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    brave like a bear

    Hello everyone
    I've been lurking around here for a while and am finally getting around to starting a sketchbook!
    I'm a 19 year old fine art student; just finished my foundation year and will be studying Fine Art: Painting at the University of Brighton for the next three years, although this is all fairly traditional i spend most of my free time practicing digital painting, so here is a place for my studies and sketches to go!
    To start here are some environment speed paintings i've done recently and a self portrait i did from observation last night, my first real attempt at portraiture but it was fun!
    Any criticisms are much appriciated

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    current wip; oil painting of two cats i'm doing for someone





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    wow, some nice brush strokes on the oils, last two digitals have some good colours, if your into environments theres a great website here full of stuff to study from --> http://www.terragalleria.com/ ,keep posting

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    thanks joe! i've been doing a lot of environmental work and am trying to branch out a bit more

    finished version of the cats painting;

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    Love the environmental pics, especially the lower right brownish one. Good sense of depth!
    Nice to see there's some English people active on here too. (my brother lives in Brighton. Great town if you like good pubs and Metal)

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    thanks zumf, really looking forward to living in brighton!
    todays studies; two quick self portraits, was playing around with different expressions, also did some environment speedies but ill upload them when they have a little more done to them.

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    current landscape im working on, will be doing more to this and adding some transport creature crossing the bridge

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    lovely landscape.. for improvements i would say when painting, start off using a large brush, rather than a small one.. can see its ur way of painting. Using a smaller brush is usually for detail and sharpness, u have that going for all over ur piece which has no kind of focus in it. So larger first then small, but dont smother the small all over the larger marks, use it sparingly.

    But other than that ur on the right tracks mate! keep it up.

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    todays update!
    15 minute environment, mainly working on values and lighting
    also worked a little more onto the previous environment; at the moment i'm not happy with the closest bridge, but have added a rough sketch of the creature + figures.
    plan on doing some more portrait or figurative studies tommorow.

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    I really love your landscapes. They've got some nice feeling of texture to them. The portraits are looking great too. Keep it up!

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    I really enjoy your use of color, and it seems like your 'patchy' application of said color is something you do in both traditional and digital mediums, a lovely style. I love all the colors you managed to work into the cat piece with it all holding together cohesively.

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    Hey man, thanks for visiting my sketchbook. Really like the scenery, especially the one in the brown tones in hte first post and the one with the figure holding a spear. Keep up the good work!

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    thanks for the comments guys
    finally got a new monitor which i can paint on; so much nicer than painting on my 13" laptop screen haha

    anyway, recent work;
    first was just a quick environment sketch, trying to make something hostile looking, might even take it further and add a few dragons or something!
    next is just two photostudies i did yesterday, have had a pretty bad allergic reaction to something so i havent been overly productive

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    photostudy from an awesome scene in bladerunner

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    loving the environments like the roughness you really can identify the mood very well, how long they take?

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    @burntbacon thanks, it really varies from something like 15 minutes to 2 hours for these, although if i decide to take one to a finished piece i suppose over 10 hours haha

    anyway, update for today; commission painting of some dogs i did for someone

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    hey people, haven't updated in a while because my laptop broke! (spilt coke on it) but i am in sweden at the moment, and have been doing some paintings! :p

    just a few environment speeds so far, likely to refine the last one a bit more, but hope you like and criticism is appreciated

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    You should really turn that last sketch into a full-blown piece mate, fantastic mood!

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    still in sweden, here is an update of a few of the paintings i have been working on,
    the first one is a collaboration with http://patrikarvidsson.deviantart.com/, i painted the base and he detailed parts!

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    still in sweden, here is an update of a few of the paintings i have been working on,
    the first one is a collaboration with http://patrikarvidsson.deviantart.com/, i painted the base and he detailed parts!

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    Nice start!Nice sketchbook your coloring is looking good especially the landscapes those are good man and your traditional paintings are also great.update more keep it going=)

    My sketchbook.

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    thanks strangedawn!
    small update to the third painting on the last post
    will probably be taking this further and including a figure into the foreground
    hope you like it!

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    HI matey

    theres some very good stuff in here! I particularly like roy batey from bladerunner, which is one of my all time favourite films btw.

    The environments are good too but I would just like you to push on with them and really take it to another level as regards detail, go for it mate blow everyones socks off!! I know you have it in you!

    all the best with the work, keep it like this and I'm subscribing man.

    (edit) _ just subscribed anyway cos I like it in here!! lol

    A great kind hearted lumbering bullock



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    first update in a while, have been fairly busy and haven't had a computer to paint on!
    have a new laptop now so I finished the tree painting and did some half-life 2 fanart i started ages ago!
    Start my painting ba course in two weeks too

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    Great enviros here and I like that brushy look ) Keep posting))

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    long time no update!
    have started at university studying fine art: painting which is going great! will be sure to upload some of my course work soon, but for now here is some of the digital work i've been doing over the past months, have been busy and havent really been able to finish anything, but i wil be sure to take a few further!

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    cool to see someone the same age on this site. anyway, the landscapes and enviros are looking good. nice compositions and tasteful use of dutch angles. can't wait to see your traditional course work as well. keep up the good work !

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    quick photostudy of morgan freeman,
    everybody loves morgan freeman.

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    Hi Matey

    Nothing to crit, I like the enviroment studies and a love the morgan feeman one you nailed him mate, really good one there mate

    all the best to you

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    Hey man, great work in here, especially the enviro's.
    It seems like there is something up with the proportions on the portraits for me but they're probably fine, could just be the colours drawing your attention to specific areas, but you've got a great sense of lighting and atmosphere in your paintings.
    How are feeling about the course at Brighton? I was thinking of applying there myself next year,
    It seems like a good place to go for traditional and even concept, I think Milo Hartnoll studies there, his work is amazing, but yeah keep going!

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