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    Natalie's Sketchbook. Let's do this.

    Hey all, so I've been drawing for a while, but I'm still very new to using Photoshop, so basically I'm going to be doing a lot of studies to push myself and improve so that I can eventually paint with the best of them.

    First post: A few pencils and 2 grayscale studies from the last week or so. I hope I can keep the momentum building and post fairly often.

    - Natalie
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    Back again, Haven't been able to update as often as I'd like, my schedule/momentum sucks. But I have done some new stuff, more portraits and I'm posting an unfinished study now because I don't think I'm going to work on it anymore, I need something fresh.

    Ordered a bunch of anatomy books! and found a really good website for landscape studying so I feel a little better about the availability of material to study from now. Until the books get here though I'm going to continue to use this new website I found. http://fineart.sk/

    Anyway, like I said, not a lot to show, but feeling a little better about the process.
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    Not bad for being your first attempt in photoshop. keep going. ^^
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    These are amazing! I'm in love with your portraits. And dem studies. Mm!

    Thank you for the inspiration. I'll be dropping by frequently!
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    wow, you draw the body, expressions, and clothing so well! awesome art keep it up!
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    Love all the different expressions! Beautiful stuff, looking forward to more!
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    Big Sketchbook update, 1 month of anatomy and some portraits

    Hey all!

    So I know it's been a while since I posted anything, and I know that also goes against my pledge to keep updating regularly, but with all that in mind I am still excited about this post.

    I've actually been getting a fair amount of practice in, and granted I haven't been painting much, I feel like I've definitely learned a lot so far in these studies. The anatomy books I ordered, (Bammes, Bridgman, Vanderpoel) came in and I started studying from all 3 simultaneously, along with my Loomis books, and I think it has helped me understand things much better than my previous attempts at this stuff. Also, important to note, I owe a BIG thanks to Hannes (algenpfleger) for uploading a bunch of his old studies, which helped me, not only as a nice reference in my own studies, but also as a reference of which master artists would be beneficial to study from.

    I also ordered a scanner, and bought a new camera, which I am already in love with. And these will help make posting drawings way easier, as well as help me get some nice references to study from. My camera performs really well in low light, so I'm going to try and take some dramatically lit images and use them to study light/shadow/form later on.

    So, aside from the big pile of anatomy studies, I've also thrown in some old old paintings from my senior year of college. They're acryllic, and probably the best handful from that semester. Just wanted some color in this thread.

    And finally, I made a compiled image of all the portraits I've done of people in my capoeira group, which was a lot of fun to put together, and I figured it would be easier to upload that than each one separate.

    Okay guys! Hope you like, and hopefully now with my new tech I'll be able to post a lot easier and thus more frequently.

    - Natalie
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    Update:: Yay it didn't take a whole month!

    Hey! So as I had hoped, my camera makes uploading these drawing so much less of a headache. As such, and since it's only been a couple days, here's the anatomy I've been doing. It's been a week of Arms so far. Hoping to do a bunch tomorrow too, and then do some torso's that aren't armless.

    Also, been thinking a lot about the "Deathline" challenge/initiative that Dan and the Crimson Daggers have started up. I am going to work on setting up a blog so I can start that up, I think it's a worthwhile practice and hopefully I can stick with it for the year. Though I'm going to refer to my efforts personally as "Skyline" because I think I would depress myself talking and thinking about a deathline all the time. S-kills, K-nowledge and Y-ou = SKYLINE. It's probably a corny thing to change or fuss over, but like I said, it's more for my own emotional contentment than anything else.

    Onward and upward. - Natalie
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    Hey everyone,

    So it's clearly been a while, and I don't want to ramble on and on with excuses so I'll just give a quick list of all the stuff I had to deal with in the last couple weeks. Thanksgiving weekend was a nice time with my family, and overall one of the better holidays I've had at home, but it still threw off my work schedule a bit. The week after I was able to get some drawing done, but I never got to post it because on the 6th I ended up in the ER with appendicitis. Had to have surgery and spent the rest of that week recovering. It was unfortunate because I had to cancel birthday plans and a bunch of other things, not to mention I couldn't get any drawing done for a while because the medications I was on made me really drowsy and it was painful to sit up for long periods. Anyway! Finally got back into the sketchbook and did some portraits of some of my friends' kids to give as presents, and a few other side projects that weren't drawing related. Now that I'm feeling better I'm going to try and push through Christmas and New Year's celebrations without a whole lot of slowing down, and start 2012 off with some good momentum. I have a few commissions to work on for friends, so that will be a nice way to break up the monotony of studies.

    Here's the work, hope you like it, I'm glad to be back. - Natalie
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    Hey Natalie,

    It's Nick from Hasbro. Just randomly saw your thread on the front page. Stopping in to say hi. Great stuff here!
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    Merry Christmas!

    Hey everyone! So I hope the holidays were enjoyable for everyone, mine was relaxed and low-stress, so that was nice. I got a couple of James Gurney's books on painting which look to be full of delicious knowledge. This post has the studies I was working on prior to Christmas. I was doing some figures from memory and realized that I couldn't really get their feet to look correct. Probably because I haven't practiced feet yet! So that's what I was working on. After I did a bunch of them I did a few leg studies just to practice attaching the feet to the ankle correctly.

    Also, in light of my inability to physically train Capoeira for a few more weeks, I've started doing some reading about the history of the art, which in my academy we are held accountable for how much we know and are able to discuss during the annual testing period. The book is really dry, but some of the events themselves are interesting, and I'm taking notes so that I hopefully retain a little more of what I read. It makes it a slower process, but I think I'll actually learn more this way.

    And progress has been made on objective 3, specifically amongst my family, at least as far as I can tell from recent events and conversations.

    That's all for now, pushing forward towards a productive and successful 2012. - Natalie

    Here's dem feet.
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    Commission for a friend

    Hey everyone, so this is a commission for a friend of mine, reproduction of some painting of Churchill that was on a magazine cover and she wanted a copy to give to her brother. I don't know who painted the original, or I would credit them. Now that I see them side by side on the screen the flaws look really obvious, but the original jpeg is really fuzzy so I was working with some pretty terrible prints as reference. Overall though, I'm happy with how it came out, considering it's the first acrylic painting I've done in a while, and it didn't take too long to complete. 8 hours give or take.

    I'm almost halfway through that history book, and tomorrow I hope to make some headway on that project.

    And! I want to thank Iristhevirus, Exhno, mariposa213, MarckSH, and Nick for the compliments on my stuff! Sorry for not doing so sooner! >.<

    - Natalie
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    Great stuff! I especially like those arm studies. Keep going~
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