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    some serious drawing now


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    Okay some new stuff! (I'll be posting later today too probably)



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    Okay, practiced drawing some hands! This went better than I was expecting, though I have a long way to go!


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    Did a study, then failed at shading!

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    Thanks for checking out my sketchbook! I shall be rather heavy on the crit here, try to give you some things to build upon

    Firstly -
    From what i can see from your studies you either don't know much about "saturation" or simply don't know how it is to be used practically in your paintings. Simply put, it is the intensity of a colour, not how dark or light it is, but how colourful your value is. High saturation = crazy bright colours like the ones which come directly out of paint tubes, but very low saturated colours eventually turn into grey as they have no colour content. Different light sources and types will drastically change how saturation will differ from highlights and shadows, but painting from life as accurately as possible using simple light sources as lamps should give you a lot of practical experience.
    Now, colour is one thing, but value (how dark or light something is) is what you need to master first. Try desaturating (removing all colour from a piece , hence the *De- saturating*) your pieces and looking to see if they look correct. Remember, a change in form = a change in value.

    As for your figures/anatomy, i would suggest you sticking to reference images until you have more of the fundamentals down. This website is fantastic for getting reference images:
    http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php

    Sorry if this post is somewhat confusing, if you have any questions shoot me a PM

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    @BHCS--Thank you! I tried your advice on these ones. They're not GREAT, but they're a slow improvement. Thank you for giving me advice, too!

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    Been working on this study for a while now. Would love some tips

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    update

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    I keep redoing areas completely.... ugh


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    Any advice, peeps?

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    Improvement, no?



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    Okay, doing a dump.
    First, older sketches, then newer, then digital stuff!




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    Okay, newer sketches!









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    Off to a great start.

    I believe though that before you get into digital art you should focus a bit more on the fundamentals of traditional drawing. This way you can learn about recording values and what creates 3D forms.

    Also if you are adamant about sticking to digital painting try this site: Ctrl Paint

    They have some awesome tutorials that will teach you how to create form and depth for your works.

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    My sentiments are similar to Tagachi's: good start, but you should focus on the fundamentals.

    I think you should study some anatomy, especially shoulders. Your current ones look like cylinders just stuck on to the torso. Understanding anatomy will really help you make your characters look believable.

    Still, your hands are drawn way better than anything I could. Plus, your characters are very imaginative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tagachi View Post
    Off to a great start.

    I believe though that before you get into digital art you should focus a bit more on the fundamentals of traditional drawing. This way you can learn about recording values and what creates 3D forms.

    Also if you are adamant about sticking to digital painting try this site: Ctrl Paint

    They have some awesome tutorials that will teach you how to create form and depth for your works.
    Yes, I totally agree with that! That's why I've been starting in on my sketchbook again! And I love Ctrl Paint! It's like the Digital Painting bible for me! Thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeBurton View Post
    My sentiments are similar to Tagachi's: good start, but you should focus on the fundamentals.

    I think you should study some anatomy, especially shoulders. Your current ones look like cylinders just stuck on to the torso. Understanding anatomy will really help you make your characters look believable.

    Still, your hands are drawn way better than anything I could. Plus, your characters are very imaginative.
    Oh my gosh! You're right, I should work on those shoulders! Thank you for all the advice!

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    Hello!!!
    I practiced my torsos and shoulders.
    I will practice them more very soon yes I will.



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    Studying shoulders and torsos like it was suggested!

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    Hey a nice start!
    I see the improvement you showed lately in your studies. I think that it's good that you started doing some anatomy studies digitally, I think its a good way to go.
    Don't know what sources you're using, but you can (and should) really try Andrew Loomis for start, he just wonderfully explains all about fundamentals.
    Keep going, it's always the best way to progress.

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    Hey a nice start!
    I see the improvement you showed lately in your studies. I think that it's good that you started doing some anatomy studies digitally, I think its a good way to go.
    Don't know what sources you're using, but you can (and should) really try Andrew Loomis for start, he just wonderfully explains all about fundamentals.
    Keep going, it's always the best way to progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engor View Post
    Hey a nice start!
    I see the improvement you showed lately in your studies. I think that it's good that you started doing some anatomy studies digitally, I think its a good way to go.
    Don't know what sources you're using, but you can (and should) really try Andrew Loomis for start, he just wonderfully explains all about fundamentals.
    Keep going, it's always the best way to progress.
    Thank you! I really love Andrew Loomis, and I've done some of his studies, but right now I'm using Michael Hampton's book, since I like his process and the fact that he color codes stuff! It makes it easier for me to understand! I'll start using Andrew Loomis too though!

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    great to see you've started anatomy studies, I think they'll really help you improve.
    It seems like you're in that stage where your observational sketches are stronger than your imagination ones.
    The reason for that is you're drawing what you see, instead of reconstructing what you see. ( I made a simple example in the post below)
    If you draw what you see, you can probably get a pretty good copy of what you're working on, if you spend enough time and measure properly. But if you reconstruct the object, you will understand how it works.
    Then, when you're drawing from you're imagination, you will know how to construct the object - instead of trying to rely on the memory of what it looked like.
    You can draw things that you have never seen before, because you can build it.

    That is why you do anatomy studies, so you can learn to build characters.

    Hope this is helpful! Keep up those studies
    & happy sketching!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhubix View Post
    great to see you've started anatomy studies, I think they'll really help you improve.
    It seems like you're in that stage where your observational sketches are stronger than your imagination ones.
    The reason for that is you're drawing what you see, instead of reconstructing what you see. ( I made a simple example in the post below)
    If you draw what you see, you can probably get a pretty good copy of what you're working on, if you spend enough time and measure properly. But if you reconstruct the object, you will understand how it works.
    Then, when you're drawing from you're imagination, you will know how to construct the object - instead of trying to rely on the memory of what it looked like.
    You can draw things that you have never seen before, because you can build it.

    That is why you do anatomy studies, so you can learn to build characters.

    Hope this is helpful! Keep up those studies
    & happy sketching!

    Oh gosh! This makes a lot of sense now! Thank you for explaining!

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    Okay, tried my best to do more "reconstructing"
    The one on the far right was mostly from the book but it's a pose I'm still working on so :u


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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomeister View Post

    Any advice, peeps?
    Late reply is late but I think I saw no one replying to that post yet?
    A great way to learn how to make digital portraits is to study how other people do it, like of walktroughs or live-streams, videos and of course good-old tutorials! And donīt be afraid to re-do areas that look wrong to you, just re-do them, itīs all practice in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zidartha View Post
    Late reply is late but I think I saw no one replying to that post yet?
    A great way to learn how to make digital portraits is to study how other people do it, like of walktroughs or live-streams, videos and of course good-old tutorials! And donīt be afraid to re-do areas that look wrong to you, just re-do them, itīs all practice in the end.

    Ahhhh thank you very much! Yeah, it's hard to get used to redoing entire areas but...
    I've been trying to do so more lately.
    Here's a more recent example of me trying to do that:





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    Gosh I guess I should post some of my more recent stuff too






    And also these background and color studies!!!




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