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    Monochrome self-portrait. I used a little green so as to make things less than dull. Just a quick one, possibly 30 minutes.

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    Another self-portrait.

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    These seem to be coming frequent so what I will do is post about 8pm with updates.

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    Some more moleskine.

    ((posting as much work as possible now because I might be too busy next week))

    1: some more imaginary stuff. Although I was working on perspective on that left creature!

    2: I think possibly the next best thing someone can do who has no access to life drawing classes is to copy some experts Life Drawing images! Copied this from Anthony Ryder. The other images are doodles from Carl Dobskies perspective dvd's.

    3: Back to imaginary. Seems to be getting weirder...

    4: left one is observational of my sisters new baby asleep. Right is another weird creature, possbly one of the COW creatures.

    5: Some more COW sketches. Never really gets far...

    6: Observing a glass and a self-portrait.

    7: Some anatomy stuff from Bridgemen

    8: I think the left one is from doodling for one of the #COW activities.

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    Cranium Sucker. I know I could have done this much better, I think I rushed it to tell you the truth Its meant to be a cyborg from Skynet (terminator). I need to pull my socks up and try better next time...

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    love your work Rist!!

    to studie anatomy this is a good site
    (posemaniacs) try short studies and long studies
    http://www.posemaniacs.com/

    also a good thing is drawing your hands and feet and
    drawing people from photo's.
    You already doing alot of portrets so thats good
    i see alot of portrets of the front side, also try from other sides

    best thing still is drawing people from life

    best of luck!!
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    'ej:

    Thank you 'ej!

    I've always found the images from posemaniac.com a little vulgar (sorry). I think I much prefer copying a B.Hogarth rendering or try and find some other already studied drawing or painting. I am going to begin avoiding photos for studying (only as reference).

    I'm taking a page from MindCandyMan's sketchBOOK. He began by drawing and rendering shapes and self-portraits. His progress has shot through the roof. I think he also did life drawing so I might need to search around for some.

    Thanks.

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    I just fit this into the day. I have Adobe 1998 set as default which makes my images seem washed out when converted to the web standard. I need to change it to web standard for future pictures. The shadows are a little muddy; I need to think of a way to sort this ASAP!

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    Some nice improvements man, portraits are looking heaps better!

    One crit, try not to smudge you pencil work. Makes every thing look a little dirty. And I'm sure you can shade pretty good with out smudging, so give it a go!

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    Wow, my friend, you are certainly a busy fellow. Good to see your drawings. I love the Bridgman drawings and the line quality is nice. I would strive for that in other drawings. Re: smudges, when sketching in my Moleskine, I use a 2h {or higher} because the quality of the paper really picks up the lead. I like to sketch and construct the geometric shapes of the drawing and the perspective lightly with a 4h pencil. I can be more free, spontaneous and reckless, because the marks are so faint. Once I feel happy and confident in my framework, I detail with a darker lead. You may like it.

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    Charming smile man.

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    JailHouseRock2:

    Thanks! I read over and over never to smudge, but I think its a bad habit I have. I will try to stop doing it!

    Edward Cherniga:

    Sounds like a plan! I will try it when I throw myself into the mole again.


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    As charming as they come


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    Just finished the exhibition. Looks pretty good. I have 68 portraits up on a corridor leading to the main studio rooms, with 2 of those at 32" in height. I then have a space for my Suicidal Wheelchair Bull designs and paintings. Should be good.

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    This is a quick 30min sketch after reading the new CA contest: Newborn.

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    WIP #1 for C.O.W. #144 -- Cthonic Psychic Suckerer. The idea is to use the guardian of the underworld, the Cerberus, as inspiration.

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    I will be looking into joining the new contest Newborn. This new thumbnail is similar to what I had in mind when I first read the brief. The large creature is partly hidden to create a sense of mystery. The hundreds of humanoids might be clones or maybe 'newborns' been created by this creature.

    Right now I think the create looks to be eating them more than giving birth, I will have to work around this. I also need to look at alternative possibilities.

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    My first attempt at ZhungLu's portrait style. I will try to refine this technique.

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    your shadow portraits and concept art from prev. page are really fantastic! they've got a nice dark and lively sense to them.. i like the little mouse guy for the newborn stuff as well.. latest self portrait is nice and smoothly rendered, but i think loses the edge that a lot of the rest of the work has. keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearblossom View Post
    your shadow portraits and concept art from prev. page are really fantastic! they've got a nice dark and lively sense to them.. i like the little mouse guy for the newborn stuff as well.. latest self portrait is nice and smoothly rendered, but i think loses the edge that a lot of the rest of the work has. keep up the good work.
    Thank pearblossom. I think the reason the latest stuff seems to loose the edge is because they are done digitally and from observation; both things which I am rusty with. I was told to work from observation so I am trying to create at least one portrait a day from the mirror.

    Here is another:

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    This one has been annoying. How do you 'know' how a Great Master painted this stroke or that??? I think I am learning though The colours are off too

    I also have been working in Adobe 1998 so the colours will not seem the same, i will have to fix this for next time.

