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    Beautiful studies, especially the digital painting studies. Your sketchbook is very inspiring!


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    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! The nupastel work seems popular. I'll have to do more of it..;P

    Kry--interesting you'd ask about post 130 in particular, because that's the one of the few exceptions to my usual blending strategies..If you're referring to the Lepage study, that was several hours of work that kind of became blended over time on its own. Just using the standard hard Photoshop brush and low opacity, working it over and over... if you're referring to the figures, as I suspect, those were actually done in a lightweight little program called Paint Tool Sai. It's wonderfully fast and has beautiful lines, so I use it a lot when doing gestures (PS lags too much). The shading was done using Sai's preset watercolor brush, which is, indeed, ridiculously smooth and self-blending. Actually to the point where you can't really draw with it, and it's difficult to manage.. But for large, general spots of color, it works pretty well. Download a Sai trial if you're curious--it's such a tiny, tiny program, you can have it running in two minutes of making the decision!
    Normally, though, when blending in Photoshop, I'm a dirty cheater and use the smudge tool. Not always, but when you need to a near-perfectly smooth gradient quick, smudging saves so much time! Experiment with the brush shape and you'll get some pretty interesting results.
    All right, there's my overtly long reply! Thanks again for browsing my sb. ^^

    Page six! Whoa!

    I forget what I have and have not uploaded.. so for now, here's a portrait from imagination, a thumbnail view of a 88 compositions thing I did (with india ink and the back of business cards) and an unfinished walk animation.
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    The walk animation is not showing, I don't think the attachment manager supports swf files.

    The latest updates are looking great, I really think you're starting to get a grip on form and values. If you don't mind a crit, I think it's important that you started paying attention to edges, though. They really make or break a painting.

    This thread is an edge tutorial gold. Make sure you click on the links, especially the James Gurney ones, he talk about the edges being 'designed' as opposed to 'observed'. It's a fascinating read.
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    Vritra - oh well.. wasn't that great of an animation anyway.
    Thanks for the edges crit! Someone remarked on that before, but I misinterpreted it to mean "be cleaner" (although I need to work on that, too). That link was really helpful! Composing your edges... I've begun a Sargent study and'll watch my edges in future work. Thanks much again!!

    Gestures, WIP figure study, WIP portrait and completed portrait!

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    Very nice sketchbook overall!! Great studies and your actual paintings are great!! Keep going

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    @Proto; Thanks! Will do.

    I made a quick ellipse guide for someone else on cA, thought I'd post it here too. P:
    Also, some planar head studies (always harder than you'd think they'd be...), a portrait for somebody, and an experiment. I wanted to try something.. distorted. But it's really distorted for no good reason, so I think it was doomed before I began.

    Still, I enjoyed it! I feel like I always get caught up in drawing "beautiful things," so when I draw a subject outside that range and still enjoy, I'm somewhat relieved.
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    good work on the compositions, and the other things as well. keep attacking, keep up the good work. it's definitely paying off.
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    those planar heads are really cool! you should keep them in mind when painting, as i can see that you're missing some volume in some of your paintings.
    nice compositions, too.
    keep them coming.

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    Purb--I love that attitude, "keep attacking..." thanks for commenting!
    Razy--Thank you, will do! I really do need to remember depth while painting. I've been reading Loomis lately, and he talks about always being able to "see the other side of the head..." it's an interesting thought.

    Remake of an old portrait, two cast study WIPs (value sets! THEY'RE IMPORTANT! I wish someone introduced me to that concept years ago...), some perspective studies, annnd something else. I've been playing around with brushwork recently, but nothing I want to show quite yet.

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    thank you so much for being supportive for everyone!
    i realy like your perspective drawings
    im deeply inspired by some of your words

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    Zol--Thank you! CA is a great community, isn't it?

    I made a comic for school in one weekend (just for an English class, by the way)... which took the entire weekend, but I'm actually pretty impressed I finished it at all. Still, the art's too shoddy to post, so you get thumbnails.
    ..sorry.

    I've begun playing around with hatching and ink and stuff! I don't really know what I'm doing, but it's difficult and a TON of fun, so I'm gonna keep doing it! Seriously, it's ridiculously fun.
    I am graciously following ccsears' guides and homework assignments for this subject. Great stuff!

    Lastly, I've started an isometric drawing.
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    Quick post today--
    more heads in pen and ink, all 10 minutes each. Just playing around with effects. I'm really enjoying these!

    Also some color comps (relatively fun--whatever color was selected at the end had to be the primary color for the next comp) and an update on my isometric project.

    Thanks for looking!
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    Happy mom's day!

    Been doing lots of crappy art..and some slightly less crappy self-portraits, so here are those!

    Leave a comment!
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    Awesome sketchbook! I love your colours... and the line work in the self portraits and ink hatching experiments (particularly like the first and last postraits) are full of character. I totally think you should do more of those...

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