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    [B]Jakers[B] - as usual man really helpful stuff and don't worry about visiting too often, I love to browse other people's works because they are interesting and I get some learning out of it, you aren't getting any learning from viewing mine! :p

    Today I have been busy again but managed to rattle off a few pages as usual! Still working on portrait and head structure and I think I had a bit of a breakthrough tonight. I hope that in 2-3 days I will have the loomis sort of style of construction down (which would be incredible). Anyway the hard work continues!

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    Nice updates, but keep working on those heads, looking forward to seeing them in 2-3 days

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    jskotte - thanks man, hopefully we'll see an improvement!

    Here is this morning's work - a value study. God I'm being slow today, time to get myself in gear and do some work tonight!

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    Nice work here, great to see I'm not the only one practicing Loomis Keep going!

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    cgaddict - oh yeah man loomis all the way, although I have to admit I have been struggling with portraits recently (as usual) so I am going to have to work harder!

    here is the other value study from today, which I struggled with more as the wet effect meant I couldn't just smooth the skin over!

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    Great studies. Keep it up.


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    Good stuff man, really liking the studies. You should take a bit of time to work on your line quality though, the last 2 studies seem rushed when it comes to the initial drawing. Also, try not to go too soft on the rendering, try to really think in terms of planes and how the forms are built. Anyway, keep up the good work, you're getting there!

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    Nice work Tom, I think I like the second value study better, the first one is a bit smooth for my taste.

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    Black Spot - thanks!

    PieMonster - Yeah definitely agree with you on not rushing the initial drawing, I was just too eager to get started... I definitely need to work on planes too!

    jskotte - thanks, yeah thats partly a result of the photo the study was done from. The first has a sort of ethereal glow around the lady which has meant my paint of it is really soft and smooth too.

    Here is today's Loomis so far... working on imagination and more characters again and thinking more about the simplification of the features (thats a key problem of mine at the moment). I feel I'm making progress so a good day in all

    And by the way, thanks for the great feedback everyone, its really helping me on my way!

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    Hey thx for stopping by!

    Very nice SB you got going on. Love the paintings you've done. Definitely seeing some improvements from the studying. Keep it up!

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    I see you have been working very hard! good stuff.

    Think about finishing those value studies? They have good potential! I think your getting the wet look pretty good.

    Great proportions and anatomy too! I'm sure they are from references but regardless, top notch. Keep it up!

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    Greaaat studies! Definitely keep it up, lots of improvements here and I like

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    Good stuff. Nice studies.

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    look at all that loomis studies, great.

    Values are so going to help, however one thing for you to tackle. There was a comment about them being very soft which I agree with.

    If you need to in order to get better edges, change to a more hard (high opacity brush) and describe clearly where forms end. Save the smooth areas for the naturally soft areas in your reference, and otherwise really buckle down on your edges to get some more realism in there. Good luck!

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    Nice heads, it so funny looking around the the sketchbooks and just seeing these Loomis heads that most people draw and they still look different for every person, but very recognizable. The last shaded head also look very nice.

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    Will reply to everyone again later when I have more time, but for now thanks to everyone who has commented and left some support and useful crits!

    Stuff from today and yesterday!

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    right.. tried painting today (been doing A LOT of drawing recently so I fancied a change)

    Started a self-portrait in the garden with a large mirror and was having a great time until it suddenly started pouring it down. Scrapped that idea and postponed it for another day. After I revisited one of my paintings I was least happy with, this time a Portrait of one of my best mates from home. Heres the portrait of Stu unfortunately its very bad (horrible in fact) lighting, so I will replace the image tomorrow with a naturally-lit one.

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    Blondebeard - thanks, and no worries!

    UmpaArt - yeah I just may do, although not for some time!

    DenaeW - thanks really appreciate the feedback

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    Jakers - thanks for the crit and the advice, I will definitely take that on board to prevent that horrible "overly soft" feel that is forced onto everything by beginners starting with PS!

