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  1. In my personal experience, people who discourage...

    In my personal experience, people who discourage others from pursuing a creative career path are either just jealous/ like to beat everyone down who doesn't pursue what the perceive as the "right"...
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    Don't be discouraged, the stiffening of figures...

    Don't be discouraged, the stiffening of figures as one refines a drawing/painting is a common poblem. The lively aspect of a sketch is hard to pinpoint exactly and is easily lost during the finishing...
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    https://warosu.org/data/vr/img/0013/82/13916957701...

    https://warosu.org/data/vr/img/0013/82/1391695770101.png

    This has got to be a joke.
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    Some atmospheric perspective would push the...

    Some atmospheric perspective would push the mountain further back in space if that's what you mean by depth. Lighten its overall value and push its hue a bit towards blue.
  5. Thread: Stage 2

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    You're 16, do what you want to do/have fun doing....

    You're 16, do what you want to do/have fun doing.

    If you want to improve, follow the advice you've been given. If your having fun with this particular piece, by all means continue with it! Just...
  6. Thread: Stage 2

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    Wait, what. You can paint any object from real...

    Wait, what.
    You can paint any object from real life and you'll learn more than from inexpertedly bashing photos together. Paint an apple. An egg. A cup. A bottle. You do have access to those things,...
  7. Thread: Stage 2

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    You're hurting your own learning progress by...

    You're hurting your own learning progress by getting ahead of yourself with these flashy techniques.

    Overpainting photos, bashing photos together- those are all advanced techniques used in specfic...
  8. Thread: Stage 2

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    Don't colour pick if you want to learn about...

    Don't colour pick if you want to learn about colour. It's that simple.
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    the kids don't look like kids because their heads...

    the kids don't look like kids because their heads aren't proportioned like kids' heads but like adults'. What is up with the guys right arm? What is that?
    I really think you should do some extensive...
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    Not using the whole range of the value scale...

    Not using the whole range of the value scale certainly has something to do with it, but it's more to do with the fact that you're not separating your values diligently enough. As a rule, the lightest...
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    That tangent between the tail of the furthest...

    That tangent between the tail of the furthest dino and the second one's head/neck is really awful.
  12. There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do...

    There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do life studies in digital, it's just a matter of re-arranging the work space. Granted, it's easier to do that with objects than with a mirror, but it's...
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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...
  18. 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...
  19. Thread: The hunt

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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...
  20. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. Thread: The hunt

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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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