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    Nisshoku: Thanks! and well I think lines can really help create a dynamic drawing, and give it a sense of movement. But as for helping with detail and tone values, they aren't that good unless you dedicate your time to hatch a drawing to create a blending effect (lines a lot closer together), I see a lot of good artists use hatching to add tone to portraits with graphite/charcoal, but thank you!
    ColeBot612: Hahah I'm sorry man I'm still a noob myself,
    but the time I've been on here I've been given really helpful advice by a majority of amazing artists.
    Studying from life has really helped me a lot to develop my proportions a lot faster, because switching from photos to life can be a little difficult for artists who like to study from photos (me), but it is so much more helpful, because it's pushing your abilities.
    Just try and draw as much as you can, the more you draw the faster you will improve, and when it comes to anatomy/photo studies really take your time to be as accurate as possible
    as you can see I need to try and start on colouring now so I need to find some good resources for learning to paint digitally (look up Harold Speeds oil painting for traditional painting, very good book).
    Pedro Cardoso: Thanks man, I'm not sure what to say about the photoshop advice, I'd really like to get good at colouring/painting with digital media, but I appreciate your satisfaction towards my work, it's a good motivational boost for me if people like my work, and even if they don't and just give a reliable crit.


    Just some quick ones from this week, I'll catch up with some studies over the weekend.
    Sculpture study from Victoria museum, I have more from life that I'll upload on the weekend, and a photo study of Gwyneth Paltrow.
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    Bridgman studies, and Some doodles from Imagination.
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    Digi paint study WIP.
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    You've got a great knack for mapping out planes! Keep developing it for sure!

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    Hey there, great sketchbook so far. Your anatomy studies are excellent and it looks like you're learning a lot from them. For your paintings, try to approach them in the same fashion as your pencil studies and use what you've learned thus far. Start with a broad sketch, plan out the proportions, develop the structure, then lay your values on top. Double-check your accuracy before moving into the next stage because it's always easier to fix structural mistakes earlier than later. Keep up the good work dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlyH View Post
    You've got a great knack for mapping out planes! Keep developing it for sure!
    What this guy said!
    keep up with the studies!

    also more dexter!

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    Hi there, thanks for dropping by my sketchbook. You have some great studies in here!

    About the technique you asked about, it isn't all that different from what you're already doing.

    Firstly I start with a hard lead pencil, make sure it's sharp! I use a 0.3 H mechanical pencil.
    I shade either along the form (e.g. form shadow) or across it (e.g. cast shadow), hatching in the direction of the light source.
    When crosshatching I don't draw them in opposite directions at first, I only change the angle slightly, that gives it a smoother transition and you won't need to smudge.
    For the darker parts I use a 2B 0.5 mechanical pencil, and the darkest parts a 4B/6B pencil.

    The tip is to first layer with hard pencils, adding darker pencils as needed. And make sure your pencils are always sharp. Hope that helps!

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    Rustveld: Thanks for stopping by and for the lesson about the pencils, I'll give it a try some time!

    Nyoron: Hah thanks, I'm guessing you watched the end of season 6? I should give the books a read.

    dierat:Thank you very much for taking the time to give me advice about the digital paintings,
    I see some artists (better than me) can just use larger brush stokes to begin with rather than a line drawing,
    I guess it might be easier for me to start off with a line drawing, I'll give it a shot this week. Thanks again.

    CarlyH:Cheers, glad you like the work so far, I still have a looong way to go on improving.


    Been almost two weeks since I last updated, not good!
    I think my pencils are improving slightly, but I think working on colour and just blocks of tone/values is a must for me right now,
    which is why I'm going to start my first oil painting over next week, excited but nervous, I don't like failing.

    Here are some studies, from life, books, and a few doodles from imagination.
    Bridgman & Photo study of Daryl from The Walking Dead.
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    Bridgman hands (need to work on hands a lot more) and a portrait study.
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    Figures, one from ref, other from imagination, and character portrait doodle.
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    I've got myself started on a master study by Leon Bonnat today,
    I'm finding it very difficult to chose colours from my own observation,
    but I'm not too far off on some of them once I got warmed up.
    They tend to be slightly darker than the colours I'm picking (colour column on the left are the colours I picked without colour picker)
    and the actual colour that is there (column on the right using colour picker).
    Tips or crits would be greatly appreciated.
    I'm around 1 hour 20 minutes in right now, I'll probably spend around 3 hours on it.
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    Think I'll just finish it here, took me approx 2.5 hours,
    I think it will turn out quite nice once I get the hang of getting colours correct.
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    Great Studies Can't wait to see more! subscribed!

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    Kino_PuA:Thanks man!

    Started my very first oil painting of my step dad from life today, just got the outline and basic shadow block in, I'll carry on tomorrow. And just another portrait of Gus from Breaking Bad. I will probably work more from imagination after I've finished the oil paint, need to practice what I've learnt.

