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So anyone who knows anything about my web browsing habits has heard me talk about the forums. It’s an amazing place chock full with some of the very best artists alive today. Thing is, that’s not really what makes it amazing to me. What really makes it rawk is the willingness of a large number of those artists to be helpful and give constructive critiques to… well… to guys like me. They do this free of charge (so long as you show genuine effort) and are doing an amazing job of building a community of artists who bolster one another.

It’s often a wonder to behold.

Okay, now that I’ve brought those of you who aren’t familiar with the forums up to date, I would like to introduce one of the members. Phuzion has long been one of my personal favorites. I’ve probably not said more than a couple of words to him online, but there’s a simple enough reason for that. I don’t want to be ‘that fanboi’. I make it a rule on the rare occasion that I get to meet someone that is reaaally talented to not say “Geee… ur work is like teh HAWESOME!”. They get that all the time. I want it to mean something to  them. I want to show that I was paying attention. Problem is that when I see most of his work – even the ‘sketchbook stuff’ (note – some artistic images may NOT be safe for work), I’m really struck dumb. (As a side note: he’s not the only one that this happens with on ConceptArt, which speaks volumes about the caliber of their artists.) All I can think to say is “Wow.”

And like I said – I don’t want to be that guy.

In a recent post (which regrettably you may not be able to see without the creation of an account) he talks about how he learned to draw like he does now. He talks of art school and a 90 page per week sketchbook schedule. This only becomes vaguely possible when you take into account that “3/4 of that had to be from life in the form of gestures“. I don’t know about you, but that still sounds like a shit-ton of drawing to me.

It’s more like what I should be doing.

I would love to quote more of his post, but I’ll wait until I have explicit permission to do so. In the meantime, go check out his gallery site, sign up for the forums and meet some of the other amazing artists, and just generally enjoy all the amazing art.

Just remember that’s only the surface. It’s artists like Phuzion that make it important.