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Sketchdump 46: Sketchbook by Ahkward Sketchdump 46: Sketchbook by Ahkward
Edit: fixed some typos.

So after a poll, 92% of people who voted wanted to see my sketchbook. So here they are, pretty much unedited. A little bit of values to be able to see them better. :D

As you can see, I do a lot of writing and tiny doodles. I print out or copy works i do on loose paper and put them in here so I have one place with a record. I have more pages than here, but those pages I can't show you as they have drawings that are total spoilers. Sorry! ^^;

If you have any comments or questions please say so! I try to answer comments on a decent basis. :D
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saunterloft Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Awesome stuff!!! My favorites are the trees, and the "Essence of Death" dragon. Absolutely gorgeous. 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That is actually a commission of Tuhk, actually a bird. I commissioned Exileden and Khaosdog for it. XD Though you can't tell without the body, it is a bird. That's also just a copy, the original is somewhere else. I like to keep art for me in my sketchbooks as copies for inspiration reasons.
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SketchingDragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make my sketchbook seem so naked and boring! I love yours though :D 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
lol Thank you. I try to fill it up as much as possible!
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Iowasi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love seeing an artist's work like this -- most people prefer to leave their sketches/"for fun" stuff hidden! :0
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't understand why people would be so secretive about it. Well, I can understand, but it doesn't really make sense to do so, to me anyway. A sketchbook is a way to let people see your books and though process, begin to understand you a bit more. To me, I don't really care about how well someone can finish a piece, I'd rather see your sketchbook, not a portfolio. A sketchbook will tell me FAR more about you than any finished drawing will.

Maybe people feel bad since sketchbooks usually have unfinished work in them?
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Iowasi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes, I think, people just believe that those sketches are more "private," or that they aren't good enough to show off to people. I will admit that I generally prefer looking at finished pieces over an artist's sketches, but I also enjoy seeing WIP's and the occasional sketch -- it definitely does show how that particular artist develops their style and does a piece, from start to finish.

I absolutely love seeing sketchbooks, though, because there can be a lot of cool stuff in there you won't see anywhere else from the artist. If there's no "fully digital, fully colored, fully shaded piece with a background" to compare it to, a lot more people would be interested in seeing a sketch that wasn't the WIP of some larger project.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Mh, I think the reason I prefer sketching is because everyone can finish or color an artwork, but can you sketch? can you gesture? can you get the idea of a pose down in 5 lines or less? 5 seconds? 3lines even? That sort of skrtchwork takes a long time to master and is not easy, so I guess those sorta of things are what I notice when I see others sketchbooks. Also, do they thumbnail, try othere compositions? Color studies? Those sorts of things are invaluable. 

They seem dull and uninteresting to a lot of people but it tells me that they really understand the work the do, not just how to render or make pretty colors. They underdtand art inside and out, and by seeing their studies, I feel I can learn too. Far more from that than a finished piece.
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Iowasi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think those are impressive skills to have, too, but some people (or most?) just prefer looking at finished pieces -- I've seen artwork with TERRIBLE anatomy/other problems get praised simply because it's a finished piece with shading, detail, a background, etc. I've seen a lot of impressive sketches as well (I love the ones that are sketch-style and are drawn with just ONE line since that's something I can't really do).

That makes sense to me, as well. Sometimes you can't understand something if you don't have it reduced down to its "simple" parts.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, I agree, most people prefer finished artwork. I frankly don't think about what others want since I really don't feel like I have to please anyone but myself and my client if it's a paid job. I think it's sad that so many people are so focused on only finished artwork being "good" or "beautiful". I have had many people complain how I rarely finish things and I don't post finished work often, too many sketches or WIPs.

I feel sorry for them their range of beauty is so limited. What a boring world that must be.
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dynamicfaithfullove Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
It is a privacy thing. For me my sketchbook is like a diary. My hopes dreams and the secrets that nobody knows gets poured into it. Think of it like showing every part of your mind to someone you hardly know. I only share my sketchbook with people who are very close, because of the secrets that dwell therein. Some people are very open about their secret worlds...and others like me would rather a person take the effort to peel away at it. seeing it little by little, until the big picture is revealed. :D Then I can show them my sketchbook.
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saunterloft Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so glad there are other people who feel the same way about their sketchbooks! The same thing has become true for mine over the last year or two, and a lot of my loved ones get confused when I decline to show it to them, or don't understand what an act of trust it is to show them something. But it's the most cathartic thing I've ever known to have a place to pour out every single thing buzzing inside your head, on paper. 
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dynamicfaithfullove Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
yup! :D
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Iowasi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes sense to me. (:
Even if I don't have anything personal/deep/etc. in a particular sketchbook, sometimes I just don't want people looking at it -- I guess it's kind of like being uncomfortable if someone is going through my phone, even though I have nothing to hide.
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dynamicfaithfullove Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
exactly! :D
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so brave for showing this. O.o 
Such beautiful details. Your work is even more earthy in your sketches.
I am always so protective over my sketchbook. Due to embarrassment. >.<'
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Brave? Mh, I don't think so. Sketchbooks to me are a sort of ultimate thought collection, a visual journal of how we think as artists. Everyone's is different. Some prefer to keep only studies and serious work in them. Some people, like me, are willing to do silly doodle and even use it in more like a scrapbook fashion. I guess you could say my sketchbooks are more like scrapbooks of my art process. My thoughts and such are important into my process and I'll write things down and sometimes I write things down from class or strangers. Maybe a book or quote I heard, possibly some show or book recommendations people give me. Maybe some tools or things to try later or look into. Even my critiques from class! There are all kinds of ways to use a sketchbook and I think sharing it shows people this. Lots of people think there is only a right or wrong way to do things, and that's incorrect.