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    Hey dude!

    You're last few self portraits have been pretty solid.

    If you care, post the image you're doing the study from, I think that might help us push you in the right direction. The only thing I'm seeing right now is the neck looks kind of funny, but it might be the image you're working from.

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    Here we go. The neck seems odd to begin with, but looking with a fresh eye I can see what you mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by HugeHarHar View Post
    Hey dude!

    You're last few self portraits have been pretty solid.

    If you care, post the image you're doing the study from, I think that might help us push you in the right direction. The only thing I'm seeing right now is the neck looks kind of funny, but it might be the image you're working from.


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    Ok, so this helps a lot. You're right about the neck being weird, and I think this is actually coming along very nicely. Just keep pushing it.

    -The left side of the neck (her right) at the top of the neck where it meets her head you have to much of a curve. Her neck curves outwards and about halfway it straightens out and goes nearly straight up.

    -Her elbows are a little off. In the original the bend in her left arm is horizontal to the bend in her right arm.

    Other than that I think all this piece needs is some polish.

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    Hi Rist, I think this last one is going to be beautiful when you have finished developing it.
    Your color choices look great to me.
    The only thing I can add, is that her forehead and chin are too big. Her mouth could do with a bit of a upward curve toward the edges. Look forward to more.

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    Thanks guys. I need to stop been lazy when making corrections. I have learned so much over the past four years, theory wise, its time to put that knowledge into action!

    Another self-portrait. This time speedy at 30minutes.

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    Damn! Loads of improvement with your self portraits, and I'm really liking this last one, what with the colors and stuff. I think the lady's crits are covered so I'll critique something else. Nice bridgman studies~ very close to the originals. I think, though, for some of your other drawings, a variation in line thickness would help bring them out; thicker in shadow, thinner in light.

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    Thanks shalite! I will make sure to keep in mind the line thickness when drawing.

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    Damn! Loads of improvement with your self portraits, and I'm really liking this last one, what with the colors and stuff. I think the lady's crits are covered so I'll critique something else. Nice bridgman studies~ very close to the originals. I think, though, for some of your other drawings, a variation in line thickness would help bring them out; thicker in shadow, thinner in light.
    Here is a portrait I did earlier, which I forget to post.

    Also a masters update. Trying to fix the distorted proportions (thanks to the black stroke )

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    Another colour self-portrait.

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    this whole thing looks waaaaay too much like the brain sucker bug from StarShip Troopers. I mean like...identical.
    Just letting you know.



    Quote Originally Posted by Rist View Post
    I will be looking into joining the new contest Newborn. This new thumbnail is similar to what I had in mind when I first read the brief. The large creature is partly hidden to create a sense of mystery. The hundreds of humanoids might be clones or maybe 'newborns' been created by this creature.

    Right now I think the create looks to be eating them more than giving birth, I will have to work around this. I also need to look at alternative possibilities.


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    well the skintones are kinda lost at the moment...
    The great vid I learned from aout skin tones is by JHSanden
    maybe if you classify all the tones you see here. The way he did it is by naming it
    Light1
    Light2
    Light3
    Dark1
    Dark2
    Halftone1
    Halftone2

    you have to Squint to siplify the values. Also try looking at simple abstract shapes and it will help if you turn the peice upsidedown or sideways or inverting it is also great to freshen the eyes.
    Cool that you are doing the studies again. Love the SPs man, I'm seeing great improvements already.

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    meduza:

    Hey man!

    I think I'm been too cautious at the moment with self-portraits. I will be pushing the colours some more I think when I get a better handle on the values. Already I am seeing improvement in where to position features, and without as many adjustments to position. Not sure how to do the system by Sanden; never seen his video.

    I've been trying most tricks in the book while doing these (been learning theory for far too long without practising it). I think it doesn't really help that the mirror I use is the size of my small A4 moleskine

    Thanks for visiting! Hope you update your sketchbook soon with some amazing heroes


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    I had watched Starship Troopers the previous night and although I didn't go as far as the Brain Queen, I am sure she inspired me from past viewings of the film. This was just an idea I had in mind when reading the contest title. I will be exploring all kinds of ideas for finalization.

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    Some pages from my sketchbook:

    1: This is an updated page from an above post. I added two observational sketches, one of a metal turtle ornament and the other of a battery container from my xb360 control.

    2: Observation of some flowers I picked. A idea for a futuristic weapon. Self-portrait. And observational study of my hand.

    3: Left page is from studies of the people in a cafe, I used sunglasses so they never new I was staring at them Right page are sketches of people in groups while I was looking down from a balcony, they were situated in the town square.

    I also have some oil paintings but they will take awhile to dry. I think I will photograph them before then though.

    I will try some more digital SP later today and also checkout whats happening over at the activities section.

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    Self-portrait. I tried to enhance the colours. So hard to judge skin tone

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    3 more double spreads from my sketchbook. Some observational (animal and people studies) and some imaginary.

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