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    @netxhunter: Thanks!
    @zephyri: Thankyouu~ I've looked up to your work for years, so you have no idea how much that comment means. :') Yeah you're right, i think I have a bad habit of trying to over-blend everything digitally, which is alot harder to do in oils... I also move the paintbrush very differently to how I use the wacom pen, never really noticed till you mentioned it. I'll definitely be looking into that as soon as I have time, thankyou for the critique!

    Finished contest entry... I hate the scan of this. It's so much smoother irl, buuut you'll just have to take my word on that. :')
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    I'm putting together a logo for my cousin's new cake-making business, it's been fun. These were the sketches I sent across to her, I'm currently making colour mock-ups of the third one down since that's what she chose:
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    aaand the usual anatomy studies. Arms arms arms.
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    Hey Jess, your pencils are getting much more sweeter than my own. I can't let THAT happen!
    Looking at those arms studies, they look so precise and the shading looks really sweet. Wish I could see those in a bigger format.

    Cool logos as well, I really loved the text on the top left one - what do you think of the combo of that text and the option she chose? Just musings

    One last thing before clicking the post button - it's probably too late for that contest piece, but check it for proportions. It looks a little askew. Just a little.

    Anyway, Peace and Toast!

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    Hey thanks for the comment! The pencil studies look really nice and smooth good job on those. Are you doing studies from memory along with the observational ones though? I can't tell XD if you are then great, if you aren't you need to to make sure the things you're learning stay in your brain.
    Also I think you should draw a ton of skulls and heads, your understanding of the head's construction isn't good enough. In your contest piece for example according to the position of her eyes the nose should probably be approaching profile view, possibly breaking the contour of the face. That's the position the nose is in when the far eye is touching the edge of the face. oh, and while I'm at it the perspective of the eyes and chin don't match.
    Perspective and construction, boring and basic, I know. But keep practicing the basics and you'll be as great as you want! good luck
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    @Kerah: Ahh, thankyou! yeah, I sorta felt like anatomy studies were taking over my sketchbook, so that's why they're so small, sorry :') About the logo.. hadn't really thought about it tbh, I'd only made the text that way in the first one so that it stood out better against the cake... And she seems happy with the logo/text combination, so that's what matters.

    @Vertical: Ahh I'm doing bits from memory, but not really enough, if I'm honest. :') I should change that pronto... Been mostly familiarising myself with the muscles through repetition atm.
    You're completely right about the head thing; should have looked at the damn sketch in a mirror, aaah. I'll start jamming on heads pretty soon. Thankyou for the crit!

    Little update, working most of the weekend, and some time was spent painting that big canvas (which isn't gonna be uploaded til it's finished now.)

    Anatomy studies, sketchbook pages (batgirl and darth vader-girl are photostudies from suicidegirls) and the finished logo.
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    I know updates aren't that exciting atm; hopefully that'll change soon, when I can work on personal work again.

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    I still love your anatomy studies the most Is the repetition-thing working for you? I really should start anatomy studies again too and just wondering if the learning with repetition thing would bee eerm, my thing. Oh and also the vader-girl looks cool.

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    @Satu: Ah, thankyou! Um, the repetition does help an awful lot, especially if you're trying to do it from memory each time... Good luck with your anatomy studies!

    Been laying off uploading till I finished this... the beast that's been taking up all my time. -.- Finally done... Crappy photo though, sorry about that.
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    That's about a2 size. Completely ate my white paint.

    Some sketchbook pages - things in pen are photostudies, pencil are personal work. Trying to fill a page with photostudies every other day... been feeling a lot that my ideas are kinda... lacking. So these will be just random photos i come across on the internet, to build my visual library :')
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    Aaand obligatory anatomy studies
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    Hello there! nice to see you are really into figure drawing, but don't forget to post some environments, even if it is speedpaint, like you did back there.

    Keep it up!

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    That commission piece with oils is awesome! I love the strong impact of the comp, solid looking heart, how the cool colors pop up against the glow and how well everything is blended. Precise anatomy studies too as always and nice logo sketches!

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    That heart painting came out really tight! How's your routine and everything now that college is over? Just wanted to highlight something I see you doing with faces from your imagination quite a bit, not sure if you see it or not. Took one of the paintings above as an example, they look a little skewed. You can fix this by having a strong centre line in the construction phase, and trying to keep everything balanced along it. Worth studying some Loomis heads if its something you're struggling with.Keep it up
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    Okay, so I have a banging headache I want to sleep off, so I'll report back first thing tomorrow to reply to comments (which I really am grateful for, thankyou so much)... and apologise for being gone so long.... just gonna drop these here for now.

    Anatomy studies, arms and onto heads.
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    Sketchbook photo studies
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    Studies from life - people from in/around costa, animals from bolton museum
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    random sketchbook pages
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    Really bad photo of an oil paint photo study... really enjoying oils lately, expect more of these.
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    and a little piece from imagination, applying what I learnt from the oil paint study. Tried to follow zephyri's advice and imitate my oil painting progress.. I think it's really paid off, the brush strokes are much more painterly... thankyou for that
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    Hey great work, awesome amount of studies. I'm sorry I don't really have any crits for you, jsut keep working, you're doing great.

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    Headache-free now, so... Replies!!
    @Caio Chagas: Thankyou! Yeah I know it's pretty figure-orientated atm, but figures and environments and creatures are such large, intense areas of study I wanna be able to focus on them individually to really get into the subject... and right now I'm really jamming on the figure as much as possible. I'll probably pick up environments in a couple of months or so.

    @smuli: Thankyouu!

    @SamC: Thanks! Yeah I've had the head/face crit a couple of times now... Didn't realise how bad it was till I actually went back to studying them, oh my. Done some loomis, gonna look at skulls/self portraits and churn out a good 50 from photos, see where it gets me... kick this habit. :')
    My routines a little skewed since with this new job, I can be working any day during the week, any time between 9am and 12/1am, anything between 6-12hrs... I'm slowly learning to get more adaptable though, use any spare time I have, so it's actually working out as a plus, in the long run... guilt-tripping myself about how little I've done is helping a ton too, aha.

    @Psychobuddy: Thankyou! :')




    So I didn't mention it last night, but I've started a new blog... http://jessibels.blogspot.co.uk/ It's not a standard portfolio blog in that there's not gonna be any finished work in there... I'll be posting (hopefully... more or less) on a daily basis, with a screenshot of what I'm working on at that moment and what song is on while I do.

    It's mostly for myself, to keep track of whether I'm doing something substantial or worth showing every night, and because I have a habit of taking progress shots which never get shown anywhere... but eh, I love looking at art in progress, so maybe you guys will too.
    (The link is in my Signature too)

    See you guys soon, thanks for all the comments, always much appreciated! :'D

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    Head studies - up to 29/50, woop.
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    Current oil paint study... these take me so long to do. Days, man. Think I'm gonna throw out some alla prima stuff from life next, see if that can speed me up a bit.
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    And some sketches.. Never really just sat down and doodled digitally, it's actually really fun. I think I prefer sketching digitally and painting traditionally... Cause I'm backwards that way, apparently.
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    I can already envision you being a great artist Jessi. Keep it up, Those oil studies are motivating me to pick up my brush.

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    @TNiznet: Ahh, thankyou!! Glad I could motivate you

    Some sketchbook pages, including more head studies. 42/50, 8 to go!
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    Asaro head studies... took way too long on this.
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    And this isn't completely done... but this is where I'm leaving it; rather than dragging it out and noodling over details, I think time's better spent moving on to the next thing, especialy since it's been so long since I've done a finished portfolio piece. Gonna put all this oil painting practice to the test.
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