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    Bitjockey's pencil pushing. UPDATE: April 24, 2012

    I want to become more active on CA, so I thought the best way to do that is to start a sketchbook thread. So here it is. I'll try and update at least once a week, but I'm not making any promises.

    The first pic is a head study based on a screeenshot from posemaniacs.
    The second is a study of a breastplate. The front-view is from reference, and the 3/4 view isn't.

    Of course, any comments/critiques you have are most welcome.
    Last edited by SkullClutter; April 24th, 2012 at 09:53 PM. Reason: Moving the images down so I can change the thumbnail
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    Two more updates:
    - Another chestplate study, from reference. This time the reference was actually being worn so there are a lot more interesting reflections in the metal. A great piece for practice.

    - Some hands, from Bridgman.
    Last edited by SkullClutter; October 30th, 2008 at 08:55 PM.
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    Nice start! The head looks great other than the lighting being a bit inconsistent. Really like the brushwork and colours on the latest breastplate. Keep posting!
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    Just one update today. Another armour study. Shoulders this time.
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    Today's update is referenced from a photograph I took while on a hike a few weeks ago.
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    Building on top of last post's picture, here's a WIP of some fanart in honour of Slayers Revolution. I'm aware I forgot the shoulder guards. Anything else is fair game for critique.
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    Okay, it's been a lot longer between posts this time than I'd like, but I hope I can make up for it with a bunch of Bridgman studies. Mostly hands, but a few arms too, after I got bored of all the hands. (I'll come back to them later, honest.)
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    Those Bridgeman studies look magnificent, it shows you've been thinking about the forms and not just copied the lines individually. Interesting to see where these take your imaginary hands.
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    Today's update is a pageful of idea-dumping while trying to design a sorcerer/magician.
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    I started a new file in painter with no specific image in mind and just started painting. I ended up with a generic green background and fairly decent (for me) clouds.

    Now I have no idea where to take it. I'm pondering adding a sea and some sort of cliff, but I'm worse at those than I am mountains. Help much appreciated.
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    Nice work in the sketchbook so far!

    I totally love the metal studies - metal is so hard to render... (for me, anyway!)

    As for the last painting, my recomendation would be to get some contrast in there... both with value/tone but also with soft vs. hard... the clouds are very soft and fluffy, but your mountains are looking a bit fluffy too. See if you can harden them up, get them to stand more like stone. Also... I might make them bigger... right now they're pretty tiny compared to the sky - keep in mind that a lot of mountains are tall enough to actually *breach* past the cloud cover!

    Keep up the good work, and see you next week!
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    Nice metal studies! Just keep working those anatomy books, it will pay off! Try paint / draw from life too will help alot!

    Here is a great tut for painting in ps:

    http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm
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