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    everytime when i visit a great sketchbook like yours im so inspired that i have to draw right now ..

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    Oh man... this is some amazing work. Very inspiring too; I'm gonna have to pull out the sketchpad and work more now. Can't wait to see more work!

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    Slade_Templar: Thanks! I'm not sure what 'Sai' is, though I'm always on the lookout for new drawing programs. For my "smeary" brush, I sometimes blend with the smudge brush. Now that I have CS5 at work, I'm moving toward the blender brush instead -- it's much better!

    SandyAndy: Thanks for stopping by -- I'm really glad to be able to inspire you. As for the shiny texture on the bike... there's no simple trick. The shiny-ness of an object is known as 'specularity', and has to do with the smoothness of the surface. The best way to communicate this is in the highlight --- smooth, concentrated, small, and unbroken for glossy objects. If I were doing something that was rough and bumpy, the highlight would be much more diffused and not so sharp.

    The short answer: practice still life drawing, and you'll start to understand surfaces better.

    Hunger_Artist: Hey there... it's been entirely too long. Great to see you stopped by -- I check your blog now and then.. you should update more! keep up the great work.

    Purple_goat: Thanks! Clean lines? Usually I will make a layer set for each object in the still life, and then I will put a mask on that layer set. This way, I only have to make the clean outline once, and can make many layers within the layer set. When I am happy with the values of the entire composition, I will flatten it all down to a single layer and soften some of the edges -- to avoid the overly sharp 'digital' look.

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    UmpaArt: Hahaha, well, it's flattering to hear you say that, but I'm really quite like the rest of you. We all love drawing

    drey101: Thanks, enviros are my favorite as well. My texture.... well, there's no simple answer. GENERALLY, I like custom brushes. Sometimes I do overlay photos though. I can say one thing: I always paint surfaces without their texture first, and once I am satisfied with the lighting and rendering I do a pass of texture. So, really, the surfacing is the very last bit.

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    I'm sorry for not giving full replies more often.. but things are busy around here . Also, there's Forza to play. Here's my new still life. I plan to give a full WIP on this one, so my process will be more clear to everyone. There's not many tricks... but maybe it will answer some questions. Here's the sketch (photoshop):



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    Step 2:

    major shapes are in layer sets and masked off for ease of painting. I put in temporary fills to make sure the masks were the way i wanted.



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    Hi Matt, I really loved your work especially on your environment design, it's just so epic! the colour and brushstroke are so awesome!

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    Very informative.

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    I took a break from my still life tonight to do a quick separate image. I was sitting in my kitchen and the jar of oats on the counter looked quite nice - so I snapped a photo. Here's the painting I did of it, including process.





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    awesome studies.

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    It's really nice to see some process shots. It's a huge help for me, atleast
    Thanks for posting!

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    wow. just wow. top knotch sir. great inspiration.

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    Here's a quickie... WIP... sorry for the lack of updates recently!



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    Also, if anyone's interested: here are the brushes I mainly use. Quite simple really -



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    dude you are really amazing
    nice work

    how can i alsow open up a thread for my art work ??

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    inspiring man looking forward to seeing more of all this hardwork your putting in
    keep burning those pencils and wacom nibs dude
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    Nice studies! Keep it mister Kohr and no worries on the lack of updates. Making that cheddah is more important.

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    Thanks for the encouragement, guys! Here's progress:


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    looking good man!

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    Coming along nicely. I've always been intimidated by items with a sheen to them. It looks like you're doing well with the reflections and some of the tea pot's texture in the reflections.

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    Yet more very inspirational work, i love this!

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    getting better step by step

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    Hawt tea pawt!!!!

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    Thanks, guys!

    I'm still working on those still life paintings, but in the meantime here's the start of a new illustration. I have included my process -- what you see here are as follows:

    mood boards:
    I spend time gathering reference materials for the illustration I'm going to work on. This includes images that represent the color, texture, and subject matter I'm trying to achieve. In this case I've created a 'setting' and a 'car' mood board. I will keep these images on my reference monitor as I work. Some artists prefer to work from a single photo at a time - but I like to have a collage of many pieces at once. For me, the overall 'gestalt' of the mood board is more useful than a single image. It allows me to focus on the overall feeling as opposed to copying details from any one picture.

    Thumbnails:
    These small images are the core of any painting. The images I have the most trouble creating are ones where I either rush or skip the thumbnail phase. When done carefully, a thumbnail will solve many of the potential problems found in a full illustration.

    For the thumbnails I've provided here, I used the software sketchup/ - which is a free 3D modeler. I love to use if for anything with angles and hard surfaces. It took roughly 15 minutes to model the setting you see in these thumbnails. After that, I was able to move the position of the sun and watch shadows update in real-time, as well as position the camera. Personally I find this process to be a great time-saver when applicable.

    I'll continue to post my progress: working the concept of the car from start to finish, as well as painting the full scene.

    stay tuned.



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    Here's the next step... ideation for the car. Most of my illustration thumbnails have the car sitting in profile, so i decided to design the car in profile. Also, it's quite a bit easier to do car designs from the side.

    more to come.



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    Awesome stuff dude, I might have to pick your brain.

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    Wow what a wonderfull teapot you got. Oh, and wonderfull rendation of it aswell I think you can push the form of it a bit more at the side edges of the teapot. Otherwise, amazing.

    Great looking car design, although the downward curve on the back of the car makes the back-wheels appear smaller then they really are. Don't know if that is what you were aiming for, but thought I would just mention it.

    You really inspire me to do more still life studies like this, browsing your sketchbook is great fun you know.

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    insane stuffs you've got here man.............. I'm totally speechless...

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    Thanks for the step-by-steps! Especially the process for the illustration with the car. Very insightfull and inspiring!
    Also, your work is great all around!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Great studies. Interesting to see what kind of studies you have when you are already a professional. Now I see.

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    I'm taking yet another sidetrack --- here's today's progress on the awesome EOW prompt. more to come.





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    Simply amazing sketchbook!

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