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    Opheliac's Sketchbook! :B

    Hi, there.

    I'm a loooong time lurker who only recently mustered up the courage to start up a sketchbook, but I'm sure it's a good decision. Well, my name's Ellie, I'm 15 (16 in just over a week!) and I've loved drawing and art since I was a little kid. I also have a passion for writing.

    I really love videogames, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic imagery and indie, punk and folk music as well. When I'm older I'd love to be a concept artist, which is why I want to really work on my art and get better.

    So, here goes!

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    First few!

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    Can only say : Just enjoy ! Draw draw draw and draw. Simple but that is all there is to it. Oh and studying those art books, small and big, reading, watching scrutinizing every detail in all those amazing sci fi movies, draw some more, copy famous paintings as precisely as you possibly can, draw a little bit more and just keep going

    Nice start !

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    The female figures are sketches from photographs, and the other is a painting of my mum's shoe from life.

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    All done in Photoshop and with photo-references, except a few of the lip sketches.

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    Hey!
    Nice lip studies!
    Try to do more of those studies. They will help you a lot.
    Try to get your lines in you pencil works more clear, but apart from that good so far!

    Keep it up dude!

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    The very last lip study you did was wonderful. Nice use of highlights.

    The first few sketches need a bit of work, but that's not unusual for someone of your age. Couple of years down the road and you'll be better.

    With the chair, the perspective is a bit off. Especially with the arm rests pertaining to the bottom edge of the seating area of the chair.

    But anyway, keep at it


    Edit: Btw, since you said you were a fan of post apocalyptia and video games, I assume you already played the Fallout series. I might be telling you stuff you already know, but spend an afternoon perusing The Fallout 3 Nexus' image archive for post apocalyptic designs and stuff. That's what I did. You can do the same from Oblivion and the TESNexus.

    "Never regret thy fall from grace, O' spirit of Icarian flight, for the greatest tragedy of them all to face, is to never feel the burning bright"
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    Silwynar: Thanks very much! I will definitely do some more studies. And I'll work harder to make my pencil lines clearer!

    Rabbi Satan: Thank you! I'll work harder on perspective and making my sketches more accurate. And thanks a lot for the link! I have played the Fallout games-- Fallout 3 is actually my favourite game (very excited for New Vegas), but I haven't heard of the image archive.

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    Great start

    I wish I had decided to focus more at your age lol

    How much digital painting have you done? Because the portrait is impressive. I've only just started to get into digital painting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opheliac View Post
    And thanks a lot for the link! I have played the Fallout games-- Fallout 3 is actually my favourite game (very excited for New Vegas), but I haven't heard of the image archive.
    I should also add a caveat to the image archive - some of the images are of *ahem* "Adult" quality, and it's kind of like playing Russian Roulette (Should've added this in the beginning, but I just had a look as well just now). My suggestion would be to browse the Armour section of mods by downloads and descending, and look through each mod for interesting designs.

    I'm also looking forwards to New Vegas, can't wait .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RÍveur View Post
    How much digital painting have you done? Because the portrait is impressive. I've only just started to get into digital painting.
    Thank you! I've been doing digital painting for about two years or so, and I've been practicing in Photoshop for about 3-4 years. So I'm pretty comfortable with the program and painting + blending digitally. If you're looking for some good digital tutorials, these may help:

    http://www.imaginefx.com/-2287754330...Workshops.html, http://www.furiae.com/index.php?view=gallery, http://navate.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2dwqgc.

    And I recommend painting from life and pictures (paying close attention to colour), understanding and being comfortable with your program, and working big as you can (!).

    Rabbi Satan: Thanks, again! It already filtered out the adult content for me (I think it's because I'm not a member, perhaps), but I will start in the armour section. I'm looking forward to looking through it. (And New Vegas is gonna be awesome!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opheliac View Post
    Thank you! I've been doing digital painting for about two years or so, and I've been practicing in Photoshop for about 3-4 years. So I'm pretty comfortable with the program and painting + blending digitally. If you're looking for some good digital tutorials, these may help:

    http://www.imaginefx.com/-2287754330...Workshops.html, http://www.furiae.com/index.php?view=gallery, http://navate.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2dwqgc.

