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    Dave's Life drawing & painting

    I'm going to start my sketchbook, as I'm pretty serious now about developping my work.
    I'm focussing on traditional media and drawing from life outdoors or indoors.
    Because I have so little experience in traditional media, I really depend on some honest crits.
    Trash me if you must, but it's the only way I'll get better
    The goal eventually is to get as good with traditional media as with digital and take what I learnt back into my digital work.

    For my digital stuff, you can always head over to my website in the link below.

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    I like last one..atmosphere looks

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    I've messed around with pastels a bit and the texture of the paper has a huuge influence on everything. Try varying the paper you use to find out which you prefer and which work better for what what you are trying to achieve.
    Nice begining, keep it up

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    These are some drawings I did on A5 pastel paper with soft pastels. I'm entirely new to using them so I'm just trying to get a feel for them at the moment. I might try working on larger scale as I dont feel I can put in any detail (although because of these restrictions I feel the boat one turned out pretty neat. The two others I did outdoors along the Shannon river in Limerick, Ireland.








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    Hey there, I really appreciate your comment on my Sb
    You did a nice start in here, especially the seconnd painting in the upper right caught my attention. Proves a good sense of colors and suggests a nice calming atmosphere.

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    Thanks Hamorhage for the comments on my reel, appreciate that very much, well u got a good sketchbook going on here.. VEry painterly awesome... Uve got a very artistic approach to outdoor scenes...

    traditional .. ..me likeit..

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    Nice real life studies friend. I've looked around ur site, and i'm pretty impressed with the talent you have. I'm not gonna say ur picture perfect. You do need some improvement on some parts, but you got it all going like a train. I'm sure you will get very good in the future, if you keep painting of course, but i have no doubts bout that! you seem very motivated to me and that's all that matters actually!

    Keep the train rolling and the tires pressurised!

    greetz from Gent ^^

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    those paintings look good, and youve got a nice athmosphere in them! Im not good with paints, so I really cant give you any advice than keep posting!

    cheers!

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    This time I'll post some drawings I did yesterday. Two out doors drawings from the bridge and a small lake/pond? Very peacefull there anyway. The other drawings are of my girlfriend, she was eating food, so I'm happy they came out as good as they did









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    Let's end the day with a painting of a kiwi
    I realise that the white edge of the background is wrong, I think the kiwi would flip off...didnt see that untill afterwards though



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    love the way you handle colors man.I like your pencil studies as well .The lower part of the second girl's face might be abit off , though.


    Keep updating , Im going to keep an eye on you..

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    I like that kiwi , looks awesome... the way u use colors and brushes.. very artistic.. Your outdoor studies are very nicely done... u really capture nice reflections.. are u gonna do those in colour or are they just studies ?

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    Ok, yesterday I was really sick so stayed in bed all day. today we're back on track with a quick acrylic study of an orange (thanks vixx for the inspiration). Will try an acrylic portrait this afternoon.


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    So we continue on struggling with traditional medium. I tried a portrait (acrylics) But I got really impatient and screwed it up. So I then scribbled over it with pastels


    I made my first oil study aswell (water based oils), so just getting a feel for the medium. I really feel a lack in control of color. I'm letting it dry now and paint another layer over and see how it turns out.

    I really dont know how to tacke these new media, so any advice is very welcome. Im going to try to paint quicker and simplify the object more, especially for portraits. Probably even do black and white studies for the time being to get familiar with tone.

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    oranges , yay! love the color on the faces , the second one has this anime chin action going on

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    So, not able to rest I worked on that same portrait I uploaded before in Photoshop. Gd bless familiar grounds. It's so damn easy to get something looking a lot better in much less time. Still I would love to achieve the same with real paints. I don't know if I need to work :
    a) with a bigger canvas (the one I used was an A4)
    b) more patience
    c) 1000 layers of thin paint?
    Any advice is welcome


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    This is looking good , u really captured the face expression well . and the values there works good..
    Looking forward for your other piece.. only thing a little odd here is that the skin looks a tad too shiny...it mite cause of the white highlight maybe a yellowish or purplish or a pinkish would work better.. Just a thought though

    You mite wanna keep it as is..

