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  1. Thread: Portrait WIP

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    Where are you going with this? You won't get a...

    Where are you going with this? You won't get a naturalistic portrait using hard brushes and 100% opacity. Are you going for a cartoon? A graphic design? Nobody can tell you how well you succeeded...
  2. Thread: Creature Anatomy

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    Wicked cameltoe, dude. Where this is working...

    Wicked cameltoe, dude.

    Where this is working best is where the anatomy is closest to human. The alien touches are less convincing. Think more like a biologist or anatomist than an artist -- like,...
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    The piece you linked two was four figures in...

    The piece you linked two was four figures in closeup. The piece you're working on is...I dunno, fifteen? Depends whether you count the background dudes. Mostly full figures, plus that many horses.
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    I'm not sure what you mean by depth. These are...

    I'm not sure what you mean by depth. These are perfectly good loose portraits.

    If you'd like something more finished and detailed, then the whole process needs to be different from the beginning....
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    At this stage of your journey, you need to be...

    At this stage of your journey, you need to be putting things *into* your imagination, not taking them out.

    You need to work with reference. A mirror is best. A willing subject is wonderful....
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    Sounds like an overpolished surface to me....

    Sounds like an overpolished surface to me. Certainly, there are techniques that call for mirror-smooth surfaces -- traditional slaked plaster and rabbitskin glue gesso can be incredibly slippery --...
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    Nice mood. Very dark and broody. The...

    Nice mood. Very dark and broody.

    The silhouette of the top figure could use some tweaks. The way the horse's head overlaps his hands at key points in the composition (particularly the horse's ear...
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    At this point in your studies, there is little to...

    At this point in your studies, there is little to be gained from working without reference. You need reference. You need to spend time feeding the correct proportions into your head.

    Although...
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    Nothing wrong with skipping linework and going...

    Nothing wrong with skipping linework and going right to paint. You've done yourself no favor with the even, flat lighting and dead-bang frontal pose, though. Get a strong directional light, like a...
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    This is very graphic and stylized. That makes it...

    This is very graphic and stylized. That makes it hard to critique.

    I guess it depends where you intend to go with this. There are no serious flaws in the drawing. I could see it working well as...
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    Meh. I can never make wings work.

    Meh. I can never make wings work.
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    NSFW - Nudity Definitely getting better. Don't try too hard...

    Definitely getting better.

    Don't try too hard to find the anatomy under the chub. Draw the chub. I prefer skinny or muscular men, too, for the same reason, but you'll find most nude models have...
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    The figure looks excellent. So there's that. ...

    The figure looks excellent. So there's that.

    The table in front looks tilted toward us, but not enough to make it look like he's knocking it over. The ellipses are wonky. Also, the way the flame...
  14. Thread: Arms and legs

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    I'm more bothered by the fact neither foot is...

    I'm more bothered by the fact neither foot is touching the ground. If he were suspended in air after a leaping stride, I'd expect him to be higher off the ground. More likely, I'd either expect the...
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    NSFW - Nudity Testing, testing. Is this thing on? Three days...

    Testing, testing. Is this thing on?

    Three days ago, really??
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    NSFW - Nudity Well, that was a graceless way of putting it, but...

    Well, that was a graceless way of putting it, but your lines are a bit choppy.

    Honestly, I wouldn't worry about that right now. Too many people don't understand the difference between trying to...
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    I don't think that's how it works, though. You...

    I don't think that's how it works, though. You can't convey an idea by filling your picture with elements that contradict the idea.
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    I think nudity + kiss is never going to look...

    I think nudity + kiss is never going to look Platonic.

    And eyes-open kisses are just creepy ;)
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    I knew right away what I was looking at, but then...

    I knew right away what I was looking at, but then I live in Sussex. We still turn up bits of the Battle of Britain every day.

    It's a cool idea, and there's nothing wrong with telling the story...
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    This is good stuff, Unicorn. I zoomed out until I...

    This is good stuff, Unicorn. I zoomed out until I could see the whole thing at once (I have to scroll at full size) and the only thing I'd say is...maybe some very subtle tweaks to the values to lead...
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    Thanks, Stephou. I keep putting in effects and...

    Thanks, Stephou. I keep putting in effects and taking them out again. It's all still in layers for now. This is outside my comfort zone, this big bright thing.

    Forget the iPad, just gimme a...
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    Oof. Okay. Deadline's the 15th. Tomorrow I'll...

    Oof. Okay. Deadline's the 15th. Tomorrow I'll flatten the image and tweak. I'm not real comfy working with color, let alone all this hot red and yellow. Any comment?
  23. You've actually done a pretty good job with...

    You've actually done a pretty good job with atmospheric perspective -- broadly, that things in the distance are lighter and lower in contrast, and things in the foreground are darker.

    If I had to...
  24. Thread: So much trouble

    by Stoat
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    Is that a disemboweled puppy?

    Is that a disemboweled puppy?
  25. By the way -- take heart! You're getting a lot of...

    By the way -- take heart! You're getting a lot of criticism because this is coming together nicely. If that makes sense...
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