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    First off, the photo figure studies look really stellar. Line quality and everything else, looks really great. The kneeling/curled up figures are ESPECIALLY beautiful. Reeeally nice. The imagined figures are also looking good so keep at those.
    I was thinking about our discussion of proportional canons and the whole leg/torso length and I had this thought. Having those long-legged proportions as you do in your figures definitely gives them a sense of elegance and exoticism, which is great in a female or male figure. I think ultimately (and I'm probably just saying something obvious that you've already thought about) you should let the character dictate those canons. For certain characters, it might be detrimental to emphasize elegance as much as the elongated body would. We were talking about Chen's figures and I think those have a certain sense of groundedness that long legged figures just will not have, purely because of the distribution of weight through the masses of the figure.
    Also, in that last painted figure, tonal shifts like you have going work to give the skin texture as well as establish physical depth right? Well I think there are certain places where it is definitely working, like around the shadows of the neck, planes are reinforced through those shifts (I especially like those gorgeous purples!) but there are other places where I see them more like dirty shadows or maybe just patches of discolored skin, like on the lower part of the torso, the thighs, hips, pubis and stomach. It may simply be because it's too dramatic of a shift in hue, and the warmth of the flesh is trying to come forward too much against the coolness of the tones around it, but I think more than that it just might not model the form quite as well as you do in other places, like the neck arm and wrist.
    So there, I did my best to give you a sincere and hopefully constructive critique. Hope it's helpful and I'm not just blowing words out my...mouth. Those are my thoughts. Keep drawing like a pro! You're an inspiration to us all, man!

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    You're improving fast That 4 hour life drawing looks really good. I'd crit if I could think of anything but i can't Keep it up

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    ahhh dude keep up this greatness!!
    i gotta talk to you on msn some time!

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    Thanks for swinging by my sketchbook! Thought I'd return the favor. Didnt expect to see such awesome figure studies. Really nice stuff. Not only have you come a long way fairly quickly, but it's a sweet style too. Keep at it!

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    Hey Connor, great to hear you're back updating regulary!

    All these studies have really payed off, big improvement since the older posts on the previous page! I really like your approach of studying, taking a small sketchbook out into public I must try that. Aswell as the way you study photoreference, good ideas.

    I can only see some small proportion-errors in your stuff from mind, you'll soon conquer that.

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    Lord M:Hey thanks man
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    ryanoir:thanks, ya we'll chat sometime
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    sketcheth:Thanks for the crit man, I thought about it long and hard, it's a good one. Thank you, really.
    RBeek: thanks, I'll keep watching my proportions, always tough!
    Twan: Thank you, I see what you mean about the table, I'll watch my perspective!

    So I applied and was accepted to Grand Central Academy in New York City. I'll be attending full time starting this September! I'm so excited, I'll be studying under Jacob Collins and a bunch of other really talented people in an atelier style school. Here's my portfolio I sent, some of the pieces I've already posted here, but others are new.









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    Congrats on getting in!

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    leaps and bounds man. leaps and bounds congrats on getting into the grand central academy! its an awesome atelier and im sure youll enjoy it. ive seen some jacob collins paintings in life and theyre fucking awesome!

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    Congratz man
    Do you freakin best! And make sure you'll milk all the knowledge out of that school

    And cool update to!
    Good luck man!

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    d-d-d-d-aaaaaayyyuuum dude!!
    loving it!
    and congratulations on getting accepted!! YOU DESERVE IT!!
    altough i thought you were in france ._.
    cant wait to see your massive improvement from working hard there!
    and post moaaaaar

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    Great stuff man, glad you made it! Looking forward to see more stuff

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    Much congratulations on GCA! Look forward to seeing more of your work as you continue!

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    congrats ! your portofolio is really nice, you deserve it
    I envy you, still one year left for me before attending to an art school, so long
    cheers up!

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    Twan: Thanks Twan . I know your feeling, that's why I left school one year early to go study art there!
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    These are the last ballpoint pen sketches for a little while... I'm practicing my pencil work, and also I lost my pen so it'll be pencil life sketches for a while now. These actually appear bigger than they are in life.




