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    road to perfection

    My goal is to get better at shading and make it happen more natural and faster. this one took probably an hour =/
    So I'm gonna start off by just making alot of shading exercises before moving on to coloring. So here's my first one.
    I used reference as you can see and then I layed in the values in black and white, trying to distinguish dark from light in the photo, but seems I tend to use to little contrast so I used the auto contrast feature in photoshop to make it pop out more.

    well, yep. more to come. thanks for watching.


    EDIT: it should auto levels, not auto contrast.

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    My tip would be to do a bunch of studies of black and white photos. No tracing or color picking, just try to see manually what shades there are and so on. I wouldn't recommend to keep using auto levels or anything like that, it would become to much of a crutch I think.
    Best of luck to you!

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    To help you better see values, you can focus more on speed and do 5, 10, or 30 min speed paints of various refs. Start with 10 pics and just do more each time. It'll help sharpen your eye and see more even faster.

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    thanks!
    yeah, well i haven't done any color picking and as you said i could go ahead and desaturate it or simply pick black and white photos, just thought it be a good training to extract the values from a color photo.

    Anyway, I started another one. been at it for an hour now so that'll do for now. My main concern as i see it is to just get faster and not have to render forever. I like to be able to just visualize an image and put it down. ATM I'm really into the art of left4dead and red dead redemption. However that is not where I'm going with these.

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    Hey nice studies, I think on the latest on you've gone light too early - I'd recommend building up the tone really slowly and using the whites right at the end and not before.

    Oh and if you want to study values, you should image-mode- convert to grayscale, don't desaturate, it's different. Never understood studying black and white from a colour reference, maybe that's just me.

    Keep going!!

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    hey, thanks. didn't know that.
    yeah, it's to light =/
    yeah, think I'm just gonna make it grayscale, just seemed like a good practice.

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    So...long time no see =/
    I'm just gonna continue where I left off. These are two studies, nothing more nothing less.
    I started off by tracing the lines of the body, then wen on to color picking and blending the colors with opacity and flow set down. I took some liberty as you can see, it's not 100% accurate

    EDIT: no images. had to clean up some

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    So I've had this idea for a long time and finally had the time and patience to put it down.
    I've always loved Lucky Luke and his sworn enemies the Daltons, but for whatever reason, only Joe(the shortest one) and Averell(the tallest one) have any real character. The two in the middle are just very anonymous and just used for fillers which seemed unfortunate.
    So the idea was to give them characteristics that wouldn't feel out of place to the comic and also I felt obligated to alter their facial features to convey their new characters.

    So here they are, the Daltons redesigned.
    Of course I had to keep Joe unaltered as he is already perfect but I should have done some modifications, since I think he clash with the rest.

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    So I've been working on this, but Im biased as I've had some critiques. Is T recognizable. Having a hard time with him as his features are not as prominent as Paulie's. Any suggestions or paintovers to help are more han appreciated.

    thanks for stopping by.



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    Value studies are your friends.

    There are some fun exercises you can try, especially if you work digitally. Here is one example and a video I found to be helpful:
    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/home/2011/9...hat-color.html

    Happy painting!

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    That sopranos piece is rlly good... dude, keep em coming.

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    Thumbs up this helps

    i hsave just stepped up from cartoon and anime drawings to digital painting and im having a hard time but know i understand you start off by adding all the colors and blending them then just smoothen them up and you have a digital painting thanks

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    nice start!

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    I would really love some honest critiques and improvements suggestions

    Renewed Study - I'm drawing again!!
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    syrella Thanks, yes I'm familiar with that site, it's great. And that video is really inspiring
    rem92 Cool, so you recognize Tony in him? I have struggled with him so much, but perhaps it's passable?
    the2dmaster11 I feel you bro. I start off with a sketch and then grayscale shading before adding color and set it to overlay and merge down, then I add darker and lighter values(brown to pink) to make it more interesting and make it look more like skin shading.
    SaiVix Thanks!

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    You're off with a good start, that's good. Have you tried any quick gesture studies too? I find these the most empowering when it comes to figure drawing for your works.

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    Yes! Poses and gesture drawing is what I have always done, not much from real life, but still. And I did that for many years, still do. It's what comes first in all my ideas. It's just the last 2-3 years I really began messing with color and how to paint.

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    What the heck, another caricature duo wip for the road since I'm just aswell burning the midnight oil.



    EDIT: Update. Added some base colors to Shelly, fixed the head and hands on Mr. Wallawallawatz! have to warp tweak the flash logo. Just put it in there to test.



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    And just so you wouldn't think I only draw toony things I'm posting this space western thingie wip.
    Yes, he's a mutant cherokee gunslinger!
    midage, mutant hero..turtl....eh.....cherokee

    Take care and thanks for watching and commenting



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    so a late update. gonna get home now, watch an episode of the show and continue tomorrow night
    good night, sleep tight, aiiight?!



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    Finally kinda finished with the big bang now.Phew. Couldn't get Sheldon down, still not totally happy, but it'll have to do for the time being I'm calling it finished.


    Just gonna wrap up the sopranos to. Then I have a series of characters I bet you're familiar with so it would be cool if you'd check in soon again

    Thanks for watching guys!

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    Next up is a lawyer!
    Got inspirated reading(drooling over) "Blacksad".
    Care to tell me which pose I should go with?


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    I call it done.


    Also completed this the other week, might just aswell post it.


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    Well. so finally go around to pimping up this one to. It's 90% done.


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    Just had to churn this one out too

    Oh, if the pose is familiar, I actually stole it from the talented artists behind
    Salesman Pete!


    Prior to this I did some quick sketches and started sculpting away, but I couldn't really get him out as I envisioned him in my mind so I went online to find inspiration and then this illustration hit me full on! All I saw was a silhouette of urkel starting to get the rythm and breaking out in some famous moves so I had to put him down and although I did a paint from scratch mind the silhouette, I assume this is a very close call.

    I'm thinking of dropping them a mail and asking for permission to put it up, but as long as I'm open about it I guess it's ok? It's just going to act as a concept for my sculpt though the proportions are the main key here and I just thoght I should share as I just thought it'd be funny.

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    I was wondering how you were improving so quick, and then realised that the first post was 2010 haha.

    Great job so far. You have definitely gotten better in that time. Your shading is a lot nicer and your character designs are coming along nicely.

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    yeah, hehe. took a bit of a break for a year there, but now, I'm doing some painting and hopefully keeping it up

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