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    Quote Originally Posted by Krato View Post
    what program do you use? Is that photoshop?

    Also... i envy your drawing setup :o
    Yepp, its photoshop. Think painter came with the wacom but I have yet to try it. Whats to envy about my setup? You mean my computer? If you are talking about the wacom I'll tell you now is the time to get a intuos 3, they are relatively cheap now with the realese of the intuos 4.

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    This is a "sneak preview" of a screenshot that is a real pain... This is going real slow. If I like the end result the plan is to print it on canvas and make a painting from it. I'll post the result if it ever get done.

    Please leave a tip or two, I am having a real difficult time with this...

    W I P

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    This last one seems to be coming along nicely. would say maybe give more attention to the rest of the painting as the driver seems way more finished than the rest of the piece. besides that, can't wait to see it finished.

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    Like what you've got going on here, good steady flow of work, those movie still studies are looking good.

    The Bumskee digital painting thread I mentioned in my sketchbook is here;

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=107217

    and there's an earlier one here...

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=47859

    Some good photoshop tips and shortcuts in there, especially with regards to opacity and blending etc.

    I agree with E4sY on that last WIP, maybe bring the rest of the painting in line with the driver and it should start to pull together nicely. I sometimes find that just leaving part of it unworked can throw my eye out so the whole thing looks wrong, you add what you thought was an unimportant detail and it all pulls together.

    Liking what you've got so far though, looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

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    E4sY - Thanks man. My method, if I can call it a method, is to block in the general colors in one layer, trying to hit a base-value of the finished color - I then add a layer and detail it.

    The driver had a face-layer, I added a shirt-layer and a pants-layer, when they were about done I merged the layers into one "driver-layer".

    Yesterday I started the passengers glasses and eyes - I think the two people will decide if I like it or not thats why I want them done first but overall its like 10-20% done.

    Thanks for looking.

    Mrdigs - I have a very rough sketch of black lines that I turn off and on, that skecth might be of but it helps me keep track.

    Thanks for the tips on the bumskee-thread, I will read every word in that thread.

    -How do you guys work? You use layers for every new section or a new layer for every new color or what? I am a total noob when it comes to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastorFiber View Post
    This is a "sneak preview"...
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    Todays progress (If I may call it that)
    Shirt and hat mainly - DAMN, I can't for the life of me depict a face without lines. Barely then either.

    Please. help. sos.

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    Quick one before bed. About 10 minutes, all hard brushes and few colors. If I get good at this I will apply for a job as a cutoutfilter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CastorFiber View Post
    DAMN, I can't for the life of me depict a face without lines. Barely then either.
    think you're being too hard on yourself, looks pretty good to me.

    what i meant in my last post was perhaps work the background and the car interior a bit more so it sits better with the parts you've worked on already, should help you to get a feel for the whole picture.

    i'm probably not the best person to give advice on photoshop stuff ! but for photo studies and still life stuff I usually stick a flat colour in the background, to hold it all together and then paint onto a new layer, trying to keep to a single layer as much as I can, i paint the entire thing on that layer. I always hit a point where I get worried about screwing it up though and start adding tonnes of extra layers for every little tweak.

    you should check out the psd files here, well worth a look;

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=88

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    Todays update. I feel I'm really of when it comes to color, like in the dashboard - if anyone would ask me what color it is in the original picture I'd say "why, black of course" but when I try to look with "painter-eyes" I see a lot of red in there and brown so I ignore my basic instinct and paint it in a dark redish/brownish and now it looks purple... Seems like every new thing I try gives five new things I have to master. I love it.
    But I would need some help, input and or comments.

    This has been going SO slow and I want it done so I'm probably not going to redo it to much, I'll make it kinda funky and keep it as a reminder of what not to do.

    BTW, I found a new toy. Liquify. Real nice feature.

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    I really like your style...only thing that I would consider working on is your proportions...ie. Faces especially.Your last one is really good though..alot cleaner than most of your other works.

    View My Sketchbook!(Crits are needed)(Looking for a mentor)
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=141481
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigtayter View Post
    I really like your style...only thing that I would consider working on is your proportions...ie. Faces especially.Your last one is really good though..alot cleaner than most of your other works.
    Thanks for your comments! Proportions you say, you mean the eyes are to big and stuff like that?

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    nice work, you are improving.
    I really like the painting with your brother in the first post

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    wow awesome progress on wip. i love the redshirtguy's sunglasses.
    the tint from the sun is such a nice detail. good job!!

    cheers

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    Maeshanne - Thanks, that helps even if I don't see improvement myself.

    Juicy - Thanks, jack - thats my favourite part to. What is it they say about a thousand monkeys?

    I will continue that picture but I have to do some other stuff to keep my interestlevel at "awake".

