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    Complexx's Complex SB *Updated 2-2-08*

    I am going to keep this thang updated as frequently as i can, i'm just busy with school, and all that fun stuff.

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    Facial studies--i really need work on my ears, and noses and such-crit please

    Complexx's Complex SB *Updated 2-2-08*


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    What you need to do is look closely, draw and then do it over and over again. Also you may want to read some books about anatomy. I think it helps.
    The more you draw, the faster you will improve.

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    Thanks for the tip, i am studying the anatomy somewhat.

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    I know you dont like the ear (judging by the bleh) but thats probably the closest to a good study as it has the highest range of values, the face at the bottom for example is shaded all the same so it looks very flat. Keep working with getting values down if you want to get your work to pop off the page!

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    20-minute sketch. I dont know about this one...it has good potential i just need to make the lines more definite? Critique.

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    There is no too much work to crit. Once you get a lot more work up it will be easier to spot some errors. Right now I would say to avoid any "scribbling" like in the latest pic. Each line should have a purpose. And try not to make everything one value like in the first image.

    Keep going! Lets see some more so we can get down to the nitty-gritty!

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    I'm far from perfect on my own anatomy drawing, put for the nose in your first post, instead of drawing it as sharp defined lines, try to use shading to show it, and make it stick out. Should make it look less flat.

    I think your eyes in the study are well done, except I think you may need some more light highlight/glistens, so they look it bit less like they're staring. Other then that, fine work!

    Advise on making the one sketch more definitive and concept-like is try making the lighting broader and more massive; using references of lightening. As I'm sure you know, the figure's hands and arms are off, so revising those would be a good idea. It looks like it could get to be something interesting, but is still in the early stages. Feel free to take it your own way if my advise isn't what you're looking for.

    Hope to see more,

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    Nyx: Great to hear from you! Thanks for the tip, you are my mini mentor, i love your work.

    Taven: Yes, I really need to work on my shading

    Heres a picture of a family friend, i wasn't focusing on her clothing as much has her head. What do you think? (another 20 minute sketch)

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    A quick sketch from this morning....

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    Male anatomy i did tonight.

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    Wow, your being quite productive!

    For you first image I would suggest not making as many single strands of hair and more "clumps." Hair falls in clumps and there is just a few stray single strands. Look at some Wes Burt hair for great inspiration!

    In you last image it looks as though you not really drawing what you "see" and you are more making it up as you go along. Maybe try concentration on single body parts and know them from all angles before moving on to the entire body?

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    I really appreciate your advice Nyx, i will work on what you've said.


    Probably my last sketch for tonight.
    Got the Inspiration to do these two SAS from playing counter strike source.
    I went spec and scribbled down these two guys. Enjoy - Complexx

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    thank you. if i could crit some of your stuff, specifically the facial bits, try to rely less on lines, and more on shading. if you look at a face from the front, there no real clear line where the nose blends into the rest of the face, its all tricks of shading. for you bodies, try mapping things with like simple shapes, i use ovals, just to get the proportions down. i really dig the counterstrike guys! keep drawing every day! -dyl

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    Thanks man!

    Heres a reference piece from massive black tonight. Enjoy
    I didn't do the hands, and didn't complete the Feet/Boots, I'm still working on them ;]

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    Male anatomy in post #10 needs some work. I'd recommend using references. Side views are always hard, for me at least. Also, looking up proportions of body parts would be worthwhile. Keep at it, pratice makes perfect, or so they say. Also, as Nyx702 said, focusing on specific body parts and doing studies on them is also helpful.

    For the peice referenced from Massive Black, I think you should focus on your shading more (Yep, I'm back on th' ol' shadin' horse again ;P). See how the lines on the coat look sketchy and the white can be seen through? Try shading using the side of the pencil, and rubbing a finger to blend it together. Don't forget to look for where the lighting is coming from!

    I can't wait to see how the rest of the sketch turns out. Keep at it, persistance and pratice is everything!

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    hey complexx, i happy that your getting started with the right foot forward, the progress will come as long as you match the amount of studies with drawings from your head. maybe try some contour to really get used to the subtleties of the figure. contours look weird but ar incredibly helpful.
    keep on keeping on!

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    Really good man! Did those gestures help? They look like they got you warmed up. I'd have to agree with Taven that the shading need work. Maybe we will do some exercise for that too? The outlines are hurting the form/anatomy. I would add some rendering for the knees, the elbows and the neck specifically. It's had to tell when is there just from an outline.

    She needs a little more volume on the left side of her head too...shes got the downs right now!

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    Taven: I know shading doesnt come easy for me

    Tooled: Thanks! And i will definetly try Contour lines!

    Nyx: Thanks as always, and i would be glad to work on shading!

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    Haven't been updating sorry, busy learning, school, yeah...

    Though i'd just post this...im studying with Nyx to get better. So maybe in a little my portfolio will be a little bit better

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    Are you using reference? These anatomy studies seem like they came from your head. Imagination is important, but we need foundation too. Drawing from life is imperative. The twenty minute sketch of the family friend is a step in the right direction. Next time, try to spend even longer. No need to be a speed demon. If you can find someone to sit still long enough, spend an hour drawing him/her. Maybe two hours. Look closely, draw what is there, what you see. It can be really frustrating, but you will learn a lot from the experience. Development of observational skills is key. Keep up the good work.

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    Sedig: Thanks for the great advice, i will keep that in my mind!!! And the last anatomy pic i posted was from my imagination yes, but the first Male anat. was not.

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    female silhoutte...not that well done but, i was practicing using a q-tip and yeah...

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    Did this in school...

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    emo! last one for tonight...sleepy...

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    Nice start mate. I would say you should start studying the shapes that make up the human body rather then the contour (i know I need to more). I think this would help you keep the correct proportions as well as strengthen the poses.

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    A Q-tip? Sweet. I guess the only advice I have for you tonight is:

    MO PRACTICE MO PRACTICE MO PRACTICE!

    Also, consider ditching the lined paper. You can always carry your sketchbook around with you at school. If nothing else, chicks dig guys who draw...

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    Spy Sheep: Thanks, ill work on those shapes.

    Sedig: Haha, oh yes they do Yeah, sorry bout the lined paper, i had accidentally left my sketchbook here at home so..yeah.

    More work coming soon! First i gotta travel to D.C. though...

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    Pfft...Q-Tips are for newbs!!!!

    You emo pic is really cool! I dig it. Thumb is a little weak but not bad. Should have spent more time on those feathers...

    Why are you going to DC?! To escape me?! You don't want to leave me do you?!

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    Thanks! Yeah the feathers were suprisingly hard....

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