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    SaintAsh's Sketchbook

    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to push my work with watercolor and graphite to a new level, so what better way than to practice daily? Feedback and critique of any kind is most welcome.

    First batch:

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    Sketching out ideas:
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    My latest in-depth graphite piece:
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    Having fun with watercolor:
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    awesome style! great work so far... really enjoying it

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    Great stuff so far, you don't need much improvement but keep up the good work!

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    So far, I don't see what needs to be improved upon. I love your watercolor stuff, though.
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    I appreciate the willfull-ness to really attempt to push watercolors, it seems like recently people have been setting it aside as "old" or "boring" mearly personal observations from my specific area though, not a world view lol Keep it up !


    Sketch back if you'd like...

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    Boo! -- Thanks for looking.

    Icedearth15876 and FightingSeraph -- Psh, there's always room for improvement. Thanks for looking!

    adammelo -- Unfortunately, that's an attitude I've run across; for whatever reason, some people think watercolor equates to a little old lady hobby. Go figure.

    Anyway...
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    I love using the color blue, probably too much. Gotta move past that.

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    A quick experiment with letting colors pool together.

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    Pushing myself to use some dry brush technique. Pose is referenced from Sarah Simblet's Anatomy for the Artist. Also, that FUCKING EAR. Argh.
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    The scanner butchered this, to a point; the rest was me. I was gunning for something more subtle than my usual globs of color, but I'm not happy with this. The background needs more changes in value. Also, next time I post, I'm going to have to show some hand sketches just to prove I'm not afraid of drawing them.
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    I like to warm up before painting any figurework with an abstract.
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    This is awesome. The last one in post #7 is especially trippy!

    I'll be back.

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    Keeviin -- Thanks for looking.

    Hands, as promised:
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    I need to study the joints of the fingers more; some of these are dangerously close to tube-territory.

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    I've always been fascinated with shapeshifters and their connection with their skin, from the idea of a selkie slipping free of its entire skin to a more half and half, Navajo skinwalker deal. I don't like this sketch, but I see promise in it. Will probably poke at it more later.

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    My Achilles' heel: clothing. I'm dipping my toes into the pool in the easiest way possible: a hat, so there's still a lot of anatomy to work on. I used a direct reference here, some random photo on the 'net.

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    I was not in a good mood when I painted this. In case you couldn't tell.

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    Experimenting with laying down some initial, heavy washes and then pulling out a figure.

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    These are absolutely great! Love the first one in #7 post.

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    Hi man!

    Great SB! I like to see more from you.

    all the best,
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    Nice SB! Though I'd love to see some more loose watercolour paintings. Maybe It's just me who prefer a more rough style, but you should try to do some more loose paintings like this one.

    Anyway, nice stuff!
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    qwerty12345 and mariusz -- Thanks for stopping by.

    Greip -- Aha! Some critique! I took up your suggestion of trying a looser style, and I'm really enjoying the results so far. Thanks!

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    Wanted to achieve a very raw, visceral feeling with this. I wish I'd left a bit more contrast in value in the iris.

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    Hmm. This was just a pure experiment in combining a portrait-like style with abstract puddling of color that didn't follow the planes of the face. The vacant expression irritates me.

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    Fighting my phobia of clothing.

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    Of course there's always something to improve on...
    let me try to pick out a really bad mistake you need to fix..



    .. oh wait I can't.
    you're really good lol

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    I like the blue watercolored concentration you did on the human form, keep it up!

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    I love your style so much, I love how you make the watercolors web out. So gorgeous. I also really like how the people sometimes turn into abstract lines.

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    Thanks all.

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    A quick study of distant, foggy hills for a background. Meh. Need to practice more of these.

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    I realize the upper arm is extremely short and the lower part is grossly long, but I rather like the effect of the distortion.

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    Thanks!

    Tackling with clothes once more:
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    I got sloppy with the anatomy here. The face...ugh.

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    Another myth/concept I'm intrigued by is the Wendigo, a malicious spirit in Algonquian mythology that embodies cannibalism, especially in the face of starvation or famine. I'm thinking about doing a series around this concept, and this is an initial sketch. It turned out more insectile than anything, but my goal is more toward tree branches reminiscent of antlers.

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    Another Wendigo idea, this time of a modern day version. I want to make this piece more subtle than a hulking half-tree, half-man...maybe clawed fingers or an open-lipped smile revealing sharp teeth. More sketches needed. And that hat totally kicked my ass.

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    very cool update!

    all the best,
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    Hey saint ash, I´m loving your water color work, I see you use diverse techniques..
    paint anathomy with water c is such a difficult thing, you´re doing great!

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    Mariusz -- thanks.

    Ricardo -- It's definitely a temperamental medium; just the other day I attempted and ruined two paintings through bungled anatomy. Practice, practice, practice, I guess.

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    I dunno. I look at this and my mind goes, "Pissed-off Jesus". Was trying to mix loose, nearly chaotic strokes with a few areas of fine detail to create a focus.

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    Forcing myself away from copious amounts of blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintAsh View Post

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    I dunno. I look at this and my mind goes, "Pissed-off Jesus". Was trying to mix loose, nearly chaotic strokes with a few areas of fine detail to create a focus.
    Nice mix of different techniques! Though the pigments look a bit dead, that happens to me a lot when I use cheap paper (I've no idea what you're using, but anyway...) or when I work too much with the brush. I mean, It's a really good piece but the colours could be a little more alive. I've no real advice, but better paper and colours usually do the trick, atleast for me! Great improvement anyway.
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    These are cool. It's a very interesting style.
    You said you have trouble with clothing, but I'd think drapes are a perfect opportunity to use your abstract notions. Like a tightly rendered head and shoulders with a gown that bleeds off into the background or something like that.
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    I absolutely LOVE your watercolor pictures! It is such a hard medium to use (for me), and you make it look so easy. Highly impressive!

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    Great! good use of color

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    Greip -- As much as I'd like to blame the paper, the color muddiness was all me. I like to use Arches coldpress, and usually it shows off color like a dream. I'm thinking it was my using too much burnt sienna.

    Gilead -- Ah, I like that idea! Thanks for suggesting it; my mind is already jumping up and down at the possibilities.

    PxelSlayer -- Thanks for looking.

    andres333 -- Thanks, man.

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    Testing out a type of watercolor paper that's not my usual Arches coldpress. I hate it at this point; the paper has little tooth, meaning it soaks up enough of the initial stroke to make scrubbing impossible while any remaining pigment simply slips and slides.

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    This was not a good sketching day.


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    Idea for a post-apocalyptic piece. I'm kind of tempted to see how "grungy" I can make my watercolors without killing the colors.

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    You gotta love crazy hair. The hand kills me. MUST SKETCH MORE HANDS.

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    Meh. Another poke at my wendigo idea. Still in progress.

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    I've sworn to start daily posemaniac workouts. These are my first attempts. I think once I get past the initial "GAAAAHH ONLY 60 SECONDS TO DRAW GAAAAAHHHHH" panic attack, I'll actually be able to render the damn forms.

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    Love your watercolors. Very inspiring.

    I don't think your pencils are quite as impressive... perhaps work on your lines some more? Still cool to look at tho

    Keep up the good work
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