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    the shirt in the photo study is really great .. you have that velvet-like feel going which is very nifty !!!

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    AdrianNagorski - Awesome, I'm glad I could help!

    mehran - Thanks! I'm glad to hear the material's coming across; I wasn't really sure if it was.



    Quick update - this is a photo study Iíve been working on for the Anatomicae hands anatomy challenge on CG Hub.

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    Update on octopus girl. Still need to add the blue rings on the octopus half and tidy up the line drawing in some places.

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    Wowsers, I really like the last picture.

    The colors are really interesting and I like her face and how you drawed her hair.

    Well done.

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    Karpav0li - Thanks!


    Finished up that drawing from the last post and put together a concept sheet with a few of the thumbs for mah portfolio.

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    Hi dierat, thank you for your feedback on my sketchbook!

    Looking through your SB, I must say that I don't have much to critique. You are definitely on the right track
    in terms of practice and I have to say that I am VERY impressed with how you render.

    Also, your improvement from page 1 to the last few pages is quite inspiring. Now I just want to draw more! Hope to
    see more from you soon.

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    Hey there. Thanks for popping by.

    Re: photo study -- the body of that woman looks somewhat blocky, not quite natural, although if you were focusing on the hands it doesn't really matter I guess. The thumb of her left hand (our right) looks elongated and more like another finger than a thumb. I think it's because of the way the light is painted in the webbing.

    Beautiful octopus lady. I like the way the colour of her skin blends into the yellow gradually, and there's some gorgeous costume designs there. Wish you had time to draw them all in a full piece! Lol!

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    cool octopus girl! i love all those outfit thumbs! some cool ideas in there!

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    Very nice sketchbook, Dierat. I like how you did all the thumbnails, those studies look quite fun. It's good to see the progression in your paintings too. My favorite has to be your girl in the tree; you did an excellent job with her skin and the composition is looking great so far.

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    Viconia - Thanks, I'm glad to hear it!

    Umbravita - Yeah, that thumb's super weird. The really bright highlight on the webbing makes it feel disconnected from the rest of the thumb somehow. I tried to soften it and make it feel more cohesive in the rendering, but I'm not really sure if I succeeded. Thanks for the crits!

    Natalia Soleil - Thanks! ^^

    winterspring - Thanks, I really like that one too!


    Li'l update on the meditation photostudy.

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    I love your rendering. You've got a good sense of value, too.

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    Umbravita - Thanks!


    Here's the final version of the photo study. I cropped off the bottom so the composition focuses on the hands/arms a little better.

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    Love your rendering.
    Interesting to see something from the other side of the spectrum from you aswell, the octopus girl. Clean concept, though the form of the creature part could have used some work I think, depending on what you had in mind.
    Keep it up.

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    girrrrrrrrrl, that hand study is making me so incredibly motivated to do something
    I totally understand what you mean by really pushing those details in the study.. I always want to finish a study in one sitting and move on but I will take a leaf out of your book and come back to the study until it's fully rendered

    srsly, that looks bloody awesome!

    my gosh you've got such a way with fabrics, the fabrics on the other page with the lady holding a wand(?) look amazing

    the thing I would say is that with the octopus concept it'd be cool if it was placed in more of an environment instead of just stark white

    and your rendering skills are insane. absolutely kick in the ass insane

    keep it up! i'll be back

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    Rotor - Thanks man! Could you be more specific about how 'the form of the creature part could have used some work'? To be honest I kinda ran out of patience when it came to the suckers, I think the back tentacles don't look as long as the others, and I probably should have at least suggested there's an eighth tentacle hidden in the back, so I agree that the octopus half is the weaker area; I'm just wondering if there's anything specific besides that that you think could have been improved.

    Duplicitious - Hey thanks! You're not the first one to suggest I add a background to the cecaelia drawing, but to be honest, it's really refreshing to do a simple drawing based on the design and not get bogged down with making a full illustration out of it. Maybe next time I'll play with putting a paper texture underneath so it doesn't feel quite so blank. Thanks for stopping by!


    Another tiny update of a photo study. I canít wait to get through this wood texture so I can move on to something else.

