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    Hey Xelar, thanks for stopping by my sb. Some good works here. I love the painterly approach in the most recent piece. My only suggestion would be to pull back on the highlights a bit. They are getting blown out a tad and could use an extra value step so the forms don't get lost.

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    @Ninjac
    You're probably right about the highlights. I'm just a big fan of "overexposure".
    I get carried away with it too much.

    It's the same with this new piece. It's not finished yet but the hightlights are still pretty extreme. I like the colors a lot better this time.
    I used reference for this, too

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    Holy shit, mate. You're really getting the hang of digital! Particularly how you use colours, I think.
    Anyways, not much to say other than I'm really liking what you're churning out. Keep up the good work as usual.

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    I like your new stuff. Good interpretation of references and light. Finding a some larger midtones planes (deliberate) in the right places on your figures would help with a sense of liveiness and depth.

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    @Naidy
    Good to see you in here again! I'm pretty happy with the colors most of the time but I still struggle with values and incorporating figures into the background more. Thanks!

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    I think my recent progression has to do with me not doing outlines anymore and jumping straight into painting! I do pretty well putting down basic values but I have trouble making the values more sophisticated. Using references with very strong lighting doesn't help either.


    Unlike my previous post I actually have more than 1 picture to post today,yay!
    The first two are 2 pretty quick sketches which I'm not crazy about (referenced) and the last one is the lady from last time. The background is a mess but I like the dreamy quality of it. The colors are still over the top but muted at the same time

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    I'm going on a family vacation tomorrow night so I thought I'd upload something today.

    Pretty generic hot dude but whatever, it still looks nice^^
    I added the reference so you can see why the foreshortening looks so weird.
    The fingers were also a hassle for me. I though I had interpreted the reference pretty well but the proportions were distorted quite a bit. I'm guessing you have to somehow be able to see past the lens distortion to make it work.

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    Ehh nice work man, your stuff is good =) I actually prefer the lady the other way round but hey that's just me =)

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    Whoa your usage of colour is really interesting! I love it! And compared from your beginning you got pretty good! Well you weren't really bad, but you improved a lot. I need to follow you!

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    @Kungfoowiz

    I have this problem all the time! I flip a painting and can't decide which way I like better. Thanks!

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    Yeah, color is definitely my strongest expertise but I still struggle with anatomy a lot! There's still a lot of room for improvement^^

    I didn't really do much during my vacation,2 crappy sketches which I'm not particularly fond of.
    I am actually pretty pleased with the painting, even though I know there is something wrong with the lady on the right but I think I'm calling it done now.

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    Hey thanks 4 your usefull kritik . You also have a very impressive Sb here and i realy like the way you handle with colors . Maybe I get this skill about this later to .

    Keep it on

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    I tried to fix the last painting a bit and started a new one, too.
    I have no idea what I was going for to be honest. I'm probably going to make this less abstract and draw some clothes and a proper background.

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    I think I'm scrapping that dude from last time.
    that shit made no sense and didn't even look good.

    I didn't use any references for this new one, hence the worst cat ever painted.
    I still like the mood, though

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    mushed a bunch of textures together and painted something on top of it.

    I don't have school the next 2 days so I might update soon^^

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    No update for 2 weeks, I had a bunch of essays to write and got frustrated when I lost painting process due to a blackout.

    This obviously isn't finished yet, I still need to paint a bunch of stuff and I think I might have to change the pose, too. Right now it kinda looks like she's taking a dump. But hey, at least it's something.

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    I really like your color choices.

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    So finished the painting from last time and gave it a whole new look. The old colors looked too much like hipster photo-filter gone wrong so I decided to make them "happier" and fresh.
    I really like how the colors turned out but the anatomy and pose is still meh...

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    I tried to do a matte painting
    I added the base image so you can see how much of it is painted.
    Can't see myself doing any less painting, though. I wanted to transform a photo into something completely different.

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    So photshop decided to be a bitch and out of desperation I decided to do something in pastel. I never really do anything in color outside of Ps so this was quite challenging, even though I just colored a sketch. I used too much dark red and then had to realize I couldn't make it lighter.
    I know this is bad but I'm just gonna post it as a reminder that I rely on Photoshop too much.

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    IT'S THE SUMMER BREAK WHOO!

    Starting tomorrow I'm gonna do poses, enviro etc. just like last year!
    I hope I'll manage to update daily.
    Unfortunately I don't have a nice A3 Sketchbook but I'll manage

    Have this generic face for now

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    here we go, first summer break update

    I did some poses from posemaniacs.
    Then I moved onto lovecastle but I failed and got frustrated.
    The portrait was vaguely referenced and took 2-3 hours.

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    Some more poses and some stuff from Jack Hamm.
    I struggle with unusual angles so this was immensely helpful.
    Not sure how I feel about the colors on the digital one. Maybe I should have left it semi-bw like the last one.

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    I didn't feel so good today so the pencil stuff sucks and is out of proportion.
    Also, I felt like doing portrait was going to be too much work so...

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    Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time today.
    I think I'm gonna do some more Loomis.

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    My room is unbearably hot. I'm in agony and you should pity me.
    Some Loomis studies and a random sketch that I might continue

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    Some more Loomis and the lady from last time is finished (kinda).
    The anatomy stuff is kinda tiring especially in this heat but it has to be done.

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    wow.. lovely colors.. only 3 stars? people should rate this thread!

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    Your sketchbook is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your drawings with us!

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    Thanks! I actually never paid much attention to the whole rating system. Is it really all that relevant?

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    More Loomis and a random environment. I've noticed that Loomis figures look a lot more graceful than mine. I'm thinking its because I draw legs too thick and I can't quite get the angles right.

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    You have some truly beautiful work here.. your color sense is fantastic. I really enjoyed looking through your sketchbook.

    However, fairly often you'll have proportional problems (especially, it seems to me, with making faces too long). This really stands out because otherwise, your work is gorgeous and high-leveled. Get your drawings right! Your rendering is too good to be dragged down by proportion issues.
    I'd just suggest working traditionally for a while (get rid of that Photoshop reliance!) and spending a little longer on the drawing stage for your pictures, flipping horizontally until you're absolutely sure the proportions are good.
    edit: and I just noticed.. your most recent post is obviously a copy of Loomis, so they're careful copies, not gestures, but the figures still look really stiff. I don't actually see any gestures on this page.. maybe you just do gestures and don't post them (then that's okay), but otherwise, draw some gestures! Work to get a feeling of movement.

    Anyway, again, you've got some lovely pictures here. Keep at it!

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    @JesseM

    Thanks so much!
    Anatomy is still something I struggle with immensely. Hopefully studying Loomis will help me improve a little.
    Btw when I'm painting I usually don't do any outlines so there really is no "drawing" to fix first.
    I'm also intimidated by drawing a whole figure without any references. I just fall back on using very basic poses so I can do the whole 8 head rule thingie.


    Here's some more Loomis and some random armored dude

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