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    Page 3!!! WOOT WOOT!

    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!

    Hmm... don't really ask me... this is a result of not sleeping yet.

    Can't scan at the moment... scanner too many feet away!

    Here's what I did the past couple days in digitals...

    Alien Sketch

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    Title: Alien Sketch
    Date: February 17, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: <shrug>

    Samus Aran

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    Title: Samus Aran
    Date: February 18, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: Did kind of a battle with Sushy -- Samus Aran, 1.5 hr (even though my sketching and time wasting used up a great deal of this time...)

    More on Samus

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    Title: More on Samus
    Date: February 19, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: Did kind of a battle with Sushy -- continuing on... more from last time

    Punky Rockery Dude

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    Title: Punky Rockery Dude
    Date: February 16, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: While playing Fallout I suddenly wanted to do a punk badass dude.

    More in a bit... think I'm going to go warm up 'le scanner!

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    Artist of the Week! This week it goes to: Jackdaw!

    The style of this artist goes above and beyond basic concept art, they are like a master conceptual artist! Not only that but they seem to have a very painterly style when they approach the digital realm. I'm also giving them a super nod for the fact that they still draw in pencil, something that is seriously lacking in this day and age. Keep on doing your thing!
    So, if you haven't noticed... my blog list to the right has seriously bumped up in the amount of artists that I follow... I don't know where I found it, but basically there was a huge list of good art blogs on concept art the other day and I just went through it page-by-page and added all the artists that I found really interesting!

    If you get a chance, you should check them out if for nothing else than to fill your artsy brains up with sweet art and leave it flopping around on your desk trying to grasp at some semblance of order to get back to your art with.

    Annnyywaayy... so I've been pretty much drawing and painting like crazy lately, hopefully it will start to show some nice progress soon. I think I'm going to start doing some color studies using movie stills, especially since the shows I've been watching lately have been getting some super dynamic angles and lighting.

    Just doing more and more art and staying up later and later lately. I wish I didn't have to sleep... at least the Twilight vampires have one awesome thing going for them... the whole 'not sleeping' thing. Although I wouldn't want to be so glittery... that would kind of detract from any sort of 'manliness' I would have.

    Werewolves are where it's at. I mean think about all that power. I should draw some werewolves sometime...

    I can't wait for free time during the summer. I'll say this now and probably regret it and super procrastinate when it comes around, but... during this summer I really plan on getting some things together. Maybe going on vacations or at least good outings with my special lady friend... Drawing and painting my own stuff... getting some good movie / game / etc. time in...

    Enough ranting though... I have more work to get in, here's that art...

    Photostudy

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    Title: Photostudy
    Date: February 16, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 4" x 6"

    Cora -- Journal

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    Title: Cora -- Journal
    Date: February 16, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: This was more of a facial study for her... but then it developed into another 'character' design.

    Randomness

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    Title: Randomness
    Date: February 17 - 19, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: I couldn't stop staring at Marko Djurdjevic pieces and Wes Burt pieces... and they inspired this randomness. I really like doing these, I might make more of em later.

    Cora -- Mask Variants II

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    Title: Cora -- Mask Variants II
    Date: February 14, 2012
    Medium: Graphite

    Notes: Still trying to make more masks based on animals... having so much fun with this project!

    Reclining Pirate

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    Title: Reclining Pirate
    Date: February 14 - 15, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 12" x 9"

    Notes: Was just making a quick go at a contest on Deviantart... I missed the deadline as always, but it was fun to sketch quickly (spanned about two-hours over two-days).

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    Good stuff ;] Keep pushing

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    I like your pencil sketches, they're coming along real nicely!

    Remember that generally, highlights don't get convincing by adding white, and conversely, dark areas won't look convincing by adding black. Specifically I'm referring to your metroid painting. A few still-lifes should help you with this

    Keep it up!

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    Good pencil skills are clearly showing here!
    Also I like the photostudy of the girl, I wish you'd used line thickness more properly in that sketch though, to show the viewer what's closer and what's farther away. Notice one of her arms is farther away while the other one is closer, but the one that's farther away gets a thicker line around it. It creates sort of a confusion as you try to bring the wrong arm closer to the viewer.
    Anyway - Cheerios!

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    Artist of the Week!
    This week it goes to: DStraX!

    Your studies just keep getting more and more amazing! I'm actually going to start following in your footsteps as far as the art related stuff goes... I really need to step it up on many things, such as matieral tests, rendering tests, etc. I can't wait to see you reach your full potential, it will be one for the stars. The main thing that I would like to see you work on would be fully utilizing dynamic posing. Once you get that down, I'm not sure what will stop you...

    Thanks for the AMAZING advice that you and 'another artist' gave me... More on him next week.
    Alright let's see.... this week hasn't been a major breakthrough in the art department, EXCEPT that I started breaking away from just my strange brush that I've been using. I guess that makes me a bit more versatile when it comes to just painting around. Either way, I still just want to have more time to paint hahaha

    I've been sleeping a bit more than usual. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing who knows. Oddly enough though, I've been extra sleepy since I've been doing that. Not sure how that works.

    Uhhh... Not really a whole lot going on besides that. Thought about switiching to Illustration major, but that would leave me sticking around the school for another semester (not that I wouldn't like that, but I don't think my bank account would appreciate that). So I think I'll just keep doing as I am and just gear all my electives toward illustration or painting or whatever. It might be best that way.

    Anyway, as always... here's the art!


    Crushed Can JUSTICE

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    Title: Crushed Can JUSTICE
    Date: February 24, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Trying to study how metal crushes in the hand. This was for a poster idea that I was working out. Don't think I'll have time to do it right now, but it will fester on the back-burner just like all these other ideas...