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    This is a wonderful sketchbook so far! You have an incredible attention to detail in your studies, and it shows, they're so clean and smooth :') I love those octopus lady designs too

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    Hey. Nice octopus girl. And those studies look good. Painting the wood texture seems tedious.. But at least when you're done you'll be really good at it

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    Hi, thanks for dropping by and the crit.
    You have a nice sketchbook here, I like how you explore your character designs.
    Beautiful job on the octopus girl.
    Good work on the hand study, yours was the best one.
    Keep it up!

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    Whoaaa!!!!
    Your rendering is MIND BLOWING!!!!
    I love your smoothness in your post #195

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    Its interesting to see your process for that octopus lady, so many variations. I think the compositions paid off resulting in a well-thought out final.

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    Jessibelle - Thanks!

    tobbA - Thanks man! Yeah I noticed that the texture I was doing at the end was much better than the earlier area, so I'm already seeing improvement!

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    Mangix - Thanks, I'm glad they were worth it!


    Okee, finished up the bg in that photo study, then I touched up the figure a little as well, and now I'm calling it done.

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    This is an old wip from way back. I keep trying to get back into it but the composition is soo dull, so Iím currently working on some compositional thumbs to try to find a way to add more movement to the image. Iím ignoring the leaves/twigs for now and focusing on the relationship between the figure, the wings, the window, and the cobwebs.

    First is the Ďcurrentí version in color, then the thumbs in black and white (#1 is the current version again for comparison). At the moment, I think I like #2, 5, and 10 the best.

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    Couple of variations on #10. Iíll probably go with 10-1 or 10-3. Itís simple and not that different from the original but I think itís working much better.

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    I like 2 from your previous post the best honestly - it has some nice overlap from the wings to the window and that makes it more interesting. 10 is so pushed off to the right that it makes me feel off balance. I see you've shifted that a bit in your latest but the white space from the window is very distracting when its so far away from her. you've got this giant block that is lighter than anything else in the scene so it stands out and my eye goes there instead of to her. When you have a bit of overlap from the window and her body, it feels more balanced.

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    Thanks for the feedback! One thing I really like about 10 compared to 2 is there's a clear divide between her and the window, that the outside world feels more distant and unobtainable. It reminds me a little of the composition in 'Christina's World' by Wyeth.



    I also find #2 a bit cluttered. I could dim the window a little so it's slightly less distracting, but I can't dim it too much because it's the light source.

    Right now I'm really leaning towards 10-3. Will have to think about it..

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    I see what you mean, though I think Wyeth's works better with the horizontal composition. Maybe if you shifted the window over just a tad so it wasn't splitting her right down the middle, the side of the window to the drips down to her head create a tangent. It works better in #10 but I think she's too far over to the right. If you were to check the values of the painting I'm sure her dress would also be brighter than the distant sky, so my eye goes right to her, and then follows her arm up and to the houses. Perhaps if the light was spilling onto her from the window so that she was brighter it would work better, but right now she's one of the darkest things in the painting and blending into the darkness. I would just lighten her skin values overall, or make the sill/table she's sitting on lighter, like painted white.
    When you see this picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10852229@N07/2466107011 it works because she's surrounded in light, so her silhouette stands out.
    You want lights on darks and darks on lights to create contrast and interest. Wyeth was really good at this. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Solitude_1.png

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    The thing about the concepts I've noticed is how bare the windowsill is. If you put anything on it it looks cluttered, but if there's nothing there it doesn't look right either to me.

    Hmm, could she be on a table pushed up against a window, maybe? Because then you could have her on a patterned tablecloth or something... I'm not sure.

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    That window seems a bit high for where her face is looking and it feels a bit awkward being cut off. Bringing it down and to the left might help with that. You could alos place the window slightly behing her head to silhouette it and help craete more depth in the image.

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    What I meant with 'form' is how you could have worked on making it look more like it was in threedimensional space, rather than just linework that works fine by itself nonetheless. Small stuff like suggesting roundness and depth with subtle lines.

    The grayscale study turned out damn sweet. Which reminds me, I need to find my grandpa's war photos for study.

    I like #1 best but the cropping on #10 looks better.

    Keep it up.

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    Nice sketchbook Your studies are nice and I like the thought going in to your compositions, main thing that jumped out at me is the lighting in your pieces doesnt quite read, light is kind of universal and subdued, mebeh do some lighting studies to see how edges and forms get effected by shadows etc.

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