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    I'm not even necessarily disagreeing with dpaints...

    I'm not even necessarily disagreeing with dpaints assessments (apart from his rather provocative definition of the terms "art" and "crap"- like there's nothing in-between on that scale. That's just...
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    Aww man, it's not the first time that this...

    Aww man, it's not the first time that this discussion resurfaces again. It won't go anywhere I'm afraid.

    Personally, I just don't give a crap. I don't give a crap about not being as good as...
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    SketchBook: Thanks man! ...

    Thanks man!

    http://poli.oppono.de/stud_0414_01.jpg
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    Perspective is off by a long way, so is lighting....

    Perspective is off by a long way, so is lighting. I'd suggest to go back to the thumbnail stage and think about the lighting and then plot the perspective instead of just guessing at it.
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    It's hard to pinpoint a specific critique with...

    It's hard to pinpoint a specific critique with these pieces.
    You've got some problems at a basic level of depicting threedimensional forms, anatomy (especially proportions), value...
  6. Thread: The hunt

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    It might work better or it might not,...

    It might work better or it might not, compositional choices are hard to make in theory (which is whay you should have done thumbnails ;) but I bet you're still learning stuff this way).
    One other...
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    It's not that there's a rule ste in stone that...

    It's not that there's a rule ste in stone that you can't do that. It just makes for a relatively static composition which I think is not what you were going for.

    Literature on composition is...
  8. Thread: Meh

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    don't feed the troll. What is this stuff doing...

    don't feed the troll. What is this stuff doing floating about on top of the page. Just let it slide down into oblivion.
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    The best exercise is to draw/paint. From life...

    The best exercise is to draw/paint. From life preferably, or from good reference images. You'll find that when you get better, you can always revisit old sources and learn new things, which is why I...
  10. Thread: The hunt

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    First off, much improved I think, it's about the...

    First off, much improved I think, it's about the hunt now. However I feel like the most recent composition is very center heavy and thus isn't very dynamic, despite what it depicts. For one you've...
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    The problem, compositionally, is that you haven't...

    The problem, compositionally, is that you haven't got your priorities right. The visually most salient part of the image is the spiky mountain. It's prominent, it's unusual, it's silhouetted. All of...
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    Your forms are a bit mushy (with the exception of...

    Your forms are a bit mushy (with the exception of the nose which looks much more solid to me). You should brush up your knowledge of the structure of the Face (Loomis, Reilly) and facial planes...
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    Every piece of advice that goes beyond what...

    Every piece of advice that goes beyond what arenhaus said may help you improve this partiuclar piece, but since you're missing the fundamental basis you won't be able to reproduce the result in...
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    Here's a very educational series of blog posts...

    Here's a very educational series of blog posts about edge variety: Stapleton Kearns: Edges in a Sargent

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here's a very educational series of blog posts about edge variety:...
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    SketchBook: Oh yeah, absolutely! I wasn't particularily...

    Oh yeah, absolutely! I wasn't particularily concentrating on edgework on that one (just a random study to chill out) and the already over-sharp edge got ultra crisp when i sharpened the whole image...
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    It's really coming along. Very solid work, and...

    It's really coming along. Very solid work, and with a rather uncomfortable angle (to draw), too!
    What could push this onto the plane of awesome is some edge variety. Right now all the edges have...
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    SketchBook: you're very welcome everyone! Glad this helps. ...

    you're very welcome everyone! Glad this helps.

    whirly: You need to design your edges. Don't just randomly use a hard or a soft edge, arrange them. Personally I tend to use hard edges where there...
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    SketchBook: thanks whirly! Sorry for the prolonged...

    thanks whirly!

    Sorry for the prolonged absence. Been busy with work and no internet access for the last days. Driving me mad Sitting in an internet cafe right now. Here's a random portrait study...
  19. I've actually seen Mr Robertson write many...

    I've actually seen Mr Robertson write many replies to good questions (not the "what brush are you using????" kind) on his YT channel and on FB. Feng zhu not so much, but as eezacque said, you can...
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    Definetely better. One thing you might want to...

    Definetely better. One thing you might want to look into is surface quality (reflective vs matte etc.), how it affects the values and the quality of the highlight (and also where the highlight...
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    Also, get reference for a pose like this. What...

    Also, get reference for a pose like this. What you have is fine as a first draft/ design idea. To take it further you need reference for pose/anatomy and light. Just grab a camera, try to match the...
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    The thing is that those kind of illustrations...

    The thing is that those kind of illustrations have very little to do with actual concept work. They're based on designs that have been arrived at after hundreds of hours of actual bare-bone design...
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    Mullins and Jones are pretty much examples of...

    Mullins and Jones are pretty much examples of "odd ones out" in the design business (which makes them all the more special). Most of the design work in the entertainment business used for marketing...
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    SketchBook: Also, one can never have enough art books :D ...

    Also, one can never have enough art books :D

    Alright, some of the really crappy ones I bought when I was a teenager I could do without. But I like collecting proper instructional books. Bridgman,...
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    SketchBook: Thanks a lot Darkstrider, didn't know about that...

    Thanks a lot Darkstrider, didn't know about that book! Ordered it right away =)
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