    Cora Character Exploration AGAIN

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    Title: Cora -- Character Exploration AGAIN
    Date: February 23, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: Well, it's time to redesign her again, so we're back to the 'ole drawing board. Oh well, more doodles and exploration as always.

    Tom Servo Look-Alike

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    Title: Tom Servo Look-Alike
    Date: February 24, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: More of the study from above... Was fun to try to use different colors to shade instead of just back to white.

    Color Studies

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    Title: Color Studies
    Date: February 20 - 23, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each 'piece' is 7" x 10"

    Doodlin'

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    Title: Doodlin'
    Date: February 21 - 25, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Just trying to loosen up again and just relax with different stuff...

    Full Action-Pose Study

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    Title: Full Action-Pose Study
    Date: February 23, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: This is a work in progress, but I fully intend to finish this guy!

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    Ramalooke: As always! Thanks for the inspiration!

    iambanana: Thanks, I was just staring at different pencil artists that I adore and just couldn't not draw like them!

    Yeah, I agree with the light and dark comment... I've actually been told that by quite a few different people. I think my problem is that I'm not only used to painting completely grey, but that I'm still learning that light isn't white, and that shadows aren't black. Over time this will fix, and also, color theory (besides the completely abstract-ness of the class) has taught me a bit about color interaction. So that should help as well.

    I'll have to try a still life or three when I get free time!

    Kerah: Thanks! Those are related to Marko Djurdjevic and Wes Burt... was just staring at them all day and just really wanted to do one for myself!

    Unfortunately I do agree with this fully about the pirate the girl, and in my defense, it was as of the time unfinished (as many of my pieces remain to this day). I really would like to go back and finish and I will make sure to persue this further...

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    Thanks for the comments and for looking! More coming soon...

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    When drawing from observation, think more in terms of fields of values and how they build up shapes, rather than in lines. Also take into consideration the negative space around the character/focal point. Where does the main body of light come from, where it hits the hardest, bouncing light, different surface materials etc. all affect the outcome.

    I hope this helps, keep it up.

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    Nice concepts and color studies! Keep it up! Try to shade your pencils in photoshop)

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    Just a quick update, will post more later today.

    Color Studies -- Harmony I

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    Title: Color Studies -- Harmony I
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each study is 7" x 10"

    Notes: Each of these is a study in color interaction using Color Harmony as a base.

    Color Harmony Practice

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    Title: Color Harmony Practice
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2012
    Medium: Gouache

    Notes: Trying to gather ideas for my color harmony II project.

    Cora Walk Cycle II

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    Title: Cora Walk Cycle II
    Date: March 1 - 4, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Attempting a walk cycle with Cora proved difficult. I need to get a better handle on her side view...

    Military Hat

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    Title: Military Hat
    Date: February 27, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Continuing my studies with Photoshop. Getting a better handle on digital painting.

    More Sketchbook Craziness

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    Title: More Sketchbook Craziness
    Date: February 25 - March 1, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Each page is 9" x 12"

    Notes: The basic forms seen here of the people are from life, as well as the hands. I just decided to add some Graphic Design flair to them for fun!

    Valasquez Study WIP

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    Title: Valasquez Study WIP
    Date: March 6, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: What better way to study then use my favorite artist as a Master Study.

    Legend of Zelda Study

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    Title: Legend of Zelda Study
    Date: February 27 - March 3, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: A huge gathering of reference and sketches. Once I get more time from school I'll have to start doing these and others full-time.

    Illustration II Sketch

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    Title: Illustration II Sketch
    Date: March 1, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: One-Hour powersketch with a friend from school, we just went into it with a lunch break. It was fun and actually a good color study.

    Siren Sketches

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    Title: Siren Sketches
    Date: March 6, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: So... can we say... BLOW UP DOLL?! Ugh, this is terrible... will have to revisit later.

    Responses next post... should be later today or tomorrow.

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    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!
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    FOR JUSTICE!!

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    the siren seems like a sketch for an interesting painting :> Mouth should be fixed though, unless you intended to have it look like that.

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    Definite progress in here from the first page!

    I love the gesture drawings -- so cool to look at when the entire flippin' page is covered! (Also love the life drawing stuff -- I want to see more of those and the anatomy studies!)

    Your last portrait above (girl with multi-colored hair) shows some nice improvement in your digital work! If I had to find something to nitpick: you're using a really wide brush to sketch in with a flat black and then you're painting over it -- it's making your colors a little muddy where you're painting over. Try sketching with either a smaller brush (so there's less to paint over), lowering the opacity on the sketch before you start painting (to take away the harshness of the black), or sketching with a color/tone (works well if you know the colors you're working towards beforehand). Painting over stark-black is challenging and always seems to mess with whatever colors you put on top of it.

    Keep up the great work! ^_^

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    If there's one thing I would say it would be to work on your colors, which you seem to be doing. It seems like all of your colors are very saturated, so it's kind of like all of them screaming for attention at once. I've always tried to save my brightest, most saturated/intense colors for the area that I wanted the most attention in my pieces. Here's a good example of what I mean: http://snowskadi.deviantart.com/art/...ight-140699178 There are a lot of areas in that painting that, if taken by themselves, would be really dull; but they're needed to balance out the painting, so that your eye isn't bouncing in too many different directions.

    (Of course, to some extent I have the feeling that some of it is your style, and that's okay.)

    The latest painting is looking really good on the coloring front!

