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    Good gravy, lots of beautiful work... awesome!

    Looking at the old man portrait, the cool layer really helped the warms build up. I guess why he feels like he has so much weight and life.

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    mm inspiring work all round, but I especially like the enviros, and the teapot still life

    keep it up!

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    A nice SB. I'll have to explore it more thoroughly later.


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    Thanks for the feedback, guys! here's more progress...





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    Question: What's the FIRST thing you generally look at/ draw when making a gesture?

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    conceptbloke: (asked about how I get clean contours) good question. most everything is freehanded, though if it's an important and long line I will often make a new layer first. This allows me the flexibility to do the following:

    1) free transform > warp (absolutely feels like cheating)
    2) erase any 'overdraw'
    3) have a nice confident line because I don't need to worry about the rest of my drawing.
    4) free transform

    If I don't freehand it, I usually begin with the bezier curve tool. Using this I will create the exact contour I desire as a vector path. I created an action which turns the vector path
    into a selection, which I then 'stroke' (edit > stroke) with with a thickness that matches my line-art. As you would imagine, this takes a bit longer than a freehand stroke would, so I do it far less often.

    JesterCapp: When I start a gesture I'm mainly looking at the balance and weight of a figure. Because of this I draw the spine, head and hips first. Sometimes I don't even put arms on my gestures, because I believe that the 'stance' is based mainly in the spine.


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    Here's the planning for a drawing I might bring to a finish:



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    hi matt i like your digitals but colours seem to bug me a little, not much bit a little anyway. I feel the colour choises are not too "natural" maybe you don't even want to go for more natural colours and this does not come up with every piece, just over goblin and fece portrait study. (maybe it's values as well?

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    I've been reading through a book called "The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head", which is great material. The artist works in conte on toned paper, and frequently describes technique in terms of his media. I'm interested in doing studies from the pages of the book, but don't want to get my hands dirty. As a result, I spent some time today creating a set of fake conte brushes in photoshop, and am pretty happy with the results. They're not perfect, but at a glance they might trick somebody. I plan to release these brushes / textures on my website in the near future along with a tutorial on how to use them.

    Here's the first page of studies from the text:



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    Got the same book and tried to do the same thing and failed!

    You have done a great job, I wonder what some figure gestures would look with it.

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    Aww man, I cracked up when I saw your plans for the Angular VS Organic peice! And you kinda force me to like Jar Jar.

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    Congrats on the new website. Making them is such a pain in the ass (at least fo me anyway). Sooo time consuming.

    Is that Jar Jar ready to go to court to sue lucas?

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    love the last studies, those brushes looks nice!

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    Thanks everyone! Here's a proper drawing done with the new 'conte brush'. I'm really liking the way it feels... I've not had much luck creating natural media brushes in the past.



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    Hey whats up Matt? looks like you have been doing well and working hard. Thats what I like to see : D man that conte brush looks really sweet getting some nice effects from it. The artists complete guide to drawing the head is gold.
    have a good one man looking forward to seeing more
    till next time
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    great - your walking cliffy upwards dude

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    holy shit that's beautiful.

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    a quick test to try out the new brush for figure sketching (reference from characterdesigns.com)



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    In an attempt to improve my compositions, I'm going to spend a while on thumbnails. Here are some that would work for fantasy book covers:



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    danm Matt! your kilin it! I really dig the thumb bottom left thumb on your recent post.
    looking forward to seeing more
    have a good one
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    youre the man really.. i love how you give back to the community and this brush looks amazing..

    my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !

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    I love you
    How can you draw so much without running out of ideas, it's crazy.

    That conte brush sure look nice too.
    Great job in general.

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    oh damn... back to work i go ;(! .. great stuff btw ;(

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    Wow, thanks, guys! It's great to hear such kind words --really means a lot.

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    I'm working on a blog aimed at in-training digital painters. Do you know how to run photoshop but have no idea how to make it paint? The blog is going to give all sorts of free tips I wish I had years ago. In the meantime, I NEED YOUR HELP!

    What are you having trouble with? As I make this instructional material, I'd love to get input from you guys -- so it can be as helpful as possible. So please respond with any and all questions you have about digital painting! here's an example:

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    Just want to say first, I love you. Your stuff is awesome.
    Here some stuff where I have problems or maybe fear for cause never really tried, but will do, so it would come in handy if there are more collected stuff about it.

    Q1
    Drawing with shapes, how do I do? I often see picture with a lot of uh confusing shapes from random brushes? and then working from it to the goal? Or is it more like a base. What impress me a lot is how a complex city or spaceship or technical comes out.

    Q2
    How do I use texture usefull? Like when doing a city, texture for walls, or details. I have seen that even scrapping out parts from a photo is used for creating little details.

    Thank you in advance for your time =) Hope the homepage will come out well.

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    Hey there, those 'conte' brushes are more than amazing! Great job on those, you totally fooled me until I saw the last version of the portrait!

    I also wanted to say that I really appriciate what you are doing for the art community, we are very blessed to have you here!

    As far as questions go... I don't really know If I have any, whenever I do they always get resolved in matters of seconds I ask them... So.. When I have a good one, I'll be sure to post it!

    Keep up the amazing work!

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    Thanks a lot for this endeavour, sir!

    Could you talk a bit about proper colour selection on Photoshop? Where should one pick colours from, in that massive palette, to make it look neither muddy, nor over-saturated?

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    no questions from me, but great updates with the contes and thumbnails!

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    I'm more interested in the part before those thumbs you showed.
    Where you go from a blank canvas with absolutely no idea or even a feeling of what you want.. and then just come up with a sketch :| I waste so many hours just drawing circles, shapes and getting no where.

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