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    Practice practice practice

    I've been drawing for several years. I've taken up a more serious approach only recently though and now I'm exercising steadily enough to keep a sketchbook running. My main interests are animals and anthro art but I'm not satisfied at all with my current skills, I want to see how much farther I can get, maybe find new directions too.

    For now I'm focusing mostly on animals with basic anatomy studies and speed paintings since I don't yet have a solid grasp of their anatomy and I often have a hard time analyzing/rendering volumes.

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    Ball point pen studies from photos and from imagination:

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    Speed paintings done in acrylics using various references, I'm doing them also to gain better confidence with paint mixing and palette choices.

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    Great studies and paintings!!! You could try longer strokes while sketching. It at least helped increase my speed as long as you still keep in mind the basic underlying forms.

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    Wrulf: thank you! I will surely try that, I like cross-hatching with pen and inks but it gets really tiresome after a while. I'd like to develop a smoother line too.

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    Very nice skecthes and paintings. Do some cheetahs ;-)

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    A cheetah too. They have interesting bodies, very flexible.

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    You have a talent. And now as you started taking art seriously it can only become better. 95% is hard work, so work hard It will pay off, it already did. Nice start on your sketchbook so far. Cheers!

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    Some incredibly nice acrylic work and sketches there.

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    gorgeous works. I love your birds and the blueish glow on the lion painting.

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    Wohoo, cheetahs!!! Thanks! The falcon came out very nicely as well.

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    I have a hard time trying to do less strokes when using the pen so I'll also use middle size markers for a while for anatomy studies... that should force me to use less strokes and place them carefully, else the sketches becomes a total mess. :-P

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    Doodled from imagination during the day, I'll try to do more of these too rather than just studies:

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    Sketches from a morning of life drawing, deer and mountain goats. The ibex will need more studies because it has some really weird curves in the legs, nothing like the deer's or horse's which are relatively straight...

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    (The horse gal is not randomly green, just supposed to be covered in moss and flowers, like a forest elemental of sort.)

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    And this one was done right after watching Jason Manley's streaming tutorial on color theory... now THAT was an eye opener on many things!

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    Nice to see some acrylics in here! Lovely studies and I love the colors you use against the paper. They really bring them out. Nice work and keep it up!

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    Awesome stuff coming in! I really like the bird studies; few strokes and lots of information. The form is also a lot more defined in the study you did after the Jason Manley's streaming tutorial on color theory. I'd however suggest that you try to keep the most vibrant colors for the halftone areas of light. Color is the property of light and the further we go away from light the less vibrant colors appear.

    I'm currently reading Andrew loomises books (great stuff on color theory in "Creative illustration"), but after I've read them I'll definitely check out "Vilppu drawing manual". The book seems to focus a lot in the rhythm/force of form which really intrigues me. Thanks for informing me about Vilppu

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    Aresa: thanks a lot!

    Wrulf: thanks. Saturation is by far the hardest thing to get for me, I'll do more pictures to work on controlling it.
    Vilppu's method is based on gesture in general, Loomis is possibly a better start for learning basic anatomy but I find Villpu's method invaluable when it comes to depicting movement.

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    Undead thing for possible drawings. Now trying to figure out my nemesis, color temperature...

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    Cool stuff. You have courage to try out different things with color. That's good.

    My sketchbook here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...75944&page=999
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    Reflections on hybrid human/horse legs and figure, plus some much-needed life drawing at the local zoo with pencils/pen/ink.

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    A little dancing barn owl, I was trying to get familiar with the overall shapes of wings and imagining them bent at odd positions.

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    Got the chance to do a few hours of life drawing, that was very instructive... I suck big time at drawing humans, and especially realistic humans, but this really forces to focus on getting the features right. It no longer looks like black magic after a few lessons. I'll probably sign up for a longer course after the summer.

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    Hey there, big respect for the traditionalists, few of them I meet here. Love your stuff, keep it up!

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    Awesome work. Your animals are, like mine, so much stronger than your people. I notice that again, like me, when you draw a human theres an uncertainty in your hand and it's making the drawing come out differently to when you draw animals. You know what I mean?

    You speed paintings are really awesome. How watered down is the acrylic, because I'm trying speed paintings recently and mine are either too thick or thin ALL the time and I can never get that opacity but fluidness you've captured.

    Please post more. Pleaaase, love it all.

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    Wow amazing studies, I really love your acrylic paintings.

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    Ahh, it's nice to see someone take the subject of animals and make them seem more appealing. Great use of colour.
    Keep up the good work, and if you're doing anthros, make sure you're people are quickly up to scratch with your animals.

    Take a look? - Sketchbook - Tumblr -
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    First attempt at en-plen-air painting, some doodles and a test picture with an earth-based limited palette. Thinking/controlling saturation is still a huge pain in the arse, I see I have to totally drop saturated colors for a while if I hope to ever understand it. But it's starting to make sense...

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    Awesome vultures! Do you know the Reilly school?

    http://www.dhfa.net/Artiststatement2.html

    It might help you with humans.

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