    And I recommend painting from life and pictures (paying close attention to colour), understanding and being comfortable with your program, and working big as you can (!).

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    Some nose studies!

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    I've been working a lot in my sketchbook on heads and faces, but I'm not going to post any of that yet. Today I did some 2-5 minute sketches and a still life of an apple.

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    Good to see so many studies. I notice that in your first few sketches you seem to have a good grasp of shading and form but your line quality is making the images look unfinished.
    Try to practice making as few and as clean lines as possible. Its an easy way to make your images look more polished.
    Great digital feature studies. Your brush work looks nice and confident. I'm excited to see more digital work from you.
    Keep it up!

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    Ugh, haven't posted anything here in way too long. Need to get back into it, but for now here's a painting of an eye I did. Tried to focus on colour and texture, reference here (http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...ck-d30data.jpg).

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    Just a short painting of a guy, again trying to focus on colour and texture-- proportions are a bit off on the ear. Reference here (http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/20...ca-d35yzve.jpg) Need to get more things done.

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    Pretty great paintings so far! Are you using the eyedropper tool? If you are, I suggest trying to get those tones without it

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    Thank you! And hee, your response made me really happy! No, I am not using the eyedropper tool. I must be doing something right, though. Hee.

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    Really impressed by (and slightly jealous of) your digital painting skills. Keep up the good work.

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    Your most recent painting pieces are looking great!! Just keep drawing everyday and I'd suggest doing some value studies to help push your form along.

    I see a lot of potential, I wish I would have started taking my art more seriously as young as you are.

    ...the imperfections make it interesting...

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    Seriously impressive observations of value and colour in that eye study! It seems like your rendering is ahead of your painting skills currently, get as much practice in as possible focusing purely on structure, though that said you have included a fair amount of line work already. Really impressive for 15! keep it up

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    @Wilko Hee, thanks very much!

    @Dope Fiend, thank you! And thanks for your suggestion, I will do some value studies.

    @Miles_ Thanks a lot for the comment and your suggestion! I just had a look through your sketchbook, and wow--you have some skills.


    A colour study and just a page from my sketchbook.

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    keep at it, try to do studies of movie screenshots and l'll try to catch your next update

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    nice stuff, that eye painting is better then the photo! you have a good eye for observation and color keep up the practice and you sure will see improvement often.

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    wow, what happened between september and january?! incredible improvement is what!

    what you could be looking at now is your line weight/quality in your pencils, they're still quite scratchy and don't feel very confident.

    keep it up!

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    @Assi Thanks! I am definitely planning on doing some movie studies.

    @Danny_K Hee, thank you very much!!

    @NeonDuck Hahaha, thank you! And thanks for the advice, I will work on my pencilling.

    Heh, I'd intended to have a few colour studies for you guys, but I wanted to try drawing and colouring something from my imagination without any reference. And that ended up eating up a few hours, but I'm quite pleased with the result. And the page of sketches were down without references, too.

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    Great faces! I'd like to see some painted full body shots too.

    Please check out my Deviantart page: http://lucidstillness.deviantart.com/

    Also, please check out my sketchbook thread!

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=202280

    And while you're at it, why not check out my finished gallery thread too! http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=202283
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    Seems like you're working hard to nail down the facial features. Good work so far, remember to pay attention to the form around those features too. (Something I took ages to start to learn)
    Really loving the digital works, and hope you keep up the good work!

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    @Ultarant Thank you! I really do need to do some full body shots.

    @Naidy Thanks for the tip! I'll pay closer attention to the form around the features in future. And thanks for the compliment on my digital work!

    I wanted to have more than this tonight, but I'm getting a bad headache, so unfortunately it'll have to do. Colour study of this (http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lf...7dr7o1_500.jpg). Saw it and couldn't resist giving myself a challenge.

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