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    No appeal, just pure social-network mining. ...

    No appeal, just pure social-network mining.

    It's a sad fact: mediocrity with good PR skills always trumps talent without them. (Great PR skills can promote even worse things than bland...
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    Art: Always, always think about where your light...

    Always, always think about where your light source is and where the light reflects. Do not guess; think.
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    "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth...

    "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth" by Loomis. Get one and practice, preferably in pencil on paper. Join a figure drawing class.
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    When making art for web sites, it is important to...

    When making art for web sites, it is important to consider screen real estate and artwork placement, before you do anything else.

    Computer screens being so narrow and wide these days, you're not...
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    Start with something simpler than a skull and...

    Start with something simpler than a skull and Photoshop.

    A box and an egg, lit from one side, in pencil on paper, sound about right.
  6. It won't help even with that. You'll build a...

    It won't help even with that. You'll build a reputation of being cheap labor, be saddled with poorly paying clients, spend a lot of time to get a little money, and piss off your colleagues by dumping...
  7. Thread: Muscles

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    What we have here is the classical case of...

    What we have here is the classical case of "polishing a turd". :)

    You cannot have correct muscle pattern on a poorly structured figure, people. Body masses should interplay correctly, the...
  8. Thread: James Stewart

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    If you want portraiture and realism, draw from...

    If you want portraiture and realism, draw from life. Lots.

    Copying photographs is not how you learn that.
  9. NSFW - Nudity You have picked an overexposed photo of a model...

    You have picked an overexposed photo of a model without much clear anatomical definition, which someone had also photoshopped to enlarge the genitals by a factor of three (vanity?)

    You've copied...
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    Gesture is about capturing the movement and...

    Gesture is about capturing the movement and balance in a quick, loose way. There is nothing wrong with adding more detail to it if you have enough time, and if you keep it loose and flowing rather...
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    The composition is much more boring than your...

    The composition is much more boring than your first try, and the structural and technical problems are still all there. This will end just like the first piece, only less visually interesting.

    I'd...
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    Don't do more practice. Do smarter practice. ...

    Don't do more practice. Do smarter practice.



    Post samples to the Critique forum section and ask.



    Everyone gets that feeling, no matter how experienced.
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    Hitting a wall can happen for many reasons, but...

    Hitting a wall can happen for many reasons, but mostly it happens when you either stop looking at your work critically, or repeat the same thing over and over. In neither case drawing more is going...
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    Nice work.

    Nice work.
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    Size your scans down to about 1000 pixels wide....

    Size your scans down to about 1000 pixels wide. This is impossible to view.
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    Trust me, these two books are going to occupy you...

    Trust me, these two books are going to occupy you for quite a while if you do the exercises and not just read them. :)
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    That's one way to do it. :) Since this is an...

    That's one way to do it. :)

    Since this is an outdoor city scene, pay attention to where the light is coming from. The sun direction, the influence of street lamps, the shadows, the contrast...
  18. Art: Hard to say anything about these. The perspective...

    Hard to say anything about these. The perspective of the figures reads all right, but it is not perfect, especially in the second picture. Did you check your vanishing points?

    In this kind of...
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    Making digital art is fundamentally not different...

    Making digital art is fundamentally not different from making art in general. You need to practice composition, structural drawing, perspective, anatomy, and lighting.

    Get some pencils, and try to...
  20. You are perhaps overly sensitive. It's just a...

    You are perhaps overly sensitive. It's just a recommendation of a book which IMO would be most useful to the particular person. What they are going to get out of the books is up to them, of course,...
  21. I'd recommend you to get "Cartoon Animation...

    I'd recommend you to get "Cartoon Animation" by Preston Blair and make it your daily reading.
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    "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth...

    "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth" by Loomis is highly recommended. As is practicing structural drawing in pencil, starting with simple still life setups.
  23. Thread: Belly dance

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    You are not reading the anatomy right. You do...

    You are not reading the anatomy right. You do notice the shadows, but your knowledge of what makes those shadows apparently is rather limited, so you produce rather odd-looking structures. The neck,...
  24. Thread: Art research?

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    Do your own homework, perhaps? ;)

    Do your own homework, perhaps? ;)
  25. Thread: Lighting Help

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    There is no lighting here, just contrivance. ...

    There is no lighting here, just contrivance.

    The first mistake you made was not working on the whole painting. You left the background blank, left the throne flat, then focused on the face. In...
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