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    Hello my name is Paul and this is my sketchbook =).

    I've just recently have been motived to develop my visual expression a bit more courtesy of a great friend. I learned to draw mostly by looking at fantasy/sci-fi paintings/illustrations and comic books. In particular my favorite illustrators from those areas are - Yoshitaka Amano, Brom, RK Post, Tim Sale, Alex Ross, and numerous others.

    Only recently have I really starting doing a lot of reference and life drawing. I've always felt I had some serious drawbacks in my foundations and really wanted to push myself to be better.

    I'll try to put up a mix of ref, no ref, monochrome, and colors. Comments, critiques, and general feedback/questions are very welcome.

    Just to note I draw almost exclusively in Open Canvas 4 and occasionally use Photoshop. My background with traditional media is mech pencils, pens, ink, soft pastels, and some acrylic/watercolors.

    -Refs I use are posemaniacs, google, wiki commons, films, and photography.

    Edit 1 - got rid of random sketches to focus more on study progression.
    Edit 2 - Some additional info.

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    You've got a lot of skill. A lot of these are really rough or muddled, but when you do clean them up a little bit like in that last batch of posemaniacs sketches, it's really impressive. Keep it clean, keep it up. I can't wait to see what else you've got in you.

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    What Basham said is very true, they're a bit messy in places, but where your pictures are cleaned up they are excellent.

    That's my only crit then, polish more drawings!

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    Thanks for the comments, and also nice sketchbooks ;D.

    More ref study from the movie Bronson. The actor is so intense it's hard not to draw him.

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    Another ref done from Bronson.

    The creepy dude from the insane asylum.

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    blondebeard thanks for visiting my sketchbook! wow, i really like what you have happening here. your work is extremely dynamic. i get a great sense of life and movement from your lines. the last three posemaniacs are great and the portraits really capture a great deal of mood. keep it up!

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    Referenced from the movie - Bronson.

    Charlie in the insane asylum.

    Great practice session.

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    You have an incredible sense of shape. It's best shown in your first Bronson sketch, the screaming man. He looks very solid, but without looking stiff. The nose on the second study seems a little squashed, but otherwise they're all fantastic.

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    great sketchbook, keep em coming

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    Basham - Yeah that nose is wonky. I wanted to mess with it and the robe a bit more but my hand/wrist were pretty much dead.

    Thanks for the comments and feedback. Be sure to keep those sketchbooks going as it's a huge inspiration to me to see other folks grinding it out ;D.

    Did some no-ref paint sketches today but didn't like how stiff the figures were looking so I did a whole bunch of 30 second ones on pose maniac.

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    nice work! as has been said, you have a really good sense for shapes! would be interesting to see your construction.
    love what you did with the 30s sketches too, that's one of the best ways to combat stiffness i reckon. just draw really simplified and fast. altho 30s is maybe a bit fast, would be hard to think about what you're drawing and why

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    Neonduck - Thanks for the comments. I'll try my best to explain my construction.

    I try to work out the dominate shapes that interact with another dominant shape first. For the portraits from Bronson these are almost always the neck and jawline. As long as I could get the jawline sorted out and the neck looking reasonable the rest fell into place with taking time with it.

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    Those are some great studies you got there! Are the first ones from posemaniacs only?

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    Inflicts - Yep.

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    Messing around with colors on the left. Having fun on the right and seeing what I need to improve on.

    Back to studying!

    edit- Decided to do a bunch more 30s before bed. These are addictive.

    Ref- Posemaniacs.com

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    Did some practice of apples. =)

    Everything is ref'd from google.

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    this stuff is cool mate!
    I guess u r doing the right way for anatomy ( Im doing tons 0of anatomy in last weeks),
    that is makin whole bodies even with ps , not just with pencil..so u can train even on rendering bodies..Ill steal this idea ! =)

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    really nice stuff, I specially love the studies from Bronson =)!

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    May I ask how you are blending your colors together?

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    Ffffffff! Awesome studies, man!

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    Did 2 pages worth of 30s gestures to warm up. Then did today's still life theme from a post someone left on the last one when I put it up on DA. KFC!

    Everything ref'd off google. The colonel is a mix of quick glances at three refs then just painted on my own.

    Tried to push for harder brushing and more focus on color. I spent at least 2 hours trying to paint some refs of an egg failing over and over =(.

    - Thanks for the comments. Be sure to keep those sb's fired up!

    eidenet - Glad it helps!

    inspiredleaves - Not sure exactly what you want to know. If you could tell me which pic you're were wanting to know more about that would help.

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    Thanks for stepping by..

    I like those studies you have in here, you seem to be having a good understanding about human figures, though I would like to see also some paintings done in real life, with real paint, if you do anything besides digital, your digital stuff is all good though.

    I think i'll check that movie Branson out, or atleast those paintings reffed from there seem to be interesting. Keep it up!

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    Yeah I agree with spark_zero, it'll be cool to see some of your soft pastel work.

    Lovely figure studies!

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    Sure thing, but I'll warn you these are pretty old!

    I'll be sure to set a day aside in the future to do some trad media stuff to put up here. I'm sure I'll be very out of practice heh.

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    wowaah You have some really cool stuff in here!
    I like those figuers you made in ur first post.. and this B/w picture in ur last is very interesting aswell, ,that style is so cool
    So keep up with what you are doing, work hard and keep havin fun!!

    See you around man! Good luck!

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    your Values looks great!

    keep it coming

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    great stuff and studies here so far, this sketchbook has a lot of potential

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    I am referring to the lady that is painted read. I'm trying to learn how people blend their colors together, get them to flow smoothly, mine always looks like clay.

    Are you using a tablet with opacity or anything? Maybe a tutorial on how you paint, just one painting .

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    Thanks for the comments guys/gals. Keep those sb's going!

    inspiredleaves-The sketch was tweaked a bit then just painted on with vibrant colors and high opacity unless I was working out a detail.

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    Friend wanted me to draw the Dude.

    So I did some refs of the first 2m of the film, The Big Lebowsky. Want to study perspective and some technical figure drawing soon/next.

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