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    CastorFiber's Digital Sketchbook

    Hi everyone,

    I recently bought a wacom after wanting one for years and since I got it I have been drawing almost every day. (padding myself on the back)
    I am taking some artclasses (absolute beginner) at my local university at night and I really want to get better at drawing and I want to learn how to paint and learn about color and so on.

    The reason for starting this skecthbook is mainly to get some feedback, crits and perhaps some tips on how to get better.

    My scanner don't want to work on vista 64bit so at first all I have to show you is digital stuff, you'll have to hold out for my loomis:es.

    I would love your thoughts on some of these skecthes, what am I doing wrong? Thanks for looking.

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    My eyes, making faces...


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    This is me, same deal except I hade the photo on my cellphone.

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    This is my brother or rather supposed to be. Its drawn from a photo - Its hard work to flip between photoshop and the photo, I need to get another monitor.

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    Me again, I took a photo under a lamp to get some shadows but I got serious "headglare" instead. well, well...


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    This is some studies, you have probably seen the motifs before... B. Hogarth.

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    Drawn from life, had it at my desk so I painted it then I ate it.

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    Some random geezer, from imagination.

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    This could be the first "pretty girl" i ever painted. Hope the next one looks better...

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    Another quick one...

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    hey

    You have a very unique style, a lot of depth and "chunky" characters. i mean that in a good way. Good to see your refining it as well as branching off.
    Are you using a photoshop blur filter for some of the effects? it seems very clean
    If so, try just using looser smoother brushes (does that even make sense lol), it might give it a more natural effect to go with your loose sketchy style of building depth.

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    Thanks man, I use the blurtool in most cases but i have used the filter to... "melt" strokes together. When you say softer brushes do you mean a brush with softer edges of more opaque or...

    Thanks, I started to think I wouldn't get any comments at all.

    Its hard to draw anything inside in sweden today... the weather is seriously nice.

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    Trying softer brushes, any tips are very epriciated. Thanks for looking.
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    Tjenare, tackar för ditt besök i min sb! Testa använd den hårda penseln också, lek med uhm, edges. Typ denna, det blir lite jobbigt att titta på den när den är så suddig, lite skarpa kanter lite här och där hade inte varit fel. Angående din fråga. Blocket är egentligen grått, på scannern ser det mer brunt ut, men det är ett ganska billigt block, är inte så noga. Sen vanlig blyerts och vita higlights med vit kol. På återseende!

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    Thanks konstruktion! I agree.

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    A friend. 20/30 minutes from photo. He didn't like it. :/




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    Aww, that's unfortunate he didn't like it. Thanks for stopping by my book by the way! And I really like the self portrait of you that you used for your avatar. It's very "grand theft auto." I like the angry face too! More facial expressions pleeeeaase

    "It's just that boys at their age have unchecked desires coursing, nay RAGING as a tempest would, through their tingling nethers!!"
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    Great portraits! And Im glad to hear you're pushing yourself to use your new Wacom tablet .. I need to do the same
    The landscape you did is very nice, but the image itself is a little big .. try scaling it down a bit more for the web so we can see everything.
    I really like the bell pepper drawing, you did a great job on that!

    Keep up the drawing ... and keep up the posting!

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    Wow, comments! Happy day.

    Artangela - Thanks for your comments, there is more expressions on the way, rest assured.

    Zenobia - Thanks, I like using the wacom so much it must be bad for me.
    I did some lifedrawing in coal the other day and had so much fun so coal is a contender (post some pictures of that later on) but for now its all wacom for me. I removed that big image and will post it again in a better size, sorry about that guys. I admit it, im lazy.

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    I'm not going to pretend I know what I am doing but... I downloaded some photos and tried to copy or rather sketch them.

    Thoughts, tips, tricks? Whats the trick with values? I have such a hard time with that...

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    And here is the landscape from before, new and hopefully better size.
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    I'm updatin' the hell out of this sketchbook...

    This is a photo from my cellphone while I am drawing a sculpture I did a couple of months ago in, its stoneware clay and concrete....
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    And this is the sketch... 30 minutes, tops. Had fun doing it but I think I overworked it, I liked it better when it was simpler.
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    Thanks for looking.

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    Ok, more expressions/selfportrait.

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    I have this idea of getting lots of interesting stuff to paint from screenshot from movies. Call it substitute for traveling.
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    Pennywise from the book and film IT.

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    Give me som crit or comments or I'll send him after you.

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    More movie influences...

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    The movie stills are nice and they are a good way to learn some fast and value focused sketching. That said the values are actually very good, I just think that some of your borders could be sharper. Your self portraits are very nice and that sclupt is aweseome. I love the face, butthe digital study needs more work I think. Valuewise you can push it!

    Cheers

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    Hey man. Thanks for commenting my SB. Some cool stuff you got here. Looks like you have a pretty good understanding of anatomy (from sculpting?) but need to get used to work with a tablet. Maybe you should try and look up some theory on edges (when to use hard/soft edges and such), if you haven't done so already. There are probably some threads on these forums about it, otherwise google is your friend

    Oh btw, I answered your question in my sketchbook (link below).

    Keep up the good work

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    Janos, erter - thanks for you comments.

    Janos - Perhaps I'll try to push that sculpt-drawing a bit more.

    Erter - Yes, I have a lot to learn when it comes to painting in general, photoshop and wacom. I have only had the wacom for about a month or so - slowly but surely, I hope.
    And thanks again for that answer in your SB.

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    Gotta say I really like your style here - Your first 3 here - the pencil drawn look with color, messing with some focus too - I really like it!
    I don't think you are doing anything wrong - I think you are doing exactly what you need to be doing. Drawing every day - experimenting with color, light, style - heck, that's all there really is to it. My only suggestion (speaking from my experience so far) just try to keep a balance between drawing from your imagination and from life. I've been hammering on drawing from life/observation, pics, etc... and now I'm trying to get back in my brain/imagination (honestly it's a bit of a struggle )
    =Anyway - enough rabble - not to get all preachy - Just keep practicing - every day - you will look back and be amazed at your progress.
    Stuff is looking great! Keep posting Castor! I'll be back

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    Couple of more quick ones, from googled images.

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    I would like to say this is a quick one from a moviestill but i reworked it during an hour or more.

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    Quickie, 15 mins or so...

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    There shuold be a name for googli'n images and painting them, its getting to be a hobby for me... Suggestion; Googling+creation=Googlation.

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    Thanks for looking.

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    Something from imagination... guess I'm in a clown phase, that or I'll have to blame it on the Tom Waits records I'm listening to while drawing.

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    Hopefullt I won't have to tell you who this is... An hour or so...

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    Thanks for looking.

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    The screencap for today. A worn out theme perhaps but... I like it.

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    Any crits any very welcome.

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    Quick one from last night.

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    what program do you use? Is that photoshop?

    Also... i envy your drawing setup :o

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