Andre Camargo
Andre Camargo
Germany, Augsburg
I am an engineer and father by day and illustrator by night. You can find what I do on my website "CABOOOM" or instagram.
Andre Camargo
Oh man, that is so unfair. I thought I had something cool going with a Pumpkin DnD kinda group, with characters and classes - and now you bring up Barbarian, Sorcerer, etc! :) You cover quite some ground here. But I still have some ideas and variations of this "direction" I want to try! Here a question Scott, you mentioned that you do not allow anything to remain on the board which annoys you or that you are not really satisfied with. Why is that? Could you not just do another, better version next to it? Is there a downside to have low quality ideas or badly executed sketches on the board? I have so much stuff in my sketchbooks that people would assume to be from a 5year old (not that I wanna bash 5yo's!), and it took me some time to be loose and less critical so I dont freeze up with the pen in my hand. I remember from one of the Draftsmen Podcasts (Developing an Illustration) - Stan mentioned, that he puts down his idea to see if it still holds. If not, he tries something else, or another version.
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Andre Camargo
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I have a question concerning proper postings on assignments. I did one part of an assignment in the Character Design Monster Lab and posted it. Later with the second part that includes the feedback from my peers I wanted to attach it in the same post, or edit my original post. I realized that I couldnt do this in the assignment comment area. Am I missing something here? I wanted to avoid double posting and keeping my stuff together. Any hints on how to do this properly?
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Ted Kalamov
Hey everyone, here’s my ideation sheet. The character/creature is a mix between Legume(s) and 1920’s Gangster, called The Mean Bean. Any feedback would be appreciated!
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Andre Camargo
Hi Ted, there is a really strong background for your ideas with the Gangsta theme. Great take and the bean. You seem to be really comfortable with the characterization. Andre
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Graciela Hinojosa
This was great! The subject was kinda tricky to me because the, let's say, popular harvest elements, is something I only have seen in movies and games. That season is different in my country, and the word "harvest" evokes something different than pumpkins, scarecrows and cold weather; is more like sweet bread, hard work, family reunions, oranges, tangerines, and the Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead). So I tried my best to mix and match what I've seen in pop culture and what I've experience.
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Andre Camargo
Hi Graciela, I had to laugh reading your post. My wife is brazilian, and there "harvest" and "halloween" is not really part of the culture, it is the time of going to the beach, BBQ and beginning of the hot season. We have harvest here in Germany, but not with Pumpkins! So I can relate only through pop culture. Mixing up Día de Muertos is a great idea. I am excited to see where you are going to take this. And yeah, oranges! Best, Andre
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Nate
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Here are several pages of a variation on the Harvest Man Theme - The Blighted Ones - Spud people who are infected by a terrible sickness or combatting it. Apologies for the sloppy handwriting!
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Andre Camargo
Hey Nate, I guess there is not much to say here. You really did explore a wide variety here. I dig the hands and claws. They bring a lot to the figure and character. Dont know why this stood out to me :) Looking forward to your development!
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Andrea
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This is so much fun! To write down the notes I had to think in English, which is not my first language. I wonder if that influenced me somehow.
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Andre Camargo
Hi Andrea! I know what you mean. I also stumbled over some terms I didnt know. I dont think it would be a problem to write the notes in Italian and let the monsta energy flow directly to the page. You can still translate on top later if you want. I have many typos and some mistakes on my sheets, but it is a tool for me, so I can live with those wrong terms and errors as long as the message comes across. There are some cool ideas and starting points on your sheet. I would like to see more of the snail and the twin head. Especially the snail has a lot of potential! Andre
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Sonja Müller
As promised I did some more variations of the Army of Gobbling Apples. I wanted to post it as reply of my first post, but I am not able to find it. I also can't remember if I posted it under assignments or comments. Is there one place where we can see all the comments related to this course? Anyways sorry for double posting, I include the old ones, so everything is together. Also I will continue brainstorming about the Cute Eye Monster until the next lesson. Looking forward to the upcoming episode :D
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Andre Camargo
Ah, just saw now that you already did more exploration! I commented on the other post. If I see all the sheets together now, there is a lot going on!
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Wiktor Budzinski
I think that ideation is one of my weak points, I usually end up drawing my first or second sketch, so I am glad this assignment forced me to work some more on it 🙂 I managed to finish only two pages for now, as I am rather slow with drawing. I will continue to work on it, but I am posting it now in case I will not have enough time in the next few days 😅 I will add some more sheets when I will finish them. Also, maybe someone will have some critique which will help me with my next pages 🤞 While working on these pages I have written a short blurb for the concept: Every year the harvest spirits gather under the full moon to celebrate a harvest festival. But what happens when the family of spirits discovers an old spell letting them possess all living things? Yep, you guessed it! It’s a full-blown pumpkin infestation! 🎃🎃🎃 Hope you like it!
