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    The Dream Of The Chestnut

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Sara Cuervo, I'm 19 and I'm from Spain. I'm studying art by myself, so all the critiques I may receive here will be most helpful and appreciated.

    I work mainly with Photoshop, but I tackle the pencils every now and then, and a few days ago I started doodling with watercolors.

    I hope to update this thread weekly (hope, that's the key word). Thanks in advance for watching Please help me achieve my dream of improving my art!

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    First doodles coming!

    Now, to the art. The first one is the initial sketch for the current CHOW, about tattoed people...
    My idea is to portray a mourning widow with all the veil and the lace tattooed to her body. I think it can look good, plus I like the tattooed tear detail. I hope it comes out good!
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    These are random doodles made at Starbucks. Not worth very much,but I liked the cookie XD
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    A sketch that I already passed to digital and will soon be finished...
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    A study from a stock photo by Marcus Ranum, http://www.ranum.com/
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    Some watercolor tests. I'm very new to the medium (it's like, the third time I use them), but I enjoy it a lot, even when most of the times I don't know what the hell I'm doing! 8D
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    (in the second one, the figure is from one of LockStock's images - http://lockstock.deviantart.com/art/...k-two-82966305)

    ...And another sketch. I'll try to finish it in pencils, let's see how it goes...
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    Ok, that's all for now. Hope you like them!

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    Just wanted to let you know that I think your final for the Tattoo CHOW turned out great! Very cool idea! You have a lot of natural talent. Hope to see more of your work in the weekly challenges!

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    Hola! Siempre mola encontrar gente de Barcelona por aquí, no somos demasiados...

    Para estar aprendiendo por tu cuenta, no están nada mal tus cosas. Me gusta la chica de los pinguinos, y la acuarela en la cabeza del elfo no está nada mal, super limpia. Cuidao con las proporciones de las cabezas, los cráneos parece que te salen un poco pequeños, o las caras demasiado grandes.

    De todos modos, bienvenida a CA! Pásate si quieres por mi Sketchbook, y me comentas algo. Ale, que vaya bien!

    Y actualiza, que ya sé que da palo, pero es para mejorar!

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    @Kat44: Thank you very much! I had a lot of fun doing the pic, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Ow, and I'm planning to participate in the current CHOW... but in a slightly different style, hehehe XD

    @Abrodos: Hombre, hola! Qué acogedor encontrarse a un "vecino" en un foro tan enorme XDD Me alegro de que te gusten los sketches! La chica del pingüino ya está terminada (http://fav.me/d2mq0qf), y las acuarelas son una gozada para colorear... aunque sea una completa novata en ello XD
    Hmmm, pues la verdad es que sí que suele darme problemas la proporción cráneo/facciones... En digital es fácil arreglarlo, pero en los sketches a lápiz se me nota más! Voy a estar más atenta, gracias ^_^
    Ahora me paso por tu sketchbook a chafardear! Después de actualizar, cosa que hace siglos que debería haber hecho XD Hasta otra!

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    LOL did I say a weekly upload...? XDDD Well I'm here again now, I guess that's all that counts...

    More watercolour tests (I specially like the mermaid). Winsor & Newton artist watercolours are so cool to work with! But and advice: NEVER mix watercolours with copics. See that disgrace on the purple-haired girl's cheeks? So there.
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    Design for a mermaid race, following the previous one. Strange, the part I like the most is the vest 8D The arms look a bit weird tho...
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    I'm not sure if I like this one or not. Mehh... (ow btw, pose is from Posemaniacs)
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    Chibies! (or "The only thing I can do right" XDDD) Kua and Terra from Dissidia FF. They're already half watercoloured~
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    Another chibi, this time Morpheus from Sandman. Won't be watercoloured, I think I'll finish it digitally.
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    Aaand a very early sketch for the current CHOW ( Andromeda). Since I already know I won't be able to compete with the level of awesomeness on this topic, I decided to go for a chibiish look XD I think it has possibilities...
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    That's all this time. Hope to post again soon - Thanks for watching!

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    Buenos diseños! Me gustan más las branquias tal como le quedan al segundo dibujo, en el abdomen justo debajo de las costillas. Dan más sensación de realismo que en el primero dibujo.

    Los chibis están guapos.. De todas maneras, cuidado con la estructura tridimensional de la cabeza, que no se te pierda. Parece que la dominas más en los no-chibis.

    Y bueno.. esto de que los chibis son la única cosa que te sale bien.. el consejo que suelen dar por aquí es "stay out of your confort zone", o sea, fuérzate a hacer cosas que no domines, porque es la única manera de aprenderlas. De todas formas, he estado mirando tu deviant art y tienes piezas que no están nada mal.

    Bueno, a ver si actualizamos! A mí me ha costao, llevaba unas cuantas semanas liado con exámenes y entregas, sin pintar nada. Ahora con las vacaciones me quiero poner a pintar a saco.

