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    Joe's sketchbook pseudo-daily updates

    Hey all,

    I've been trolling for some time now, absolutely pants-shittingly amazed at the depth of talent on this site. I've always been into drawing, i have a new media art degree from Penn State, but only took a couple figure drawing classes. sooo, i have very little training and i'm struggling through learning to use a tablet. I'm a graphic designer so i know photoshop through and through, which definitely helps. But i've always had issues with proportions and color. What i need is some comments on my style and any suggestions at all on how i can improve the liveliness and expression of my stuff. So far all i can do is draw from reference, so i'll keep practicing and TRY to put stuff up every day (50 hour weeks and trying to stay in shape tend to prohibit that). In the end i'd like to get something respectable to show MFA illustration programs by the summer at some point. Thanks for looking and listening, hope to hear all your opinions.

    - Joe

    Here are a couple practices and a speedpaint (~1 hour).
    Aaaaand a link to the video of the speed paint.

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    nice work.

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    Woah man loving the studies of the lips as for the speed paint... DONT EAT ME, its swell! Not sure if i have the right in saying but the speed paint doesn't seem to have strong darks or lights, but meh its awesome none the less

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    thanks for the comments guys,

    monkeyman: you do have the right, that's why we're here, right?
    and yes, i always tend to wash out my paintings/drawings, i'm too afraid to go back over stuff once i get to a point i like. add value issues to my....issues.

    anyway, here's a work in progress, i'm about an hour and fifteen into it, i'm kind of already sick of it. it's barry pepper's character from "saving private ryan". not too accurate as is (his right hand is really f'n pissing me off), but i'm working on it.

    comments are welcome as always.

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    well, it's not finished, but i'm finished with it. it's ok, his right hand bothers me to no end, but this was intended as a quick practice. suggestions/comments/crits/uncompromising positive reinforcement/whatever is welcome.

    so far i've been sticking to the daily drawing thing, see how long that lasts pld:

    oh, and here's a link to the video of the wip.

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    oh yes i like the last picture!
    i can feel his anger
    but a litte advise (myself -> noob, but anyway): use more contrasts! the weapon has nice contrasts and looks realistic but the guy is (how you sad) "washed out"
    of course it's better than the other painting you did but don't be afraid of creating really strong contrasts! this is one of the keys to bring a picture to life.

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    Yea, the nice pircture is great, looks even better made smaller, looks like something i would use a tag for Day of deafet.

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    hey joe ,its looking good. pratice makes perfect when it comes to photo realism. keep doing them photo and life studies and train that eye of yours. keep up the good work.

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    Hey Joe! I really like the speedpainting! Looking forward to more sketchy stuff!

    Thanks for the comment in my sketchbook Really appreciated!

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    Liking the Saving Private Ryan pic.

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    thanks for the comments, it helps with the motivation when you know people are looking. no update tonight, i'll try to get some drawings done tomorrow night.

    sarkys: you're totally right about the contrast, it's something i've never grasped with any drawing, ever since i started when i was a kid. i'm going to make a concerted effort in the next few days to spend a lot of time with contrast/lighting.

    thanks again.

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    nice start so far, but the hand of your soldier is not right, because would you hold a rifle like this? but the mood and sence of movement is really cool in this pic!!

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    I think you are doing rather good, better than me that's for sure. Keep it up and I'm sure before you realize it you'll be top notch.

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    jatherip: you're right, i had a hell of a time with that hand. if you take a look at the speedpaint video, you'll notice i went over it/tried to correct it about 325436234 times, to no avail. thanks for the comments

    harmony: thanks for the encouragement, lord knows i need it.

    here are a couple quick practices (one of them a nude, teeheehee), work has been crazy, trying to do all i can. i'm only liking what i do from reference, so that's all i'm doing lately. trying to replicate contrast and good value. btw, how does everyone feel about painter 11? thinking of downloading the trial and giving it a whirl.

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    hey. thx for dropping by my SB the other day you said that you were considering your self as a beginner, if that's the case you are really a good beginner. I like your work here, the portrait is amazing and the lips that are just a little bit open is one of the best mouths drawn Ive seen around here, keep it up and It's gonna be a blast to follos your improvements.

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