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    Need sketchbook advice

    Ok, so i am super nervous about uploading anything to here because there is crazy talented artists on here, but i really think i need some critiques to push me in the right direction. Here is some sketchbook stuff and a recent portrait study i did in photoshop, be as harsh as you want as long as it is constructive.


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    Ok, so it won't let me post any images, not sure why.

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    Please upload smaller sized versions of these. It is near impossible to see.

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    trying now should be done soon

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    heres a smaller version of the portrait.

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    heres the smaller version of the sketchbook stuff

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    Heres a really quick still life I did and my first ever environment. Both really suck but just looking for any tips for improvement.

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    heres some studies of polar bears, studies of lower legs and forearms, and an old portrait drawing done in pencil.

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    my advice would be to work more on the basics.
    The first portrait you posted has some anatomical problems, mainly the nose that it's too long.
    The last portrait you showed looks better though.
    Work a bit more on the values as well.
    About the still life, work more on the edges and over all rendering. For example look at the cast shadow, you have rendered it all with hard edges. Cast shadows are usually hard when they're near the object and go progressively softer as they fall further away from the object.
    Keep practicing! still lives have helped me a lot to learn more about painting.

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    hey thanks a lot, ye i could tell that nose was too long and thanks for the advice on the cast shadow.

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    Reworked on the still life a bit more, mostly on the edges of the shadows.

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    Ok so heres my second still life study, so annoying to paint but i do feel like I'm learning from painting them.

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    Thank you for checking out my sketchbook

    I'm far from an expert myself but on the last study you posted (the cup), where you putt the highlight is kinda wierd compared to the shadow.

    The light appears to be coming from the frontright if you look at the highlights, but the castshadow is going to the front left. Should be going to back of your cup instead.

    Also, your highlight is really bright compared to all the rest, there should be brighter tones of gray around the highlight. (ofcourse this could depend on the material the cup is made off).

    I really like the second portrait btw.

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    That second portrait is wonderful due to the amount of detail given to the shading. The contrast is on the right track. Compared to the other drawings it looks as if a lot more time and care went into it. I agree with Topcross about the highlights/shadows on the still life cup.

    I'd suggest practicing gesture work (try to get a flow going, become more organic with your hand, head over to posemaniacs and do some 60-90 second gestures). Also, practice more varied range of line weights, try making a drawing with 6-8 different line weights. You could also build on the cup-still life with different line weights to make it pop more. Keep up the good work.

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    Thank you for commenting, lol i totally see what you mean about the whole highlight thing now, gonna go back and take a good look at the reference and see if i can correct it.

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    Ok so heres still life number 3, really not happy with this one but each one is practice again, but I'm wanting the next one to be a bit of a step up from these hopefully. Oh and I;mthinking the midtone value on this is way to bright, not sure though.

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    here is still life number 4, not even gonna comment about how this one came out, except the fact that it had a lot of hard edges which was proving really difficult to render out, so if anyone has any advice on that would be much appreciated .

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    Are you using a brush on 100% hardness for the edges? because I seem to see just a little bit of blur around some.

    Also, the front side of that last study is very flat, try adding a little bit of gradient there as well. Though I think it's mainly missing a core shadow.

    In general, all your greyscale studies only have a short range of values, try to use all values, from near black to almost white.

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    really annoyed after doing this. I had totally lost all motivation when i started this one and it shows, definitely the worst so far.

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    So yay, out of my still life studies I'm kinda half happy with this one so far, at least that I think it's better than the other ones so far. By the way that thing underneath it is a really badly rendered puddle thing lol.

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    I would have to agree with Voodoo_Mama, working on the fundamentals would be most beneficial for you at this stage, you are jumping all over the place trying different things.

    Most evident seems to be lack of understanding of saturation. Simply put, saturation is the intensity of colour, it varies massively, just like hue, so take your time to figure out what goes where on the photoshop colour picker and do some more pieces from life. Really try to take note of the colour, value and saturation you are seeing

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    thanks man, will do.

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    Ok, so heres still life 7, was focusing only on the colours not the overall picture. Definitely going to just do greyscale for now and focus solely on the values and form. So ye if anyone can shine some light on any of this would be much appreciated.

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    In some of your work the perspective is off. I say before you digital paint still lifes, try to work in a traditional media, noting perspective, proportion, and value.

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    Thanks, will look into it.

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    Ok, so heres some new posts with more than just the annoying still life studies lol. Theres two studies and two sketches I did of my insanely untidy room. The first was just a quick one and the second was more of a finishedish one (might colour it in photoshop sometime).

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    I notice in your digital painting that you work with very small brushes. The best method is to work with larger brushes and gradually get smaller. This link is a pretty good one to learn the basics of digital painting.

    I would worry more about drawing than painting and rendering for now, though. Like the others said, focus mostly on the very basics - drawing and shading basic shapes, etc... which feels really boring, but will help with your still lifes and with everything else, really.

    Good start man, just keep going!


    We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
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    Thanks man i appreciate it.

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    thanks man only just found your comment, and yes I totally don't use enough of a range in my values.

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    Still life number 10, values are way off on this one.

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