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    Hey, nice updates. I think I'm saying it again, but I really like your line quality, very clean and controlled. Also the digital painting seems to be moving along well, looks like you're starting to up the rendering a bit.

    Your characters look good in my opinion; I'd say watch the proportions in spots, but overall they have nice personality and structure. Personally, I start to dislike my characters because they tend to look very similar (body structure and costume usually). It looks like on the right group of faces that you're starting to analyze the properties of the face you drew, which is a really good thing to do. Looking at fashion and things is always a good way to help as well, and also looking at other artists, trying a very shape oriented approach (this triangle can be a pant leg?), or just scribbling can help at times. You might do these things already, but just keep trying random things and you never know what sort of designs you'll start to come up with.

    Was that a bit preachy? Hope not hehe. Either way just keep at it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onir View Post
    Hey, nice updates. I think I'm saying it again, but I really like your line quality, very clean and controlled. Also the digital painting seems to be moving along well, looks like you're starting to up the rendering a bit.

    Your characters look good in my opinion; I'd say watch the proportions in spots, but overall they have nice personality and structure. Personally, I start to dislike my characters because they tend to look very similar (body structure and costume usually). It looks like on the right group of faces that you're starting to analyze the properties of the face you drew, which is a really good thing to do. Looking at fashion and things is always a good way to help as well, and also looking at other artists, trying a very shape oriented approach (this triangle can be a pant leg?), or just scribbling can help at times. You might do these things already, but just keep trying random things and you never know what sort of designs you'll start to come up with.

    Was that a bit preachy? Hope not hehe. Either way just keep at it!
    Keep preaching - all your posts are really helpful - I'll try the shapes thing. I think the faces and consistency with them is my weakest point so I'm glad you think that someof the properties were getting expressed well enough

    here's a WIP reffed from this photo http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1215536488 in Lake's post in the ref. photo section

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    done with the painting for now - the ref. is below

    crit and brush tips are mainly what I'm asking for - also, does anyone know where I can get a nice set of PS brushes?

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    Your colour work there is looking great!

    In terms of PS brushes, I think there's a forum here handing some out. Or search for brushes on Deviantart. I'm getting into the habit of making my own from textures and other bits n' bobs...

    I love your sketches muchly, so I don't even want to point out things like anatomy and that! Your sketches are hugely expressive and brave, I have no qualms with that. Keep it up!

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    ah hah! you can't hide from us! lol didn't expect to find a familiar face around these parts. You stepping it up a notch I see. I'm planning on doing the same since I'm going to be pooping it out full time because of uni. I think I'll feel better posting here now that I know the step can be made nice work in here by the way.

    BTW it's fun to make your own brushes. Probably more likely to get the results you want that way too. I have some I got from Kwiix if you want them? PM me with your email address.

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    Very imaginative and colourful work you got in your sketches. Keep it going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euphemism View Post
    Your colour work there is looking great!

    In terms of PS brushes, I think there's a forum here handing some out. Or search for brushes on Deviantart. I'm getting into the habit of making my own from textures and other bits n' bobs...

    I love your sketches muchly, so I don't even want to point out things like anatomy and that! Your sketches are hugely expressive and brave, I have no qualms with that. Keep it up!
    Thank you very much I shall check out the forum to look for free brushes. I made some novelty ones out of a scan of my actual face lol but as for brushes to use on work I have nada.
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    ah hah! you can't hide from us! lol didn't expect to find a familiar face around these parts. You stepping it up a notch I see. I'm planning on doing the same since I'm going to be pooping it out full time because of uni. I think I'll feel better posting here now that I know the step can be made nice work in here by the way.

    BTW it's fun to make your own brushes. Probably more likely to get the results you want that way too. I have some I got from Kwiix if you want them? PM me with your email address.
    Gah! 5te! how are you doing mate? muzzoid is on here as well lol. Hurry up and put your sketchbook up mate! have fun in uni too!
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    Very imaginative and colourful work you got in your sketches. Keep it going.
    thank you very much

    More random marks courtesy of moi....I'm gonna look through my old sketchbooks I think and see about developing some of the sketches more becuase all I did in my last boo k and even the one before that was experiment

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    Hey, nice job on the reffed painting! You did great with the colors and you really got the form and shape of the clouds and the plane. I'm not much of a PS user so I can't really help you in that department, but I would pretty much echo what Euphemism is saying; check around this forum, DA, CGTalk and just see if you can find random brush sets or some tuts on how to make your own from images and such.

    Nice sketches as always, experimentation is always good hehe. Good idea on going back and reworking older sketches, nice way to see progress and also look at your creative process/growth. Or something Keep up the great work!

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    Make brushes from the faces you doodle here! There's also some kind of Pattern randomizer in PS to mix the shapes up also. Just play around.

