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    First Sketchbook (Learning to draw)

    Okay I won't give up on it. The thing is, I have a patience problem. I can work on a piece for two or three days, but then I want to move on. And this is so slow for me right now.

    I think I have jumped the gun with this piece, I need to study value and tone, to be better able to represent the 3rd dimension. Hey after all, I am 3dementia, what good is it if I draw flat?

    I have been working with what is basically just a toy tablet, a little baby Bamboo, but today I went and bought myself an Intuos4. <---that's me right now. I have also decided to switch to the Gimp completely. I have installed David Revoy's brush kit, and I think they are fantastic. So I am swearing off PS. I have been on the fence for some time now anyway.

    Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, they are really inspiring. I am going to study the masters some more, and hopefully come back to finish this little chica.

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    Anatomy is still a hate and miss. But that comes with practice. As for the stiff structures of these people, I would highly recommend the book Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators. Really good stuff!

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    Great stuff, man! Your pencils is looking pretty sweet! Still some problems with face construction it seems, that is damn hard. Keep up the good work!

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    The first drawing in the latest update is my favourite.
    You are definitely getting more loose, yet more confident with your sketches ( which those 2, in myopinion beeing the ultimate goal in drawing )

    As a suggestion i'd try to vary your head, as Loomis's teachings somehow taken over your creative thinking process and replaced it with a scheme. It's sometimes hard to break a habbit once, you've got used to it.

    But i believe in you, and always will, see you soon friend.

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    Yyo cool dude! Long time no updates and no chat! keep it up!

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    Are you using a mechanical pencil or a wooden one?

    Experiment with using the side of the lead as well as the tip. You could also try using graphite sticks or a
    draftsman's lead holder (which will work like a graphite stick, only much smaller and more precise).

    You may find it useful for applying a painterly approach to drawing.

    I really like the female elven archer. Even though she looks a bit 'flat' and that ear is very extreme, I love
    her face. Overall the effect is quite elegant.

    Some of these other one-off concepts need a bit more detail and definition to some alive.

    Keep up the good work! What laptop are you looking to buy when you have enough money? I know myself,
    I've been tempted by the new line of MacBook Pro, even though I'm normally not a fan of Apple, its hard to
    argue with the light weight and long battery life.

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    Hi my friend!

    Great updates you have here again!
    Your arm and face studies look good. For myself I think I need to do everything less hairy and more with straight lines! Maybe your male faces need more practice, if you ask me your females are way better in the last post.
    I love the elven archer, too. Looks very organic to me.

    Sometimes a friend of me and I are drawing together via Open Canvas network.
    I wished one of the newer drawing softwares would have that feature (doesn't matter which one, it could be gimp or myPaint or what ever, maybe it's realistic to implement that in an open source based project).

    Keep posting!

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    Bula Thanks for stopping by, and your welcome

    Karonno Thanks

    alexson Yeah thanks, faces seem to be a big challenge for me gotta convince myself to get out of my comfort zone each time.

    Icecold Hey dude thanks! I still have little trouble with constructing, gotta do more faces from real people not only books, thank you for pointing that out.

    Klesh Heeeeey whats up?! I have been working all the time barely have any time on my computer since I'm out of home most of the week1 and when I get home I want to spend time with my family and vise versa, so doesn't leave me much time in the weekends either, gotta figure something out though...

    BludHund for all these sketches I used a mechanical pencil, I just love how quick clean and easy it is to use.
    This is the one I want to buy http://www.amazon.com/N61JQ-X1-16-In...=3JB28XSZSV4O8
    a bit pricey but perfect for what I need.

    Hey guys not much going on been just doing quick studies and that's one of them. cya soon

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    When it comes to choosing a laptop for 2d purposes, your choices are pretty narrow. You obviously need a good screen and the most RAM you can get.

    # months ago i did a huuuge, huuuge research on laptops, as i wanted to get one too.

    There are only few which i can recommend:

    Mac Books( most of them)

    Good screen and awesome OS, yet expensive and packed with poor guts ( for their price )

    Sony VAIO VPC-F11M1E ( with advanced vaio display )

    Seen that screen in action, good angles, great colors ( for a laptop ) Has a a bit better processor than most of his buddies.

    Dell XPS 16... ONLY with RGB LED display.

    My absolute favourite, there are alot of variations, you can make your own build on dell's website. RGB led makes this baby not so cheap, yet i think its worth every penny, as this display is truly awesome.


    I wouldnt pick any asus, acer, nor toshiba's. They have pretty poor angles of view and their color display suck. Toshiba's have slightly better parameters of display, yet they are glossy as hell, and glossyness is what we DON'T want.

    Hope that helps, keep us updated D.

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    Heyho dudes 'n dudettes!

    My notebook of choice would be a Dell, IBM or of course a Mac Book (Pro maybe).

    I've had an IBM Thinkpad X32 and it was great, my one not for painting, because it was pretty small, but IMO the display was really good at most angles and all in all IBM are building good products.

    Dell are building pretty decent laptops, too. I think Dell have better stuff at the moment for you.

    I know they are more expensive as Acer, Asus etc. but they're really worth more.

