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    I really don't post enough here anymore....sorry about that. I have been working on a Bargue Plate (still that darn foot...) and my New Year Card between studying Japanese and working (not very hard hehehe)

    Well, to prove I still live, here is a quick sketch I did today during Japanese class while I was waiting for ...well, new stuff, or my turn. Just a doodle, but I am going to try and start posting at LEAST weekly, even if it is just a wip or silly doodle like this.

    This isn't very big..maybe a couple of inches? I spent maybe a total of twenty minutes on it, only using a regular eraser and writing pencil and nothing else. It was on the back of one of the printouts the teacher gave us hehe.

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    Okay...I have decided that I am finished with this one. I just can not do any more on it. Mentally, I am finished. I know there are still errors, still mistakes...the shading values are not right. Just stepping back, I can see it, especially where the edge is sharp yet fuzzy. Though it is better than my first attempt at the foot, it is still amateurish. anyway, it is an eye-training exercise, so it is just something that will come with practice. I might do another plate...but not this year. Maybe after I get to a certain part of anatomy. One thing that will really help is having knowledge and understanding of the form that I am working on.

    I think I want a Margareta or something But I made it...I went as far as I could and pushed myself to do as much on my own as possible, no matter what....slipped a few times in using the overlay to help me get close, especially near the end when my mind finally shut down on the exercise. The more I look at it, the more fixes that need to be made are visible...ugh that arch...the gradation of the shading is very difficult! And the form...those darn toes :/ Who knew this could be so difficult. I have a lot of notes for "next time" Yes, I will do another....I have it prepped on paper and everything. Actually, it would be going back a few steps to complete the two plates before the foot that were not in the course. But again...that will wait until sometime next year. Right now, the mere thought of it sends me into nervous twitches haha.

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    I am finished! Finally!!! I am very happy with this piece--even though it didn't turn out like I had imagined, it is a shining jewel of all my accomplishments....and a marker of everything I need to work on, mainly anatomy and color/light values. Oh, and lines...

    I did this in Corel Painter Essentials and Photoshop Elements. Basically, the sketching, shadows/highlights, and the writing in the book where done in PSE. Everything else was in Painter--and it was difficult! I really don't understand this program at all, and I only used one brush-tool--the pastel. I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how to change the angle of the tip without trying to flip the canvas--and flipping the (far too big) canvas often resulted in a crash, so I didn't bother. In the book, the text reads:

    " Those who often associate with dragons are often said to take on their characteristics. For example, the Human in question may show more interest in gold or jewelry; they may be less willing to work with others; they may seem wise or more observant; many see an increase in creativity as well.
    Dragons look upon these Humans with interest and affection, often referring to them as "Draclings." When a dragon finds such an individual, there is a very good chance that they will bond with them, guarding them for the rest of their natural life. Such a bond usually results in the extension of that life."

    For fun, I put my signature in three different places--but you would have to enlarge to find them. One is in the book, the other on the hilt of the sword, and then the third is the one you can see.

    References were crazy! For the dragon, I looked at a combination of large cats (mainly the cheetah), some snakes, and bats for wings. I probably looked at hundreds of images of armor before settling on a combination design of my favorite elements from them. About the only thing I *didn't* use a reference for was the environment, though I think it turned out pretty nice. The leaves of the trees are another question, but I gave up on details when I realized that my time-limit was approaching.

    So this piece highlights what my focus and goals will be for the new year: mainly anatomy and color. I also want to get in more still-lifes so that my environments and objects improve as well. I plan on using Painter more often to try and get familiar with the program. I really like a lot of the elements in it, but there are some draw-backs--mainly, can't work too big and the whole tip-angle thing.

    My rules for working on this piece were really simple. I did all the values on one layer beneath the lines and I only used the pastel and one blending tool. Since it was near the end, I ended up using PSE for the shadows because I couldn't figure out how to do it on the same layer without ruining what I had in Painter. Man, soooo much to learn!

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    Hey Anjyil! Let me just say that I just looked through your whole sketchbook, and the progress and improvement is just amazing! Even on the first couple of pages, progress was obvious. Like you said, your latest piece is imo, your best colored piece up to date, however I'm sure you can do much better!

    I feel that your colors are a bit oversaturated and don't connect with each other very well. You seem much more confident with your graphite drawings, which are also much better than your colored ones. I think this is because you did so many still lifes, which helped you feel more comfortable with the volume and values (and is something I intend on doing after seeing how effective it was for you ). My suggestion would be that you try and do some still lifes in Photoshop to better grasp the concept of colors.