    Venga, que vaya bien!

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    Hello there! Sorry for the lack of activity... Most of my sketchwork studies are in traditional, and usually I'm very lazy about everything concerning the scanner XDD But here we go, once again!

    Abrodos - Gracias de nuevo por pasarte!
    Sí, lo de las branquias del primer dibujo no queda nada realista... Las del abdomen son mejores, aunque aún no sé si hacerlas ahí o en los costados. Ah, y gracias por lo de los chibis! Es verdad que en los dibujos "normales" analizo bien la estructura craneal antes de ponerme a ello, con los chibis paso de tó XD Pero parece que no es buena idea...
    ...Y que conste que te he hecho caso con lo del confort zone. Más razón que un santo! U__U Así que me he puesto con lo que me parece más difícil: perspectiva, anatomía y fondos (los últimos con un resultado tan desastroso que ni siquiera puedo colgar aquí XDD). Espero mejorar pronto, porque lo que es ahora...

    En fin. Venga va, vamos a por los sketches!

    Some perspective studies...Plus a few doodles to send away the stress XDD (some ones are from a Transmetropolitan cover - I started reading the series some days ago, and it's AWESOME)
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    Some watercolours tests. The little portraits are from the Moleskine, which has a really great paper texture, IMO! ...The winged guy is so messed up *shame*
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    More mermen studies...
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    Aaaand some figure drawings on the street, plus two more portraits:
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    ...But that's not all! I have more sketches ready to post (mainly anatomy studies and more outdoor figure sketching), but today I'm too lazy to scan XD I'll post them tomorrow!

    See you, thanks for watching

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    ColorExcursion: Thank you very much! I'm still developing those mermaids, hope they come out well ^^


    Mooooore stuff! (lol I said I'd upload the next day on the other post XDD). Busy busy

    Some studies from Bridgman's anatomy books...
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    Perspective studies from Loomis's "Successful Drawing":
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    Two photo studies... (the first one is not finished)
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    Expression studies! The first ones in both rows are real, the other ones from imagination, trying to do the same gesture.
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    And for the last...Some spicy and sketchy stuff!
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    ...Can't wait to complete this one XD


    All critiques will be most welcome. Hope you're doing well, and thanks for watching!

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    Hey, another post relatively soon! That's strange XD

    Stuff, stuff:
    Some portraits from head, for a possible storyline concept:
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    more sketches from a sketchcrawl session here in BCN...
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    Aaaaand moar mermaid studies. The old lady is about to go shopping XD
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    Hope you like. Thanks for watching

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    CHOW Andromeda

    I finally finished it!

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    It's the piece I started for CHOW#201: Andromeda. I left it half done... Until yesterday. I specially like how the flowers went. What do you think?

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    Wicked watercolors...

    Your pencils drawings look so smooooth! great job! keep updating

    My SketCheZ

    And Check Out These Awesome Artists:

    Brahimpag
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    Abnormally: Thank you very much! I'm glad that you like the watercolours. I think I'm slowly improving with them

    Short update! First wip for the current CHOW (213: 8bit character redesign)

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    Wow I like that you are trying a bit of everything with the watercolors, ink , and digital.But I really like your sketches since I love the different expressions and neat details.

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    that black mage is awesome!!
    cant wait to see the final! keep it loose!

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    Jellyswirl, Penpoint, thank you very much! I'm glad you like those ^-^

    Colour test on the CHOW, with the female version added. What do you think?
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    Nice Sketchbook!
    I like that you did both the male and female black mage. The only wierd thing I notice is that the male black mage's hat doesn't quite seem to sit on his head right. I'll like to see this one when it's finished.

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    Sketchibo: Thank you very much! And yes, the hat is a bit too far from the head... Hope it looks better now. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Aaand here it is, this week's CHOW finished. Hope I made it to the cut...
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    I really like your black mage painting and I think it's cool that you did a female version as well. Great designs and rendering

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    Agoliversen: Thanks a lot! Glad you liked it ^^

    Another quick update! First, a sketch that I'll probably going to ruin with my messy watercolouring... Taking some pics of myself for reference really helped here! (btw it's supposed to be Kain from FFIV)
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    Final Chibies are finished, at last! Kuja (left) is definetly my fave one here:
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    And an idea I had for a painting... Pinned down quickly with inks, just to be reworked digitally one of these days. Please, don't look at the arms, they look too awful .___.
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    Next -and bigger- update soon. Hope you like, and thanks for watching!

    (lol I've just realised, this update is entirely FF based... What a coincidence! XD)


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    moving on!

    Hello, people!

    Just passing by to let you know that I''ve opened a new sketchbook in my other account, here:

    Sara's SB - Without Mercy!

    Sorry for the inconvenience >_> But I hope this time I'll be able to keep the SB updated more regularly. Thanks in advance for watching!

    Cheers, and have a nice day

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