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    Hi,

    Been a lurker for a while, I've honestly been rather intimidated and was unsure of posting anything. But thought I'd bite the bullet and try to become active in the community... Part of that comes from that I've only been doing art in any frequency for about a year now, before that I'd maybe sketch something every few months at most. Same story as many I'd assume, in that I was discouraged from doing art as soon as I could hold a pencil because it's "not a real career". Bought a tablet and Mac about two years ago for something to do as a hobby (because of a friend of mine who'd done the same) and it marked the beginning of a massive change for me.

    Since a year ago, I quit basically everything and decided to focus on art, I work contracts just enough to let me survive monthly and I live minimally. I actually just spent an entire months worth of resources to take advantage of the sale going on ;P

    So to say it far more simply, I am utterly terrified of, excited for and in love with art. And the same goes for the communities =) Any feedback is of course, greatly appreciated!

    And after that overly verbose introduction, here's some of my art in various forms of completion from every couple of months during the last year, newest first and oldest last =)

    A good chunk of the pose is from reference, hair/eyes are a placeholder, never finished because of unhappiness with the glazing I attempted. Done in Painter. Was an art jam with a women who loves doing pinups =)
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    Study from a photo reference, rushed the legs and sphere due to tiredness. Done in Painter.
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    Another study from a photo reference, rather happy with this one, also done in Painter.
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    Partial photo reference again, done for someone where the concept was "Not every wedding ends in a happy ending". Done in photoshop.
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    Done shortly after starting out, I still like the concept (A mad scientist trying to be good and make toys, but whose creations still end up being evil) and the little pieces I put in. Done in photoshop.
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    My nickname is "Penguin" and I have a little sketched character based on that, this was spawned by a fun conversation. Done in photoshop.
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    Am sure I'll be doing a lot in the next little while from what I learn from the streams/downloads. Thanks to CA and MB for providing this place and the resources, and glad to make acquaintances with everyone here.

    Be well and happy arting!

    "I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers." - Kahlil Gibran


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    Hey man, don't be afraid to post art here! Stay active on CA and I guarantee you'll learn a ton.

    As for your sketches so far, I'd say you need to shut the computer off for a while and focus on your drawing skills. Find some Loomis or Vipplu to study, do some life drawings, and when you feel more confident with those, go back to Photoshop and you'll find yourself greatly improved.

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    Thanks for taking a look Liffey =) And I have indeed already learnt a great deal from browsing around and the materials they offer here.

    And thanks for the suggestions, I actually am slowly going through Loomis books and some materials by a student of Vilppu and those ofhim, himself. Problem is it always makes me want to try more complex things, so I rely on photo references currently, which I did for most of those above ;P

    Is there any aspect you think is particularly lacking that I should maybe focus on? Am curious to know the views of others so I can advance =)

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    Hey there and welcome! I agree that you need to sit down and do some hard studies, especially of things like anatomy. Your painting of the watch I think is your strongest, also because I think your stuff tends to get that soft, dirty look unintentionally. Experiment a bit with brush settings, and try to keep your brushes hard for the most part. I hope that helps man

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    Hey majortom,

    That actually helps a great deal. I've been trying to figure out why things always looked dirty, I thought it was a matter of colours and have been getting frustrated since I couldn't improve it a great deal. I'll definitely try hardening my brushes, I've mostly been using an airbrush, so it could easily be the cause.

    Thanks a lot! Very much appreciated! =)

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    Milla 1

    Study done off a photo of Milla Jovovich over the past two nights, while poking at a Hogarth book. Trying to apply some things in the thought process from a reference, before I move on to from imagination work. (NB. couldn't find the original photographer to credit)

    Relatively satisfied with this, could have kept noodling forever and I can already see a bunch of errors, but time to move on. Next project I have in mind should be interesting.

    Critique always appreciated =)

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    Face Study Comparison

    So, I decided to test myself today, specifically, how I do when I eyeball something, rather than measure it in any way. This may be evidence that I am a masochist. ;P

    Anyway, I'm sure you can guess which one is the eyeballing, the other one was done by using my pen as a measuring tool - life drawing style from a distance. I decided to try and do one of the eyes by eyeballing again on that version, and that's why they're so mismatched again =P Ouch.

    One good thing though, is that I'm getting faster, each attempt took only 45 mins, which is about a third of the time I used to take. =)

    And now... off for half an hour and then back to it.

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    Hi! These are good. But try to do more life drawing and anatomy studies. There are some great tutorials/classes here so if you have time be sure to check them out
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1432
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=84105
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    Thanks Ivan! Hadn't seen two of those threads before, the Ron Lemen one looks especially useful, much appreciated =)

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    I forgot that I'd started this... my beloved asked me about it last night and I went "Oh, right!".

    Might fall within the speedpaint range, think the total spent was about 3 or 4 hours. Basically, was just trying to focus on the atmosphere and lighting... trying to get a specific feel with a very limited pallet. Think it worked out pretty well actually. =)

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    So... I have this tendency to never really finish a piece. Or at least, very often that's the case. At least half my day is usually spent researching/reading, so often over the course of a few days when I'm working on a piece I'll get a bit further mentally and realise, "This is crap!" and move on. And so... this is the result of that situation repeating itself. Thought I may as well post it though =)

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    Just rattling the bones...

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    Hi Norm (or would you prefer Echo?),

    Thanks for stopping by my SB ^_^ I appreciate it. I spent most of the last year studying anatomy, so please let me know if you'd like some help in that area. I'm by no means an expert, but I am more than happy to share what I know with you if you'd like ^_^ If you'd like some paint overs or some collaboration to help you with anatomy, please let me know ^_^

    I look forward to going through your SB more. Thanks again for stopping by my SB. I hope you'll stop in now and again and let me know what you think, and I'll do the same in your SB.

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