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    Lightbulb Selveste - Sketchbook

    I have to learn how to draw/paint or I'll go mental! It's become an obsession and I can't sleep well at night untill I can put on paper the many images that haunt my expressive mind.. *sighful laugh* Just got out of bed at 2 AM.. I had to get started...

    Here's a few photoshop paintings to show where I'm at so far.. Have a field day with your crits and comments.. I'll die from lack of sleep if you guys don't help me out!

    Thanks a bunch!




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    You have the right idea but if you really want to hone your digital painting skills here is a site that is very popular and has great reviews: http://www.ctrlpaint.com/

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    Here's a quick tree studie I did. And some pencil stuff from a little while back.






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    A landscape study I did. Spent about an hour and thirty minutes on this one. As you can see; I'm having a super hard time with mountains and also separating the different "bumps & bulges" on the grassy part to the left..



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    i find that exaggerating the form of landscapes a tiny bit helps them pop, rather than toning the form down. blurring either the foreground or the background or adding more detail to one of those brings a lot of depth to the scene

    also, using less strokes keeps the structures more solid

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    Been a while since I posted anything, but here's some new stuff.. All of these are just landscape paintings off my head..

    Im desperate about learning this stuff, so please, anything you have to say that can help me improve is like bringing water to the desert-man.. or something..



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    A tree study from imagination, done in greyscale.

    I find I have hard time describing round forms, especially cylinders. So I looked up a bunch of reference, and also did some renders of cylinders in 3ds max using a daylight system. And eventually took what i got from that into this painting. Helped me out a bunch..



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    hello m8 u re a Night owl as well?the enviros are looking great you are somewhat familiar with rendering (jealous)including 3d for study is a great idea i do it too helps a lot to study values and form pencilwork is also nice the faces are ok there are out there many many books to study on the subject loomis books tends to be a great start anyhow just focus on what you want to study and give it hell 3rd pic in post 6 is my fav btw

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    Indeed I am

    I just had a breakthrough with regards to rendering, and painting in general after I got a hold of a DvD from thegnomonworkshop.com called "Practical light and Color". That helped me out heaps and heaps! I recommend it!

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    I've been very lazy with posting here, but I haven't been idle! Problem was I would only get bursts of inspiration that would last for a short amount of time.. But I've noticed I've been going strong for a long period of time now, so I feel I can dedicate myself to posting again.

    Here's some recent stuff. Most of these are 2-3 hour speedpaints. A little variety of style and approach, as you'll see.













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    Inspiration or not, just push yourself! If you want to get extremely good that is the only way, or so it seems! your latest look nice man! Just keep on practicing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whizzkid View Post
    I've been very lazy with posting here, but I haven't been idle! Problem was I would only get bursts of inspiration that would last for a short amount of time.. But I've noticed I've been going strong for a long period of time now, so I feel I can dedicate myself to posting again.

    Here's some recent stuff. Most of these are 2-3 hour speedpaints. A little variety of style and approach, as you'll see.




    Awesome stuff. I am really digging your low light compositions. Very cool stuff. Could I ask you which brushes you used to get that effect in these two images? That painterly/gritty effect?

    -I often post from my phone; so please excuse the typos
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    Woah, nice stuff. Looks like you made some incredible progress this year.
    I'm also curious as to what brushes you use.

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    How did you deal with the light source? I still can't do that stuff.

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    Hey, thanks a lot for the kind words, fellas!

    @Style & WeavingWorlds - Most of the brushes I use are those of Levi Peterffy - he has a download link to the pack at the bottom of his website: http://www.artoflevi.com/?page_id=1674 (there are a lot!)

    I've customized and played with them to get some of this stuff going on, but it's mostly his.

    @ DreamArt - It's sort of hard to explain because I find my exact approach differs for almost every painting that I do. It has more to do with gaining an understanding of how it works, which I am only just beginning to. I personally started off by getting a hold of this dvd: http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/sto...r#.UO_4zXf558E That really got the ball rolling.

    Also - I got a lot from just watching Levi's livestreams, which can be seen here: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/1618847 He doesn't explain anything, it's just realtime painting in photoshop. But I just study what he does and try to understand why he does it. That's helped me out a bunch! My style is obviously heavily influenced by his at this point, but it's all part of the process I guess.

    Good luck !

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    Cool, thanks Whizzkid. Keep up the hard work!

    -I often post from my phone; so please excuse the typos
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    Been wanting to try out matte-painting for a long time! Great fun, and not as scary as I thought it would be.



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    Great studies, keep at it, your surely progressing well! Not nuts about the mate painting. ( not yours specifically, which looks to have come out well) but as a technique. But I'm pretty uneducated on it also. Anyways, good stuff!

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    Thanks a lot man!

    Well matte-painting definitely is "cheating" from an artists perspective. And it's not as fun, and not nearly as satisfactory as painting the whole thing yourself. But it's definitely a good skill to have, and it allows some pretty cool results, fairly quickly. My goal is to an animated one, in a month or two.

    Appreciate the feedback

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    experimentation is good, is all for the better understanding of the craft, you ahe very good value in your work its nice to see, have you read jack hamm? check his books, they are awesome! i think they wouls help you get even better composition skills into your landscapes

    my sketchbook! Drawing like a maniac!!

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    Thanks a lot lionheart! I havent read anything from Jack Hamm, but I'll be sure to look into him!

    No idea what I'm really going for in this one, I'm just exploring styles and looks for some undefined animated sequence I'm doing for school. This is mostly 3D stuff composited in photshop. The windows and everything is a paintover. Don't ask me what I'm trying to communicate or anything, cause I have no idea.. I just like the way it looks..



    Here's one without the paintover and the vignette. Which do you prefer and why?



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    Just a dump of stuff from the last week.






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    interesting

    last batch of paintings is very nice. Looking through everything you posted though I'm wondering whether you know your perspective basics or you're just faking it. I think everything would improve with better overall construction. Anyway, work every day without exception, it helps.

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    I'm saving up for some scott Robertson DVD's at the moment ^^

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    yeah they are very good. You should look into Successful drawing by Loomis as well, It covers what you need. I don't know if these books are still available for free, they probably are.

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    Thanks heaps, ill be sure to do that!

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    So you know, been a while. Not too good with frequent updates, but I am producing, almost every day - almost ^^











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    Tonights speedpaint. About 2 hours.



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    It's looking good!

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