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October 19th, 2008 #1
Hey I'm 21 year old and have been lurking around this place for a while. I'm completely self-taught which means that I have basically learned everything so far the hard way
Now I have finally got the urge to learn how to paint. The last time I used colors where when I was 8 years old doodling in an aladdin coloring book so I expect this to be a long journey... as you might guess all crits are appreciated
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberOctober 19th, 2008 #2
a good way to learn colur is to build from monochrome. By the looks of things these are digital. If so I'd paint them in black and white first and then try using the colour overlay tool with a limited pallete. Once your confortable doing that you cna dive straigth in with colour fomr the start.
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October 20th, 2008 #3
Thanks for your advice. I tried it out and here is the results:
Last edited by Meilin; November 12th, 2008 at 03:50 PM. Reason: moved pictures from post nr 1 here
October 21st, 2008 #4
I came home too late tonight to do another color study. So I ended up doing some fast sketches instead
October 21st, 2008 #5
October 22nd, 2008 #6
Thanks for the encouraging words. I'm still trying to figure out how to mix colors digitally without using the smudgetool, but I have a blast in the meantime
Today I finally had time to go to the convenience store. It was about time… I ate up all my motives for still lives 2 days ago. But now the refrigerator is full and I’m ready to go again. I've stuck to simple forms so I could focus on different ways to create texture and mix colors. However I still can't seem to grasp how to achieve that almost shiny tomato look.
October 23rd, 2008 #7
It really feels as I'm taking two steps forward and one step backwards with this painting project. Well anyways this is what I managed to create today, experimented a bit more with different ways to mix colors.
October 24th, 2008 #8
Just some sketches
October 25th, 2008 #9
Decided to try and paint a portrait today, but didn't get passed the greyscale phase. Maybe I'll get around to color it another day. I used a reference image for this one, and yeah the girl looked kind of pissed in the original as well : )
October 26th, 2008 #10
More tomatoes... it seems like tomatoes is the only thing in the refrigerator that I won't feel like eating no matter how empty it gets.
At last it's starting to feel as if I'm getting the hang of this color mixing matter, so maybe I will lay of the vegetables for a while.
October 27th, 2008 #11
just some quick sketches of my classmates and my first attempt at painting an environment. Spent ~30 min on it.
October 28th, 2008 #12
I had no idea that finding good skincolors was such a slow and painful process. Got this far with it before I realised that it got to little contrast. Think I'll try to fix it tomorrow.
October 29th, 2008 #13
Did some more work on the portrait. It really has made me realize how much I need to practice drawing faces, so I did some eye studies as well
October 30th, 2008 #14
Just some more eye studies today. With this I think I've reached 50 eyes, time to move on.
October 30th, 2008 #15
Cool stuff. One thing that might help you with painting is to lay all of you darks down first and then come back in with the mids and the highlights. Great start to a sketchbook. Keep it up!
October 31st, 2008 #16
Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook. I usually end up going with to few dark colors when I paint, I think it's because I feel like I see so much color in the shadows that I trick myself into believing that the color must be much paler and more saturated than it is. I'll try your trick and see if it makes me come around that issue.
I tried to do some environmental sketches today, used 30 min on each. I feel like I have really much to learn in this exercise, both with picking colors and with the more technical aspect of digital painting such as using brushes and blending color. Dunno if this is the best way to learn all these things or if I should spend more time on one image instead. Any crits, tips, and links to tutorials are appreciated.
November 1st, 2008 #17
Another batch of environments, 30 min on each
November 2nd, 2008 #18
I had an idea for a painting; I dunno if I'm gonna take it to a finnished stage but did some research sketches just in case.
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November 3rd, 2008 #19
Another long day in school today, so didn't have time to paint much, and when I sat down at my desk I was all over the place... so here is a little bit of this and a little bit of that
November 4th, 2008 #20
I chose to go greyscale today to practice the use of brushes some more. Took around 40 min, but I think I should have stopped after 20... after that it just became kind of messy.
November 5th, 2008 #21
November 5th, 2008 #22
Hi Meilin, your linework is really good and your digital stuff becomes better and better. Keep it up!
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November 6th, 2008 #23
Thanks for the kind words, I'll try to push the progress even further
It just became one sketch today since I have exams coming up soon. I think I might have gone over my head with the complexity of this one though (gosh I must be really week when a flower manages to break me).
November 7th, 2008 #24
Just another quickie. I think I'm getting closer to finding the right colors but I definitely need to work more on how to use pencils.
November 7th, 2008 #25
Thank you for stopping by my sketchbook.
I'm really liking what I'm seeing here. You have already grown since your first post and i personally love the fact that your studies are coming in pencil and digital form. I know that I have always felt that working on one really improves the other - what are your thoughts on that?
Don't get discouraged about being self-taught, either. I went to art school and I have learned so much more through my own research than I did in any of my classes.
Looks great so far. I'll stop by again soon to see what you're up to.
Please stop by my sketchbook!
November 7th, 2008 #26
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November 8th, 2008 #28
You've got a great sketch book started here. I'm enjoying watching the progress.
November 8th, 2008 #29
Kinjura: thanks for dropping by. I must really agree with you. Before I started painting I was kind of cocky about my drawing skills, but since I started with this sketchbook I've discovered several flaws in my technique that I need to work on. But if I'm gonna be honest the plan was to focus hard on my painting techniques until Christmas, the sketches are just my way of slacking out
Kuroart: thanks for the encouraging words. Most of the environment references is from terra galleria, but some are things that I've taken myself and some things are just googled. I really love the advanced picture search on google... it makes my life so much easier
Bigfootrooper: Will do mate! Just gonna get the exams out of the way and then I'm gonna try learning some new stuff again
Black spot: Thanks mate, I'm trying hard
So this is what I got today... Tried to do one value study from memories of my hometown and the other is just the usual environment.
November 9th, 2008 #30
I got my hands on some zhuzhu's brushes today so I played around with them for a little while before I went back to the books. There were some troubles with finding the right hues for the apple but I think the end result became kind of ok. Each sketch took around 30 min.