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    Manon's Sketchbook

    Hi All,

    Relatively new to the forums, but thought I'd better start my own sketchbook. I have put a few things in Crimsondaggers, but will post some again in here, and any of my other work.

    I'm currently working as a freelance artist/illustrator, but always wanting to improve, so this is a superb way of doing so. Really love this forum, very very welcoming.

    First two in this one are photo studies from Pascal Renoux's amazing photographs, which I find very useful for representations of superb natural light. You can see his work at www.pascalrenoux.com. I did these for the Crimson Daggers sketch group.

    Next along is a master study of 'My Sweet Rose' by JW Waterhouse. Waterhouse is one of my all time favourite painters. I'm working on a Ruben's master study at the moment.

    Last two sketches are a few years old, but wanted to put them in as I still love them.

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    Some really old ones here (bout five years or more some), but still like them for their lines.

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    I was asked by a visitor to my table last year at Des Planches et les Vaches (title to the comic convention in Caen), to draw a 'Pumpkin Werewolf' - has to be one of the most original convention sketch ideas i've ever had!! Usually its a werewolf request or a pretty lady...

    This was a pencil sketch, but I coloured it in Painter afterwards.

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    Thank you Smelly!

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    Master study of Rubens' Venus. About 7hrs work.

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    great studies again!


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    Carravaggio's 'Youth with Dragon' -

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    Quick 45 min sketch of a friend (from photo). I had uploaded a new brush in Photoshop and tried it out with this image, was a nice brushy brush!

    This guy is an amazing graphic novel illustrator from France, if you want to check out his art, look at his blog David Cequeira - his line work is gorgeous, very stylized.

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    Cool stuffs Manon =) Looks to be a great sketchbook!

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    Thanks Alex!

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    Sketch from 300

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    Amazing stuff here, I wish I could approach realism nearly this good!

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    1.5hrs speedpaint in photoshop

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    Nice SB, really liking your work. The nude on the red background in your first post is my favourite, really striking!

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    Great colours and start in your SB! I like the master studies! Please share more pencils and if you have: more reference websites / ressources you're using. The pascal-stuff is great!

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    Really grade A stuff. Glad to see the Rubens/Carravaggio studies. Those two and Rembrandt are probably my favorite artists from that era. Your older sketches look great too, like you said, great lines, and imaginative.

    Thanks a lot for the pascalrenoux link. There's a ton of great pics in there I'll be sketching. = )

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    Thanks guys - will add another sketch in today when done. Pascal Renoux's photos are beautiful aren't they - so great for lighting and colour. Apparently he only uses natural light and a digital camera. I also love the look of the model's he chooses, they are often very unusual looking.

    The old beardy guy I just did was from Salemwitch on deviantart - loads of good ref if you do some digging on there. http://salemwitch.deviantart.com/art...nter-123652818

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    Hey guys, this is the guy in the Turban piece I just did from beginning to end. Shows how I work - I have painted traditional all my life (am a portrait artist as well as doing illustration), but was never taught. I know i probably don't do it 'correctly' - but this method works for me!! Light on dark is always preferable...

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    This mornings practice study from a photo i took on my visit to Marrakech.

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    More work - only 2hrs 20 mins for this one, but could have spent alot longer - the hand is a little off colour.

    Video of process (can see i've made his ears too big too!) http://www.facebook.com/video/video....5231606&ref=mf

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    Love the portraits Manon, I'm amazed you get them done so fast! Takes me like 2.5 hours just to get a few lines down, hehehe.

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    Yeah if i'm using reference (cos i've done portraits for peopel for years) then i'm fast, but as soon as i go fantasy i slow down quite a bit!

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    Slight change of subject - speedpaint/photostudy to get the old dramatic lighting thing down, but also anatomy. The photo ref was from flickr and is of the one and only Immodesty Blaize http://www.immodestyblaize.com - a superstar of Burlesque.

    Just under 2hrs in photoshop. Hard edged brush and a custom brush and a soft edged airbrush. & some smudge tool.

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    really impressive stuff, thanks for the video. keep making them!

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    Awesome studies. Especially this last one is absolutely beautiful. Would like to see more drawings from you. Your digital painting skills are becoming really good just don't forget to also improve your drawing skills. It's the one skill that really count when you start doing more of the personal stuff from imagination. Anyway, I will for sure be following your journey to awesomeness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Placeboast View Post
    Awesome studies. Especially this last one is absolutely beautiful. Would like to see more drawings from you. Your digital painting skills are becoming really good just don't forget to also improve your drawing skills. It's the one skill that really count when you start doing more of the personal stuff from imagination. Anyway, I will for sure be following your journey to awesomeness.
    Thank you Placeboast! I should put drawings up, but I'm trying to improve the colouring - before getting into digital I was traditional and still am. Oils, charcoal and pencil mostly. I tend not to do much pencil work now - don't seem to have the time!! But I'm interested that you say it counts more with the imagination stuff. I will make sure I do more of it!
    I'm gonna come have a look at your sketchbook now!

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    AMAZING!!!! the ladies are wonderful!!

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