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    Black Spot Thank you! I will definitely be doing similar studies again in the future. I've been doing some basic value studies on spoons in my sketchbook, so hopefully I'll be able to do a better spoon in the future.

    Star Eater: Thanks for stopping by. That used to be my favorite, but now I'm seeing so many things wrong with it. :/

    Here's what I've mainly been working on since last week....it's a revisit of a still life I did last year http://attachments.conceptart.org/fo...1&d=1318186949, but never finished.

    At this point, I don't like spending a long time with one particular drawing as things start to look wrong and I can't figure out what it is until later on down the line. I think it looks better than my last attempt, but still not what I had in mind.

    It's not even close to finish and the last part I worked on was the face...which looks really fucked up right now.

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    A doodle:

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    great sketchbook! love your self portait and still lifes

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    D-art: Your sb is awesome...thanks for checking out mine!

    Some male torso studies before work:

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    Here's an ogre

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    A quick 2 hour self portrait. Tried experimenting and using different brushes and just having fun...although I didn't like the effects I was getting with the custom brushes so I went over a lot them with the normal ones.

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    Nice piece, and lots of good work through out your sketch book.
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    Jeff: Thank you, Jeff! Your work is awesome, man!

    Well, I've been working quite a bit on traditional stuff (Oil paint, and Oil and Soft Pastels) the 2 past weeks. Unfortunately, I have nothing to show for it as most of the paintings look amateurish. So amateurish in fact, that if someone other than myself were to see it, it would make them go out, find the highest bridge, and jump from it just to rid themselves of the travesty they had just witnessed.

    That's how bad it is.

    Still, I'm going to continue working with them. At some point, I would like to make a complete transition to traditional stuff when I work on real life observational studies and save the imagination work for digital.

    Anyways, here's the color block in of the ogre so far (critiques would be helpful...color, proportions, etc....but mainly the colors):

    EDIT: I'm looking at this on a different monitor and the colors look pretty damn bad. This is quite frustrating...studying color theory, and not being able to put it into practice.

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    The trouble with digital is that it sucks you in and makes it a lot easier to correct stuff rather than getting it right first time. Pastels are hard - I used to love working with chalk ones, but you need to get the fundamentals of the drawing down first. Maybe acrylics would be more up your street as opposed to oils to begin with. I prefer oils, but acrylics dry faster and you can correct problem areas more easily. I used to sketch in ballpoint to help me concentrate - no undo.

    I like the doodle; interesting point of view, you should push it a bit further.


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    Black Spot: Thanks for the advice and you are definitely correct in that digital is a lot more forgiving than traditional, which is why I'm slowly making the move back to it.

    Unfortunately, my current living situation prevents a complete move back to it at this point. In five months though, when I have more space, and I'm able to leave my set up in place, I will definitely be doing more of it.

    Also, I was actually considering a move back to acrylic paints as that is the medium I have the most experience with...maybe besides color pencil. However, I have some "How to" books on Alla Prima oil painting coming in the new few weeks, so I will wait and see how that goes before completely giving up. Right now, I'm going to limit myself to just black and white and getting used to painting again as it's been 4 years since I've even picked up a brush.

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    Still life and imagination sketches...some old and some new...I'm still working off and on, on some of them:

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    Unfinished gas-masked guy

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    great stuff man! nice anatomy studies! they show your improvement in your imagination sketches!

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    NickyBeats: Thanks, man!

    Here is the spoon again from a different angle. About 1.5 hours

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    Nice sketchbook, you're showing a lot of improvement. Your life drawings look really good. The only critique I'll offer is to pay a little more attention to textures. Some of your paintings look a little "plastic" looking for lack of a better word. But everything else looks great, keep doing what you're doing.

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    Eric: Thanks for stopping by, man. Yeah, I've been definitely trying to avoid that plastic look. One way I've been trying to get passed it is by using the main light source color as the highlight on the object instead of either just making it pure white, or just increasing the value of the object where the light is hitting.

    Still, it looks plastic though , so if anyone has any tips on how to stop doing this, let me know. Thanks!

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    I agree with the plastic comment. Something you can try to remedy it maybe is to use harder brushes where the focal point is to create harder edges. Everything is looking very soft and similar. And also pay attention to materials! Like the pants of the guy in 222, the way that they are catching the light makes it look like an odd shiny material.

