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    Love the chow design. I think the candle is a great touch. Although, the hands seem weird try putting some weight into the pose. Make that fork feel heavy. I love the style. Cant wait to see it when its finished. Keep up the great work!


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    ~Twig - Thanks! Maybe sliding his right hand forward on the fork so that it isn't so choked up would sell the weight a little better, while simultaneously bringing it further down. I think I'll try that. It DOES seem like he has them really close together resulting in a strange, weak grip.

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    Dude sick work!

    Love your style man, its detailed yet loose, if that makes any sense haha
    Lovin that last piece, keep it up man!

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    Really awesome stuff, man! This CHOW piece is looking great, especially for a 90 speedie. I'm gonna root for ya! Keep up the good work!

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    Rhysmancometh - thanks a bunch!

    alexson - I appreciate the rootin'

    Decided to take a break from CHOW tonight and just do some study. I've never done a photo-portrait study before, so here's my first one - 2.5 hours to complete, was a lot of fun! Process anim to follow, because I always love those things.

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    And here's a process anim -

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    Your work has a Warcraft feel to it. I dig it a lot. I definitely like the direction you are going with your work. I enjoy a bit of color in a painting. Keep it up and keep posting.

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    Great work Tbaldree! Thanks for drawing my toon she came out great. verry nice photo study too. Looking forward to more chow work. keep it up!

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    Beelow - Thanks a lot! I was just over at your SB admiring your amazing development over the past few years and your awesome use of color. Means a lot coming from you!

    Jonathan C - You bet! It was fun to do

    I've been admiring the stroke economy of a lot of the artists here so I did a little exercise tonight to try to cut down on my flailing around with the brush, and to make myself think harder about where I'm putting color, and why, and to do it with as few movements as possible. Still a little messy and there's a lot of stuff here I'm not happy with but I think it was a good exercise. I based this on one of the characters in Matt Dixon's nifty book.

    Tried to change it up a bit with the lighting too - I seem to be doing the same lighting in all my stuff.

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    Here's WIP #2 for Chow this week. Took into account some feedback and rearranged the grip, as well as adding a thimble 'gasmask' for living underground that straps across to fit across the mouth as part of the goggles/headgear.

    Candleflame redone to look more like a candleflame, and I took him more in the direction of a ferret - the previous WIP had more of a doggy-face going on.
    A lot of cleanup work and detail work across the board. We'll see if I get more time to spend before CHOW deadline.

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    And here's a process animation -

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    wow man really love your work i have mat dixons book as well and its pretty helpful, keep up the sexy work man!

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    Did this one straight through in 4 hours this afternoon - middle-school Necromancer! I'll post a progress gif later -

    edit: ugh - the more I look at this the more things I find to hate. She's crosseyed, what the hell is up with the zombie's shoulders, her backpack looks like it is made of glass and the softer highlights I used on the clouds really bug the crud out of me. Oh well - we learn by screwing up, no? Also, can you imagine worse candle-flames? I can't.
    Last edited by tbaldree; October 9th, 2010 at 01:59 AM.

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    Every your next work is better then previos! Love WOW character, in my opinion her hair is very nice - it has good volume. Keep it up!
    What about your last work, I like it, but her straight hand bothers me... maybe to turn (or bend) her hand to opposite direction? But anyway it's only IMO, so maybe I'm not right
    And thanx for stopping at my SB!

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    In2eternity - thanks! Yeah, the hand bugs me too - and so many other things. I'm pretty much going to call this last piece a bust as anything but a learning exercise. There are so many detail and composition and anatomy problems that I think it would be better to redo than adjust. Oh well!

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    Oh heeeeeeeey!

    Time to get cracking on next week's CHOW and get the bad taste of that last piece I posted in my SB out of my mouth.
    Lady in the Lake, WIP #1.

    First one of these I've done a sketch in pencil for first, and then scanned (just the primary figure). I kinda dig the way it is going. Prolly 3 hours in so far. Going to try to do a 'real' background this time that is coherent with the rest of the piece. Foliage AND water - I must be dumb.
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    WIP #2

    Lots of cleanup!

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    A little change of pace tonight -
    a photo study using a set of painterly brushes. Trying new things to see what seems to stick best for me so that I can develop a good painting workflow.

