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    It's great to see you doing studies...definitely keep that up! You should do a ton of life drawings too though. Here are some good websites for reference poses.
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    @ jeremyg0rd0n - Thanks for the comments mate!! I'll be sure to check out the thread you mentioned. Cheers dude :>)

    @ krel - Thanks for the advice mate!! I'll make sure to pay attention to the twist during the next Vilppu session. Cheers mate :>)

    @ zerdron - Thanks for the comments dude!! I really enjoy the anatomy drawings. Surprise surprise!! Cheers dude:>)

    @ Grandmassa - Thanks for coming back Mr Spect!! Glad you enjoyed the visit my friend. Cheers mate :>)

    @ paperx - Thanks for the advice mate!! Cheers dude :>)

    @ Marian - Hi Marian. Thanks for coming around again!! Now half-term is over I can get some peace and quiet to get some work done. Glad you like the axe. I was actually pretty pleased with how that one came out. Cheers Marian :>)

    @ Keeviin - Thanks for the visit mate. Cheers dude:>)

    @ GoGoJojo - Hey Betsy. Thanks for visiting dude!! Today's piece is especially for you. I'll see you your laser rifle and raise you ................a MINIGUN. HA!! Cheers Betsy :>)

    @ AlexTooth - Hey facebook buddy!! Thanks for the comments mate. Cheers Mr Tooth :>)

    @ Seraph Fawkes - Thanks for the advice mate!! I'm working my way through Vilppu's Drawing Manual and also use Bridgman books and I've just bought Barrington Barber's 'Figure Drawing' as well. Cheers dude :>)

    @ Exon-Ion - Thanks for the comments mate!! Glad you like the axe!! Cheers mate :>)

    @ Black Spot - Thanks for the comments Black Spot!! I'll get back to that landscape soon and glad you like the axe. Cheers dude :>)

    @ jackpot_anjr90 - Thanks for the comments dude!! There's some life drawing classes starting up near here in a couple of weeks and my name is on the list. Cheers mate :>)

    Today's piece is a WIP for my next weapon. Just done medieval with Gimli's axe so next up is futuristic. I've got the basic shell here, but I've still got to sort out;
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    iv. any other errors that crop up!!

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    Back to the studies today!! Box forms recap and starting to combine spheres & boxes.

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    Today's piece is a landscape WIP here at a very early stage. Done from imagination and inspired by a painting in the book 'Bold Visions' by Gary Tonge.

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    Oooh I have that book Snaily so it will be good to see what you do with this. No pressure!

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    I really like your 'Bone' studies man. Good start with the rest of your work. Composition , anatomy , form and mood are the essentials to a good piece.Although you have some of these elements coming through, there is always room for improvement. Try using as much photo reference as you can, that will be a good start. Also remember to keep drawing, very important in the progression of developing your own style. Kudos man, keep up the good work and post away.
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    Hey man, thanks for the comment! I really like whats going on, you tackling as many aspects as possible to this art thing keep it up!

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    nice very nice studies.I like the gun, it looks 3d but you used soft edged brush and looks blured.it needs simple value placement in a lot of places cause its not a lot curved like organics so you can rework it in greyscale some more.
    again ithe studies are lovely.keep them up

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    For the landscape I suggest looking for some photos (especially panorama pics) and see how they play around the composition.

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    HAHA THATS RAD an so are all the wip notes an little things you did in your studies like the sun glasses an the box turtle haha WAY COOL

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    Hey mr turbaylesnailsbury how goes it? I see dedication in here the gesture work is looking cool and the still life nana's are sweet! Also have to say im loving the weapons keep on trucking!


