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    My last paintings from Angel Academy. I'm done with the program, got my certificate, now gonna continue studying in Germany soon.


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    That book seems pretty interesting. (if you were wondering what I found interesting from the little you showed about it, its the fact thats its russian haha). Whats the name of it?
    Really nice figures, feel very fleshy, I dont mean the colors.

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    Malakuko, thank you! I don't know Cyrillic script and can't read the name of the book on the cover.

    (At this point I don't even have the book anymore, sold it to a friend. But I finally have my own internet and will now continue uploading all the stuff I copied from that Russian book - and some more copies after Velazquez and other painters!)

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    Great studies, i've got that book it's called "The basics of academic drawing", it's an awesome book that i bought few years ago in Russia

    About those studies i would really want to see some more free hand studies and sketches, (it doesn't mean that you should stop your anatomy studies though) i just think that some free hand gesture and figure sketches would bring more life to your art.

    About the age, just try to see it in the right perspective, i'm 24 and i spent like 5 years in the army, i really don't regret a thing and i know i've still got a long way to go till i reach my goals in art.
    I'm only 24, and i still got a lot of time to improve as much as i can.

    Cheers, and keep up with that great work!

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    Thank you Fallenangel
    Wish I could read the Russian text. Anyway, more sketches:

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    These are great studies. I love looking at this sort of thing. It shows me what I should be aiming for. Really impressive progress from 2008 (but your work then was fantastic too!!) I feel like I've wasted a lot of time now... I'm 28 and only just starting to realise that if I want to draw I have to really practice at it regularly... like every day. Thanks so much for sharing your works and sketches.

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    Thank you Metanoia!

    I did a tonal value study from a Jeremy Lipking painting. For that exercise, I copied the original color image in grayscale. Then I converted the original into grayscale, and compared: "How much of the values did I get correct?"
    Took about 30 min, I need to do more of these.

    And DO check out Lipking's work, it's fucking brilliant.

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    Your work is just amazing, and to see the progression from when you started this thread to the newest just...wow. So inspiring.

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    hey just a quick note, If you're working with tone, you are automaticly working with egdges. seeing how everything seems to be so sharp in your value-studiy suggests you did too much of contrast between the shapes! It's a very hard thing to arrive to a smooth ad soft look without blurring the dges but it is possible, by describing very narrow value-differences. You should be more subtle! That way, you will also have more control over how to use value to make the form turn etc

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    Enchanting Elle, thank you!

    Faust, thank you! I think what you describe here
    It's a very hard thing to arrive to a smooth ad soft look without blurring the dges but it is possible, by describing very narrow value-differences
    is what Michael John Angel calls "first painting". Yes, that would be the best method for any study here, color or monochrome.

    In the following study (Gandalf ftw! ) I got bored with monochrome though. Color is the reason I paint, so no more monochrome studies for now (what's the point if they bore me to death, and copying does so too). I have access to a computer now and will buy my new computer soon, so I'm now doing some actual illustrations, some real work of my own!

    Thanks for your awesome feedback so far, fellow painters! Your kind words are very motivating.

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    Happy Independence Day to all you United States folks out there

    Getting busy with actual digital painting! Making pictures is the reason I make pictures. All sketches and studies are just investments for the future.

    I want to make a series of Tudor Queens. After watching the whole of "The Tudors" AND reading biographies by Carolly Erickson AND novels by Philippa Gregory, it felt natural. Lots of inspiration in those dramatic stories!

    My first painting in this series shows Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), though I think there were other Tudor queens before her. But my painting series will be long enough from there , since I plan to paint all other queens after her, ending with Elizabeth I.

    Catherine was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England (the crazy one with the 6 wives, y'know)

    The next portraits in this series will feature:
    2) Anne Boleyn
    3) Jane Seymour
    4) Anne of Cleves
    5) Catherine Howard
    6) Catherine Parr
    7) Mary I
    8) Elizabeth I

    Reference for face features from this original portrait by Michael Sittow:
    http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...20080904182436

    Pose reference from http://gracies-stock.deviantart.com/

    Thanks for looking!

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    Sketchbook pages...

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    More sketchbook pages.

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    Love, love, love this sketchbook. So full of useful resources, too!
    Italy will surely miss you, you're amazing. Keep up the studying ♥

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    Hi I'm really loving your studies, they're amazing. Keep drawing/posting .

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    Ariel9, grazie mille

    Silent-samurai87 , thank you!


    Her's the 2nd portrait in my series of Tudor Queens!
    Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of Henry VIII of England.

    Pose reference from http://lockstock.deviantart.com
    Background from one of my own photos.

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    More sketchbook pages... And a 30min speedpaint study done from a stock photo I found on dA.
    Last edited by Maidith; July 12th, 2011 at 01:50 PM.

