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    Sketchbewk

    Hello, I'm a 17 year old artist from Scotland

    Like most of us here on CA I plan to become an illustrator and concept artist, I realised art was the only path for me just after I started university so I quit and am now studying at home full time (as of 3rd page).
    I try to draw and improve every day and would very much appreciate any comments in this sketchbook to help me get there because theres no doubt in my mind it's where imma go

    Without further a due here is le sketchbook.

    Please do leave crits & feedback it's really tasty.
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    Ok here are some sketches I did on a train yesterday yup.
    This is a mix of imagination and sneaky drawing people on the train. The second page is a self portrait done from a reflection in the window at night time on the way back.

    Opinions???
    If people like these I have a bunch of bus sketches and will have more all the time.

    + A quick charcoal thing
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    Gahh really quick thing this morning.

    My most troubled area in digital (and traditional probably) art is creating that rocky mountainous look where its kind of lots of shards creating the impression of the rocky bits. NOT MAKING TOO MUCH SENSE but basically what I was tring to do on the dips in this crossroads which clearly are unsuccessful, any help? I cant get it!
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    Woman from imagination in progress. Could someone point out anatomical errors?

    What helps make skin more realistic? I find picking tones quite hard and how dark shadows could get and how shiny skin can be. just a couple tips would be cool

    Anything compositional or everything is welcome too
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    Some life drawing of my own hand and my girlfriend reading a book.

    The hands are quite old but wanted to put some studies up. Will do some new ones very soon to compare
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    One of my few plein air still life studies. Done in about an hour at friends house.

    I still havent figured out had to give the impression of trees (see mangled tree on right) any tips?
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    Some environments.
    Quite simple in terms of complexity of the objects in the pieces. Im very hit and miss with my pieces at this point dont know what way works best for me but things seem to go better with a grayscale then a colour overlay
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    Mushroom Environments.

    I dont know if anyone has a fix for this or if its just a time thing but a lot of my digital art isnt quite "solid", kind of "blurry" i spent a while on the glowy one trying to get away from that blurryness but things still dont seem solid and in place but they do in my paintings or pencil work even if its a sketch.
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    colour sketch. I find it much easier to draw figures properly with pencil and paper dont know why.

    is this common at the start?
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    Fleshy painting in acrylics. I feel this has some weight behind it, I can't get that at all with digital paint. #frustration!

    Also Experimental paintings on movements & energy done on A1 boards in acrylic, bad photo quality too big too scan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFsean View Post
    colour sketch. I find it much easier to draw figures properly with pencil and paper dont know why.

    is this common at the start?
    This is really common, even among professionals I know plenty of people who prefer paper.
    Some people get the hang of it, others always prefer paper. Cintiq's are the happy medium.

    Some general advice- improving your painting skills most effectively would be to do simple directed studies.
    Do some lighting studies of simple still-lifes, ideally white ones. This will help you see how light works on simple objects- and with white objects it's much easier to see how colour reflects onto the objects as well.

    It's harder working with coloured studies because you have to look at tone separately.
    It's very common for people to make lighter looking colours (yellow, orange, pink) too light and darker looking colours (blue, purple, green) too dark.
    Below you can see how colours that are seemingly very different are tonally the same once you desaturate them.
    On the right you can see the brightest colours aren't necessarily the lightest.

    True tone is easier to see if you squint - it helps you see dark/light better without all that colour and detail tricking your eye so much.

    Anyways- I get long winded so I'll stop there >.< - So far I think your right on track, good proportions and the like.
    Keep studying the fundamentals and you'll see improvement in no time ^_^
    Happy sketching!
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    Thanks for taking the time to write this for me! That colour tone thing is very interesting!
    Will do studies on light very soon, will post when done
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    Well this didnt go too well. I only worked from a small thumbnail of the ref because I didn't want to sit there and try and copy every line in the canyon but putting them next to each other like this i didnt get the values for the background canyon even, i found that canyon so killer, why cant I do mountainoussss!?
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