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    I find using different texture brushes work nice for giving everything a little bit of texture. A great video to learn some great texture work would be this one: http://theartdepartment.org/download...stile-takeover it's only $6.99 right now, normally $60. I just picked it up and it has some great and unique painting techniques when it comes to textures in an image. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the tip Eric! I wanted that video since it came out but I refused to pay so much for it. And it doesnt even say 6.99 on the page until you click add to cart--like its a secret price.

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    skMOP: You are right. I was looking at the late Helzon's sb and he had this image:

    http://attachments.conceptart.org/fo...0&d=1169644025

    I liked the way he did the cloth and tried to do something similar as it reminds me of comic book art. But, it didn't work. So, I'm starting some drapery studies again.

    Eric: Thanks for the recommendation. I was originally looking at Matt Kohr's (ctrlpaint.com) video on rendering and texture, but I got it in my head that I needed to master the basic brushes first....right now, I'm using Daarken's basic set which consists of 6 brushes, 3 of which are chalk type.

    I have used some skin texture brushes as well, but only for dirt speckles. In general though, I haven't had much success with texture brushes.

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    Bridgman leg studies (still can't quite grasp his process) and a drapery study from work last night. I will be doing much more of these this week.

    I swear, if you would have told me a few years ago that I would be doing drapery studies again, I would have told you to get the fuck outta here. I haven't done these since high school and I took all this stuff for granted. Talk about regret.

    Even more, the studies look awfully similar to the crap I produced as a teen. Still, I have a new found respect for doing them and just studies in general.

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    studies are looking really good. i really like the apple and toaster or radio (or whatever it is).

    looking forward to seeing more!

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    Everything is looking good in here, man. That spoon looks really nice.
    And the revisited still life of the dancer is great!

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    cedule: lol You like it, but don't know what it is? Haha That means I failed in drawing it. It is a toaster btw haha. Oh well, I'll have to do it again. Thanks for stopping by, man.

    WRappiii: Thanks for the ego boost, man. Everything's looking like crap to me right now.

    Here's some sketches from last night at work. I did a cloth study with a rag, but it did not come out at all readable. Then I did some photo references just because I was getting bored of drawing still lifes.

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    You´re doing great man, the studies are getting real nice. Maybe I miss more sharpen edges in some of your paintings. Loved that study

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    Ricardo Robles: Thanks, man! Did you mean I should sharpen my edges a little more, as in hard edges versus soft? If so, I will look for that in my next drawings. Later!

    Today is a good day. I spent about 2 hours painting with oils and I finally made some paintings that weren't absolutely atrocious...they're still bad...but they don't look like a 1 year olds finger paintings. You can't really tell what they are, but that's ok. I was able to control the paint a little better today and I had more confidence in my strokes and color choices (although they are far from perfect...especially the cast shadows which should be much darker).

    I avoided using Ivory black, but I did use a little titanium white with cadmium yellow for the highlights.

    The apple is from yesterday...came out looking like crap. But, I'm posting it to show a comparison. The paint for the shadows is too thin, but I think the side where the light is hitting is not THAT bad.

    All 3 oranges are from this morning (someone just told me that they look like eggs lol, but the fruits are plastic and have weird shapes...still gotta fix that)

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    Wasn't going to post these as they are worst than yesterdays oil paintings, but whatever, gotta post the bad, the worst, and the terrible. Paintings are bad, camera quality is bad.

    I did a third painting this morning, but I threw it away as I didn't even want to look at it. I should have saved it so that I could later paint over it and save some money. I will definitely be painting over these though.

    Gotta keep going.

    Also, some ball point pen Bridgman studies...I love ink.

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    nice oil studies! trying to get more into oils too and i have so much trouble mixing the color i want. so far i only used super limited palettes. what colors do you use?

    and btw: yeah i first thought it was a toaster but then it looked almost exactly like the radio i have and then i was confused...but since it's such a nice drawing i wouldn't mind to see one more of it

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    Dude... Your improving like a flipp'n dinosaur, it's really great to see even tho it makes me feel bad for myself. Anyway I really dig the traditionals. Keep up the good work and stay bbacon.


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    I find putting the palette knife or a brush loaded with paint ant arm's length to check the colour against the object helps a lot. You should be able to see if it needs to be cooler, warmer, darker or lighter before putting brush to canvas. There's been an improvement from the first though.


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