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  1. Thread: Studying Art

    by arenhaus
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    Keep practicing, grasshopper. :)

    Keep practicing, grasshopper. :)
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    The typical starting point for learning sculpture...

    The typical starting point for learning sculpture is clay, working from live model, compounding the sculpting studies with drawing and visual anatomy classes.

    Joining a class is a good idea in...
  3. What eezacque says. Your problem is unusual, so...

    What eezacque says. Your problem is unusual, so you'd be better off working with a specialist - like a physical therapist or a Feldenkrais trainer - to create a working posture which will not kill...
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    No specific suggestions, other than practicing...

    No specific suggestions, other than practicing more structural drawing. The more you are aware of the volume and perspective as you draw, the better. Right now you show a good deal of that, but you...
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    I mean the value mid-way between the highlight...

    I mean the value mid-way between the highlight and the shadow.

    The highlight on materials with even a little glossiness takes on some of the color of the light source. With reflective nonmetallic...
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    The strongest color is typically neither in...

    The strongest color is typically neither in highlights nor in shadows, it is in the mid-values.

    However, it all depends on the color scheme, lighting, and not in the least on personal or stylistic...
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    "Compartmentalized color" all the way. No two...

    "Compartmentalized color" all the way. No two colors in your picture talk to each other.

    As for the proportions, nearly all proportions and volumes here are off - including that arm. Did you...
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    There is an ages-old trick to help with that:...

    There is an ages-old trick to help with that: look at your drawing in a mirror. The familiarity will be lost and you'll see the mistakes much more clearly.
  9. Draw from life, draw structurally, draw in...

    Draw from life, draw structurally, draw in pencil. That will solve most of your problems.
  10. Technology Wacom tablet aspect is way narrower than this....

    Wacom tablet aspect is way narrower than this. With two monitors, you can program a tablet button to switch between the two, and use the complete tablet area. With this monitor, you'll have to either...
  11. Thread: Nude sketch

    by arenhaus
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    NSFW - Nudity Can you take your PC to the figure class? Can you...

    Can you take your PC to the figure class? Can you sketch on it in the street?

    It is true that in the end you are making marks on a surface, but you are also conditioning your eye and muscle...
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    You are compartmentalizing color, putting each...

    You are compartmentalizing color, putting each color into its separate little gaol where you use brighter and darker versions of the same hue to shade. In at least one case you've used wide areas of...
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    Except that it's a completely wrong idea of how...

    Except that it's a completely wrong idea of how the upper arm and forearm connect. Go study the actual bones, perhaps, before you try to break it down into masses.
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    There is much more to this composition than a...

    There is much more to this composition than a simplistic balance of masses. Here the masses are secondary (or even tertiary) to converging lines, strategically placed color spots and working with...
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    The lack of understanding how the body parts...

    The lack of understanding how the body parts connect, where the muscles are, what constitutes the visible masses and planes... these things are not something you can fix quickly in a given doodle,...
  16. I never claimed it was the artists. It's simple...

    I never claimed it was the artists. It's simple evolution in action: the artists with familiar, predictable look get hired by the producers, so more artists switch to that look, so it gets even more...
  17. Thread: Nude sketch

    by arenhaus
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    NSFW - Nudity Looks like you are skipping stages - going from...

    Looks like you are skipping stages - going from rough outline right into detail. Try going from the most general to detail more gradually - breaking down the body into the biggest lit masses, smaller...
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    What's with the influx of barmy crackpots...

    What's with the influx of barmy crackpots lately?...
  19. If they work in the context of the artwork, then...

    If they work in the context of the artwork, then it's nobody's business.

    Personally I think that using such things robs the artwork from the artist's personal touch. There is no distinct "hand" of...
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    It's too late to pfutz with perspective and...

    It's too late to pfutz with perspective and proportions when you're finishing a drawing. You should start with perspective and proportions when you block the figure in, and make them work before you...
  21. Thread: Nude sketch

    by arenhaus
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    NSFW - Nudity You are too focused on the "natural" skin tone...

    You are too focused on the "natural" skin tone and smoothing everything, where you should be focused on making the skin tone work in the lighting context, and the lit planes. Make the structure and...
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    The light from the structure (robot?) in the back...

    The light from the structure (robot?) in the back looks red, but the rim light on the figure is cyan and affecting nothing else in the picture. If it is coming from the robot, it should be red and...
  23. Thread: truck

    by arenhaus
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    The design looks alright, but the lighting is...

    The design looks alright, but the lighting is completely flat. Even in completely overcast conditions you get at least the occlusion shadows.
  24. Thread: Tropical Fish

    by arenhaus
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    I'd suggest getting better at drawing would be...

    I'd suggest getting better at drawing would be the priority. There are no specific tricks "to make it better" besides the regular artistic skill you learn. Techniques are just tools.

    Try the...
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    Sorry to insult your feeling of entitlement, but...

    Sorry to insult your feeling of entitlement, but I am not "this site". :) Nor is anyone who might reply to you. We are not a service "supposed to give feedback", we are people who might volunteer to...
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