    Keep it up! Can't wait to see more

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    Lucky-- You hit the nail on the head. I have done tons more with graphite and even charcoal, but very little with actual color. Color really scares me because I don't understand it, and there are so many choices! About the most I understand is the concept of warm and cool colors, as well as complementary and contrasting colors...and only just barely on those. I am starting to ease into conte right now and am going to start studying up on color, as well as anatomy. Very nervous about this uncharted territory that I am heading into XD

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    So on the art-forum where I study, they are having a daily painting thing. now that I am finished with the New Year Card, I am going to give it a go. I only have painter essentials right now, but I am focusing on using it like a regular paint and brush. So no layers and I have to either mix my colors or take them straight from the palette. My first go here is with a very bad photograph of an apple I did it between classes and called it good. XD Truth is, it is not good. I was so lost on what colors to choose and mix and place and even how to get the lines right. Graphite and charcoal are soooo much easier! -_-

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    another daily painting in painter. One thing I am doing is trying to train my eyes to see color. I am not sure if I am going about it right, but what I do is I take a sample color from the image and then try to mix colors to match it as close as possible. Very difficult! But I am starting to see how certain shades and values can be combined together. I am hoping to get a book on color and light (specifically the one by James Gurney) and start studying in earnest!

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    Nice to be active again ^_^ Well, not that I wasn't...but it is nice to finally have stuff to post. So here is a quick painting I did for my daily, and a sketch I did while waiting for a friend. It is so interesting to see how comfortable I am with graphite and how uncomfortable I am with color. It shows, I think.

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    Awesome updates! I'm glad to see you followed my advice, and I'm confident that you'll see the results soon enough. Just a question, regarding post #336, what's the art forum where you study? I'm curious

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    Thanks, Lucky ^_^ I study at http://www.artphotofilm.com

    It is a nice little forum and you can just join in on the forum stuff or do the actual course work (sorry it won't let me bring up the course-work post right now)

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    Awesome site! I'll definitely pay a visit when I get a chance

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    Yesterday just was not my day -_- I tried to do a landscape in Corel Bob Ross style, ad failed so miserably I wanted to destroy my computer But today was much better. I gave up on the Ross Style because I don’t have an art pen, brushes, or surety with color and I couldn’t find any free vids XD I will try again when I get real paint.

    I also did my own hand! Those who know me, know that I have tiny, pale hands. I am fascinated with my hands, my eyes, and my feet and I plan to use them frequently for anatomy and color practices because I feel that they fit the bill. I am pale and small, so my hands and feet really have form and show the structure of bone and muscle and vein. The coloring in them is challenging, too, especially in the right weather conditions. On this one, I didn’t spend a lot of time. It is really cold and I lost feeling in my hand so I gave up. Even now, it is difficult to type.

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    Today I did a brief Master study of my favorite artist! WAB ^_^ I can never spell his last name! Anyway, I started this one on my two hour break between classes and almost missed my time to check the class because I was so lost in in. I was starting to SEE things…to understand. I had a teacher in my head pointing out everything, but my hands just weren’t cooperating…especially with color and anatomy form (damn that nose and those eyes….and she looks too fat around the neck) . Well, it is a daily so it isn’t going to be perfect. Now I really want to study color! I need to get one of those books! So even though the result is nothing like the original, the amount that I learned and the thought processes that were going on where awesome. I am also very frustrated that Corel didn’t have the courtesy to offer brush adjustment options like PSE.

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    I originally wasn't going to post it but I guess I will...my quick daily today. I actually did this one first today, and it turned out pretty bad -_- I guess it was just a warm-up to finish my still-life XD

    My combo still-life composition study. I like how it turned out. I still need to work on smoothing my values, but I was able to get my lines a little more crisp and I think the ball itself turned out pretty cool. The ball is vinyl and I painted it white, but it was still sticky, so I wrapped it in tissue paper and pulled off the excess. Gave it a really neat texture. Somehow, the ball still reflected light from the inside and so there were highlights of pink in the back (probably the light shining through the ball.) I didn't work to add those values, though. On the scarf, I decided to not copy the pattern but rather give the indication of pattern. I did the light sketch in pencil, but then only used charcoal. There are some places where it was really difficult to distinguish values on some parts because of the way the light shined, though. If I were to keep working on it, I would probably darken the fringe and bottom edge of the scarf that fall over the edge and use a carbon or charcoal pencil to strengthen the line work on the box and parts of the ball. The scarf is pretty soft so I wouldn't put too much detail on the lines for that one. There are some other things I would change or go over, but I already used the fixative so I will just keep a not for next time.

