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    Zen's Sketchbook

    Aspiring illustrator/storyboard/comic artist Or Something.

    Any tips or critique are super appreciated!
    A lot of my posting now will probably be carry over from a tumblr blog I'm running right over here.
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    Nice SB, I like your characters)

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    Thanksss.
    It's nice to know someone's looking. XD
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    Tried to paint a picture and I was having some issues with it.
    Here we have the work in progress and a resketch after some suggestions from friends, which, incidentally is a bit closer to the original image I had in mind.

    And also some loosening-up sketches. For funsies.
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    Eyyyy, liking this! Your characters have so much...well..character, lol.

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    Thank you Seage.
    Most of my art is oriented around stories and whatnot, so it's really nice to know that shows through.

    Wip of the repaint.
    But I've been told by about three people I'd have to start over on it to get it looking decent, so I've opted to put it off for a while.
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    Your stuff is looking nice! I love the movement and originality in your characters! I think the painting with the wrapping scarf thing is awesome, and you shouldn't give up on it at all! The only things i would suggest are the angle of her right foot doesn't quite seem right, and you could afford to push the contrast in your tones a tad more, although i think you're improving in that already having said this your already 100 times better than me so amazing work keep it up and i'm looking forward to seeing more!

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    Jams, and some concept crap for a couple of stories.
    Need to get into doing some serious studies on environments and objects.
    And composition.

    Thanks for the encouragement, A-May. The piece just got picked apart well enough I figured I was wasting my time trying to push it through as a finished product. It's something I'd be better off starting over on when I can lay down a better foundation.

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    Great SB, tracking definitely!

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    You have a brilliant sense for design! Your figures are really good and the have loads of movement. Painting doesn't seem to be your strong suit. The drawings are at a way higher level. Keep up the good work

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    Snazzy! I especially like your last forest speedpaint- the colors have a great feel.
    also I get the feeling you pottermore... aw yeah ravenclaw

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    To be perfectly honest, I was just going along with some peer pressure. (And maybe mildly curious as to my house placement- I've always figured myself a Gryffindor or Hufflepuff.)

    Anyway, thanks for stopping in!

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    Cool work dude, your concepts a few posts up look really good. Keep posting.

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    Wow, your art is cool !
    I think your best strenght is expression, attitude, gesture, while you weakness might be landscapes ! :p
    I'd suggest to practice some more , and do studies like the boats one at the bottom of first page ! I think it would help you telling stories if you can create landscapes with a good atmosphere in them.
    By the way the interior study looks good !
    Hope it will help you !

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    Hah. Sadly I don't know a lot about creating atmosphere. I'm personally under the impression that's best done with light/texture/color, and I need a lot of work on all three of those.

    Anyway, as suggested, more background sketches/studies here.
    Thanks for looking!

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    Quick thing. Didn't turn out how I liked.
    Need to start doing something different with my inking.
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    Did that stupid thing I do where I didn't sketch on top of a blank layer so I can't just scribble the background in under him.
    Not sure what I'm going to do with it.
    Buuut I'm happy with where it's going, I guess.
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    I wanted Emboar to be ground/fire.
    And scary.
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    Armor studieees
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    More of this character blarrr.
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    Thanks for the comment

    As you've pointed out yourself on the last page, a lot of your colour work looks very flat and 2d-ish. To me it seems as though there is very little contrast, all your colours/values are very mid-range. Do studies from photo's with very singular, obvious light sources and cast shadows. These kinds of photo's often pinpoint exactly what areas are in light, and what areas are concealed in shadow, it will definitely help you to achieve more depth. Other than that your work is looking very clean and tidy. Hope that helps!

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    Ref'd from an old poster. Still trying to figure out what kind of text to put on it.

    And thanks, JoeS!
    It is helpful, and I really should do more photo studies.
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    bugssss
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    Cool sketchbook. You really know how to draw the figure. Your characters are really awesome.

    As for your paintings, are you using black to shade in the darker areas? That's what it looks like to me. It's making the colors look very muddy. I would say posts #53-54 show this the most.

    I think the reason why your work looks flat is because you are only using a couple of values and in fact, there is more of a range in value on objects. Maybe you aren't painting or seeing the half values or the values in between that? Try painting your darkest darks and gradually build up from there. Your last bug painting is starting to capture the form but parts of the leg still look flat. Also, try painting just basic shapes(sphere, square, cylinder, etc.) with one light source. This might help you underneath how to paint different objects. I think I read in a Loomis book that a sphere, triangle, square and pyramid can create almost any form. If you can understand those, you'll be in a good place. I'm still trying to do that myself. You can also look at some painting tutorials and see how other people paint. That might help you.

    Also, even though you draw figures well, I feel like drawing faces is still a weakness for you. Try to do more face studies to understand how the face is constructed.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks a lot for the feedback Istmin.
    I don't use black for painting, but I've been told by other people that my colors come out muddy (I'm still not sure what I'm doing wrong). I'll just keep up the studies and hope something sinks in. The only way I seem to get past it is by either colorpicking things or starting with a selective palette. As for faces, I guess I do still draw them pretty cartoony. I'll work on that, and the shapes. I hardly ever have the patience to just paint shapes. As for the values, it might be because I've been trying to work on contrast lately too.

    In the meantime here's a peacock mantis shrimp I'm tired of looking at.
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    Aaand a wip of something for a friend.
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    Faces. Need to practice more.
    I realized I have a hard time breaking them down into basic forms like I've seen a lot of people do.
    My sense of proportion also seems to vary in my art even when I block it out and measure it.
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    Nice emotion studies! Keep it up!

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    hey dude, sorry to say that, but before trying to learn to paint, you should work hard on your drawing skills . you doesn't have enought understanding of perspective, volume for now, so i suggest you to draaaw a lot from observation and imagination, and when you'll be able to not make huge anatomy mistakes and have a good understanding of volume, then photoshop will be a gift send by gods, it'll be very easy, right now it's more a pain in the ass ! Anyway, keep it up and cheers !

    contact: kikindaface.art at gmail.com


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