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    rumpenstiltzkin - No, no colours, as it was not commissioned as such. Though I'm tempted to throw in some shades for kicks; after all the time put into it, it seems a shame to leave it as linework.

    Something I haven't tried before, far as I can recall - head gestures. 90sec for the first 2 rows, 2 mins for the last one, all from the Drawing Script.

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    So I've been looking at style a lot lately... I don't feel like my style is quite where I want it yet, as so much of the art I like is relatively loose and energetic (at least as much as semi-realistic digital painting can be) and most of my recent finals have been a bit over-rendered and... stiff, I guess?

    I spent a good part of the day creeping on a couple of my favourite artists, Massimo Carnevale and Kieran Yanner. This study is a blatant attempt to ape stuff I like from both their styles (which aren't hugely similar, but have occasionally similar approaches to colour and interesting uses of texture.) It was interesting, doing a photo study like this, referencing value and general colour shifts, but doing what I wanted with the colours. Not a viable replacement for proper studies, but incredibly fun to do. I should try this again, with a more audacious palette, since this one was mostly just a more bright and saturated version of what was there already.

    2 or 3 hours, I dunno. Ref here.

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    Very cool stuff and great inspiration! Thanx!

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    Those head gestures are awesome. Any books that go through doing a head gesturally like that? Did you learn that technique from anywhere or just wing it?

    Also last painting is superb!!!
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    TheDistance - And thank you!

    Whirly - Uhhh, I dunno. It's not specifically from anywhere, but heavily influenced by Loomis - there's a lot of his ball and plane method, without the actual ball. I find the top and bottom, the eyeline, eyebrows, nose, etc, then usually the cheekbones and back of the head, and everything else from there.

    Character ideas the Art Order Art Evolution Challenge... and yes, I know, this is due two days after the Levi challenge, for which I've been irritatedly poking at the lineart ever since I shot reference. (TOMORROW. Tomorrow I'll finish the drawing for that, seriously.) This challenge was just too interesting an open brief to pass up - a dark-haired, young female wizard who wears white trimmed in gold.

    A bunch of sketchbook noodling got to a basic silhouette and idea I liked, of a long jacket with high boots, and then I went for some variations on a theme from there. The final will probably be some combination of the first and last iterations. The second one's a bit boring. The third one is right out, as it doesn't really say wizard at all... the others are pushing it, but I kind of want to push it. No reason a wizard /has/ to wear robes. I like coats.

    Also, obviously, some ideas for wizard staves. The second's my fav, though I'll have to take another look at it tomorrow. Never really tried to design props like this before, I have no idea what I'm doing. =D

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    Finalized the design here, but probably not gonna settle on the colours until I've worked out the composition. When I think "wizard", as opposed to mage, sorcerer, etc, I think of somebody very scholarly, so I'm working with the idea that she's an explorer/archaeologist type in search of arcane knowledge. Mix of decorative and practical.

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    Partway done the lines for this, skeletons are hard and perspective is harder.

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    Study in progress. 2 or 3 hours in? Still very early I think, this one might take a while. The face and hair are absolutely godawful right now, but the rest of it's heading in more or less the right direction. I have no idea what to do with this kind of subtle light, which, y'know, is an excellent reason to do a study.

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    Start of colours on this?

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    Seriously struggling with this lighting situation.

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    Some thumbnails for the other one.

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    Some barely-perceptible progress here, despite working on it for what felt like forever.

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    Colour studies, prolly gonna shoot ref for this one tonight...

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    Aaaand just a few gestures, from Drawing Script. I was going to do more then got sidetracked.

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    Just wanted to say your gesture studying is really paying off and showing in your thumbnails.
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    Thanks, Whirly!

    This one has seriously got away from me, but I got some really great crit in the Critique Center and hopefully I'll be able to reel it back in tomorrow.

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    Started on the Lyssa final. It's very early on, just wanted to go back and forth between these two. Her head is... not working yet. (The problem with using myself as reference - I have a super wide head. It's not very heroic.) Also the skintones are kind of awful.

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    This is the stupid thing that sidetracked me yesterday. One of my D&D characters. I kept trying to doodle him and failing so I figured I needed to look up what a skeletally thin guy would actually look like. Did some sketchbook studies and then drew these two. Of all the characters I've played, this is the one I'd least expect to draw shirtless, not least of all because he's a creepy dead hobo.

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    Finished this maybe? Tomorrow's the contest deadline, but I'll probably make some final tweaks in the morning. I've been staring at it all day, no way to be objective right now.

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    LOOK, IT'S DONE

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    Now I have two days to finish this one! I love painting those ridiculous bricks.

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