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    Cow NT's hodgepodge sketchbook thread!

    Ok, this is time number three: I keep hiding in a hole and then come back to CA a year later (which is pretty ungracious, really).

    Howdy! I'm a 21-year-old university student, so I'm a bit unfocused. A friend recently reminded me of how much I like illustration, so now I'm working on that again. No classes regarding illustration, though, so I absorb from other folks on the internet.

    Any feedback is appreciated, as usual: critiques, redlining, diatribes, anecdotes, life stories, etc. Thanks for looking!
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    WIPs, old stuff, and a tattoo

    As the title says, current WIPs and other things, including a plague doctor or two.

    The first painting is a bit of a headache. The left side's the "blah" first pass, and the right side is the current "oh geeze what the hell" state. It got out of hand because a professor suggested to "think Gustav Klimt". Didn't really understand what he meant then, and obviously don't still... a bedazzled bird might be a little bit too much.

    Um, I'm gonna try to fix that. (Help??) Over 'n' out!

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    a face

    After browsing the sketchbooks here and getting frustrated, I painted a face to console myself. Boy, sleepy.

    Of a friend's character in a book he's writing. His eyes seem a bit off.

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    Hey! I've noticed on your digital works, your finished pieces tend to have a lot of obvious "brush" strokes and small, scratchy lines left that aren't quite necessary. I think that if you take the time to start with larger brushes/forms first and only use smaller brushes for the details, it could help you to have a more finished/polished look.

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    Thanks, Amarok! I'll do that. I tend to forget that working in Photoshop is as much painting as it is drawing...

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    Cleaning up of previous sketch. Neck looks a bit small, and he looks very plastic. Something to work on.
    I was gonna do some speedpaints of foreign subjects like the outside world, full bodies, and full bodies in the outside world. But now I'm a bit tired. Hmm dmm

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    Good stuff! I actually don't mind the brushy lines on that head; they generally follow the planes of the face, and bring out the form a bit. (Okay, maybe a bigger brush would have looked nicer, but the actual lines look nice.) The gold and blue head does look a bit choppy, though. =) I really like the piece in your first post, it's got a great sense of mood and I love the texture.

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    @Rev - Haha, thanks a lot, and thanks for the tip. I've been working on expanding my brush horizons. There's so many...

    Puttering around. Invasion of the LIFE game pegs. It's a bit line-y and blue. Hmm-dmm.

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    Looks like the start of something beautiful!

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    @Tides - Oh, you flatter me. Thanks!

    Realized the other day that I am clueless regarding the anatomy of the face. Starting from the bones up, though a real model'd be nice. Ref photo from jimiyo.com--really high-res.

    Hmm, things could be a bit rounder, chin's a bit off, and teeth. Hmm dmm

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    That skull study is fab, and thanks for sharing the ref link; those're great references.

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    Resuscitation

    Okay, one year later. I've gotta stop being a bad community member...

    Anyway, easing back into illustrations and stuff. Working on contrast and information in the illustration, as well as making backgrounds less vague. hm...

    Thanks for looking!

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    Portrait + sketches

    A finished portrait (from photo), and some sketchbook stuff from the past few months... should scan more life drawings

    Thanks for looking!

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    Oh and progress on illustration. Trying to sort out how to make the face stand out without washing it out too much...

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    Technical Errors

    This is one of those moments when I realize how little I know, and what my art education has and lacks (has: free expression; lacks: technical instruction). I think I'm doing this right?

    I feel in over my head, but I'm determined to figure this out...

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    Still tinkering. The building's perspective doesn't match the figures' (or the main figure should shrink) so I'll fix that tomorrow...

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    how do speedpaint??

    via some monster girl meme on tumblr, I've been attempting to whip up daily illustrations to practice composition, design, value range, story, etc... Um, it's not going very well. First one is flat, second one is dark and mucky and vague. Hopefully I'll get better with more practice..

    EDIT: okay I edited the centaur one a little, I couldn't stand it.

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    I like that skull study, somehow your painting looks more like a real skull then the reference. Maybe it's the texture from your brush strokes as apposed to the plastic appearance of the ref'.

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    the shame i feel from that last post (this one is kinda too wispy and yellow)

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    tried tried again

    Didn't know what a slime girl was, so went with jam instead.

    an okay speedpaint... Anatomy / pose is a bit weird and it's fuzzy in some areas and super dark around the guy's face.

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    hello !!!
    Here i took one of your pieces to offer some feedback and info for you to play with in your future pieces.
    The text is not well formed but i hope it helps you somehow

    keep up the good work, everything is improving definitely that way.

    i wanna mention that i like the composition and the potential of the piece is great.


    (If you have no problem, i could post it also in my sketchbook for other mates to see and take some info from this one )

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    Ah wow, thanks a lot! Yes, you may put this in your sketchbook. Thanks a bunch!

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    I love your art! Especially the skull and bird guy. Great work!

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    nada naga

    not very good tonight

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    I'm a slow worker. Plodding along



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    Painted some wildlife up close while visiting Colorado











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    Winter drawings

    Doodling on break, figuring out what to do with myself (and this new uploader)

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