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    Little Monster Sketchbook

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    very nice concepts and shading style ..... keep it up

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    Starting my thread over to coincide with a rigorous training schedule I have made for myself. Week one: Portrait studies from reference. I welcome all critiques! It will help me greatly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agrmrs View Post
    very nice concepts and shading style ..... keep it up
    I am bumping my thread with the new first post! Hope everyone enjoys!

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    Todays portrait wasn't exactly what I was aiming for. Things just keep getting too muddy. I'm having trouble picking colors and blending tones to create smoothness, but still keeping some gesture in tact. Also, honing in and working on detail. Any advice would be great.
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    hello there

    the first portrait is scarlett johansen, i knew it coz i did the same photo study too

    (don't forget my bonuses points)

    be more carefull with proportions though

    IMHO the second portrait is better than the first: better proportions and not finished

    to blend color, use an opacity pressure brush and u can lower the flow (and opacity) to easy the process. with the colorpicker aim for the broder of the two color you want to blend.
    another method is to use the smudge tool with a sponge-like brush

    i know someone exactly like u in CA : portrait, rigorous schedule and blending problems

    Shypod (look in my signature)

    good luck with next

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    hey congrats on the new sketchbook page! These are looking pretty good for starting off! If I could make any suggestions, I would bring out the intensity of the colors because both paintings look a little washed out. This is a common mistake most artist make including myself!

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    Thanks for the input guys, bonus points to Zou haha!

    Zou, I do need to start fiddling with opacity and flow settings. I have in the past, but I still need to find that happy medium. As far as proportions, it's something I'm practicing as I work on my painting skills as well.

    Yogesh, I completely agree with you. I'm not sure if my references are not dramatic enough or if I just havent trained my eye to pick out the correct values yet. Either way, it's definitely something I'm trying to improve.

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    I know, I know, I've been neglecting my thread... but that doesn't mean I've stopped drawing! Critiques welcome!

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    Update! Lastest piece I've been working on...

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    Was looking to develop some ideas. So I started with some thumbnails. At first I was just drawing wherever the shapes took me, but it turned out to develop into almost a sort of story. I am looking forward to refining these!

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    Good stuff I like your painterly approach in some of the studies. And you composition and environment skills look really good

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    Thanks Alex, I appreciate it! Speed painting for today, took about an hour, I was using a thumbnail from above if anyone recognizes it.

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    Here are some thumbs for the upcoming conceptart.org environment of the week contest. Theme for this week: secret underwater submarine iceberg base. So far, general consensus is thumb #5, which is a sort of canyon type base with docking and buildings on each side. I also like 7 and 8. I believe 7 has the best composition, but 8 has some nice design elements in the base that I like. I’ll be posting updates as I complete them.

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    You're off to a good start. I'd like to see where you go with those city environments in the future.

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    Thanks Dahami, here is a concept from one of the thumbnails from the last post.

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    thumbs for a movie scene

    Scene is; girl looking in from afar at father and unknown child playing. The room appears to be an ordinary living room, except it is snowing. I want to go with a Pan’s Labyrinth or Alice in Wonderland feel, hence the large door and cave, but I also like the look of a frozen tundra separating the girl and her father.

    I’m thinking #4

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    Here is a very quick color study, from a photo.

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    Ended up choosing thumb #3. Would love to hear feedback! Thanks

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    Some color thumbs.

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    Would love to hear some feedback. Thanks.
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    Here are some painting studies.

    Clouds.

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    Great paintings. i love the 'path maker'

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    Hey Nick,

    Nice sketchbook. The thumbnails look good. Nice and clear and simplified.

    In general you have perspective issues. The sub base EOW looks good, but in your cityscapes, for example, you have painted all the buildings from the same, flat, profile view. And the one with the child looking into the room with the fireplace is very wrong. Decide on your angle of view and stick to it. Use a horizon line and proper perspective construction.

    With the cloud studies, I would not use a "cloudy" brush. I think it is distracting you from the real study. Try to get the different patterns that clouds take, and how the light falls on the form. Paint them as spheres and cubes, not as clouds.

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    Yeah, I'll echo Mr. Corlan a bit by saying that though I am totally a proponent of custom photoshop brushes, you need to create/use them to accomplish a certain task. In this case, your task is study. It can really hurt you down the road when you feel that you can get "decent results" without having a solid understanding and structure. (and I certainly know this first hand, having started my schooling and application of disciplines late in the game). So for the sake of study, it might best be accomplished by switching between a simple soft and hard brush.

    That being, I really like your use of atmospheric perspective and color choices. Especially in these later pieces, you are using a healthy wide range of values. By your thumbnails, you show that you are putting a bit of prep work and thought into these. It's just time to face that demon of structure and perspective and just hammer it to death. Keep it coming man!

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    @tronrobot: Thanks man appreciate it!

    @mr. corlan/ericelwell: thank you for your feed back. I'm really trying to get my landscapes down. It always seems so easy in the thumbnail stage, but when I bring it to canvas or photoshop, I get lost sometimes.

    I know that I should cover the basics with standard brushes, but I always have a hard time painting the little nuances of clouds, rocks, trees, etc. I'm going to be trying to do more traditional studies for practice, and take a break from digital. Unfortunately, I do not have a scanner yet. So I'll pop in whenever I can.

    Anyway, practice makes perfect I guess. Here's a self portrait:

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