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    From doodles to studies

    Hey CA, ive been lurking around these forums for over a year now and finally have decided to get serious about study.

    This first paint was done in 8/09. I needed a better thumbnail. Everything after this first post was where I was at with my art before my first semester at the university here.

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    From todays studies

    A self portrait and of my youngest son.

    I butchered my left eye, the more i erased the worse it got. My biggest problems seem to be perspective and shading in (value?)

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    I found an old Crazyhorse portrait

    a McFarland spidey reference
    well all are from reference

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    Not much time today... when i started the pairs of eyes i was going so slow trying for accuracy with each line lots of erasing. The result was horrible. The single eyes were quick, and i was happier with those.

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    hey! :-)
    I think you´ve got some really nice studies!
    And your son is just cute!! :-D
    Keep on practising and for your problem with shading...I think I share your problem... -.-;; I also try to figure out how it works...but well... with enough practise and time we will also get to be as good as all the other great artists here at ca!

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    Hey, nice to hear that you feel like picking up your pencils again. Your sketchbook looks really interesting. The superheroes got some greats poses and some of the arm foreshortenings are just dead on.

    However on your portraits you seem to be a bit to found of using lines to express everything. If you try to look for blocks of shadows instead of lines and watch how they make the sphere form pop out and push back I think you'll get a greater depth to the picture. It's kind of hard to explain what I mean... but it's sort of letting go of the idea that you have to draw a line around the whole white part of the eye and instead watch where the upper eyelid casts as shadow over the sclera, and where that shadow is the darkest and then go over all aspects of the face in that way. I hope this ramblings are at least slightly understandable for you.

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    Tired today, and it shows. the last scan i was in a hurry to fill up the page. I kind of like my lines more than those i make when im taking my time. Tomorrow i will hide the erasers

    Loomis today:

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    a good way to approach getting better at shading is to wire frame out what you're drawing. you may have to actually grid out your object/person that you are drawing at first, but eventually your eyes will be trained to see a grid for you.
    when you begin, you have to figured out your lighting. then have ur drawing gridded out. then all you need to do with the grid is to shade in the direction of the grid. and just cross hatch according to the grid.
    if non of what i just wrote made any sense email me, and i'll send u an example.

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    Allot going on these days...The time i can sit down and focus is scarce.
    I cant seem to get my hands to do what my mind is seeing. Im now trying to draw with both hands which is fun

    Contours for now, bad proportions as usual.

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    again by the end im loose taking to long to warm up....

    Im really wishing i had a cintiq, looking back at my lines they just disgust me, cant fix the proportions

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    a quick page before i head out for the day, more tonight...

    with pen this time so i can't erase

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    to much reading but here a SP

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    I'm not much of a critic but I think I can see improvement in the last SP.
    The chin is not in the same line as the face though and I think you could push the darker shadows even more. The last piece with the faces looks promising allready but I can see some of the facial features are also not in line. The bearded man has lot of character though.

    Good studies here nontheless, keep on practising.

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    Turning this in Monday. we were supposed to do an abstract of a natural disaster. I struggled a lot with thinking in abstract. The rough was probably closer to abstract than the final

    first is graphite/fine liner
    second and third are my first attempts at a project in illustrator.

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    version 2.0

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    some more from this weeks 2d class

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    got the cintiq hooked up and tried a self portrait

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    after that warm up and a lot of you tube i tried again with some better colors.

    I need to take them further i guess but i seem to be overworking some areas.

    Still this was a lot of fun. I also painted one with acrylics using split complimentary colors which was not as fun

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    trying to see the value in things and practice with photoshop

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    another

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    i should draw more

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    the colors saved on the jpeg of the official are way off from what the psd file displays, any input?

    I stopped on it once i noticed that

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    hmm same problem with this one, the highlights are not this intense in photoshop. I would love to hear some crits I learn a lot from you guys

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    thanks for the stop by my SB...I see you draw a lot! I notice that like me your drawings are pretty 'inconsistent' in quality.. sometime you draw some really good stuff, sometimes it doesn't come off as well... something that helped me a lot is to 'analyze' and tear-appart what I did on drawings that came out well....I notice that your black and white sketches/drawings come out much better in value than your color ones too....to remedy that remember that color is not as important to get an image across as value...so even though your color might not be on-point, if you get the value correctly, the image will not look as bad...flip your images, "desaturate" them to see if your values are coming together correctly...this helped me a lot....and keep posting!...it's kinda frustrating not getting many comments on CA...but keep going at it and they'll come and you're definitely improving so the more you improve the more people will like to help...

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    Cool Sargent study man! Nice values.

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    Nice studies. You're really improving.
    I think you need to work on shading a bit more, though you're coming along nicely.
    Keep up the practicing!

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    I agree zenobia, im trying to get things down quickly, often i dismiss something and move on.

    I spent a bit more time with this one trying some new things. I think the value range is pretty weak.

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    upper body today. lets see what i can do. this took about 30 mins

    EDIT: i really see the short bicep and triceps now

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    another one.

    Im having a lot of trouble smoothing things out quickly.

    any tips?

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    Keep up the work! It's definitely paying off.
    Haven't been paying attention to dates, but there's definitely a HUGE improvement between your first posts and current work.

    You said you were taking a class. Where and which if you don't mind my asking?
    I've been trying to find some good classes.
    It's been difficult in England. Oddly.
    Los Angeles is looking more and more appealing in terms of classes for people who're all growed up and trying to improve.

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