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    Few more bits -

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    So here's my first attempt at a full render... not very happy with it - but it's a place to start. Having a hard time with my software - anyone here use Painter Essentials 4? Should I bite the bullet and get something better? I'd hate to spend the time to learn this software just to find I'm wasting time better placed elsewhere.

    Think I just convinced myself to go get Painter or Photoshop... lol. Anyways, here's my bit:


    I call it - "screw the hand just post it already"

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    Downloaded the Painter X Trial, happy with it so far... still trying to figure out a few things, but happy with this in general. About an hour and a half... will post the rest of what I did tomorrow - going to try and get a finished piece done for the critique section.

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    Eye Study

    Used someone's eye study to do my own... when I figure out where it came from, I'll add the credit here - sorry about that.

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    Those eye studies are looking pretty sharp. I think the biggest mistake I've seen so far is on the centaur about to fire his bow. The arm holding the bow is obscenely long so the string has to stretch back much further than it could. Your poses are generally too stiff and awkard. The guy with the weight on a chain looks like he's about to fall over. If you're not taking life drawing classes, I fully recommend them. If you are, I fully recommend posting the results. If you have posted them, I recommend saying so.

    I call it - "screw the hand just post it already"
    Maybe you should call it "I don't know how to do the hand, so I'm going to try and find a reference, attempt to fix it, then post it in the critique centre for help". Except that's too long, so don't call it that.

    Painter X is a great program if you have the cash.

    Keep it up.

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    thanks for the comments mate - I'll keep them in mind. That arm really looks too long? Yeah, it might be a bit overdone... and I'll try to loosen up the poses, should have something soon. Hopefully I can replace that render with something better too, that was a pretty poor first go... will have another full render soon, likely post it in the WIP section too.

    Never had any classes - very much looking into them though. Appreciate the comments mate.


    Here's another study, torso this time - no reference, though I should (as Craz said) start using them.

    Any rate (sorry a bit small):

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    Gettin' there, I think. Finally figuring out some Painter stuffs... hopefully I'll be able to show it off soon

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    Couple quick bits... been away from everything for a while, hoping to get back on the horse this week. My trials all expired while I was gone! lol... damnation. Well, I'll make do. Here's the doodles:

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    Another bit, took a while - used only a basic pen (half opacity) to add colors and a grainy blender to get the texture and fills. Pretty happy with it, think I'll fish for comments in the critique section.

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    cheers.

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    Returning to sketches for a while... I keep rendering but it never looks as good as I think I'm able, I just need to learn the nuance of the apps, I suppose.

    Quick piffle here, something that came out after reading a few comics. It's so frustrating to be stuck in sketch mode when I think I'm capable of so much more... maybe I'll hunt for a mentor or join a sketch group and bounce some questions off peers. Any rate, this bit is CS4 and the tablet.

    Likely I'll try to render and flesh these out a bit, if for no other reason than I need the practice. Comments, as ever, appreciated.

    More soon.

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    More sketch

    An example of my process, when sketching figures.
    Didn't spend a lot of time, just wanted an example here for later use.

    Cheers.

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    On my to do list:

    more gesture thumbs
    more renders
    clothing studies
    specific anatomy studies
    environs and lighting studies


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    Few more recent bits... study study...


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    You got good studies and imagination drawings in here. Great start. And I like the piece in post #10, nice values. Show us some more anatomy studies now!

    Keep 'em coming!

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    Thanks for the encouragement mate, it helps! Really appreciate you taking the time

    Working on those anatomy studies... here's a few quick bits I did this morning:
    (Used a ref on the torso, no way I'll find that same pic. Whoever you are, thanks for the insight and inspiro!)

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    Another morning study... pretty happy with it all in all.

    - No refs used, feeling pretty solid on most of the male anatomy.
    - Did look at my hand for a ref on the ciggy pic, need more hand studies.
    - Feet. Yeah, that will be a constant. Shoes are harder for me, truth me told.
    - Need more female studies and clothing studies should start soon.
    - Render something!

    Additional thoughts/comments appreciated.

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    More groundwork

    More foundation stuff... studies and samples, the like - adding more soon.

    (Thanks to the SSG group for pushing me along... cheers all.)

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    Muscle Study

    Ref used, of course. Just recreating a muscle chart... hoping some of it sinks in.

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    JB's Sketchbook JB's Sketchbook JB's Sketchbook

    Original/Reference (Courtesy of Eddie Donlin @ Studio D Photography)

    Still working on this tonal portraiture... still a ways to go, wanting to get it as near perfect as I can. Tips on brushes/techniques appreciated.

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    Couple recent bits... not really happy with them, half hearted attempts that fizzled before completion.
    Thought I should post them to provoke myself into doing better work.
    Comments still appreciated - hoping to replace these with better offerings soon.

    Hope all are well.

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    Recent bits

    Well, it's been an age since I've updated... I've been doing a lot of sketching and I've tried to keep a focus on volume and shape as well as contrast and realistic lighting. I'm trying to get my sketch-work as near to digital rendering as I can, hoping it will improve my process when on the computer.

    I don't know that it's really working, but I've hit on a few bits and I think the renders are improving somewhat. I'll be trying to stay with it (recent move has me all over the place) and participate more in the WIP and Crit sections of the forums.

    Hope all are well, here's a few recent renders - Painter X and tablet:

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    couple more... slow and steady.

    tonal portraiture and a rough profile... not progress so much as practice.

    cheers.

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    another piece that I'm unhappy with but decided to let go...

    *sigh*

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    Hoping to add to the sketchbook more often... here's a quick sketch I worked up tonight.

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    Another big ugly head.

    Sigh.

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    Great to see you posting again, lets see those posts everyday.

    The last post with the head looks great I want to see a body for him, i want to know his character a bit more very intriguing. Also why sigh? You've got great linework all you need is a bit more contrast and shading. Darker darks lighter lights. Especially around the eyes and nose. Well all depending on your light source of course.

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    Thank you for commenting! I appreciate the thoughts, I'm going to try to post more to my sketchbook, really want to spend more time with my art. I'll try to add a full character as well and increase my contrasts too - lighting has always been an interest to me, want to explore coloring more as well.

    Thanks again, I really appreciate you taking the time! Cheers

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    couple new bits... been too long!

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