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    Cow Sketchbook (Update 1/3/10) (Nudity)

    New stuff is at the end

    Hey, welcome to the sketchbook.

    I am trying to get better so all crits, comments, pointers, etc appreciated and needed. Specifically I want to create more believable characters/creatures but need help in anatomy, form, and value. I also want to move into environments and full compositions but will move into those slower. I am working on troubled areas but crits are always nice. May draw my attention to a problem I did not see.

    I should be updating every week so this should be fairly active.

    I'll work on resizing images so they don't come out massive also. Thanks to all who will take out time to help me get better.
    Let's Begin!

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    Hi yes you have to fill out copyright stuff first. That's how it is now. Try starting studying from life. Start with simple objects you can put on your desk infront of you and build up from there. I have just started out and I have painted some fruit. I feel this helps develop your eye for colour, values, perspective and everything basically. Start simple. Keep it up

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    Venial- I really do need to start drawing from reference again, thanks for the reminder.

    The apple, cup, and banana are old ones that were done from observation. The face and phone (ref. phone) were done tonight.

    As always C&C appreciated

    I promise that I will work on resizing my images

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    These arn't too bad. However try to use more than one shade/colour of blue, or whatever colour you are using for more realism.

    They are tending to look a little flat. The phone is your strongest out of these, but also try to lose your sketch lines ( depending on what style you want to achieve )

    And you're right about not painting on a white background, so thanks for that. Which leads me to advise you on not using pure white for highlights. Use the colour. Here is an example i did for you, hope it helps >>>>

    Keep doing studies mainly, but no reason you cant break free and do your thing sometimes. Primarily studt tho keep it goin.

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    Venial, thanks for the tip.

    I've had a pretty busy couple of days, but it's time to get some more work done.

    This is another photoshop sketch with reference. Maybe some time I will take a snapshot or two of my sketchbook, for now this was done yesternight. I should update again tonight, until then all crits are welcome.

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    Cow

    A few more sketches for the day. Mixed reference and non reference.

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    Cow

    Been a little hectic... I will post more.

    WIP

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    Cow

    4/24/09

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    Cow 5/1/09 update

    5/1/09 a new month

    Second is a WIP

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    Cow 5/3/09

    Crits so far...
    requests?

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    Cow back on

    a little more work. some WIP's.

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    Cow dust off...

    been a few weeks, time to shake the dust off and get back to work!

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    Cow 6/10/09

    6/10/09

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    Cow 6/15/09

    6/15/09 WIP C&C welcome

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    Cow 7/1

    feel like I should put up something...... anything......

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    Cow Marker...

    So I'm trying to experiment with marker sketching. I like the concept of building up the image with varying opacities and layers, reminds me of painting in photoshop. Obviously I'm not very good at it yet, so any tips would be appreciated. The second is an update on a WIP, it is still a WIP, any thoughts?

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    Cow

    7/5

    For anybody watching, here is a quick update

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    Cow Update

    7/11/09

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    Cow Scanner up

    I've had problems with getting my scanner to scan images in without them being too light. These still aren't perfect but they are a lot better now that I've messed with the brightness/contrast settings a little.

    Hopefully this means I will post a lot more since I have been trying to do more pencil work. Gotta build up those foundations!

    With the outdoor one I was trying to work on showing scenery without using tons of detail, so the figure is just a quick rough. Let me know what you think.

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    Hi rth2art,
    Thought I'd answer your question here.
    Alot of the master works I find on line. just google it and look for large jpgs. which I think you've been doing. Also try Art Renewal Center, and this site:
    http://www.wga.hu/
    There are really good quality images that let you see detail in both locations.
    See in terms of shape and organization of forms.

    Also, keep up the drawing practice, I will add in reference to drawing faces, think in terms of bone structure, not features. Other wise the surface stuff floats on top. Bone is the anchor to the surface detail.

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    hi rth2art,
    Overall your on the right track and working at it so keep it up! I agree that focusing on your pencil skills is a good direction to go in first. I might suggest a couple of books (apologies if you know this already) that I have liked for a long time:
    "Bridgeman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life" and "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist". I need to ref them more regularly myself but they have helped me alot over time. Look forward to seeing more.

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    Cow replies...

