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    Hi lot of improvements here. I can see more rythm in your latest bridgmans, good!

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    Thanks, Dir3kt!

    Couple of new things, both unreffed.. the painting was just mindless, no concept, turned into some sort of a surreal landscape.

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    Hey Aila,

    That last B&W imagination cliff seashore thing was pretty interesting-- do some more of this!

    I've travelled to the eastern USA for Christmas and lack access to a proper scanner--so, I'll have to dump my dailies in, oh, 2010!

    Have a Happy New Year!

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    Thanks Kamber!

    Couple of paintings.

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    1) A painting went wrong..
    2)... so I painted over it with this. You can still see the textures from the previous painting but oh well, in practice, everything's allowed.

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    Hey you!

    Haven't seen ya in a while!

    As always-- your handling of boats (for whatever reason) demonstrates a good grasp of perspective. Thus, your paint-over was quite effective!

    Anyway-- that earlier horse and seal piece looked like something out of some wierd children's book-- makes me laugh that the composition was utterly arbitrary!

    Hope all is well!

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    STUFF.

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    More. Reffed studies, couple after Rosa Bonheur and George Stubbs.

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    I like that frantic teeth baring horse after Stubbs!

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    @Kamber, thanks! Yeh, Stubbs has quite inspiring horse poses!

    Here are a couple of animal drawings, practicing using charcoal or mixed charcoal with pencil on cream coloured paper.. which the camera failed to photograph properly, of course. Both from photo refs I took at the zoo.

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    Hey Aila! Been a while since I visited your SB
    I really like that your doing alot of different stuff. Althou your pencils tend to look somewhat messy and "dirty" at times. It conveys a feeling of unsureness to the viewer.
    Maybe try to be more confident with your lines, you seem to have the skill and accuracy otherwise.

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    Good to see you back Aila!

    That snake is really good!

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    I really like this sketchbook. The work in it (some of it) is even of a sort I'm not usually all about, though admittedly, I'm starting to see a lot of things in a different light these days and it's growing on me.

    This sketchbook is a good representation of what I feel all sketchbooks should be like. It's a good mix, and most importantly, it seems you're always moving in a direction that makes you happy and fits with what you think you should be doing. You're not afraid to scrap work, something I've always found pretty key to improvement - christ, you'll even paint over the entirety of an image with a new one when you feel like it. That's an admirable thing.

    I think my primary critique right now, is simply wanting to look through more content. Which I suppose isn't much for a critique. For a sketchbook of three years, you have clearly improved, and I'd really like to have say...15 pages to go through instead of 8. But, no complaining from me, I'm not one to talk. And as well, I do admire and share your feelings in that not everything gets posted, and sometimes it's ok to just step back and not worry about "updates" for the sake of it. There's more to life than the forums.

    Cheers to you for now Aila.

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    @Krel, thanks for the return comment Yeh, I still need to work on confidence in drawing. Apparently the pen idea a couple of pages back only worked for pen - back in pencil again I tend to "scratch" at the lines Need to work on that - well, for normal sketches anyway. Speed sketches etc. are naturally messy, I suppose

    @Kamber, thankyou!

    @Two Listen, again, thankyou for the great comment, I appreciate your insights! Yes, if I really dislike a painting I'll gladly "reuse" the canvas. Especially as canvas can be quite costy. Keeping bad or failed drawings is ok as paper is easy to come by, but painting is a different matter
    And yeh, my sketchbook should be a lot longer for the time I have been here.. especially as I see others working hard on updating.. however I am a little inconsistent when it comes to updating forums. That, and I may go days or weeks without doing studies and so on because I'll be working on a single painting (working.. or looking at wondering how to work on it. xD)

    So, without further ado, I shall post some more things now.

    1) This is a painting I started.. well I can't remember. February or March. Beginning stages of filling in basic colours. Started in oils, became dizzy and headachey with the fumes of the turps, switched to acrylics. Must continue.

    2) This painting is even older, I abandoned it for a while but plan to fix the top half of it soon. Is sitting on my easel staring at me and reminding me to finish it. Acrylics, used mostly my fingers, but also a sponge.

    3) Ok, back to drawing and studies.. a pair of hands. I think we can accomplish I still cannot draw hands (well.. did I practice? No.. makes sense then.) Used a carbon stick. Reffed.

    4) If at first you don't succeed, try.. and fail.. again.

    5) Finally, some quick and not so quick sketches from life I did today out in the sun.

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    So, what have I been doing since the last update? I know what I haven't been doing, and that's anything "concept art" related. I did a couple of pages of Bridgman studies but got bored.
    Mostly been experimenting further with paints and painting tools.

