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    Creature Concept

    Ok, just a little speedpaint (took 3 hours or so..ok not fully a speedpaint!) Learning new techniques with this, more about shading and subtle color shifts. All good stuff

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    Bristol Museum

    Had a little trip to Bristol Museum (uk) today, spent quite a bit of time doing study's and just enjoying the atmosphere of the place! I was quite taken by a lot of the birds they had there, so here are a few sketches I worked on, mainly 10-15 mins each. Fun stuff

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    Robo Speedpaint

    Robot speedpaint! Had fun with this one, will do better next time!

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    really enjoying this sketchbook, keep em coming!

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    Nice sketchbook!

    the faces you draw, in some cases maybe have some proportion issues, but the expresions are really good!
    makes me think about study more expressions an let the porportion by side...

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    Thanks for the comments! Also good to see what people think!

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    I like the bird page. Nice studies.
    Your digital image (the last one) needs some edge definition. Bring some sharoness to the focal point!

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    Thanks for all the comments guys, great stuff! I have a few more bits to post, a speed still life (hour) and a few sketchs which I do in my spare time, you can find more of these over at my more dinosaur themed blog!: http://jurassicscribbles.blogspot.com/
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    Nice work here, very inspiring. Try working on your lighting and values more to help create more depth in your images.

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    Thanks much cgaddict, lighting is a weak point for me, its something I'm going to be investing a lot of time in for the future!

    A few other bits, more skulls for plane practice and a marble statue study, worked on in the British Museum, great place!


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    Nice SB. Keep sketching =)

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    Thanks much for the comment Mariusz Kornatka! Will do

    A few updates, finished snow environment and some more dino skull warm ups.

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    Nice stuff. Noticing one thing though...

    Remember to always look for planes on the surface of things. Places where either the surface is momentarily flat, or places where light causes a plane to occur (like shadows). Some planes are long and thin, others are more square, and some have weird polygon shapes. But they are all there, and everything is made of em, trust me! Just start looking for them, and shade each one with the same tone.

    Currently some of your tones seem confused, probably because you are not seeing the planes. If you start noticing them and drawing them, it will help give your art a more confident look. A good example of where you've already done this a little bit is the upper-left image (woman head) in post #15 and on the robot in post #18.

    On any given plane, light is more or less even, so you don't need to use more than one tone when you're just sketching. Later these planes can be smoothed out to give a more realistic look. But if you try to smooth them out before you draw them in, you'll lose them entirely.

    Here's another related tip... The tonal differences between planes can be very slight and some planes can be small. You can either draw most of them in, or (a better approach) if you see part of a surface that is more or less on the same plane, just average it a bit when you're sketching. Instead of two planes just draw one. Later you can add more tones to it or smooth it out or whatever you like. Sometimes this will not work, but it's good to look for areas where it will, especially when just sketching.

    I decided to do a PO to better illustrate what I mean. It can be hard to understand unless you can see just how obvious the planes really are. Hope you don't mind. There were also some lighting issues, but I left those alone. The main idea was to "planarize" everything. Notice that a lot of your scratchy marks are gone from the PO. It's not that you can't reproduce this same idea with a smaller pen, but drawing with a bigger one helps keep you on track. There's nothing stopping you from drawing the planes with a smaller pen if you're sure you can stay focused and not start scratching away in random places.

    good luck with the rest of the sketchbook, hope this helps
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    i love your gesture drawings in post 1! they're far stronger than the more realistic life drawings you've done, for some reason those come out very timid.

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    Thanks for the great reply meDrawUC! Lots of great information, working on planes is something I need more practice with. You mentioned a PO, I'm not sure if its because it didn't load correctly but I can't see the PO you talked about

    Also I would agree Neon Duck, I think the life drawing comes out slightly timid due to a slight fear of drawing from life, it's something I'm trying to overcome!

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