    Anatomy:

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    poop from my head... unfinished but i doubt either will be worked on further



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    Anatomy, not focusing on details, just general shapes of the rib cage. Ref

    Anatomy from mind:

    Tree study I started outside, I'll finish it over the course of the next few days. Took a while to draw out just these simple lines, I wanted to make sure it was accurate.

    Some figures from my head

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    hey, congratz. that was, like the goal here, right?
    hurry up and think of a new goal now
    or you'll end up doing circles 4ever like me :p

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    lovely work! i hate rib cages! SOO MANY BONES!! ARR G
    keep it up mate you getting gooooooooooooooooood!

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    wow so good man! the torso bones from mind are good though i don't know exactly what it's look like in reality.
    Try colors now!

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    Nice update. And yeah, those bones are pretty accurate for drawing from your mind

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    GCA!!! That's amazing! I'm really happy for you, and I hope that your cash will hold out

    I'm studying in Montreal in a CEGEP in a 3-years Illustration & Design program. Sadly, it's a bellow average school IMO and you don't get a degree. It's the best that I can get in Montreal and tuition is only about 500$ per year for Quebec residents. They teach a lot of techniques and technical tools but it's very disappointing for the actual drawing and painting part.

    So I have to fill in the gap on my own and with the help of mentors/friends who have attended various ateliers.

    I have 2 years to go here then I'm planning on going to the States for my classical training... although I need to figure out the financial part of it.. I wish I could go to GCA in September like you!

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    xinranliu: Thanks man . Sorry to hear about your situation, we should chat sometime... do you have an MSN or AIM?

    tobbA: Thanks

    Twan: Haha thanks Twan, I've been experimenting a lot with colors lately, everything I try looks too bad to post though. Once I start feeling at least a little comfortable with color, I'll post some stuff up.

    ryanoir: Thanks man! Those bones do get annoying , I try to just concentrate on the overall mass of the rib cage.

    ashess: Haha yea I suppose it was the goal! Next goal... get a decent freelance illustration career going. Or something like that. I'll just keep plugging away at trying to get better for now

    Uh here is a piece of poop... it's like a funky monster human thing I did to relax my brain this morning. I have a few plein air drawings that I will post later today, I'm going to go out and finish one right now.

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    wow studying with jacob collins...thats actually a dream/goal of mine that must be awesome man! btw are you dutch?
    i'll be watching you grow from here, good luck!

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    Dude, you've made some seriously huuuge strides it seems in these last couple of posts. Keep up the awesome work. Look forward to seeing the updates later.

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    Eric: Thanks man, that's always good to hear .
    estheryu: Haha well thank you, I've never never been someone's idol before . Welcome to the forums!
    Frank Gressie: Hey Frank, it's cool to hear that you are a fan of Jacob! If I could get in, I think you could definitely get into the school, of course I don't know your financial situation or visa situation... but maybe come take a summer course at GCA sometime, there are some great workshops all summer long! I am indeed Dutch, or well half-Dutch, but I do have a Dutch passport as well as American citizenship. Nice to see a fellow Dutchmen on the boards Thanks for the luck, I have a feeling I'll need it to accomplish everything I'm setting out to do.

    Some plein air drawings in graphite... my first real forays into the world of plein air drawing/painting. LOTS OF FUN, highly recommended.

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    Well dude, they're looking good! What about the rest of the landscape though? You've got some really beautiful arrangements of shapes with the little waterfall and the tree has tons of crazy directions in it, but I'd challenge you to include more of the landscape so they're not isolated in white space.

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    oh man.
    your art's really taking off!
    keep it up

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    that painting really rocks, good values, the pose is not natural but i guess it was not the point
    plein air drawing are really good, do more!

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    Diggin it! Do more!

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    krel: Thanks man
    Twan:thanks Twan, yea I was purposely trying to make the pose really weird.
    bapsi:Thanks bapsi, I sure hope so!
    Eric:Thanks man, good crit.

    Another mindless no ref doodle, at least I'm getting faster, I did this in about an hour. I've been re-examining my goals and what I want to achieve in these next few years during this past week. So not a lot of art-making, but a lot of important thinking is going on that I've put off for a long while. On the other hand, I just finished my last exam in high school. So long, one of the crappiest times of my life. There were some very good parts, but too many terrible parts. I can't wait to begin at GCA and work like mad.

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