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    On your self portraits you're getting too bogged down with the detail. Fill in the main lighting areas first, squint. When you've got the main forms down, just indicate very gently the details at first. Try a charcoal pencil with chalk - gives you more control over dark and light and do it on toned paper. Carve your face out.


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    Thanks for the tip BlackSpot, funny thing is that I bought charcoal this afternoon before reading your advice, i also intended to buy tainted paper but this so-called art shop didn't have any sketchbook with toned paper, that's what it takes to live in such a small city.
    Anyway first selfportrait with charcoal is done, i'll post it when i'm back from work.

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    Here are my first attemps with charcoal, usual selfportraits my hand, me drawing, and finally some random armored guy with a quick colored version.
    I've got to use my brain more while drawing, it's no good at all when i just go one line here one line there ... consequence the guy in armor got no torso under his armor grrrr well the good thing is i saw that , too late indeed but i now see where mistakes need to be corrrected and there are a billion.

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    Nice work! Love all the effort you put into your colour studies!
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    Thanks Shambok for the kind word.
    Here 's an update of the guy in armor, hope it's better now.

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    Today's production isn't good at all in my opinion, maybe one of the baby gesture is better but there are tons of stuff i dislike, however i tried to put down the values before entering into details, it's a bit difficult, i always went so quickly into details again, more training to come soon.

    Here is the usual crap:
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    speed portraits from movie still (should have taken my time they're awful blerrr!)
    baby gesture
    and an enviro wip, dunno where i'm going on this one

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    A still life some portraits and some decomposition of the human body into simple shapes, legs are very interesting.


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    Decomposing and recomposing the human body a bit more, i'm trying to go for big simple shapes first and refine afterwards, i'm having trouble with proportions as always but i see some of the issues sometimes now.
    I reworked the warrior girly, corrected a lot of things, hope it's better now, anyway i will go back on this one and correct it further.

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    This weeks CHOW Guardian of atlantide,I took a ref for the body part (me in fact and put some steroids on the guy) don't know what i can do to polish it more, i think the composition reads well but i might be wrong, advice welcome.
    More studies to come soon.

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    I really like the lighting with the armored girl painting, and the water in your CHOW piece is really nice. Very colorful.

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    Thanks Sonia-leticia, but the sad part is i hate every single i made yesterday, and tomorow i might hate the drawings i made today, very frustrating but it helps me crave for learning new stuff about art, it s à struggle againgst myself, my lazyness self-satisfaction and all, i won t give up hehe.

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    The charcoal stuff is coming on; it's almost liberating you from the detail. I get coloured paper from WH Smith sold as scrap book stuff.

    The main crit with the girl is the armour; can you see her bending or even twisting in it. It looks too solid. Draw some insects or even scorpions to see how organic armour should be. Nature is great teacher if you let it.

    The last piece is coming on. His jaw is a bit lop sided, but that could be an old wound. Maybe having one eye glow would add to it.

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    You've been working hard lately and it definitely looks like it's paying off. I think those charcoals suit you well. Don't lose heart .

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    Thanks Blackspot for the good pieces of advice, i will do some research and studies on insects and stuff around that.
    Here are some more studies, some gesture exercises , selfportraits and some stuff from imagination.

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    totally love your sketchbook, you deserve your last name, great one!

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