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    Cheers for your helpful comment on my sketchbook bro, thought ı'll pop by in here and have a look. Your stuff is pretty good, very lose and colourful sketches, reminds me alot of my sketchbook from high school, which i loved. Only thing i would suggest is probably to do some studies on more technical stuff, so you can differentiate for what part on a painting you will need exact proportions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onir View Post
    Hey, nice job on the reffed painting! You did great with the colors and you really got the form and shape of the clouds and the plane. I'm not much of a PS user so I can't really help you in that department, but I would pretty much echo what Euphemism is saying; check around this forum, DA, CGTalk and just see if you can find random brush sets or some tuts on how to make your own from images and such.

    Nice sketches as always, experimentation is always good hehe. Good idea on going back and reworking older sketches, nice way to see progress and also look at your creative process/growth. Or something Keep up the great work!
    I did a little bit of re-working on the sketchbook pages today and also downloaded a bus load of brushes Of course, experiemtnation is always present lol thanks mate!
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    Make brushes from the faces you doodle here! There's also some kind of Pattern randomizer in PS to mix the shapes up also. Just play around.
    You could do a comic with all the same face - Rumiko takahashi's work has a lot of cookie-cutter heads lol.
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    Cheers for your helpful comment on my sketchbook bro, thought ı'll pop by in here and have a look. Your stuff is pretty good, very lose and colourful sketches, reminds me alot of my sketchbook from high school, which i loved. Only thing i would suggest is probably to do some studies on more technical stuff, so you can differentiate for what part on a painting you will need exact proportions.
    technical stuff? Do you mean run through Burne Hogarth anatomy books and bulk up the anatomy? I have been meaning route through his books but they're so wordy and hard to follow! I do agree with you that I need more anatomy work if that is your meaning by technical....please tell me what you mean? thanks

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    Looks like you're having some problems with contrast, in several senses. On the painting of the guy with the... mouth... thing... they're in the same level of focus, if not backwards. The guy, assuming he's our fore/midground and point of focus, should be very sharp, while the mouth would be a little more subtle. Not necessarily blurry, but with more atmosphere between it and the guy. With some of your pen/ink/watercolor stuff I see very similar linework all around. try to vary it a little and the foci will jump off the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lake View Post
    Looks like you're having some problems with contrast, in several senses. On the painting of the guy with the... mouth... thing... they're in the same level of focus, if not backwards. The guy, assuming he's our fore/midground and point of focus, should be very sharp, while the mouth would be a little more subtle. Not necessarily blurry, but with more atmosphere between it and the guy. With some of your pen/ink/watercolor stuff I see very similar linework all around. try to vary it a little and the foci will jump off the page.
    When i do my ink work in my sketchbooks it's mostly random doodles and the foreground/b/g isn;t really as planned, but in the guy and the mouth pic you are most right in saying so. I've had to adjust the contrast on my screen today to try and fix that - I'd done that picture beforehand and here's my last post for the day which i hope is a bit better I'll try and do some work with my lines to get the contrast in there!

    A crappy camera that cost far too much LOMOGRAPHY SUCKS! lol
    took about 3 hours so far but am just too tired now!

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    Hey nice updates; the digital paintings in the post before this last one look cool, nice unique compositions. Lake had some great crits so I won't really add on to that, but I will say you might want to try to use some larger, bolder strokes when you're doing things initially. This goes for this camera as well; it's looking great so far, and you've really punched in alot of contrast and details through the process. You nailed likeness as well, even early on (as you're process animation shows), so I'd say you might just want to try and block everything in big and simple to begin with. That way you have an easy base to work on top of, and you can start the refining process more quickly. If this is your approach then obviously disregard this hehe, but yea just figured I'd throw that out there Great work, keep at it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onir View Post
    Hey nice updates; the digital paintings in the post before this last one look cool, nice unique compositions. Lake had some great crits so I won't really add on to that, but I will say you might want to try to use some larger, bolder strokes when you're doing things initially. This goes for this camera as well; it's looking great so far, and you've really punched in alot of contrast and details through the process. You nailed likeness as well, even early on (as you're process animation shows), so I'd say you might just want to try and block everything in big and simple to begin with. That way you have an easy base to work on top of, and you can start the refining process more quickly. If this is your approach then obviously disregard this hehe, but yea just figured I'd throw that out there Great work, keep at it!
    I'm not too good with getting the colours exactly right so while I try to fix it the brushstrokes get a bit erratic I had what you are sayni in mind to beign with but it needs some practice. I appreciate the crit, especially as its something that has been put to good use in your own work

    Here is the project as of now and I feel that i don't want to touch it much anymore. It is far from a finished product but for my excerice it is as I wish I guess. I'm going to make a brush to make small regular dots liek I wanted on the flash bulb...oh damn, i forgot something in the flash bulb - nevermind lessons learned - a days work is never done!

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    ahh, your stuff is always so bold and colourful! I love it. nice job on the plane crash picture and on the delve into digital stuff overall! be bold and strong with those brushstrokes to make things look sharper (check out that plane picture: there are a few wispy bits in yours, but in the photo the clouds look a bit more solid, if you see what I mean)

    keep up the lovely work

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutss View Post
    ahh, your stuff is always so bold and colourful! I love it. nice job on the plane crash picture and on the delve into digital stuff overall! be bold and strong with those brushstrokes to make things look sharper (check out that plane picture: there are a few wispy bits in yours, but in the photo the clouds look a bit more solid, if you see what I mean)

    keep up the lovely work
    Bolder on the brushstrokes - got it! I think i have troubles getting to grips with the brush changes and I know that a big problem is I'm not all that confident with lighting and oclour all will come with practice and study!