    Honestly, I think this is one of my best still-lifes and my best sphere study. Even the box isn't too shabby. I love seeing the improvement! ^_^

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    I think some value studies in photoshop would really help you. Here is a video tutorial to help you get started.

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    So, my focus is two areas now—anatomy and color/light. I tried to be really simple on my color study—yes, it was from imagination, but I was trying to work on visualizing and planning. Color and light/shadow are very intimidating to me. It is very confusing to know how to chose the right colors and mix them. I will have to find some really good tutorials somewhere to help me. I can at least see now why it is wrong, but there is some kind of brick-wall between me and color. Maybe I am making it more difficult than it is?

    And then…My figure drawing! I stepped out of my comfort zone and did this in conte. I was really scared to do it, but it turned out really well. I have to accept that there are errors I can not fix…time was limited, as always. But I really love this piece! I think I at least understand how to work in conte now…Just treat it like charcoal! XD

    ((on a side note, on the drop-down list for medium, they don't list Conte??)

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    Today's painting. I didn't get to it over the last couple of days because I was busy studying and observing for color theory. I finally got a click in my head, so that is a start. Still have a lot to learn, but all I can do is practice until I get it. At least now the mental dialogue has started, and that is a relief. ^_^

    This was based on a still-life I setup. It is a Japanese doll and some face flowers I had and I was using a standard floor-lamp.

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    only checked the last page, but i like the variety in motifs so far. Hmm, on your black and whites. I think you could use some exaggeration in the lines. Try to press down the pen harder, to bring out the shape in the lines. Like in noses, nostrils are really dark so don't be afraid to press down and get it real black. It only looks better.

    On your painting, you should try to get the contours out more. Like make the paintings sharper, the blending is just too soft at places.

    Feel free to exaggerate with colors too, it helps if you stop thinking of saturation/gray tone of the colors and just pick what you like, you can always choose a darker/lighter color later!

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    Thanks, Loud. But..I don't use a pen on the black-and white. Only pencil and charcoals ^_^;

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    Okay. A few uploads today ^_^

    First as the most recent daily paintings I attempted. I am still trying to figure out color -_- The orange was based off of a photo. The girl is imagination, and I was so focused on color and trying to get the values right that everything else went out the window. For her, I stuck with a red-only palette from the swatches I found online. Oh, and black and white.

    And the last upload is just a summary of the year and what I have accomplished. I can see a huge jump in improvement on my figure drawings, and there is more surety in my charcoals and graphites. I hope next year to see more improvement, especially in color/light and anatomy. Those will be my main focuses over 2012! ^_^

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    Happy New Year! To start off the year, I did a self-portrait in charcoal/graphite and some conte. I think this took me about 6-8 hours, but I was able to get it done in a day without breaks so that is cool. ^_^ And I think it actually looks like me!!!

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    These paintings were brought to you by the color blue and yellow ^_^

    Color study is just becoming so fascinating! There are so many nuances and tricks to it, and then there is value. I am only just starting to really grasp how important value is in color scales, and how deceitful tone and saturation can be. You think it is a higher or lower value because of the intensity, but it actually isn't. XD

    As you can see, I took my self-portrait and painted over it with the specified color palette. For the color palettes, I used swatches of colors from Gamblin and put them in order by value, not tone. From there, I gray-scaled the palette and put it side-by-side with the color palette. After that, I went into painter and began to paint, using the values to help me chose the color and not the tone or intensity. Eventually, I am going to work on smoothing out the painting process--but since I am so confused on this subject, I figured it was best to keep it as simple as possible.

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    Okay, a couple of more monochrome color and value studies. Brown and purple! hahah . For the purple one, I removed the gray-scale cheat sheet and tried to figure out on my own what colors would give me good value throughout the piece. Turned out I picked right. I took the file and grayscaled it to be sure ^_^ I think now I am going to try two colors! ::shudders in fright:::

    I am thinking of using a different sketch, too..kind of sick of seeing my own mug and the classes are darned difficult

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    A WIP I am currently working on. Yes, I am using a photo reference. The face has been smooshed ,though, so I need to elongate it a bit more, along with several other refinements. Haven't even started working on the eyes and hair yet lol. Anyway, this is being done in Painter because I have another project already on my easel. ^_^ I have come to realize that the pencil brushes work nothing like real pencils I feel so used! (j/k) hehe.

