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    01 / 10 / 09 - living the dream

    captains log, art, everywere. times, goood. improvment, much. danger, everywere . . .

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    12 / 04 / 09 - a change in mentalitys, time to update the 'mission plan'

    So, 4 months / 18 weeks/ 126 days or 3024 hours have passed since i
    commited to developing my artistic skill set. Daaaayyyuuuum! what a
    fucking journey. Theres definately been some development

    ...Only i kinda missed the target... instead i've been on a crazy journey of
    self-improvment

    its like, in the past 4 months i've finished laying the foundations of me, i've
    filled in all the craters that growing up creates and reached the point were
    i'm self-validating

    i'll to go back a little and put this in context


    firstly

    i start making art, i enjoy making art, i work to get better at making art, i
    take pride from making art - i label myself as a artist.

    then this

    i feel bad - i take comfort from the fact i'm a artist (validating myself and
    whatever situation ive gotten into) - i create art to re-affirm this belief - it
    dosnt work (i fuck up for whatever reason, dumb hands that day) - i freak
    out

    then i become 'scared' of making art, because i need to protect my precious
    label! if i keep being bad at making art, im not a artist and then what am i?


    you see this is probably the main cause for all the art-block/need-
    inspiratin/lost my drive threads that appear every other day


    but now, ive got to a point were i'm completely self-amusing, i do what i do
    because it amuses me and thats it!

    and then on-top of that i've learnt that my brain only cares about survival,
    its like "fuuuck dan you dont need to move, were alive right here, why
    waste energy doing whatever, were perfectly fine right now" and i see that
    bad emotions arnt a valid excuse to not take action

    so to cut my diary entry short, i came, i saw and now its time to start
    conquering!


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    ok.. time to get this show on the road, i'll start off by ditching some old stuff and move up to the new stuff.

    only got digitial camera at the moment, gonna get a scanner asap.

    if you can spot any errors no matter how obvious please point them out, even if you cant offer a solution. part of fixing a problem is recognizing it..

    anyway... heeerree gooes

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    Fighting with photoshop is no fun

    Anyone know a good way to shrink lots of images down quickly and simply? whever a way through photoshop or another program im all ears, literally i was in a bad accident today..

    anyway because i cant shrink down photos you can have a old dsg entry

    deep see squid think it was

    rawr

    rawr

    rawr

    a few old ps things

    rawr

    rawr


    Ok so this is a shit update, i have way better new stuff, but need to get it onto the internet without stressing myself out, time to go workout and art..

    peace

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    Back broken labour ?

    fucked my back, scanner installed, de scummified (anything in my brothers posession seems to attract general crap, i found a bottle of old spice in the back of the printer... he's fucking 12 weres he gettin old spice?! )

    so scanner installed, scanned through all the stuff in this sketchbook and done my best to get it visiable and clear but its not gone all that great, anyone got any tips on how to improve scan quality?

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    The other half, didnt want to risk loosing the effort in one update.

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    Keep practicing man, because of this scanner issue it's dificult to know if values were right! The best way to improve is to draw a lot from life, but i think you allready know that! Wanna see more colors in your sketchbook !! Keep it up

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    Thanks walid, i agree a healthy dose of practice is what i need right now i think, i'll try get the scanner issue worked out tomorow.


    Also i got tomorow off from college so i hopefully can do some gouache stuff...
    well i think its gouache.. its watercolour.. from a tube? is that the same as gouache.. who knows.. yea...

    well todays been busy, college, hurt my back. battled with scanner to update all work, then gym, i manged to get in some thumbnails for the dsg, dinosaur mounted wrangler one, but there not worth showing and main thing spent about 30 / 40 mins on this still life. I learnt something important, when your exhausted, dont pick something because its super complex... your eyes will try to exit your body for it

    so basically i didnt get past adding core shadows n highlights.. hah, well more tomorow! here you have it, winter pine cones... tadaaaa
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    pine cones are tricky in surface… I recommend starting with an apple, banana etc. and really nail the colors! cool sketches you´re putting up! I like!
    more of the studies!!

    keep pushing
    cheers

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    Agree with bigfootrooper, start with simple shape, it helps you to be more focus on colors and light! For the colors, I think there is not enough contrast, your shadows aren't enough dark. Try to take your time to pick colors. So keep practicing colors studies, and if you are working from photos, you could upload them , it will be useful to make better criticisms !

