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    Josh Murr's Sketch Book...

    Hey hey!

    I'm new to this forum, so I thought a sketchbook would be a good way to introduce myself.

    My name is Josh Murr I am from Essex in England; I'm 17 and I am going into my second year at 6th form in September where I'm doing an Art A-Level (among others).

    I've always wanted to put some of my stuff up for critiquing but have always been intimidated by the incredible stuff on these sites. But I thought now was a good time - you all seem friendly. So here's some drawings!

    Any critiques, comments, ideas, compliments, insults, heckles, money, proposals or whatever will be very much appreciated.

    [Just edited this to change the tumbnail image... So some drawings got lost. Sorry.]

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    Here's a few paintings all from life.

    I only really use graphite and paints (mainly oils now). I will learn how to use photoshop one day...

    The top two are done in oil paints, the next two are poster paint... Eeurgh. But I actually quite like the way they turned out. You can layer quickly with poster paint but they are just so thin and cheap and horrible.

    And the bottom is acrylic.

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    great start good to see the bridgman studies. To really get a lot out of bridgman you really need to go through one body part at a time and understand them fully and build upon them. Paintings look great but i noticed some halos around sections in the portrait where the canvas shows through. you're Just a little to timid with the paint, I think. work into the paint you've already laid on the canvas or/and some sort of under painting scrubbed in with turpentine will make these halos less noticeable. But mostly working your paint into one another and working background to foreground will alleviate most of your problems. when I say work your paint into one nother I just mean overlay your brushstrokes, not necessarily blend them together, thought that might have been unclear. Overall light years ahead of most people your age for sure great start and keep at it. =D

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    Hey Mike.R thanks for the feedback. I definitely have a lot to learn with painting. I have started to be more relaxed with it and looser with colours, but yeah, I gotta move on from this 'painting-by-numbers' style where each colour has it's area. Hopefully put some new ones up soon.

    Got infront of the mirror today.
    Looking at them now, the poses are very camp? At least it's practice ey..

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    Really great start. This dude is just rockin and your sp is nice.

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    Welcome Josh! I'd say you're off to a great start! Let's see more.

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    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
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    Yo thanks Konstruktion and Peetear!

    I spent like 7 hours on my arse doing this yesterday. It probably shouldn't have taken that long but I was getting quicker towards the end..
    Most are off this website. 93 by my count!

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    Hey Josh. Thanks for visiting my SB. Have to say I really like your paintings. You are off to a good start for your age. Its going to be fun watching you develop. Glad to see your hitting the Bridgman studies as well and the 93 hands look good.

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    First, thanks for checking out my sketchbook Marian .

    Ok I got my hands on a camera so here's a bunch of crap from the last few days.

    First is a few Bridgman copies. I wasn't going to put them up, but I thought they might be useful to somebody. Even though they are readily available.

    I've really been struggling with a self portrait the last few days, scrubbing out the same canvas about 3 or 4 times. So I did a bunch of quick, line self portraits to try and warm up a bit. I also dug out that skull/face overlay thing I copied out of a book a while ago. Then I did the portrait at the bottom. It looks nothing like me... But it was the one I felt the best about, so please, any critiques would be appreciated. I need to improve my painting.

    There's also some ink copies out of a Moebius (Jean Giraud) book I have. And I watched Akira the other day so I did a quick sketch of Kaneda!

    ALSO! Cos I have no idea about photographing my stuff, nor a fancy camera. Does any one know any good, easy to use editiing software. Ive been using IrfanView which I like -but is there anything better?

    Rahhhspect. Josh.

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    Some stuff from today. The feet are too small on the first one me thinks.

    Creatures aren't my strong point...

    And an acrylic painting from quite a while ago.

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    Hey Josh you've been working hard. All your drawings look really good to me and I like the pen and ink work as well. To my novice eyes the portrait painting looks a bit squashed from the eyes up to the top of the head. Don't know if that helps. I love the hand painting, looks really good. I like your style. Keep up the good work.

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    Hey thanks for checking back again Marian. Yeah, you are certainly right. The eye's are too wide as well... Only noticed fairly late into the painting and I was too lazy to try and sort it out. There'll be more!

    This is all I could muster today after 2 late very nights round a mates... Some more portraits; think I got a likeness in these.

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    These studies show inspiration AND great technique. Your painting may need to be firmed up a bit, but you're still off to a great start

    By the way, that hand study up there... that is HUUUUUUGE. I think drawing that many hands in one go would probably burn my eyes out. Thank you for sharing!

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