    The rest I know nothing about and you are clearly more advanced than I am in those subjects. I've got a lot of catching up to do!

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    Looks like you're putting in the work. I'd suggesting doing some studies focused on form. Just do it in black and white and practice rendering simple 3d shapes. Important when you're drawing to visualize every in 3 dimensions.

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    Really like that last painting and your pencil drawings are great really creative I can't really critique your digital stuff that much as I havent ever touched a graphics tablet in my life but as Ohaeri and Riley also said you should keep working on your colours because some of your pictures do look a bit muddy the ship ones a good example.
    Anyway keep up the good work.

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    Man oh man, vacations are nice. I've spent the entire spring break just painting and relaxing. The Mass Effect series has really sucked me in. I got the first one fixed and now all I want to do is just sit and play it until I beat them all. Unfortunately, I have loads of painting and work to do. Regardless, I have finished some stuff over this break, and tomorrow starts school again, so the working hard begins anew.

    Well... here's the fruits of this break so far...

    Color Notes

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    Title: Color Notes
    Date: March 9, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: 9" x 12"

    Notes: Notes and Pactice for my Alternate Palette Project.

    Color Studies -- Harmony - #2

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    Title: Color Studies -- Harmony - #2
    Date: March 5 - 8, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each study is 7" x 10"

    Notes: Each of these is a study in color interaction using Color Harmony as a base.

    Cora -- Head Studies

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    Title: Cora - Head Studies
    Date: March 8 - 15, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: My teacher told me that I need to get a better grasp on Cora from the side. My walk cycle did not look believable because of the lack of confidence in her side view. I will need to keep going with these.

    Guitar Chickie -- WIP

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    Title: Guitar Chickie -- WIP
    Date: March 12, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

    Notes: Just trying to show my process for painting. Any tips would be greatly appreciated...

    Hel-Looks Study

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    Title: Hel-Looks Study
    Date: March 9, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Ladies and Ladybugs

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    Title: Ladies and Ladybugs
    Date: March 11, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12".

    Notes: What else would a ladybug think about?!

    Dreaming of Chairs

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    Title: Dreaming of Chairs
    Date: March 9, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original page is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Poor table just wants chairs... These are some strange pottery and tables that I saw recently...

    Rage

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    Title:Rage
    Date: March 9, 2012
    Medium: Graphite

    Notes: This piece is actually a bit of a compilation between a guy, Dillon, and myself during our color class... I think his is more interesting (the right one).

    Zemotion Study -- WIP

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    Title: Zemotion Study -- WIP
    Date: March 13, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop

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    n1frit:

    Nice concepts and color studies! Keep it up! Try to shade your pencils in photoshop)
    Hmm... I've never really tried messing with my pencils in Photoshop... Maybe I should try to do this just so that they start to get some depth?

    Thanks by the way!

    Rotor:

    When drawing from observation, think more in terms of fields of values and how they build up shapes, rather than in lines. Also take into consideration the negative space around the character/focal point. Where does the main body of light come from, where it hits the hardest, bouncing light, different surface materials etc. all affect the outcome.

    I hope this helps, keep it up.
    Yeah, this is definitely something that I need to think more about, the refracted light tends to be something that I use, but never really go fully into. It's very important as it shows the form much better than a simple line.

    Although, I have a tendency to use the cross-hatches as an accent, mainly because I cannot stop drawing them in differing ways. It's really fun and exciting to get a likeness with that sort of pattern. Either way, I'm actually trying to experiment with more mediums. More on this in next update because I'm going to try and do my life drawing today in vine charcoal!

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    Really like that last painting and your pencil drawings are great really creative I can't really critique your digital stuff that much as I havent ever touched a graphics tablet in my life but as Ohaeri and Riley also said you should keep working on your colours because some of your pictures do look a bit muddy the ship ones a good example.
    Anyway keep up the good work.
    I would highly recommend that you try one out sometime (preferably after you feel comfortable in traditional medias). They are actually pretty fun and can make for a very different experience rather than using just the basic pen and pencils.

    ANYWAY... I am only just now trying out color. I've been using grays and gray scale for a very long time. This is my first semester (of school) using color in any capacity. I've been too used to just painting the grays in on top of the black background. Maybe it would best to consider the base color of the piece first rather than just jumping in with black base. It probably tends to flatten out my pieces because of it...

    Thanks by the way as well... will never stop!

    Liffey:

    Looks like you're putting in the work. I'd suggesting doing some studies focused on form. Just do it in black and white and practice rendering simple 3d shapes. Important when you're drawing to visualize every in 3 dimensions.
    Yeah, I actually need to do more of these in painting, it would definitely help. Maybe I'll try to study simple objects from life, but using digital as a base. It could be fun.

    Ohaeri:

    If there's one thing I would say it would be to work on your colors, which you seem to be doing. It seems like all of your colors are very saturated, so it's kind of like all of them screaming for attention at once. I've always tried to save my brightest, most saturated/intense colors for the area that I wanted the most attention in my pieces. Here's a good example of what I mean: http://snowskadi.deviantart.com/art/...ight-140699178 There are a lot of areas in that painting that, if taken by themselves, would be really dull; but they're needed to balance out the painting, so that your eye isn't bouncing in too many different directions.

    (Of course, to some extent I have the feeling that some of it is your style, and that's okay.)

    The latest painting is looking really good on the coloring front!

    The rest I know nothing about and you are clearly more advanced than I am in those subjects. I've got a lot of catching up to do!
    No, I completely agree, I'm only just now experimenting with color, as I said above. I really need to get a better grasp on it in it's entirety.

