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    beautiful textures and painterly strokes


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    Thanks everyone!
    Here's a book cover illustration for

    Daughter of Sand and Stone
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    Zenobia was a 3rd-century Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Syria, who led a famous revolt against the Roman Empire. She expanded the empire, conquering Egypt and expelling the Roman prefect, Tenagino Probus, who was beheaded after he led an attempt to recapture the territory. She ruled over Egypt until 274, when she was defeated and taken as a hostage to Rome by Emperor Aurelian. It is said that she was paraded through the streets of Rome, bound by chains of gold.
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    Ah, these colours and brush strokes! I simply love this. Especially the contrast between her face and the really vague faces of the soldiers. Hopefully I learn that trick one day as well to get a better focal point. It's such a long time since I last visited the sketchbooks around here, but it's still a joyful experience to come back

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    Wow you are really amazing! How fantastic!

    Lane's Sketchbook

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    Unbelievable stuff and an amazing sketchbook. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks all!

    Here's another image I did for the same project. I struggled a lot with this one, and in the process learned a ton as well. (I hope)
    This is Zenobia, queen of Palmyra. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenobia
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    Here is the page of sketches I presented to the author. Originally I was trying to pair the two images with a similar composition, but eventually I decided there wasn't enough energy in any of these.
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    Here is one attempt at the illustration that I grew tired of and ultimately abandoned. While I like the high contrast of the red, the overall composition was still too static and pretty generic. It also didn't have the realistic look and feel that I wanted.

    I like the way the red reflects off the shadow side of the cloak, but that's about it.
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    Wow, can't wait to see the painting you did like!

    As always your use of colour is so vivid.

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    So beautiful Lane! How I missed this sketchbook is beyond me! Truly inspired! Post 452 is incredible!

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    Thanks Bri!
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    Here's a fun illustration I did for HEX trading card game.
    © 2013 HEX Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.
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    Your work is so beautiful. I just went through your entire sketchbook these past couple of days, between working on digital painting sessions. I've been feeling so inspired as I've looked through it. Love seeing all the progress. Gives me so much hope (:

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    That pie looks simply delicious!

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    Yooo. Sweet illustrations and solid studies. Looking forward to more.

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    I love your work especially the indian girl. I like the indians, I've tried to draw indians myself but I found out I'm very bad at it. I hope you'll get far with your drwaing

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    Another wonderful SB on this forum. You're pretty much where I want to be when I finish my studies (in 3 years' time) and I'd be more than happy with your level of ability and insight. Great stuff!

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    Thanks everyone!

    Dave- You're well on your way.
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    So, my sketchbook has significant lack of true studies.

    I was recently encouraging a friend of mine to do copies from Bargue plates : https://www.flickr.com/photos/martin...57629719283605

    If you're not familiar with these, basically they are drawings that are specifically designed for students to copy. They express the ideals of classical realism, which through study will begin to rub off on the student.

    The advantage of studying from these "plates" is that it's a very focused exercise. Compared to a photo or a life model, these have had all the distracting information stripped away. Only the most critical information remains. Notice that the drawings are composed almost entirely of straight lines. The illusion of a round surface is made by connecting more and shorter lines. This allows you to focus on just one line at a time, and make each one count. You visually compare each new mark to all others in order to make sure it's placement is correct.

    This study teaches you how to reduce complexity of a complicated subject, and then to render it in a beautiful way.

    Start with the vertical and horizontal "plum" lines, and work outward. This way you have a point of reference to build on.

    Depending on what your goals are, you can spend 5 minutes or 5 hours on a drawing. You can render it in full detail, or just try to capture the big statements. No matter how you approach these, make sure to keep your mind fully engaged. It's much better to devote a few minutes to a very mindful study, than to spend many hours mindlessly noodling.

    So to practice what I preach, I spent about 5-10 minutes on each of these. Then I applied the technique to a master study, spending about an hour on it. It doesn't look like much considering the time, but I feel it was probably one of the most useful studies I've ever done.
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    I allowed myself more freedom in this next one. It became more a process of copying than translating. As a result it felt less focused as a study.
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    Cast study
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    I made this image up as I went, and for that I think it has suffered. I sense flaws in the drawing, but I can't put my finger on them. Crits welcome!
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    I need to blow the cobwebs out of my sketchbook here.

    My figure drawing group has been meeting twice a week for the past few months, and it has made such a huge impact on my progression. At the start I had maybe 1 out of 10 drawings that were presentable. Now that ratio has improved noticeably.

    I've been posting many more figure drawings on Instagram: @wildweasel339
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    Great stuff, I really like your figure studies!
    Grinnikend door het leven...

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