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    literally no motivation to draw or paint today - wasted it playing computer games for the first time in a very long time (months and months). Wake up call came tonight when I realised I had done almost no art at all today. Did a couple of pages but tbh no serious study.

    Oh and yesterday's finished oil painting in natural light

    on a brighter note... i really feel all this portrait study is coming along and helping me no end. I can feel the difference between today's (lazy) sketches and some from the start of this sketchbook.

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    Hey man, nice job tackling Loomis just keep that up. The tradishies are looking nice as well, that'll help translate into the digi stuff. The value studies seem way too contrasty though, that may be the ref you're using. Values in model photography can get very muddy because of the flash and secondary lighting (it's best to use ref with just one light source). Keep up the good work dnd don't forget to apply what you learned to imaginary stuff.

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    Edieee - yeah you're right, I should have chosen better to be honest, although I wasnt really aware that I was looking for those requirements (so thanks!)

    I'll definitely dish out some imaginary stuff to do with colour as soon as possible!

    I have done this... erm.. haha not great. My first landscape in traditional mediums (its still a WIP so I will hopefully finish it tomorrow or the day after)

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    That's a pretty ambitious landscape to tackle. Look forward to seeing the update.


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    Lots and lots of studies, figure, envos, portraits..everything!
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    Blackspot - its a WIP, coming along slowly as I wait for it to dry between layers

    Blackdelphin - thanks buddy, and hell yeah im working hard!

    Woah that was rubbish.... I didn't post for about a week! BUT I have at least been doing art rather than just nothing. It has been raining almost constantly for a week so I haven't really had the opportunity to photograph what I had done outdoors in decent light. Here it is - some sketches from a coffee shop, some postcards I painted to send as thankyou's for my birthday cards and some from a life drawing class...

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    good to see you still drawing and doing those traditionals! Puffins are awesome good choice. It feels like all the blue is super saturated, you may have been able to say, desaturate the blue on him and seperate him just a bit more for a little more impact...just a nitpick thought as usual about different visual tools.

    The head studies are showing more construction already and more solid...just make sure the placement of the features is done carefully. You could start to play with line weight a bit - drop the darkest lines only where a form changes drastically or to accent certain things. If they are all evenly dark, there is less dimension as we relate softer lines to more subtle changes.

    Keep it up friend

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    Jakers as always great advice buddy - very useful so cheers!

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    The portraits are definitely improved, man. Although at few points they are still look odd, but you have good shape and structure. Keep it going! Draw it everyday, even only few faces, will do great to your skill (I have prove it with drawing hand hehehe )

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    Bluezace - yeah for me portraiture is a hard topic but I am getting there slowly (very slowly) as my understanding of volume and shapes develops in drawing. Thanks for the encouragement and I will try and keep up some every day.

    Some from today, portraits from life and from photos of varying lengths. meurgh i am so bored of uploading to CA now, but if I stop updating regularly I know I will lose my motivation so here goes nothing!

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    Heads are hard, and it's good to practice them. My only suggestion would be that even in the casual sketch try to remain mindful of the construction of the head. Don't be afraid to throw down a center line and eye line to keep proportions in check. Looking good though, keep it up!

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    Jhaptal - yeah thanks for the awesome crit dude. Youve made me realise something. I tend to draw in two different "modes". From imagination i rely entirely on trying to put down construction (not correctly but still :p) and from reference and life I just throw all that out the window and just draw "as you see it". I need to find a happy medium at all times really. So thanks!

    Anyway.. yesterday's scribblings. Nothing special

    EDIT: started this sketchbook on march 28th and now... almost exactly 5 months later I don't want to stop! I feel I've learnt loads and am quite proud of getting to the 10 page mark (bit of a SB milestone in my opinion!) - thanks everyone who has helped give me crits and kept me thinking continually about what and how I am learning!

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