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    Meilin's Sketchbook

    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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    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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    Thanks for your advice. I tried it out and here is the results:
    Last edited by Meilin; November 12th, 2008 at 04:50 PM. Reason: moved pictures from post nr 1 here

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    I came home too late tonight to do another color study. So I ended up doing some fast sketches instead

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    First attempts? Pffssshhh wow, that's a lot better than mine were. |D; Really like that goose- keep at it! Experiment, sketch, and play with layers and brushes. Those ladybug sketches are pretty neat. :] Look forward to seeing more.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Just some sketches

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    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 : )

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    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.

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    just some quick sketches of my classmates and my first attempt at painting an environment. Spent ~30 min on it.

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    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.

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    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

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    Just some more eye studies today. With this I think I've reached 50 eyes, time to move on.

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    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!

    -Hudd

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