    Here is a rather quick one of my favourite model... my damn self. Picture is old, back when hair was cool. Freezing by ass of by the hudson... man, I want to go back.

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    hey castro with your last pic try too keep in mind how the head is tilted, how the light hits it, and the values. I sound like a hypocrite but its something we all need too look out for. The coat is pretty blurry and you need to push the values more for example in your ref pic you can see dark blacks, however in your painting you only go so far as a semi dark blue.

    Good practice though

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    I definitely see improvement through the progression of your sketchbook, congrats on the tablet I know exactly how you feel. =) I'd go nuts if something happened to mine, it goes everywhere with me now.

    I gotta say that my two faves are the closeup of the guy's face with the red-rimmed eyes... very striking. And the really simple but still atmospheric desert scene with the sunset/rise. Cool stuff. ^^

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    Thanks for stopping by my sb. If I were to give two suggestions, they would be to 1) pop a few of the paintings into greyscale and see what it looks like, and b) take the image you are copying and put it one a semi-transparent layer above to see where your shapes are going wrong. Another thing to try is putting a large grid over your image (lets say for the self p, 7 by 6, or however it works out) and pretend each square is a mini-painting and go square by square. Also, try to make the canvas of your painting match the ratio that your original is, because in the s.p., it looks like a square ref, but you're working on a rectangular canvas which I think is warping your pic. Bond is on a wider one than your ref is etc.

    The two men in the car is looking very good, but I would watch values in their faces: a bit flat right now.

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    Krato - Thanks for your comments, I actually didn't see that the angle was all wrong until you told me, feedback and critisism are so key.

    Ambientsounds - Thanks, I am really impatient and feel kind of blind when it comes to this, I can't find colors, values and I feel like I am making zero progress and so on - its really frustrating but your comment helps.

    Pixie Trick - I tried to convert the reference to black and white and I made it a tad darker over-all and I think that gave me som new info. I went back to it and re-did it. I updated it with some new value and made it look more like me today. It looks to old and to "asian" but I like it better without that awful hair. I'll have to learn hair down the line. "Value" is the keyword for me now.

    Thanks for your tips and "pixietricks"!

    Here is the update. About the size I drew it.
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    Thanks for looking.

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    looks good, make it sharper and try to push the values more. Also i dont know if you are using the color picker tool to pick colors directly of the ref pic but if you are try not to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krato View Post
    looks good, make it sharper and try to push the values more. Also i dont know if you are using the color picker tool to pick colors directly of the ref pic but if you are try not to do that.
    Thanks - Damn, how a picture changes without... me doing anything. Last night when I posted it I thought it looked alright, today it makes me laugh. That "what the hell" laugh.

    No, I am not using the colorpicker, thats cheating and it doesnt work - I have real problems with finding the right shades, I dont like it when the colors are to "chromatic" mainly because it scares me so my work look washed out and... booring. I used the blurtool though, thats why its so... blurry.

    Thanks again!

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    an advice its to work always from the dark to the light colours, im not an expert but maybe u could try to draw the shape with a really dark colour(black even)...and the block in the lighter tones....

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    Wink

    Thanks for the advice, I'll try that - I actually kinda did something like that just now. You tell me if it works.

    Saving you all from the obvious "nosejob" comment.

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    i really enjoy your work , i also think it would be cool to bring back some of those very strong lighting situations you had going at the start of this Sketchbook perhaps implementing some of that in to your new drawings ?

    i notice they are progressing very well but i'd love to see some radical lighting/texture ideas !

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    nice thread there castorfiber! i see your improving! keep it up

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    nose studies look good, how ever its still a little to blurry, Try using in your next pic Dark Black "0" and Bright White "100" colors, Work in between those. Your colors right now are all somewhat mid tone gray.

    Will visit agian keep at it

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    i had the same problem with some digital paintings i did. that they were blurry. i was using nice soft edged brushes and low opacity. looked awesome, easy to blend, except the edges. now i don't do a lot of realistic digital stuff, but i still would like to know how to overcome this hard/soft brush blurry/sharp problem. is there a brush that's half and half?? ANYONE? nice work by the way. i like the first couple portraits the best.

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    Even the coffee looks scary! Good work.

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    Hi, CastorFiber,
    When first time I worked from reference I did similar mistakes.
    As I learned later, some parts of faces or even whole faces were wrong cause of my lack of face anatomy/construction knowledge. After I took some practice on constructing I was able to understand exactly which plane am i drawing.
    My advice try to mix works from references and works from books, where construction of the face is shown.

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    hey man sketchbook looks great and I never knew there was a name for my addiction "googlation"
    sweet goona use that one more often, can't wait to see some more updates

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    hey man sketchbook looks great and I never knew there was a name for my addiction "googlation"
    sweet goona use that one more often, can't wait to see some more updates

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