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    One thing I notice (more in the earlier posts) is a lot of black for the hair. Does that not flatten it out somewhat? (At least for the afro guy, but my intuition is that without highlights, it flattens out hair in general.)

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    NateShaw- Thanks man, that's what I'm going for. It gets a little moody around here.

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    - Thanks, I definitely have to finish that, but I never like the finished version as much as the sketch. It loses all it's power. What power? The power of the babe.

    Lulie- Yeah, you're right, especially in digital. In real life the pigment of the watercolor or the splatter of ink, the canvas all give some depth I guess. I just really love and hate black hair so I have to draw it.


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    There's a little Slobosaurus in this one. That guy's mother is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collywobbles View Post
    Let me know if there is something else you are interested in.
    Thank you for the offer Colly.
    I'm just starting anatomy so a book on Human Anatomy by Collywobbles
    is what I'm thinking. Behehe.
    I've started going through Bridgman, but only copying the pictures.
    But after reading about landmarks in your blog, I guess a second round
    run through of 'Constructive Anatomy' might give me more on that subject.

    I've a lot of reading and prac. to catch up on.
    Good times.

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    Great pencil stuff. Looking forward to see more from you. Really nice until now. *subscribe*

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    Dwardo- It's all about the 3Dforms. Everything is solid, cubes, cylinders, study perspective, Bridgman, Bammes, Loomis. Once you see the body or any object as a shape instead of a series of lines it's like discovering the matrix.

    Thanks, Mr M. I will try to update as much as possible.

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    You sir are my hero. Absolutely amazing work. Everything is so solid. ;_;

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    Woooow gosh slap me to make sure im not dreaming, you are an amazing drawing machine, it makes me see that i have still so much to learn xD!

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    Those are some impressive renderings with pencils. They look solid to me. Keep posting.

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    Wow, amazing work man. Your pencil renderings are fantastic. It's hard to tell that they aren't photographs. That's how good they look. You should post some more stuff for sure.

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    Thanks everybody. I keep hearing the same things, solid, form, these are the fundamentals I've been working on. Lately I have been trying to get faster at digital, I want to be more efficient and confident with color. Here are a few speedys that aren't too great, but helpful I guess.

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    The face looks great. Excellent skin tones. I absolutely love your style man.

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    I really like that Pacino you drew. What size paper were you working with?

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    Aaarrrggh! Love it, love it, love it. Subscribed. You've got a great talent for taking disjointed elements and making them mesh beautifully. Would you mind posting how long you work on your speed paintings?

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    I love the technical proficiency of your art, and the little artful snips of humor infused in your comps.
    The Al piece is pretty cool. Waiting to see how you employ your skills next. Please continue to post more of the old work as well as new.

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    Thanks for the comments. I have been very ill and I can't bring my computer to hospital, but I have a few sketches. The Pacino was 9X12, I like working small, but I have a few larger portraits. Speed paintings are 5 to 20 minutes, anything over that and I will start overworking. I use Gimp, so I am trying to improve my efficiency with the tools, I waste a lot of time messing around and searching for brushes, trial and error. When I get a scanner I will post some old stuff.

    Here are two quickies, trying not to lose it.

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    Aww man, I hope you feel better. :o

    Update looks great though. I love your line quality... any tips on how you achieve that?

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    Oh dear. Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery...

    (btw, this image is phenomenal)

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    Thanks, I have a long-term illness and I'm sick a lot. I don't want to use it as an excuse but it makes it hard to update as much as I want to.

    Shadow Stalker- I use large crayons or children's colored pencils for most of my sketches. Find the biggest, bluntest instrument you own and draw gestures and outlines as fast as possible. I pet my lines a lot, I used to waste time trying to find the right line, it really just comes down to confidence and efficiency. If you draw a few thousand line drawings you don't really have to think about it anymore, also it is a choice to rely heavily on linework so just go with it for a few years. Now I'm trying to use fewer lines in my paintings because I have become so used to it, I remember being annoyed when Salaryman changed his style from ink lines to digital but it's the same situation, I feel like I'm not pushing it enough. It's really just the choice, the confidence to only use one line and years of practice exclusively in that style.

    courtyard- The anatomy? Or the old guy? I have continued him on another page, he deserves his own composition. It took me a long time to figure out the female pelvis-torso relationship, now I can't stop sketching them. Sometimes I worry that I add too much pot belly/thunder thighs, but that is far more attractive to me than what passes for beauty these days. Real women have curves and lumps and gravity, that is what I like to see.

