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    By looking at your digital work, I instantly see issues with Contrast, value, lighting, temperature, perspective- the list goes on. The tats are way cool, looking at wolverine gave me this idea that you have great control over value but you need to just practice and practice, do values scales constantly, and don't worry about color yet. Just focus on the basics, Anatomy, Perspective, composition- and draw from life

    A GREAT strategy I learned. Grab all your paint stuff walk outside of your house and walk totally straight for 5 minutes exactly. Then sit down RIGHT THERE, and find the nearest intrerestig thing to paint. Do that once a nice, and you should see improvement in no time!!


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    Taking Mr. Oaksford's comment to heart, Im not thinking about color and working on tonality. Hopfully Im doing things that will be productive in my persuit. Further Crits appreciated.

    Here are two 30 minute speedies.

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    How long will my child sleep!

    this one really sucks though

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    You've definitely got the right idea with focusing on tones. I'd recommend that you turn off opacity in photoshop and try to nail the big areas of tone - it will help improve your ability to recognise tones. Once your study is looking close to the reference pic at a distance (toggling between them and checking in the navigator tab is a good way of seeing how close you're getting) then you can start adding subtleties and details. Don't be scared of whacking down big, bold blocks of tone.

    Also, keep in mind with faces that you want to try and keep your light side values and shadows side values separate. As a general rule, the darkest value on the light side of the model should still be lighter than any value on the shadow side. This is obviously a generalisation but is a good basic approach that should ensure you get as much form and contrast in your work as possible.

    Hope some of this stuff is of use to you.

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    He's right- If I were you, I would start by only defining 2 values (light and dark). But don't use black or white. Desaturate the photo and try to replicate the grays that you see without using the eyedropper. Then eventually move on to 4 tones!

    The problem with photos is that 99% of the time, photos have extreme white and extreme black, such as the coat on that Bush photo. The mountain one is nice because you avoided using straight black. And don't be afraid to use the shift key for horizons!! It's not cheating!! =)

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    I think this is a basic composition for a piece. Trying to do what the good people who care about spreading art knoledge are helping me do. Props to those!

    Attachment 226903 Am I headed in the right direction? *edit* this is total crap.
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    Ok I have little tolerance for drawing from photos, I wish I could lug my stuff outside but oh well.


    Here is my first step in somthing Im going to focus on working on for a little while, but I have no idea how to translate my tones to color, How do you preserve the tone but still use rich colors, dont the colors effect the tone?

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    also this seems to washed out, but when ever I put the darker tones in it seemed off too. Please advise.
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    This work week has been f*d. One person fired, one quit, the little girl piercer is driving me crazy thinking she is going to be the new tattoo artist, and there are so many college girls that I would like to open up on with some heavy artilery I'm loosing my mind. How do these girls, and guys for that matter, get into college when they cant decide wich nostril will look best with their UGGs. Man I want to move some place real. so this is kind of how I feel about things, what a lame background huh ha! AAHHHHHHHH!
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    I think your landscape value study is actually my favorite of the three, when you squint its the closest to the reference. it can be tough when working with colors but just keep keep your values in mind. It might be helpful to just load up a professionally done painting into photoshop and just eye drop your way around the piece to see where the colors and values actually land on the color palette, it may or may not help but just a thought.

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    JamesWolf: I really admire your work and appreciate your crit and advice, I tried doing that with a piece, but I it was kind of before I had as good a grasp of value (not that I feel I have a strong one now) I think what it boils down to is "draw from life" Thanks again!




    Damn it, I was hoping such would not be the case. Alas progress need strife. Most of my life studies are in a sketchbook and windows Vista on my new computer does not like my scanner, or printer for that matter. What a joke. Some day I will downgrade to XP and have a 3 page scanner dump. Anyways

    Here is a 30 minute job, I hate the "temple"? in the background, I think I really f'd it up there.
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    My computer is about to get returned due to dissatisfactory working conditions. IE Windows Vista. My scanner and printer are not compatible, so when I return, some day. There will be a massive paper dump of mostly anatomy and very random scribblings. Until then Here is what I did today.

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    Until we meet again Cheers.
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    i know i might some boring and not nice, but what i think is that you think of very comlepictures without the basic to build them, if that makes sense.Complex pictures like the ones you start require lots of different pieces thatneed to be put together, from anatomy to composition to color to value etc etc...and its very hard to learn everything at the same time, if that makes sense.If i were you're i'd try and study one element t the time, until you are partly satisfied with it...And if you are doinsd studies, like the ones in post 32 (thats good stuff to do), you should tr and do more and take more time on each one, since the basic objective of a value study is to get values right.
    I hope i haven't been to harsh, my only intention is to help

    most of all, keep at it!

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    Here is some things I've been working on at work.


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