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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Maiden View Post
    I really like the brush strokes on these pieces, though they do get a bit blurry sometimes, but it gives a good effect nonetheless. Is it a custom brush? if so could you please let me know how you made it? (or if its downloaded a link .

    Tbh the only thing I can crit about is how the strokes get a bit blurry, otherwise theres some real great stuff here.
    Thanks for dropping by..I made my own brushes..I did however learned how brushes work and how to get the desired effect through modifying existing brush but most of the time starting from scratch..but seriously all you need are basic brushes such as the default round one..don't get too caught on brushes it turns counter productive if you wanna use it as a shortcut

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    *puke*

    @andres333 I agree, brushes can indeed get distracting, I only use basic brushes myself, but have been toying around with brush settings to experiment. Might as well get a hang of PS.

    @AdrianNagorski Thanks for stars! encouragement always appreciated!

    ---Update----

    not much these past two days, gestures, a few cubes- need to work harder!

    PS: The really shitty enviro is an extension of a thumbnail i did earlier. Its still a WIP.

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    ugly update.

    Wow its been a slow couple of days. Every mark I put down seems so...uninspired. Really makes one feel like crap; those days when your best is worse than your worst.

    Ah well roll with the punches.
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    Note: The photostudy below is referenced from the national geographic photo of an Australian Slaughterman. The study is crappy, since I can never ever seem to capture likeness. I wonder If I ever will tbh : /.

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    update.

    Body variation for Spartan campe and usual gesture

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    I really admire your dedication. You have a really large body of work. Keep it up!

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    update:

    legs, anatomy studies of legs, and some photolifedrawing. A traditional update this time. Have some uninspired gestures that I wont post for its the same as previous gestures.

    I photographed a few rather than scanned due to scanner size limitation; then I adjusted levels to make it clearer.

    Notes:

    26 legs, mainly silhouette/contour studies. I always liked arranging contour studies overlapping one another.

    1 page of "thigh anatomy" focusing mainly on the vastus internus/externus and rectus femoris.
    I really don't like any of the figures I did from photoref. I got to try harder. I just can't seem to shade them nicely. All I have is all-purpose drawing pad (A3) and a 3H, HB and 2B pencil. In the hands of a capable artsist im sure thats enough to make miracles, but in my own inexperienced claws they seem to shade too dark, or too light, or too messy or whatever else.

    In particular, I have a gripe with the noise, I cant get smooth tones, instead I get those dirty, noisy looking white spots where the paper didnt pick up graphite. Is there some way to avoid that with pencils? or is it a matter of paper and pencil quality?

    I seem to think the noise is a result of bad shading.

    I need to move on to the pelvis and feet, in particular the area where lower leg joins to foot and the placement of feet in relation to one another.

    I also hate doing faces when drawing the full figure. It seems im limited to portraits. Doing faces at a long and medium distances eludes me. They come out looking like monsters or drooling idiots.

    --- ah well more and more you know, the more you realise you don't know.

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    legs, pelvis, figures

    update - all referenced

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    uninspired shit:

    some gestures in pen are not in here cause they suck even more than whats already here... will do better today dammit!

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    update.

    Anatomy, gestures and the final character (mongolian warrior dude) for the set of three Asian warrior themed characters.

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    As for the white spots, it's because of paper texture. For much larger pieces, it's finr, but for small drawings it can be distracting. The smoother the paper, the less white spots there will be. Another thing, sometimes a sharper pencil helps. Keep up the anatomy studies, they look great!

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    new years

    update crappy stuff

    First post since new years, been distracted recently so not a good start to the year >.<

    Will remedy that in the coming months.

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    update, mainly perspective cube warm ups and a few tanks done from a bunch of ref pictures and imagination

    two portraits I did while waiting for someone at a coffeeshop (she was an hour late!)

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    Impressive figure drawings/anatomy studies. I dig that one page of legs a lot! Keep it up, you're drawing a ton!

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    fairly extended (4hrs total?) portrait studies done with a 3H and HB and 2B pencil.

    Bruce Lee and Marion Coutillard.

