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    I need critiques

    I've finally worked up the gut to post my stuff, took me a hell of a long time to figure how to actually post. I need lots of critiques, I've only recently been able to properly shade and get my drawings to a point where they don't look like squibbly , messy lines.

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    Only recently?! You look as if you've been drawing for quite a while. Your figures have great energy, at times though they can look a bit squished together or distorted but you'll improve on that in time if you focus on it. Great start to a sketchbook!

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    Thanks. I've only recently been able to get it like to look this. Before I could never get to this level of completion, it was always stuck in the rough gestural stage, and not to a point where it actually resembles the model.

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    Some more life drawing. I can never seem to make a good face when it comes to life drawing. Argh, some of these drawings are also to squished from resizing.

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    It always amazes me when people with your level of talent say they were afraid to post. I am like a child scribbling away compared to these lol. Anyway, these have a great sense of movement, and I would love to see how you do faces.

    My Sketchbook would benefit from your critiques.
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    here's some more life drawing. My faces are bad but today it's especially bad for the one that I can actually show. Everything else is too shitty to even show. Don't know why but whenever I draw faces while drawing the body, I get horrible results. It's only when I draw them separately that they look half way decent.

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    Just keep doing what you are doing and it will come to you!

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    Good studies! Not much of a critique, but do you happen to have stuff you drew from imagination also?

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    here's a quick 2 paintings of a character that I did. If anybody sees any flaws with the color or shading or anything please tell me.

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    Awesome man!!! I love the last post. I think your stuff from imagination is really interesting. I like your colour choices in your painting, but I feel like the style suits better to a more clean execution. Right now it looks quite messy, but if you spend a bit more time to clean this up, and maybe in future, use a different brush... maybe just hard round? Or use lasso tool to colour, it'll look a lot more clean. But I love the design of it. Keep going with the stuff from imagination!

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    I really love your gesture studies,very solid and energetic not much to say on them. For your character your wasitline seems to be inconsistent on the two pictures so I'm not sure how I should be looking at him if that makes sense. Also your should block in with fully opacity some shades to start with, your pieces look like your starting with low opacities on a white canvas which takes away some impact.
    But I am interested to see more if your ideas!

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    Thanks. I did a bunch of characters by using rectangles and circles and other shapes. This one was my favourite so I decided to paint it. I wasn't exactly sure how to achieve the look of a blaring computer light in a dark office so I just painted normally. Didn't really know what I was doing so I just kept messing around with it. Wan't until halfway through that I got an idea to but a dark blue/violet filter over everything. It made seem more in the dark but I didn't like how it made everything seem so mono colored. So instead of a filter I just painted the stuff that wasn't in the light with the dark blue/violet color and it worked. The pic below the office painting was made a few days before so the design changed a bit.

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    Some more life drawing. Still having trouble with faces.

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    Great gestures! To me they look dynamic and full of energy, and really clean to boot!
    I don't know how helpful this will be, but you might want to do some studies of heads and faces individually, try to nail the anatomy of the face before trying to draw it in with your figures. Maybe go over Loomis' Drawing the Head and Hands.

    Also, I don't think you should be putting too much effort into drawing the face in your gestures. it's important to draw heads well of course, but the drawing should maintain the same level of detail throughout. if you're not drawing every toe of the foot or vein in the arm, why draw every wrinkle and dot in the face? It'll look imbalanced. Just draw what's essential to identify it as a face. this isn't much of a problem in your work, just thought I'd say.

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    sketches of some backgrounds I'm doing. Couldn't decide which versions to choose so I'm probably going to paint both when I finish drawing.

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    Cool! I see you're awesome at enviros too.

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    On the office worker pic, I'd try deepening your lights and darks; make use of that light coming from the computer screen to emphasize shadows elsewhere.

    Otherwise, your figure studies look great, especially that last female. I think her butt should be more rounded though, and less square, lol...

    Keep it up, you're doing awesome!

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    kellye- thanks for the advice. For the office pic I started off with light colors. I realize now that I should always start dark and then lighten it.

    Sycra - naw, my perspective and lines still suck balls.

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    just a quick sketch of a character. I'll probably go over it again later so it'll be more detailed.

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    Great works in here, i would double check my perspective on post #16 not to sure if that castle on the right is maybe angled a little to high. love post#9 even post#20 its really good because of the mood setter emotion the character in the scene has.

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    here's an updated drawing of my city. I think it might be ready to paint but I'm unsure. If anybody sees anything tell me, i'd appreciate it.

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    I don't have critique but I just love the guy behind the desk! but i don't see much difference between the city drawings?

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    City one has a bunch of smaller buildings and locations below the castle. City 2 has a river running through it.

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    You have a wonderful way of simplifying the form to convey an idea. Definitely something I need to work on.
    Only suggestion is that I would love to see more rendered drawings in pencil - but that is up to you and your own style.

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    jorvaa-thanks. I have a few things besides life drawing that i've done with pencil but those are only for ideas.

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    I love your figure studies, there full of energy. are you studying animation? you have that animators quality about your line. keep it up. you're going places.

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    For your piece with the guy on the bed smoking... Even if it's a sketch, and you seem to be going for a certain mood create by high contrast, then you should maybe be more clean and simple to get the effect you want. I did a really shitty quick paintover ( I'm sure you can do much better yourself ), but just to show that if you wanna go for contrast, then just go for it and be confident, not so wishy washy.

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    Jonathan C-Yeah I studied animation for a year, I learned gesture from the life drawing classes that they had there.

    sycra-awesome thanks man, I really seem to have problems developing hight contrasts.

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    It's been a bad week. Haven't done life drawing as much as I would have liked to. Noticed something disturbing and frustrating, I've lost the level of detail that I could do with life drawing a few posts ago. I've gone down a level.

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    Wow, you do a lot of drawing... Fantastic! Nice sense of weight and gesture and economy of line. Your city drawing is incredible.

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