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    The Sketchbook of Blizzard5291

    Hello, everyone! I've known about CA.org for a while and have kind of been lurking around. I've really been meaning to start one of these, so here goes! I'm open to any criticism, anything to help me improve.

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    Here are some more. These are all pretty recent and all also done in paintchat. No references.

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    This is a sketch from my sketchbook that I scanned in to color in photoshop. I need the practice. I'll post the WIP of the photoshop version soon.

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    Here's a picture that I did in shi-painter oekaki. It's at this Polish oekaki, which is kind of funny because I'm not Polish. It's a really good board, though. As usual, no reference used.

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    Another session in paintchat got me this:

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    Hello, CA! I haven't updated this thing is a while, but I've still been drawing. Here are a bunch of things I've done lately. All were done on paintchat, most were done without references, and some were done from pictures from google or from magazines. It is probably obvious which are which. Any comments and advice would be appreciated. I definitely need to use this thing more often.

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    Hey there, thanks for dropping by my sketchie. I see improvement, especially the portrait of the man.
    Some of your digital paints are fuzzy, use a harder brush when painting.
    Drop by bumskee's thread for help, it has helped me alot.

    Keep it up ya?

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    Hey, so I got a new macbook pro to help get me ready for college in the fall and so now I have a computer that can actually handle Photoshop. WOO! lol So, since I've gotten it, I've been mostly doing things in that program.

    I used a photo reference for the Sara Bareilles picture. The self portraits were done by using webcam shots.

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    Oh I forgot to mention that the self portraits probably took around 15-30 minutes each. The Sara Bareilles picture took a few hours.

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    It's been a while. Here's a bunch of stuff I've been doing in photoshop. Some are from reference, a lot are from imagination. The orange was from life. Then I ate it. A few of these are unfinished, too.

    The first one was done in August, the last was done last night, and then there's everything in between.

    I always welcome any criticism/tips/comments.

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    And here's a self portrait I did a while ago. Photoshop.

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    Here's a page from my sketchbook of faces done from photo references found in various places.

    Sorry for the bad quality of the image. I took the picture with my webcam.

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    Here are two more face studies from photo reference, one in pencil, and one in photoshop.

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    Here's a painting I did of Ingrid Michaelson from reference. I was experimenting with colors a little bit.

    I love her music.

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    Wow, you've done alot, and you're getting better - I think you have a good grasp on greyscales, I'm doing that too, I guess, start experimenting with different brushes, some work looks a bit muddy -

    this image stood out for me: http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1266099416


    and I feel this is your strongest - this is nice, : http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1268921544

    I'd love to be able to sketch like that! I'll be keeping my eyes peeled é_é

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    Thank you so much for the encouraging comment, and the advice! Yes, I've been working a lot in grayscale, but I've been trying to move more and more into color. I'll keep working on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blizzard5291 View Post
    Thank you so much for the encouraging comment, and the advice! Yes, I've been working a lot in grayscale, but I've been trying to move more and more into color. I'll keep working on it!

    No problem, colour is a never-ending study, I think your use of colours is fine, but I think you shouldn't used too much saturated colours, try going a bit more de-saturated and mix it up a bit, only go saturated if it's dark/shadow, the darker it gets, the more saturated a colour should be, or so I have noticed in my recent studies. Good luck!

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    I colored that sketch just for fun. Just popped the picture of the sketch in photoshop, added a few multiply layers, and went crazy.

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    This is a good start. I'd be careful not to lean too heavily on the digital though, it's important to keep drawing on pen and paper to develop your individual methods. Just a thought.

    Keep posting though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Flying_Dutchman View Post
    This is a good start. I'd be careful not to lean too heavily on the digital though, it's important to keep drawing on pen and paper to develop your individual methods. Just a thought.

    Keep posting though!
    Thank you very much for the comment. I do work in my sketchbook a bit these days, but it's a bit of a hassle to post sketchbook pages online. However, I could definitely use more practice with traditional. I'll try to make that happen.

    On that note, here's some more digital art!

    It's mostly unfinished doodles, but maybe I'll work on them more someday and then I'll be able to post the progress!

    All are from my imagination, except for the last one. It is from a photo reference that someone posted on tumblr.

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    tricky name mister blizzard Anyway nice portraits my favorite is the girl with the glasses.

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    Its cool to see how focused you are on portraits. I'm the same way, as much as I am recommended to try new areas, I always come back to portraits. I'm just so linear. There is a lot of work here, especially on your amount of rough sketches, which is good. Quantity allows you to go through many faces to enhance your library. But like me you got some symmetry issues, but those look like they will be easily overcome.

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    nice sketchbook you have going here
    should do some more master studies and still lifes
    have a good one
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    Nkirstian - Thank you! That girl is Ingrid Michaelson, by the way. She's a fantastic musician.

    Vatteh - Thanks! Yeah sometimes things are very asymmetrical and I don't see it at all until I leave the picture alone for a while and come back to it. My eyes tend to become numb to flaws pretty easily. Flipping the canvas helps, I think, and I've been doing more of it lately.

    OmertA - Thank you for stopping by! Master studies and still lifes sound like a great idea. I hope to have more time to do these types of things in the near future.

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    A great amount of work and progress Is showing. Just keep working you seem to be figuring everything out. If I could offer any type of help it would be some of your earlier faces Seemed to be a bit flat this could be from building the eyes, nose and mouth off the same line but i think you worked that one out. Keep a close eye On your turned faces too
    Good luck keep it up!

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    nice sketchbook the selena gomez portrait is awsome especially the sara bareilles one along with every other portrait you did, i dont really know what to critique considering i can not do faces for crap

    hi
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    Demo - Yes, thank you for the comment! Looking back at some of my images, I can't believe that I didn't notice some of the asymmetry in the face! Some eyes are tilted and different shapes and different sizes and at a different height in the face. They look like monsters! Haha. I know I still have a lot to work on in this, but I can tell I'm at least improving, thank goodness.

    ModestMouse - Thank you so much for the compliment! I just checked out your sketchbook and you should give yourself more credit! Don't stop practicing.

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    Those studies from life are really nice! For a more realistic approach, try to use linework as a definer of shapes, not just areas. Think in 3d, and use the light gradations to express that tridimensionality. The orange still-life has come out quite good in this terms. Keep at it, you're on the right path!

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    Abrodos - Thanks! I'm not quite sure what you mean about the lines defining shapes instead of areas. Can you explain that more?

    I'm streaming right now, trying my hand at another life study. You can watch if you'd like. I would really love input!

    http://www.livestream.com/blizzsartstream/

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    Here's the still life I did on stream. I wish I could have spent more time on it, but it was getting dark and I had a concert to go to. Regardless, I'm pretty happy with it.

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