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    Hey! Thanks for the email, always cool to hear from a fellow Englishman haha.

    First off, cool stuff! Impressive improvement is always fun to look at. You have come along a lot in the past couple of years. You specifically mentioned a few things you wanted to work at in your email, brushwork being one of them. Right now I personally think that is one of your strong points, and in the long run something pretty superficial and always easy to improve on (relative to other things). Basically what I'm saying is that I wouldn't worry too much about it, you're off to a good start. Just try to think about why you place each mark in a certain way, what are you trying to describe about the object etc.

    What you really wanna get into the habit of is drawing, a shit ton, and without worrying about rendering so much. No amount of rendering or brushwork can fix a bad drawing. By drawing I mean the actual important principals of laying out an image, everything from anatomy and perspective to composition. Don't stop rendering and painting stuff but try to set aside an hour or two a day to just draw.

    Do you draw from your imagination a lot? It's one thing to study a lot, but this time goes to waste a little bit if you don't meaningfully try to apply the lessons you are learning to your own personal work. I see you have some really cool multiple angle portraits and figure drawings in here, try making a few without photo ref (I'm presuming they are referenced, if not, awesome!). I can't stress enough how important drawing from imagination is for me in pushing myself. How else can you really test what you are learning in a deep enough way to visualize it directly.

    I love the life studies and all the first person perspective stuff, keep all that up and lets see some personal work, some things that are less of a study. Doesn't matter if they turn out shit, just see them through to the end and really try to finish things. They will get better and fast!



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    @Miles

    Thank you so much for the input, I really appreciate it! I have been told before that far too often I attempt to render botched pieces, unfortunately I didn't take the advice back then, but I intend to do everything within my power to work at it from this point onwards.
    As for drawing from imagination, Im always so put off by my attemepts that I never get any further than a few lines before ripping out the page of a sketchbook. Seriously, your anatomy back at 14 was vastly superior than my current knowledge, yet another thing to work at.
    Cheers again!


    Ok - Back to basics, cracking out the anatomy studies!
    + personal piece from imagination, trying new things with textures and another desk painting after work(god damn it, I need to stop doing these)

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    Todays stuff-

    Anatomy studies + environment fail + two hilarious unreferenced portrait attempts (both from the same starting sketch) and a quick painting of a little statue thing from life.

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    Today!

    Slow on the studies, need to get improving. Dont have time to scan sketchbook things, shall dump tomorrow.

    Continued one of the portraits from yesterday, random enviro sketch + terrible moviescreencap and some gestures.

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    Some beautiful work here! strong drawings

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    Yeah, nice loose figures and that last color study of the tree/sky/mountains was great.

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    Thanks you two! Just a screencap today, the day was taken over by kitchen cleaning, shopping, cooking and work things. Tomorrow shall be a full day of studies... *crosses fingers*

    really need to work on my skin.

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    Gestures and two photostudies.

    The guy looked a bit odd so i zombified him a tad, but it was interesting none the less. Learnt a lot about metal reflections from the helmet WIP! Also, sorted out my monitor calibration woes!

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    I really like how your artwork is coming along in this sketchbook.

    Not sure if I've commented in your sketchbook before, but I have definitely been watching. Keep up the great work.

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    Thanks! nice to know im not posting this stuff in vain

    Todays post work dump - quick face sketches, gestures, arms from imagination, anatomy things, metal study and a paintover on-top of a 3D model Im working on.

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    Very cool updates. For your portrait digi paintings, do you start out by drawing the face or just pour paint on the canvas and start from there?

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    Currently I don't do any line work, just straight in with values blocking everything out. It doesn't seem to be working too well for me at times, so I will try going back to line work in photoshop sometime soon.


    Slow day, no time for painting - Just one quick WIP piece of mess from imagination.

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    nice energy in your strokes man. that being said though, don't get too distracted with custom brushes. good anatomy studies too. my only advice with your paintings would be to leave the highlights and darkest darks until last. try working middle-out more. anyway keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eightball_ View Post
    nice energy in your strokes man. that being said though, don't get too distracted with custom brushes. good anatomy studies too. my only advice with your paintings would be to leave the highlights and darkest darks until last. try working middle-out more. anyway keep up the good work!
    Hit the nail on the head, thanks for pointing this out, i so straight ahead and add highlights way too early, usually ignoring midtones until far too late. Shall work on it!

    Time to work on my 3D for a bit. Low poly car i'm working on - 648 polys - floating in space for some reason.

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    Hi dude, your stuff looks awesome, love the way you paint stuff, especially brush strokes looks nice. keep it up man!

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    Shoe + metal clip thingy. Not much time for studies :/

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    Birds with arms - Cant get enough

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    Finished the hull work, and back from a week in Madeira. Time to start powering ahead again.

    Didn't do much work this week, mostly sketching mountains during the 20 minute breaks on a tour bus. But I've rediscovered my love for Colors! on my old DS. The screen is terrible, terrible colour representation and contrast + glare, but its pretty fun for plein air attempts.

    Some arms from imagination, mountains, eyes and buildings.

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    Having a whale on opencanvas, new setups are confusing but i intend to use it a lot more in the future.

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    Spent 5 days or so in london with a friend, went around many galleries and got a few studies down. The scans are terrible as my lines were mostly pretty faint, but here is a dump -

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    Woop, back to photoshop for a while. Unreferenced slight remake from this

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    3 unreferenced paintings, feel like im learning quite a bit from these.
    Realised my monitor calibration was wrong after the first two, third was done on a correct screen.

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    Man! what an awsome sketchbook!, really, looking forward for more!

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    Sketchbook pages for school coursework.

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    Continued work on the lenin bust, and started a small photo referenced forest pic. Early stages.

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    Some really good stuff in here. Really dig your still lifes!

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    Master study time!

    Been concentrating on brush strokes, trying to feel the forms and such, seems to be going much better. Moving onto another study as the facial flaws in this are too numerous to bother attempting to fix.

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    Not spending enough time on the laying out as per usual, have a botched study.

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    Interesting stuff, love the Lenin bust hah

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    Awesome stuff man, i'm digging that bust painting of Lenin.

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