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    It's not cheating... not really. It can become a crutch, but you can use it effectively to sort out what you're not seeing (proportionally, especially). It's a good check, but if you use it as your foundation, you'll never get better.

    For your hand studies, try something a little thicker so you're less worried about contours and forced to work in value. You'll get a better sense of how light and dark fall on the features.

    (And my name's Jayml, by the way )

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    I'm Vlad, nice to meet ya

    About the hand study value. Thing is the reference photos were shot with a flash, and so all the value is washed out. Just white hands. And I didn't want to use my imagination for the shading, haha.


    And I'll stop doing that when I stop making the same mistakes. I don't trace anything. I just double check. And I've learned that both times I checked the proportions I was making the nose bridge too long, and the gap between the bottom of the nose and the mouth too wide.

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    Oh! Yeah, no, the whole point of a study is to just work with what you see so you can do it from imagination later

    However, get yourself a strong light, like a desk lamp, and point that at your non-dominant hand next time to do a hand study. That'll give you nice, strong shadows. Hell, point it at anything and you'll get nice strong shadows.

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    I'll be sure to try that some time, thanks


    Another portrait. My lovely girlfriend this time

    No cheating this time! Took waaaay longer though. And found out flipping the image horizontally helps a ton. Hope that's not cheating, haha

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    Could you throw up your reference for comparison?

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    Thans for dropping by my SB.
    Very good studies! These are great for understanding valuework. You did some good texturework on the skin too.
    Keep it up!

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    Guess who's back from the dead , not like anyone cares

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    WIP, didn't decide yet if I should give him the spear or the sword.

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    Bump, update.

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    Colors done. Not sure if I'm doing this right.

    New layer set to overlay, I then choose 5 or 6 swatches.
    Fill in the main colors at about 60 % opacity brush, and then set to something like 10-15% and use other swatches for ambient light and such.

    I can't really tell if I did the colors right or not. Guess it mainly comes down to whether I ruined the grayscale picture or improved it.

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    Decided to do a fantasy piece. Some sort of ancient earth/rock colossus/golem in a realistic landscape (ie. grass, trees, some hills). The lighting will be from the sunset, which the colossus will cover and cast a huge shadow on the landscape.
    Here are the preliminary sketch designs for the golem.

    After doing the one on the left I figured it looks too aggressive, I want the golem to look somewhat peaceful and passive, yet colossal and intimidating with it's size. I am quite happy with the design on the right. Guess gonna go in that direction.

    Also tried to give it some depth by making it step forward, not sure if it works.

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