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    A painting study and something out of my head

    Steffler Thanks for commenting back on my sketchbook. I feel like I'm getting a better understanding of light and form by doing the painting studies and I feel like I'm starting to really see my potential. (If that makes any sense)

    Today I felt like doing a value study of all white objects and something out of my head. I had a bit of trouble with the value study. I spent about an hour and a half on it but I really suck at drawing ellipses so I guess that's something I can work on. I also noticed some subtle tones with one of the caps and I feel like it's still a bit flat. Doing this was harder than I thought.

    Doing the other piece was fun but it's only in black and white. I'll eventually add color to it because I feel like adding color usually adds more contrast after I do a black and white painting. I also notice that I'm getting better at painting hair. I always had trouble in the past but I feel like I'm getting the hang of it. I looked at some reference from my last doodle I did which is in the horse study a couple of posts back to get the idea. Any thoughts and comments always welcome. Thanks.


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    some more stuff...

    Here is some more stuff I did. One is a still life of a skull key chain I found. It was actually hard to paint because there was a lot of subtle tones in it and there wasn't a lot of light hitting it.

    The other is a sketch I've been painting. I did a grayscale version of it in the above post.

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    more updates....

    I ended up playing around with the sketch I've been painting, just having fun with it and playing around with it and not taking it too seriously. Also just some doodles.

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    another painting...

    Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to finish this but I spent about an hour and a half on it. I wish I could spend another hour on it but I have to make dinner. This was another tough one to paint. More to come soon...

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    A painting study and some more progress of the female character

    Today I did a painting of an office building near where I work. I know my perspective is off and I should have spent some time fixing it but I mainly just wanted to paint it. I noticed this building is generally in the grayish yellow orange/grayish blue. Not really that much color in the building. I always find painting buildings a challenge so I should probably paint more of them.

    I also worked more on the sketch from above. I'm probably going to move on from it and start to work on something else. Enjoy!

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    hey man, your life paintings are really starting to look strong. as a whole your value and color seem to really be coming along, keep doing whatever you are doing there because it's working! also, keep cracking away at the anatomy. i hope u dont mind a little crit, it's just that anatomy seems to be an area where you struggle a bit. proportions and whatnot. keep it up.

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    just another doodle...

    PermaN00b Thanks for commenting on my sketchbook. I have been working on anatomy for years and I don't really see the problems that you are seeing. If you're referring to the character with the red hair, I was playing around with the proportions. I have been studying anatomy on my own for a long time and I'm still studying it on and off for a while. At this point I feel like I'm not really sure how to improve that because I feel like I've improved a lot in the past couple of years. I don't really feel like I struggle with anatomy but maybe I distort it too much. I don't know. I basically feel like, if people still feel like I struggle with it, so be it. There isn't much I can do about it at this point. Sorry for being a little touchy about this but I honestly don't know what else to do other than what I'm doing now and if that's not working than I honestly don't know what to do.

    Anyway, this is another doodle I've been playing around with on and off for the past couple of days. I really need to do some finished illustrations soon.

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    For some reason, this didn't load the first time so I'm posting a comment so it shows up in the sketchbook section.

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    Very nice sketchbook. You have a very solid understanding of how values work as far as I can tell. Your colors could use some improvement, however. I recommend starting out with a much darker and saturated mid-tone, should help make the painting process a bit easier.

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    A value study and more...

    cgaddict Thanks for the advice. I'll try doing that next time I paint.

    The first one is a value study I did which I spent about an hour one. The other one was testing how well I can figure out how this face would look from different angles. I found the photo online and did a 3/4 view and side view. I feel like I should work on drawing people from the side view more because I don't usually draw people from the side. The last one is more progress on the doodle I was working on before. I'm just having some fun with it. I should probably paint more people with clothes on. lol. I had a bit of trouble with it but I used some reference for the shirt.

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    just some doodles I did last night

    This was some stuff I was playing around with last night. I felt like posting it. Enjoy!

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    cool updates. Your proportions is reminding me of circus freaks, especially the one in post #64. Have you ever seen the b/w movie "freaks"? Reminds me a lot of that
    I'd play around with skin tones a bit more if i were you, but i think you have cool designs

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    Another value study...

    LavThanks for the comment. I'll definitely check the movie out. I've never heard of it before.

    I felt like doing another value study of all white objects. I find it a bit challenging, especially when you have several objects that are all white. In Jason Manleys Color Theory video stream, he mentioned this as a value exercise. First to paint objects that are all white on a white background of some sort. Then do the same thing but with all gray objects on a gray background and finally black on black. I'm going to do another white on white value painting and then I'll try doing a gray on gray one.

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    just some face studies...

    I felt like doing some face studies. i'll probably do more tomorrow.

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    some more face studies...

    I think the problem I might be having is that I'm getting a little too obsessed and I might need to cut back a little bit. Doing too much art I notice burns me out or makes me more frustrated. I'm not sure. After taking a little break I feel a bit more refreshed and I'm struggling as much. Here are some more face studies and face paintings from my head.

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