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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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