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    Hey very nice! There are some cool environments bits! Also dig the traditional paintings!
    Crit-wise I think your paintings could benefit from a stronger value range, some linger in the midtone area.

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    Thanks for the support everyone, it really is much appreciated!

    Valerij V - Thank you, i hope to have some new work here soon

    carlosranna - Thanks buddy!

    Jorge Gecov - Thanks mate, ill try and keep it going forwards and upwards

    S.C.P - Thanks! Im pleased to have inspired you

    Hideyoshi - Hey dude, thanks for the comments and crits! Yea you are definitely right about the value ranges, they do tend to linger in the midtones. I often pump the values a bit using a curves adjustment after the painting is done, but im trying to get more confident brushstrokes in now and get it down right first time, without adjustments.

    Ive been major busy on a big project recently, but i should have some new sketches to show soon! Thanks for taking the time to stop by everyone!

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    Hi Nick,thanks for taking the time to peep at my sketchbook and leave feedback, I really do appreciate it. Looking forward to seeing your new Matte painting work.

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    S.C.P - lol, no probs mate.

    Found some time to put together a quick EOW entry this week. Playing with a square comp and trying to get a traditional look to my brushes...
    Bit rushed, and i dont really like it but i cant put my finger on why exactly... maybe its just coz i painted it, i dunno...



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    whats up man, try starting out with thumbnails first for your landscapes. Once the composition "grabs" you proceed. Its your job to do everything possible to get your "audience" to react to your paintings. Value contrast, use of texture, rule of thirds all these things help aid a nice painting. I know it sucks that you have to plan your work but it helps (atleast for me anyway) I'm gonna post a "planned" "sketch" later look out for it lets see what happens ha ha.

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    i was gonna finish this for you man but photoshop crashed and I didn't want to start over on this thing so I just printed screen. It started with thumbnails which I was gonna show you too I'll do another wip soon to see what you think. im gonna start saving more often cause this pissed me off I guess we know what happened huh? photoshop crashed on me!

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    nicehighs - i will keep your points in mind, thanks. Im not sure i quite understant exactly what that second post was about or the image, but no matter...


    Here is a quick sketch (1.5 hours?) that was supposed to be something completely different. I kinda liked where it was going tho, so i ran with it just to save from scrapping it:



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    Having some fun, experimenting with different styles



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    Nick,

    Inadvertently, I have seen your work and posts on at least a couple of other digital-art sites and forums. Unfortunately, this is the first I've taken the time to tell you how much I enjoy looking at your work and at your progress. You're an inspiration to many who haven't spoken up yet, I'm sure. Thanks man and keep kicking ass.

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    Great image on post #068, but im happy youve been trying some different things also.

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    great stuff man!!

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    You have some great potential and you've definitely been improving. Nevertheless I'd like to point out something that I often see in peoples work who are starting out. In my opinion you should try to paint with more opacity and not be afraid of each stroke whether or not it will be successful. This way you'll learn to define masses with values quickly. Try working in B&W, and instead of color ( which you seem to have a fine eye for ) try to get the composition and value range solid before colour.

    Also, always use the biggest brush you can get away with. It'll help to reduce the scribbles Just my two cents, I hope you can get something out of my mindless ramblings.

    Keep on going! You are on the right track.

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    kinjura - Thanks a lot buddy, ill try and kick ass harder this year than last!

    carlosranna - Thanks dude, yea im still finding a style im happy with at the moment.

    kizoku - Thanks!

    Anthriel - You are dead on the money there my friend! Yea i do tend to have a lack of confidence with my brushstrokes, or go too small causing a scratchy and generally lame look. Its something im really making an effort to tackle at the moment. Here is a recent Painter sketch where i only used large brush and bold strokes. I feel like this one has been a big jump forward, so ill try and maintain that confidence. Thanks for taking the time to write the crit!

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    amazing work, please keep posting, crisp use of brushes btw

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    There has definitely been a huge improvement. That last image already works a lot better than anything else you've done. I'm glad my comment was that helpful There's nothing here to crit really, just keep on going and maintain that confidence.

