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    Your colours are really great especially in your landscapes, I enjoyed looking though your sketchbook and you're definitely on the right track

    Still life work is looking sweeeet!

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    Your use of colour is very inspiring. Although you do a lot of figure drawings, I think you should practice doing figures from your imagination more. The texture and depth to your environments is fantastic. You're on my one to watch list

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    JackGriffin
    Thanks, glad you like it. I try to put a lot of work into this stuff.
    Also: still lives are awesome fun.

    Toffeeliz
    Thanks,dude. I try to do a lot of figures from imagination, and Most
    of it is not posted here...probably for a very good reason. I did, actually, manage to create a bunch I might upload soon.


    I did these things, and I've got some stuff in the works. I'll try to edit
    some photos of some gouache paintings I did. They're not half bad,
    some of them, and I love the colors.
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    Sweet improvement! Really like the three heads :]

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    Thanks, man, they're super fun to do.

    I haven't done much that's worth showing off. Some anatomy, figure drawing, charcoal and graphite and gouache stuff. Stuff that I'll have to take decent photos of. We'll see.

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    What a wonderful post! Beautiful colours and rendering.

    You have quite a narrow tonal range to your paintings, try to make the range a little wider to give your paintings more body. I know it's difficult to do on a screen.

    You're showing some nicely developed design skills.

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    Cool work! Love the Gladiator studies. The light seems very well captured.

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    It’s really nice to see how much you have improved since the start of this sketchbook. Can’t wait to see more from you.
    And I really dig your brushwork.
    Good Luck!

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    great color , i bet you're always drawing from life , (as opposed to one idiot who use photos: me)

    you last updates are showing great progress, i'm curious to know what you did meawhile XD

    keep up

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    Thanks! I honestly don't know why people like my colors, but I'm glad they do!
    But, right, I use it more as a safeguard than anything else. If you have too much contrast in your image it ends up looking overprocessed and amateurish. I remember putting high-contrast filters on my work back in 2010....*cringe*

    Schraverus
    Thanks, man, I try my best...most of the time, hah
    Ilze
    it is nice, isn't it? Thanks for the kind words
    zou
    I wish I was drawing from life as much as you think. All my still lives are from real life, but most other stuff is from photos unless I can help it. I just can't afford a model, but I'll try to haul my ass outside soon.
    You're definitely not an idiot for using photos, though. If that's what you got, you have to use it. You'll be makin' cool shit in no time, buddy.
    I'm a little confused as to the meaning of your last sentence? What I do inbetween updates? Fairly little, I'm afraid. I'm lazier than I should have the right to be. I'm lucky that I'm able to use the time that I do so efficiently... if that's even true.


    I haven't gotten to do much; been caught up in real life work and stuff like that.
    Here's a still life(2 hours-ish) and some gouache stuff.
    And a picture of my gouache setup, hehe.

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    MAAAN!! I love everything here, but the gouache.. oh the gouache, I get hyped up and exited just by looking at the gouache pieces!

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    the wash and gouache are thrilling, that' what's so great about traditional
    is the standing nude girl, ink wash ? or watercolor ?

    "i'm curious to know what you did meawhile" i was thinking about what you did to get this progress. Sometimes even without doing many art activities, you acquire something that levels you up or perhaps you give your brain time to store new informations ... or maybe we can't understand this

    good luck man

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    Hey dude i Love your sketch book, you are definately making loads of progress! Your hard work is paying off!

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    Thanks! I wish you could see them in real life, the colors look amazing compared to the photos. I don't quite know what does that.

    zou
    Thank you. I'm glad you like it!
    I for some reason posted the first photo I took of the painting, which showed off a stage of painting that was entirely consisting of some watercolor washes. Here, in this post, I have put the finished one. It's a photo I took a while ago though, so I don't know why there's so much...around...the painting. Oh well, haha.

    As for what causes the progress, despite the lack of work... well, I don't quite know, but I might have an inkling. Here's what I think :
    From what I gather I spend a lot of time thinking about painting, things that I should do, little reminders of stuff I need to try out etc. A lot of that time is also spent just studying other artists' work, not doing master studies or something, but just looking at good art. That's why I started paying so much attention to my brushstrokes as of late.
    Other than that; the stuff that I post here has probably been reworked, at least parts of them, up to 8-9 or 10 times, until it looks decent enough for me to give it a pass. So it turns into quick iteration on a single piece, instead of several separate pieces of work
    What helps with this is just layers in photoshop. If I'm unhappy with something then it's [new layer] and repaint, if I end up happy with it I merge it down, if I'm not happy I delete it. No harm done, but a lesson learned.


    Kimonas
    Thanks man, that makes me happy. Progress is the best thing an artist can get. If I could I'd wish for some for my birthday or something.

    Two studies and an older gouache study/painting, related to the last post... I'm forgetful.
    Spent about 1.5 hours on both of the studies. I like the first one best, since the second was full of small pieces that I couldn't be bothered with rendering individually. This time it's not laziness.
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    Some stuff

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    Your work is an inspiration.

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    I am going to be amazing! .
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    Thanks man, I think that's an overstatement, but really, thanks. I'm humbled by that.

