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    wow, the progress you've made on faces, observation, and blending is simply fantastic, motivates me to work hard, and jealous that you have some real direction, it's hard to do it on your own ;/

    keep it up, and keep us updated.

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    I didn't even know you were on CA. great colors and line

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    Awesome stuff
    The exercise which involves rotating a pose from imagination sounds like a great way to fully grasp anatomy; I am definitely going to try that. I'm glad you mentioned it

    I like your paintings and pencil work too, keep it up!
    "Dang girl, if you weren't a figment of my imagination I'd wanna have yo baby."
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    @Zenobia - For sure! Gotta study the masters, no need to reinvent the wheel. And totally, digital is a great tool, but there's so much to learn from traditional that it's a shame when people totally neglect it. Thanks a bunch!

    @Dope Fiend - Thanks a ton! Workin' hard is always good; and though it is good to have direction, you can still get direction without necessarily going to school. Constantly look for resources that you can use to better yourself, and if you get stuck just ask someone for some guidance, most people don't bite. You can probably even find a mentor online that'll guide you along if you're respectful and hard-working. And of course, practice practice practice!

    @Karantina - Thanks a bunch! : )

    @Lunatic Hermit - Thanks! And yeah, it's a tough exercise, but you learn soooo much from it. Simplifying the body in to big forms and learning to turn them in space is really the only way to draw figures from imagination.


    Don't have anything fancy to show for today, so here's a 2-ish hour figure painting I did during a session yesterday. The time went by quick and I wasn't able to clean up the female figure on the right, so overall this would probably be better if I had just focused on the guy and gotten the proportions and forms more accurate. But ah well, at least my oil painting skills are improving, though I've still gotta remember to vary my brushes, the markmaking in this is pretty dull.

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    You're improving quickly. nice job! can't wait to see more.
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    DAMN SON, what's in the water where you are? You're really moving fast! Keep up the studies, that's sure to benefit you.
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    @blazinwolf - Thanks, I appreciate it! More is on the way! : )

    @Quigleyer - Haha, not much in the water, but the 14 hour days drawing and being taught to draw help.


    Here's my second and complete attempt at the figure turnaround study. This really whooped my buttocks, but I think I understand the concepts of it and if I had had time to really lay down ellipses and work out the perspective I could've gotten it totally accurate. But for now, I think this'll do! Draawwiiinnngggg!

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    Yet another portrait for head painting class. This time I tried using paint straight from the tube, no thinner or medium. It was pretty tough, getting the first layer of paint to stick to the canvas was really tough and it took me probably an hour just to cover the whole canvas in paint. I also tried a constructive method to start out, building the head in forms and planes rather than just looking for light & dark shapes. Lovin' the oils, and doing two portraits every week is just crazy helpful, you can tackle all kinds of art problems with just a portrait.

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    Holy.

    Just wow.

    In just a year?

    My jaw dropped several times. I love your figure drawings especially.
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    @Fuzzy Brown Shark- Thanks! Lots of drawing has occurred over the past year, haha. Glad you like the figures, they're some of my favorites to draw! : )


    And speaking of figures, here's some architectural ones. Same as the previous turnarounds, we had to observe a pose and draw its skeleton, then draw it from different views from imagination. Tough, but extremely helpful.

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    Didn't get to do much drawin' today, so here's a WIP of another cast drawing! This one should be lots of fun, we're going to spend the entire semester on this one drawing in cast class, working with vine charcoal. It's gonna be nice to have a project to just chill out on and not worry about looming deadlines, and the end goal will be a perfect representation of reality. Fun stuff!

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    Some more anatomy study from Figure 2! It's oh-so fun and highly educational to break things down in to simple forms you can draw from imagination. Gonna be exciting once we start getting in to muscles!
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    Nice updates, those turnarounds look very solid. Great use of values in your paintings as well.

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    @cgaddict - Thanks! Glad you dig 'em! : )


    The only downside to posting every day is I don't always have something hugely interesting to post, but nevertheless here's a composition study I did today of a piece by Edmund Blair Leighton. I'm trying to do one of these every day, and have been sorta failing at that but am getting better. I'm gonna make a list of art push-ups to do every day and try to reserve an hour or so for them.

    As for all the written jargon on the right, it's really just an analysis for my purposes. In Composition 2 we're learning to abstract artwork and use just the light & dark shapes to create the right feeling for the piece. One really helpful technique we've learned is metaphor, it's kinda tough to decide how to draw a bunch of soldiers, but if you can decide you want those soldiers to feel like shattered glass you have a much clearer idea as to the shapes and arrangement that can be used to get your point across. Sounds kinda crazy first, but it's actually tremendously helpful for composing. And don't worry, it's not pretentious art school crap, this is nothing more than a tool to help the artist compose, it's not some secret hidden message that the audience is supposed to extract.

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    Here's another study from one of the best artists of our time, and one of my personal favorites, Justin Sweet!

    Justin has stunning compositional skills, and he executes his pieces with great simplicity and strength. Definitely worthy of studying! This one has some of the best movement and balance (or lack thereof) that I've seen, you could devote quite some time to just studying the angles in this and seeing how they all relate and strengthen each other.

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