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    Thanks Alex! And yeah, that would probably work pretty well. I'd like to experiment more with glazing, transparent paint gives supa nice results and would probably look pretty hawt on that metallic stuff. Experimentashun!


    And for today's stuff, here's a droaring done as an example for some commissions I'm offering over on dA. If you're interested you can check 'em out: [Link]

    These are the later two of four stages, ink washes and digital color. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, and it's nice to mess around with inks again, haven't done it in a while. There's some earlier steps and process info over on my bloggity: [Link]

    Have a good'un!


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    Here's another composition study, this one's a lot more general than a lot of my previous ones, which was nice cause it allowed for more focus on the big overall shapes. The others are good for picking up the subtle nuances, so it's good to do both.

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    HI
    you improved nicely in short time,
    keep it up
    i will watch you from now on

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    yeah jonny boy, yeah! Man I gotta do some comp studies. Also, a little late now but the foreshortening on the elf girls left leg is a bit extreme, its a tad on the small side. Keep it up Jonny boy!

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    @Witek - Thanks very much! I appreciate it! : )

    @Lexal - Thanks brodog! Comp studies are the bomb, and yeah her leg is a little wonky, still learning how to do foreshortening properly, need moar bridgman studies.


    Here's a quick study I did of a Rembrandt eye today, it is nooowhere near as subtle as his and my forms and values need a lot of work, but some of the color variation, though a bit too extreme, is working pretty well I think. Gotta keep workin 'dem oils!

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    Here's the completed study from yesterday's post, added a Rembrandt mouth and an eye and mouth of one of his contemporaries, Pickenoy.

    Overall the Pickenoys were easier to replicate, his forms are much clearer and defined, Rembrandt has such extreme subtlety that it's hard to see where or how to put the paint. I learned a lot from these though, I think it's gonna benefit my portraits a lot.

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    Here's a project for our Visual Narrative class. This was a pretty crazy ride, the assignment was to do an 8-page comic and base every single panel off a photo by a provided list of photo journalists. It was really challenging cause as soon as I felt a good idea started to flow I ran out of related photos, so it changed gears from epic story to random comedy pretty quickly, haha. But it was pretty fun regardless and I learned some good stuff.

    Edit: images baleeted cause unnecessarily long post was unnecessarily long. If you want to read the story you can check it out on my blog: [Link]
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    Here's a figure drawing and muscle/form analysis. I'm starting to feel more confident with placing muscles on the figure, especially in the forearm, I think I'm finally figuring out how to orient it properly so the muscles can be figure out. The secret is in the ulnar furrow, which is the line of the ulna from elbow to little finger that's subcutaneous and separates the flexors and extensors. If you know where that is, it's easy to figure out where the flexors, extensors, and supinators should go, which makes forearms pretty simple.

    Still gotta work on getting the forms down solidly though, Dean Cornwell's charcoal studies are great to look at for that, he was a master of form wedging for sure.

    Thanks to justmeina on dA for the great reference!

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    Here's a new image for today. Apologies for not updating over the weekend, I was out of town visiting with family, teachers, and tasty oil paintings, and I figured your inboxes would prefer to be asked forgiveness than permission.

    Anywho, this is the beginning stages of our latest assignment in head painting class, which is to copy a piece by the great Norman Rockwell. Needless to say it'll be no easy task, but I'm looking forward to it.

    I tried to focus a lot on this drawing, cause most of my portraits so far have fallen apart in the drawing more than the painting, so I worked this all up in perspective, made sure to compare distances between features and wiped out and repainted any errors I could find. I think it was definitely worth it, the likeness isn't perfect but I think the structure is solid. There are some issues with the eyes and nose that I fixed but didn't get a chance to photograph, so it should be in pretty good shape. We'll see tomorrow when the rest of the painting goes down!

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    Here's the final Rockwell copy, had lots of fun rendering this guy out and learned a ton. I think this is probably one of my most successful oil paintings to date, both in the form, color, and drawing.

    This one was super useful to study to learn some stuff about color, and Rockwell's form is so clear that it's really great to study to learn facial features.
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    I'm sure you'll all thoroughly enjoy this subject matter and can appreciate it for all its artistic beauty.

    But yeah, this is another part of our assignment for figure class, to create an ideal couple and two exaggerated couples. Hopefully obviously, this is one of my exaggerated couples, the short and dumpy variety. The next ones will probably be elegant and toned and wispy, which will probably be somewhat more appealing. But in any case, enjoy the fatties and their fatty skeletons.

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    Here's some studies done during figure class today, working on the muscles and forms of the neck and trying to get the head situated on to the body properly. I'm feeling pretty good about them, but the jaw on the one in the lower left is still throwing me off. Practice practice!

