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    Thanks guys I appreciate it!

    Here's something new I started using Bobby Chiu's techniques, I am not entirely happy with the colors as for now probably will change them 100 times before I find something I like.

    Any suggestions critiques?

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    I think with the last two if you were to work a different value and color behind the figures it would make a huge difference...

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    Cool stuff, man. I don't know if you already do but you should draw alot, like.. alot. For a long time I only did color/value studies and stuff like that and didn't actually draw much at all, digital nor with pencil. I never knew how mich it makes everything look better until I started getting serious with it. Keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_K View Post
    I Love doing traditional oil painting and I really wanna reach the oil painting feel in photoshop, I am not sure how can I do it with brushes yet have you any idea? I try to smudge which seems to work, I think I might try painting with painter because it offers more painterly like brush strokes which react and interact with each other as traditional mediums, I think I might enjoy that very much, but still I would like to achieve that in photoshop as well.

    you might try Paint Tool SAI, it's got, in my opinion, the best blending capabilities of any paint program i've seen. full version is only $45, or something like that. check it out sometime.

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    Job Limbert The purpose of painting with dark background is to bring the bright values out and make my mind work harder on imagining what I should paint next, also when everything is related to the dark background and not white makes my values pop more, at the end I think with the last piece I will add a colorful daylight background.

    alexson I draw everyday as much as I can, sometimes there are frustrating days and some days feel like I don't want to do anything you know how it is, but drawing everyday as much as possible is key for sure.
    always pleasure to have your opinion son

    purb36 I will definately check Sai out, I was thinking about trying Painter first but I did manage to get closer to my goal of the painterly oily feel with photoshop thanks to Bobby chius videos all I had to do is lower my flow to like 10% - 15% and it did the trick, I think you can tell on these next life studies.

    Quick still life studies from this morning 30-40 min each

    edit: fixed the front edges of the modem, they looked too muddy and soft.

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    Cool updates! glad to see that you're getting better and better

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    Hey Danny! I've got the same modem, too. :-)
    Looks pretty decent. I'm trying to get better "real-like" results in Photoshop. Today I tried to get a watercolour like brush into PS, if I will find better stuff or if I do good brushes on my own (it's a lot of trying and playing around) I'll share it with you. Painter is too expensive. Maybe you could try out "myPaint", its free (I believe it's open source). And it got a lot of brushes with it, I'll try it out for myself in the next few days I think.

    Here's the link to the website where you can get it, I think it looks really good.
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    The modem looks really good! Be careful not to blend everything up to much.
    With the Chiu study, i think it looks good so far, just be careful with the proportions a bit.

    Looking good Dannyyy!!

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    yeah its a 21.5 inch imac, on your modem study you should work on your edges they are soft everywhere and it doesn't look like the rear of the modem is on the same perspective as the front.. Also the colors seem muddy and ultra soft everywhere

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    Hey Danny I like your last work on the modem! maybe you're using too smooth brushes, it looks a bit too soft on the edges. It should look sharper if you want to do something realistic ^^

    And for the Chiu study, is it "coloring with a dark background" kind of thing? looks like a good idea. I'm waiting to see more of it before giving any judgement it's still the beginning.

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    Nice still lifes! I agree with what was said about edges tough. Keep up the good work!

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    Good start on those still life paintings,
    I would suggest using harder brushes, because at the moment your colors look a bit muddy and don't blend so much it also gives your paintings that muddy look.
    Lai veicas.

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    More updates please? - Thank you!

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    Hey guys thanks for pointing that edge and softness issue, I was trying to paint with a lower flow settings throughout the whole study and only at the end I noticed it's waaay to smugdy
    I am too lazy and tired lately, gotta pick up the phase again.

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    Good! But I dont see hard edges, all is little smooth. Keep it in mind

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    Great!
    I see you updating again.

    I'd say the same, everything seems quite smooth. Try reconstructing a bit if necessary, and just do it!
    Don't leave the error there just because you worked a lot on it up until now. You'll redo it better.

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    BlackDelphin Thanks for the advice, I try to keep my eyes open for mistakes and I do not mind to redo something I worked for a long time at all, in fact I did just that yesterday I went back to an older piece I did back in 2009 and reworked it, and actually I am planning to push it to final

    Verehin Definately am! thanks.

    A 3.5 hour study of my work place done for sketchoholic contest and for myself
    I really tried to pay attention to edges here and most of the study done without zooming so I wont be stuck on details instead of treating the picture as a whole. it could be a lot more polished but It's too late gotta hit the sack

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    your work place looks cozy , well done .

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    Oh wait is this? yes it is! It is your sketchbook!

    Mate such an improvement !! :>
    Glad that you are still pumping this thread with good updates.

    And what's funny i have the same Motorola modem ^^
    Tho i can see , that you left out one diode, and it has some perspective issues, but that's not an easy subject, it has speciffic curves, which are hard to catch in perspective. Good, good overall job tho.

    Your imaginaary stuff is the next level too, the iTunes Bot is cool, Verehin already mentioned the edges so i won't ( i just did it anyway ahhaha )

    I see that you have a relatively small monitor upgrading to 24" will help you alot.
    So if you can upgrade do it right away, ( your artist life will be much better with mor workspace) iiyama monitors are very good and their price went down alot. They were much more expensive few years back.

