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    Fell in love with the watercolor landscape in post #289, and these new ones look so serene as well. You've come a long way, I enjoyed going through your sb. Keep going

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    As others stated, these are some wonderful marvelous stellar water color landscapes.
    Your true mastery shines here. I will be looking after that animal anatomy book
    that you also used, can give one some unearthly powers.


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    Thanks guys!

    Bloody hell. How did I get onto page 11 so quickly? Wait, I know. Too much talking not enough arting, oops.

    Unfortunately not much art today either. Just some mannequin doodles and a rough idea for COW - The Thing. One of my favourite movies so I couldnt resist it.

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    Bit more development on the COW. Might do some more tweaking before starting to paint. Move the dog head forward maybe. Would love to hear what others think.

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    My effort for Self Portrait Day 2013. Used a mirror and photoshop. First time, and I'm bloody knackered, lol. Learned lots though so it's all good.

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    You’ve cleaned up the lines nicely on the COW, I didn’t saw the end result yet,
    but I believe that it will be tremendously gorgeous. The self portrait is looking good,
    but I think that you are still struggling with values (that’s why you should go back
    and do some more grey-scale studies). and you have some symmetry issues. No man’s
    face is 100 percent symmetrical but it’s pretty close to being symmetric. I suggest
    that you flip the canvas from time to time, if you are working digitally. For the traditional
    ways, you could use a mirror on your paper to see the symmetry issues. You are
    doing great, a few more adjustments, tweaks and your skills will go near perfect.



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    Good progress from page 1 to now, and very nice traditional work. For your selfie, the values could be pushed more to help the forms read. At the moment it's all in the middle value range, so opening it up a bit more will help.

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    Thanks guys!

    You're both spot on re my values - need to work harder on those. I did try a couple of greyscale thumbs like you suggested, Plissken, but they turned out crap - will post them below so you can see how bad they are. But it made me get back to basics and do some proper value studies in pencil. They were tough, but I learned a lot so I'm going to do lots more.

    Also going to do some greyscale photo and painting studies to get my head round it properly. Been avoiding it for long enough, I think.

    Anyway, enough chatter. Thanks for visiting my sketchbook, Mr Frenik, really appreciate it!

    P.S. I spectacularly missed the COW deadline - somehow thought it was today, oops! I'll get it finished and posted in here anyway, for the experience.

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    You don’t need to do this size of paintings for value studies, you just
    try to paint small thumbnails, will help you more to get the hang
    of perspective, values and depth. The problem with this size that you
    did is that it requires details to look good, and that is not the point of
    this exercise. You should always remember the next thing and that
    is, that every painting that don’t look good in small version, will
    never look good in big version, and every piece, composition, value
    range that looks good in small (thumbnail), will also look good enlarged,
    be it just on an art canvas or a huge painting on a building wall. Also
    on those environments I got a feeling that you didn’t used the whole
    value range, you don’t have hundred percent whites and hundred
    percent blacks, so I would suggest that you do some environments
    with full range, to have a total dark part (100%black), some corner
    or shaded area, and to have a full bright shiny something (100%white).
    The graphite drawings are cool, you could also push some values here
    a bit more, make the darker parts to be more darker. Hope I was
    clear enough with the explanation, still struggling with English,
    but if I helped at least a bit then I am very happy. Please
    continue with your work, and share more love.


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    Maybe just using 5 tones on the digital work and seeing where that goes. Make 5 really black as you seem to be scared of going that far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPlissken View Post
    You don’t need to do this size of paintings for value studies, you just
    try to paint small thumbnails, will help you more to get the hang
    of perspective, values and depth.
    Yup, I know the principle. Those were zoomed right out while painting and only look big now because I uploaded them at normal file size.

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    Maybe just using 5 tones on the digital work and seeing where that goes. Make 5 really black as you seem to be scared of going that far.
    I made a palette of 5 values but ended up only using about 3. Think I did most of my mixing onscreen so I ended up with what looks like lots of values in the top one. Fair point about going for a pure black though. Not sure why I don't use it, guess it's a knock on from traditional painting. Will give it a go for sure.

    Thanks for the feedback, guys, much appreciated.

