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    I sent the harddrive to a company and they say the recovered everything. All I have to do is pay them about 540 Euros. Everything should be okay, but I won't relax till it's back on my computer. I've been busy writing and correcting tests, but here's a class sketch from today, and a commission I've been working on for the last week or so.

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    A couple new sketches. Finished the commission.

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    Back from Lysekil! Here are a couple sketches from life there. The portrait was done on the train coming back, that's why the colors are so odd.

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    A sketch of Grief.

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    Good news today! For the first time this year it's been nice enough for me to bike to work, and I went early so I could sketch in the town square. This church sketch is from life.

    But even better news - my photos came back!!! Finally, I have all my family and art photos back on my computer, and I'm never losing them again! I don't know if some of you've noticed, but I haven't been too active commenting lately, because I usually save whatever work I like to my collection. Now that I've got it back, I can get back into commenting in others' sketchbooks like I used to, and hopefully get more active in drawing too.

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    I like the commissioned work - that hair must have taken ages. The town square is very good as well, great lighting.


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    You really have a terrific sense of colour. Keep it up!

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    Hay cool stuff in here man, nice progress too!

    Really dig your drawing style, nice shape and form & still has great flow too!

    That last paniting is my fav of your coloured work, great light and value.

    Thanks mate, I enjoyed my visit here
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    And I said, "But God, nice panties are so expensive!"
    And he said, "Welp, I suppose you better shut up and draw."


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    Nice to hear about that recollecting of data from hardrive. i like the colour and light in the latest one also your sketches show improvement in understanding of form

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    WoW tonz of great pics!!! really dig all the studies an portaits wayyy cool!!!!an your line work ROCKS!

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    haha great pictures, love the commissioned drawing. Nice expressions on them.

    The drawing of your son is awesome.

    Keep up~

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    I really like the way you've handled the water in this one;
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1242279025

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    I wanted to update with something better than this, that's why I've been putting this off. Thank you all for the kind comments and support. This is a little sketch from life - I drew for about an hour, till the car drove off. Colors are a rough approximation, due to my crappy camera.

    alesoun - thanks! I've drawn water alot so it's easier for me, especially with oil pastel. You just put on some base color, and then lightly roll a contrasting color over it, on its side. Make them little in the background, and design larger masses for waves in the foreground. Look at the general direction the waves are going - they're basically a bunch of parallel lines, usually horizontal. Here, they're moving across the water, instead of toward you, in two overlapping directions, due to the surrounding rocks, so I tried to indicate that. It's just like in physics class when you make wave patterns in a tub.

    Aaron - thanks, but they're really not that good drawings. I'm still really rusty with proportions and facial features. I need to practice more. Andrew's eyes in that last sketch are off, but I still like the cheeks. I think I'm learning.

    Grandmaster - thank you very much, but let's not get carried away. My lines aren't good, they're clumsy, sometimes stiff. Luke Hollis has great lines. Him and Kev Ferrera draw some of the most expressive lines on this site. William Whitaker too, although it's not his emphasis. I think he's more into texture as a descriptive tool. I don't know, I should go back and look back on his works to really say more. Anyway, don't be afraid to give me a hard crit, and tell me what I'm missing. Tear me a new one.

    Nettle - Thanks, yeah, getting those images back was the best thing to happen to me all May. Better even than my trip to Sweden. Thanks for the compliment, hopefully I'll get to do more this summer.

    JailHouse - Thank you very much, don't be afraid to tell me what I'm missing. That's what I'm here for. I want as many crits as possible.

    MonkeyDominator - thanks! Color's what draws me to an image/scene so it's always been my focus. In a way it's a weakness because I'm only now concerning myself more with value and composition, etc.

    BlackSpot - thanks! The portrait didn't take so much time total, but I had to put it down and come back to it so much because of work. On one hand, I like putting a work down and coming back to it, because, like writing, I see so many mistakes I made and try to fix them. But, like Djurdavic says, if you rework and rework something over and over, it can lose that vitality or natural quality that loose sketches have, and I think that happened here. Ah well...

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    Wow, I love how you handle the reflection on the car, It looks pretty real~

    Anyway, perhaps, anyway, I think you can leave less white in some parts and unify the drawings a bit. Anyway, I did a paintover, hope you don't mind~~

    Basically I muted the background and the highlights on the hair, and leave one or two strands of hair in light, and worked a bit on the shading on the face. Not sure if that's your style, just how I would do it.............

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    Aaron, your background looks much better, in that it makes the faces stand out much better. My background was a fairly thoughtless, afterthought. I just wanted to put something in quick, and experiment a bit. That's what I get when I rush.

    Now that grading's done, I've got time to draw again! Finally. I drew a couple student portraits today, but gave them away. All I've got now is this spoon. I'll bring my camera tomorrow, when I draw more portraits.

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    Here's a student portrait. It doesn't look so much like her. At least it's a study from life. I need to do so many more of these.

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    Here's a pastel of my son. It's a photo study. Can anyone tell that that's a soap bubble he's looking at?

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    The car is excellent. You're really getting to grips with the oil pastels, a difficult medium to work with.

    No, it doesn't look like a bubble. Have you read Chocky by John Wyndham? Because that's what it reminded me of.


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    Thank you Blackspot. I got an interesting crit from a good artist today. She says I should switch to watercolors. Good advice, and I have a set. I just don't have a place to put it and get started yet. Once that studio's built... *drools*

    So, I'm on the Cape! Cape Cod, I'm visiting my parents. I've been here with my family for a couple weeks (I know, while construction is going on, terrible!) I take Andrew for his afternoon stroll so he can sleep, and then I find a nice place to draw. Here's what I've done so far.

    Couple disclaimers: First, colors are only roughly approximate, due to my poor digital camera. Second, this isn't my usual set of pastels. I know, it's a poor artist who blames his materials, but the Cray Pa Expressionist set has lighter colors than what I'm used to. The only way to get in contrast is to add black to everything. Van Gogh pastels are better. Oh, and sorry for not posting in so long...

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    Black Creek, Wellfleet Cape Cod. Colors are simple, I was more preoccupied with drawing proportions.

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    Your landscapes are always nice. How's the water colours going or not? And how's the house building?


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    Blackspot - The watercolors are back in Slovakia. I'll set up those paints when I have the studio built. We have the foundation, they should start building on top of it on Thursday.

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    today's sketches, and I touched up that still life.

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    Okay, here's a little trip through memory lane. While on the Cape, I took some photos of old paintings I did for freshman year of College, 11 years ago. This is my work from spring of 98. I'm posting this mostly because I think it's funny. It shows how much money one can waste on the wrong art education, and how far a student can be pushed from doing what he wants, to fit in with the class and make the professor happy. One of these was actually based on observation - the green one. We went out and took polaroids of nature up close, and then painted from those photos, as a way to abstract them. I don't, now, understand why we didn't just take our easels out there and just paint from life. The buildings series was for a final show. I should've painted so much more back then.

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    My niece has me drawing cars. Here's one... From a photo I took.

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    Cool crayons, the colours are really vibrant.

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    Walnut - thanks! Hopefully I can switch mediums, though, as soon as that studio's built.

    Another car, from a photo I found off the net. Again, for the niece. The colors here are a very rough approximations to the original. For some reason my camera can't capture purple.

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    Some sketching from life:

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    You could get a travel set of water colours, but I think chalk pastels might be more up your street as you'd use them in a sort of similar way and you can blend them on the paper. Then again I think you're doing so well with oil pastel landscapes, why change. My kid brother draws brilliantly with pencil crayons and I keep nagging him to do more as it's such a waste.


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