    Three studies and a shit landscape. I have to start using reference during the landscapes I do from imagination, because if I don't I end up being lazy.
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    I'll be gone for about a week. As always, if you have any questions, or want any help then just send a message my way and I'll answer them.

    Here are some quick studies of hands:
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    Back again. Here's some crud.

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    It was high time that I started on some actual illustration work.
    The Moon ritual one turned out really dark compared to what I see in photoshop.
    What causes this, I don't know. Doesn't help that I'm garbage at night scenarios
    though.

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    I've been busy with work, in real life, the kind that actual pays the bills.
    Also, in the middle of that, I acquired some kind of mystery disease that happens
    to induce massive amounts of pain in the evenings so...Not much that I've produced.

    Although I've done these things a looong while ago, so, enjoy.


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    Ah-MAZING.

    Keep up the great work!

    I'm honoured that you took the time to critique and look over my work, considering your own skill.

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    TOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRSSSSS Great stuff I love it all.
    D:::::: I'm sorry to hear about your pain... it only occurs in the evening though?
    I hope you'll be able to find something to ease the disease
    I'm looking forward to your posts as well. I always enjoy them

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    Wow! Nice work, man! Also great progress from the first page to here! Awesome, looking forward to see more

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    Misty Feather
    Thanks! And no problem. We're all here to learn, man.

    Pou
    Yeah, it was some kind of virus that's been making the rounds 'round Norway now, apparently. I got a painful strain, without fevers.
    Mostly gone now; maybe I was lucky.
    Thanks for the concern, and the compliments : )


    Aya-kun
    Thanks a lot!


    Haven't done much.
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    I love the fish eye effect on the plains. It looks kind of desolate and stretchy, with awesome colours and great texture.

    Keep up the greatness, and thanks again for sharing.

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    Thanks, man
    I'll keep sharing, no worries


    I've done a couple Virtual Plein airs and some sketches, but nothing major. I keep putting off painting, which is bad; it means I'm out of the habit...hmph, needs to be fixed. In other words, I've recorded some videos of my paintings, so I'll upload some of them and post them here later.
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    Hey dude, thanks for coming past my sketchbook, I dig your advice about using reference for specifc thangs. Tell me about it…knees and elbows – fuck that shit!

    Your sketchbook is freakin awesome man! Your use of colour, stroke economy and brushes is worshipable. Now, I know there Isn’t a secret to doing it, you’ve just worked damned hard at it. Can you offer advice for how to develop these things – I lack in them, I tend to lock my transparent pixels then render the shit outta stuff - using the colour picker- using the eyedropper to recycle already laid down colours– and it sucks…feel like im getting somewhere but missing things. Do you think I should spend a few months doing nothing but 30 min film screens/still lives/landscapes and just letting rip and experimenting to develop my colours and brushes?

    Also was wondering, when you choose your colours, do you use the colour palate with the sliders only, or do you open up the colour picker?

    Your work is real tight but id hate to be rude and leave a post here without some sorta crit! So ill say that for some of your illustrations, you could maybe render more tightly the focal points. Something I’ve observed about one of my Hero’s (Justin Sweet check him out!). Might enhance your work compositionally, I attempt it from time to time, but not in the habit, tried it on my last piece but got my ass kicked anyway!
    Take it easy brah!

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    I love that you throw out a variety of stuff and seem to keep trying different things. It's a really good way to improve when you're at that level, I bet.

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    Kimonas:
    No problem, man, I'm here to help. I think I heard something similar from Olly Lawson/tehmeh a while ago, so I'm not sure if that's just me being super clever.
    When it comes to stroke economy and the brushstrokes I make, don't think I do that on the fly. The things you see here have been worked on over several "passes". What I can give for advice though is to stop giving so much of a shit about it. Render things to the point where you see what it is decently, but not too much, then use some smooth brushes on full opacity with a mix of color-picked colors and stuff you've color-picked but offset in hue/saturation slightly. BUT! don't just wildly stab at it, take two seconds, think how the stroke is going to pan out, and how you're going to be able to do the most amount of work with the least amount of strokes. Try to use a couple of different brushes, with some light textures; nothing too crazy though.
    To get the grasp on this I'd recommend studies of various things, it doesn't matter though. Try to incorporate it into regular studies.
    For my colors I use the color picker and the hue/value/chroma sliders on the side. I'm pretty lazy on colors though, so my advice there you should take with a grain of salt.
    Thanks for the critique, man, I should get more of those--and it's true too! To be honest I'm usually too distracted to think of that, but I'll try to fix it!
    Thanks for everything said, man.


    Misty feather:
    Thanks! I try to mix it up, but I'm not too good at it. I should really do more stuff.


    These past days I have been struggling a bit to find what kind of things I am able to do, what I'm comfortable with etc. For a while now I've been having some sort of art-related crisis every other week or so, and it's getting to be grating. Never am I able to create what I want to do, and I have to settle for second-rate artwork, that I know I can improve. Just maybe am I at the end of this massive pile of horse shit, and maybe I'll get some confidence back.


    I have another one I'll post next time, since every post can apparently only ever have one video...what the hell, man.

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