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    I dunno if it is your scanner, but try and not sketch by scribbling in your lines. Plan, and commit. If it is wrong, it is wrong. But at least it will look clean and confident.
    Don't stop.

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    Shit but true...

    Thanks for the replys guys, i didnt get round to doing another still life painting today and didnt see your reply till too late about line quality fraz so couldnt take it into account.

    so today im trying to get a better grasp of rendering / shadows
    seems im just gonna have to keep relearning these old lessons till there done, so for the record i need to

    -work on the whole rather the parts, im focusing in too early or not focusing on the relationships between things enough to get them right.

    (i've also done 20 1 min posemaniac gestures today, been a long time since i did those.. too long and it shows, but those are in my a3 sketchbook so wont put them up today )

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    Goals for tomorow.

    Still life
    improved process on portraits
    more gestures
    beer
    hone rendering a bit more, i want to get a style like i got in this (the small head at the top, only took a few minutes using a graphite holder) more consistently.

    Peace, gangsta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrx View Post
    Goals for tomorow.

    Still life
    improved process on portraits
    more gestures
    beer
    hone rendering a bit more, i want to get a style like i got in
    yeah! I´ll join for the beer, haha!!

    no serious, It´s good that you put goals so you can work for them! helps a lot!
    and you´ll be happy if you reach em!
    so keep on drawing!
    (cannot really comment on your stuff of today, looking good so far =)

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    Hey! Nice SB Only crit would be describe form with line direction more. Also, In photoshop do you have opacity and flow set to pen pressure from the tablet? If not, click F5, and selected Other Dynamics. Click the drop downs and select Pen Pressure for the both of them, it will make a big difference. If you do, I'd suggest not pressing so hard (do you?) and maybe not such saturated colours. Hope I could help. Keep rocking

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    Prior engagements, not so engaging anymore..

    Couldnt finish this because ive gotta go to my english class... yay..

    Crits
    -dont worry about tone at the begining colour is more important
    -dont over simplify colours too much

    comments, i didnt give myself enough colours to work from when blocking in so things got muddy while blending, and i never made it to adding details, total time 1:30h


    when i get home again i'll do some more portrait work and have a fuckin beer...

    have a good day everyone

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    Shit shit shit late! will fix the other thing later

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    several hours later
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    Coming back from my college i get a bus from the city centre, i go to the bus station and give my driver my bus card, he takes it and looks at it.. "this says holmsleyfield lane", i say "yeah this bus goes near homsley field lane", he looks at me blankly, i say "look homlsley field lane is just behind tesco.." "you cant use this to just go shopping!" if im in a city centre.. surrounded by shops, why would i misuse a bus card to go shopping at a tescos...

    ok so second part of update, tried doing a portrait in bw inspired by walids value studys, went to hell.. id keep pushing with it only somehow canvas size got fucked and i was working at 100% when i normaly work at 25 ish, so here is one very bad piece.

    i wont bother listing the errors, ill say simply this, its good for familiarising myself with photoshop and using a tablet

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    Keep it up. I recommend doing more precise studies in pencil. And like I said, concentrate on getting a good line.

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    No update this friday, i've been working (in one form or another college then work) for 11 hours with no break and now im exhausted. i feel bad because i really wanted to get something done but ive just gotta accept that somedays you just cant win.. (maybe if i lay in bed with a sketchbook ill do some cool doodles that can be pushed P )


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    Yeah, it's a good idea to study values, it helps me a lot ! So for construction, there is no secret, practice, practice, practice, but there is a little tip ! When you construct your painting, to verify if porportions are good, you can flip horizontaly your work, and with this magic tip, all mistakes will be revealed ( try to create a shortcute for this, you will use it a lot ) For values, it seems your shadows are right, but your light are not enough lighter ! Another tip I use to construct painting is that i start by dezooming a lot my canvas, to have a kind of thumbnail, puting the background values, and then puting my shadows and highlight, you will see that it will be a lot easier to construct your basic shapes then you can zoom in to work on features, and little details ( I don't like to start by a sketch, cause I go to details to rapidly when i do that, and construction is almost always wrong ...) Anyway, keep it up, and it will comes
    It looks like you are not using the opacity of your pen !

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    good studies. i agree with fraz. work on getting that nice line work. for the photoshop work, looks like you've got a good base, just need to blend to get a smooth transition between colors and shades. keep it up.

