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Paladin by AphexTal Paladin by AphexTal
Some old work
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:iconnatrill:
Natrill Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Has an elder scrolls feel, awesome!
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AphexTal Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers thanks !
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Natrill Feb 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Np!
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:iconlordofthememes:
what's a paladin?
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:iconatisutopuniek:
A warrior who fights in the name of his God to protect His commandments and fights for his God's ideals. For example in RPG, a paladin can fight for Sigmar (Warhammer FRP) who hates undead, so he will wonder and kill all undead he meets. 
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:iconlordofthememes:
i know i just wanted to joke about that ,,what's a paladin thung''
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:iconcapnnomn:

Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create something like this?


Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings from my imagination?


I've been trying some stuff, but I still suck!! 


Can you please make me, like, a list?!!!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time? 


Thank you for trying to help!

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PlanetKhaos Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you don't mind me hijacking your question. I see in your portfolio, CapnNOMN, that you have a good eye for drawing what you see. So give your self some credit....it takes dedication to be at your skill level. And from what I see, it looks like you are going down a method of tonal illustration. If thats the case, take a look at this guy's youtube channel :


The answer to "what can I do" is a huge question, with a simple answer: You have to put in the time to teach your brain the skills needed to produce art at a pro level. You literally have to allow your brain the time to build the neurons it needs. There is a saying that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to truly master something. In essence that's about right - 5+ years to be a pro. So all these amazing artists you see online....you can pretty much guarantee they have been at it at least 5 years, every single day. Don't be afraid to be obsessed...you have to be.

In an over simplified answer, I would say there are 3 things you should focus on to improve your skills. Gesture, Form, Rendering. Master them in that order. Without good gestures, your forms won't work as well as they should, and with out good forms no matter what your style of rendering, it will always look "not quite right".

 Good luck on your journey and let nothing stop you.

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:iconcapnnomn:
Hi thank you so much for your reply! Do you have any tips on what I need to be doing to improve my drawing? That piece took me almost 18 hours, lol. 
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:iconplanetkhaos:
PlanetKhaos Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are at a higher skill level then I am so I can't give you any specific tips other than keep doing what you are doing. In regards to a loose speed painting or conceptual style, take a look at FZD Channel on YouTube. There are over 60 lessons, all free. You might find it interesting. It's a fantastic site.

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