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    GO JON GOOOOO GOOOOO GOOOOOOO! very cool updates, looking forward to seeing the character sheets for those biguns. thanks for sharing Jon.

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    looking good! Im liking those studies, keep up the improvement!

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    Fetal Mingers- Thanks, dude! I'm looking forward to them too; FAT IN MOTION YAY!

    jbrown67- Thanks very much! I'm glad ya like em! : )


    Here's a study done for figure class, continuing on the turnaround trend but now trying to put muscles on them as well. It's pretty tough, but we're gonna start working on studying muscles in class so these should improve pretty quick, I need to go over all the origins and insertions again.

    As far as this particular one is concerned I'm pretty happy with it for a first attempt, I botched up the arms and lost the swoosh of his pose, but I think some of the bigger masses are working well. As always, practice practice!


    Thanks to watchstock on dA for the reference!

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    fantastic studies , post #161 is so cool .
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    Thanks, man! I'm glad ya like it!


    Here's a quick figure study done today for fun. Needed to do something fairly mindless that I could just observe and paint, and figure drawings are always a good option for that.

    This one in particular is fun because I attempted to paint this same photo just before starting at TAD. If you're up for a laugh, check it out: [Link]

    Needless to say, I think I've improved, haha. I thought I was a pretty good painter back then, but good gravy some of those forms and values are just abysmal. Not to mention the wonkytastic proportions. Plus it took me 3x as long as this one did, hah.

    Thanks to justmeina on dA for the reference!

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    Really interesting studies. I'm going to take some of that into my own studies I think!

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    Thanks very much! They're definitely worth spending some time doing!


    Here's an ink character commission for Daniel Bensen over on dA, of his necromancer character Freetrick. This is gonna be taken one step further to add in some digital color washes, but personally I enjoy the look of the straight ink, mushy water media shapes are so cool to look at. I think my favorite area is the black magic in the lower left, lots of cool semi-accidental markmaking going on.

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    Here's a quick 1.5ish hour self portrait I did today for fun and for avatar usage.

    The likeness isn't quite there, but it's pretty close, and I'm pleased with how some of the brushwork turned out.
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    suuuper lovely colors in the shirt man and everywhere hah
    you did this in painter? rad work my man
    keep rocking

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    Thanks, Ryan! Very much appreciated! And, yup, it was painted in Painter with a few color tweaks in Photoshop at the end.


    Here's a copy of a piece by He Kongde. The goal for this one was to apply the tiling method, which is building spaces of paint that are the correct value and color and leaving them, doing as little blending as possible.

    This isn't quite as polished as I'd like it to be, everything kinda piled up over the weekend and I wasn't able to get to it until today, so it ended up being 3.5ish hour painting. But I think it's my most successful color mixing to date.

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    Amazing! you are really putting the work in. The weighed-down skeletons, I loved those.

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    Thanks very much! Glad you like 'em! : )


    Here's some sketching done today for school and fun. The abstract thumbnails on the left are just trying to get some compositional ideas for our final project in composition class, which will be a final piece based on the theme "dreamtellers".

    The figure drawing is just cause I was having fun with the watercolor and felt like painting something quick, I think it's one of my better attempts with watercolor, which I want to experiment with more, especially after looking at some of Edmund Dulac's work today.

    Thanks again to watchstock on dA for the reference.

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    I like your different studies of the human body. The skeleton of the thick cartoonish thing is pretty well done. Keep that definitely up!

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    Love your eye studies and the water color, great job!

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    Stylish looking watercolour. I like thumb 6, cause it reminds me of an ancient monument, and 8, just because.

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    TRAP! - Thanks man! I'm glad you like 'em, I'll post some more of the stocky folk as soon as I get them done. : )

    mike butkus - Thanks very much!

    larchist - Thanks! I totally see what you mean about the ancient monument. Abstract stuff is oh so cool that way.


    Here's a figure study from imagination, done to help understand the construction and form of the figure. I did this one a little differently than normal by starting out with a mannequin rather than a skeleton, I think it turned out pretty well.

    Need to keep working on this, then start working on making fleshier, more gestural figures, and clash the two together to create deliciously alive but still anatomically credible figures. That's the plan at least.

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    Thanks very much, Mag-Neo! Will do! : )


    Here's a figure painting done from life, a 3 hour session. I tried to focus mostly on getting the color variation logically placed; making the up-facing shadows blue from the flourescent lighting, the down-facing shadows green from the imagined foliage, the areas of reflected light from the body more orange and saturated from radiosity, and the warm yellow-orange of the key light. I think I learned a lot in that area and am getting better at seeing it, just gotta keep working on getting the drawing side up to that same level.

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