    Hopefully we'll all grow at the same rate from here forward since we're all in the group together! SSG's are important for growth I'd think...

    Riley Stark:

    Definite progress in here from the first page!

    I love the gesture drawings -- so cool to look at when the entire flippin' page is covered! (Also love the life drawing stuff -- I want to see more of those and the anatomy studies!)

    Your last portrait above (girl with multi-colored hair) shows some nice improvement in your digital work! If I had to find something to nitpick: you're using a really wide brush to sketch in with a flat black and then you're painting over it -- it's making your colors a little muddy where you're painting over. Try sketching with either a smaller brush (so there's less to paint over), lowering the opacity on the sketch before you start painting (to take away the harshness of the black), or sketching with a color/tone (works well if you know the colors you're working towards beforehand). Painting over stark-black is challenging and always seems to mess with whatever colors you put on top of it.

    Keep up the great work! ^_^
    My digital work is really lacking in all the aspects. Like I've said before, traditional is still my more experienced part. If I had to rate them, I'd say that my traditional skill is like a 5 / 10, where my digital is like 2 / 10.

    Lots of practice to do in this media for sure...

    Sushy:

    the siren seems like a sketch for an interesting painting :> Mouth should be fixed though, unless you intended to have it look like that.
    HAHAHA that siren was gross... I kinda scrapped the idea completely. Oh well, just more practice needed as always.

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    Pretty sizable update. (Nice!)

    Well, my digital stuff is waaay ahead of my traditional stuff (what little that I do - I almost ALWAYS work digitally) so maybe we can help each other out with each other's strengths/weaknesses and flip flop advice. Since digital is what I'm most comfortable with, that's where I can help the most and maybe that'll be my niche where you're concerned. ^_^

    Crit:

    I see the color black. (Or something that's appearing super-close, if not exact, on my screen.) Shame, shame on you young man! XD Black KILLS colors. Never use it. Don't paint ANYTHING with it. It sucks the life out of anything you're painting and will make it look flat / wrong to the eye. (Because even in the darkest of dark-ity darks, it's an actual color -- It's never black. There's no such thing as a true black or white when you're looking to paint things because those two colors always either absorb or reflect the colors that are around them. They're always taking on the tint/color of something else! Even if you THINK something is black or white, look at it again! (When I figured this out it kind of blew my mind. It wasn't something I had ever thought about before and then, when someone pointed it out to me, I was like "Woah." You'll get the full effect if you say that like Keanu Reeves would, btw. Bonus points if you actually do it out loud. XD)

    Get that black out of your swatches! (I saw it in the first piece with the guitar and said "OHNOEZ!", then didn't see it in the swatches on the second piece with the girl and got excited -- then you were sneaky and snuck it in on her face for the eyes/brows/mouth! >:0 Skunked!) The same goes for white, too Don't paint with that either. (For highlights or otherwise. Same rules apply to white as they do to black.)

    That all being said, if you want to do your sketch with black, that's fine. I like that you thinned out your brush to sketch for the last piece with the girl. (It was probably much easier to paint over with the lines being so much smaller so there was much less black to fuss with.)

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    BTW - I really like the pencil "Rage" piece. Some nice expression on that one! ^_^

    Hope you're going try to start the Caravaggio piece this week -- I'm curious to see what you do with it! (Could be some really good practice for your digital stuff!)

    Keep up the good work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley Stark View Post
    Black KILLS colors. Never use it. Don't paint ANYTHING with it. It sucks the life out of anything you're painting and will make it look flat / wrong to the eye. (Because even in the darkest of dark-ity darks, it's an actual color -- It's never black. There's no such thing as a true black or white when you're looking to paint things because those two colors always either absorb or reflect the colors that are around them. They're always taking on the tint/color of something else!
    I think I agree here, I don't have much experience with painting (digital or otherwise), but I noticed that if you paint the shadows of an object in the opposite color of the highlight, it tends to make the colors look better/more intense. Obviously this shouldn't be taken off of a cliff because it looks unnatural if you push it too far, but if your colors seem flat or uninteresting you might try it.

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    I see you sketch with pure black before you go to colour. The thing is some of it stays in places you necessarily wouldn't see it naturally, and has a messy outline. Pure black suggests there is absolutely no light and also tends to look dead and flatten things. I encourage using dark values as they give a certain richness to the picture but use pure black with caution. Different shades of dark browns work well for example, depending on your subject matter.
    Much improvement here, keep experimenting. And don't forget good solid construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat Kaminski View Post
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    I would highly recommend that you try one out sometime (preferably after you feel comfortable in traditional medias). They are actually pretty fun and can make for a very different experience rather than using just the basic pen and pencils.

    ANYWAY... I am only just now trying out color. I've been using grays and gray scale for a very long time. This is my first semester (of school) using color in any capacity. I've been too used to just painting the grays in on top of the black background. Maybe it would best to consider the base color of the piece first rather than just jumping in with black base. It probably tends to flatten out my pieces because of it...

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    Here's the progress so far on the Caravaggio piece...

    Caravaggio - Bacchus - WIP

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    Title: Caravaggio - Bacchus - WIP
    Date: March 20, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 2550px x 3000px

    Notes: This was a challenge for a group that I joined on concept art. Sketchgroup GOGOGO!!

    Open Canvas FUN

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    Title: Open Canvas FUN
    Date: March 13, 2012

    Notes: Just messing around with a silly painting program late at night.

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    triggerpigking:

    I actually am planning on getting a tablet soon im getting a hundred quid in a few weeks and wanted to get a cheap one.
    Awesome! I would recommend that you start out with a Wacom Bamboo. It's a good jumping ground, and it's actually what I use at home.

