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    chocolatejunkie's chewing monkeys

    Or something like this.

    Ok guys, I really want to improve, I need your tips and critique on everything you can think of.

    Topics I'm working on at the moment:
    • colour theory
    • anatomy
    • concept
    • textues and brushes in psp


    I know sometimes there's not much to say about doodles and anatomy sketches, but posting them here might force me to practise more regularly.

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    Anatomy sketches I did yesterday based on posemaniacs.com
    (black and white pencil on recovered paper)

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    1.) A doodle I did in psp just to try out some colour combinations (so never mind the anatomy, but if you have anything to say about the colours, don't hesitate!)

    2.) Concept of a picture I'm doing in children's book style. It's called Soulsuckers.

    3.) Same pic after a few hours of work. (Still heavily WIP!)

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    Some head studies today, bit of Loomis, other referece,...
    Ended up doodling some Sci-Fi faces to compare the difference

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    My advice would be to keep going with the anatomy sketches, you;re going in the right direction. Loomis is a really good ref too. Keep at them, and you will soon see improvement!

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    Thanks a lot for taking the time!
    I certainly will do more anatomy studies in the next few days, as I have another week off.

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    Nice to see someone practicing anatomy just like me.
    Nice start, keep it up!

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    Indeed, thank you Carbono!
    I'll have a look at your sketchbook soon, see you there!

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    Today I did a few more head studies, but nothing interesting enough to scan.
    I practiced a bit computer colouring too (which has nothing to do with my current babylon 5 addiction, hehe)

    Here is the finished painting as well as a pic about how it looked when I started. As you see, I changed the colours a lot later on. I just never know how to start! So I just pick some random colours, rework them a thousand times when I don't like them and finally end up with something ok.
    I've no idea about hues and values.
    Do I take saturated colours for the highlights or the darks? Or the midtones?


    I just mix everything together at the moment. *sighs*
    I know there is a tutorial about it but my English (or my brain) is not good enought to understand at the moment.

    I'm grateful for any tipps on choosing and applying colours!

    Babylon 5 and all characters are of course (c) time warner entertainment and j. michael straczynski

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    Hey, there are a lot of resources you can study for the areas you want to improve in and you could try running it through a translation site if you wanted to get a rough idea what it's on about.

    Colours: Prometheus' tutorial > http://itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm

    Anatomy: Go grab some loomis books or possibly Vilppu's drawing manual and draw from life

    Concept: That's up to your imagination my friend, but look at nature and observe the balance in the designs and try to incorporate that balance into your designs.

    Photoshop brushes: experiment with the brush settings, find out what each one does and go from there

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    Thank you for the link, I will study it!
    As for the anatomy and your other tips, thank you! I already discovered Loomis and try to do some sketches every day.
    Let's see where it gets me..
    Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!

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    Here are today's sketches, heads and noses. I try to understand how the nose is built... hope it will work!

    Anybody know a site where you can see all cartilage the nose consists of in a helpful way? (Different angles, etc)
    I did search google and the results where rather helpful, but mostly the pics were rather small or not helpful from an artist's POV.

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    I'm really into expressionistic art and I was looking at a lot of Schile's work today.
    It inspired me to do this one, it was much fun to draw and I think one can recognize his style.

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    hey!
    Die Schiele Skizze sieht recht gut aus (das grün!) und ich finde deine Anatomieskizzen auf diesem schönen rauhen Papier ziemlich cool (welches Papier benutzt du?)
    Du könntest bei Schiele noch mehr mit übertrieben Formen und irrer Farbe rumspielen (Schiele interessiert sich auch nicht dafür etwas korrekt rüberzubringen), wenn du jede Farbe auf einer einzelnen Ebene hast (Basis, Schatten, Licht, Mitteltöne, Highlights, Reflektionen) könntest du versuchen mit den einzelnen Farben rumzuspielen.. einfach mal 2 Stunden an einem Bild mit schattenfarben und Licht rumvariieren


    Einige kleine Kritikpunkte sind:
    Der Hals von der Schilefrau ist nicht in der Mitte vom Körper sonder ist etwas weit links.. entweder du hebst ihre linke Schulter an oder du packste den Kopf mehr nach rechts..



    Ressourcen:

    Das Tutorial was dir Etherrain gegeben hat ist eines der besten!

    Im Netz ist es leider schwierig gutes Material zu finden, für die Nasenstudien würde ich mal versuchen Freunde oder Familie abzuzeichnen :/
    Wenn du gute Referencen für Anatomie suchst, kannst du es mit dem Buch "Gottfried Bammes- die Gestalt des Menschen" versuchen. Alles was am Menschen so dran ist wird da ausreichend besprochen. Ist zwar teuer aber danach brauchst du nie wieder ein anderes Anatomiebuch. Eigentlich sollte es das an jeder guten Uni/ Schule im Bücherregal/ Bücherei geben.


    Wenn du mehr mit brushes machen möchtest, gibt es hier eine solide Auswahl:
    http://eatpoo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=76
    RobGs Pinsel sind cool, vorsicht bei Teks texturen, die haben meinen langsamen Pc damals zum Absturz gebracht weil die Datei ein wenig zu groß war (110 mb).
    Hier gibt es auch eine gigantische Auswahl:
    http://mediadesigner.digitalmedianet...oads-643-40-20

    Für Farbstudien kannst du auch von anderen Bildern klauen :
    http://www.framefilter.blogspot.com/
    Geilste Seite für Farbrefferenzen, Bildausschnitte usw.
    Und für merkwürdige Gesichtsfarben XD

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    Danke vielmals für die vielen Tipps und Links! Muss jetzt weg, mag mir das später in aller Ruhe anschauen, sieht sehr vielversprechend aus, danke nochmal!
    Ich schreibe mehr wenn ich wieder da bin und alles durchgeschaut habe! heh!

    EDIT: achja, und das ist ein Altpapierblock (der Umwelt zuliebe ;o) von der Firma MARPA JANSEN, gibt's mit 100 Blatt um ca. 6 Euro beim Thalia.

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    Today, I took a chance on Impressionism.
    His face is screwed. I know. And the pose was supposed to be like this,
    but didn't work out. (The view from above is't working, for *whatever* reason).

    But I do dig the colours. ;o)

    I bought a book about Francisco de Goya today, and I just love how he painted the fabric and colours of clothing as he *saw* them, not as he knew they were. Tried that on the ruff here, neat, hm?

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    Hah, I finished it in time!
    This is a birthday present for a good frind of mine, I'm absolutely sure she's not lurking around here, so it's safe to post.
    It's a stylized portrait of her, I hope she'll like it.

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