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    shut up and draw! (updated jan. 28th!)

    Heyup, I'm Bethan! I'm 20 going on 12 and studying animation in Bristol while freelancing on the side I make comics, crafty things and illustrations too.

    Kick my ass and make me work hard!

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    a selection of some bits and pieces done over the year cobbled together

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    I have not much to say yet, except that I like the picture with the figure on a moonlit path (osfurstars.jpg), I like the colors, the atmosphere. it would be a really warm scene, but the spiky branches are menacing and one of them even "touches" the figure and it disturbs the harmony. I dunno if it was your intention.
    it seems this will be an interesting SB, keep it up, I'll come again

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    this comment is in reguards to the dsg aquasuit. I think the color is really good, and has a nice mood. The thing I think that is throwing it off is the rim light. Its super orange! In this case it is darker in value than other places on the man when really it should be lighter. Solution, desaturate the orange, it will still look orange, but you wont loose the form so much. Hope this helps.

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    shiNIN: thankyou! that was my intention, so I'm really glad I got it across thanks a lot for the support

    MonkeYoakum: oooh yes I see what you mean. Like a dark gold to grey would probably better? Thankyou very much indeed that helps a lot I'll be sure to try that out

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    I have a tendency to horde and accumulate all my sketches P: trying to get better at that. also, definitely need to do some more life drawing!

    also, the fifth image down is an (unfinished!) copy of Surikov's Menshikov in Beryozovo

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    Hey, thanks for dropping by my book. Thought I’d return the favor. I dig your straight up black and white ink work, I think they’re your strongest at the moment (especially the stormy town piece from the 23rd and city from the 27th. They are the clearest, have the best sense of mood an focal points.

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    I figure now I've got the time, there's no sense being a lazy bastard and holding back my work (IT'LL ALL COME OUT ONE DAY in a great.. flood of er, arty diarrhea? ew. think I need to work on my metaphors). and I need to stop being such a chicken (after all, we're all mates? ... aren't we?)

    I'd love some criticisms on this piece if anyone's got the time, especially to do with skin colouring: his face looks like plasticine! the train is pretty heavily referenced from here

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    Hey Gutss, nice work on the colouring above - seems you've gone for a bit more of a challenge in your latest WIP! The skin tones do look a bit ill but thats becuase you've been using a pretty muddy purple tone for the shadows. It's hard to say if you need more yellow or red in the skintones to make it look better, but a little more white+red/yellow would probably work well. Although it probably wont apply as well to the look you're going for in this painting, you could have a look at what Linda Berkgvist has to say on skintones http://www.furiae.com/index.php?view=gallery in her tutorials section. I think maybe a dark brown might help you with the shadowson his face, LB doesn't do much old skin but I remember reading somewhere that blue tones are better for younger skin? Going well so far!

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    thanks a lot for the encouragement Toffeeliz (I am trying to challenge meself a wee bit more)! and that crit. really helps me a lot. I guess it's all up to a bit of trying what works best now (:

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    I've accumulated quite a lot of stuff since my neglect of this place so I'll try to upload a bit of that before another FRESSSHH ART DUMP

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    took liz's advice with my unfinished piece and it's coming along lots nicer now. no more trollfaced old man! (he just looks like a bit like a hairless dwarf now)

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    Great work on the guys face and skin! glad to hear the link and stuff was helpful haha When it comes to the traain and the back ground, it might be an idea to flip the image and start working on it - it looks pretty lopsided at the moment and if you see it from another side it might be easier to level it out.

    I like the sketches up above; theres a really sweet children's book illustration style coming off. And I just love cat sketches anyway haha your cat looks almost as fat as mine keep it up man!

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    thansk Liz! I've been flipping it but haven't quite rectified the wonkiness yet (the entire perspective of the platform looks pretty wrong to me now, so I'm going to work on fixing it).

