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    2009 sketchbook - CLOSED

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    Welcome! The sketchbook starts at post #3,
    but don't linger on page 1, there is new stuff on page 2.

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    Post #1 is just for holding the thread thumbnail:

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    Post #2 will hold some kind of gallery after a while, for those who look first at the old pages of the sketchbooks.

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    OK, here starts my new sketchbook
    There will be a few comic projects here, but for now I'm in a dark mood.
    Here are a few works in progress - or forever unfinished - made from imagination on open canvas.
    How can I improve?

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    I updated my sig. Glad to see you have settled into a new ca.org home! Keep on rocking them colors.


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    Excellent update. Glad that you've stayed busy (I have too, but my computer's on the fritz 'til tomorrow). One thing I just now noticed is that you aren't varying the weight of your lines. It would make working with large brushes easier if you were able to do so... I don't remember which program you were using but it ought to have such a function.

    Keep up the good work , dude.
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    Hey Leo, glad to see you're back ^^ I really like the first image in your post. Obviously the red is really pushing the focus on your character, but I really enjoy that you offset her with a very subtle neutral blue backdrop. I feel like sometimes you have too highly saturated colors happening in the background which flattens the image a little and makes it difficult to determine the real focus of the piece. Great work so far, keep it up!

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    Thanks for the feedback, dear SSG buddies!

    @wheezy:
    Color's still frightening to me, but I took a deep breath and dived

    @Zweit:
    I didn't really stay busy unfortunately, all pictures on post #3 but the first two are from before my art syncope.
    When I use the basic brush I link pen pressure to opacity only. Linking it to weight as well would make thin lines almost transparent. I don't know how you or others manage. But recently I picked up using the oil brush of opencavas again, that way blending is dynamic and I can save pressure for weight.

    @dierat:
    I'm trying to focus on composition and readability, which includes seriously tackling color, but I really feel like a kid mixing tints, I wish I was more serious



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    Keep at it!

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    Thank you kidult, I will!
    Those who know my old sketchbook will recognize Wild Nymph:

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    Yes, I'm still dark mooded. It will get away.

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    These are all very good speed paintings but as you said, they're pretty shaggy. Do you plan on tightening any of them up further or are they just sketches? Anyhow great work sir.
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    hi leo! wow, you've been @ it good. I really like pieces like the red woman, where you use subtle colors to show her skin, but still use a stark contrast color for the background. finishing something just to see if you can do it does seem like a good idea, but you can always just pick a good piece for that later right?
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    Haha my favorite green gurl! Now, go do something more finished! You churn out lots and lots of nice sketches, thumbs, wips, etc, but you rarely take them further. I know you hear this a lot, but I think it's worth repeating.

    For color testing, I think it would be beneficial if you did a thumb (not too big, not too detailed, but with a well defined foreground and background) in neutral tones (like a sepia brown) and used color layers on top to experiment with color. That way you can really sit down and practice color relationships efficiently. Typically students just draw a ball sitting on a table for color studies like that, but I always find that a bit silly because a ball doesn't exude a mood, not like a figure in a scene does.

    I like that you've been pulling out some more interesting colors in some of these sketches, colors that are delicate mixes that I haven't seen you using before. I particularly like ghost rider and revenge is now.

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    Mostly agree with with dierat comments.

    Right now you have one colour for the background and then the subject in the forground in a monochrome kind of scheme, like all blues or purple, same hue and saturation just different values. for example in crystal valley, what you need is to find the complimentary colour of cyan (orange-red) and subtly work that in underneath you main colour. Painting crystals is pretty hard what would sell it is a sense of subsurface scattering.
    I recently tried to do a night shot without ref and it was a disaster. what I learned is 1 stay loose in comp stage, 2 use a ref, 3 find the right hue of navy blue, 4 pick a defintie light source, 5 obsess over getting it right until it looks right.

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    Hey where's the wild nymphos experimenting, I see some nice updates but no nymphos! what gives?

    nice use of ssaturated colours! that 1st face could've done with some, specially in the orange

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