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    finished version of that piece

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    Played with the lighting and the angle on the self portrait (2nd img) turned out worse than I expected

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    I think I lost my SB it had most of today's updates.

    Color study is a WIP

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    yay for daily updates i LIKE that how about spending more time on your studies? i rush them, too and thats a mistake....so plz take you time however, this stuff will pay off, soon

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    jatherip will do

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    Color study is a WIP (I still fnt have all the proportions down, like the right leg)

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    Good to see a bit of everything in those doodles/sketches man, the hands in particular seem to be coming along very well.
    With regards to your colour study, I would say simplify. Look for the larger areas of colour as oppose to trying to dot in every little variation from the get go. Block in your colour of the light as accurately as you can, then block in the large shadow shapes, and maybe the saturated transition. Then when you have those colours down perfectly, go back in and add in all the subtly variations and stuff.

    The selfportrait a few posts back; it looks good proportion wise. But your values are lacking man. It's also looking very scribbly and rushed. (if this was intentional then ingonre me!) Try taking some time to get the rendering done more carefully, really look for shapes of shadow and light, and push the values as far as you dare. Skin is nearly always darker than you think it is so don't be afraid to go a bit darker, it usually evens out when you really block in your darkest darks and pop out the highlights.

    Quantity is getting pretty intimidating haha, keep it up man

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    Keep up the hard work! Are the people that you draw from life?

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    danlambert thanks for the huuge amounts of crits! (the self portrait was done under bad lighting, thats prolly the main issue there, gonna fix that on the next one)

    tdHendrix yeh, they're really hard cause they dont know they should keep still

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    Hey man, I'm liking those skulls and the neck muscles look cool. Hopefully at the end of the month I'll have enough money to buy one of these skulls. If you don't know that site then check it out. Has lots of cool stuff for artists. My friend has the Anatomy Male figure and it's so awesome, but it's $219

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    tdHendrix thanks man Ill look into it

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    watch your shadows, keep in mind that there are form shadows (soft edged) and cast shadows (hard edged). It helps to define form a LOT.

    also dont forget to draw not only from photos but a lot from life, too!

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    whats up dude? nice updates, seems like your more active here than i am, i should correct that the chick from the ref is coming out very well indeed, do you use a colorpicker? If yes, dont, if you handpick each color yourself, it improves your sense of colors, and makes the whole pic look more "yourself" than just a copied photo, if you know what i mean keep on what youre doing! later

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    Kfeeras Thanks for the tips

    NoodleDoodle Doing great mate! And you really should (I dont colorpick)

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    stop being a machine! XD kidding, ur doing great keep them updates coming! DRAW DRAW DRAW!

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    rogerb haha no point in stopping now

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    Been doing some Oils (Gonna post those when I'm finished) and catching up on my sleeping for most of the day.

    Next two days are gonna be all about the battle of the sexes TD.

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    Those silhouettes (can't believe I spelled that right, haha) look cool. The octopus one reads well. It's good that you draw from imagination. I want to make up my own stuff sometime soon, but need to finish my drawings for homework first. I think we have to create our own character later on in Clothed Figure Drawing, so I better get some practice.

    Have you heard of 3ch? It's a random idea generator for artists. Maybe you'll have some fun with that some day if you can't think of anything to draw.

    Do you wanna draw every day or do you ever have days you don't feel like drawing, but do it anyway?

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    tdHendrix thanks for the 3ch link, I used to use it and then lost it for some reason.
    When I dont wanna draw I just tell myself I want to, true story.

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    TD piece. Played with brushes gradient overlays and adjustment + overlay layers.
    Still needs more defining but I think I'm almost done with the underpainting. Prolly gonna rush this, because its due tomorrow.

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    Now im gonna just take a wild swing at things and say that the last update uses tree brushes. So in the future try making your own backgrounds. It just gives you more credit as a artist. (if those are your trees that you did paint then forget i said that)

    anyways, anatomy needs a little work from imagination but your updating a lot and doing good studies. So just keep up the pace and improvement will happen more and more (like how your doing now)

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    My57 More credit? Let's agree to disagree (EDIT: dunno maybe doing it by hand will give me more practice? 'scuse me I'm sleepy)
    (I repaint almost everything anyway so it doesn't really matter)

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    Bleh I'm sick with this piece... been working on it all day... gonna get a few hours of sleep and see how it looks in the morning

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    wow nice update i like the environment ^^

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    Not satisfied with the piece

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    heya man, ur last piece looks rly cool!