    I love doing cat sketches! and my cat is indeed very fat

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    recent doodlings! most of them are studies and stuff. need to work on using colour mooore! so much empty white space is kind of disheartening

    a bit like an empty fridge.

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    Great stuff in here, i would love to see more studies

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    it's been a while! I've been hopping about the place (currently, I have no kitchen at home which makes things hectic) and delaying posting here.

    apart from the drawing stuff, I think I need practice in, "getting off yer arse and actually posting the bloody things"

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    studies! I've been really getting into these (must do moremoremore) and I'm eager to learn stuff.

    my first proper self portrait (discounting the ones I did in primary school with pasta for hair. also disclaimer: I do not have a lazy eye. I'm just a bit incompetent at drawing me face), lots of Bridgman studies and a few doodles of Toulouse Lautrec paintings

    and any help regarding these would be loved!

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    mooore drawings! trying to do a quick self portrait every day before I go to bed. I'm hoping I'll learn something from it

    in fact, I have already: I need a haircut

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    forgot one!

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    tunauniverse: thankyoouuu so much! I'd love to do work for books sometime (and comix, ultimately) so I'm going to keep working towards that and you're welcome. I dig your stuff

    slobasaurus: thanks man! and that's a really good idea (the closest zoo is a few hours away, but I think I'll make an effort to make it a day trip! and maybe include the crazy toddlers as part of my animal studies, haha)

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    30 second poses, an awful awful self portrait (ohman it's so bad I like it. gonna try working on some different angles and dramatic lightiiiinnggss *AIRPUNCH*). the black and white city picture is college stuff and I totally whacked out on some of the perspective while inking

    and have a pageful of my cat, in lieu of a zoo trip. normally she does crazy stuff like chase her tail and pull herself along the carpet, but as soon as I start drawing her she's all well postured and shit. what's with that?

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    http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1219832719 lol and tardis! lmao. I may have to eat your cat and steal your drawing arm
    my personal quote for this: "My feet. Let me show you them" http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1220117705 but i can't really offer a real crit haha

    You have pretty busy pieces - I challange thee to make a sketch that has only the bare minimum shapes and lines to create a character or whatever you wish to draw - a scsnene - I like the black and white one in full opacity - do something like that but more simple and smooth

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    DON'T EAT MY CAT! O: she's nothing but flab. bahahah I'm liking that quote P:

    also CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I best get weaving!

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    a few bits and pieces and a seriously loose sketch, which uh, I guess is a complete exaggeration of Liz's challenge. but it was bloody refreshing and a good warmup so I might do some MOOOOREEE (albeit tighter ones)

    I bloody love drawing. moremoremore!

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    oh psst, and here's some comic book pages that are a couple of months old, done for a competition at The Lifted Brow (I got a runner up prize dfhdgf I don't know how that happened. majorly spurred me on to improve, though. and it was fun!)

    EDIT: BAHAHAHAH I just noticed he has five fingers in that close up panel of him playing guitar. JESUS!

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    Awesome, truely awesome work!!

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    i really like you line style...
    this is really good beggining of one nice sketchbook

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    Nele Ooms: woah, thanks mate. I'm just very glad to hear someone likes it
    ekler: well then, I better keep at it. cheers

    some quick dumb character designs, Bridgman studies, a picture of me mam and other rubbish. I feel as though I've been slacking a bit and not being patient enough with things.

    and of course, the only remedy for this is to wallow in self pity for months on end drinking excessive amounts of tea.

    wait, I mean DRAW MORE (and do a proper answer to Liz's challenge YEAAAAH) >:D

    p.s: you lot here are all THUPER. I am loving it

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    Mr Gutss

    that comic is quite splendid, did you write it yourself?

    The amount of dedication being shown here is impressive as well, you may want to spend a little more time on some of the studys, look at people like tensai and salaryman for inspiration on lines, Mattias i think fits your style more perhaps?

    In all likelihood you are probably aware of these guys already, but just thought i would share anyway, keep it up.

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