    1) Finished this piece from the last post
    2) Finished the horse piece from Feb 2009 - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
    3) "Elusive"
    4) "Bemused"
    5) Oh, did a drawing too.

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    Good to see you back!

    LOL: probably another inadvertent juxtaposition-- the boy under the truck looks like he's mourning the death of the teddy bear! (nice trees by the house tops).

    Horse picture came out nice-- you could probably actually sell something like that.

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    Hey! Haven't seen you for a long time Aila.

    Maybe you're lurking but not posting!

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    Thanks Kamber for dropping by and leaving comments. Yes, I hope I will be able to sell some paintings in the future, a little extra cash on the side couldn't hurt And I like painting for people, so it would be fun.


    Here are a few recent/semi-recent works:
    Stonehenge
    Dancer (gave this as a gift to my dance teacher)
    Watercolour landscape (reffed)
    Watercolour studies
    Dancers (reffed)
    "Bubble"
    Latest WIP - Big Ben

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    Hey!

    Time to bump your thread and see if you come back!

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    Hello, hello! Just went through all your sketchpad too

    There's a great improvement from the first page to now, I love the acrylic works too. (Mainly because I'm still amazed at people's resiliance to use them, they're so tricky! xD)

    Anyways, good to see more traditional workers like myself, hope you post more soon!

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    Hi Aila!

    Good to see a painter on here

    I'd like to suggest that you try to desaturate your palette a bit now. It's looking pretty "tubey", meaning straight from the tube with no mixing. I'm sure you've mixed it some, but it would benefit from mixing a green into your red, a purple into your yellow etc. It seems strange, but your colors will explode into realms you never knew were possible.

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    Kamber, back and posting again!

    Naidy, thankyou for returning the favour and commenting Yes I should really try and start posting regularly again (how often have I said this haha), but it can be my New Years resolution! I decided I wanted to continue my illustrative art aswell as the experimental painting I've been trying and CA is a good place to be for that

    kiwigarbage, thankyou for visiting I only use paints in yellow, blue and red (and black and white) at the moment so any other colour is mixed, but! I do see what you mean, I often think myself that some colours are a little bright and "plastic". For example I think the blue water on the BigBen one in my last post can be toned down a bit. I'll try that mixing advice, thanks Maybe a colour wheel would be in order to see what colours I can get.
    Will check your sketchbook asap

    So behold, some new art. The first three are some works I've done in the last three months, followed by some pen sketches/studies I've done over the Christmas break so far. Ugh, anatomy can be so frustrating!

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    Improvement! That little girl and the most recent heads seem so much more refined than your earlier pencil stuff. Also digging your horses, they feel very movement-y and real

    More!

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    Cool I think your lines are looking good! Sometimes not enough variation in tone in your hatching, giving it a bit of a rough look, but maybe that's your aesthetic.

    Study up on composition! Your paintings are giving us maybe a bit too much information right off the bat. Throw some other elements in there to draw our eye.

    Good luck!

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    @Lewis, thankyou!
    @kiwi, ah, at first I thought you meant the paintings got a bit cluttered, when you said too much information, and was confused when you said to add more elements.. but you mean that the paintings are too straightforward perhaps? I.e. the viewer looks at them and sees everything straight away. And yes, I think I need to tidy up my pen work and use more hatching rather than the type of shading I do with graphite. Thanks


    Alas, I have failed at some anatomy practice, why does it have to be so hard haha Also a little early morning painting, got new tempera paints and trying to find out how they differ from acrylics.

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    I adore your concepts and vision, not always accurately drawn but often very beautiful, practice and you will be even more amazing.

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    Your pencil(or pen) studies of faces are looking really good! Try to do some general anatomy studies too, such as full figures as I noticed you seem to have some problems with form in the imaginitive painting you did of the woman on post 232. (nice colours though!)

    I really like the last landscape you did too. You're improving all the time, so just keep it up.

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    Hey Aila,

    Lookin good

    I think you could still be less restricted to local color. I don't know how realistic you're trying to paint, but just keep in mind that there are very few "pure" colors in natural ladscapes. The blue of your sky looks very ultramarine, making it difficult to tell whether it's night or day. The mountains look nicely done

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    Larchist, thankyou
    Naidy, ah, anatomy studies, my bane! Haha, I get bored of them easily but I go back to them every now and again. Have a couple to post today aswell. Thankee!
    kiwigarbage, not very realistic in that sense at the moment, I prefer more of a contemporary style. While I like the blueness of that last painting, I do see what you mean and I will need to tone down my hues for other paintings, since I might try more realistic landscapes too. Thanks

    Not posting everything I've done, but here are a couple of pages of anatomy (reffed and non reffed) and a couple of experimental paintings. I also do a load of "lecture sketches", probably not of much interest for this thread but I'll post an example today.

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