    Rotor:

    I see you sketch with pure black before you go to colour. The thing is some of it stays in places you necessarily wouldn't see it naturally, and has a messy outline. Pure black suggests there is absolutely no light and also tends to look dead and flatten things. I encourage using dark values as they give a certain richness to the picture but use pure black with caution. Different shades of dark browns work well for example, depending on your subject matter.
    Much improvement here, keep experimenting. And don't forget good solid construction.
    Yeah, I agree. I'm learning more and more about color everyday, and it's becoming much more clear that black is not the way to go.

    As you can see with the Bacchus (above), I'm making sure to construct it as in-depth as I can.

    Ohaeri:

    I think I agree here, I don't have much experience with painting (digital or otherwise), but I noticed that if you paint the shadows of an object in the opposite color of the highlight, it tends to make the colors look better/more intense. Obviously this shouldn't be taken off of a cliff because it looks unnatural if you push it too far, but if your colors seem flat or uninteresting you might try it.
    Yeah, I agree completely. It will help a great deal to do it this way rather than using black. I'm pushing this way more and more everyday...

    Riley Stark

    Pretty sizable update. (Nice!)

    Well, my digital stuff is waaay ahead of my traditional stuff (what little that I do - I almost ALWAYS work digitally) so maybe we can help each other out with each other's strengths/weaknesses and flip flop advice. Since digital is what I'm most comfortable with, that's where I can help the most and maybe that'll be my niche where you're concerned. ^_^

    Crit:

    I see the color black. (Or something that's appearing super-close, if not exact, on my screen.) Shame, shame on you young man! XD Black KILLS colors. Never use it. Don't paint ANYTHING with it. It sucks the life out of anything you're painting and will make it look flat / wrong to the eye. (Because even in the darkest of dark-ity darks, it's an actual color -- It's never black. There's no such thing as a true black or white when you're looking to paint things because those two colors always either absorb or reflect the colors that are around them. They're always taking on the tint/color of something else! Even if you THINK something is black or white, look at it again! (When I figured this out it kind of blew my mind. It wasn't something I had ever thought about before and then, when someone pointed it out to me, I was like "Woah." You'll get the full effect if you say that like Keanu Reeves would, btw. Bonus points if you actually do it out loud. XD)

    Get that black out of your swatches! (I saw it in the first piece with the guitar and said "OHNOEZ!", then didn't see it in the swatches on the second piece with the girl and got excited -- then you were sneaky and snuck it in on her face for the eyes/brows/mouth! >:0 Skunked!) The same goes for white, too Don't paint with that either. (For highlights or otherwise. Same rules apply to white as they do to black.)

    That all being said, if you want to do your sketch with black, that's fine. I like that you thinned out your brush to sketch for the last piece with the girl. (It was probably much easier to paint over with the lines being so much smaller so there was much less black to fuss with.)

    </digital crit>

    BTW - I really like the pencil "Rage" piece. Some nice expression on that one! ^_^

    Hope you're going try to start the Caravaggio piece this week -- I'm curious to see what you do with it! (Could be some really good practice for your digital stuff!)

    Keep up the good work!
    It's because of you that I started that Caravaggio piece above...

    It's definitely better to study old masters when painting as it will get you closer to real painting rather than just blindly painting stuff.

    Unfortunately, the face on the left is mine only on the 'rage' piece. The baboon looking thing on the right is a guy from class'. I think it is much more interesting than my piece, but it was fun to throw together.

    Make sure that you try doing some traditional (at least life drawing) at least once a week. Don't let your sketching falter and try a unique type of media (my personal favorite lately is vine charcoal). It really helps you to get better at digital to understand traditionally. Even though they can both be used in the same way. It's just nice to have a portable form (a sketchbook and pencil) to play around with.
    Sometimes it's nice to get out and draw rather than being cooped up inside all the time.

    Thanks a ton for that digital crit. I will make sure to take it to heart for sure!

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    I like the colors in your "Open Canvas FUN" piece. They're crazy but it's a good kind of crazy.

    The Carvaggio colors looks like they might be too saturated, but it's not finished yet, so it could be the way you work. Just keep an eye on that and make sure they don't end up too bright/strong.

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    Glad to see you started on Caravaggio! I agree with Ohaeri that the colors are coming across a bit too saturated on my end too, but (as she said) that could be just how you work. (Some people work super-saturated and then paint over with more muted tones to blend, not quite sure how you work yet so I can't say.) Watch the proportions on his arm - it's looking a bit scrawny by the bicep area. Otherwise, off to a nice start! I'm going to be working on mine today so hopefully I'll make good progress and have an update to show, too! ^_^

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    Nice sketchbook Mat I like your sketches although I would advice to try and use less dark lines to separate the shapes and forms and try and use values to do this more if you are indeed going to render to an extent.

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    This is going to be quite an update, but I still have tons more to do to finish this semester out.

    So I'll just say a few things, then the art.

    Firstly, I am very happy to have been invited to an art group.
    If you don't know what that is, look on concept art and check out these sketchbooks:

    Riley Stark || Liffey || Ohaeri || triggerpigking

    Basically we all draw and paint and things, and then critique each other.
    It's pretty fun -- Riley is actually the one that challenged me to the Caravaggio piece.

    Secondly, this semester has kind of flew by honestly. I've been just rolling with it this semester. Gotten lots of work done overall. That doesn't mean I can take it easy for the rest. Honestly this is the where the real push comes. This is where boys become men... or something.

