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    Rusko-Berger: sketchbook...freedom, ideas & practice

    Hi Everyone!

    This is an ongoing catchall for various quick images, ideas, and studies.

    It's great to have the freedom to show images freely. They'll be whatever about whatever.

    I hope you enjoy looking at my Whatevers.

    best,
    Nick

    p.s. Once in a while I post a pastiche. I love doing them as they're a fantastic way to learn. (Any pastiches, Master studies, etc will be noted in my image and/or post and attributed to original Artist.)

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    Some additions: more drawings, some paint-y things.

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    More from the vault.

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    Some older things.

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    Nice stuff! I love this one, the lower part of her body feels odd, but her face is great!
    Anyway, great paintings and drawings. Your art reminds me a bit of Bill Sienkiewicz, especially his comic 'Stray Toasters'. But maybe that's just me.

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    Greip: Thanks!

    As for the "lower area" on that drawing...I just have a thing for low-slung, big-hipped girls, and drawing them. It's "non-standard", but it's interesting to me.

    As for Sienkewicz--hell yeah. I have the book you mentioned. If I can follow that tradition some--fantastic (and he lives 3 towns over from my hometown). As a colleague of mine once said about him: "Sienkiewicz started out as Neil Adams, but quickly turned into Barron Storey."

    Hisstorrryy!



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    Quote Originally Posted by rusko-berger View Post
    As for the "lower area" on that drawing...I just have a thing for low-slung, big-hipped girls, and drawing them. It's "non-standard", but it's interesting to me.
    True, I just think that the hips looked a bit odd I guess. Maybe the hip bones should protrude a bit more. I don't know. But great stuff anyway!

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    I like what I see, Its very expressive and experimental.

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    A really exciting and evocative starting point!

    I have no idea what this is or what it's going to be, but it's really evocative and suggests many exciting things!


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    You got some very nice whatever's going on here.
    Reaaally like your line work and the hatching.
    You seem to have your way around values and form.
    Is the last one mixed media?

    Keep them coming.

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    Thanks, Rotor.

    The last piece is all digital--it's me bouncing back-and-forth between Pshop & Painter.

    Painter has some pretty peerless brushes/surfaces/etc, so I use it when I need those things. But when it comes to editing a piece--or even just managing it, Layers-wise--right back to Pshop I go.

    Corel, Fractal, and maybe even the Lord Himself have tried pushing Painter's entire paradigm closer and closer to Pshop's over the years--but it's still not there. Not even close.

    So I bounce!

    See you around,
    Nick

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    UPDATE: Cats to cotton candy!


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    Hi man!

    Nice work so far.

    Manara's "Trompeuse Apparence" is such a nice book

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    Inky goodness...

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    Beatiful style, awesome rendering!

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    Very expressive lines and values. I love the hatching. Beautiful stuff!

    Cheers

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    good stuff keep posting very interesting.
    love the ink

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    really awesome lines!! nice sb keep up!!

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    Hey, good Manara studies! Nice to see Miele here
    In general, your figures are great and it's a joy to see you experiment so freely with shapes and colors and mediums, the fact you're having fun really shines through. It's awesome. Hope you post more soon!

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    really liking your pencil sketching, especially your first image in your thread, like how loose your lines are

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    lovin the htaching and the more abstract stuff you got going on here.

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    I really like your style man. Pretty unique and very interesting.

    Show us more and keep up the great work!

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    I like everything and your website is quite good ^_^

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    looking great so far
    cant wait for more

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    2 Charcoal drawings.


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    Hi Nick,
    great stuff- That`s so good to see some personality in this SB. (a very rare thing today- there are so many copycats) I like your pencil drawings especally.

    Keep up the interesting work.
    All the best

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    Thanks, Michael. I just do my own thing...because I honestly have no interest in doing someone else's thing at all (!) . I'm going to peep your stuff, too!

    best,
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    Hi Nick,
    great stuff- That`s so good to see some personality in this SB. (a very rare thing today- there are so many copycats) I like your pencil drawings especally.

    Keep up the interesting work.
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    This is a commission I just did (charcoal on BFK, 14x17").

    I'm not posting this under "It's Finally Finished" since this pic was from my second-to-last day with it (I was so rushed, getting the final out, that I didn't leave room to photograph it.) Dumbass!

    That being said, this represents about 80%: the final is more defined (the top & bottom thirds, and especially the face) and has more contrast. The top quarter of this particular pic is kinda crappy since I had to doctor it in Pshop since the original pic of the drawing, unfortunately, had a shadow across the top.

    Here's some advice: never use "workable fixative" on a delicate charcoal drawing on BFK before it's done. I did this right after the current pic (since I thought I had to submit it), but it turned out I had another day. After fixing it, the surface became toothy and rough. I couldn't erase out of it very well at all, and adding darks just floated them weirdly over the surface. The torso drawing above DID have fix on it before my final drawing sessions, but it was a much hardier piece (in terms of my technique), but it still felt odd.

    Here it is anyway!

    best,

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    great value and strong lighting on the last study rusko! keep em coming!

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    very cool style you got there! some rly nice stuff. love the value in some of your life studies! keep it up!

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