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    Hello.
    I like a lot of things in your studies. The figure ones with line are really fresh and I think the quality is good. About your more realistic paintings: I think it has good aspects, but you can improve the quality of the edges. In some of your paintings the control is good, and your figure is in one atmosphere, but in other ones, the edges are really sharp and this makes your paintings look cut out, and not like a one integrated painting. This happens some times in your drawings between the hair and the face, in the outline of figure, or in the eyes or in the eyebrows in some cases. If you soften your edges it would solve these issues. In some of your paintings your control is good, but in other ones it feels like you don’t think about it.
    In my studies I´ve learned that having a hierarchy of edges is vital. Try using sharp edges in some parts, like in your focus area and accents, then soften the rest in diferent levels. The parts that are farther from the focus point should be softer and softer in a really subtle way. I think doing this will make your work more athmospheric and make the image more readable and appealing. I think that If you have this concept more in your mind, your work will improve!!!
    I hope this will help you!! ☺ And I hope I have explained clearly. My english is not perfect.


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    Thank you for the feedback everyone!
    Spinsea -- the ink portraits were superfun. I'll definitely do some more!

    Xavier--Thank you so much for the detailed critique! You make a lot of good points. I really need to work on edges.. one comment you made about how I'm more careful in some pictures but lose it in others is actually really eye-opening for me. I think of edges as something you do at the end, some blurring here, sharpening there, to finish the painting. And if it's just a "quick work" I won't pay the edges much attention. But I still pay attention to proportions in "quick work;" I never abandon value for "quick work." Everything with an edge needs those edges to be consciously designed, from the very beginning, quick work or not. With that in mind I'll try again. And again, thank you!

    Quick post today--sketches for my perspective class final and some environments. I'm going to start trying environments again, but... I'm just as clueless as before. It's so frustrating.
    Which is why I have to work on it!
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    nice sktchb, keep those studies rolling
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    Thanks elpez!

    I often feel that in art, you never graduate exercises... you just add in more difficult and more varied ones, as you expand into higher levels and study more subjects (ie perspective AND color AND this AND that). And whenever I decide to focus in on a weakness, I feel like I'm abandoning my other studies.. I draw for hours a day and still feel like a slacker..
    I'm happy with my progress and all, but it's just like I'm always two steps behind. @__@" If I look here then I'm not looking there, right?

    So in accordance with that theme, here comes a variety of studies! Gestures 1-3 minutes.
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    Hey Jesse, thx for stopping by in my sb You got some good studies rockin' over here, especially the skintone one from your avatar. Also, really great energetic gestures, keep em coming!
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    These paintings are fucking awesome. The one with the kids' expressions are especially cool. Great gestures as well.

    And the part about how you never graduate exercise is spot on. I always feel that way myself. Keep on!

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    I loved your sketchbook! How about you post more stuff , eh? Good job and keep going!
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    Pixel--thank you, will do!
    Aaron--Argh! I was hoping it WAS wrong. What a tiring world! But it's too much fun to get mad at, I suppose.
    Rastary--Thanks a bunch! Post more, huh..? if you insist..!

    Quick update with lots and lots of heads today!
    I've near given up finding a local clay supplier and a kiln, so I downloaded sculptris. Here's my first two heads, each about two-three hours. I don't think my computer can handle sculpting hair. .__. Still, very very fun, will be doing more. No ref - I probably should be using some. Please crit these!
    Plus two b&w head paintings,
    aaand two more ink heads, playing with how to render different things.

    Thanks much for looking, leave some c&c!
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    Great update. Lots of good heads here. My crit would be that the edges may need more definition? It seems the paintings could really use some hard edges around.

    On the woman, her neck is way too think and too long. And maybe soften the edge near the top of the hairline(generally it's a pretty smooth transition) and harden the edges of the jawline?

    Those ink drawings are really fun BTW>

    Keep on!

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    Aaro--thanks a bunch! I'll keep that in mind.

    Post will be added later.
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    I'm back! School finals were kicking my ass for a while.
    Anyway, here's a snippet of what I've been up to---

    more portraits, a Bouguereau study, and an "ideal studio" perspective drawing.

    Leave some C&C please! Thanks!
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    Been playing with sketch techniques in Photoshop lately. fun stuff.
    Also a wip for a queen friend's birthday card~ :P

    I'm in the middle of moving (I'll be moving 4 times in the next month! gaaah!) so I haven't had as much art time lately.

    Oh yeah! I got a tumblr! Share some love?
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    Your anatomy is really nice, proportion wise and all. Though the eyes seem a little off. Maybe too big? And I dont know if you are going for this look but the last figure the WIP. I believe you named it chimuWIP - the body seems a little masculine for a female. It gives the impression of a cross dresser or a transgender.

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    Alex - Thanks for commenting! For those sketches, I was using an anime-inspired style. So the eyes are intentionally larger. If you think it looks wrong (I could see it venturing into uncanny-valley for those not expecting an anime influence), that's another story, but otherwise.. P: As for the "manish woman," you're completely right - it's a guy in drag. I mentioned it in the post comment.

    I'm halfway through a lot of projects right now. Here's a warmup and a portrait...
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    Hey, nice sketchbook you have here. You've improved quite a bit since the first page and I like the various studies you have. Are your still lifes from life or photos? The self portrait is very nice as well.

    Also, thank you for checking out my sketchbook. Looking at your renderings, I can see what you mean about the white highlights. I'll work on that.

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