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    Hiya! I think it's great that you are trying to do lots of studies. That said, I think you might not be serving your best interests by your chosen method of practice. If you only want to learn how to paint eyes, then by all means continue. However, if you're interested in other stuff, then I'd suggest trying to get a more general knowledge base in place before doing those kinds of isolated and repetitive studies. I'd suggest first learning more about proportions and placement of those eyes on the face. Loomis is a great place to start and the ebooks are available for free. Another good one is "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" which is helpful if you want to learn how to "see".

    In addition to that, though, you'd also be well served by drawing stuff that isn't from a 2D source. The trouble is that, when you study from photographs or other drawings, the image is already flattened! Half of the challenge of learning to draw is learning to establish a sense of depth. To do that, you need to draw the 3D world around you. Try doing some still lifes and drawing stuff around your room. Start learning the basics of perspective.

    Progress might be slow at first, but I'm confident that you'll see improvement if you keep at it. Let me know if anything I've written wasn't clear. I'm happy to explain more!

    Good luck!

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    Hey man, try to push the sense of form in those eyes some more. Maybe pump up the contrast in some areas that aren't just the iris. You're leaving the skin areas really light, pushing some darks should really help. Anyway keep it up.

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    Okay I've realized my goal maybe isn't as beneficial to my skill as I thought.

    I picked your advice up and started drawing from life

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    Some tape

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    I refuse to let this skill die lol, but I have to get back in the flow though

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    Got some accountability in check. Paying a friend $10 if I don't draw everydayName:  1.png
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    nice values on that can opener, I like the way you are improving, good going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artful_Stool View Post
    nice values on that can opener, I like the way you are improving, good going!
    Thanks for the motivating words!

    Am a bit sick today, so just some quick shape/value studies

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    Hey, those values are great on spheres but try give more depth on tht piece on bottom left, something is lacking, and always work in single direction while shading dont change in between your strokes, i hope u got wat i mean... just keep on wokring hard, never stop, NEVER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artful_Stool View Post
    Hey, those values are great on spheres but try give more depth on tht piece on bottom left, something is lacking, and always work in single direction while shading dont change in between your strokes, i hope u got wat i mean... just keep on wokring hard, never stop, NEVER.
    No I don't actually lol! Please elaborate

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    I wish i made myself clear this tym, its really hard to explain smtyms whn english is not your first language.

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    Hi,

    I don't know wheter you use layers in photoshop or not. If you don't use it, really try to use it. Take a separate layer for your cast shadow and put it underneath your layer with your object. That makes it easier to draw the cast shadow without interfering with the object itself.
    Making your background grey or something can give your highlights that extra touch it needs and really stand out.
    #162 try to make a color difference between the cast shadow and the object itself.... you're losing depth because its all 1 color. You should have a lighter shading between the cast shadow and the core shadow of the object, it's called reflection light and it really helps to make it more realistic!
    http://www.paulcarneyarts.com/images...ll_shading.jpg

    Keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias Leonard View Post
    Hi,

    I don't know wheter you use layers in photoshop or not. If you don't use it, really try to use it. Take a separate layer for your cast shadow and put it underneath your layer with your object. That makes it easier to draw the cast shadow without interfering with the object itself.
    Making your background grey or something can give your highlights that extra touch it needs and really stand out.
    #162 try to make a color difference between the cast shadow and the object itself.... you're losing depth because its all 1 color. You should have a lighter shading between the cast shadow and the core shadow of the object, it's called reflection light and it really helps to make it more realistic!
    http://www.paulcarneyarts.com/images...ll_shading.jpg

    Keep it up!
    Hey bro, thanks for the tips. I always struggle with the shadow yeah, I will experiment more with layers

    couldn't update this sketchbook since CA was giving my browser malware warnings. also for some reason the attachment manager isn't taking my 4th attachment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artful_Stool View Post
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    I wish i made myself clear this tym, its really hard to explain smtyms whn english is not your first language.
    Hey man! Just saw your post, thanks a lot it really cleared it up for me. I always find that I have troubles with strokes, they are either too careful or too free.

    Quick value/shape study. I am still a bit puzzled by how far the shadows need to go and how far away the shadows start to 'blur'. Also I think I violated the 'rule' that your lightest shadow should not surpass your darkest light lol
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    Yeah, I think everybody had these malware warnings. The website went offline for a few days so they could fix it i guess.
    #111 cool stuff!

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    Some more shape practice, spent a lot of time thinking how to shade the bagel shape. I really had no idea, could anyone give me some pointers?Name:  6.png
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    cool stuff! you really show some progress

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    Oh man I still have the hugest trouble with spheres lol
    Any pointers?

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    I could've probably used way more contrast in this one

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    Nice progression man!

    And like u said yourself, push the contrast in the last one and avoid that the color of your object blends in with the background.
    And as you probably know, u can go darker in your contrast but never use black, it destroys the color pallette of the painting.

    But nevertheless nice and frequent updates keep it going !

    Some good Sites for photoshop painting,
    you probably have them already but hell here they are,

    http://enliighten.com/
    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/
    http://idrawgirls.blogspot.be/

    Cheers! and keep us updated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deceptive View Post
    Nice progression man!

    And like u said yourself, push the contrast in the last one and avoid that the color of your object blends in with the background.
    And as you probably know, u can go darker in your contrast but never use black, it destroys the color pallette of the painting.

    But nevertheless nice and frequent updates keep it going !

    Some good Sites for photoshop painting,
    you probably have them already but hell here they are,

    http://enliighten.com/
    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/
    http://idrawgirls.blogspot.be/

    Cheers! and keep us updated!
    Thanks, I didn't actually know those sites (except for idrawgirls of course (hard to not know that one *giggity* ) )

    Tried to combine some shapes, to get more into more difficult shape drawing. But I kind of don't know how to distribute the values like they should.

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    Man you have come a long way. loved #45. Seems like you are on the rigth track so carry on and dont stop =]

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