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    Griep is right.

    But if you don't know to practice that, an easy and fun way is to take a digital work that you really like...

    1) Add a layer to it in photoshop/sai/etc.
    2) Lower the opacity of the original layer
    3) On the second layer, find the 2D and 3D shapes that you see.

    Important! Make sure those shapes are accurately drawn and that you only use symmetrical shapes. Using odd shapes won't offer understanding about the construction of the larger forms.

    After you go through a piece like that, then do a fast drawing of only those shapes, without lifting the stylus. You will be drawing the original in sketch mode just like the original artist!

    This is a great way to learn.

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    Lightship69 - thanks a lot, i intend to do them again and again. for one, i like doing character sheets.
    as for the pirate chick, i can't even if i want to. my pc is down and the file was in there.
    i now only have this version of her

    Kapil - Thank you. I intended to, but like i said to Lightship69, that file was on a pc that doesn't work now.
    Once i fix it, perhaps i will come back to her.

    miycko - thank you very much for the motivation boost! always a pleasure seeing people like my art.
    it makes me want to update even more. more digi envos to come micky. and those pencil landscapes i did after
    your refs are still out there, ready to be scanned. i'll fill the page and then i'll post

    Pete Hidalgo - thank you very much for the motivational comment, good luck with those studies too!

    BludHund - i would give you two thanks on the post if i could, so i'm saying it here, thank you and thanks again!
    most things you crossed out are old studies that i thought would still be ok, but i'd better make new better ones. what i
    don't understand though, is why did you cross out the watercolour envo?
    thanks for pointing out the best ones as well, i'll be looking at those as to compare with everything else that i want to add
    also, what else do you think would be better i add? like a character sheet or sketches of some sort etc etc?

    Icecold - colours...mm better yet said lighting i think.. i mean using the cool/worm of colours and values
    to make that interesting lighting etc do i make sense? as for the book, i've had that recommended to me
    a couple of times, so i will buy it when i have the possibility.

    Greip - wow, i was thinking the contrary! that i am not so good at rendering, because my level is this..
    i don't really know how to take it further and detail it, refine it to a finish. i agree with you, i need more construction.
    i am surprised i can get this good results, considering how much i'm "eye balling" thinks heh, thanks for the comment

    p sage - you mean once i find the simple shapes in the drawing, ("without lifting the stylus")
    i do like a contour of some sort? not sure what you're pointing towards sage, but i'll do it digitally and
    post, and see what you'll say. thanks!


    Another envo study.
    This one actually took a lot more than the other,
    choosing the colours was a real pain. That sky was the issue.
    And i still didn't get it quite right but ooh well.. more practice.
    Experimented with mood a bit more as well.
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    Wow last one is stunning! I am so guilty of color picking haha, I'll go for a period trying to match the ref's color manually, than ill get disappointed that the colors are way off and go insane with the picking -_-. I need to fight this tendency. For the lighting try using the soft brush, and have a couple dabs and play with the layer settings like overlay etc, or do a black and white gradient map and put it on luminosity. I tried it yesterday and thought it was great O.o.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackDelphin View Post
    once i find the simple shapes in the drawing, ("without lifting the stylus")
    i do like a contour of some sort?
    No you're not thinking about contour, you're thinking about structure but while looking at someone's work you really admire. You see the shapes they used. After you have that worked out on a layer, make that layer into its own image and use it fo reference during the next step.

    Then open a new file and start drawing those shapes (looking at your analysis drawing), without lifting the stylus. Be as accurate as you can, and try to be smooth and free with it. You'll see that the contour appears as if by magic

    It's a fun way to work and learn.
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    Good looking updates Cristina
    Enviros get better and better.
    As Icecold mentioned: You don't really need to worry too much about your colors. They are really good in my opinion.
    Get behind other fundamentals first. Construction for example.

    But hey! Just keep going.
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    i'm saying this as seriously as i possibly can, your environments are really kicking ass how long did this latest one take? the way you rendered the water is wonderful and though you may not be totally satisfied with the sky it still looks great. can't wait to see those pencil landscapes keep it up
    DRAW UNTILL IT HURTS
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    Wow such nice landscape! I agree with miycko on the water. The sky looks great too! One thing I found with sky (or sunlight) is when it's perfectly horizontal (hold shift when painting bottom part of clouds, etc) it seems to look more right.. I'm a complete newbie so I might be totally wrong - that cheat just seemed to fix my landscape when I was doing the sky! lol
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    nice updates! like the last two environments!
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    I know that you announced your disappearance a while back,
    but we are already missing you so much. I hope that medicine is
    going fine and that you are happy as a daisy. Your landscape drawings
    and studies had already entered in the book of history, you just haven’t
    been notified about it yet. I am informing you that some big eyes are watching
    your work currently, and your talent is slowly starting to shine as bright as ever.
    I've been cruising around your portfolio a bit at night, and I am very happy
    about how you did it. Especially the Portrait and the Environment section. And
    the figure study section also. You have that immense creative power within you,
    which you have to let go, not just through medicine but through drawing for sure.
    You will be talking your grandchildren about your first pencil holdings, mark my
    words. Vibrant strokes is what you are implementing in the modern sub order,
    while looking at your latest enviro study with the sun going down, a tear run down on
    my cheek. I know that you are too busy now and do not have time to update, but
    you remember that there are people here who count on you, and they are
    always eager to see your new beauty through artistic expression. Also I
    was thinking when you come back, I started studying zoology a bit deeper,
    mostly the heron and stork families, but more the heron. So I feel a bit ashamed
    to ask this, but I would like that we study together, that is if you will have the
    time and will. I am waiting you to post again more than anyone else.
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    A little something from this evening.
    Will reply to everyone in the next few days.

    Thank you for your constant support!
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    This morning when I looked at the drawing again it looked very dark. I adjusted the curves a bit.
    But this makes me wonder, can my lenovo think pad screen give me a proper screen for drawing?
    Hope so. It's the only option I got.

    Hopefully, I'll reply later on today. Have a pleasant day guys!
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    Good work Cristina
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    Heyyy, Cristina. Sorry about my lack of updates. Been busy getting ready to move cross-country.
    ...or some such excuse

    you asked "what i don't understand though, is why did you cross out the watercolour envo?" I don't
    remember, but looking at it again, I would say, the composition is not as strong as the other landscapes.
    Primarily I think because of the pink sky...it kind of muddles with the color of the house, there isn't
    enough separation and contrast.

    You asked "what else do you think would be better i add? like a character sheet or sketches of some
    sort etc etc?"
    That depends of course on what type of job you are applying for (IE, for an illustration
    job, for a concept design job, for a job as a matte painter, etc.

    I would say portraits and landscapes are your strongest points, color, rendering, values all look good.

    I would say figures and characters are your weakest, so gesture, structure, drapery, anatomy, are areas
    to work on. Also I have seen almost no industrial / mechanical / or interior environments, so those probably
    deserve some attention (relative to the kind of work you want to do).

    I liked the dark version...especially the eyes

    what model of ThinkPad do you have Cristina? I am writing this on the X230 I just bought, and the display is nice
    sketchbook...a kitten dies every time you don't comment

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    the imagination is taxed to its utmost – and will
    produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom,
    the work is likely to sprawl.”

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