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    Kalin's Sketchbook~Art Journey

    Hi everyone,

    I'm finally making a sketchbook here because I'm hoping it motivates me to draw & paint more as I have a strong desire inside to become a better artist! Becoming an illustrator is at the top of my list, but I also want to try concept art, and I enjoy 3D modeling too.

    All honest critiques are welcome! I want to improve so don't hold back



    Here are some NPC portraits that I've done for the game Eternal Lands...they get resized very small (50x50px) so I dont' have to be too concerned about details and getting them just right-that said I am using them as portrait practice and to get better at drawing and painting on the computer! I like to try out a lot of different styles/brushes in Photoshop/Painter and see what works best for me.

    The first one is of a draegoni(a humanoid race with some "dragon blood" in them), And the other one is a gnome.
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    Here's another NPC character, she's an Empress..pencil sketch and coloring:

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    I needed an avatar..so I did a quick sketch of a little owlie
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    studies

    Here are 2 studies I did recently, 1 a value study, the other from Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing-trying to get through the whole book as I really want to learn to draw full figures better:

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    If you want to follow along and do studies like this join us in the Drawing study group thread!
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    Nice Sketchbook! Really like the colors! The owlie are very cool!
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    Yuwon the gnome

    Thank you Paulo!

    Just finished this guy up. I tried painting a bit differently this time, I did the grayscale values first then layed in the colors using the color layer setting, etc.. I think it came out ok, and overall it was much easier to focus on painting only in shadows.

    So here's the finished color, grayscale values, and the original pencil sketch:
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    The last image you did, the technique you mentioned is a something that derives from classical art. It's called a "grisaille" super fun technique to use in oil.

    From looking over at your images I think it would be great if you try out some different lighting situations with strong contrasts so that you can see forms more on the human form.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Very nice studies you have here! I like the owl very much too!
    Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalin View Post
    Thank you Paulo!

    Just finished this guy up. I tried painting a bit differently this time, I did the grayscale values first then layed in the colors using the color layer setting, etc.. I think it came out ok, and overall it was much easier to focus on painting only in shadows.

    So here's the finished color, grayscale values, and the original pencil sketch:
    I think you did a great job on this, and thanks for posting 3 different pics
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    hey kalin, really like that value study, nice textured style.
    the last guy's face is cool too but something disturbes me with his throat, maybe its too long or too straight...and maybe a bit more shadow under the nose?
    keep it up
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    Thank you for the comments!

    Allen-p: I actually never knew they did that in oils-they painted over it color to? Like a glazing? That's interesting, going to have to look that up. Yes I'll try to work more on lighting, thank you

    daflom: Yeah you're right..I see it. I gotta work on necks more I think. That's a good one for a concentrated study, marking it on my to-do...



    Some more Hogarth studies:
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    new wip

    And a new wip image:

    It's supposed to be a griffon, landing on a small branch which he's much to heavy for, not to mention griffons would probably have a lot of trouble sitting on a branch in the first place, but this is a silly griffon with a few screws loose :p As he's just landing he scares a few birds away that were in the tree. He's looking at them annoyed as if they should be in his tree.
    This is kinda challenging to pull off, I'm trying to get the wings in the right poses(I have them as though he's off balanced in #2-3) and trying to show he's landing.
    I wanted to have him looking at one of the birds, but I'm thinking that's messing up on the "landing" appearance, so I added #3 with his eyes downcast.

    Can you guys give me some crits on which pic you think works better for this? I've been trying some variations and these were the ones I like best so far.
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    hey kalin nice SB you have talent i really like your studies! keep posting! your Empress charater looks pretty good!
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