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    Iiro's Sketchbook

    Hello,

    I finally gathered the guts to start a sketchbook thread of my own. Let's see how it goes.
    I really want to improve, so feel free to drop comments / pointers. Cheers!
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    More stuff.
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    For the past week I've been struggling with a major art slump. All I managed to come up with today was a generic cyborg ninja. Guh..
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    Composition's one of my weaker subjects. My photography teacher's told me I've a natural eye for it, but my paintings tend to lack that quality of composition. Probably because I tend to make things up as I move along. :p

    So now I'm breaking the habit and starting to prepare for my paintings well beforehand. Today I spent some time making [three-]value studies before bed, I'll do more tomorrow.
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    The quest for more interesting compositions continues. These are some of the three-value studies I did yesterday based on Rembrandt's paintings. After a bunch of these I picked some favorites and used them as a basis / inspiration for original compositions utilizing the same dynamics.
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    A little relaxing doodling from imagination before bed. Tomorrow I'll do studies of people from photography. I really need to pick up my game.
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    Today I spent an hour doing solely croquis (or gesture drawings). I hadn't done those in a long time and this was my first time doing them in Photoshop using Posemaniacs (I most definitely prefer a live model though..).

    I've always struggled with them, going in every direction trying just to fill the mass of my subject in time. I usually end up with figures that look like messed-up thread balls. I'll keep doing them though.

    I didn't have time to make the three-hour study I planned for today, so I settled for a quick skin tone study. More tomorrow.
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    Cool SB so far!

    On this one, I really like the colors and values overall. To improve it, I would remove the rim-light around the backside of the face (the white border) because it's flattening out the far side of the face... and maybe define the ear a bit better.

    Good work though. The thumbnail caught my eye... I think you can push that first image a bit further and really make it good.
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    i think youve got the right idea with the figure drawing. your rendering and colours are very nice - the proportions are a bit off though. great stuff so far pal! keep it up!
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    p sage: Cheers for the feedback! The freaky border on the portrait study came from a sharpening filter I've been using [too much] lately. I'll keep your comment in mind in the future!
    dog-faced: Come to think of it, the human proportions are something I know, in my head, but don't physically grasp. It's a lot of hit-and-miss. I think I'll start doing studies to tighten my proportions tomorrow. Thanks!

    I did more gesture drawing today. I work on a Cintiq so this time I used my whole arm (like it's supposed to be done in the first place, duh) and I got a whole lot more out of it. The drawings range from 30-second to 5-minute drawings.

    (I swear I'm not going to flood my sketchbook with these, promise!)
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    Cool gestures.

    Come to think of it, I like the analysis you did of that Rembrandt (the Dutch painting, anyway)...

    Cintiqu = cool. Soon as I'm on my next contract, it's the first thing I'm buying... before health insurance
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    Pfffff, who need health insurance when you have a damn Cintiq? :pSeriously though, it's a great tool, and it's made learning and making digital art so much easier for me. (Though naturally it's got it's faults too, and I still enjoy drawing on a tablet every now and then).

    Here's a couple of hours worth of drawing-for-fun from imagination. I'm trying to implement more texture into my work to make it more interesting to look at.
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    Nice start here! Stuff looks good! I like a lot of your color schemes especially. ^__^

    Congrats on getting the courage to make an sb. XD Took me a while too.

    Again, looks good - keep it up!
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