are must haves if you do life drawing and they are great.

If you draw a lot on the tablet that's good because it's a skill you need to maintain. I would suggest picking up ballpoint and pencil sketching too though because it will enable you to draw everywhere which is so very important. You need a sketchbook and fill it. Draw objects from life, once you've drawn them, draw them again from different angles either buy shifting your position or just trying to figur it out, both are great excercises.
Ballpoint is probably better then pencil as it will force you not to use an eraser and it's still an easy material to work with compared to something like brushpen. It also keeps your sketchbook clean as graphite smudges.

I'm drawing a few characters every day now as I'm learning that. For now I'm stil copying the work of others (so I don't post that) as a means to learn. Daily practise is the way to go.



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1/22/2014 9:25:34 AM (last edit: 1/22/2014 9:25:34 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
sketch dump (quick sketches I did yesterday and the day before)

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1/22/2014 1:37:21 PM (last edit: 1/22/2014 1:37:21 PM)
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