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    Need to get back to doing studies again.
    Tonight it's Frodo. 2 hours.

    I tried something different today - just a quick outline sketch for basic proportion and then I went right to color blocking. I didn't let myself use any soft brushes - only one hard brush.

    I also stayed at 100% zoom and did as much detail as I could at that level before allowing myself to zoom in. I painted over the lines first thing and tried to look at negative space and color blocks instead of outlines.

    I'm kind of happy with how it turned out. I think my favorite photo study so far.

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    Another photo study. 1 hour.

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    Beautiful updates, just continue this, you're great inspiration )

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    hey,

    love the solidity and vitality of your characters. looks a lot like WoW concept art, but more expressive.

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    Catish - thank you!

    in2eternity - thanks again for dropping by

    Getting started tonight on this week's CHOW - I'm jazzed about the way this is heading. This will be fun to finish up - going to try to take it to a really nice polish this week if I can.

    I think this is the first real Sci-Fi stuff I've done, and I managed to get mechanical/proportion stuff taken care of reasonably satisfactorily up front, which will hopefully make this just fun to jam on values and color and finish.

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    A little quick color work before bed.

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    Looks great. You've improved a lot since i last stopped by.

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    johnathan c Thanks a bunch!

    A couple of hours of work on CHOW tonight...

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    Tonight's CHOW progress-

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    nice handbag! i joke, thats killer. its nice to see a mechsuit with a rollbar headguard; it always looks super easy to fall over or try and scratch your cheek and end up mashing your head off..

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    The Star Wars poster is awesome and you got a cute Jedi! Could you mention a good book for drawing kid's face (anatomy, landmarks, shading, proportions, measuring)?

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    Velocity Kendall - Thanks! Yeah, that man purse comes in handy

    surus - Thank you! Hmm. For portraiture I've just been practicing with a picture on my desktop - mostly I try NOT to grid or do anything like that and force myself to train my eyes.

    So, I think I'm about wrapped up for CHOW -
    but I can't decide which way to go for my submission.
    Any thoughts or last minute critiques?

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    Quick scribble. Trying to force myself to use different colors. Thought I would redo the lady-orc from page 1 and see how it ended up. Made sure not to look at the old one for any details at all. No ref, from mind.

    I kind of like it - I think I may finish it up.

    I have no idea why she is standing in front of a peach sky with swirly white cloud thingies, but I'ma go with it.

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    maybe you were thinking contrasts look awesome!?

    haha but really everything's looking great, you're really improving with thsese most recent studies, BUT i would love to see more pencils, or any form of traditional stuff, don't go too digital on us

    cheers

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    Dope Fiend - thanks sir! Yeah, I've never been much of a traditional sketcher. I end up with a grubby, over-erased mess most of the time, or a hand cramp. But I ought to spend more time at it - I find digital an easier way to experiment and quickly try things out, and I need a lot of practice with color in general - I've noticed more overall improvement when I'm doing studies in digital.

    Total turnabout for my CHOW. Last one looked waaaay too much like some existing 40k art that I must be parroting - I was going for a pretty 40k vibe, but ended up regurgitating stuff. We'll try this direction instead.

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    Some really cool stuff in here man. I particularly dig the little evolved rodent concept - good stuff.

    Keep it up!

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    eekolite - thanks!

    Calling this done.
    Plus a process anim-

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    dang dude! pretty stoked about your revised postman. in fact, i'm glad you redid the design~ i too got the feeling of the warhammer / starcraft vibe. although it is cool, this new rendition seems to be more fitting definitely getting my vote ^^"

    good luck! and keep churning out these awesome works !

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    teapo - thanks a ton - I really appreciate it. I think I like the rework better too. Feels more appropriate, and a lot less derivative.

    Tonight's CHOW WIP! Going pretty fast. Focusing on trying a different base brush, and trying to keep my colors from going too saturated.

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    I like the energy in your strokes and the colour in your works, they have a nice feel about them esp. post 11.

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    Love the your postman Chow entry and the last one is looking good too.
    Keep up with the great work you do!

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    great studies, Frodo looks awesome, and I like where you're going with this week's ChoW.

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    Dude, I'm a huge fan. I love your work, and I really appreciate that you've been posting the animated gifs of the progression. It's nice to see it all in one little space, as opposed to spreading it out across a page or two.

    Your Star Wars stuff is awesome, and inspired me to work my kids into my art more.

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    Cozmo - thanks a lot sir Kids are fun to paint! They get into posing.

    Teundeboer - thanks!

    Fallenangel - Many thanks

    mEgA fLeeCe RaIn - Thank you!

    dleoblack - Thanks!

    Really having a blast on CHOW this week - things are going more smoothly than normal, I'm finding myself able to fix problems as I see 'em and am happy with the way the colors are developing. I fixed a bunch of anatomy and stance issues today and pushed the mood closer to what I want. Still lots to do - but lots of time left too! Going to put a few more hours in tonight.



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    Here's where I'm signing off on this for the night. Lots of detail rendering, reworked shin armor, starting to detail shield, worked over exposed flesh and chestpiece and a bit on the beard and mask. Trying a little bit of canvas texture in here too to start working in as I go.

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    You've been thumpin em out man. Really Dig the intergalactic man.

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    Amazing, really enjoy the desing of the shield. This is really good idea, i wish i could be creative like you!

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    yeah the intergalactic postman is great, if they make a movie kevin costner could play him keep up the hard work!

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    very nice works, just wanted to dropp by and say that i gave you my vote for the intergaltic postman, i think yours worked really well with the topic and the design of it is just awsome, i agree about the warhammer look on the 1st idea, i think the last wip is turning out really nice, colours are fitting very well with his pose and it kinda have a traditional feel to it, i just love it

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