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    Psychobuddy - Thanks a lot! I liked the colours, but the actual rendering was just... I dunno, way too stiff, trying to do too much at once. D:

    I started over after all. Nearly done, mostly just have to do the keys and fix the sleeves. The pose and the like are way more straightforward, but I think losing the overambitious lighting has let me paint a bit looser, and focus more on the actual character design which is, you know, the point of the challenge. And I like the intensity of the straight-on gaze.

    (I still want to do a picture with that kind of light, but maybe at a point where I can figure out how to shoot better reference, blah.)

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    Doneskies! And I finally scanned some of the sketchbook development stuff for it. Normally I noodle around way more, but I have a tendency not to finish CHoWs because of spending way too long in the development stages, so once I hit on something I liked, I just latched on to it.

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    the chow turned out really nice, like the colors alot!

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    I really like this character too. I really admire that you pushed through and suddenly started from the beginning as this character has much more presence than the one before.

    Great job Rev!
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    rumpenstiltzkin - Thanks! I'm happy with 'em, for once. =)

    MeteorCat - Thank you, that means a lot - more presence is kinda what I was going for, despite the simpler comp and lighting.


    Sooo today I did some stuff. First, some Drawing Script gestures for the first time in what seems like forever. And I honestly think I've improved at them, despite not doing them for like a month? I have no idea what lesson to take away here.

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    I was curious how much I'd improved at made-up heads after a few months of working at it, so I redrew these couple from a few months ago. It's actually pretty heartening to see really noticeable improvement in such a short time, obviously I'm doing SOMETHING right.

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    I liked this one; spent 15 minutes throwing colours at it. (Edit: Okay, plus another 10 minutes, some stuff was bothering me.)

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    I didn't really need you to post the older stuff to see that you're improving all the time
    That 15 minute Elf painting is wonderful already. And every time I see your gesture drawings I say to myself "that's the level I want to get to".

    Keep up the hard work!
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    Found your stuff yesterday and I'm loving it! Literally went through every single post here and on your blog, haha. I need to be tougher about posting and practicing daily myself, hahaha. As for getting better despite not doing gestures for a while, sometimes we just need to take a break, do something else, and get back to it later. It works for both finished pieces and exercises!

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    MeteorCat - Thank you! I'm really insecure about my gesture drawing; I spend a lot of time looking at gestures by animators. Animators can do gestures like nobody's business.

    raindance168 - Thanks a lot! Drawing every day is so important, and posting is a good way to hold to that, I think. =) And I think you're right, maybe stepping back for a while is good.

    A few brushpen sketches from down by the waterfront. One of these days I'm going to be brave enough to actually draw one of those boats. THERE ARE MANY BOATS.

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    And a few figures from imagination.

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    I decided I actually wanted to finish this one. Not there yet, maybe one more session - her expression still needs a lot of work (sneers are hard), the neck and shoulder area is really unfinished and, like way too many people I draw, she's drifting towards androgyny. (I think it'd be way less ambiguous if not for, y'know, elf.)

    But y'know what's fun? Crazy tangled hair. Yeah, that's fun.

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    Nice sketchbook and great improvement.

    The androgyny in the last one comes from female proportions but hard edges (visible bone structure) in the face. and the strong jawline of course.

    I've found that a good trick to iron out the mistakes is to construct the same face several times and cross checking with reference between each attempt.

    Nothing wrong with drawing it the way you do though, unless you need to be able to for a specific project or client.

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    Those gestures are amazing as always. Your anatomy is getting better and better. I love the planning stages of ChOW. The painting looks awesome. Although The left side is a bit darker. I think you can put a little more bounce lights and rim lights and set a overall color tone . But thats just me.
    The tangled hair guy looks good. I like the looseness of the painting, and ofcousre the hair .

    That lady with the draw me like one of your french girls pose is amazing! I love the dress textures.
    Keep them coming!
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    Kudos! You've improved a great deal since the last time I was here. =D

    Jealous of your progress.
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    Hey there, like your work. I think you're foundations are pretty solid. I think what you could work on is taking your works to a higher finish. What I mean by that is always pushing yourself to do that extra "5%" thats "always" there to work on. For instance, just darkening the edge of a form a bit more, or softening an edge, or adding just a few interesting marks here and there in the background just to give your pieces more "life".

    On your line work, I'd say that you should always watch your line weight and make some variations with it. Thicker lines as the outlines of bigger with thinner lines on the inside. This is a general rule of thumb and you can play with it all you want.

    Hope this helps. Keep the updates coming. Rock on!

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    I was all ready to post and then crash, and people have left such lovely in-depth comments that I should RESPOND TO but I will do that tomorrow because I am falling asleep. BUT THANKS, GUYS! =D

    Finished elf. I'm really happy with her, except for the fact that it's hard to tell she's female. (And, uh, she's an old roleplay character of mine and... she'd be happy with that, I think. But doesn't make for a good portfolio piece which, WHEN DID THIS BECOME A PORTFOLIO PIECE.)

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    I feel like something's really clicked with the head drawing just recently. I still have a long way to go, especially drawing more realistic, less cartoony style, but it feels much more natural now. Here is some guy.

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    Your photo studies are really beautiful.
    Your other illustrations as well, of course. ^^

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