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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 09:55 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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    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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