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    Such a great understanding of tone and form... I love coming here. Never thought I'd say this but he has a great bum in your last post! Have you tried anything more subtle? Your forms are really muscular and contrasting, would like to see something really soft and curvy (maybe you've already posted stuff like this and I just missed it). Your portraits are amazing too.
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    AWESOME WORKS

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    Your sketchbookwork is beautiful. What source are you using?

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    Dayle, thank you! You'll find more subtle/soft/pretty/curvy stuff all over my entire sketchbook. Just recently I tried a bit of the opposite.

    Darius, thanks! =)

    Artificial, thank you Some images are referenced wholly or partly from photos, some are done directly from life, some from imagination... My sources are many many different ones, if you want to know the one of any specific image, just ask. I'll be glad to explain.

    Update!
    Here's Jane Seymour, number 3 in my series of Tudor Queens =)

    "Jane Seymour (c.1508 – 24 October 1537) was Queen of England as the third wife of King Henry VIII. She succeeded Anne Boleyn as queen consort following the latter's execution for charges of high treason, witchcraft, incest and adultery in May 1536. She died of postnatal complications less than two weeks after the birth of her only child, a son who reigned as Edward VI. She was the only one of Henry's wives to receive a queen's funeral, and his only consort to be buried beside him in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, as she was the woman that Henry loved the most and gave the only male heir to."

    (quoted from Wikipedia)

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    Background here is an overpainted photo (my own)
    Hands referenced from http://Cobweb-stock.deviantart.com

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    Tnx. Ok, I thought you used some kind of book for practice. Great drawings, especially when done from imagination.

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    Here's number 4 in my series of Tudor Queens =)

    "Anne of Cleves was a German noblewoman and the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England and as such she was Queen of England from 6 January 1540 to 9 July 1540. The marriage was never consummated, and she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment of their marriage, Anne was given a generous settlement by the King, and thereafter referred to as the King's Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Mary I of England, outlasting the rest of Henry's wives."


    (quoted from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_cleves )

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    100% hand painted with love by yours truly

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    Catherine Howard

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    "Catherine Howard married Henry VIII on 28 July 1540, almost immediately after the annulment of his marriage to Anne of Cleves was arranged. However, she was beheaded after less than two years of marriage to Henry on the grounds of treason for committing adultery while married to the King."
    (quoted from Wikipedia)

    Since she met the same fate as Anne Boleyn, I painted her being haunted or chased by Anne's ghost. Perhaps you've heard stories about sightings of the ghost of Anne Boleyn? Her Wikipedia article cites a few. I don't believe in ghosts, but I believe in making paintings spooky!

    And I hate painting buildings. It's the most tedious and boring task there is, at least for me. :/ The painted Hampton Court in the background was really an exercise in stamina.

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    100% hand painted with love by yours truly!

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    those last images look amazing seems like all the school work (and studies) you did really pays off.

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    Hey, Kristina! Lots of great stuff in here. Just stopping by to say hi. Congrats on finishing your studies at AAA!

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    I'm pretty impressed with your recent figure sketches. You define the different planes of the body very well. I also see clear improvement in your skin tones especially in your portrait of Anne of Cleves. Nice work!

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    Hey maidith!

    Cool zu sehen dass du an der Akademie in Florenz fertig bist! Hat meiner Meinung nach eine Menge gebracht.
    Grade deine traditionellen Werke sind inzwischen echt erste Sahne!
    Konnte es aus deinen Anatomie Studien nicht direkt erkennen, aber zeichnest du auch "schnelle" Figuren um zu überprüfen wo es noch happert?
    Oder testest du dies meist in deinen Illustrationen?

    Grüße,
    Sil!

    PS: Vielleicht habe ich dich das schonmal gefragt, aber hast du MSN oder Skype?
    Jetzt wo du wieder in Deutschland bist könnte man ja vielleicht mal bischen schreiben

    PPS: Sry my english friends! Next time the post will be in english again ;>

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    I would love to see a close-up of the last one.
    Your paintings look so pro and ancient in a good way.
    The Anne painting may be your best yet, the sens of light and the different skin and cloth textures are amazing!

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    Sushy, thank you =)

    Tautvydas, thank you! How is it going? Your concept art is really good, keep it up

    JJacks, thank you

    Sil, vielen Dank Ja, wir machen auch eine Menge Skizzen und schnelle Zeichnungen, die mache ich auch von selbst. Ich hab zwar ICQ (261513052), und vergesse immer, online zu sein, aber du kannst auch per e-mail oder PN gern alles fragen, was du willst, ich antworte meist ziemlich schnell. ^^


    This is my first attempt at a painting of Catherine Parr. I'm not happy enough with it, I think I can do better. I'm currently working on a new portrait of the same person.

    Kristina is now a FULLTIME freelance illustrator! - updated April 3rd
    Last edited by Maidith; September 18th, 2011 at 02:39 PM.

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