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    Still plugging away at that portrait ^_^ I'll have to hunt down the photograph owner to give proper credits (lost the link, but I at least know I got it off of DA)

    Still lots of changes and corrections to make. The beauty of digital is being able to keep working at it until it is right. I gave up trying to treat Painter like "traditional" mediums...they advertise it as behaving that way, but there is still a long way to go before they really reach that level. I am merely using the pencil brushes from Essentials 4 and, as far as I can tell, they don't behave at all like the pencils I use every single day

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    Thought I would post this as an update. I have run into a problem, though... I can not decide which direction I want to take this portrait. Should I shoot to match the original as much as possible, or look at it as it's own. Right now, it doesn't look much like the original. I don't think it is too shabby, either, especially for a truly first male portrait. If I try to match the photo, then I have this overwhelming feeling that I will never be done with it. Yet if I try to take it as it's own, I am not sure what needs to be fixed to make it look better. -_-

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    I have decided to call this portrait finish. Though it doesn't look much like the original, I am still pretty satisfied with it. My goal was to get a better understanding of the planes of the face and how light and shadow fall across the features. I also picked up on some techniques to try and get closer to the original on the next study ^_^

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    Doodles!

    Part of learning of art is learning to doodle...at least, that is what I believe. It gives you a chance to apply what you are learning. Most of these were done between 5-10 minutes with the exception of the top left corner and bottom right. The girl at the top right is a play with color using colored pencils. So unforgiving! I was using a limited palette with NO peach, so I played around with mixing yellow, pink, orange, and red. I used purple and brown to play with the shadows, and black to give it the deepest. That was actually pretty much the extent of what was in the box...oh, and blue for the yes. Still so much to learn.

    The bottom right is actually a WIP of a graphite environmental I am working on. This one is difficult for many reasons. First, the perspective. It is really hard to get it just right. Second was what my goal is for this picture. I want to capture a sense of simplicity and peace. A simple moment in time. To do this, not only do I have to get the perspective and setup right, but I have to consider the values I will use and if I will apply graphite, charcoal, or both. I am thinking of going with both, but staying away from the hard and deep-black charcoals. It took me a good three weeks to get this far on it..seriously. If you can look carefully, you will probably see the seam of the two papers I stuck together so that I could have a large enough space. At the beginning, I realized that one page would not be enough space to work with in this case. On top of that, I have re-drawn this one about three times. ^_^; I think it is starting to come together. I have to listen to the right music when doing this piece, too.

    As a last note, the rest are plays with head/form and manga style. Those manga people were done in about five minutes (okay the girl was a little longer). They were all done in class (bad student!) because I was bored waiting for the next new thing to come up. I can not help it...once I get it, the explanation can stop...but other students may need it, so I just doodle quietly like this and always manage to respond appropriately when she calls on me.

    Oh, wow--I almost forgot the other WIP! The one in the top middle is an idea I have from a statue I saw at the place I go to study Japanese. Now, I have drawn part of the statue before as a study from life. Sitting eating lunch and looking at it, I got this idea for a scene and I did a quick sketch using it as a reference. The idea, I think, will be pretty cool. I am going to work on it some more in pencil and eventually upload it to paint.

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    This is for the monthly swap held over at the Sketch Swap Society on DeviantArt.

    This month was for mintyfreshmangos who requested a picture of one of their original characters. After reading through their characters, I chose Severino. Actually, to be honest, I chose him at the very beginning but I wanted to give the others a chance ^_^ When I read his description, this idea just jumped out at me so quickly--how could I refuse?

    According to mintyfreshmangos, Severino is going to take over the family business after his father (mafia business) but is really against it. He is very religious and he is particular to daffodils. I wanted to incorporate elements of this into the portrait of him. Oh, and as a side note: Daffodils are symbolic for renewal and rebirth, especially after harsh winters. Fits well for the character from what I know. One of the things I wanted to do was add to the symbolism...like maybe he was struggling to be reborn because he doesn't want to be what his father wants ,but he can't deny his father either....Anyway, enjoy. ^_^

    Done in Painter in about 6-8 hours.

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    I really need some help...there must be some way to salvage this. I am working in charcoal right now, and the drawers just turned out horribly. I wanted it to be simple...not really handles, but an indent for the hands to grab. I know what happened...even though I planned out the general shape of the drawers, I didn't pay enough attention to the depth and how drawers really sit within a desk. Starting over would be death for me...it took me so long to get the lines the way I wanted them before I started values. Any ideas? I can see that the lines have sagged when I added charcoal, throwing off the perspective that I worked so hard on, too My first really serious environmental piece and I botched it!

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