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    MPaquin's Sketchbook **nudity warning**

    I'll start this off with last night's painting. Background was from reference. The horse and rider were improv. C+C always welcome.

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    Beautiful image, Im not a landscape artist so I'm no expert.

    I can't think of any crits, its looks lovely as it is. The only thing I can suggest is something in the foreground that is more detailed to give it a bit more perspective... but as I said I'm no expert.

    Look forward to the updates

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    Thanks Clockwork Bunny. I'm still struggling painting really detailed things, but I'm working on it

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    painted this from Frederick Edwin Church's Twilight in Wilderness.

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    Nice start man, my only crit is I wanna see more!

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    Great start! I would say maybe use some bigger brushes in those mountains and only do the finer details in the smaller brush.

    So basically use the biggest brush you can

    I really love the landscapes though - the first one makes me think of Mongolia. I like the colours and the sky

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    Bridges Canyon

    A few hours this morning.

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    And thanks for all the input so far. This community is great.

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    That cow's going to get it and it doesn't even know it.

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    First run at this weeks environment challenge, caravan.

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    I've been trolling image blogs for painting reference and did this one up in two non-consecutive hours.

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    rock cliff study from reference

    trying to get my cliff faces from being too uniform. I think I made 4 new Photoshop brushes to help with the randomness.

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    another study

    This is a study from Albert Bierstadt's Yosemite Glacier Stream.

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    This was the first thing I painted after a severe lyme disease relapse. What a relief to know I could still paint.

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    Nice start with your sketchbook. I love environments!

    Like it was stated before, trying starting off with the biggest brush you can, then work in the details with smaller brushes.

    Also, I noticed it kind of looks like you're using white to increase value and black to darken the value. If you look at things from life, you'll notice there is still a variation of value and color in shadows, and they are rarely pure black. If you can, try using paints as well. I learned so much about color with my color theory class at SCAD, mostly because I was mixing paints and figuring out how a certain color looks with another color mixed into it. I also had to do a lot of value and color scales, so try some of those too. If you can't get paints, or don't have the time, try doing some really small color studies without color picking from the picture or using adjustments like brightness/contrast and hue/saturation.

    Most importantly, just keep practicing! Studying masters is a great way to learn. I'd check out Levitan too, he's got some really nice environments I'm doing some studies of.

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    environments looking better, but sometimes there lacking depth, look up atmospheric perspective, it means things get lighter as they go further away, you have it on some but not on others. it would really help to add depth to some of the pictures.
    One more thing is in your first picture with the rider in the environment both his and the horses head are perfectly inline with the hill behind them, it sort of flattens the image. I would pull the hill back just a touch so their heads are in front of it. this will help the distinction between foreground and mid ground.

    keep it up

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    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    xbrianx - I've been dying to start oil painting. I might take a class this fall. I'm aware of the no black/white rule, however I'll cheat it here and there. If it shows up in photographs, why not?

    How's SCAD? I've been looking at their mfa in visual effects.


    Oatestwder - Thanks. Ever since someone mentioned the horse and rider I've been super-aware of tangents ever since.

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    started an everyday painting habit. also started on anatomy studies to get ready for a portrait painting class this spring.

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    "once more, just for luck"

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    who doesn't get inspired by political riots?

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    I don't mind the cold

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    sticking to a one a day, even when its not a good idea.

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    Nice work. Can see improvements coming!

    Would be nice to see some non-computer work. Got any watercolour or acrylics?

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    It's so cool to see how much you've improved since your first post. Your landscapes are looking better and better with every post. Post #17 is my favorite! I think you're making great use of textures and your composition is much better too. I'd like to see you incorporate more atmospheric perspective in your work (for example, make farther away landmarks/objects less saturated) and some more loose paint strokes.

    I do hope your condition improves and you do not get another lyme disease relapse. Also, I hope you keep posting! =)

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    Thanks Hajime. Yeah, I've got some oils from an oil painting class I took last fall. I was all fired up to do some plein air this winter, but the New England has been taking a pounding.

    Thanks Fantillus. Yeah, my lyme seems to be in check for now. I'm actually training for a Tough Mudder race in May, and hopefully a marathon this fall. I get nervous when I'm tired, if its the lyme or if I'm supposed to be tired.

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    a study from a Raphael Lacoste painting. Learned a lot from this one.

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    I love desert cliffs, but I have yet to develop a proper workflow for the striations along contours. I may have to focus on just the cliffs for the next study.

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    a study from a detail from Samuel Colman's Storm King on the Hudson.

    For Photoshop geekery... I started experimenting with the new mix brush in CS5. I don't think it will replace the brush system I'm used to, but its cool to have another tool in the box.

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    I stole the first one from a guy I work with's facebook. Apparently it was a lovely sunset over a bigbox store. I painted from the photo, tagged him in it, and gave it a silly post-apocalyptic setting.

    The other is a Sargent study. I'm sure he's rolling in his grave.

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