Now as far as sharing it, I love sharing my books with people. People, especially non-artists, always find this fascinating. Mainly since it gives them a way to look at your art and you, and makes it possibly easier to understand some things. For other artists looking at your book, it's allowing them to see other ways of doing things and possibly give them new inspiration in their own work. It can be embarrassing if you are not confident over your work, though I always remind people that a sketchbook is not a masterpiece. They are not meant to be those sorts of drawings. We have separate canvases and paper for that. XD
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ApalrieusCentauri Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
 Aw, I'm sorry no one from your online things turned up to comic-con. Perhaps it's just to expensive XD I couldn't go because I sort of live in Britain and it's really expensive to get to America these days D:
 I really like how busy your sketchbook is, I wish mine could be like that. Btw, is your sketchbook a moleskine, or is it a different one?
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, that's ok! I think I can excuse you. I went to England once as a kid, but I hardly remember. I love to stay busy! I do something everyday in my book and loving filling it up at my comfy pace. Also, no, it it a Pentalic brand book. I like the moleskins, but they are a bit stiff for me. I always come back to these books. Unforunately I have to order them since my book store stopped selling them. The paper is pretty thin, but I do not worry about it. For some reason, this book and this paper combo has me addicted. lol
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
So much work :'D <33 HOW LOVELY! AND OOH THERE'S MY CRAPPY ENCOURAGING SKETCH IN THERE HAHA <33
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
lol, but now I can be encouraged whenever I need it. :heart:
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student General Artist
YOU'RE SUCH A SWEETHEART YOU KNO <3
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww, I try to be. ;_; but you are more. You sent such awesome things.
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
NOOO SHHHHHH that's not ture ;  ;
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SJGILJ Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great one! Good job c:
It motivates me to work on certain things too. c:
Thank you so much vor sharing! 
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem at all! I will likely share future books as well. :D
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shindianaify Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
it looks great!
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad people are liking it.
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Of all your Naor characters, if you could be best friends with one of them in the real world (assuming they'd become human if not and they'd be reasonably close in age to you), which would you want as you friend?
(I guess I'm just asking which one has the personality you like best XD)

I like the trees best OuO they look so ancient

When you work on comics traditionally/sketch them, how big in inches is the panel you're working on?
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
1. Ahk for certain. He is the lest likely to screw you over. XD

2. Trees are uber fun to draw for me. Lol

3. Well it varies. Sometimes I don't use my sketchbook. In this book, the pages are 5x8 and comics are usually 6.5x9.25 so it is pretty close in the same size. When working for print, working at same size for me anyway, allows me to herds rough idea how it will look once printed. Often, working at 150% or 200% final size, people will over detail, then when it shrinks, it is a mess and hard to read and understand. I know I overdetail. Especially in pencil. So I'm working closer to final size to prevent that problem.

When I do my sketches, I usually start out on copy paper first and just doodle ideas. I don't even panel yet. I see what sort of poses I want, visually script it out. Then once I see how the action is going to flow and see things more clearly rather than just in my head, I will play with panel ideas. I do through a few ideas per page, maybe 3-5. The one you see there is actually the 5th time I drew that particular set of pages. XD It can be annoying redrawing sketches, but it assures it'll be the best it can be.

Also, panel size is important. Usually bigger panels are more important, or used to tell more information. Using panels and drawing then isn't about making them look cool or unique, or filling them with dramatic shots. Sometimes a plain old shot can be used well if you panel it right. Remember a comic is a story and always will be. It isn't about making anything dramatic or cool or pretty to look at. The story must be clear or readers will stop reading lol
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD thanks; I've done some traditional sketch comics (don't have time for full color or even properly lined ones) and everything always gets jumbled, so I like hearing about how other people work so that I can try to fix my issues lol
at least they're a lot neater now than they used to be.  Even though I break all the perspective rules, hah
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1Sariat1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Amazing, I really like your style! :) You make everything look so.. Alive.
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I try to do that and I'm really glad it comes through. As far as my style goes, lol, what style?
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1Sariat1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Well I can't explain your style, but you do have one :D And no problem :3
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your style :)
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, thank you! I'm hearing more of that lately. I think I'm just finding a rhythm I'm finally comfortable with.
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gallowxy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Ha at first i read that doodle as "ahk you are literally the beast " and i was like, yup, seems legit until i read it over xD
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Well an animal is a beast. Same difference I guess? eue
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gallowxy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Ha yeah uwu
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Bweeka Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes!!

I didn't read any of the spoilers haaha
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
lol what is there isn't spoiler, notes. Anything that could be spoiler I blocked out. I still write notes about a lot of things. So I left the non spoiler notes in
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Bweeka Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhhhh okay xD oops
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