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    Red face Helter Skelter - pieces of doodles

    Hi all,

    First off, just wanna to shout out to everyone here a big thank you for being such a big inspiration! Been lurking in the corners for the last three years... Finally mustered up the guts to actually post some stuff here. Hope I'm not too late I am here to learn and improve, so if anyone could spare a little time for some C&C, it would be brilliant and very much appreciated!

    Thought I start off with some recent digital stuff I did.

    So here goes nothing!

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    Other random stuff I found in my sketchbooks

    These are just some other doodles I found from my older sketchbooks...

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    Traditional Drawing

    These are some old traditional charcoal and graphite stuff. I really need to get back to traditional mediums....

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    Some other digital stuff

    These are some other digital works.

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    Hey XuperNova. Good studies and sketches so far. I like the second page of pages with the character designs in today's post: they're kinda creepy, but they got a lot of personality. I can definitely sense a story behind them.

    It could help to bring your carefully handled traditional drawing style to your digital value sketches. In the traditional studies, the objects' surfaces are clean and the values are believable; in the digital imaginative pieces, the objects' surfaces seem kind of scribbly with a lot of brushmarks--and I believe the values are handled with too much contrast.

    Check out this painting (by Bouguereau I think) and the values:


    Notice how only the very darkest areas are near black (either because they are in shadow, or because they are naturally darker colored). Save for the armpit, brow, etc. most areas are gradated more gradually. I think if you imitated that, your value sketches would be more three dimensional and realistic. Hope that helps. Keep studying!

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    Hi Yiyoung,

    Thanks for dropping by and the crit! Really helps!

    Yeah I have a lot to work on with my line and stroke work, both in digital and traditional. Will definitely keep working on that!

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    Further line up

    Still trying to find the shape of my characters, did a lineup of how they would look together.

    *lol*

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    Hey there countrymate! (do i know you? ) Your pencil studies are really strong! Well blended. You could use a bigger brush to blend your digital works however. Vary the opacity and flow. That aside, keep it going!

    Wanna see moreeee!! Have a good week!

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    X-

    thanks for stopping by my book, i dig your PS works. i think you've got some good ideas and the development is evident. the pencil sketches also harbor some good material. however i'd be remiss to not give you a friendly elbow and suggest you give your dude's hands some TLC. they're suffering from "mitt mode" right now, and i think given your skill, if you put in some hours on just hands, you'd really see improvement quickly. very cool stuff here though, esp. that last post, thats the winner.

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    Hey, great stuff so far.

    I really like your environments and still life studies. My only critique are the character concepts. They seem really stiff, I'd suggest some dynamic poses.

    Keep it up ^^

    SECONDS: Do you work from life of photographs?
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    Shamandalie > Thanx for dropping by and the tip about the brush work! Will definitely keep that in mind! Just checked out your website! Really cool stuff especially the matte painting and the illustration piece (The cat monster). Keep on chugging!

    Movenski> Thanx for checking this out as well and the encouragement! Yeah I absolutely agree with you on the whole hand thing, they are crappy *LOL* but I am currently doing hand studies on the side to get my head around them. Will post them up once I have some decent stuff!

    Irishdunk> Thanx for coming in! I agree with you on the poses, will experiment with them in the next development!

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    Hi XuperNova,

    Glad to have you on board here at CA. You'll learn a lot here trust me. YihyoungLi had some good advice in terms of values and studies. You got a good start but I think you might want to put in more concentrated studies on certain things. It might be good to do some more still-life studies and try to use less strokes in your mark making to indicate your values. Keep drawing and keep at it.

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    Hey T,

    Thanx for dropping by and the encouragement! I am already trying to absorb all the readily available info! Yihyoung N a few others have already given me some pretty cool tips and I am trying to explore more ways of definite mark making instead of my wishy washy ones *LOL* plus hands ( oh man! these r not easy!)! Just gotta put in the hours!

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    Helloo!!

    Hey Xup! I still like your styrofoam shapes best

    For the 5 chara designs, you can vary the body structure and height more. They pretty much have the same body with different accessories (as Master Roy would say XD).

    Keep posting!

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    Nice, lots of studies here My advice to you would be to find a more well balanced mid tone for your paintings. You seem to be using a lot of extreme light and dark values, but not enough in the mid range, so definitely work on that.

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