    AztcFireFlower- Thanks for the quick reply. The wga site looks exactly like what I've been looking for! Especially with the ability to zoom in and out of the works, it's great. I used to draw skulls out of a book, (I should buy a skull replica sometime, was not a book on skulls, was a book on 'horror' type art) but have not done that in a while. May help to construct the skulls before I make the actual head, then I actually have to think more about not just how it should look but how it actually is constructed. I'll try to get some studies done to give you something to mull over and hopefully have them up around the weekend.

    Brainiachound- I actually have the Atlas anatomy book on order from amazon but it was coming with a burn hogarth book that they still haven't received to ship to me yet. I was not sure whether to get a hogarth, loomis, or bridgman book. Loomis was way too expensive, and while I had heard of both hogarth and bridgman, a friend of mine has the hogarth anatomy book and liked it so I went with that, but if you recommend this bridgman book then I'll switch it in place of the hogarth for now (especially since they still don't have the hogarth but the bridgman is in stock so they can send the order already!!). I'll keep some practice up and look forward to seeing more from you as well.

    sorry if I am long winded :{

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    ...I got to thinking...

    ...and that's usually dangerous but it made my commute to the day job more interesting, anyway.

    Glad to hear the books are on the way...if your experience is like mine they will aid you immeasurably! Anywho...I got to thinking I might help you with something a little more tangible than "your on the right track" or whatever I said...anyway, Aztec's comment on bone structure got me thinking and I realized what I typically DO NOT see in your work: structural development. I always start everything I draw with its underlying "skeletal structure" (or some facsimile there of)...whatever it might be. Please allow me to indulge myself in an animated GIF that kind of goes in the steps you could take ;-) (and forgive me if you already do this...but I don't see it in your linework of the sketches...tomorrow I'll see about blocking an mass on this stick figure if you like...also this only A way to do it and is not necessarily the RIGHT way...its just my way

    ...and you can see that GIF in my SB where I will continue to work on it...it occurred to me how wrong it was to draw in your sketch book...sorry

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    Cow Quick ups

    BraniacHound- There is no problem with you posting corections or whatever in my sketchbook. It doesn't bother me, especially when it is helpful. I just got the books in so hopefully we'll start to see some improvement.

    There has been wedding stuff going on this week so I will hopefully get more work posted middle of next week or so.

    As always, crits and comments welcome.

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    good deal

    cool beans! Like the latest stuff...keep it up!

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    Cow Another quick few

    Hey. Here are a few pages from my sketchbook. Sorry for the poor quality, scanner is not the best.

    I realized I was doing a lot of heads and will be trying to add some more variety in their. Hang in there, it will get better.

    RTH II

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    Talking my $0.02

    hey rth,
    Just a quick redline on one of your skulls. Skulls and heads are good, btw, imho...I like the hatch lines you did behind it, I would just make them consistent and appear to pass behind the object of interest...hatch lines are a nice way to define negative space -they are also easy and relaxing to draw the main thing is the cranium is drooping, so I fixed that. One thing I consciously remind myself to do is to look more at what I am drawing, as opposed to the drawing itself when drawing from life or ref...when from imagination I think("look") thru my minds eye what I want to draw more than the drawing itself...or I try to anyway =D Hope that helps and keep it up!
    ~brain-

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    Cow Wow

    I did not realize it but now that you point it out the back skull is hanging ridiculously. Did not even cross my mind when I was drawing it. I have a marker work I want to post soon but it is just too big for my scanner, and my scanner does not pick up the gradations that well. Maybe if I get desperate enough I will take a picture of the picture and post it, but I really don't want to dilute it through too many transfers, I am not working with the newest technology here.
    Thanks for the tips, I will have some more stuff scanned in after a couple of days.

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    Cow Digi Paint Nude

    Here is a quick little drop. A few studies and sketches. I decided to take a page from brainiac's sketchbook and do a ref. digital painting. This is some initial color layout. Let me know what you think. RTHII

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    on the right track !!! your posts are showing work ethic which is the first key to any skill in life = )

    i would say stay off the color for a little while longer and break out the charcoal ,get used to drawing with your whole arm as well , not just the wrist you get a lot more energy with line and stroke this way

    keep up the fight !

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