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    stuff!

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    more stuff!
    freehand shape constructions
    another SP.. I'm looking forward to them not sucking as bad in the future.. hopefully.
    and some still life! I rushed the bottle and it didn't turn out well. I'd like to try it again as it had some cool reflections.

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    some little creature ideas.

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    I can see progress in your work. I think one thing you may want to try, look at an object's volume.. it's overall shape.. try to understand that more before you start in. Keep up the hard work, it'll pay off.

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    4tonmantis: Thanks! That's a great idea! I should probably go slower with my still life and even imagination drawings and think about volume more.

    here's a helmet. I am always open to criticism! I realize that the perspective is off on the front, there is something screwy with the cast shadow and maybe overall there isn't enough contrast? Anything else?

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    crappy 10 min SP
    crappy bottle
    a scene idea
    different textured spheres. the rust one is particularly bad. they were fun.
    some freehand shapes.. getting some ideas for spaceship building.

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    I've been working on mechs today. Here is an idea that I am fleshing out.
    Still got a lot of work to do.. cleaning up the drawing (still gonna stick with freehand for that) and the perspective and hopefully I'll paint it without making it look terrible!

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    Looking good! I think you can work more on the Manikin figure, breaking them into tubes and boxes like you have done. I found those the most useful for building a spatial perception from my experience. Keep going!!

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    krypt: I shall do more manikins if it allows me to be like you! .. just kidding.. well I mean I will do more manikins and you have excellent art.. but I'll probably end up my own path.. like everyone!

    anyways, here is a still life I did with a pencil. I've practiced so much perspective, yet I make the worst perspective mistakes when drawing still life! it burns my eyes to look at! ahhhhhhh!

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    sorry im not trying to bump my thread but I have a question for anyone who know may have an answer! I am curious as to what different techniques people use to define stronger edges so as to not make their paintings look like foggy blurry garbage like what you see below! If i kept on rendering finer and finer with that same brush would those "foggy edges" go away or need I use the hard round with pen pressure off? Is this how most painting start and then do people use harder brushes to define certain edges that they choose to? thanks!

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    I did 14 manikins today and they sure do help with spacial awareness! Krypt, if you are reading this you were right! Thanks!

    Also because of krypt I'm now doing a couple of speedpaintings a day. I'm sticking to mostly hard brushes so as to not make all of the edges and "foggy". This can still have undesired effects by making all of the edges too sharp.. this one is from imagination.

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    Cool stuff. Yes the mannequin and gesture sketches will really take you to the next level!

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    Conniekat8: Thanks! I'm finding that they are helping a lot! They can be a good taxing activity for the brain!! ha

    more stuff today.. manikins, i tried horse manikins.. Those are going to take a while to not screw up so terribly..

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    Man, you're chugging along nicely. ^^

    About doing digital stuff; it takes time to find your style when it comes to brush mechanics... just keep digging away at it. I almost always have pen pressure on, at about 75% opacity/45ish flow (using photoshop)... don't be afraid to go look for custom brushes that have more natural strokes. They can be fun to play with.

    That dinosaur looks kick ass.

    Please, help me improve by visiting my sketchbook and kicking me in the ass! ^_^

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    Very nice work on the mannikins! Really good sense of perspective and forms! Please keep doing them!!!!

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    s'more manikins... YEAH!

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    stuff from today's adventures.. I'm going to make a stronger effort to paint digitally since i think that is my biggest weakness right now! Prepare yourselves for many terrible still lifes!

    I did a neat exercise in placing values down with a pencil. I drew a stack of boxes and each box would get darker by a certain degree. It was neat.. the perspective on them is awful though!

    some more manikins!

    another SP which looks nothing like me.. I think it is my worst one yet.. I probably wasn't very focused

    i tried putting down a blob on paint in PS then trying to turn that into a 3D form.. it was neat.. gonna do more of those!

    sphere!

    heres a crappy still life study of a green semi transparent bottle I have on my desk! I think i need to focus more on perspective when doing still life.. for some reason that goes right out the window!

    finally.. a insect inspired robot idea and a scorpion manikin

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    You're killing the perspective studies man! Keep pushing it.

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    Vertical: Thanks! I shall try my best to continue pushing it. there is SO much to learn! exciting stuff! Looks like you are putting in some good hours!

    stuff from today!

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    Really good work on the mannikins!
    And yes for the apple i think its is a good jump form your previous painting attempts! Do more of those too, try and understand how solid colors gives form!

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    Hey Jarrad, it's great that you're really planning out your objects in perspective. In addition to the manikins I would also paint and draw from actual human reference, like pixelovely.com which has lots of figure reference. It would be even better if you could do some life drawing as well as there is no substitute for drawing real humans.

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    Krypt: Thanks! Yes sir! I'll do more paintings. I really appreciate you checking out my stuff and helping out!

    Medelo: same goes to you! Funny enough, another season of this life drawing club i've attended in the past in starting up again TOMORROW! this time (i say this every time) I want to make every single session.. we'll see what happens! I'm going to head over to your SB and see whats happening!

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    I love when people give critique and or suggestions! It is always great to hear someone else's perspective! More stuff from today. I realize that when I do something that makes my brain hurts that means that I'm really uncomfortable doing those things! Time to practice up on those brain hurting things!

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    here are a couple of more things before bed!
    I tried a speedpaint study of a thomas cole environment..
    I certainly ruined it! None the less, does anyone have any
    tips for this kind of speedpaint study thing?
    thaaaanks!

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    more stuff. I was reminded today that my skills are weaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak.
    Practice and Patience I s'pose!

    I have a small skull that I did a painting of today. The results were terrible. so so so so terrible. I guess I never finished because it was so terrible.
    I also tried to paint apples with 30 strokes. Trying to get as much info to the viewer as I can 30 strokes.. That was quite neat.

    Oh! I went to life drawing tonight. It was a blast!

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    oh right.. and this terrible still life I just completed... The "apple" is like a one value hole in the fabric of space and time

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    don't have much to show for so far today.. theres still 3.5 hours before i'll likely go to bed though! I'm mostly posting to show something I did (not a drawing)
    I've been thinking a lot about reflective surfaces lately.. I know the science behind it, but it is always good to apply that knowledge in observation, so I bought some metallic spray paint and went to town on some geo-forms.
    Here are some pre-observation forms.. they are sucky, but their suckiness drove me to get some spray paint and make some to observe.
    also.. 2 robot sketches and a weird building thing.

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    colour be gone!

    I've decided to not use colour until I can paint semi competently with values only. Here is another apple. I did three originally.. the first one sucked too bad to show and I accidentally deleted the 2nd.. haha. heres the third. if only i didn't need to sleep sometime...

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    good to see you working so hard!! Yes i think you can do away with the colors first, work on your values!! the last apple looking right, will check back on your progress!!

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    You are making progress with the still lifes, the blue mug further up is looking especially good.

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    Krypt: Thanks! Seeing great work such as yours is very inspiring! So is music and other life things!!!

    peterhurman:thank ya! I was checking out your blog and I really like that piece "the summoning".. I was thinking earlier about beings made from clouds or fog or gas. You did that well!

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    Here are two still lifes from today. I see now that I could of pushed the light values a fair bit higher. We don't even need to talk about the clip.. I spend a while on that and then decided that I would leave it as it is..

    The non digital stuff is all imagination.. I ripped my large newsprint pad into manageable sized pieces. it is awesome now to work with.

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