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Andre Camargo
Hey Wiktor, you already have some usefull feedback here. I can just hop along and say that your designs are great and display some anatomical background which make the form really believable. You said, you are rather slow drawing - I guess if I would refine my drawings to this stage, I would take forever. As long as you can explore enough ideas for you, fine! I am really jelaouse of your cabbage head with teeth... great ;) Andre
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Andre Camargo
Hey guys, I did go with the harvestman "theme" here. When I signed up for the course I planned on doing a monster I currently need for a story, but found during the first lesson that it wouldn't go well with the harvest/farming/halloween theme. With my visual brainstorming, I tried to go in a different direction that Scott did. I used this method before during my graphic design courses, but it was never nearly as much fun as it is with monsters :) I will do another sheet with follow up ideas. Can't wait to continue. I have some rpg troupes in my mind, some mythical monster concepts and some more machine/plant (cyberpunk) hybrids. I had little peeks into Sonjas, Teds, Gracielas and Nates work, because I was too curious. I will comment and try to give feedback but want to wait with my follow-up sheet. Otherwise I get too distracted and just feel jealous of all the great ideas and themes! Amazing start guys, looking forward to see the progress through the course. If you guys have any hints for me, feel free to hit me! All the best, Andre
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Andre Camargo
Hey Scott, I had a blast working through the idea creation. I would like to upload my sheet, which is too big for my scanner (DIN A4 max). Can you recommend a preferred way for getting a good digital image/print/scan from paper?
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Andre Camargo
Wow, really excited about this one. Learned about Scott through Proko and have been following ever since. With a lot of hope, I put Scott Flanders in the „Which Artist do you want in Proko2.0?“ Survey and now I am glad I did!
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Andre Camargo
Stephen, thank you for the lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was basically my first ever pencil portrait (besides the ones I did as a kid :) ). I might get some harder pencils (I did this one with HB and 4B and a kneaded eraser) and one of those mechanical pencils for the details. Also, I guess, I used a way too small paper. I will do some more portraits for fun and training, and then I am going to choose a larger canvas. Is there a mechanical eraser one could recommend, or are the all the same? Also, I would appreciate some hints on what to improve for the next portrait? At times I look at the progress or result and think "hey this isnt that bad!" and a few minutes later I feel like "oh dear, the proportions are off, the values arent consistent".
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Andre Camargo
Hello Stephen, I have done some work on this assignment, but am confused about a point. 3h04min into the video, you mention, that now would be the time to address the vertical and horizontal alignment of the features. I am way earlier in the process and already have the feeling, that it is way to late to change the position of the features... In the second picture, I realized, that her tilt was wrong, and tried to correct it. Now, the general head shape is proportionally incorrect. How would you make changes that far into the drawing, with so many layers already added. I am off a bit here, and a bit here. I have the impression, it's time to start over?! Best wishes, Andre
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Andre Camargo
Hello, here is my thumbnail attempt. I feel like I didn't get the gaze direction clear. While trying to just block in a basic tone, I couldn't tell the direction of her gaze (source is the photo #11). Trying to work that out interfered with keeping it simply and I started fiddling. Any hints?
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Andre Camargo
Wow, those are great. Pretty on point. Thanks for sharing!
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Matthew Manghi
Working on developing my mannequinization skills. Any feedback is appreciated.
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Andre Camargo
Those look quite cool. But checking out your drawing post from later, you seem to have the hang of it!
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Andre Camargo
I have the same issue. The video pauses and repeats the last few seconds. This happens about once per minute. Watching on Safari on my iMac. Through the Proko.com page, the videos stream without glitches, loading buffer, etc. I am on a very stable glas fibre connection. Best Wishes, Andre
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Andre Camargo
Hello Stephen, I am really excited about this lesson. I still have a lot of stuff pending in the other courses that I have been working on for the last months, but you have such a nice and fresh way of teaching and guiding me through your thoughts, that I want to give it a try! You mentioned the provided references for the first part of the assignment (positioning and arranging the image). Where do I find them? I searched this class, and other areas as well. Am I missing something obvious? Best wishes from Germany. Andre
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Andre Camargo
Hello Proko Community, My name is Andre. Born in Germany, raised in Austria, married a Brazilian woman. I studied mechanical engineering and work in the aerospace industry. I always wanted to do illustration, but back when I had to choose a path of life, this wasnt really a thing. There was a lot of graphic design, which I really did not enjoy. In 2015 I decided to study again with a British University via an online course (this time illustration) and after 3-4 years I was rather disappointed by the total lack of practical exercises, teachers who didnt even know how to draw and (again) focus on graphic design instead. I did learn a few useful things, but not what I was aiming for. Glad I found Proko and I now continue studying online. I have two small kids (2 and 4), and getting everything squashed in a day (work, family, art and studytime) doesnt always go as planned. I am happy I can check out the Proko 2.0 and hope that I can find a nice community to boost my learning experience. I am illustrating a story a befriended author wrote, I try to do comics and study with Proko based on my weaknesses (which I have plenty). I do enjoy traditional media like ink and water colour, but mostly use digital stuff (recently switched to clip studio paint after 15 years of photoshop) for finished "work". I really tried to get the hang with charcoal pencils as shown in the Proko lessons. But I end up breaking them and breaking them and breaking them. After 30-60mins I run out of the time I had that day. So I do the lessons now with regular pencil or sometimes ink. :) Best wishes from Augsburg (near Munich). Andre
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Andre Camargo
Hi Philipp, your drawings are pretty clean. I tend to be really sloppy and find it hard to put in the effort to make nice studies...
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