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    some nice stuff is going on here, mate!
    I'd say the main issue here is the lack of solid knowledge of skeletal anatomy that leads to structural problems with almost all your portraits. You really should draw a bunch of skulls, man - or take Loomis' heads and hands and learn how to construct a face - instead of hardcopying them one feature at a time. This last one is a good example of what I'm talking about. The left eye is totally out of perspective. We shouldn't see its inner corner from this point of view. The left brow also suffers from perspective problems. We shouldn't see its outer downward curve of it. Generally speakin': If you want to be successful with realistic head drawing laying down the structure must be the first step.
    Another general problem is the overdone smooth gradients. Like in this case.Apart from the fact that the left side of the face is out of perspective again you toned the face in a way that it looks almost like plastik. I'd say you should do some flat, cell-shaded renderings with no gradients at all. You can learn a lot from it.
    Long story short: Doing studies is a good thing but learning from the masters (and not just copying photos) is even better. You should really try that way too. This can be a good place to start.

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    LordVenom - Hey man. I do have to admit, the apple study didn't go as long as I thought it should. I just got bored really. I'll make sure to try it again another time. That's a promise.

    Novbert - Thanks for the in-depth critique. I thought I was doing OK now when it came to head structure, but since this is the second time I being recommended to do skull studies, I'd better take the advice and find these issues I can't see yet.

    Taking Noberts advice, and everyone else in particular, I'm going to start pushing these loomis studies, and more books of that sort. I also live near a popular mall where I can do some life sketches. I really need to start going those. I started on loomis today. Not impressive stuff, but more to come.

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    Cool studies man!

    You have a bit of a furry line going on. One idea is to try some contour drawings. I did several everyday for a while and my line confidence improved a lot.

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    AlexTooth - Yeah I do tend to rush my studies. Probably what causes my furry lines. Contour drawing would be a good idea to try for warm-ups. Thanks.

    Loomis studies mixed with some random stuff. Attempted with a Pigma Micron.

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    keep up the studies man, the only thing I could recommend is instead of creating edges with multiple lines like on the backs of some of your heads, try to do it in one fluid stroke. It will help you build line confidence really quickly. Cheers!

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    Metal Fingers - Yeah, this goes along with my furry lines problem. And I can't say there's much improvement in this batch. Gotta make a more conscious effort next time. Thanks for the comment.

    Just more Loomis studies.

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    good studies u got there, keep it up!

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    Lotet - Thanks. Encouraging.

    I feel like such a slacker for not posting in over a week. But I think I'm back on track now. Not much studies were done during the time, but I did sketch some and did some personal stuff. I wasn't too impressed so I'm taking these fundamental studies much more seriously. Here's some figure drawings from a great ImagineFX Mag out right now. Its 85 pages based solely on Human and Animal anatomy, so I'll be spending the next week or so on my figures.

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    Here are Speed Paints and a longer photo study I did today. These speed paints are really awkward, but I'll keep on pushing. 20-30 min for the first three, 4-5 hrs for the last one.

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    Some figure and value studies. Basically I took poses from characterdesigns.com and I just tried to break them down and simplify. The value studies are from a figure in Poser 7. About 1.5 hr each.

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    I'm seeing a lot of improvement! Keep it up.

    Here's my sketchbook!
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    Blizzard5291 - Thanks for coming back. I've really been trying, so thanks for the complement.

    Today I got some studies of female eyes, both from photo reference and from memory. I basically went back and forth from reference trying to figure out why I still cant correctly wrap eyes and lids around the head. The ones from memory are highlighted in red. I started getting better towards the end, so I definitely see myself doing this again, or something similar, like with noses or lips or something.

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    Legs I did just now. Bleh, I really need to work on my lines.

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    Today I got two value studies and some more work on eyes, this time males. The refs for the first two were 3D models found on CGHub, if anyone is wondering. Hopefully me focusing a little more on value and form is paying off.

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    July 11-16

    This week I finally made an attempt at some life drawings. They look horrible, but I think they're worth showing here. And to hopefully remind me to try this again another time. There's some face sketches here and some foot studies I did from Ron Lemen.

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    Here's the digital stuff for the week. Some landscapes, some hands, and a head value study. All of these from ref.

