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    Klaw's Scratchings

    So, here's my sketchbook. In it resides my works in progess, sketches, experiments, and general ramblings about the goings on in my life. So stop in and visit: I'll try to be entertaining. Mostly.

    For my first post, I'm posting an old sketch I did a few years back while I was in Iraq called Emerald and Steel. I recently went over it with Painter, and re-colored it. Painter is in fact, the bomb. I really like what painter is capable of. I also like the more traditional feel it has. PS is great, but I really like how painter replicates the whole painting process. SOME of what I post in here is going to come from my real life sketchbooks. I get to travel to a lot of strange places in my line of work, and a few years ago I picked up some leatherbound sketchboks from Iraq and Kuwait. They are absolutely the best sketchbooks I've ever used. They are leatherbound, and some are set with gemstones (not precious) or stones. When I sketch in these books I feel obligated to do my best: I feel like I'd be wasting a valuable resource otherwise. Maybe I'll post a picture of one here sometime.


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    More Stuff form the past and Present

    Ok, so I've dug up some more stuff, some from the past, some from more recently. So here goes. This first one is really old, just a sketch I went over with some saturated reds. I am reworking it in Painter, just for fun, so expect to see an update on this.

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    Here are a couple of sketches: one is a Dragon and his rider, called .....

    The Reason
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    The next is a sketch from my real life sketchbook: It's a concept for a painting I'm working on

    Unstoppable!
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    This next piece is from my sketchbook, just a picture of a woman in a cowl, done from imagination
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    This are sketches I did that I'll probably revisit in painter, later on
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    This is a sketch I did a long while back, just for fun, but I was experimenting with the selection tools in Photoshop, so I took it, recolored it in Painter, then integrated it into another painting I did with Painter. This was just for practice, so I probably won't do anything else with it.
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    The next one is a series of pictures showing progression from sketch to a finished painter document.

    This first sketch I did just to mess around with the concept of a woman with contrasting, yet matching tatoos- one side roses, and the other side barbed wire.

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    Here I was messing around with Photoshop, but I wasn't happy with it, so I took it to Painter.
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    Finally I recolored it with painter, and during the process I went a different direction with it. This whole piece was done without a reference, so I'm aware of the defects, like the few places where the old sketch shows through- I kinda like this because it connects the old and the new, but I'm still really happy with it. I once had a friend with different colored eyes, and I was always fascinated by that. You see that in Siberian Huskies a lot, but rarely in poeple. I've recently done another similar piece, with different tatoos, but I'm going to redo that one, because I learned so much while finishing this one up.
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    A few new/ older sketches

    So here's a few more sketches, not a lot. The first one's a concept for a series of angel paintings I'm working on. Just a concept, but it'll eventually find it's way to a canvas or onto painter. The next one is a just a portrait, for fun. It was a very tiny picture, and I wanted to see what kind of likeness I could get from this picture.
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    That's it for now, but I'm working on another few pieces, in Painter. I may post the paper sketches (from my real life sketchbook) here a little later.

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    heeey klaw
    good practice
    your getting better with the colloring
    keep practising the anatomy

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    Thanks Schapen! I am working on three or four pieces of art right now, but it's slow going because I've had to work at my day job so much here lately. I am painting a dragon and another that will be done soon. I will drop by your sketchbook in a few to see what you've been up to.

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    Vampire and Blood

    Her's an older sketch I dug up: I always thought it was kinda cool in an abstract way. I drew this one in between missions while my driver and I were waiting to escort a convoy out of Kuwait. I tucked it away, forgot about it, then later scanned it, and forgot about it again. I wonder how much art we artists lose over time? For me a LOT. I have got to keep better track of things. In any case, when I ran across this one, it was like Christmas, because I had forgotten about it.

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    It's great to see you experiment with color like this. Tho i feel there are huge differences between certain pieces. The last one doesn't meet the standard you setup.
    The proportions are slightly off and it feels a bit flat.

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    I agree with your opinion on that last one: it's a much older sketch-I just like the hair on her. I'm glad you notice the difference though- I get so used to seing my own art that I don't always pay attention to the changes I make with my style over time. This Vampire is from about eight years ago. I think I will stick to newer stuff from here on out though.