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    In your drawing I will say that your sense for planes of the face is very accurate. keep it up!

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    brilliant work benjamin, your studies are superb, especially the ones in pencil. You are heading towards the right direction, keep it up mate, yo are doing great

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    Love the portraits

    Hey love your portrait work its very good. the anatomy study are super. Would like to see more digital painting possibly.

    Thanks!

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    Industrialist:Thanks man! Well here are some digital practices from imagination, working on environments, colour and composition, really need to practice this more.
    -D_art-:Yeahh! Thanks for stopping by man, love your work!
    Kino_PuA:Thanks dude, hopefully I can keep improving them.

    So yeah like I said trying to work on my environments and getting better with colours and atmosphere. I'd class myself as a beginner with colour, we don't get on well, so need to practice painting digital and traditional more, I have some traditional works to put up tomorrow.

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    Here is the sketchbook work

    Figures, left from life, right from photo reference.
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    Life drawing.
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    Photo reference, figures and under arm anatomy.
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    Figures from imagination, seeing some improvement, need to draw them bigger!
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    and more...
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    Just another Bonnat Master study, love his work.
    Keep getting the length of heads slightly out of proportion, need to practice more!
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    Cool stuff! I really like the style of your sketches and studies

    Please drop by my sketchbook and help me improve!
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    woah dude, your stuff is looking more awesome than last time I visited here

    Love the way you sketches things traditionally, looks awesome.

    Yeah, alfa omega certainly is life drawing, remember doing them color studies from life too.

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    I wish you finished that telescope from life that you posted earlier. It looks sweet.

    Real nice work.

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    fan of Breaking Bad I see!

    wonderful stuff much further along than I was at your age!

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    What a wonderful start on your sb!
    I agree with D art that “your studies are superb, especially the ones in pencil”. I love the line work on those.
    Your portrait work is also very good.
    Keep them coming!

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    Greenhouse:Thanks! Yeah my pencil I believe are a lot stronger than my painting skills, need to practice both a bit more frequently.
    iamkenstann:Breaking Bad is a brilliant programme isn't it! Just keep pushing man.
    KONM:I agree, I might re-visit it, probably my strongest still life drawing.
    telohs:Thanks, I'm glad you're seeing improvement in my work, I can't see it myself at the minute unfortunately.
    bobtail:Thanks for stopping by man, I appreciate it!

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    View from my parents bedroom, the painting took about 2 hours, so difficult to paint landscapes from life. I went in way to early with textures as well.

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    Quick cloud study
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    Just a little Sargent study, about an hour in so far.
    Colours are surprising easier to get closer to or correct when you squint, I honestly didn't think it would work.
    I actually skipped the under drawing and just blocked in big abstract shapes, hasn't turned out too bad so far.
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    Looking god man. The structural anatomy studies are impressive and your latest sargent study seems to be coming along really nicely.

    Regarding your sphere studies in post #44, here's some observations.

    Keep those light and shadow values separate. Right now it looks like the reflected light is very close to the diffuse higlight. Always keep the reflected light lower in value than any of the values in light.
    Also remember where the reflected light is coming from. The darker the surface the less intense the reflected light is. This is also important in regards of the darkness of the shadow. The only reason the dark side of the sphere isn't pitch black is because there's an object near it that bounces light to it. Darker the surface that is bouncing the light, the darker the shadow.

    Keep up the good work

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    The anatomy studies are looking good,so are the portraits but you can't leave them like that,finish them up and after that compare them with the originals and see what needs restated.
    With a little more practice I think your line work will get very good and you seem to be progressing at a fast pace.Good luck!

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    You have a wonderful grasp of anatomy! PAFA artist by chance?

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    Ville_S:Thanks for stopping by and for the crit, love your work.
    I see what you mean and thanks for information on the reflective light, the more I look at reference I see my mistake, I'll definitely work on it more.
    Kriss_Kringle:Cheers! Yeah I know what you mean,
    it's something I'm really struggling to fix at the minute,
    I think it's because I go slightly to hard with the base drawing before details, so I can't get rid of them so easy, something I'll also have to work on.
    KlineCreative:Thanks for the kind words and encouragement,
    no I don't unfortunately, I had a look at the academy after I read your comment, it looks like a wonderful place to study,
    shame I don't live in America hah.

    Anyway not much of an update, I've got doctors appointments and an essay to finish for college, I'll finish up the Sargent study and get some anatomy studies down over the weekend, so I'll leave you with a Self Portrait in progress.

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    Calling it done, approx 5 hours.
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    Not much of an update as I'm extremely busy completing my final major project for college.
    So, here is my first piece for my major project, portrait of my friend Sam, approx 2 hours.
    Mediums; A2 charcoal paper, graphite pencils.
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