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    Your landscape and the ironman wip are awesome. Keep posting

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    Hey Jon,

    great work and diligence here. Probably just keep on doing what you're doing. One little hint for color from reference (and I'm prepared to get crucified here), but when you're done judging stuff by eye and it's just not looking right, color pick from the original, look very hard at the color, then go back to your copy, color pick and slide to match the original (from observation / memory). As long as you don't color pick from the original and paint directly on the copy it will help you learn. Sometimes we get so caught up with relative colors it's hard to see what the original color is.

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    Greenhouse: Thanks, I will
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    Cleveland: Thank you. I've actually been putting some thought into this issue myself recently. Indeed the main problem seems to lie in the fact that colours have varying appearances depending on their surrounding colours. So far I've always refrained from colour picking the original since I wanted to learn the "traditional" way. Your system seems to make a bit more sense though haha. I'll be trying it in the future. Thanks for your input.

    I havn't had much time to paint at all in the last few days since I'm busy painting (wait for it), my new apartment and furnishing it etc. This is set to continue for the next few days as well. At least I still have a few hours in the evenings for pencil stuff (hand studies uggghhhh) and a life drawing class once a week. This is a wierd sketch and a photostudy for today which I managed to fit in though.

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    Heyoo. Using some directions given by Cleveland I made this photostudy tonight. I also put more effort into constructing the face before beginning the painting. Usually I just start by blocking in colours.

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    You know, I think you got the colors and the light quite nice here, and also the rendering of the face. Good advice from Cleveland.
    I think that the nose is to short though. And the diameter of the head from the lower half is a bit too wide.
    I’ve got the same problem as you getting the proportions right. It annoys me not getting both eyes in right shape and dimension when I draw a face. ^^ Lots of studies ahead!
    Keep on working, you’re improving!

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    This is the progression of my gesture drawings over the last month or month and a half.I've been working on refining my lines and feel like I'm actually making some progress in that respect.
    I do wonder if the final 30 sec gestures are oversimplified?

    The last sheet is some 60 sec gestures where i used more lines than i would have liked.

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    This is what you get for starting a study in bright sunlight >_>

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    Whoa! Great work on the gesture drawings! The lines look smooth and fine. You’re improving.
    It’s funny because I just saw that scene from Game of Thrones today. I’m freshening up my memory til the second seasons starting on the first of April. Only one week left, yeeeiii!
    For the painting. I like it, but you should work more with the skin tone. Put more warmth to it.
    Keep on rocking!

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    Thank you! Yeah, moleskines are great if you can afford to use them! Really lovely drawing surface (in my opinion!)
    Those gesture drawings of yours are great, definite improvement! The photo study is nice, I think her cheek might be a little too long, which throws off the proportion a bit, plus - as aforementioned, the skin tones need to be a little warmer - but a great start! Good job on the nose particularly

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    Greenhouse and Jdem: Thanks I'll work on it

    A character desgin sheet and a quick sketch that I felt kinda good about.

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    I think those 30 second gestures are looking just fine. You might want to try and vary your line weight to emphasize one stroke over another. But in 30 seconds it's pretty tough.

    I like the character sheet, just watch out as the heads are getting a tad small...

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    Cleveland: Thank you for the astute observation. I've noticed this myself since. My proportions need more attention.
    I'll be trying the line weight suggestion in the future, thanks. I saw some nice updates on your sketchbook so imma drop by soon.

    It's been more than a week since my last update. This is due mainly to the fact that I have lost regular access to the internet since I moved into my new apartment (slowwwwwww isps).
    Anyway I installed a trail version of Painter 12 from an ImagineFX DvD. I messed around with oil paints and so on, which I found extremely difficult to handle haha. I finally settelled on a pencil brush which felt VERY nice.
    So for the past 3 or 4 nights I've been drawing non-stop (coffee at 6pm? awake till 2am) and feel like I've made some great progress with my linework.

    I'll post my work in the more or less the order that I drew them in and break it up into several posts. All of the work I'll be posting was done without ref (small heads galore).

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    Another batch.

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    And my crowning achievment so far (I suspect that luck played a decent part in the creation of this piece). I got extremely excited halfway through when I noticed I was actually drawing something exactly the way I had thought of it in my head. I'm very pleased with it despite some niggling issues with anatomy (hands, forearms) and perspective here and there.

