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    book of sketches

    Well I guess I had better set one of these up, here goes.


    newest entries at the end, last at 29/04/14


    Thanks for dropping by!

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    Nice start here, love the WH theme.
    And you change the thumbnails by editing 1st post of your thread.

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    portrait of selfness

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    I'm pettier in real life.

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    My first observation is that you should be using harder brushes (brushes high in density/opacity whatever you'd call it on what ever program you have.)

    My other observation is that, for the First picture, maybe you should provide a more saturated background...? I dunno, it just looks..listless. But still a decent painting.

    Keep at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Featheredface View Post
    My first observation is that you should be using harder brushes (brushes high in density/opacity whatever you'd call it on what ever program you have.)

    My other observation is that, for the First picture, maybe you should provide a more saturated background...? I dunno, it just looks..listless. But still a decent painting.

    Keep at it.
    hmm, yeah, I find that I need the lower opacity to find my values, but I should probably go higher once I have found them so that I can better block them out.

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    portrait of my gf, still getting used to painting / drawing from reference

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    I think you need more contrast in your values. Stronger darks and stronger lights. Try going to random images from pbase.org and selecting a few that you like. Ones that have strong values and stick out because of it. Those are the ones that catch your eye so those are the ones you want to be studying.

    De-saturate the reference and work on big, confident strokes at full opacity. Don't hide from it, face it down like the demon it is and conquer it like Sanguinius conquers chaos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke View Post
    I think you need more contrast in your values. Stronger darks and stronger lights. Try going to random images from pbase.org and selecting a few that you like. Ones that have strong values and stick out because of it. Those are the ones that catch your eye so those are the ones you want to be studying.

    De-saturate the reference and work on big, confident strokes at full opacity. Don't hide from it, face it down like the demon it is and conquer it like Sanguinius conquers chaos.
    Thanks for your advice, although, to be honest, the image of my gf was actually pretty uniform in value, this is more exaggerated than the original photo, but I will definitely look to add some more contrast to my work. I was scared away from it when I was using blacks and whites in low opacity to shade and wound up getting muddy messes. but yeah, high opacity, confidant strokes, lots of squinting, will do, watch this space.

    p.s - Sangi got owned by chaos. poor beggar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpwacker View Post
    Thanks for your advice, although, to be honest, the image of my gf was actually pretty uniform in value, this is more exaggerated than the original photo, but I will definitely look to add some more contrast to my work. I was scared away from it when I was using blacks and whites in low opacity to shade and wound up getting muddy messes. but yeah, high opacity, confidant strokes, lots of squinting, will do, watch this space.

    p.s - Sangi got owned by chaos. poor beggar.
    Photos are lame like that. exaggerating is the way to go when working with reference- good call there.

    my suggestion would be to refine a little more- really work out the important stuff like the eyes/mouth.
    Even a little extra time on these areas can really take a painting from a good to a great piece.
    :Below I spent about 1 minuet refining the left eye, just putting down more confident edges- it doesn't take much.

    Hope this helps- happy sketching

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhubix View Post
    Photos are lame like that. exaggerating is the way to go when working with reference- good call there.

    my suggestion would be to refine a little more- really work out the important stuff like the eyes/mouth.
    Even a little extra time on these areas can really take a painting from a good to a great piece.
    :Below I spent about 1 minuet refining the left eye, just putting down more confident edges- it doesn't take much.

    Hope this helps- happy sketching
    Wow, thanks for the paint over, I can really see the difference! I'll be sure to put your advice into practice with my next piece.

    before that however, is my last piece, putting some earlier advice into play I increased my brush size and opacity and did a portrait with contrast and emotion in mind.

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    once gain thanks for looking in here and leaving comments and advice, I really appreciate it!

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    hey guys, thought I'd upload another, recently bought the Imaginefx anatomy edition and I thought I'd paint this to try to put some anatomy into play, what do you think?

    -- The headhunter

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    today's study, its actually Tyra Banks, even though it doesn't really looks much like her.

    Oh well, I was in it more for the shading practice anyway.