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    i finally got the stuff back from college so ill dump that now before moving onto making art today. i will work on my line quality, and as for the opacity and blending points, i do use pen pressure i just always start of using 100% for blocking in so i can make sure i pick good colours

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    reference exploritory sketch and a more worked piece

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    Just some other stuff that i like too

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    Nice prints. The face could be greatly improved by paying more attention to negative shapes on the right side. But yeah, lets see some anatomy studies. I reckon some face studies would help you loads.

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    can a simple man master simple things ?

    argh, so just spent like 2 hours trying to do a still life of a bottle.. the results i wont post, there horrible, but ive learnt some shit so ill post it here so i dont forget again

    dear dan

    alright dipshit listen up

    break things down into blocks, then over time break down the blocks, dont go too detailed too early. focus on describing form.. limit yourself.. my god man this is so simple why do you keep forgetting... argh...

    anyway, just dropping by to make it clear i have done work today, also add in another 15 1 min gestures

    thanks fraz, i've managed to arrange it in my art class (which is horrible) so that i can study head anatomy after christmas, so i'll save it till then because at the moment i do jack shit in those lessons and to have something that will be productive will relieve so much stress.. maybe then ill stop talking to me.

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    Just a small update to keep the ssg off my back!

    so went out last night and got wasted, worked all day hungover got home and was / am sooo tired, only managed to do a few sketches nothing worthy of posting, but putting pencil to paper soothes my soul so i did it anyway

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    Goals for tomorow

    more life painting, more portrait work

    push through on some thumbnails, i need to produce some finished works to highlight my weaknesses and kick my ass into working harder.

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    2 words:

    LINE QUALITY!!!!
    That is by far your biggest flaw. Be more confident. Don't scribble. I keep saying it man!

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    Agree with Fraz, line quality is your biggest weakness ! Try to do some blinds contours, and other stuff like that, and keep working !

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    not a great update today, was working hard when i got a phone call, couple of my friends were doing a open mic night so i had to go along... alot of pretty girls out tonight... anyway i'd planned on finishing off when i got home but now im too drunk n tired.. so on with the art

    ok this is gonna look shitt to you guys but it actually went well for me, the shit ass self portrait is very distracting, the individual feature studys are much more interesting.. i was focusing on identifying important planes and there graduations, and i feel i succeeded for the main part, i also tried to improve my line quality and i feel i did but i reckon you guys will still nag me.. im making 1 wavy line rather than 3.. but thats just who i am.. dont hate me for who i am!!

    also chalk up another 20 i min gestures that i cba putting up because there a3 / a2 whatevers 1 size up from a4.. thatd be a3.. yeah simple

    i was gonna work on a better self portrait and draw some clothes and track down a nice description for a enviro ( or write one) but time got me in the balls (as always i guess ) but i had fun and got work done so win win? i think so
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    oh and wanted to add

    thankyou to everyone who replys, i might not reply individually but i do read and i do care, im just no good at being short and sharp if you didnt notice

    peace

    oh and seen as im listening to it now and im a mild state of bliss figured id share it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HG-n...eature=related enjoy

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    Hey man, you are here to improve, so it's normal to do mistakes !! Now, for a first selfportrait, I don't find it bad at all. Make sur that you have correct proportions and that you draw your features accurately before adding values. Try to see some images of eyes ( google it) and see how it works, whata are main shapes, etc ... with observation you will improve a lot ! Keep it up !

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    Hey thanks walid

    for today i did the usual 20 or so 1 min gestures. ive also done some eye studys i was focusing on the planes and getting my line quality better, that probably dosnt show through but i learnt alot.

    and i've also done a thumbnail for todays dsg, i will try push it in photoshop later on

    i also tried painting one of my bandannas for the ssgs clothing competiton but it went to hell, i was too tired and couldnt pick the right colour so i gave up for tonight.

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    the faces from those photo's are a tad off, so keep practising on copying, and i guess do more studies. Thats about it. Keep up the work.

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    In fact, I see that you learned a lot with those eyes studies, compared to eyes you drew in your selfportrait ! Hope you will finish your sketch for DSG I also need to start them !!

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    Cool, but your line quality can still be improved, although it is getting better.
    The biggest tip I can give, is to look or imagine what you are going to draw and analyse it. Look at the angle it is at, if it will be seen, what it links in to, the shape, where it starts and ends. Everything about the line. Then imagine it on your paper, and in one fairly dark line, commit to it. Don't think that is wrong, just go nuts. It is all about confidence. Maybe try drawing some boxes or circles, and just concentrate on getting the lines really clean and in one swift motion.
    Keep it up.

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