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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


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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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    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?

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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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