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    Absolutely love love LOVE everything in your latest update!! Linework is really nice, again, heads maybe a teeeny bit small but you already know about that! Really loving the last one - my only suggestion would be to make sure that there's enough volume in the hair on top of her head, it looks a tiny bit flat, but easily rectified! Keep going!

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    jdem:Thank you

    Forgot these two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jondawo View Post
    And my crowning achievment so far (I suspect that luck played a decent part in the creation of this piece). I got extremely excited halfway through when I noticed I was actually drawing something exactly the way I had thought of it in my head. I'm very pleased with it despite some niggling issues with anatomy (hands, forearms) and perspective here and there.
    Damn right! That's great!

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    Cleveland: Thanks man

    Here's a colour version of the girl followed by my first attempt at using the blender brushes in Painter.
    Can't say I fully understand them to be honest.

    On the bright side, my brand spanking new intuos 4 L should be coming today or tomorrow. My bamboo pen and touch is acting out and needs to be put down.

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    Wow, nice improvement just from the top of this page to the bottom! Lots of respect for attempting difficult poses in perspective. You might want to hunker down on some anatomy studies of the sternum up, things get a little wonky, but that's nothing studies can't fix.

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    I freakin love Iron Man!!!
    I notice with htis one you asked whats up with the head; one suggestion might be use the power of photoshop to analyse exactly whats going on. Doing this helps you learn to be able to do it in your head, but this is a good place to start..
    i guess we spend so much time and brain power looking at faces that even tiny differences that you wouldnt notice on the dress are very obvious on the face..

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    CKLamb: Thank you. I'll definately get back to some studies and keep your advice in mind.

    Velocity Kendall: Good God. Well thanks for showing me this. I didn't construct my studies at all back then so they were all wonky as f***. I've started taking a bit more care now using a similar method (albeit without literally drawing the lines).

    First off, I'll try to curb my enthusiasm for my amazing new tablet somewhat for this post.

    Here's some of the first sketches done with the new tablet and my first bonafide attempt at placing characters into an environment with perspective.

    ...well...judge for yourself. My perspective needs work (of course, my everything else does too).

    I had to draw several iterations of the girl on the left before I arrived at something even slightly accurate(?). Then I redrew the whole scene with (more) correct perspective but I think it ended up being a bit flat and less dynamic.

    Lastly, Im planning on starting a little series of girls with guns which are too big to carry. Sorry it's not exactly pushing the envelope in terms of originality (I'm actually cringing at the idea now that it's written out), but it's a phase I'm going through at the moment so you'll have to bear with me The first one is finished and there are sketches for the next two. Drawn at 3 am, faces need fixing blah blah blah.

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    Your strengths are really clear. You've got really strong rendering! It's amaaazing!

    And keep on chuggin' on those body studies. They're getting better with each post. You seem to know what you need. Keep on rockin'.

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    PeopleEveryday: Thank you

    Here's most of the stuff I've done over the past week.
    Been feeling pretty uninspired/productive in the last few days. Crappy german ISP's refuse to be competent, so I've been without phone and internet for about a month at my new apartment.

    Anyway, starting off with some studies (butchering some nice asian faces, sorry asain lovers), a foreshortening attempt from imagination, a movie still study, some character design stuff and my first digital still life (difficult ). The colours are off from the original in the studies since im saving on my windows machine in painter and resizing and saving in jpg form on a mac.

    There's also the linework for the next girl at the end but I havn't finished the colouring yet. Trying, unsucessfully, to get away from garish, oversaturated colours. I redrew that hand about 30 times haha. I think it's too big now but I can't tell anymore.

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    Some photostudies. I have BANISHED the colour picker!

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    Compostion thumbs. Fun but tiring.

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    more compositions and stuff. dont really know what i'm doing.

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    mmmmmmmmmh!

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    The product of some recent life drawing sessions and a bunch of sketches.

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    I love everything in here: characters, drapery, thumbnails and studies!! Great job Jon, it's so good that you're trying to improve at so many different fields (I should do that too). Keep it up, this looks really nice

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    I'm seeing some big improvements here, keep up the good work .

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