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    Sketchronomicon

    Long time no post on CA.org, but I've been drawing my ass of in the mean time, so I guess that's ok.

    I've been working out my oils and figures, and trying to figure digital painting out. I'm going to try to post this once every one or two weeks, but we've seen how well that works out int he past.

    I'm also going to be out there in sketchbook land, commenting whenever I can, and at some point I'll actually start participating in the ______ Of The Week activities. There, I've posted it on the internet for all to see, so I actually have to to it now.

    To kick off this new sketchbook, here's some stuff from the past two weeks:

    1. The cover of a new sketchbook I just started, to which this thread will more or less correspond.

    2. A quick SP sketch I did to wake up Sunday morning.

    3. A sketch of a character design for a friend of mine.

    4. Another SP, this one a facial anatomy study.

    5 and 6. Figures sketched from imagination. Tear them apart! This is a skill I'm working to cultivate.

    7. Photoshop paint based on the above sketch. Still working out the composition. Any input would be welcome. This is only the second digital painting I've ever done, the first being the robot in my old sketchbook. I'm sorta... guessing.

    8. Thread Icon. [Edit: Well, that didn't work. Oh well. Hehe...]

    That's it for now.

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    Coolio , Your lines are too harsh around everything, start light and build up on the lines, remember nothing has this 'dark line' around it but it'll look fine if you adjust your line weight to suit the drawings. Your facial anatomy study misses things all over the face such as the definition on the eyelids(not the actual eyelids but like where the lashes come out of X_x god I suck at explaining hahah). Look more at the reference and study every part. Possibly pick up the vilppu drawing manual also to solidify your application of 3d in a 2d space. Good luck man and keep at it!

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    A Painting!

    Happy Thursday!

    I'm going to a They Might Be Giants concert tonight! Lucky me!

    Anyway, here's a painting I did last week or so.

    Still Life w/ Candle and Garlic, 18x14 in., oil on canvas, ~2.5 hours alla prima.

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    Hey folks. Here's some new stuff.

    1) Some guy with some gourd, oil on the cheapest prestreched canvas ever, something by something, nine hours (in class)

    Yes, i know his hand is huge. this painting was fun.

    2) portrait sketch, maybe forty minutes

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    EtherRain, got the comment about the face proportions. Im enjoying Still Life w/ Candle and Garlic and would like to see some more time spent on it. I don't see it as a finished piece. But keep up the good work and post away on here i wanna see you progress! Oh, and for anatomy reff i would recommend the Loomis books.

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    i second that...Andrew loomis and Burne hogarth for figure drawing.

    i like your paintings..the values are blocked in nicely, but i would like to see some of them pushed a bit further.

    Keep on posting!

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    I like your figure work, especially the chick in the dancing pose. Really nice movement and life!

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    I like your figures studies so far. I'll rec some more study on the head and facial features. More along the lines with what the two guys above said - hogarth and loomis have great books published about that.

    Really like your paintings as well - keep it up.

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    Thanks for the C&C folks! Keep it coming!

    EtherRain - Thanks EtherRain. Line weight is something I'm struggling with. I'm in an anatomy for artists class, and we've been doing facial anatomy for a while. The professor is really pushing form of the skull first, then form of the face, and then actual features almost as an afterthought. Like, the specifics of the eyelid aren't as important as keeping the spherical form of the eyeball evedent. It's great practice, but it backfires on me sometimes because I get stuck when it actually does come time to put the specifics of the features in.

    Kaffinated - Thanks, that was a lot of fun to paint. I've been thinking of going back into it, actually, because i've been told that the mirror image doesn't read, that it's ambiguous. I've got a copy of FD for All Its Worth and Heads and Hands but I haven't gotten them out in a while.

    Delmar - Thanks, Delmar. Haven't heard of Hogarth, I'll have to check it out.

    Twoplus - Thanks a lot!

    starzik - Thanks. The book we've been using in my anatomy class is Peck's Atlas of Anatomy for the Artist. I really like it for Peck's little explanatory sketches in each section after the anatomy diagrams proper. Loomis is a great book for a drawing course, but Peck is my favorite reference manual to refer to when I'm working.

    Ok, I'm def. gonna get my Loomis books back out and work from them some. I can't believe I left them on the shelf for so long.

    New portrait sketch today. This is the model for my anatomy class, same subject as the portrait in >>>4.

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    Hey if anyone has any tips on the best way to photograph paintings with no money or equipment, I'd appreciate it. Been searching the forums, can't seem to find anything.

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    Some Bridgeman Studies

    Here are some Bridgeman studies. Tell me what you think.

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    An update

    Hey folks. Just some dumb sketches and a quick watercolor from tonight.

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    Ham Cheese Sandwich

    I just downloaded the free trial of Painter 11, and I'm buying it as soon as I have the scratch. In order to get more comfortable with the tablet and with painter (and because it's a good idea anyway), I'm going through Loomis FDFAIW entirely in Painter. It's an idea, anyway.

    Here we go!

    p.s. the notes... I always make notes on my sketches, and it seemed like a good idea, in order to build dexterity with the pen. It's a very strange sensation, I don't find it like drawing on paper at all.





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    Here's an update on the Loomis/Painter thing.

    Things learned so far: Fill the background with a neutral color and the white page won't irradiated your eyes!

    7 head figure, front, back and sides.



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    Oils

    Here are some new oils from the past couple weeks.





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