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    And you can use google street view for reference...

    And you can use google street view for reference - http://billguffey.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/google-approves-using-street-view-as.html
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    No, you don't own it it's owned by Google but you...

    No, you don't own it it's owned by Google but you can use it to refer to if you can draw. You also can't use it for commercial purposes but the OP didn't say it was for commercial use. If you want...
  3. It's a simple fix really, just switch from...

    It's a simple fix really, just switch from drawing from your wrist to drawing from your shoulder. Drawing from your wrist limits the length of the lines you can make, so switching to your shoulder...
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    SketchBook: I know that wrappings lines are one way to...

    I know that wrappings lines are one way to describe form, but doing lines across the 'grain' can help too and give it more interest.
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    Just to show you what others mentioned, I've made...

    Just to show you what others mentioned, I've made a PO. It took me around 10 minutes with a big full opacity brush. To sum up, simplify your values in big masses, be scarce with higlights and...
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    I feel this piece needs stronger story telling:...

    I feel this piece needs stronger story telling: what is going on here? It looks like the center character is living in a different world, practicing magic tricks while the elf and the rock are...
  7. Adding to @Stonec commentary. When you are...

    Adding to @Stonec commentary.

    When you are studying the masters don't blindly copy them, unless you are planning to be good at copy, this don't worth as a study, you need deconstruct things so...
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    first time doing this for international self portrait day .3 hours and 40 minutes. faber-castell polychromos coloured pencils on toned paper
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJkLH4uZ73M
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    I don't have a mirror in my apartment except for the bathroom one, which is attached to a big-a**-cabinet that can't be moved... Hope photo-reffed selfie is okay! : (

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  11. Sticky: Here's mine. I used a mirror this time. Sorry for...

    Here's mine. I used a mirror this time. Sorry for the darkness, daytime light went faster than I'd expected and I don't exactly have bright lighting here. XD I like how moody it is though. Nice job...
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    Third year for me! (:

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  13. Sticky: Here’s my 2016, edgy, sketchy contribution. It’s...

    Here’s my 2016, edgy, sketchy contribution. It’s an oil sketch done on a primed canvas pad sheet.
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    Just over 8 hours.

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  15. Sticky: 2217664 Howdy! It's nov1 here in Australia

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    Howdy! It's nov1 here in Australia
  16. Sticky: International Self Portrait Day 2016 - November 1st - Join Us

    For 10 years now, artists form all over the planet take time to do a self portrait on Nov 1st and to post it online in an event of strange beauty and amazing impact.
    The self exploration is linked...
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    SketchBook: @stonemc Teaching always helps you learn. It...

    @stonemc Teaching always helps you learn. It has kept me in check and keeps me on top of my game so I can show students everything I know!

    Here is the Dekorpa. It's from the same world as my...
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    Do both. When you need to study something to improve your imaginative stiff, then study that. Rinse and repeat.
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    stonec--I used regular W&N gouache. I spray fixed...

    stonec--I used regular W&N gouache. I spray fixed the gouache with retouching varnish before oil painting over top. It’s a standard process.
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    Youre doing it wrong. Stop thinking in isolated objects and start painting what you see, including the surface the egg sits on and background.

    Have a look at this study of mine and the process....
  21. Is this from life? Put an egg on a white piece of...

    Is this from life? Put an egg on a white piece of paper next to your computer and look before drawing.
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    That was a good read. You know what people with...

    That was a good read. You know what people with lots more leisure time will spend lots more time doing? Playing videogames. :carnifex: Maybe OP should reconsider becoming a videogame artist, haha.
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  23. Focus is just a word. It's more clear to say the...

    Focus is just a word. It's more clear to say the ability to work with deliberate actions. Doing that is easier for some by executing slowly. Working quickly may end up using auto pilot and that may...
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    ^ I highly recommend framed ink. It's aimed more...

    ^ I highly recommend framed ink. It's aimed more towards sequential art, but the info can easily be adapted to illustration. Composition/storytelling is such a subjective subject it's hard to find...
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    Framed Ink is the SHIZNITT. You won't regret...

    Framed Ink is the SHIZNITT. You won't regret getting that one. And the drawings are nice too. I have a summary of the compositional techniques taped to my drawing board. (don't look at them much, but...
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