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    FourTonSketchbook **UPDATE-ZORZ! COME DESTROY!**

    My lack of work here is absurd. I had another sketchbook, but it was dumb and I grew weary of scanning junk. This will be exclusively for digital work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellfiresniper View Post
    Great paintings. I like the expression on the guys face in the last post. It was captured really well. I'm still a newb at digital painting, so I don't have any advice, but keep it up.
    Thanks. That one was fun...now that I look back it kinda looks like his eyes are gonna pop through the lids.

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    Another quick update. Don't pay too much attention to the guy in the blue jacket. He doesn't like it. He's also abysmally ugly.

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    Hey, thanks for the comment in my sb.

    I'm not really experienced in digital very much, but I think you should try pushing the contrasts between lights and darks a bit more. Other than that I'd just recommended studies (of the traditional kind) if your not already doing them. Keep working!

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    Hamms: You are definitely right about the contrast issue. Definitely need to work on that. Keeping up on studies as well, just not posting them as they are too big to scan. I love working in big sketchbooks.

    hellfiresniper: I kind of dig the sketchy look, but I think I should smooth it up a bit. When I look back at 'em, the seem a little rough.

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    I think you are using a brush size that is really small, if you make it bigger and block things in with bigger chunks to start, then go over with smaller brushes, it will help clarify things and clean it up a bit

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    hala: Thanks. Just trying to work on detail work, though I find that not using big brushes as much leaves unwanted gaps.

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    Hay there,

    Liking the art so far man, expecily the animals, good stuff!

    I agree with hala that a bigger brush size may help. Some of the images are a little bit scratchy.

    This portrait is great - http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1247091682- Nice light, and good skin tones!

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    JailHouseRock2: Thanks. I'm having a ton of fun with those animal paintings. The more I do the more I realize "Man, animals are freakin' weird!"

    Hopefully I'll update tomorrow. Didn't get much of a chance to paint today; decided to hang out with some friends.

    You know, the whole social thing.

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    It seems to me like most of your studies are made from pictures, so I would recommend you to paint some still lifes once in a while. When painting from life we have to be very focused to be able to match the colors correctly with those that we see, so we end up learning more and faster than when using photographs (my personal experience, at least). I say this because the colors on most of your works look a bit "wrong" (although I can't be sure without knowing the original pictures).

    Also, use bigger brushes. And keep going

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    Today has been a horrendous day so far. These are the only things I've done resembling art. I'm am beyond a doubt giving up.

    For now. I'll be back when I'm less likely to ram my fist through a wall.

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    So far, your digital stuff is a bit muddy. However, your animals stand out more.

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    hey thanks alot for the comments on my stuff, all i can say is be persistent, but i have alot more to learn

    nice sketchbook you have going here, the animals and cityscape look to be the strongest so far, work on including some brighter values and some harder edges on some stuff to get it to the next level, just my 2cents

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    The two things I noticed straight away are that you need darker shadows, more colour mixing, a difference between hard and soft edges and bigger bruschstrokes.

    Keep 'em coming!

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    Today has been a horrendous day so far. These are the only things I've done resembling art. I'm am beyond a doubt giving up.
    Every crappy work you do now is one less crappy work you'll do later, so try not to worry too much during those "bad-art" days when nothing seems to come out the way we would like. They happen to everyone else too.

    Sometimes it means that we are stepping out of our comfort zone, which is a good thing because it results in growth (after all the frustration, of course). It might also be because our expectations are too high, causing us to be too critical\hard on ourselves.

    If nothing works then stop painting for awhile and spend some time looking at other artist's works (mainly those who paint in a realistic or semi-realistic style) in search of inspiration and technical knowledge. Look at their paintings with a critical eye, trying to understand what they did and why. Who knows... you might just have an epiphany while doing it (it happens with me a lot).

