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    I don't really like either pic in my last post. We all have bad ones though.

    Hopefully this is an ok update. I took a sketch from earlier in the thread and tried to paint it yesterday from memory and it came out awful lol.
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    I thought..."Jessica you can do better than that. Try to remember everything you learned." So I tried again tonight and it looks better.
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    The second version of that portrait looks tons better. Keep up the good work!

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    Thank you dierat.

    I've been trying out some ideas lately but have mostly met with failure. It's ok though; I think I am on the verge of a breakthrough. So until then, here is a cute girl face I doodled last night to get away from my more "depressing" drawings. :/

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    Cool work. Maybe try to differenciate more your lights and darks. You've done it a bit on the last one with the right cheek being much lighter than the rest of the face, but not on the previous one. Get those values really separate compared to each other.
    Also, i would minimize as much as possible lines when painting, but i think that's just me
    Anyway, keep it up madame ! It's a shame i didn't get to meet you back in az.

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    Awww, did you move away? I would have really liked to meet you too.

    Thanks for the advice. I've been trying to work on contrast specifically so I'll keep it up.

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    Whoa, definitely keeping track of this sketchbook thread

    My CA sketchbook thread

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    Quite honestly you're better than some of the artists I've worked with in the illustration/graphics field (myself included), but that's not saying much, lol.

    Looks like you're on the right track, so keep studying and set your goals high. Then push yourself as hard as you can to meet them. I know it's not easy, but try to at least strive for a level of consistency through out all of your work... that will help you grow a great deal.

    Seriously good stuff here, so keep it up!

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    Hello everyone. Long time no update. Well my old computer crashed and I lost a little bit of art. Not much though. My job has been eating my time, especially now that they are making me work mandatory overtime. That just means I have to wake up at 5 each morning instead of 7. I would really love it if I could do art for a living and not have to work in retail, but I'm not up to that level quite yet.

    Mayu_Zane - I'm glad you like what you see!

    bad_painter - Thank you for the encouragement and kind words. I'll definitely keep working hard!

    Here's something for my portfolio. A pretty simple conceptual thing. Sketched without reference...
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    ....after reference. Looks much better. I still need to shoot or find reference for the flowers.
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    A self portrait. I wanted it to look somber and messy but not so...unrefined. The white conte shows up more in the scan unfortunately.
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    some very nice stuff here indeed both in regards to colours as well as line. Hope to keep seing more!

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    Thank you comixnut!

    Well, long time no post (in my sketchbook). I just haven't been drawing. My grandmother was very ill for a lot of the later part of the year and she passed away on New Years Eve so I just haven't been in the mood to draw or post. I'm getting back into it though and next week I'll be back to normal as far as art production goes. Gonna be depressed for a while though.

    Here's a couple things.

    A mermaid from my sketchbook. Drawn from imagination.
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    Work in progress.
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    Partial lines of a drawing
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    Drawing for a challenge on deviantART.
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    Your SP on page 2 is very good and the bright white conte just makes you look glowing after a workout. I like your flat pieces as well as they are pure design. The latest figure looks tough and I wouldn't want to mess with her. You have a great eye for design.

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    Interesting variety of work. I liked the pieces in post #44. I'm afraid to comment on the lady in the red stockings though - looks like she could kick my ass! Oh and love the beakgirl concept! I have an avatar just like it (kinda) lol.

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    Black Spot - Thanks. I've never really gotten a compliment like that (good with design) so it's encouraging.

    Bosatsu - Thank you for visiting. I'm glad the pin-up looks tough heehee...I like tough girls. I am actually planning a series of drawings around girls that wear beaks and bird masks so I hope others will like them too.


    Quick post before Valentine's trip. Hope everyone has a happy love day! I am combining two posts to reduce clutter.

    A landscape in progress. I think I am getting better at backgrounds.
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    Colored Pencil Sketchbook Pages - I am doing small 5x7 drawings and trying to sell them for $20 to make some change. These are just thumbnails really.
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    I am also working on illustrations to help my boring portfolio. Perhaps I may post some of those in the Finally Finished section if I have the bravery to do it.

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