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    update,

    thats meant to be a study of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal in Silence of the Lambs, and I was trying to get the grid/planar study right and failed miserably. I wasn't going for cleanliness, only a recognisable face via the planes. Obviously my first time, hopefully my next attempt fairs better.

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    update, Olga Kurylenko study, did the grid first on a seperate layer and corrected. Then did the B&W study.

    Also, gestures.

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    update.

    arms, some perspective stuff.

    *the three point perspective looks weird, i guess the two vanishing points are too close to each other which forces the perspective alot.

    **the one point looks more off since I tilted the camera a bit when I took the photo.

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    added 30 arms to what I did yesterday for a full 50.

    Numbers in blue indicate arms from imagination.

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    lots of studies going on here the arms in particular are looking great. keep at it with the pace you're going on now and for sure you will be up'ing your work load by tons more

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    @Teapo

    Thanks! Its really nice to have someone who has such a great body of work comment on your SB.

    Although tbh your comment regarding increasing my workload sent me into a despair! now I feel like im not doing enough! (its the truth but it sucks to face it )

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    Torsos and shitty gestures.

    1-30 Referenced
    40+ - Imagination.

    the lying torsos were messed up for me to think of and draw.

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    nice sb you got going, those gestures are nicely done, you seem to have a good work ethic, just keep on doing those studies and practice practice practice and you can only expand your skill set.

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    @thesadpencil

    Cheers for the encouragement. Practice is all I can do atm. I don't see much benefit in working finished pieces if I can't do the basics right.

    Anywho:----

    update crap

    some mainly the master studies. The rest is arm training.

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    Hi

    It's great to see all your hard work and dedication to form throughout your sb.

    The torso/skeleton here is a good example of some very nice work!

    Please keep it coming!


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    @Jephyr

    Thanks! I hope all this dedication pays off in the future and I can start posting some awesome work. Atm though I feel terrible scared to do anything from imagination cause I just feel I'm not ready to do anything like that. (everytime I think creatively I fall flat on my ass when I attempt to put it on paper >.<) Nonetheless I'll keep putting more and more and hopefully before I realise it i'll be considered pro

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    Update, finally finished this Goltzius_Hercules master study. Its a poor attempt to compare to the original engraving but I learned a great deal.

    Also some vehicle hovercraft things straight from my head. Christ I need to do them more cleanly.

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    Wow, I can't believe you think your NOT doing enough? Your sketchbook makes me feel so lazy! I need to go do seven thousand gestures now.
    Your work is definitely paying off, there's visible improvement from a month ago
    & I can't really offer any advice because your doing everything I would suggest anyways- so Keep up the good work!
    Happy sketching

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    Wow, that's what I call a lot of effort! Great amount of studies you're doing, I bet you'll be deoing grea tin no time Especially digging the torso and arm studies, you got a very good line quality there.

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    Thanks! I hope I'll be doing great in no time!
    Although tbh at times it feels like im going in circles rather than forward. Well more drawing will remedy that I hope. More than anything drawing seems to be about mileage rather than anything else. Sure theres studying involved but I guess you can't go wrong with drawing more.

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    Thanks lol, Yeah I do feel like im not doing enough. I've gotten quite a few people who tell me that im doing alot but I guess something in me is telling me its not enough. More can't hurt. Gonna increase the workload again. Nonetheless, 1000 gestures have helped, but not in a direct way. I think what has helped the most is close observation and extended studies more than the short warm-ups which have clogged my workflow in the recent month or so.

    Anyhow sketch dump. Crappy camera photos and a few "shadow studies" the room was partly referenced (the blinds for example and perspective) However it was colour and in the 2hrs or so I took to do the study, I didn't convert to grayscale to see if I could guess the values and shades. Wasn't entirely successful (I think the right hand side of the screen needs to be lightened alot more to reflect the open windows of the top.)

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    ı think this SB will be famous in ca three months great studies.

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    Gosh, many months went by since I've commented here the last time! And I'm impressed by your improvement. Colours and brushstrokes of your digitals look much better now. Great mixture at all of different studies. I like your gesture drawings very much.
    Keep going like that and you have all chances to be great =) And don't forget to have fun!

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