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    I see now his chin looks weird...

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    More stuff... I used a pic from Randis web page as ref for the girl on top but it's so loosely based on it I rather make a better version and put a link to the image then...

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    Trying to paint over my superman rendition, I used for color reference a Mandryk's image. I like and hate this piece... Please comments and crits, I don't know how to improve it so far!!!!!

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    Wow, I'm loving your sketchbook so far! I especially like your inked muscle drawings and the girl with the hoodie!

    Sorry I can't offer any criticism or help, especially on the Superman, since my knowledge of digital coloring is really lacking. I just wanted to tell you that I really like your stuff and I will be following your sketchbook!

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    Hey Ariel! I just wanted to thank you for having a look at my SB. I appreciate your advice on anatomy, in hope that one day I might be as accurate and good as you.

    Once again, thanks!

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    I suck. I can't work 100% with the tablet yet, even with some guide like the sketch below the painting, I have to do good line work first... anyway I'm posting...

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    Major improvement I think, still working on it. I used two ref pics but modified them...

    I'm not an expert so I'll really appreciate any comment or crit...

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    I'm really lost here, please any opinion will help...

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    Another update, I think it's looking better. What do you guys think?

    If you think it's crap please also say it just say why if you can.

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    You are doin well with these, but the abs are so defined that they dont look natural at all. tone it down a bit and just leave the borders of the body marked with shadows and highlits. concentrate on the main focal points like the chest, shoulders and face if you want. other stuff is fine. keep going.

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    Villa, NO MANCHES, eres de Hermosillo???????????????????? yo TAMBIEN!!!! nomas que ahorita no vivo ahi... cuando vaya a Hermosillo te invito unos dogos de la uni, jajaja...

    oye que chido esta el santo que tienes en tu blog...

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    Ok, I think it's taking shape, I really think I learned something today, thanks to everybody who have given me crits and comments so far!!! Still needs a lot of work, so please comments welcome...

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    jcpahl I think what you just said is very important but I really don't know how to go about it, so if you can elaborate a little more I'll appreciate it really. Thanks.

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    jcpahl, thanks so much!

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    I haven't incorporated all the crits and suggestions just yet, but I will, I think this looks much better...

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    I'm thinking of adding an asian phoenix or dragon tattoo to one of his shoulder, I know that has been done a gazillion times but I might do it as practice...

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    Great stuff so far... love the precise lines in pencil and pen. Your digis also show great control over value and color.

    I think in this one, Superman's arms are a bit short, and his head's a bit big.

    In the early renditions of your latest one, the serrates on the right side of his chest looked wrong (they were angled up underneath the pectoralis in a funny way) but I think you've got that fixed.

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    You've got some really nice stuff there.
    If you don't mind me suggesting something I'd say you could play around a bit with hues and complement colors. I think it'd better some of the painting

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    ei ariel how's it goin? Thanks for droppin by @ my SB, now I'm here to return the honor.
    First of all, I totally dig your pencils, I see a lot of brave strokes in there. I like the style and diversity. Judging by your pencil sketches, it would appear that you have a fair bit of understanding of form and how they behave under certain light source. Try incorporating that with your painting. Totally agree with jcpahl, the abs are too define, the edges are sharp as if he's wearing a suit or something. The face is coming along well. But looking at the shadows under his chin and pecs, light source seems to be coming from top left of the picture, you may want to incorporate, emphasize that a bit more on the face.
    As with adding hues to skin tones, what I use for experimentation is colorbalance. Try adjusting the colors on shadow, mid and highlights; like bluish on shadows reddish on mid and more fleshy color on highlights. You can also try adding green to mids as well and see how it goes. Alternatively, you can create a new layer and add a glaze of color on shadow buildups and play around with layer adjustments (I normally set mine to either softlight) and then call up Hue and saturation to change the color using the sliders and see the effect. And then you can spread those hues/color to his skin rendition depending on the environment his in.
    I'm also experimenting on skin tones myself, so don't take it as a rule, just a suggestion.
    cheers

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    This is gonna sound stupid, but english isn't my primary laguange, and my concept of hues is very limited. Can anyone tell me what hues mean in this context? sorry...

    Thanks for the suggestion

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    bWorx, thanks!!!! (that also partially answers my question about hues, but if anyone wants to add to it, please do!)

    really great crits!

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    Hey ariel, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook.

    I'm struggling with painting realistic skintones myself, but one thing I've noticed is if you feel (or if others are telling you) that the skin seems to lack color, it's easiest to add color using a low opacity airbrush. That way you can see if a given hue would go well in a given location before you really commit to anything.

    With regards to the abdominal muscles in the painting, I think the problem lies in each individual muscle being outlined and treated as if it were the same as the others in relation to the light source. I hope that makes sense; or rather, more importantly, that it helps.

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    seems you like Muscle,yes? lol

    good work,keep up!

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    A small update, I drew a few strokes where maybe the scars would be and a tattoo of a chinese phoenix, but I'm not sure about how they'll be in the end...

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    I'm not really happy with the mouth but don't know what to do with it...

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    I dont think its the mouth, I feel like he has a really prominent nose. Hes a little stiff, I fear. Because of his muscles, his neck is a little short.
    Im not really sure what to do about that.
    I would change the nose and the colours, as the others said before.
    Still a really nice sketchbook, keep it up!

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    Hi,
    I think you have some good foundations in your figures and paintings...from what I can tell keep working at it. On your Superman pic, I think the lower half of his face is almost in 3/4 view, while the upper half (nose and forehead are in profile) are in profile...I think 3/4 view will suit the piece (IMHO) so I would commit to that. Look forward to more!

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    An update... PLEASE DON'T THINK I'M NOT LISTENING TO THE LATEST CRITS, I just wanted to set the background before doing it. I was going to go with an autumn forest went with winter instead, although I was saving that for another piece...

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    Hmm, I think that in your latest pic, the shading on his skin is very warm and sharp, not really fitting for the background you chose. Unless you changed the environment to a bright sunny winter day.

    I like how it's coming along so far though, I enjoyed watching the picture's progress .

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