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    Hey thanks for commenting in my SB, nice studies! Maybe you should try using a bigger brush, that seems to look better.

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    Nice to see how much work you put into your anatomy studies. Loved those rendered eye studies.

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    i like the studies. You should paint scenes too. I find that I grow a lot when I do a real piece of artwork. Because I want it to be the best ive ever done it makes me stretch for the ends of my current level and hopefully bring me to a new one.

    For you specifically I am reminded of a phrase that helped me thorugh the years. A teacher once said to "draw what you see, not what you think you see". Attempting this is very very worth while. If you can draw what you see without processing what you see then you are on your way to developing the eye. I think artists who posses the ability to recreate images have an eye for the soul of the image. If you are not in touch with your soul in that moment then the image will come out flat and uninteresting.

    Keep up the great work and stretch to your limits then settle into your new world then do it again

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    Good sketchs! Keep it !

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    Vertical - Yeah, I always forget to work big at first, then move to small slowly. Probably has something with me zooming in to early to work on details. Pesky little habits I need to rid.

    LordVenom - Thanks man. I think the eye studies were a good idea. I gotta try it with other features like noses and lips.

    Sunny - Thanks for the reply, very insightful. I guess its just gonna take more practice for me to develop that eye. But I have been trying to focus most of my time looking at what I'm studying, instead of my drawing itself, if that makes sense.

    ghost1944 - Thanks for stopping by.

    This week I got some more value studies and some Ron Lemen studies - shoulders.

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    I also did some faces to practice skin tones. I'm still using the palate from Marta Dahlig Skin Tutorial on ImagineFX, and I think I'm getting better, maybe. Well, the first three were completely from memory, and the last four I used refs to help correct common mistakes. I bet there's alot of mistakes in these, so if there's anything you can point out, feel free to comment.

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    Heya coool sketchbook. Itīs great that your using the airbrush tool along with hard edges which is pretty much a win win combo but the airbrush tool can be quite tricky to use succesfully. A good rule of thumb is to rather blend too roughly than too softly. Look at reall life and youll see plenty of small bumbs and pors lighting up. Try using stuff like a speckled brush as a highlights and other such tricks to create more realistic imagery. As for your sketches your lines are still kinda insecure. Just draw your stuff without hesistating every line and make sure to not draw so cross hatcy. Just draw fluid lines describing the form of the figure. Do not be afraid (:. Hope that was helpfull. keep it up.

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    jordyskateboardy - Thanks for the advice. Making edges too soft is an issue that I need to keep an eye on. My furry line is still showing too. Gotta start those contour exercises.

    Well, some more Ron Lemen studies and some figure work. The last one is me testing my memory.

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    Your faces are getting much better. The improvement from the first post to more recent ones is impressive. Keep it up! I also like those hand studies.

    Your hard work is paying off. Keep going!

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    Blizzard5291 - Thanks for the encouragement.

    This week I did some photo studies and film stills.

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    Great work Vatteh!!!
    Good to see the studies are still coming along. Don't forget to keep your anatomy in mind as you do those colour studies though, for example I'd imagine you should be able to make out the form of Kickass' nose a bit better under that mask etc.

    Great job though! Keep those studies coming!!

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    MacTire - Thanks for the reply. I didn't see this mistake I made in the nose area, so thanks for the heads up. Gotta keep anatomy in mind.

    Not much this week. The semester's about to start so I'm gettin a little lazy (dont know why this happens, just does). Again, some faces from memory, and a master study. I'm trying the Gabrielle Cot study by Bouguereau again; The one that's on my first post. It's still a WIP, but I'm being very patient this time around. I wanna get it right this time!

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    I forgot to add the CHoW I did for this week. I'm not going to submit it, but I do feel it needs some help, for arts sake. But these are kind of fun and I plan on doing more to help me with character design.

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    Well, the semester starts this upcoming Monday for me. We'll see if I will be able to keep any consistency with drawing, studies and school stuff. This week, I just focused on skin tones, still trying to get those right. I also finished that Master Study I started last week, or at least finished it to the best of my abilities. There's a big difference between now and January, the problem is that I'm gonna have to work like 10 times harder to maintain this level of progress. It's just how it is.

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