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    Suck it in, it waits for noone!

    Hi, I've been using CA for a while now, but I just made my account.

    I'm 18 and I want to be able to draw and paint accurately from imagination before I get old.

    I don't have a scanner, so I can only upload digital stuff, which I'll be doing a lot of to justify the cost of my new tablet

    Anyway.....


    I've been doing a lot of Photoshop studies recently, Trying to learn digital painting. Here are some of the better ones.

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    You're off to a great start; Very impressive, especially considering you're just starting out. Lots of potential here, keep it up and you'll be a pro in no time.

    My only critique would be to use a darker mid-tone to start with, and don't be afraid to push your hues more (try using a different color for the highlights, and a different one for the shadows.) Keep it going!

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    I like those life paintings alot. And you seem to have good knowledge of anatomy aswell. I want to see more!

    p.s .. is that the little fairy guy in berserk?

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    cgaddict: Thanks for the crits, and I'll try to live up to the expectation Means a lot coming from you.

    DefiledVisions: Yeah, that's Puck, wondered how long it would be before someone noticed lol.


    Some more stuff, 2 quick environment studies and gestures from the Spartan Camp thread.

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    Need more practice with environments, might do a few longer studies...



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    Man, if you're only 18 and this good already and "trying to learn digital painting" as you say. You're doing a darn good job and i would say you have a very bright future ahead of you. Seriously.. keep it up (and keep it real).

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    Those fruit studies look great. I think of all of them the banana looks best, while the pear for some reason is my least favorite of the three. It's great that you are studying so much. i don't really have much to crit, i just think its really cool how diverse your sketchbook already is. Keep it up.
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    One thing I really messed up with the pear was the spacing and positioning of the dots. They don't converge at the edges of the pear, and I think it made the whole thing seem flattened and two dimensional.

    Anyway, some more gestures and sketching around...

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    These are from the Spartan Camp thread. All of them are pose maniacs, I might do some from imagination next week.

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    More Sketching Around, just random crap.

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    Your gesture drawings are extremely impressive to say the least. I do have some advice when studying environments, however; If you're using references, make sure you choose photos that have a strong value statement and a sense of depth. Otherwise your studies will look flat, which is the case here. Go lighter as you go towards the background, with less saturated tones and less contrast all around. The opposite applies as you proceed towards the foreground; Use darker shades, more saturated tones, and increase the contrast. That should do the trick

    Overall, you're doing great, and I look forward to more of your progress.

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    So sense of depth in an environment reference is the equivalent of strong contrast in a portrait reference?

    Thanks for the advice, its helpful badasses like you that make this site so great.

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    Keep up the gestures, and really keep up the still life studies. I really liked the banana. That's about it, except you're off to a good start.
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    Portrait painting is very different than environment painting, so I wouldn't compare the two. You have to be very careful with values when it comes to landscapes, so I recommend just starting off with greyscale for now, and concentrate on colors later.

    I did a quick paint over of one of your pieces to show you what I mean, I hope you don't mind:

    Suck it in, it waits for noone!

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    I don't mind, I really appreciate the effort, and that's a great example.

    I'll stick to greyscale like you said. The reason I tried colour was to get some practice with using "natural" looking colours, but it would make more sense to focus on depth .

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    Another small update. 2 more quick enviros....

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    I spent most of my time messing around with the custom brushes, trying to get the foliage right. Not much to look at, but on the second one I did feel like I was getting used to things more.

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    Very nice, I already see a huge improvement in your environment studies, especially in regards to values. Second one is especially good. Keep it going!!

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    These are looking great! Keep pushing it man!

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    Thanks guys, I'll get more studies done during the week. For now, more gestures.

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    The first 40 are from posemaniacs, the last 10 are straight from the head.

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    Another greyscale enviro study....

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    Felt a bit better with the edges this time, still need a lot of work though.

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    Looking good man!
    I like all those poses, their really great!
    Do life drawing paintings they will help you tons!
    Your doing awesome right now
    All on the right track
    Keep it up!

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    Edit: Oops, forgot about this one:

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    Really need to sort my brushes out, I keep forgetting where the good ones are in the preset manager


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    This one was horrible. I picked a photo with barely any contrast. Still got some practice on trees though.
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    i see quite an improvement in those enviros! are they all after photo refs? you convey a lot more depth and i absolutely love the subtly of the last one!

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    lilnebo: Thanks, I'm gonna do some PS studies of figures from photos once I get a little bit better.

    katinki: The environments are all referenced, and I feel like I'm hitting and missing with them so far. I liked the reference photo for the last one but it felt muddy and blurry when I was working on it. Subtlety can be a strain on the eyes lol.

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    The gestures are looking good. You've got a pretty firm grasp of the figure from what I can see, but as you said, your foreshortening needs work on some of the pieces. Your environment studies are coming along nicely, and I can see a lot of potential in them. Perhaps try a cityscape or two so that you get a feel for man-made landscapes as well as organic ones. Other than that, just keep going.

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    good figure studies, but the colour ones seems lack of volume..try to work more on them..btw nice elisha!
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    Senira: Maybe some man-made landscapes later... good point.

    Dan Valkar: I saw one in your sketchbook, nice lol.


    WIP bird....

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    Hell yeah! thanks for dropping by again. Man your enviors have a great feeling about them. The last one could use a brighter sky though. Your studies are also really kickass.

    All your lifestudies will, in the end, give you something very valuable. Knowledge about how things work - how colours mix together - where joints are located, how an arm really looks like etc.
    and all this knowledge attained by studying will help you draw from imagination.. I'd really like to see some more imaginary work by you.

    keep it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DefiledVisions View Post
    I'd really like to see some more imaginary work by you.
    Yeah, me too lol. Its one of the many things I need to work on... imagination. I'll probably just do lots of thumbnails and scribbles, but if I find something I like I'll post it.

    More gestures, I only did 5 original ones this time. Was aiming for 10 but I accidentally deleted a few. That was a kick in the balls.

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    That bird is fancy, fancy, fancy
    Nice values, subtle colors.
    Fantastic gestures as well, though don't forget to do more detailed studies of musculature.

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    Your progress is great, you see much more comfortable with environments now. Your gesture studies are amazing, almost flawless. Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgaddict View Post
    Your progress is great, you see much more comfortable with environments now. Your gesture studies are amazing, almost flawless. Keep it up!
    Thanks, especially for the environment advice. I feel a lot more confident now, with environments and just Photoshop in general.

    Erobern: Thanks, I think I might hit the books again and go back over muscle and bones.. and heads... and feet etc


    I'm back at uni now, so I have less time to draw. At the very least, I'll keep doing the 50 gestures a week, hopefully I won't get too swamped during the year.

    Might as well post the "finished" version of the bird. I planned for it to be a lot more refined, but now I just kinda want to move on to something else. I feel like I improved again though, I had surprisingly few problems rendering the bird. Hopefully my Photoshop skills will be as good as my pencil soon...

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    great stuff! your posemaniac figure studies look pretty perfect! i nearly start to ask myself why you continue doing them? what do you want to get out of them? i'd wish you would push yourself out of your comfort zone and tried something different!
    and the crow looks awesome, too!

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