    My printer buggered which means I can;t use my scanner either =_= here's a character doodle that I'm working on so that I may improve my painting from imagination etc. character desigmn whatevr. Its a bit bland becuase I didn;t o any thumbnails beforehand. please crit - the arm is off and I would greatly appreciate a paint over to help point out the problem

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    that's the spirit! also, sorry about your scanner. I hope it recovers

    nice looking digital stuff though (neat character design!) and your painterly colouring is looking nice. I did a quick (maybe quite bad I APOLOGISE SRRY) paintover for you


    all I can see is that his sword arm is a bit long, and that it looks ats though his elbow points inwards, when in fact it should be outwards if the arm is backwards. hope that helps a bit

    good stuff!

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    A lot of dedication is showing through in your work - always a good sign! Your not scared to try the unfamiliar too which is very important.

    I like the details you've managed to capture in the camera piece, but I think with pieces like that it's best to capture the general things right first before concentrating on the details. Just to elaborate a little on what Onir said, get the background down first, then paint the general block/silhouette of the camera over the top, then start throwing your light source down and making sure the forms are correct. Then start adding the details to finish up. I really like the details you've got there but some of the forms seem a little off, and it's never easy adding a background after your subject has been placed!

    Keep going, you've got a lot of imagination. Fuel it with your drive

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    This sketch book's great!
    Your compositions are very nice. I really like the piece with the clouds.The details really came alive on the last one and the colors are very pleasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutss View Post
    that's the spirit! also, sorry about your scanner. I hope it recovers

    nice looking digital stuff though (neat character design!) and your painterly colouring is looking nice. I did a quick (maybe quite bad I APOLOGISE SRRY) paintover for you

    all I can see is that his sword arm is a bit long, and that it looks ats though his elbow points inwards, when in fact it should be outwards if the arm is backwards. hope that helps a bit

    good stuff!
    Thanks for the paintover - it helps a bit it felt like a suspiciously easy pose to draw but ohhh no =_=
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    A lot of dedication is showing through in your work - always a good sign! Your not scared to try the unfamiliar too which is very important.

    I like the details you've managed to capture in the camera piece, but I think with pieces like that it's best to capture the general things right first before concentrating on the details. Just to elaborate a little on what Onir said, get the background down first, then paint the general block/silhouette of the camera over the top, then start throwing your light source down and making sure the forms are correct. Then start adding the details to finish up. I really like the details you've got there but some of the forms seem a little off, and it's never easy adding a background after your subject has been placed!

    Keep going, you've got a lot of imagination. Fuel it with your drive
    I'm not sure if I intended to do a background or not but it defintly wasn't well thought out i need to work on my light sources - thanks mate
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    This sketch book's great!
    Your compositions are very nice. I really like the piece with the clouds.The details really came alive on the last one and the colors are very pleasing.
    Thanks you very much

    guess who got a scanner!

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    well, here is something else - oil on 6'' by 4'' board or so

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    Ah hah! Mugen.
    Or is it?
    Looks fine, just keep in mind that placing warm colors next to cool ones on a small area makes things muddy up.
    I'd like to see some anatomy studies. Your figures are a little unproportional and too short.
    I lke the coloring and style of those sketches. Really loose and dynamic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitallyDumbfounded View Post
    Ah hah! Mugen.
    Or is it?
    Looks fine, just keep in mind that placing warm colors next to cool ones on a small area makes things muddy up.
    I'd like to see some anatomy studies. Your figures are a little unproportional and too short.
    I lke the coloring and style of those sketches. Really loose and dynamic.
    yeah, this is a really small piece lol. about 8'' tall. This self-portait is much bigger lol thank you very much. As for anatomy studies, I used to do them a lot. At the moment I'm wary of copying drawings by other people and anatomy books, I'm even wary of photographs! I'm trying to work on ideas and composition at the moment I think. ~ i'll keep it in mind though!

    oil on canvas board

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    heyyy miss liz!

    I love your oil paints. and your shadows. and everything. lovelylovely always so lovely!

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    tah gutss.

    after a long absence. I'll post some of the good stuff from what I've been doing between then and now. All crit is greatly appreciated

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    really nice sketchbook..
    ok i think im just gonna be a lurker on this site...i now feel totally useless at art :/

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    loking at your DA your pretty good! just set up a sketchbook and be prepared for crit. its what helps you improve. thanks for checking this one out though hurry and set up one of your own here for people to see.

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    hey lookie its a toffeeliz.

    nice work you have been doing recently, keep it up .
    Try and pay more attention to your values, they seem a bit lacking.

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    really lovely color pages! I like that one of the fat pig guy. and like muzzoid said, values could use some more work

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