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    I've been thinking of doing some composition studies too, especially for landscapes(they always seem so daunting to paint/draw!). Do you move back and forth between areas of study, or do you have some longer period of time you focus on fx. figure studies or colour and then you move on to the next thing until you've come full circle and you're back at the first thing?


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    yeah, i always try and focus on a certain area and just do that for a couple of days/weeks.. say, feb and march were mostly figure, last summer was all about still lifes and painting digitally, etc.
    but, all areas of painting and drawing seem connected so i don't think its a good idea to ever get too absorbed into a single area of study without also dipping into others

    i don't have a clean-cut a process as to be able to go through a definite cycle and come back "full circle", but the individual areas of study certainly all do come back cyclicly, slightly deeper each time



    this evenings comps

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    Then I think I'll try to stick to values for a while then. I just can't help but to automatically return to figures from imagination, even if it doesn't really help me progress. :>

    Those are great, it's as if none of the lines are unnecessary, but still nice and loose. Do you use the eraser a lot, or is it perfect lines in first try? I'm curious, again, because the lines all seem so fitting.

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    these are done with lots of editing, erasing, also moving things around a bit with the lasso tool, loosely
    i actually recorded it, which i'll speedup and upload later : )

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    sketch in 423 have some good potential

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    Practicing painting straight from imagination without line work. This is good practice for me and it's hard. Am really enjoying it though.
    I start with 2 colours and work out a 2-value comp of lights and darks, and then work from there

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    Really great studies man
    when working only with colors i would suggest using a brush with no opacity in the beginning
    and focusing on light and shadow shapes to really define the form before using the small brushes for detail
    Keep it up

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    welcome back ca

    hey DK_sketch!
    that's actually more or less the process i use in the beginning, the past few colour sketches were done that way too (light colour dark colour)
    thanks for the input



    some random stuff from the past days..

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    yay the uploader finally let me upload a bunch of new stuff : )

    damn CA i missed you.



    here's some studies I've been doing
    thanks for any crits and feedback as usual

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    master copy
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    20 self-portrait blockins
    i think i'm getting a feel for the structure though i look like 20 different people here

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    and then some imagination attempts

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    i did some of suzanne helmigh's head practice: http://crimsondaggers.com/forum/thread-2727.html

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    Wow. You're gonna be epic. I like your patience for inventing and adding all that crazy swirling detailing to your pieces. Also, Beksinski rules.

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    This sketchbook kicks ass, some really cool subject matter here. Thanks for the feedback and the link was helpful.

    I started reading this book called Mastery by Robert Greene and about halfway through the book I felt like my brain had been rewired. Went from negative little cry baby type of thinking to a more practical and methodical approach. Anyways I'm not going to ramble about my boring little self discovery and act like I deserve a cookie because I'm finally wearing big boy pants now, although I do like eating massive amounts of cookies. Point is I recommend you check out the book, its a good book. Sometimes what I do is I'll actually get the audio book and listen to it while I draw.

    Anyways I'll be checking back in momentarily, this is an interesting thread and I'm looking forward to updates.

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    I forgot to ask yesterday: do you like Daniel Chavez's stuff? Your pencil drawings remind me a liiiittle bit of his (scroll down to the bottom of his page), cause of all the crazy ornamentation. I couldn't help seeing your stuff yesterday and thinking, "Yup, this dude is gonna be Chavez in a few years." I wish I could do that stuff. Crazy shading ... I can barely shade.

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    diamandis: thanks! the swirly stuff is sorta an extension of long doodling hours, it's kinda how i doodle now, its hard to explain. and yes, beksinski is amazing and the dark intensity in his work is..
    i hadn't seen daniel chavez' work before, very very cool! that's a compliment, thank you, indeed his pencil work is pretty nice.
    what helps with shading for me is relaxing and patience. i used to get really impatient with my shading, my arm would get tense and i'd be scratching the pencil into the paper. its really relaxing and fun if you can just do it slowly and breathe consciously while doing it. copying something in black/white from life can help you see how it works, Master Copies (like bargue) are great for this too (i did just one over a 6 week period)


    korzen: thanks for the book recommendation. i took a look at amazon and it sounds interesting. i'm a bit flooded with book recommendations atm, but i'll keep my eyes open for it. i've heard the audiobook thing from a few people, its something i'd like to try, i often do the same kinda thing with podcasts. i know what you mean about the attitude shift, the same kinda thing happened to me too. and cookies are great, i just wish they were more nutritious. i make a nice smoothie in the morning with a bannana, some hard tofu, avocado, walnuts, coconut oil, soymilk and a drop of water, MMMMMMMMMMM damn


    so i havnt been posting cos of CA's downtime and being busy with some work stuff, but i'm going to try and post at least a small thing everyday now anyway
    here's a few little things from the past few days

    here's a timelapse of a sketchy thing i did, sped up 10x (40minutes into 4)





    starting with the acrylics. need to figure out how to work while keeping my brushes clean so they don't get horrible and clumpy


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    Hey bro, thanks for the support! Same goes for you, shading skill awesome as always, you'll be beast just hang on! ;]
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    thanks eclip-se

    album cover i'm working on

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    those master studies look really good! And I like your handling of light in the last album piece, looking forward to final versionoh and btw, link to your sb in your signature doesn't work

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    thanks DaevidK! fixed it

    here's the final, mostly just cleaning things up from the prev one

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    that album cover is sick, and it doesn't feel like its cluttered, it works to lead you where you want the eye to go. so props

    do more still lifes and master studies those are coming out great.

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    Damn that's a nice looking album cover. The drawings in your last post are killer too, especially the time lapsed one.
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    thanks deputy! i'm kinda busy with work + a personal piece which is taking up my time for studies these days, I appreciate the comment and would love to do more..

    thanks stresscavity! and thanks for the feedback on the timelapse. i'd like to do more of those

    i finished off the album cover, some small tweaks and I softened the text so it doesn't take over the image. here it is, as well as a textless version



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    is the album cover a legit band or a mock cover your doing?
    if not what kind of music do they play?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deputyballer View Post
    is the album cover a legit band or a mock cover your doing?
    if not what kind of music do they play?
    it's for an album of violin music my dad's own violin music, i'll post a link up when it gets released in the next two weeks or so hopefully

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    bbbbbzzzvvrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Woah so much detail. I don't really know what's going on but the lines look super cool I actually think the red one from post #446 is the most balanced, but if you clarified the subject in #448 I think it'd be even awesomer. Maybe try giving the focal point a mid tone value to make it pop more, just a suggestion. Regardless I hope you keep doing these crazy sketches along with other stuff, it'd be really really cool to see this develop into it's own series/style!
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    thanks man, yeah i totally get you with the focal point and i was thinking the same thing the whole time while painting it. i'm basically trying to get it as balanced as i can with just these 2 single values, and am still considering whether to darken the background on the other side or not (which would focus the whole thing but i'm not sure i'm into that in terms of the overall comp).

    the pieces are meant to be deciphered by means of continuous attention, there's actually a bunch of order in there among the chaos. none of these are actually finished either of course it's just sketches.
    i could bring out the subjects properly if i changed the background value but i did all these on a single layer so that'll be a bit more time consuming than i'd like, but anyway we'll see what happens.

    thanks for the feedback ! : )

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