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    @ Marian Rowling - Thanks for the comments Marian!! Bold Visions is an awesome book isn't it? Mine will be a Snail's eye view of his painting. No pressure... squeaky bum time I think!! Cheers :>)

    @ Black Spot - Thanks for the advice and I'll desaturate that sky asap!! Cheers :>)

    @ tariqart - Thanks for the visit and comments dude!! I'll definitely try and use more reference pics when I paint. Glad you like the bone studies. Cheers :>)

    @ Parskoira - Thanks for the comments dude!! Cheers :>)

    @ kingkostas - Thanks for the advice regarding the gun mate!! I'll sort it out when I get a bit of spare time. Cheers :>)

    @ Huey Leng - Thanks for the landscape advice!! Using ref pics is a good habit I need to get into. Cheers :>)

    @ Grannie - Thanks for the comments my friend!! Cheers :>)

    @ latigid - Hey mate, how's married life in the South of the Shire? You been using that sweet new easel lately? Cheers :>)

    Must have passed through a timewarp today!! Where did the time go? Anyway... small update to the landscape wip where I've added some buildings mid-left. @ Black Spot - I've desaturated the sky and I think it now looks better.

    Thanks for looking!!

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    Hey Snaily ol chap. Looking good. Deffo need some sea colour in there to give you a critique!

    That's a tip though, try and finalise the composition before you detail things like the buildings. But meh, I make that mistake every painting, work on it for hours then realise it needs changing. Do try hard to get all the elements in and working though. I like the cropped version here - I've got that book too it's great!

    Lets see, what else. This is a niggle as I'm a bit of a perfectionist - there seem to be some elements close to each other. Areas I mean, see the centre of the bridge - the dip in the mountains is right close to the bridge, I know there aren't rules in Art, but being aware of these compositional elements helps. I see it happen again in the mountains in the very top left, the two mountains intersect at the edge of the painting - it just isn't as easy on the eye. Again, sorry to be a pain here - just trying to make this point clearer - see the tips of the buildings in the town, they're really in line with the tips of the mountains behind. IMO - some proper separation would help. How much (if at all) is up to you of course.

    I know it's a WIP but you can make a lot of stuff clear in a "block-in" stage. All the mountains look quite flat - like separated with a pen tool. This is all very well and a perfectly good style if that's the effect you're going for. What I'd suggest though with this style is to add more atmospheric perspective - those far far mountains look too close right now - I'd make them much fainter, drop some saturation, mix some sky colour in there. I see it's done from imagination - that's fine for drawing the scene, and often more interesting. But when trying to paint and colour without enough knowledge of similar scenarios, it can get quite frustrating - this is all from personal experience. You might wanna try find a ref - at least so you can see what I mean by atmospheric perspective, how it affects colours, light, saturation, values etc etc - vital components for a landscape scene.

    Also, another tip is to do some landscape photo studies, even a series of quick 20min ones will help - you will quickly understand nature this way. Try to stick to one layer too, imo it's much better practice not to rely on layers - yep they help but try alot with just the canvas purely for practice - it boosts your colour choice and brush confidence no end.

    OK a no crit turned into a bit of a rant. Sorry if any of this sounds patronising!

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    Heyheyhey!
    Thanks for dropping by my SB, much appreciated.
    AlexTooth gave some really good advice. You have your details nicely in places and the picture is becoming very sharp. But the feeling of distance is lost a bit when even the farthest objects are rendered so sharply. Remember how objects lose focus and contrast in the distance (air, smoke and vapors in the way etc.). Other than that, looking really promising.

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    Haha. You had fun with the box forms. Love the sunglasses! Can't wait to see your finished painting.

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    One thing about your environment wip is that the shapes in the foreground are the same size as those in the background. Try using bigger shapes in the foreground. This will also help draw the eye to background which I'm assuming is going to be the focal point.

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    It's those tree sillouhettes(I can't spell)! Make them smaller in the background or larger in the foreground, it'll make the pic even better!

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    The mountains at the back should be bluer/purple. Read up on colour distances. Also there is a very light area in the sky on the horizon - it's never a flat colour. Sky still needs to be lighter.