    Lastly, I just want to point out in advance that I have soooo much more art than what is below to update this time. I just got lazy and didn't get to the scanner to get all of my life drawing / gestural drawing / sketches in graphite and things.

    I have to get that on here as soon as possible though.

    Anyway... here's that art I was talking about...

    Caravaggio - Bacchus - WIP 2

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    Title: Caravaggio - Bacchus - WIP 2
    Date: March 20 - 24, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 2550px x 3000px

    Notes: This was a challenge for a group that I joined on concept art. Sketchgroup GOGOGO!! Just continuing... slowly but surely!

    Charcoal from Drawing II

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    Title: Charcoal from Drawing II
    Date: January - March, 2012
    Medium: Charcoal / Chalk
    Scale: Varies, from 20" x 30" up to 40" x 60"

    Notes: This is my discovery so far into charcoal and chalk from Drawing II. Honestly, this is the most fun I've had with a simple drawing media. All of these pieces are on high-quality Canson stock paper. They are extremely large by my usual standard. See above for the scale... they're pretty big!

    Ink Drawings from Drawing II

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    Title: Ink Drawings from Drawing II
    Date: January - March, 2012
    Medium: Ink / White Paint
    Scale: Varies, from 20" x 30" up to 40" x 60"

    Notes: This is my discovery so far into ink and white paint from Drawing II. All of these pieces are on high-quality Canson stock paper. They are extremely large by my usual standard. See above for the scale... they're pretty big!

    Cora's Journal - Colored

    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!

    Title: Cora's Journal - Colored
    Date: March 27, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 3000px

    Notes: For my final for animation, we are to storyboard out a two-to-three minute animatic for the class, so I am going to start throwing a ton of stuff up about Cora for the next few weeks on top of all the rest of the stuff. This is her journal (and YES it talks).

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    Nice sketchbook Mat I like your sketches although I would advice to try and use less dark lines to separate the shapes and forms and try and use values to do this more if you are indeed going to render to an extent.
    Yeah, I do agree about the rendering, but honestly, I think that would be better suited for charcoal or even chalk. I don't know really... I really like this hatching technique over fully blended graphite. But there are times that I should practice it more of course.

    Thanks for the advice! I'll try to follow it more.

    Riley Stark:

    Glad to see you started on Caravaggio! I agree with Ohaeri that the colors are coming across a bit too saturated on my end too, but (as she said) that could be just how you work. (Some people work super-saturated and then paint over with more muted tones to blend, not quite sure how you work yet so I can't say.) Watch the proportions on his arm - it's looking a bit scrawny by the bicep area. Otherwise, off to a nice start! I'm going to be working on mine today so hopefully I'll make good progress and have an update to show, too! ^_^
    I think I use the method mentioned... I actually hadn't noticed the bicep problem. I'll have to take a closer look at it. Thanks for pointing it out!

    I'm watching for your update on it

    Ohaeri:

    I like the colors in your "Open Canvas FUN" piece. They're crazy but it's a good kind of crazy.

    The Carvaggio colors looks like they might be too saturated, but it's not finished yet, so it could be the way you work. Just keep an eye on that and make sure they don't end up too bright/strong.
    Thanks for the compliment on the OC Fun piece. It was just a late-night randomness kind of thing LOL!

    Hopefully the colors are muting more since I'm starting to blend them together. You'll have to let me know.

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    Thanks for the comments folks! Time to get back to painting and things...!

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    Nice update. I especially like the last piece in the 'ink' category. (The one with all the different objects in it.) The ink looks really nice, almost like a loose wash or something. I can't say for sure what the technique is (because I've never worked with ink), but I like it.

    Your master study is coming along -- I think part of your proportion problems is because you're working on an oddly sized canvas. Usually when you do a master study, you make the proportions of your canvas the same size as your reference, so that you can measure and 'copy' the piece accurately. I'd adjust your canvas size and maybe it'll help you gauge things a little easier?

    Also, while you're learning, I'd suggest shying away from the method of working super-saturated (which the colors still look way overly saturated - could your monitor need to be calibrated?) and then trying to tone it down after -- One of the great things about a master study is trying to train your eyes to see color accurately, how to pick them out as close as you can to understand how the master used their colors. (Which you then absorb that knowledge and apply to your own work, thusly improving it.) If you're working super-saturated and then trying to tone it down, you're making things harder for yourself in that you're creating far more work (because you're essentially painting things twice -- once in your colors and then going over them again to try and fix them), and you're also not helping to train your eye how to pick colors from what you're seeing. Try to pick the colors correctly the first time -- it'll speed up your work process and you'll also start developing how to gauge colors correctly. (Especially useful if you need to capture something quick - like something from life where the light might be changing or something. If you work your method, you'll paint your saturated colors and risk losing your reference by the time you get those all down to fix them to their correct shades. The light might have changed, your subject might have shifted - the initial moment you hoped to capture will be gone and you don't have enough knowledge yet to fix it from your imagination, if that makes sense.)

    I'm curious about this 'Cora' thing. Is it a character you made up for the project? Sounds like it could be interesting. ^_^

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    You know, this is what I get for not updating in a week with finals so close... a MASSIVE upload.

    Okay, so I don't really have a whole lot to say except that I am plunged neck-deep in schoolwork. I have a ton of things to do if I want to pass this semester with even a semblance of hard work and worth-while.

    So I'm just going to rush into it, I have more storyboard stuff to do...

    Tattoo Design

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    Title: Tattoo Design
    Date: March 16, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Actually... the first tattoo design I've ever done. It was based on the Paladin's Cross (basically a sword and shield designed to be a cross). Blend that with tribal. Mix in a blender... BAM that's what happens.