    Anyway - the first choice would and will be a Mac. Maybe in the future there's some good painting software (new Gimp version in the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011) or native support of Adobe Products under Linux, what would be great so far! I've never had so much crashes, but if I had a bluescreen or so, it was always Windows. Linux never crashed on my PC, I'm using Linux Mint and Ubuntu 10.10.

    If there would be Adobe Stuff for Linux I would throw windows away.

    Whatever choice you will make, it will be the right :-)

    Keep painting.

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    Hey guys, I have been checking some dell laptops and I might settle for something around $400, money is tight and I need a computer to work with while I'm on the road bad... next paycheck I hope... I might go for this one http://www.amazon.com/Dell-15-4-Inch...=3JB28XSZSV4O8 seems decent for a start.

    Haven't got much done this week, only anatomy studies and reading, seems like I am barely progressing although I study every day.
    Some messing around in photoshop too, sorry for the huge size too lazy to rescale LOL.

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    Really great studies, man! Your heads is starting to look real hot!

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    whohooo,
    the graphite pencil works are improving!
    Sorry for not posting for so long.


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    Thanks guys!

    An update yay!
    Still on the road studying anatomy...
    here's some of the more decent sketches from my new sketchbook and a WIP which I donno if I will finish, I'm getting into a nasty habit of not finishing stuff gotta lose that...

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    I like the last guy. U'r doing well on tech stuff.

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    couldnt help but notice the smoking anatomy drawing in post 388 lol did u do this cuz picasso influence? pretty neat, keep up the good work mate. really enjoyed looking through your works and see u get better.

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    oooh yeah!! updates!
    i agree, your heads are starting to look better once again, particularly the males i think. The values from the last post could be boosted some more. The sketch was pretty awesome. More!

    The anatomy looks clean. Did you go to the memory-without ref part? Try it out on a digi perhaps.

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    Great studies, you're definitely improving.
    That T-shirt design is brilliant!

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    Keep up with those sketches Danny,
    one crit though - try to define more the shapes when you paint, in the few last paintings the shapes and the shadows are too blurry, and sometimes almost blend with the background.

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    i see you are doing grate works as usual ... i like your big monster in post #586 . dont forget to update .

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    Hey D

    I don't have much time now , but i'll try to help you with the color subject.
    The solution for your color problems ( getting muddy not clean colors )
    is the color temperature.

    Every color has it's "family" which it belongs to 9 it's the simple way of thinking, that actualy helps, even if thats not proper naming etc )

    I've attached a little image that should help you understand it.

    The other thing is color relationship, their contrast and such.
    the basic cool vs warm etc.

    I strongly recommend getting gnomon's color theory and practical light and color, they are a must imho.

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    Sweet!

    Great job on the studies and anatomy! I too am slowly trying learn some anatomy. Im learning from Riven Pheonix. He teaches kinda like a conceptual/real life type of anatomy. It got me drawing every day. Keep the posts coming!

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    Cool pencil work! Just keep doing what you doing! weeee

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    Obviously studying the facial anatomy is paying off. I like the alien cyborg masks too.
    A bit on the 'busy' side but the form language is good.

    Dude, controlling hue across value changes is, like the hardest and most
    important
    thing. I think its one of the things that made me take a break from
    painting for a while (I just felt like I was spending too much time with palettes and
    not enough with drawings). I guess I'll have to check out this Gnomon lesson.

    That being said, its more important that your values be right than your colors.

    Yeah, Dell is probably your best bet if you're on a small budget. On the other hand,
    if you have amonitor and don't absolutely need a laptop, my current PC is a small
    form-factor Gateway that I picked up for about $550 and its been great so far.

    Gateway SX Series

    Keep up the tempo, man!

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    Hey Danny i've found a good tutorial that might help you and other people visiting this thread.

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    Hey man, really good job on those Andrew Loomis studies.
    I would also suggest checking out some gnomon videos about color, especially Practical light and color theory and application with Jeremy Vickery, and try doing more drawings from life, there are many good tutorials and videos about colors, but nothing is more helpful than a good old still life.

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    I'll 3rd that recommendation for Practical light and color its pretty good and comprehensive.

    I think your overusing your darks a bit. on this piece here http://attachments.conceptart.org/fo...1&d=1289287104 I dont think the area under the pecs would get that near black, except the armpit area, also theres the area between the bicep, brachialis and tri cep is more of a flat plane and theres no reason for it to get that dark, there are also a few other bits of Isloated darks over the skin of the figure. I would try to save the darker values for the deeper CREVICE'S like the armpits and other tucked away areas where light has a hard time getting to regardless of its angle of light(ambient occlusion). That can all obviously change depending on the local value and the material, but I think you know what I mean. The painting is awesome btw.

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    New laptops new updates

    Hey guys!
    Been awhile since I updated, in fact I barely drew for the past month and a half.
    I was so busy with work and my old crappy computer was barely alive, but now I finally got me a new laptop so I am back on track with my studies and I can paint every day even if I'm on the road which is aweeeesome.

    Thanks for all of your replies it helps tons!
    So to start off with a study off Mandryk's work he is an inspiration for me among others. you can find his work here http://members.shaw.ca/dmandryk/index.htm

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    And then while the knowledge from the Mandryk study is fresh in my head I did this one from imagination, just blocked in colors without starting in black and white like I usually prefer to do, bold I know.
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    color study which I started at work and finished at home.

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