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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.

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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.

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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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    I love the anatomy studies.My progress with studying anatomy is slower than turtle.I just have to stop being lazy i guess.

    Good start on the last painting .I think having a plenty of photo references will help a lot.

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    Just bumping this so you will hopefully have enough time in your daily life to be more active in CA.org.

    Great anatomy studies.

    Be very careful with your colours, though. In reality, there are many more hue shifts than you have portrayed in your works. Rather than simply playing around with one hue and calling it a day (in terms of brightness and saturation), find ways to incorporate other hues on the same object. For example, for your latest landscape, you can easily create a more interesting sky by simply making the top a deeper blue then slowly transition into a light, aqua blue, and the plains could slowly transition into the sky's colour to hint depth. Lina's red clothing could be more interesting if it goes from reds to purples in order to display the blue ambience around her. Do not take my words as perfect advice, though. Try studying photos and from life and examine what happens in certain situations. Daestwen suggested this and it is REALLY surprising to realize what hues can exist on a single object.

    Keep workin' and hopefully I'll see you in future sketch-meets!

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    Wow, thanks a ton for the comments, Amaranth. I've pretty much decided to scrap work on that last piece until I've done a lot more studies.

    I've actually started on a study of a landscape photo yesterday, so hopefully by tonight I'll have enough worth posting.

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    Here's the landscape study that I've been working on. Not finished yet, obviously, but I thought I'd post what I've got and see if I can get a few good crits while I'm still early in the process.
    Posted alongside the original for easy comparison.

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    OMG. your first head study made me realize what I was doing wrong with my necks! Thanks for that post!

    Live life, Live love, Love life, then die -- SaiVix

    I would really love some honest critiques and improvements suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitjockey View Post
    Here's the landscape study that I've been working on. Not finished yet, obviously, but I thought I'd post what I've got and see if I can get a few good crits while I'm still early in the process.
    Posted alongside the original for easy comparison.
    Looking much better. I like the hue transitions, especially the sky, which gives you a better insight of how the world is very complex in terms of colour.

    Be careful of the values. Notice how in the photograph, the bottom right part is much darker while yours is much lighter? It gives an entirely different perception of the landscape for the viewer. Mike Correiro (who recently got banned but was a very helpful person), critiquing one of my works, stated to "Push yourself" and I believe it applies here for you as well. He meant for me to push myself in terms of colour and value. If you check your work in grayscale, the values tend to be very close to each other. Remember that values hold a greater priority in how a human perceives an artwork than colour. Try adding more contrast as depicted in the photograph. It can mean the difference between the illusion of depth and flatness.

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    Amaranth: Contrast is another one of those things I need to work on. I'll have to remember to focus on that next time I work on this.

    Thanks for the crit.

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    Here's my latest update of the landscape study. Still in progress. I still need to push the values on the midground cliff.

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    Still working on the landscape study, but in the meantime, here are some gestures done during drawing class.

    The instructions were to block things off quickly in a solid tone and then go over with straight intersecting lines to refine. About three minutes each, conté on newsprint.

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    Another batch post of the stuff I've drawn in my sketchbook since the last time I busted out the scanner.

    - the top half of the doors of the Starbucks that the Toronto sketch group meets in.

    - My purse, minus the shoulder straps. Done during break in drawing class today.

    - A mug. Homework for drawing class.

    - Another page from Bridgman.

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    Just a short update: today's DSG topic.

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    More stuff from drawing class. It's amazing to flip back though my newsprint pad and look at how far I've come in such a short time. Since it's been a while since my last update, I'll only post the best out of each topic we've covered since then.

    -Stick figures, 1m each, pencil.
    -Angular Line drawings, 6-7m each, Conté
    - Ellipse figures, 6-7m each, Conté
    - Gestures, 60s each, Conté

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    It's been a while since I posted any studies so here's a batch.
    Assorted hands and arms, from Constructive Anatomy

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    Today's post is a cloth study I did using a pillowcase and an overturned coffee mug.

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    NoodleDoodle: Thanks! I'm just getting into the Head/Face section of Constructive Anatomy now, so I should have some head studies up soon.

    Here's a more imaginative project I started today. I'd eventually like it to become some kind of water spirit, but first I'm focusing on getting the figure down.

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    Some gestures from last week's drawing class, 1 and 2 minutes,
    5-minute poses, and
    30-minute pose.

    One of these days I'll figure out how to take decent pictures of a newsprint pad with my camera.

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