    Book Battle

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    Title: Book Battle
    Date: March 30, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Notes: Ashley and her Mom were both reading books and I felt dumb not being in on the awesomeness... SO I just decided that I should draw them both. Was fun to characterize them both.

    Charcoal Studies from Life

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    Title: Charcoal Studies from Life
    Date: March 19 - 27, 2012
    Medium: Chalk, Charcoal, Conte
    Scale: Sketches are 9" x 12", the scene at the bottom is 30" x 45"

    Notes: Yet again, more delving into vine charcoal. That has to be my favorite media so far...

    Color Theory -- Altered Palette

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    Title: Color Theory -- Altered Palette
    Date: March 19 - 22, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each piece is 9" x 12"

    Notes: This was a test to use a very limited amount of colors to for interesting color reactions. I should have covered the paint area better.

    Altered Palette Studies

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    Title: Altered Palette Studies
    Date: March 19 - 22, 2012
    Medium: Watercolor / Graphite
    Scale: Each 'page' is 9" x 12"

    Color Theory -- Limited Palette

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    Title: Color Theory -- Limited Palette
    Date: March 26 - 29, 2012
    Medium: Gouache
    Scale: Each 'piece' is 7" x 10"

    Notes: We were supposed to copy the piece and then do it each with a slightly more muted and grayed out palette.

    Limited Palette Studies

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    Title: Limited Palette Studies
    Date: March 26 - 29, 2012
    Medium: Gouache / Graphite
    Scale: Original is 9" x 12"

    Life Drawing in Graphite

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    Title: Life Drawing in Graphite
    Date: March 26 - 28, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: Each 'page' is 9" x 12"

    Notes: I was going back to a media that I haven't used for some time: Graphite. I have been using nothing but paint and charcoal for quite a while.

    Joe #1

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    Title: Joe #1
    Date: March 31, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 2550px x 3000px

    Notes: So, I actually lost a bet with my fiancee, and NOW I have to draw Joe Mangiello (or however his name is spelled) twenty times. Hopefully it will help a ton with anatomy. Damn Mr. Muscles hahaha!

    Lamia -- WIP

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    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!
    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!

    Title: Lamia -- WIP
    Date: April 2, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 3000px x 1850px

    Notes: I noticed an interesting competition on Deviant Art, to redo a mythological creature. And what better creature than a lamia! How interesting!!!

    Life Drawing in the Park

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    Title: Life Drawing in the Park
    Date: March 3, 2012
    Medium: Graphite / Ink
    Scale: Each piece is only about 2" wide.

    Pirate Portrait Study

    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!
    Sketchbook... Round 2! FIGHT!!

    Title: Pirate Portrait Study
    Date: March 20 - 24, 2012
    Medium: Photoshop
    Scale: Original is 2400px x 1950px

    Notes: Another challenge I saw on Deviant Art. I'm trying to just start entering a ton of competitions for fun, and JUSTICE.

    Wacky Life Drawing

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    Title: Wacky Life Drawing
    Date: March 22, 2012
    Medium: Graphite
    Scale: 9" x 12"

    Notes: Using Life Drawing and combining Marko Djurdjevic / Wes Burt style again. This is so cool and fun to do. I'll have to do EVEN MORE of it.

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    Nice update. I especially like the last piece in the 'ink' category. (The one with all the different objects in it.) The ink looks really nice, almost like a loose wash or something. I can't say for sure what the technique is (because I've never worked with ink), but I like it.

    Your master study is coming along -- I think part of your proportion problems is because you're working on an oddly sized canvas. Usually when you do a master study, you make the proportions of your canvas the same size as your reference, so that you can measure and 'copy' the piece accurately. I'd adjust your canvas size and maybe it'll help you gauge things a little easier?

    Also, while you're learning, I'd suggest shying away from the method of working super-saturated (which the colors still look way overly saturated - could your monitor need to be calibrated?) and then trying to tone it down after -- One of the great things about a master study is trying to train your eyes to see color accurately, how to pick them out as close as you can to understand how the master used their colors. (Which you then absorb that knowledge and apply to your own work, thusly improving it.) If you're working super-saturated and then trying to tone it down, you're making things harder for yourself in that you're creating far more work (because you're essentially painting things twice -- once in your colors and then going over them again to try and fix them), and you're also not helping to train your eye how to pick colors from what you're seeing. Try to pick the colors correctly the first time -- it'll speed up your work process and you'll also start developing how to gauge colors correctly. (Especially useful if you need to capture something quick - like something from life where the light might be changing or something. If you work your method, you'll paint your saturated colors and risk losing your reference by the time you get those all down to fix them to their correct shades. The light might have changed, your subject might have shifted - the initial moment you hoped to capture will be gone and you don't have enough knowledge yet to fix it from your imagination, if that makes sense.)

    I'm curious about this 'Cora' thing. Is it a character you made up for the project? Sounds like it could be interesting. ^_^

    Well anyway... that's that, see ya guys next time.
    Thanks, my teacher really enjoyed that one too. It's called ink wash. Basically just take india ink and dilute it with water more and more. It helps to get different tones. You should try it, it's really fun.

    With the Caravaggio, I'm actually working from a real piece. I have a print that I use at home. The colors are COMPLETELY different from what I see online. Weird... The book itself is 9" x 12", but I think the image itself is like 4" or so... I'll have to measure it.

    Anyway...

    The Cora thing is a build up over the entire semester. You should look earlier in the book. There are a ton of pieces about her. I've been doing my animation stuff with it. You'll see more in the coming of it as well.

