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    Doodles and scribbles of Ethically Challenged

    Not much to say... I want to draw and paint for a living. Behold my doodles and comment if you please. Thanks for any feedback.

    I try not to use references if I can help it. It is my ambition to be able to do without it. Please tell me what you think:

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    hello and welcome~

    nice works, Although not very mature,but i can see lot of Style of your own.

    this one good Effect, you can make Lighting more strong . and the Background you can make mor colour ~


    this one has some proportion problem~ and i think you can do more good!
    keep up!

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    My 2 cents would be to work from reference as much as possible, life drawing, still lifes whatever... that's where you build up your "mental library" of how body parts fit together, shadows fall, perspective happens, etc, etc, etc... Apply that to the imigined stuff later, and still keep life drawing when yo can.

    As for crits I think on the first the head might sit a bit high relative to the shoulders. On the second I think she may be a bit "stretched", or thin in her proportions. On the fourth I'm not sure that that arm recedes quite the way it ought to.

    All that being said this IS a sketchbook, so these are practice, and I think your skills are on track. Good rendering and close on the proportions. Those perspectives wouldn't be easy even with ref. Nice job on the hands too.

    Hope you don't mind the crits, none of them are major, and you might not agree with them even. Nice start to your SB.

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    Hello there. It seems that we share the same goal, but yeah, I'd also suggest you to draw from life as much as possible. Photos, real objects, people... Whatever. The more you do, the better you will get at drawing from imagination as well.

    With that said, I really like your first anatomy-study. It's very well rendered - you did use a photo-reference for this one, right?

    The woman is perhaps a bit too thin to be realistic, but the rendering is pretty good on her as well. Especially on the arm that stretches outward and her legs.

    Keep it up!

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    Photoshop still life - a decoration hanging from the lamp in my bedroom
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    More stuff with no models or references used (pencil on paper)

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    Nice work! Your rendering of the form is great! One thing I noticed awkward though is the picture of the man on the horse. His head seems a bit big for his body. Other than that, keep it up!
    About references...I believe an artist should never stop drawing from reference. It's great to be able to do work from imagination but working from reference is good practice for doing so.

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    Continue the work and you'll kick ass in no time! Drawing from life is also VERY important. Not neccessarily nude-lifedrawing but just everything: People in cafes or starbucks or the subway, buildings, cars...
    I really like your technical skills, the lamp is just simple and beautiful. Keep posting!

    cheers

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone!
    Here's a sketch from imagination done in photoshop
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    gud works so far n expecting better works in the future.. can c ur mind set in ur works n in ur words. i am a newbie here. so m not goin much into criticisin ur works. all that i need to say is written by others like [i]Bill, Arthe Xavier, jackpot_anjr90 n Kfeeras. so m not goin to repeat there words. i will jz add one thing. its a great talent to be able to draw from ur own imagination. its smthing which even i used to b practising for. then once i joined a course in art i found the importance of building ur strong base. u know u can draw and it will be simple for u to replicate something, so u might not b so keen on doing it. but later u will realise how important that practise can be. so give some time to do some reference study too.
    thats all...
    great works... post more... loved the decoration item. nice lighting n all
    all the best

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    This is a result of reading the Q&A section in ImagineFX. Question about how to paint foliage in an impressionistic style answered by Lauren K Cannon. I took the color scheme from there.
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    A portrait of my girlfriend, from life, under 2h
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    A study from life, about 2 hours in photoshop cs3
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    Shitty end of a shitty day... I'm learning how to make compositions without thinking about detail.

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    A design for a bookmark as a present for my gf and an excuse to practice using values, simple composition, mixing flesh tones and hand anatomy. Painted from imagination in photoshop

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    Good stuff,
    Really dig the stills and life studies, good job on that bookmark as well, great values,

    Nice work, keep it up

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    Tried to use 9 step value scale with an opaque hard brush. The point was to use no more than 11 values

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    Today, the very opposite of creativity:

    a copy of Frank Frazetta's Atlantis
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    and a scene from Full metal jacket:
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    I totally used references for this one. It's a result of studying Marta Dahlig's tutorial in ImagineFX

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    Nuthin' like a little sacrilage before bedtime - a copy of work of the awesome Mattias Snygg from the Darkness level 0 comic book

    done in photoshop cs3

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    just practice. about 1.5 h in photoshop

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    Great life painting studies. One thing you have to let go of is this stigma that doing something without reference makes it much better than something with reference. Learning how to use reference correctly and not just copying an image, but applying them correctly is a very very useful skill. Drawing something without reference is great, but not necessarily better than good use of reference. A lot of professional illustrators will shoot their own references is preperation for an illustration.

    Anyway keep up the studies!

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    Some anatomy studies from life (foot) and copied from Sarah Simblet's anatomy book (the rest) and two elbows on the right from imagination. It's good to grab a pencil after a long time spent with photoshop. In some aspects it surpasses working digitally I think.

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    To adress the reference/no reference thing, I don't think that I carry a stigma, I think I got rid of the stigma that reference is vital or even needed when I saw what Paul Mellender can do. What is thought impossible today may be tomorrow's standard and we might be shown what can be do in art. Take a look at professional illustrations from the 50s, those things change and discoveries will be made after which things will never be the same again

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    Here's a bookmark I painted with acrylics. Took about an hour, no references.

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    ha..the bookmark is really nice and unique!

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    i enjoyed your sketch book, and i'd like to see more frazetta studies, i think copying them can really help.

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    Acrylics on canvas
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    The title means refraction in Hungarian because the stuff in the composition is Hungarian and there's a lot of fénytörés going on in those shot glasses. Hope you like, I couldn't get a decent photo.

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    Very nice!

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    A quick study in photoshop from life before going to sleep.

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    amazing work that orange looks 99.5% realistic.

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