    But most of all, don't give up. Instead what you have to do is to enjoy the process of producing and learning art without having too much expectations. Do it for yourself, do it for fun, and do it to surpass yourself each day, not others. As a friend of mine used to say, "don't worry about the whole stairs, but keep your head down and look only at each step as you climb it".

    Keep up!

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    YEAH!!!!

    YEAHHH!!!!

    You rock man, keep knocking over those pictures! Your starting to get your form right allready!

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    love all your paintings! [:
    especially the animals!

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    Thanks for all the encouragement guys. I really appreciate it. I managed to get a couple of things done today but nothing serious. This desert heat combined with summer drudgery isn't very conducive to a motivational environment. Hopefully I'll get more done later this week.

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    [Sorry for the late drop bro].
    I'm still starting out learning techniques/hows/and what's, and I've been slowly
    trying out more traditional mediums. Still a bit wobbly, but, no other way.

    -I'm with hala and JHR for the big brush. Block it in first and then slowly tighten up
    the focus/details. Squinting technique. I've got so many pieces that I've thrown out,
    because yes, they're detailed, but the fundamental base is shocking.
    -pantless wanderer's (funny nick) drop I also agree.

    "Imperfection makes perfection" Isamu Noguchi.
    Keep pushing to go that one step further. There is no end.

    Perhaps you could set aside a subject that keeps re-curring in your mind and
    think up a project that you can continually update and apply your learnings to.

    Keep filling your head with references and studies. I'm not sure when, but
    when they start clicking and start making sense, your hearts skips beats.
    Adrenaline for the soul.

    [brain dumped]

    PS. Image flips or mirror checks for composition and proportions.
    Everytime I check using the mirror, I'm horrified of my lines. Horrified.


    [I just checked your old sketchbook]
    I don't know why you'd start a new one. I'd love to have started one that long ago.
    Those Bridgman's look good. Just keep cross referencing with other
    lectures/tutes/text.

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    OH HAI!

    Been busy this past week and haven't gotten a ton of time to paint. BUT I did do a few things. I'm a little mecha crazy right now since I found out that Bandai is uploading Gundam 00 to Youtube. Typically not an anime fan, but it's a pretty good show. I'm probably going to take these further.

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    Hi, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook! I especially like that last veg study you did, and that's a nice gesture on the rat. The robots have a cool graphic quality about them. Keep it up! =D

    I'm not too experienced with digital, so I haven't got any good tidbits there. dwardo is right about the flipping though, something I need to remember myself (it hurts... but it helps a ton!)

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    It's been a while. I could say that it's because I've been busy with school (which I have), but not so busy not to paint. I've still been drawing, just haven't gotten the tablet out in a while.

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    Hi, looking pretty good! The mechs are great; it looks like you're being more economical with your brushstrokes, so the latest paintings are a lot more "clean" looking. Basically the rule of thumb is to go from large brushes to smaller ones (you might know this already tho).

    Oh, and Gundam 00 was pretty cool, but I didn't know they decided to stream episodes on youtube....I got mine from...other sources.

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    Hey man, looking pretty good. Do some from life. Show me a fruit, a tissue box or something.
    Keep it up, bro.

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    Hey man,
    Thought I'd drop by your sketchbook. I have to say I think your observational skills aren't that bad. One big thing I would suggest is really focusing on simplifying your areas of color/value and getting the proper value relationships/structure. Maybe try rendering just some simple shapes: cubes, spheres and cylinders. A better understanding of those simple things will make EVERYTHING else better.

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    Hey Hey UPDATE!!!

    are you going to scan all the drawings you've been doing? I'd like to see how you do with traditional materials as well.

    don't leave us hanging

    (oh just read that you are keeping this digital, awwwwww don't scanning is a pain but I think you use could the feedback.)

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    I decided to revive this device. As you can see, I've leveled up slightly. I just got an Intuos4 so I should be painting more. Also, after being decided on getting an English degree, I've decided illustration is the route I wish to take.

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    +7 exp.! What's this? Bulbasaur is evolving!

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