    Your style of painting is getting awesome . very kick

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    Hey Dave, figured I'd return the favor and take a look at your sketchbook.

    If I can summarize it in a few words they would be good start.

    I like seeing experimentation with different media, and I do think you do have a grasp of color theory. No two people see colors the same way, and that's part of where the interest lies.

    Perhaps what you lack is an understanding of color temperature, and how warm lights will create cool shadows.

    Last semester I've learned of two ways of going about an oil painting - the first is Grisaille in which you create a grey or brown under painting, letting it dry, and layering thin glazes on top, keeping in mind that each layer of paint will darken the image, so keep the under painting light.

    The other method is what was used by the impressionists, the laying of thick layers directly on the canvas, and either leaving the brush strokes as they are, or blending them.

    Have you tried both ways? Do you use rags to lift up highlights?

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    Thanks L-DSL for the kind words, and yeah you are right the dighligts make the face too shiny I'll definitly keep that in mind for my next one.
    Hamsta: I sure dont have an idea of color theory, I actually recently got a book about it, so will really read up and try to understand more about color. I will try out the two techniques you mentioned there, so with grisaille everything just gets darker? Isnt that a nit like painting with watercolor then? man so much to learn Thanks a lot for the advice.

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    So as for some sketches I did yesterday:

    **some studies of feet



    **quick sketch to capture the pose in little strokes:


    **I was a passenger in a looong cardrive so I sketched out some cars from behind, thought it looked rather funny:


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    This afternoon I was painting with Bob Ross. Yeah RIp Bob, anyway didn't turn out great at all, but some good techniques covered.





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    Bob Ross, mostly you learn about brush tricks, I think, and less about why things look the way they do.
    Good studies, you probably didn't consider this, but I like the composition
    I think it's something artist do instinctively, like choosing colors that work well next to each other even if they claim they don't know color theory

    Oils are still more forgiving that watercolors, even with grissaile.
    You don't have to be as careful preserving your highlights with oils, as you can come in with white, and although it's not ideal, you can still do it after starting your washes (Scumbling.)
    It is similar in that you put on several coats, each making the colors more chromatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamsta View Post
    Bob Ross, mostly you learn about brush tricks, I
    Oils are still more forgiving that watercolors, even with grissaile.
    You don't have to be as careful preserving your highlights with oils, as you can come in with white, and although it's not ideal, you can still do it after starting your washes (Scumbling.)
    It is similar in that you put on several coats, each making the colors more chromatic.
    Wow, I'm really impressed with what goes up in that little hamster brain
    It's funny but I do really picture you as a really smart hamster, I think a bit like the rat in ratoutaille, but then a hamsta who is really good at art
    Anyway thanks for your help, I am really doing my best in looking up the things you say to improve my skills.

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    So I put another layer on top of the peeled orange, this time using acrylics. I'm moving in a week so I cant wait for oils to dry anymore. Oil studies will resume when I moved into my new house.



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    Hi, I would suggest adding a bit more yellowish hightlights on the orange, like you did on the first one. An orange has a lot of great texture in it, so try to show that even more. It won't take long before you'll start feeling a lot more comfortable with the mediums. Good luck

    Those pencil sketches are looking good too, keep it up

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    Hey, nice SB you've got here!
    Noticed the soft pastels in your second post from the river Shannon (which I will visit this summer holidays ) and I like the colours and light in the second one .

    I love the feet studies, I think I should do something like that too .

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    I'm just passing along what I learned in class. Art school is swell

    I'll tell you a little about what Mr. Wang has been teaching us in watercolors: Give the cast shadow soft edges, so that it will recede into the background the way it would as we see it in real life, that way you can make something else pop out.

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