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    beginners sketchbook

    ok... i saw this guys sketch book that goes from beginner to skilled... and it was really neat too see how he progressed and his abilities grew. so me being a beginner thought I'd start a sketch book now- so i can chart my progress to be sure my abilities are increasing.

    my first sketch is a cylinder... its practice for lighting and shadow.

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    Not bad! Great idea charting your progress

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    cylinder of skin

    ok so i've made another cylinder; this one lit from the front, by
    the light of sky ( light blue ). it's suppose to be a cylinder of human skin.
    i looked at references for the colors.

    any tips or constructive criticism is welcome.

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    oh thanks

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    Hello!
    first of all, welcome to CA!!!!!!!!!!!1

    second, I think that it would be great if you define better the light source,,, In 3d, not in 2d...

    and third;,,yeah I thought the same when I created My sb ;D ,,, I hope one day become a good artist (just as a hobby in my free time)

    happy new yeaR!

    --edit--
    the second one has a better defined light source

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    happy new year .
    we can make it a race to who can reach photo realism first.
    i've got along way's to go... but as long as i'm making
    clear definable progress...

    anyways here's a blob of fat with water dripping down it.
    my references were water droplets but no good references of
    water dripping down something... anyways i dripped water down
    my arm and noticed that the high part of the drip fades off
    and is darker than the skin color while the bottom droplet part
    is lighter than the skin color... also they have a little shadow
    around the lower part of the drip (which has the most protrusion since the higher part is more flat)... anyways if any one has any suggestions let me
    know... also my skin appears a bit like playdo i'm not sure exactly what
    i should be doing differently.

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    forarm

    ok so another attempt at drawing skin.
    this is a forearm. it's suppose to have a tan on top, and be paler on bottom.
    it's lit on an angel from a orange florescent indoor light bulb. the dark areas are slightly purple as oppose too black, to contrast the light. i my skin was textured with lots of very suttle and but tiny purple dots so i tried to replicate that... a few moles to make it look more like skin too.... still somethings off. maby its the fact that the shading, and tan colors aren't blended around smoothly. ( a little blotchy )... may be it's something else, i have to figure that out.

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    lips

    ok so i've made it too day three of my journey;
    i've decided to try and draw lips.
    i thought about it and realized if i tried to draw an entire face all
    at once i probably wouldn't learn too much. so i've decided to
    learn the pieces first. wear to put all the pieces is something i'm
    fairly familiar with but what they actually look like well well that's
    another story..

    ok so the lips. A few things I've learned. One is if the highlights
    on the lips are dull or smudged then the lips look very dry. If the
    high lights are sharp and crisp then the lips look much more wet.
    also if the highlights stretch too far vertically across the lips, then
    the lips loose their roundness and plumpness. I've also learned the
    general shape of the lips as the middle part pokes down over the
    bottom lip.

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    Good start, skin isn't looking to skinish. You've got edges, you just need some appropriate highlights on said edges.

    This is good that your self-examining your studies, do this always, explore. I suggest some more lip studies from different angles, when your working with the human body don't be afraid to use a reference to aid you. Just don't paste it down and draw over it. Hope to see you posting more.

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    "highlights on edges" that's only the figure is back lit right?... although with light bouncing around there'd usually be some light hitting it from behind even if its a directional light coming from the opposite direction right?

    well anyways i noticed alot of painters on here do what your saying with lighting up the edges a bit, usually in areas of the body that wouldn't be blocked by other areas of the body if there were a light coming from behind...

    although i noticed this brightness on the edges in photos usually on peoples forearms. Is this back light or light bouncing off of the skin hairs that would be protruding perpendicular to the camera on skin edges?

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    lazy..

    feeling pretty lazy today plus i was pretty busy, so here's a quick sketch
    from some random photo online..

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    I hope you're the next Mindcandyman... that would be heinous. Good luck, man. Welcome to CA!

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    today's painting : ron paul

    thanks. i hope it doesn't take me too long to reach that level.

    i'll get back to my studies later... today i made a more light hearted picture of ron paul protecting lady liberty. originally he was holding a gun, but i decided i didn't want the message to be that we needed violence to protect freedom. I also debated it being the bill of rights, but wasn't sure if people would get that- also i wanted to avoid text in the image, because the purposes of an image is too convey a thousand words instantly...

    when my skills get a bit better i'll do more serious/somber themes.

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    skin experiment

    today i did an experiment with a technique i thought of for drawing skin.
    There is no nose... this experiment wasn't about the nose. But i'll get good
    at drawing noses later. It turned out a bit alien like. I think this technique has some potential but i have too hone it down quite a bit. I made the pores here way too big... i should have been working with a higher rez image. The pores were also too shiney.

    I should have worked with a brush that was set too a specific color and 80% opacity when working with the pore highlights so they would be more uniform in color. For this i did about 15% opacity and white for highlights which made the highlights less uniform in color and made them stand out more.

    Anyways it was a good experiment.

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