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    New Recolor Work, a few other things

    OK, so I recolored "Blaze" which I did Oh so long ago. When I recolored it, I realized that I had a few issues with the facial structure. I never noticed it before because it was very minimalistic.
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    The next two are done with the same concept in mind. The first is an old sketch of a warrior, done with no ref. I redid it in Painter, changed it a little too: I realized I wasn't too happy with the original face, the proportions were off. Being that this is a quick re color, I did damage control and left it as it is now. Still, I learned a lot. Happily, I am realizing by revisiting old work, that my sense of proportion and depth has improved much over time. Still lots to do though.

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    So, because I don't want this to be a glorified coloring book (it IS a sketchbook, after all), here is another sketch from my real sketchbook. This is just a face, done with a reference. I have to go back and look though: a lot of people's faces aren't quite symmetical: a fact I really didn't appreciate until I really got into portraits. In this case, her eyes aren't quite even. I checked though, and that's how she looks. When I do portraits in particular, I take care to draw it as it is, not how I perceive it. I can't tell you how many times I've done a portrait, even my own face, and come away with a realizeation of some defect or irregularity that I never would have noticed before. Such is the human condition: we are imperfect. I love that though.

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    Ok, let me go sketch some more stuff. I've got PICTURES in my head, and they want out.....

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    Old Stuff, new thoughts

    I haven't gotten to do much here lately: work has been all consuming, which is not a good thing. I wanted to show an older piece, because I realized I have a few themes running through my body of work. This theme, of beauty and the beast runs through a lot of my stuff. This first one was acrylic on board, and while not one of my best works, still makes me happy when I look at it. I once had a good friend tell me that the dragon scared the hell out of her, but she felt utterly peaceful when she looked at the girl's face.

    It's called Myriad and Voxx
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    The next is not strictly a sketch, but is is a quick painting. Occasionally I will paint in black in white, just for fun, and because it's so much easier than color. It's like a break, only having to worry about the simplicity of light and shadow. It's called Unfinished Business
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    This is from my real life sketchbook, and it's a quick sketch of my wife's back, done from memory. I will eventually probably catch hell for this, but she really does have a lovely back.
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    This next one was done for a friend of mine, a fellow NCO, for her family. This was done in acrylics, also b&w. We had some pretty intense times down in Saudr City in Iraq.
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    This next was a portrait of my wife, and one of my favorite pictures of her. It's hard to get her to stop for a likeness, so I got lucky with this one. It's all in pencil, except for the eyes, which are blue marker
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    This next one is a WIP. You'll see more on it later. This is all I'm showing for now.
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    Ok, the last one, is pencil, large, and was a huge pain. Each link in the chain mail was done individually, and the whole thing took weeks. No reference, but there's something I like about the face.
    That's all for now, I'm working on some more newer sketches.

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    Ok, some more

    Both of these are just older stuff I dug up from a while back. The first is called Snow white, and it was done for a friend who wanted a different kind of Snow White. A darker, less wholesome version.
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    The next is a piece done for a client a long while back, of his fiance. They wanted a picture of her as a DragonRider, with a big gold dragon. This was pretty large: she is almost life size here. Too bad the photo's a little fuzzy. Her likeness is good: they were both very happy with it. I did pages of prepwork on it, designing the gear, ect. It was a fun project. I styled the scales from tiger's eye stones, although in this picture, you cant really get a sense of the irridescence. I remember my wife's brother walking in and checking it out before I finished it. He said, "Dude! this does NOT suck." High praise indeed. I am truly happy when my work doesn't suck.

    Ok, the next post will be a recent sketch, I promise.

    Daybreak

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    So that's it for now, although I am really sketching tonight: if all goes well, I'll have a few sketches up before the end of the night.

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    Nice paintings! Snow White is favorite one so far actually. It might be an older piece, but its still really well done. I love the sharp white lines used as highlights in her hair.

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    Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I don't usually go so stylized, but the highlights really worked for this Snow White. I gotta find the wider angle shot of this one I took: there's a lot more to the painting. In particular, I was really happy with the ring/claws she's wearing. Also in the painting are the dwarves, but they are all shadowy and hidden: you have to find them. When I get back home to the world, I'll find my other shots of this piece and update. In any case, I'm glad you like , and I appreciate the comments. I just finished some quick sketches, and I'll post those soon: just gotta get them uploaded.

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