    1.5 hour study of good ol' tall dark and beardy. Not great.

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    ^_^ heeeey you've done a lot!!! ^_^ Great keep it going!!!

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    KristoffThanks so much! I was just dropping by your sketchbook - those new figure sketches are great!

    Here's a quickie Demon portrait for today for kicks. Have some more ambitious things on the burner but not really happy with any of them so this was nice to do as a break.

    I usually seem to slap stuff around with high opacity with the stylus, especially when figuring out some sort of composition. With this I went really light and was much happier with the sketch I had to work from, and it seemed to make the rest of the process a little more enjoyable. Going to try doing a soft-sketch after blocking out whatever I do next to see if I can manage it with more complex stuff.

    Did a few pencil sketches in my offline SB today, but too lazy to scan them.

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    This WIP looks so intriguingly I like #48 too

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    woow nice stuffs

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    inspectorsokar Thanks a bunch!

    in2eternity Many thanks!


    'Nother of my wife's WoW characters for tonight's sketch. Meh. Never did come up with a composition I liked much. A little lazy. Might try a totally different approach later until I feel I got something I liked. Oh well.

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    Going to be spending a while longer on this - this is just an early WIP.
    I'm taking a crack at some of the ArtOrder briefs that John Schindinette posted recently here -

    http://artorder.ning.com/group/wizar...t-descriptions

    I'm doing #2 of the class illustration set that he posted secondarily. Kind of fun!

    The order is as follows -

    #1 MALE HALF-ELF SORCERER, in an active pose, facing the viewer. This CLASS ILLUSTRATION should use a format similar to those in the 4e PH.

    Male half-elf sorcerer
    Features: tanned skin, dark green-black hair.
    Armor: Cloth armor, no shield.
    Weapon: Holds an ornate brass orb.
    Action: Active pose, facing viewer. The sorcerer should look like he’s in the center of a storm of swirling fire, elemental power that originates from him but is almost beyond his control. But very powerful and self-assured.


    I have lots of cleanup to do and need to start working the background and spell elements, and need to redo his right hand completely and figure out how the ornate orb is going to work. I'm going to pull the fire arc into the foreground so that it pases in front of his feet and lower legs a bit.

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    Wrapped this one up - here's the final and a process anim.

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    I've decided to (really belatedly) do the ArtOrder 'Gotta Have a Hook' challenge, even though there's no challenge anymore. It seemed like an enjoyable thing to do just for the hell of it.

    Changing things up again from a process perspective - I did a really clean line-art drawing first and established almost all details. I also did a page or two of scribbles to work out the characters beforehand, paying more attention to what they were wearing, pose, and overall composition in a bunch of itty thumbnails.

    Instead of painting over the sketch immediately, I'm doing a lot of washes with overlays that preserve it but get the lighting and color in through more subtle stages.
    Looks a lot different than the other stuff I've been doing - I'm really interested to see how it works out in the end. Compare this to the other dwarf from the previous page - pretty different.

    This is a very cropped WIP - the full composition is 11.25x4 - I'll do a more full WIP once I've spent a little more time on the hook horror.

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    Very cool character designs. The raccoon guy is just adorable.

    No crits really. Just keep going and don't forget to do also studies everyday.
    Sketchbook


    "You might be disappointed if you fail, but you will be doomed if you don't try"

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    Your work is soooo good, love the dwarf! (page 1)
    If you are still doing ppls toons heres mine

    (http://www.wowarmory.com/character-s...hilas&cn=Zahir)

    Hes not geared that good though lol

    thx keep up the good work

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    Divorahk - thanks! After I wrap this up I might take a crack at that character - or maybe if I need a break from this one

    ismo - much appreciated! Badass sketchbook, BTW-

    Here's a full-frame WIP of the previous post - got some more detail work done on the dwarf and a bit more of the BK, as well as a further roughin of the Hook Horror. Still tons and tons to do.

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    A quick evening painting - portraits are fun!
    This one's the Amazon from Matt Dixon's book.

    I think I finally found a 'painty' brush that I like - it doesn't leave horrible regular patterns and doesn't require constant rescaling to mask its digitalness.

    http://www.melaniedelon.com/?p=510
    I used Melanie Delon's smooth2 brush, which I like a lot - this was done entirely with that brush.

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