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    Bad Sketchbook

    Been trying to get back into digital painting with a Bamboo I just bought (since my old Intous tablet broke quite some time ago). Sadly, I'm still a horrible artist and need to improve what little skill these old decrepit hands can muster. Eventhough I did attend art school, I was more concerned with playing music than actually learning anything useful, so I consider myself 'self-taught' for the most part.

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    Those first three are very nice, reminds me of an old card game i used to play...

    ANYWAYS, good stuff! Keep the updates going!

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    your work is great! i think you just need to lessen using softbrushes try using hard brushes so it will make the image more alive in color but the artwork is really nice keep it up sir keep posting=)

    My sketchbook.

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    Definately like what i'm seeing, can't help with crits though ._.

    You should update more often!

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    you call that horrible :p good one... lol
    i like the "black and white"-sketch more than the rendered one.

    hope you will post more work, i'm curious.

    And also don't stop playing music! I find it one of the best way to relax.

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    Thanks all for visiting, I really appreciate it!

    AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

    Okay so the whole WACOM thing is brutally frustrating and maddening to me! Granted that I haven't seriously drawn anythig in a few years, but jeez, it feels like there is absolutely no control with this contraption. Thus, Ive decided to re-learn how to draw using only the graphics tablet I own... a BAMBOO. In fact, I'm going back to the very beginning and starting with "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" and then work my way through the various other art books I've accumulated since college.

    Ya know, it's pretty funny how one can easily fall out of the practice of drawing and assume that their skill will suddenly resurface within a few sketches. Well let me tell you, that is certainly NOT the case here... I've completely forgotten how to draw! So, from this point forward, this sketchbook will be a log of trying to teach an old dog some new tricks AND hopefully I won't still suck as an artist at the end of it all... Sure-hope-the-old-man-got-that-tractorbeam-out-of-commission-or-this-is-gonna-be-a-real-short-trip-okay-hit-it!!!

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    I recommend bleeching your eyes after viewing.

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    Well I couldn't bring myself to do the 4 blind contour exercises in the book (think I may need new glasses cuz everything seems kinda blurry), so I spent some time doing a portrait. Ran across a photo of John Buscema and intended to make a quick color study of it... of course time slipped away and I wound up painting over 8 hours until my hand started to cramp, so I just gave up.

    Anyway, there are a whole lot of things wrong with it, but at least I did something productive.

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    Whoa, impressive. Do more of these finished works, they're awesome!

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    Yeah, the last finshed work is great!
    Go on like that and perhaps do more sketches.
    I think it would help u!

    Silwynar

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    Jaytea & Silwynar: Heh, funny y'all say that... I had such a good time with Buscema's portrait, so I decided to do another one. This time it's of Stan Lee, which turned out okay, but the shirt seems a little flat. :/

    I'm just winging it here, so any crits would be great!

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    Thanks for dropping my sketchbook Your finished works are amazing.

    Cheers

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    Hi Waine, thanks for the complement, but I still have a long way to go to get my paintings from imagination to look even remotely close to the portraits from photo ref.

    Speaking of crappy paintings, I caught "Shadow Of The Vampire" on cable the other night and it inspired me to do a tribute to ol' Nasferatu... just in time for Halloween! A good exercise, I suppose, but it didn't turn out the way I was hoping:

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    So then I tried to add some color to it by using some layers set to 'color' mode, but I just don't understand how to work them yet.

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    Well, that's it for this update... I've been a lazy bastich.

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    Pretty nice stuff.
    Stan Lee looks pretty good, but watch out for making everything too soft. Right now your painting looks like its a little out of focus. Make sure you have some harder edges as well.
    I'm liking Nosferatu. Maybe you could work in some other colors into the lights/shadows, because right now it looks like you may have just put a single color over each area.
    Keep it up!

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