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    Don't be afraid! Come on in!

    I just wanna progress!!!

    My more immediate goals are to get a stronger portfolio of ink, pencil, and digital works. With a focus on character conceptualization.

    My long term are to use the portfolio to start free lance illustration.

    I'm terrible with color right now, but I think my strengths are human anatomy, and gestures, I can do strong portraits but I'm hit and miss getting my work to resemble the model 100%.
    I intend to become stronger all around but I still want to focus on human anatomy and character concepts.

    Here's some things to get us started a few studies.
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    Nice start! dont be afraid to go to the extremes of colour and shade when doing studies.
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    Exactly what I was going to say.
    Don't be afraid to use your color picker to see how close you are either. I learned a lot by using the color picker to see how far off my value/saturation was, and eventually you can just see the right color and put it down immediately.
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    Study value before studying color.

    Trying to get drawings to look "just like the model" is also a huge oversimplification. There's a lot you have to get a grasp of in order to make a 2D drawing or painting read.

    If your long term goal is illustration, representative drawings may be OK. But if you want to be able to bring artistic interpretation to your work and to draw from imagination, you'll need more tools.
    Thinking connects desire with creation.
    How good are you?

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    okay... thanks for the input it all makes a lot of sense.

    I've taken some shots from my sketchbook that I'll be trying to upload before I go to bed.

    @p sage
    I mean I miss likeness. I understand as an artist we have so much more control over what is seen than a camera might alone. though the anatomy is sound generally you can't really look at my drawing and the model and say they look alike.
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    sketches from observation

    a few character concepts sketches for long past ChOWs I didn't enter.
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    Doing 2 things, Testing to see if this will display my images. and posting another attempt at a land scape.
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    a few of my character concepts

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    a few lame cake action poses

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    I JUST GOT ENGAGED! skip-a-dee-do

    and now I'm trying to draw again. Please aid me with crits.

    I tried using warm colors for the bear and I was going to go with really cool colors for the water and stuff... its still a WIP but I'm working... but about an hour, and hour and a half into it.
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    when doing an environment try to think of layers of composition. try to figure out what makes things appear bright or dark. These are all relative. if something is really bright its usually by relationship. and vice versa.

    try doing some black and white paintings!

    keep going. great progress here!
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    yep, good work! Black and white paintings will be good to get your values down! You have some good sketching skills, just keep working on your digital stuff and don't be afraid to spend a few hours on something! It's all worth it. Looking forward to more! Keep it up
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    @Aryeh & jbrown

    Okay I'll start focusing on black and white paintings a little more. I've always had an issue with not going dark enough or light enough. (especially with my pencil stuff) I guess a lot of that is transitioning into my painting as well. With pencil it's because I leave a lot of the paper white and as you said Aryeh by comparison...

    In any case I'll definitely be uploading more. I'm going to try and at least do one of these every day for the next 75 days. I've got to fit it into the schedule.
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    I REALLY want to be an artist so bad. Life and a lack of motivation kind of slowed my progress. I feel like I'm reaching a point where if I don't do it now I never will. I guess that I'll be using that fear as motivation.

    It's been about a year since my last post here and I haven't drawn all that much; a little here and there. I can see (or at least I feel like) my art has regressed considerably. I will not let that phase me though.

    I've started a new blog, with it I aim to focus not just on my growth as an artist and comic book writer, but also the journey there.
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