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    Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook
    Your current landscape is good, I'd definitely take the advice the others have already said. I would give a crit too, but what i would say has already been mentioned! I love your blocked figure studies! I do those as well, and they are very useful with understanding the form aren't they? Always keep an eye of your figures proportions, though!
    Great sketchbook, keep up the good work!

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    Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook
    Your current landscape is good, I'd definitely take the advice the others have already said. I would give a crit too, but what i would say has already been mentioned! I love your blocked figure studies! I do those as well, and they are very useful with understanding the form aren't they? Always keep an eye of your figures proportions, though!
    Great sketchbook, keep up the good work!

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    @ AlexTooth - Thanks for taking the time to provide such a commentary man!! That dip in the mountains was bugging me as well mate. I'll sort out your points during my next session. Cheers :>)

    @ darknight - Thanks for the comments man!! Cheers :>)

    @ Rotor - Thanks for the advice mate!! I think I went into a detail trance during my last session and forgot all about focus and contrast. Cheers :>)

    @ NicG - Thanks for the comments matey!! I had to give those boxes some shades as my desk lamp was blinding the little buggers. Cheers :>)

    @ Liffey - Thanks for stopping by and commenting Ian!! I'll sort out those shapes before posting again. Cheers :>)

    @ GoGoJojo - Thanks for the comments Betsy!! There shouldn't be any trees in it at this stage. I think I made my mountains too jagged and I'll sort them out. Cheers :>)

    @ Black Spot - Thanks for the advice Black Spot!! I'll add colour distance to my reading list and sort out the other points before the next posting. Cheers :>)

    @ Spirit - Thanks for the visit and comments!! I definitely need to do more box forms to tie down the proportion discrepancies. Cheers :>)

    Todays practice was supposed to be a Bridgman head session that veered off into a couple of drawings using ref pics. Back on the Bridgman tomorrow!!
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    hey dewd

    This last updiddy right here is looking nice
    you have rendered that nose very nicely .. Keep up with that !
    Maybe try a whole face like that?

    Keep it up man

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    Nice face stuff^^ Great handwriting too lol!

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    Great nose and ear Snaily. Really looking good and thanks for making me get out my copy of Gary Tonge's book. I enjoyed looking and I eagerly await your next landscape update. Also I have had word from Glenn that he will be updating soon. So he is no longer strapped to the marital bed! Now there's a great concept for an image for you..... hehe....

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    Cheers for checking back at my SB. Your work is also coming along nicely, and its great to see that you are also continuing with Anatomy studies. The landscape wip is coming along great, I particularly like the small touch with the red flag.

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    Hey!

    Thanks for checking out my SB.

    I just had a lot of fun looking at yous!

    Keep working hard.

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    @ RBeek - Thanks for the comments mate. I'll have to practice the eyes first before trying a whole face. I'll try to do some this week!! Cheers :>)

    @ AlexTooth - Thanks for the comments matey. I've got a couple of handwriting wips on the go lol!! Cheers :>)

    @ Marian Rowling - Thanks for the comments Marian. Your wish is my command... One of today's speedies - Mr Whippy!! Cheers :>)

    @ Fiddzy - Thanks for the comments mate. That flag is a little Xia touch if you've watched his enviro tuts over at idrawgirls.com. Cheers :>)

    @ Lyle Moore - Thanks for the comments mate. Glad you liked the SB and I've got to ratchet up the workload. Cheers :>)

    No time today for those Bridgman studies, so just a quick photo study desert scene and special request from Marian R.

    Thanks for looking!!

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    20 minutes?! Thats pretty sweet. Way faster than I can think. You should spend some more time on it, it is looking promising. Just pay a bit more attention to the perspective on the rocks, and the large shadow shapes. Could be more accurate. But as I said, pretty awesome for 20 minutes.
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    Keep doing those studies man!
    try to get rid of those white areas/tones in your work. I recommend doing still lifes to hammer those in.
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