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  1. #121
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    Hey Ally
    Loved your lines, they're very clean and you seems to be handling color very well too.
    The birds you painted are truly beautiful. Your anatomy looks good but keep working to get the right dimensions of the planes. Other than that you're doing great!
    Keep it up the good work


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    And at the bottom one neck is also a little off tho

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    07.01.12

    @LAV - You speak the truth, it is definitely a weak area.

    @Gen5 - Thanks!

    @Wasabi89 - Thanks muchly, glad you like. It takes patience and time and I seem to have little of either at the moment!

    @ANtY93 - Everything is rather orf

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    Couple of quickies, less than an hour each, with reference. Still rather shocking, but every picture I do is hopefully bringing me an inch closer.
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    hey Ally thanks for dropping by my sb. I think you could stand to work with fewer tones - maybe just pick 4 - dark, dark-mid, mid-light, white/highlight because from your strokes it seems like you are spending a lot of time muddling around in the mid-tones.
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    08.01.12

    @Krysjez - Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. Will try to limit my fiddling in the midrange when I do my next tonal.

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    1. No reference. Ugly woman, but again, better than before.
    2. Another with no ref. I really hate what my scanner is doing to the pics too...
    3. Using the sketch from yesterday, quick colour overlay in Photoshop. Not sure I like the effect when colouring under a shaded image - any tips?
    4. Arms from reference!

    I would love some advice on a good scanner, or even better, any tips on making a better scan? I have an Epson Lide 20, and using Vuescan. Just cant seem to get the gorgeous scans others manage!
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    Love the pencil studies. I think your scans look fine; they have a lot of definition in the values (the biggest problem I see with scanned studies are when they're too light and washed out). You could edit the pages a little bit if you wanted them to look more attractive - use the healing brush (if you're using Photoshop) to edit out the smudges and use curves to boost the contrast. I agree that your proportions are a bit wonky sometimes, not just that the head is sometimes too large but you also have a tendency to exaggerate the length of the legs. Remember that the hips tend to mark the center of the figure's length. The curves and poses of your figures are really nice though; they have a lot of personality and rhythm.

    Also, love the bird studies especially the one in post #92. Keep up the good work!

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    09.01.12

    @Dierat - thank you. And you are right about the proportions. I had not actually realised the hips were at a half way mark, good to know.

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    1. Slightly fantastical character, drawn from scratch last week. I don't know why she is in Christmas costume.

    2. Tonight's contribution. I call it "Still life with pony." I am going to attempt to paint it this week, once I get my hands on a standing lamp. Can't do a thing with the low light in this room, and constantly changing shadows!
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    11.01,12

    There simply are not enough hours in the day!

    1. A sketch from last week looking at dog fur, in anticipation of drawing more pets.

    2. From tonight, a really quick scribble of referenced faces - trying to train my brain, eyes and hands to STOP DRAWING EYES SO BIG!
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    You have a really nice way with colour man. Your pencil work has a lot of flow and youre starting to get some nice flow in your digital. One thing I would say about digital is dont worry about blending and all that so much just now, working more blocky and in terms of the basic form to help gain some solidity like you have done in your very latest sheet, especially like top right.

    Lets see some environments attempts I'm a very big fan of the human form and I'd say its my main focus but environments can be quite freeing

    Keep going youre stuff great, improved a lot in short time

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    wow, those dog details are very nice

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    12.01.12

    @TFsean - thanks, trying to learn to relax and be a bit more free but I find that part rather hard - I don't like that blocky face! But I am sure confidence in fewer lines will come with time.

    @Lav - Thanks, doing more this weekend, I hope!

    I am really excited, might have found a life-drawing class in the local area! Only downside is that it is quite costly and the sessions last several hours in the evening, during the week so I will be spent from work. Will probably start going once a month or so, once I have cleared a couple of other things from the table.

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    1. Faces. Can you guess which one is from imagination??? But I am getting there.

    2. Life-drawing from reference.
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    Hey Ally you are doing really well, I know that feeling of trying to be more relax and free with your drawing, as I always feel a bit tight and regimented myself.

    That's great news about finding a life drawing course. I go to mine 7 - 9pm and I actually find it purges the work day and does help relax me so it might be good for you to even after a hard days graft.

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    14.01.12

    @Marian - thanks! I am planning on taking the class, starting Feb and see how it goes! The prob is that it is a four hour stint (eep!) and I would have to plead and get out of work early to get there on time. It will definitely be worth it tho.

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    1. Older pic from imagination from a couple of weeks ago that I had forgotten to scan.

    2. Enjoying doing these. Guess I had better move on and start doing something proper!
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    Thanks for dropping by my SB! You have a great looking sketchbook here! I love your animals studies, esp the birds and the squirrels. Some of the anatomy is slightly off, but i like the first post on #128. There's a comic-like feel going on. Keep on trucking!

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    I liked the robin on the Christmas card except it didn't look as if it was standing on the snow.

    Your drawings from reference are coming on, but your imaginative stuff is too exaggerated at the moment. Eye size is a lot better. Now tone down that white a bit and you'll be cooking.

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