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    André's Sketchbook, where he learns to draw and paint

    Hi guys, after a thousand years of being a lurker here in these forums, I've decided to start acting upon my desire to be a great artist. I want to be able to create beautiful digital paintings, and if I can grab some monnies along the way, fine, otherwise, I'd be extremely happy to be able to paint great art.

    Of course, if I ever get to that point, I'll be extremely happy to do something else, always focusing on getting better. Well, the human mind can never be truly satisfied.

    So, to start my journey, I've decided to practice doing master copies. The first one is Abra, from a Caravaggio painting, Giuditta e Oloferne (here's the reference).

    Comments and critique are always welcome.

    (last updated: october 10, 2010)

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    great start.. you could easily push this portrait further by distinguishing form shadows versus cast shadows. for example, the shadow at the bottom of the nose and in his ear should be a lot smoother.
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    great start dood. more pls!
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    This is a bit late, the second master copy. Done in painter, using the digital airbrush.

    This is Emperor Maximilian I, by Albrecht Dürer. Reference here. Critique always welcome.
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    I'm trying out new brushes on Painter. Probably not a good idea - i didn't like these paintings much. The first one came out looking too much like a man, with some glaring anatomical problems I couldn't point out. The second one was a little better, but my incompetence to paint hair destroyed the piece.

    This is Countess Nákó, by Friederich von Amerling (as link):
    http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/3941/armerling.jpg
    (reference: http://www.wga.hu/art/a/amerling/nako.jpg)

    And this is Portrait of the Sculptor Duquesnoy, by Sir Anthony van Dyck:
    André's Sketchbook, where he learns to draw and paint
    (reference: http://www.wga.hu/art/d/dyck_van/1portrai/duquesno.jpg)

    As always i'm open to critique and suggestions. I'd be really thankful for advice on using oils in painter.
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    Fifth head. Portrait of Dante, by Botticelli.

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    I'm trying to keep from working too much on each head. I'm aiming at 50 heads, not sure how many I'll really draw or the timeframe. This is the Bust of Cardinal Giovanni Garzia Mellini, by Alessandro Algardi.

    Done in Photoshop, 50 minutes. (Reference here)
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    Last head started from forms and values, no line whatsoever. This one is the complete opposite. This is a statue by David d'Angers, called Sorrow (here's the reference).

    50 minutes in photoshop.
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    This is just a quick sketch, trying to use the method described in this blog. Critique extremely welcome (:
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    nice studdys dude kipp them coming!

    my sb :http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...13#post2435313
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    sevarenge: thanks! your sketchbook is amazing! Makes me wanna draw all day.
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    Your studies are great, portraits are well done too, thanks for stopping by my sketchbook and keep up the good work
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