    Here is another quickie, it was fast as hell but it still looks overworked to me, the trees could have been much more efficient.

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    Hi...the man's face is lovely, but I was referring to the pot bellied, thunder-thighed ladies being phenomenal, so don't stop what you're doing. I'm so used to seeing mannequin women on this site that I had to do a double take when I got to that image. So few lines used but such a feeling of weight and balance--marvelous work! I'm nowhere near your level, but I'm looking forward to the day when I can successfully render cellulite. I think the winter speed painting was really successful, too...

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    Great work man! Thanks for sharing!

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    Thank you for the comment Bartovan.

    Courtyard- I think the best way is to combine the torso and pelvis into a bean shape and not try to draw them separately. Fit the torso down into the notch of the pelvis like a ball-joint. Also, sculpt the curves and lumps you want like you are rubbing a statue with your hand, the only thing to worry about with lumpy women is superfluous lines. If it gets messy you lose the feminine look, if you can keep it simple then you can add all the muscles and fat you want.

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    Here is another quick landscape, I'm not really sure about this one, it looked cool this morning but now it's giving me a headache. I learned something new though, and I have a new signature.

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    When I was very little I was scared that I would have a mustache when I grew up.
    At that time I wasn't aware of shaving.
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    Colly,
    I love what you said here-
    Draw more, get good, feel better.
    Draw more, get better, feel good.
    Draw better, get good, feel more.
    My friend, I could not agree more. It goes just like that. I dig your work man. I look forward to more. Cheers

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    Brilliant man...

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    Thanks for the comments, I really want to be able to update every day, there are a lack of vehicles and space-related images in this book. What else, more environments? The collage stuff feels good, I don't really know where to go with it but it's fun to experiment.


    I was reading Grief's sketchbook and it made me want to play around with a two-tone graphic kind of painting. I used to do this stuff in highschool, it looks a little rusty I think. I wonder if Lulie knows who this is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collywobbles View Post
    Thanks, I have a long-term illness and I'm sick a lot. I don't want to use it as an excuse but it makes it hard to update as much as I want to.

    Shadow Stalker- I use large crayons or children's colored pencils for most of my sketches. Find the biggest, bluntest instrument you own and draw gestures and outlines as fast as possible. I pet my lines a lot, I used to waste time trying to find the right line, it really just comes down to confidence and efficiency. If you draw a few thousand line drawings you don't really have to think about it anymore, also it is a choice to rely heavily on linework so just go with it for a few years. Now I'm trying to use fewer lines in my paintings because I have become so used to it, I remember being annoyed when Salaryman changed his style from ink lines to digital but it's the same situation, I feel like I'm not pushing it enough. It's really just the choice, the confidence to only use one line and years of practice exclusively in that style.
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    Oh, I just read this! I'm sorry to here that man. :/

    I definitely see what you're saying. Thanks for your advice; I'm going to start trying. The only thing is, what do you mean by "petting" your lines? I'm not sure I follow that term. Sorry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Stalker View Post
    The only thing is, what do you mean by "petting" your lines? I'm not sure I follow that term. Sorry...
    When you try to find a line by drawing a bunch of lines underneath. Either from lack of confidence in your linework or not using your whole arm, usually inexperience and lack of information. Looks like this on the left compared to a quick gesture line.

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    possibly one of my favorite sketchbooks. Great portraits.

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    Thanks a lot Bigtayter.

    I have a new game that I would like to share. It's very simple, lurk around somebody's Picasaweb or travelblog and steal an interesting photo. Don't worry you will give it back to them later. Now find a photo of a dangerous animal, anything short of a honey badger is appropriate. Shop them together. Now send said photo to the owner with a really condescending message, point out their foolishness, even act a little offended. Make sure to really rub in the outrage at this person for their irresponsible behaviour.

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