    I think you succeeded in making the atmosphere work :o
    You could check it in black and white to see if ur values are good :o

    ur noses need work but ur working on it so thats good
    remember proportions!

    and the figure looks good but try to make ur lines more fluent and rythmic,,
    if you do so, the quality of your works will get much better

    Good luck !

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    Sorry for my hiatus, havn't been able to get onto the net for a little while. That last illustration of yours is looking good man. Good use of atmosphere and the lighting looks pretty damn good. Crit wise I think your lacking any real interesting focal point, my eye is drawn initially to the sky in the gap between the trees. Also as mentioned your anatomy needs some work, but is definitely coming along. I think you could do with some more textural variety on the serpent woman, some shiny or scaley textures on her serpant bits, some polished metals for her accessories, that kind of stuff, to bring her out a bit more. But yeah, really like it man, you should do some more of these more finished images.

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    rogerb and danlambert thanks for being awesome and giving me a huge amount of tips!

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    good looking stuff man try to work in some color into the shadows
    Also for the self portrait, make the color for the shadow cold then the highlights need to be warm.. so more reds/oranges in the lighted part if you choose the shadows to be cold.

    Also... ( im not whining! ) get more flow into you sketches, cuz the hacky scratchy sketch comes back into the finished drawing cant hammer on it enough :X

    Keep it up m8!

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    Good stuff looks like everything is coming along pretty well.

    The girl with the cane in post #182 I think that with the cane being so thin it would probably look better with a specular highlight just at the top taking up the entire width as opposed to a thin high light running the length. I also think the pit of the neck should be a little bit lower.

    For the photo paint in # 184, It might help to try painting it at a higher resolution.

    The lower left muscle skull in # 189, the head position is a little off. If the head looks down the chin gets much closer to the pit of the neck. I think that the mass of the head(mostly the mass of the face) moves in the direction it looks, if the head looks to the left then the mass moves left of center etc. you could also try doing quick head neck and shoulder sketches from the poser maniac 90 sec mode.

    For the shadow color of the skin you might want to try committing more to a warm or cool color temp. Theres a chart here http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/2008/...e-warm-vs.html . If you want to go warm you could shift the hue more towards red and up the saturation, if you wanted cool shadows you could either desaturate to almost gray and or shift to a more bluish hue. You could also look at photos to see how the hue shifts between light and shadow.

    on a side note note did you use the matbrush07 pack 33Meg, for the medusa trees?

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    I like the colors in the Bridgeman leg drawing. I think your lips might look a little flat instead of wrapping around the face.

    For the medusa painting, the very bright background is taking the focal point right now. You could try toning down the background or turn it into night time and have the light she's carrying illuminate the front of her body brighter and then put a dark tree behind her to make her pop out more.

    The lighting on the left of the picture and on the figures feels more like it's more towards night time lighting whereas the right of the picture shows that it's day time and very bright outside.

    Since medusa is supposed to be the focal point, it's the main part of the painting I look at, but I think the composition feels uncomfortable cause she's looking to the left of the picture and she's positioned on the left side of the composition, so there's so much empty space behind her. When I look at the soldier guy, I wanna know what's behind him. Why's he bowing while medusa has a sword out and looking aggressive after slithering down the long path to meet him? Is he by himself or does he have people with him? I think showing the action in front of medusa would be more interesting than the path.

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    rogerb hmm yeh Im playing a lot with complimentary colors - I tried overdoing it (like in that nelson pic) and now I "underdid" it. haha dunno why guess I just need the experience.

    surfandsnow I use leventep's brushes but I also have some of my own.

    tdHendrix Ah yes that bg is taking a lot from the focal point. I wanted to do some more advanced composition stuff this time but it seems I failed the basics better luck next time I guess

    Anyways, a big "thank you, you're awesome!" to everyone for taking their time to crit you're all awesome and you know it all these tips help me tremendously and did I mention you're just friggin' awesome?

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    Well it's cool, 'cause you can actually see progress when seeing your first post and your last.. However your last piece here is a good example of how getting too involved in detail is actually ruining your piece. check out his pose on the photo. pretty cool. but you manage to water it down for each copy you do. IMO you should exxagerate it more. and though you cant see the spine, hips and ribcage, you should always consider their position and juxtaposition/line of action. Also try not to let your lines flatten your sketches.. if you let them follow the form instead of going across, you'll make it more threedimensional... but I can see you're beginning to apply that technique.

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