    Thanks though, more coming...

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    I'm curious to know that what style of art you're ultimately working towards? Like, if knowledge/ability was put aside, which genre of art you'd see yourself mostly doing? (I see you testing a lot of different styles and was kind of curious to know if you tended to favor any particularly - just so I can understand you as an artist better, since I really don't know you all that well yet when everything's said and done.)

    The life stuff is looking good. I like the piece that's the guy in the loin cloth (from behind) with the spear and then the studies from the park the best out of the bunch. Also, that piece that's the night scene -- reverse white on black. That's pretty cool, too.

    On some of your figures, I'd ease up on the thickness/darkness of your outlines. When your outlines are darker than the shadows on the figure, it makes it feel kind of flat/cartoonish. (Darker edges just seem to make it more difficult for a form visually to turn in 3D space. I think it's the abruptness of the edge - it's so dark, and then there's nothing, so it feels flat. Lighten it up a bit and I think your figures will jump ahead. Your graphite stuff, for instance, has a much better balance of edges/shadows than your charcoal stuff. Granted, the graphite probably has a much finer edge than the charcoal you're working with, but lighten your hand up with the graphite to compensate a bit. Try to draw with more confident lines, too, and get rid of the 'sketchy' feeling. It's easier said than done, I know -- I struggle with it at times, too.)

    The comments about dark edges/thick line work applies to your digital stuff, too. You don't need to sketch with such thick lines -- it's making it much harder to see the true nature of some of your shapes. And, if you try to paint over the thick lines, it can throw your proportions off, too. Take, for instance, the sketch of Joe Manganiello. Is the actual figure designated to the painted areas or are the outside edges of the black outlines the actual edges of his figure? That'd be a pretty big difference proportion-wise in some areas if you paint over the outlines, or if you were to simply delete them. One would be considerably bigger in parts than the other. If you sketch with thinner lines, however, you'll get a much more accurate judge of proportions/shapes, especially if you're planning to paint things after the sketch. (I hope that makes sense the way I worded it. XD ) Try to make your digital brush the size about the size of an actual pen tip and see how you do sketching with that -- I bet your sketches will be much easier to read and work with. (Think of how much easier it would be to paint in the life sketch of the guy with the loin cloth and the spear vs. painting in your sketch of Joe, for instance. Especially if you decide to delete the sketch when you're done -- you'll wind up with something much more consistent. If you were to paint in the sketch of Joe around the lines you currently have, you'll wind up with gaps in the paint if you delete the line work, which makes it almost useless to lay the paint down beforehand -- you'd wind up with something that looks more like pieces of a puzzle on your paper than a solid figure.)

    Also, digital tip: Always tone your background before you start painting. If you paint your colors (or even just values) against white, you're going to have a hard time judging their true intensity/value accurately. (How can you tell how light or dark something is when it's just against stark white? Everything is going to look darker when compared against it so, if you decide to put a background in there after the fact, it'll throw all the values you've already laid in off because now you'll actually have something to compare them against. It makes it very hard to make your figure feel like it's meshing with the intended environment if you do the process in reverse. You don't have to go crazy -- just lay down a neutral medium-value/color and you're good to go, kind of like you have in the piece with Joe. It'll help you to get the most out of your lighting and your shadows. Notice how much easier it is to establish lighting, for instance, in your Joe piece than in your other piece with just the guy's face? You can tell where the lights and darks are on Joe instantly, but the face is much harder to judge the lightest of lights because they're almost exactly the same as the background. You throw a background on the face piece, it'll change the intensity of the already established values entirely.)

    As far as Caravaggio goes, I think it's kind of cool that you're working from an actual print instead of one off the computer. It would make it harder to make sure the canvas size is the same (obviously) but, I think if you can at least keep the proportions/edge dimensions generally the same, you'll be in good shape for eyeballing the placement of things in the painting. (You could always just grab a cap of the painting off google and use the general dimensions of the image for your canvas, then toss the picture itself and use your print as your actual reference. That's probably what I'd do and save myself a bit of headache trying to figure out how big the edges should be by actually measuring them out and then trying to translate that into my computer.)

    Glad to see you're getting so much done with summer approaching. (I know that this time of year with school is crazy, trying to wrap everything up!) Keep up the hard work -- Looking forward to your next update! ^_^

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    When I was still doing fractal art, I found doing competitions to be really helpful to my development once I got past a certain point of skill. Like, I wouldn't want to embarrass myself, but if I thought my relative skill level was good enough to make an okay showing of it I would enter. I also found doing requests to be extremely helpful. They were free so there wasn't any pressure, but I also had an audience that I could aim it toward.

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    Hey there, I see you've done a lot of explaining, and also a LOT of experimenting. That is fantastic, I'm sure your knowledge and understanding of certain principles,elements is leveling up rapidly. I can't relate that well to the images in general, I'm not sure if you get this a lot, but what is your overall style? what appeal are you going for? where would you say your avenue in art is? Kinda hard to tell by just skimming through- you should be able to- that is, to recognize an artists style by skimming... No one has time to go through every single post in every sketchbook, especially for the art admirers like myself-- So, trying to relate to most of your posts as a whole I would say is kinda hard-- not that every artist should be pinpointed (we are in a post-modern age after all) I believe... But I guess all of that just makes you interesting. You're very explorative that is. uhm.. keep it up I guess, if you know where your aim in life for art is- that's all that matters.

    Maybe you have the makings of a teacher.. I dunno lol.. you can freely disregard all of what I said, I'm not here to crit.. PEace bro!

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