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    A study which I decided to colour, what do you think?

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    You seem to be going in the right direction here. Doing work like this is good for every artist.
    Although you've probably heard it before, I'd advise you to look out for "muddy" values, and to try to use the biggest brush you can for the current job, then gradually go smaller, or alternating a little more. That might help with your values.
    Other than that; just keep up the good work : )

    If you ever have any questions, or you want help, all you need to do is shoot me a message.
    Can't hurt, right?

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    For a competition run by the student magazine I illustrate for.


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    Its not at what I would call a finished level, but I couldn't be bothered nipping and tucking the last few bits as I'm not really taking the comp seriously.

    - And I never finish anything.

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    what started as a page of warmup sketches kinda ballooned into a full on portrait. - I like to think he is the dejected king of a ruined people.

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    Loved the space marine in post one! I am to bad at drawing to come with any advice though. But I can say keep up the great work!

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    hi, thanks foe dropping

    the portraits are nice, but you should focus on color blocking

    keep working.

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    colour blocking eh? I haven't actually heard that before. (yeah I don't get out much). I presume you me that I need to pay more attention to my placement of colour? yeah, I'm pretty shaky on colour

    but here is an illustration for a student magazine called the Pelican, in Perth, WA, based on the London riots.

    -- it probably needs another ten to twenty percent of work done on it, to bring out the features on the face and fix up some tone, but I thought I'd put it up anyway

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    an old sketch I found on my drive, probably drawn during a law lecture. I love it for some reason.

    one day Ill make it into a painting... one day.

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    got back from a camping trip today, din't have enough energy for an honest study so I decided to do a quick sketch.
    I think ill do some blending on the tone tomorrow to try and hide my horrid round brush. might even try to find some reference and colour it.. but probably not.

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    I love how in sketchbooks you can see people becoming better and better with every post. Loving your stuff man. My 2p would be to do some anatomy studies and add even more contrast. Some highlights are almost completely white and they really bring the image out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoolhoo View Post
    I love how in sketchbooks you can see people becoming better and better with every post. Loving your stuff man. My 2p would be to do some anatomy studies and add even more contrast. Some highlights are almost completely white and they really bring the image out.
    wow, thank you so much, this really brought my spirits up (particularly as this sketchbook is only a few weeks old so I must be getting better quickly after a long stale period )

    I'm busy with some illustrations at the moment, but once I have them out of the way I will definitely get some anatomy and value studies up here

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    hey guys, time for another upload. As is seeming to be usual for me this one is a warmup sketch that turned into a portrait of an old man and a study in facial expression and lighting..and colour (reflection and temperature)

    I was going to post the undersketch, but I wont, as it doesn't really say much, allot changed halfway through when I flipped the image....

    like allot of my images, it looks ok at a squint but doesn't hold up to close inspection. I think the only way to really remedy that is to spend more time and be more careful with my strokes, which is a bit at odds with my natural level of patience. so I guess Ill have to do some retraining there...

    my feeling at the moment is that I like this.. but my Girlfriend was Thoroughly unimpressed, so I dunno, maybe it will look like shit in the morning?

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    aand a repost of the space marine who used to be at the top of the thread but got kicked so the thumbnail would change

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    aaand some illustrations for a student magazine at my home university.

    firstly, two for an article on immortality, should be pretty easy to interpret, the second on looks a bit too much like he is standing in a vagina, next time ill remember to have the curtain not fall that way.
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    aaand one on the decay of Italy generally. - not as good as the others as I got this one to do at the last minute.
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    Le space ship

    basically just concepting for an indie game.

    man, I have a headache.


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    Its so Beautiful


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    Update 29/04/14

    Hey guys, I haven't put anything here in two years, I guess it will be interesting to see if there is an improvement?
    I'm trying to get more serious about my art so I should be putting more stuff in here soon, studies and the like - keeps me honest. This is just a bunch of stuff that was at hand, there is probably more lurking on my machine and more still in my sketchbooks

    Feedback is appreciated, quite willing to reciprocate

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