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    Initially i wanted to be Napoleon

    Hello, I Plan on doing something with my art but currently i need a lot of work before i am capable of producing the work i want to.. I plan on using this thread to keep track of progress, and also to discuss art with people who share my passion.


    Critiques and Comments are most welcome,

    Thank You for taking your time to look through my mediocre drawings!

    Note: Sorry for Picture Quality...
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    Another Portrait with Process... Felt like i struggled more with this one.. but that might just be noticing more mistakes.


    Sorry.. for the quality... Hopefully ill get a Scanner soon.

    Im also Reading.. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards


    if anyone has any recommendations as far as instructional books or videos on drawing please let me know.
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    Hey ermm there so many simularites between our skechbooks

    But yeah good start and Drawing on the right side of the brain is a good book im also reading it lol
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    Here are some really crappy negative space studies...
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    Beautiful portraits!
    Seek your own acceptance.

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    Today a little perspective using negative space and coffee... and since i just got photoshop i decided to try it out...

    my first attempt was rather disappointing on top of that i thought my file didn't save, so i made a second attempt..

    Perspective Drawing - about 1 Hour

    Helicopter and Ship - about 2 and a half hours.

    Single Ship, 2nd attempt - 45min.

    Used a Reference picture for all three.
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    Nice work here. Try focusing more on values. Remember to think in simple shapes when shading. This will not only make it easier to render, but will make everything seem that much more believable. I also recommend working only in greyscale for now so you can concentrate strictly on values.

    Keep going!
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    Keep it up the buildings look nice. Your lines have a nice straight and clean quality. I suggest taking one specific thing and focusing most of your energy on it. For example, focusing on shading or contour or gestures.

    That's great that your reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. That book is fantastic at illustrating how to learn to see. Make sure to not just read it, but also try the exercises. Good luck and keep it up! You'll be amazing in no time.
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    Thanks for visiting my SB! Those negative shapes are looking good and that acrilic came out very nicely, it is also an interesting idea. Keep it up!
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    Nice start, I like the acrylic with the puzzle pieces. I agree with cgaddict that you should stick with the grayscale to focus. I'm learning how to paint digitally right now and I've noticed its helped me a bunch to focus on the value instead of getting caught up with colors right off the bat. Also don't be afraid to use a hard-edge brush, it looks like you used just soft brushes and that gives it a fuzzy, slightly out of focused look. Keep up the good work!
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    @cgaddict - thanks for the advice ill make sure to practice and work on my values.

    @looper42 - Yeah i think im going to work more on my values, and i have done just about every exercise in the book so far.

    @Pixel Cheetah - thanks, but i cant really take credit for the acrylic painting concept... it was a picture in a Time Magazine from earlier this year.

    @Kalowin - Yeah i realized that but wasn't sure why... or how to fix it.. thanks for the advice


    For today another perspective drawing, and study of foreshortened hands.. struggled with the hands... i think they look more like monkey hands...

    Hmm i feel i could still do more today, maybe some value studies.
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    Found some work i did back in february 2010 when i first got my tablet... i used Painter Essentials and an Image from the Mass Effect 2 controller booklet..

    copyrights - Bioware
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    Some studies for today... i was supposed to do a profile portrait from life... but i couldn't find anybody who was willing to sit still for even 2 minutes let alone 35... :/

    The drawings are not very good but i felt i learned a lot from them.
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