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    blindshot's sketchbook [updating after a brief absence!]

    Hey everyone, I've been lurking the forums for awhile now without posting and I've finally decided to start posting here. I'm Chris, I'm a twenty year old artist, and I'm trying to get better at what I do. I'm just coming back from a bit of an artistic hiatus. My back was giving me a lot of trouble and I needed to reassess what I wanted to accomplish in my drawings.

    Anyway, before I took a break I was studying faces and dabbling in conte crayon:

    blindshot's sketchbook [updating after a brief absence!]
    Annie Clark of Saint Vincent, black conte on sketch paper.

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    Squall Leonhart of FF8, sanguine conte crayon on sketch paper.

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    Some noses, sanguine conte crayon on sketch paper.

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    Some eyes, sanguine conte crayon on sketch paper.

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    Rick Deckard from Blade Runner, sanguine conte crayon on sketch paper.

    I'm open to critiques, so let me have it. Sorry the subject matter is a little narrow, I intend to start studying the figure in depth in the next few months, so hopefully that will make things more interesting.

    Basically, I'm looking to start doing some digital work, but I'm not sure where to start. I have photoshop and have done a few pieces with it, but they're pretty basic in their execution. I want to get a more painterly effect, but I'm not sure where to learn that. Could anyone link me to some tutorials that might help me out with that?

    Also, do you guys have any tips on how I could develop speed? I've always felt like I'm pretty slow at drawing. I'd like my work to be a little more quick and expressive, but I feel like I'll mess things up if I do, haha. I'm also looking for tips on how to make my drawing time more productive. I feel really distracted when I draw, and I'd like to come up with a loose schedule of sorts to make sure that I'm making the best of it.

    Looking forward to posting!
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    Here's some stuff I've been working on in the past few days. Finally picked up painterly digital painting. I've been drawing like a maniac lately.

    The first image is my big project as of right now. It's a portrait of a close friend who passed away back in November.

    The second image is Roy Batty from Blade Runner. I'm a big Blade Runner fan, so this was fun to do.

    The third image is a working sketch for a tattoo design I'm doing for a friend.

    The fourth image is a tattoo design for my friend whose dog passed away awhile back. It's an homage to both the dog and our shared Celtic heritage.

    The fifth and sixth images are 10 minute sketches I did in photoshop based off of images from this handy little site: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php

    And the sixth and seventh images are both working sketches for another tattoo I'm working on for a friend. I get commissioned to do tattoos a lot.

    Anyway, I've been working really hard at the whole painting in Photoshop thing. I feel like I picked up on it really fast, but I have pretty extensive traditional painting experience, so I think the principles just transferred over. I'm currently really enjoying it, but hair is giving me a lot of trouble. Could anyone link me to something that would help me paint hair in Photoshop?
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    Beautiful pieces! Subscribed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kino_PuA View Post
    Beautiful pieces! Subscribed!
    Thank you! I'll have to have a look at some of your work!

    Here's a sketch of my girlfriend I did awhile back for school. It's sanguine conte crayon on newsprint.

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    Love the first portrait on post 2

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    haha please don't XD my work is terrible and your sense of value = incredible XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by will123will View Post
    Love the first portrait on post 2
    Thank you. She was a really great girl.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kino_PuA View Post
    haha please don't XD my work is terrible and your sense of value = incredible XD
    Oh, be quiet. I'm sure I'll have something good to say :] And the sense of value came with a lot of hard work recently. I was so focused on my line work during my teens that I completely neglected value. When I started up at school there was this weird disparity between my line quality and my sense of value, but I got over it eventually. I've found that building up from a half-tone, strongly stating the darks, and erasing out the highlights is a really good way to go. That makes it easier to balance out your tones and gives a stronger sense of completion throughout the process. I hope that doesn't sound too wordy. Maybe I'll post a step by step of how I use conte crayon.

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    Post the step by step, it would be interesting to watch!

    Oh, and great work so far. Keep posting, I'm curious to see more!

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    Will do :] It's been a month or two since I've worked with conte, but I feel like working with dry media like charcoal and conte is where I developed a true sense of value. You can't get true blacks with a pencil!

    Here's a picture for the process of the piece of my friend from the second post: http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/1...kaprocess2.jpg

    This is one of my earlier ventures into digital painting, but I just applied the principles I learned from oil painting, which is a lot more frustrating and smelly. I can't figure out hair in digital painting, though.

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    Definitely some beautiful work The eyes are especially captivating

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    Thank you! I still have trouble drawing eyes from my imagination. I don't think I've nailed down a process that I like yet. They always end up looking like my own eyes whenever I draw them without looking at something. I think that's a big reason why a lot of these images are portraits right now.

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    Here's a quick chest anatomy study I did in Photoshop.

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    Thanks for stopping by and giving me advice, I appreciate it =)

    Your SB looks amazing, I can see how you mastered muscles a long time ago (that back view of a man looks great) and your heads are very accurate, congratulations.

    PS: where are you from? I just saw the phrase in your signature. ¿Hablas español?

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    Hablo un poco, pero no muy bien. Pues, me gusta mucho las palabras de Francisco De Goya. Soy de norteamerica en Michigan. Viajé a España el verano pasado.

    I still have a ways to go before I master muscles, though. I can draw them from observation quite well, but I have trouble recalling them without something in front of me sometimes.

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    Wait wait wait. That profile pic is Erika West
    What part of Michigan are you from? Grand Rapids?
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