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The Mecha Sketchbook - 30 by PlasmaFire3000 The Mecha Sketchbook - 30 by PlasmaFire3000
Installment 30: February 2011 to November 2011

One of the most difficult trials as a hobbyist is wrestling with regression--the tendency to fall back (or more accurately, undergo artistic atrophy) with insufficient devotion to honing one's skills. This was definitely the case in the past several months when I was working a temporary position while also trying to find a permanent job.

Indeed, David White was correct when he said that the best action to to avoid falling back is to simply not let it happen, by practicing earnestly when time allows.

These pencil sketches are some of my attempts to stave off that regression, mostly composed of powered armor and bipedal mecha designs for a personal story in development. Oldest works are at the top, while the newest are at the bottom. Enjoy! :)
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MikaelLeger Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet sketches dude! Those look great.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thanks a lot, and glad to hear it! :)
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screenscan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Interface Designer
is interesting
and funny at the bottom :)
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Those two characters at the bottom? Yeah, they're rather overworked these days. :p
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D-Arm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet, these look awesome :)
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Thanks, Proto/D-Arm, and keep going with your art, too! I'm still grateful for your work that got me going on mecha design.
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D-Arm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same to you dude! Well except for the last statement, lol. But I am thankful that I was able to help get you going :)
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eva-guy01 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, these are great, i love those pencil sketches! :)
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Thanks! It's definitely fascinating what a "mundane" tool like a pencil is capable of.
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Ermorden Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel ya there with the whole "art atrophy", but it's great to see you keeping up with this after school! It would be a waste of your talent not too :) That and it's fun to see what everyone's working on :D
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Hey, not a problem! I'm glad you're still around poking through our profiles. :p
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Ermorden Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol of course! ;)
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rhymes-with-Orange Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Look at those tiny wheels! Looks at 'em! They're so TINY!!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
( ゚д゚) -----------------
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zwimmy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Damn these are good. Are you a professional concept artist?
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Sometimes I wish I was! :)

Thanks for the kind and encouraging words, sir.
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zwimmy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
If you show a portfolio with stuff like this, I'm sure you could be!!
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EART1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
God knows, I'm in no position to comment on art, but this is brilliant.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Honestly, I'm thankful that I could even draw during those months, but hey...it's good to have fun every now and then. Thanks. :)
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice sketh :)
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
My appreciation, El-Bronco! Keep it up on your end, too.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: :)
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
nice! very nice sketch, i'd like to know more when seeing it.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks NOMANSNODEAD! I'll certainly work toward getting more concepts out in the coming months.
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
good luck mate! :-)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
These are all pretty cool Kevin. Nice sketch dump of bot/suit concepts :) Aye, best thing to do is keep at it, David is right. The more you work on the things you love, even if as a hobby, the better and more comfortable you get with it.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thank you, Mike. Knowing that from you is encouraging, and I'll definitely need to get back into a consistent practice routine.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No problem, you're welcome ;)
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