    And thank you for your comment in my sb

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    Looking good! Really nice to see you progress, post more often please

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    Last one is great! Good job, keep working on those enviros, they're starting to look like the pro's in here.

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    RecklessProvider - Thanks man, Painters brushes can do amazing things, i really need to master that software more!

    Anthriel - The crit really was spot on Ill be checking your sketchbook regularly from now on too, some amazing work there!

    aiRaGe - Thank you, i will try

    Abrodos - Im flattered that you think so, thank you very much for stopping by!


    Here is an older one that i forgot to post. I can tell its older now because it lacks that confidence that i think i managed to maintain in the last sketch. Still, its something to post until i have some new work



    Cheers for all the comments, hopefully ill have some new stuff soon.

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    awesome work, love the pier and city skyline. please share more.

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    Nice work on the last one. Really digging the textures and lighting. However I think the image is a bit empty. It's not really telling a story. Also I think the terrain in front of the door is a bit boring, maybe a bridge leading to the stairs would work better? The 3 point perspective that the room below the bridge creates could improve the composition greatly. Some people walking on the bridge or whatnot. I'd also strenghten the warm light coming from inside to create more of a contrast between the focal point of the image and the rest of the composition.

    Keep on going and post more! Thanks for the compliments as well.

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    Awesome crits, thanks guys! Ive had to take some time out from sketching to work on some matte paintings which i will post up sometime soon, but ive actually been experimenting with some quick character stuff after seeing an awesome lecture this week by Jason Sadler (character and environent artist at Blue Sky Studios). He showed some amazing work from Horton hears a who, and i was blown away! It takes a special type of artist to get me drawing characters, but he definitely did it. Ill post some sketches up soon.

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    damn man some of your enviros are awesome! are you working as a artist?

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    nice stuff man. my only possible crit would be that you sometimes make your environments a little too muddy with all the texture thats going on in them. I would simplify a lot of your shapes using the lasso tool. Edge control is everything! I don't think everything in an environment needs to have texture, maybe use it only in focal areas or areas near to us. Like in real life you cant really see the texture of everything thats 30 feet away from you.

    keep it up man, hope to see some new work

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    Wow! I've seen a lot of improvement in just this page. Post 74 looks like a breakthrough. Keep it up!

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    great work.. I really like 68# personally.. the texturing and lighting is superb! it reminds me of an awesome painting my mom did in oil when I was a kid lol.. not to date you ofcourse.. art is timeless and skill is skill hah

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    Nrx - Thanks man! No, i am not currently working as an artist. Hoping to find work soon though...

    Quick Sketch - Hey man, thanks for stopping by Yea i completely agree about the textures. I get too comfortable throwing a texture on an area that isnt working in the hope that it will imply something better than what was underneath... Gotta fix that. Thanks for the crit!

    Pixie Trick - Thanks, im honored that you took the time to look through. Yes, #74 was definitely a breakthrough!

    GabeLucena - Thank you, im glad you liked that one. Hopefully some of the newer stuff will catch your fancy too

    Ok, so a quick page of thumbs from photo refs and a new sketch from imagination:





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    Thumbs up Nice work!

    Now I'm not an artist or painter so forgive my lack of artistic terms, but I have to comment on your stuff... The thing I keep seeing in your paintings are color harmony or composition, and attention to subtle detail. When I look at your paintings, I just want to study it to see if there is something I can learn and use in my future painting endeavors.

    I really like your style and wish I had the abilities of those who post here. Please continue to submit your paintings. Even a non painter like myself can see your talents and I sure wish I had your abilities.

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    This thread has proved really interesting for two reasons. One, its been a learning curve watch how you develop your landscapes, your definatley have a flair for use of colour, and your style leans towards a classical landscape style which personally I really rate.

    But two, there has been some really useful advice offered here from others, i'm trying to develop landscape and enviro techniques myself using digital media, so some of the hints on here are dead useful.

    Good luck with your works anyway, there's plenty of real potential in here so far.

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