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    I like your real sketchbooks. It looks neat. Good luck with digital art though, but i wonder is that 3d or just digital painting? It kinda seems strange at places without textures.

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    MadGrav- Thx man, do you mean are the still life paintings on the previous page 3D? If it is then nope, just photoshop. I wasn't actually attempting to render out textures on them (I suck at that anyways haha), they were studies for reflection and diffusion, and also just practice to use the pen tool.

    Here a shitty (obviously not finished) still life (from life). Was to study refraction but just got so bored doing it so I stopped haha

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    Great progress! Can't wait to see more =]

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    V3T- Thx man

    Okay, heres a really quick sketch I just did because when I looked in the mirror I noticed that there was a value change as my head moved into the specular reflection of the light light source behind me, only that it was weaker. I've noticed before that specular reflections create specular reflection on other things, such as if I was back lit looking in the mirror but I could visibly see a reflection of the light source I would have speculars in my eyes but I didn't realize the reflection would work as a weaker, direct light source and not be diffused. Just thought I'd let everyone know of my crazy observations haha

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    Whoa, you're stuff is very good. Thanks for visiting my book. I know it's been said before, but upload some personal stuff, studies are good, but it's also nice to have fun.

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    RyanRyan- Haha waaaay too kind and thank you. Have been thinking about doing an environment piece but wanna enhance my knowledge of composition, materials and foreshortening before I attempt it, but will try and get to it as soon as I can

    Heres some sketchbook shit. I suck so bad at drawing accurate cubes, not sure whether theres any way to get better at this other than lots of practice and observation.

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    You have really great studies mate!!! Its very good to see you working on the values, and i already see a great progress.There is good edge play and you know what values you put down. Well definitely since you are studying basic things you are gonna improve on a solid base. Nothing more to add, i will have more specific things when you will apply the knowledge on a imagination piece or something else more finished. Lets keep up !!!

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    Won't studying perspective make you better at those cubes? There was also a post in Art section recently about making perfect cubes.

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    kingkostas- Thx so much man, your work is really, really good. I do wanna start more imagination pieces but I just am constantly aware of weak areas I have that would really pull the piece down so am just trying to iron these out before I proceed to anything more finished, but will get around to it quite soon

    MadGrav- Well perspective is just basically a distortion effect that distance puts on objects. The actual foreshortening has to really be decided by eye on whether the collapsed distance of a plane looks correct, kinda hard to explain. Thx for the mention of the thread, I was actually on there Yesterday I think, but the method takes a lot of construction and is not very practical for most use, so people mainly decide by eye .

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    great to see you keeping up the work flow! all these value studies will surely pay off and its starting to show! i agree with kostas, imagination work can be good practice too! anyways keep at it and i promise to check in more often!

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    Loving the traditional studies. The still lifes are getting better too (really like the pears & water one), crazy progress from page 1
    I like your analytical approach, stick with it!

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    kevin_- Thx man and yep gonna start trying to do more imagination stuff soon
    Kvetch- Thx man, the pears and water one was the one I was least happy with haha and will definitely keep to the analytical approach, thx

    Some quick figures from today

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    Boredom sketch in the little spare time I've had, will be doing real work tomorrow

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    just wanted to say that there is some awesome improvement in here.
    keep doing what you do

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    Oh snap! that abstract background man :0000000000

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    braineater- Thx man, really means a lot, will check your book out later just tired right now haha
    Raymond Luk- Haha thx Ray really fun to do

    Little bit more done to the last post and some other crap, peace out

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    Cool, I started at page 1 and you've improved a lot!! One piece of advice if I may, you seem to have a tendency to oversize eyes, you did it at the start of your sketchbook and you're still doing it. It's fine when you do a cartoon but when you do a portrait you should really supress your urge to oversize eyes. We all have a thing like this (for me its small heads when doing full body studies) and its just a matter of being aware of your tendency so you can control it.
    What I sometimes do is draw an entire portrait and keeping the eyes for last, I do draw the eye socket and the shadow and all but not the eyes. Once I have a strong likeness without the eyes it's time to put them in. It's far easier that way because the eye socket tells you exactly how big the eyes should be and indicate the correct placement, it also helps with the correct value as you already have your full value range layed out.

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    Setherial- Thx man. Of course you can give me advice haha it's what this whole sketchbook is for. That seems like really good advice plus the fact that you said you leave the eyes for last really made me realize that maybe my problem is that I always start with the eyes so thats probably why I oversize them. I tried your technique of starting with the eye sockets in the portrait sketch I've posted with this message, not sure whether I was successful but
    guess I'll just keep on drawing and try and fix my problem areas, thx

    Just some more experimental sketches

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    You've improved greatly since the last time I dropped by! I'm loving those experimental sketches your doing, keep it up!

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    Rustveld- Thx so much , really means a lot

    Heres an edge study, really fun to just play around with them. Been really un-active on here lately mainly because I've had a lot of college stuff to do and because I've gained a lot of weight since I started drawing so I've been exercising a lot. Lost almost a stone so far though so it won't be too much trouble but every time I sit down to draw lately I'm just so unmotivated and don't really know what to draw and stuff. Gonna try and start being more productive anyways . P.s. will take this further obviously haha

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    Gaining a bit of weight is not a problem, but exercising as you said
    is always a good idea. Donít be unmotivated, there is always things
    to draw and to paint. For example a one eyed dwarf with a big
    rusty axe, standing on top of a heap of defeated rotten bodies.
    Either way, I expect some major surprises from you in the near future,
    cause you have the talent and the creativity to do miracles.


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    LtPlissken- Thanks so much man, and your right there really isn't any reason to be unmotivated with the endless possibilities of what one could draw

    Heres a pencil thing, not sure whether it's the flash on the camera but now the values look way too light haha

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    Your pencil stuff is very nice and subtle Let's see some finished ones will! Eventually it would be valuable to push the values more xD

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    You are the wizard of true light, and I can tell you that I like that pencil portrait that
    you are working on. I figure that the values are not as in reality, cause itís hard to
    take a photo of drawings and certain canvas things. Especially under artificial light.
    As I read, itís best to take a photo at daylight, under natural light outdoors, without
    using any flash or artificial lighting. Either way, it looks good, have a good time finishing it.



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    Raymond Luk- Thanks man, thinking about trying to do a finished pencil piece but I can never seem to get the values correct, also my pencils don't go dark enough so I'd need to figure something out for that

    LtPlissken- Thanks man, Yeah your right about the lighting thing, will try with natural light sometime :

    Heres some shitty loose studies, will update with some more developed stuff soon

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    Thanks Ray. WIP For my final piece for college. Heavily inspired by Miles Johnston and that last shot I did was just me being a douche haha

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    I REALLY like your pencil figures, they show great form! Your ball point pen piece is looking nice so far, keep us updated with it! =]

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    why you seam to be improving Nice rendering with the ball point pen It looks good

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    Finished that pen thing, looks like shit and isn't finished but wanna work on studies

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    Sorry, completely forgot to reply to your comments last time guys, thx

    Heres a study I might work on some more, really great to study with it being a matte and one value object.

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