    Finally finished The COW Thing, about a week overdue, heh. Not happy with it, and I struggled with lots of things, but I learned about clipping masks and some other stuff so it wasnt a total waste.

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    Quick sketch for a new illustration - need to move things around a bit before inking it - and a value study. Tried to push the darks a bit further this time but forgot to soften the shadow edge on the cone. Oops. Next one will be better.

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    COW; The Thing is looking gorgeous, scary as hell, but we are not really sure
    the material which he’s been made of, it kind a look like mud or wood, a half
    mud half tree man. I think you should do some digital material studies, you
    know the sphere stuff, that people use to do in their sketchbooks. Try to
    do different materials, like wood, flesh, shiny metal, rusty metal and similar.
    Also we are not sure where is the light source on that painting. I would put
    in some more shiny whites in those eyes to look more like slimy and wet.
    I like the lines on that Cowboy horse painting, you are really good at drawing
    and working with clean lines, I admire. Do continue with your excellent
    approach toward greatness and success.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPlissken View Post
    I think you should do some digital material studies, you know the sphere stuff, that people use to do in their sketchbooks. Try to do different materials, like wood, flesh, shiny metal, rusty metal and similar.
    Heh. You're a hard taskmaster, Plissken. You're right though, I need to do more studies of things. Will add it to my to do list.

    Working on portfolio stuff so just a couple of doodles today.

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    Perspective studies = ace
    Head drawings = very nice
    Horse head = outstanding
    Robed figure = superb

    I think that your performance is boiling up to a red notched
    peak point, and there is no natural force, deeply dug sand sack,
    or reinforced brick dam, that could stop you from climbing even higher.
    A true reinventing, cultivating enlightening feeling summons up
    within our souls and hearts when looking at your work.


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    Thanks Plissken, you flatterer you!

    Couple more doodles. Trying Michael Hampton's approach to figure construction, see if I take to it any better than Loomis, which I hated.

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    Finally finished painting up that ship from the last page. Changed things around a bit from the sketch and think it works better, though there's still lots of room for improvement. But I'm a bit happier with this than the last oil painting I did.

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    nice rendering and studies on this page I love this last painting, the ice is superb! Keep practicing ^_^ I think regular self portrait paintings would be a cool way to practice, I have enjoyed that

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    You've been putting out some really nice stuff lately, love the painting

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    Thanks guys! Regular self portraits sounds like a good idea, Muddy. Will definitely give it a go soon.

    Here's my entry to The ArtOrder Inspired challenge. I didn't get in, clearly. The work I was up against is stunning. Good practice though, and I learned lots from it - basically, what not to do in future pieces, lol, so it's all good.

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    I've only had time to go through the last couple pages of your sketchbook, but I wanted to post a quick comment.
    On those value studies (post #309), you mentioned that you got most of your values by blending. I think you would benefit by trying some value and/or color sketching with 100% opacity (still using life or photo refs). I've just started doing that recently, and I've found it really forces you to look at what color/value you're actually seeing, instead of just smudging around until it 'looks okay'. I've also found that I almost learn the best when I accidentally pick the wrong color and start laying it down, because that's when I find the flaws in my mental assumptions. And, at any rate, its just a sketch, so if it comes out looking like crap it really doesn't matter at all!
    Anyway, hope that helps. You're doing really well, keep it up! I'll look forward to more updates

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    Your traditional work and oil paintings are blasting through almost everything,
    you have a black belt in oil paintings, just like a ninja has it in origami. That ship
    on ice is as best as it gets, now the Titanic has a true rival, an opponent which
    will make it’s old days to regret. Great work overall, big evolutional steps
    under your summer blanket, I wish you to keep up the good spirit,
    and don’t pull the handbrake until you hear the ground shake.


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    Thanks guys!

    Some stuff for the Colour Theory workshop. Hoping to develop the idea into something for my portfolio.

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    Just some colour studies and the workshop stuff on a smaller sheet. I don't think they work so well as thumbs when they're huge, oops.

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    Like those thumbnails, keep practicing

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    Hey Candra thanks for stopping by my sb. Love the work you're putting in here, you have some interesting designs and ideas. just keep on posting

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    Thanks guys, I'll try!

    Just a couple of quick rock studies today. Need the practice with these.

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    Ace looking environment thumbs, keep up with the good work.


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