    Daam i like thos erecent updates, i really do.

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    Just been through all the pages in your sketch book and it is inspiring to see your improvements and your dedication to them. keep it up =]

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    Icecold Thanks bro, I'm glad you like my latest stuff ) I am planning to buy a Laptop sometime soon so I can update and keep up with my studies when I'm on the road, that will be funnnn!!
    And some time later I will get me a huge 25inch monitor or something! haha
    but yeah it makes tons of difference especially when you got photo reference and such.

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    That shirt design really made me laugh! Hahaha great job danny!
    And as Paul said about the desk study, it has its perspective issues, but overall great job!

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    Love the T shirt design. Studies are looking good too, keep up the hard work.

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    Skethoholic nice idea.

    Life study (the pc of yours) is really nice Lamp's angle is a bit strange but I think you got it right.

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    Thanks guys, the issue with the lamp in my workplace study is no issue at all that's the way my lamp is crooked I move the upper part of it so it looks weird.

    I downloaded Lord of the rings online lately it's free and it's pretty nice to get back to middle earth and slay orcs, makes me want to draw some Trolls and stuff you know?

    A little progress on this little dude.

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    As you have all the major stuff layed in work on those hard edges and solid painted places now and you can call it done.

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    Your fairy illustration is coming along nicely.
    I really like the shadow on the leaf you added in the background, really makes the little guy pop out.

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    I went through again your sketchbook, it took me a while but it was worth it. You are amazingly persistent which is of course really positive and you have a good work ethic.
    A lot of studies that you are doing from life, references and from imagination are paying off for sure, it is clearly visible on your work.
    I also like that you have some great sense of humor and I like the subjects that you choose to draw and paint. Ah, I also noticed that you are a great Starcraft fan. I am also, I just finished a few days ago playing the SC 2 campaign. I am more than satisfied.
    Your work is great, I have nothing to criticize, just keep on going like this and success will come for sure.

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    "I Love doing traditional oil painting and I really wanna reach the oil painting feel in photoshop, I am not sure how can I do it with brushes yet have you any idea?"

    Its a question I struggle with myself and I don't really have an answer. I suppose it depends on which
    aspect(s) of the oil painting medium you're trying to mimic. For me imitating paint is not quite as important
    as achieving a good aesthetic impact and not having too much extra work to do.

    One thing you can do is add some 'fade' slider to your brush. This can simulate the effect of your brush
    being 'loaded'. You can use a speckled rather than a smooth brush tip to simulate the effect of a dry brush,
    scumbling, or just loose bristles.

    Simulating the mixing of paint, especially of painting wet-into-wet is something that photoshop doesn't really
    have a capacity for, that I can tell. Painter has some ability for this, but Painter can be a bit of a beast.

    using the blend tool can work, but what I would tend to prefer is to us the color picker (gasp!) and pick across
    and edge I want to soften. Then I stroke with this combined color acroos that edge. I hunt around the painting
    for edges I want to knock down and and jeep repeating this process.

    One thing I highly recommend is controlling your palette. Work as if you truly are painting with a
    palette. Painter actually has a palette, which is nice. It'd be nicer if it would let you simulate types of paint or
    pigment as well as brushes, but alas... For Photoshop I keep a sperate file open as my palette, which I'll save
    versions of as I make changes to it, add to it.

    Keeping a specific palette and picking from it helps you to have a coherent color and value scheme, keeps things
    from getting muddy. Aso and lets you tap into the wealth of color theory and palette advise that the painters of
    history have accumulated.

    Check out the technique of big-name digital painters, too. Craig Mullins might be a good starting point.

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    I have to say your paintings are still looking muddy to me. I suggest you limit your palette and really bump up both
    the saturation of your base 'pigments' and plan for a much more dramatic contrast in values.

    Don't get caught up in blending for its own sake, or being photographic in your painting. Make specific choices
    about which edges are going to be hard and which soft, and how much so. Have a specific plan for what the
    main values in your image are going to be, how much they will contrast (based on the lighting) and how they will be
    distributed.

    Value distribution largely determines your composition, which is a big part of the story and impact of your image. You
    need to be sensitive to these factors, even if you're just doing studies.

    There's plenty of very good advise about how edges work and how to choose a value scheme, so I won't go into detail
    about it, but read up on it. I recommend looking at Sargent and Loomis.

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    1 more day to a month without an update, no way hozay!

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    holy sweet steaks almost a month without updating... I have been busy with work lately like a horse and on weekends just spend time with family watching movies having fun, but I have been busy with my studies alright mostly doing anatomy stuff and reading quite a bit, while I'm on the road I got a lot of time to study as sometimes I work only 6-7 hours a day so the rest of the day I can draw! haha, anyhow since I have no laptop with me I am only working with my sketchbook which is totally cool because I looooove pencils anyway and I get better with them too.
    saving money for a laptop and just can't wait to get one, once I get it there will be no limit to what can be done! muhaha can't wait... till then it's me and my trusty sketchbook.

    Not much to show except some concepts which I actually took the time and pushed further to rendering and actually learned few things on the way.

    Icecold Once I find the time I will push the render as much as possible, that is a nice piece for my portfolio...

    Emil_ Yeah I agree, Bobby really likes to stress the importance on adding shadows and paying close attention to lighting overall, amazing what you can achieve with just a little detail as a shadow.

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