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Sith/Jedi Hunter by Robotpencil
Sith/Jedi Hunter

Hey guys all down with all my classes, very proud of my students!

Will be taking this time to catch up on many things including a full house of new gumroad goodness. Also some free videos much like the How to study and Hardwork ones.

In the meanwhile here is a Sith, and Jedi hunter. He hunts only them.

Will be doing a Ustream tomorrow with Kalen Chock around 4pm so come on by and say hi yo!

-AJ

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Starwars Lightsaber design 2 by Robotpencil
Starwars Lightsaber design 2
Another Starwars concept idea. Why not just master the force and do this, allllll theeeee timmmmeeeee.
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Starwars Lightsaber designs by Robotpencil
Starwars Lightsaber designs

Just finished my Dynamic Lighting Class and decided to do a final demo on my love for the new Star Wars trailer. The class was awesome and can't wait to show off the final stuff later this week.

During the demo thought about my own ideas of Light Weapons.

Teaching them that at the end of the day, it's about if it's bad ass or not, and does it signify the personality of the Jedi/Sith rather than is it practical.

Remember folks, this is fantasy stuff man, and when we were kids or young adults watching these great films, we enjoyed it for the story and the adventure. Never did we hear people complain so much about everything.

Remember how people thought a talking raccoon was silly, and remember how Star lord's helmet doesn't cover his hair/scalp and is now exposed to open space. But no one cares right? because Guardians of the Galaxy is fun and awesome!

I mean Starwars has giant dogs, and people who can move shit with their brains. The same complaint of explaining why something is scientifically practical is what took something like the force which was this mysterious awesome power to midichlorians and science. The talk about trade and government caused the prequels to become borefests. At least for me, and this is my opinion. My real complaint is, why are we already complaining about something that has not even come out yet.

So I think the best time to really judge a movie or game or whatever, is after you have truly experienced the final product. Until then, who knows.

But I'm on the light side on this one. I have high hopes, and the only real thing that can take those hopes and optimism away is if the movie is bad. Which can most certainly happen.

Anyways, I'm digging the nun-chuck light sabers.

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SteamIronManLow by Robotpencil
SteamIronManLow

After donating his heart to save his only son Jarvis, Jarvis devoted his life to engineering to bring his father back to life. Picking up his father's work, he found an alternative power source that could bring him back. Preserving his body in a deep freeze incubator, Jarvis spent 10 years of his young adult life to engineer a mechanized suit using the power of steam to breathe life to his father.

Introducing Gentlemen Stark.

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Monstrosity - Kain by Robotpencil
Monstrosity - Kain

This is for game pitch for Monstrosity. His name, Kain. His role, Bruiser. His favorite color, orange. :)

-AJ

Robotpencil.net

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Talent is Earned

I get it. There are some people out there that do have some extreme capabilities right out of the womb, but this is targeted to those who are average joes, who think they can’t do things that a person with ‘Talent’ can.

Let’s start by defining the word ‘Talent’. According to dictionary.com it states

tal·ent  [tal-uhimageimagent]

noun

1. a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing.

2. a capacity for achievement or success; ability: young men of talent.

3. a talented person: The cast includes many of the theater’s major talents.

4. a group of persons with special ability: an exhibition of water colors by the local talent.

5. Movies and  Television. professional actors collectively, especially star performers.

This definition, in my opinion, is misused when said to me. Because to me it implies that what I do, is specially natural to me and it comes easy. But the truth is, it did not come easy. I fucking worked for it.

I was the music kid when I was growing up. When I started to play guitar I was around 15 years old, and acquired a good skill at it by practicing day after day for 5-6 years. I deserved to be good at it, and I was. Then when that career path seemed grim I tried my hand at normal jobs, like retail, and even plumbing. Eventually I decided that I wanted to work in video games and went to an art school majoring in programming. That’s right programming. I had no portfolio for art, nor was I any good at it. I was just as good as any kid who can trace anime. Which I can do. But saw that art was a much more creative, and interesting path to go down. So I switched.

You see, once I decided that I wanted to be a concept artist, I became a concept artist. It didn’t matter that I was bad, being bad is only a reflection of my lack of training and knowledge. So what do you do, when you lack the training and knowledge. You go get it, and there is no easy way around it. It’s a grind, and always will be a grind.

So I began to grind. (not the dance)

I spent 10-12 hours a day painting, drawing, learning, studying, applying, teaching, and reaching towards my goal. One goddamn inch at a time. I did this for 1-2 years and landed my first few jobs in the industry.

And to this day I study like no other, and practice all the time. So I’m going on 7 years of practice and acquiring knowledge full time. So I deserve to be good. Everyone knows this, the problem is nobody does it. When it comes to health everyone knows that to lose weight you have to eat right and exercise, but they always look for the six pack abs program done in 2 weeks. It’s the same with art. You have to digest solid information and practice constantly to become an accomplish artist. No one is accountable for your abilities other than your self. Funny thing about excuses, they work. Excuses are a great way of getting away from working hard. To me, because something is hard to do, is no excuse not to do it. If this is what you want to do, start doing it.

When people ask what did I do to become the artist I am today, I answer with, “I studied and painted a lot for 7 years straight.” People already know this answer but yet that’s not the answer they are looking for.

You may think that it was easy for me to practice and study. Nope. I have failed on so many occasions and keep making mistakes to this day. The difference is I don’t care if my studies or my practice sucks. It’s supposed to, that’s why I do it. If it didn’t suck then I’m not learning or forcing myself to seek new and improved solutions to my problems. When I post stuff it’s the stuff that didn’t suck. I have 100x more images that are complete garbage. So don’t worry about being bad now, because it doesn’t last if you work for it.

To you it may look like magic, but to me, it’s so transparent. My talent, was earned. And yours can be too.

Good Luck,
AJ

  • Listening to: Music
  • Reading: Books
  • Watching: Movies
  • Playing: Games
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Water

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snaketoes Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is incredible, you're quickly becoming of my favorite artists.
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Big-Bad-Duck Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I really love your artwork :D
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McGillustrator Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:shyguy: Thanks for adding "Shy Guy" to your favorites!  :shyguy:
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ei9 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
 awesome stuff that you got here my man especially your Mario bros collection. I have a few of your masterpieces in my faves and look forward seeing more from you in the future. Keep up the great work and Godspeed!
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ruffscorp Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Fabulous works... Hats Off!!!
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jamescedo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anthony jones? hello sir! i would just like to thank you for those livestream vid! your videos and art are very helpful sir! :D
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WickedFnatic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I just bought 4 of your courses and let me tell you, they're impressive, really compact, straight to the point and most definetly helpful. Thanks a lot for helping fellow artists to improve their craft, there should be more artist like you and Feng Zhu (with his Design Cinema series on Youtube) that helps other other for free or at a reasonable price, for broke artist like myself :D
Keep the good work man, looking foward for more of your courses!
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pijuuu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your artwork is incredible!
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emptypulchritude Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I came for your journal post and stayed for your gallery. Your work is incredible! Thanks for being a part of the community here.
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IchigoTofu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey Robotpencil,  I've been watching your art for awhile now. I enjoy the fanarts you do. I was wondering if you would do an Orianna, Nautilus or Ahri one as well.
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