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    your sketchbook is looking good, keep it up!

    though to practice color more, i would give yourself a couple of colors and dont go into the color picker unless you have to, until your well into the painting.

    im just starting to learn about color so im not sure if thats even sound advice or if you are already doing that... but regardless. keep up the good practice!
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    i love your digital stuff! It's incredible how seemingly easy you can blend and draw people using your tablet. I like that you show the different stages, cause most people just put up the finished product...
    I'm getting one soon, and am a complete noob. Got any suggestions on how to learn to draw on it? And got any opinions of my figures in my sb...*hint hint*...?
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    gabs - Thanks. I don't have any tips, as I don't believe I am anywhere near good yet. I would advise checking out the photoshop section though, as that helps tons.
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    As I said, I had another go at that figure. I think it is 110 x better. Started completely from scratch again, instead of reusing the sketch.
    Just looking at the difference side by side is amazing imo. I have learnt a huge amount from these last two paintings.
    I need to remember to flip my images. Every time I do, I notice so much. And need to remember to zoom out.
    The neck is still shit agahgjks And the stomach is shit too aghksjkld
    But it is still way better, so I am quite pleased. Better, but still shit.. haha
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    I just noticed I screwed up the headsize, and arm length. In fact, I don't think I made my canvas tall enough. Oh well, Live and learn as they say.
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    Fixed up most of the errors. Might do her face and hair tomorrow.
    And a quick sketch. She is sitting in some reddish rocks, hence her bright colour. Might fix up the errors and paint more another day.
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    Cool work, you seem to be going in the right direction! I paint mostly from photographs too, but I think it's good to do some life sketching as well!

    Also something i picked up from Jason Chan's downloads, he always makes sure his values are right in black and white before he goes in with colors on overlay layers. It really simplified it for me and I think it will help you transition to full color

    keep it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by FraserMcT View Post

    I also went to the art gallery in my town today. I was surprised to see some Sargent pieces, and a lot of Raeburn paintings. I will take my sketchbook in some time and throw down some lines.
    mmm, I love Raeburn. Really great portrait painter. There were some Raeburns in in a museum down in Sarasota I saw not too long ago.

    I really like this sketchbook. Some points on this last study; you need to just up and shift her entire head over quite a ways, its way to far to the left, and this is what's mainly making it look off. You can see that, if you draw a line straight up from the leftmost side of that shape of yellow light on her left breast (our right), it would line up with the side of her mouth and the depression in the middle of the bottom of the neck. Straight up shifting everything over some would fix a lot right there.

    Good sketchbook dude, enjoyin it.
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    Hey Frasier, Merry Christmas. Correct me if I'm wrong but I dont think I left a comment before.

    Your seriously working hard! The digitals are improving quicky - keep at it.

    The only thing I can really say is seeing some more traditional painting would be cool - the ones on the first page are looking great.
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    aguilas990 - Thanks for the tips. I have tried doing colour overlay layers, however I prefer to paint straight into colour when doing colour, as it not only helps digital, but also traditional painting alla prima. Cheers for dropping in.


    drd - Wow, thanks mucho for the comment. I never noticed these things until you pointed them out. I definitely need to be more careful with things! And I agree, Raeburn has some kickass portraits. There is a whole room dedicated to his stuff in Aberdeen. Must be almost 40 paintings by him there.
    Thanks again!

    scottishmidget - I can't remember seeing you before. Thanks for giving me a a comment. And yes, I should do more traditional painting. I guess I am just lazy in that sense. I hate tidying up.

    Comments returned to all. Here are my latest sketchbook pages. Some sketches suck, and I don't get why some of them really don't work(note:pic3, the full page head). I am fairly pleased with a few of them. Need to sketch more! Some reffed, some head, some from people I look up to. I think using the side of the pencil definitely works for me also. I feel more confident using it.
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    Hey nice sketchbook you have here! Your rendering on your digital pieces is steadily improving! And your sketches is also looking good, don't be too hard on yourself
    Have you done any stuff from the Loomis books? On some of your pieces it seems you have some trouble with the construction of the head, Loomis book "drawing the head and hands" helped me a lot at least.
    Also, I don't know if this is a widely knowned theory but don't draw to many celebrities etc. you might get too hung up on nailing the likeness and that is hard, it may get you discouraged to finish them. PBase.com has alot of portrait gallerys if you look around some. That is what I use when I do my studies.
    Anyway looking great, keep up the good work!
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    hey man,happy new year to you as well! hows it going?

    good sketching. and yeah, I need to sketch more too. I dont know what it is with me, everyday I go to myself: " -do you like to draw? -yes -so why dont you sketch for a minute or 2? -ah Im lazy"…… :/ anyhow, I guess it comes after sketching everyday over and over again. sometimes we need to force ourselves a little. but youre not alone

    back to your drawings, I like a lot of them, specially the second last page. I dont get why that should be a "fail" as you type below it dont be that hard with yourself! I mean it would be a different story if you spent days and days on that
    about page 3, the face that "fails on so many levels" I get why you dont like it that much. I cant point out concrete mistakes (maybe the nose and the forehead appear really flat?) but hey, its a face: one of the more challenging things you can draw so all I can say is: cheer up and draw another face…and then another one and another one…i think you get the point! keep up the good work

    (no idea why I ended up writing that much without giving you some serious help, but if it only helps a little, it was worth it cheers)
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    Great SB you have!
    I think the face you said you failed with has some problems with the nose length and the eyes that are a bit crooked and small.
    Your digital paintings are very good, if you have problems with the colour you might find some tutorials, just keep in mind that skin has a lot of different colours in it, especially with different light sources, so try a bit of everything.
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    Your stuff is very good! I especially like how you rendered in the shading!
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    digging the pencils man my favorite would have to be the portrait right under the hands holding the apple.
    keep it up
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