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    Nice sketchbook you have here, I love the Alchemy fighter picture, lots of energy in it. The right arm looks weird because you flex the hand way too much. Do that yourself and you'll see it's quite uncomfortable, and generally only double-jointed people like me can even twist that far >___>. Rotate it 180 degrees and it'll be perfect.

    I love the composition in the cave/shaman picture, but the color could be better I think. Why is it green? Is it the light source(in which case, things should be greener in light and reddish/purplish in shadows, and things should turn greener the further away they are)? Or is it the local color of the rocks(it looks like they're brown right now)? Or it could totally be another light source from within the cavern. It looks like the rocks are transitioning from bright yellow to brown to green and then to neutral dark, and it doesn't completely make sense in terms of color theory.

    But anyway, unless you intend the colors to be decorative(like let's say, Picasso or Rothko), it's better to explain why the colors are the way they are.

    Here are some references I found.

    Sketchbook of a Late Bloomer

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    Cool start!

    Are you actually color blind? Because your color choices are pretty good!

    I really like the way you layed out the depth of the cave in your initial stage.
    It came out pretty well in the end too.
    If you want to get things to be less fuzzy, use a hard brush for most of your painting,
    and only really use a soft brush for the blending and for soft transitions.

    It really takes some time to get the hang of hard and soft, I'm still working on it too!

    Oh, the robot is nice too!

    Hey, keep up the good work and keep updating!
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    Its great how you have variety in your work, taking things in a wide perspective is surely a challenge and you seem to be kicking his ass. I'll check out the alchemy though looks very interesting. Also when doing figures its important to take your time, one minute studies in my opinion are best for rhythm and form. Liking the cave painting alot, the greens definitely set the mood. But, be very careful when using the airbrush it easily ruins solid forms and structure. Don't get caught in its illusion of aesthetics.

    Keep it up!
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    Like Ravendell said, great variety!! I try very much different styles too, but I'm not even close to your level
    I really like the first picture and the alchemy figure. Also the cave you made with GIMP - was nice to see how it progressed.
    I personally dislike GIMP, but that's probably cause I'm spoiled and used to Photoshop. However if people can use it I don't see any problems with that

    I subscribed for the variety! I'd like to see many different ways of art to get an idea of what exactly fits the most to myself. Thanks for your posts
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    Good colours and composition on that last one, I just wish it had a little more clarity to give it that sense of being rocky and solid, y'know? I feel like it needs more hard edged strokes to contrast the soft edged strokes... ahh, but I guess someone has already said that. Right now it's coming off as a little blurry. Also, it seems a little odd to me to have some of those more saturated greens in the shadows of the cave. I'd imagine the colours would be getting more saturated towards that light source and more grey and muddy towards the shadows.
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    Nice stuff!

    I dig your linework and vectors. The fighter looks really dynamic indeed. And yeah, the right hand could've been a little bit raised/bent at the elbow to give it even more punch. But it looks real good anyway.

    If you want to avoid fuzziness in your colors/landscapes, maybe you could try blocking out some major foreground shapes with a polygonal lasso, fill the selection and then add a bit of soft light, but not enough to blur the edges.
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    Thanks for all the advice on using the hard brush and lasso tool. I'll have to give that a try on my next enviro. In the meantime, here's a WIP for a tattoo design. It's going to be a mother walking with her little boy.
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    hi , good stuff , your sketchbook is really nice and varied
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    you are starting out really nicely~ i dont see 26 as very old though lol.
    I am really liking your black n white line works. cant wait to see more. c:
    btw, keep working from photos and references!
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    You are colorblind as in green/red colorblind!?

    It sure as hell doesn't stop you from creating great stuff, the first one is so beautiful!
    And your sculpture is really cool, so is the cave painting

    Eh, and I'm 30, starting being serious about art 8 months ago when I was 29 so just imagine where you'll be at my age if you keep it up this great
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    Quick zombie speedpaint.
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    thanks for the responses, everyone. my life has been kinda hectic lately and I'm finding it hard to find time to draw. Anyways, here's a new preliminary sketch for the tattoo. Ended up scrapping the original design. This one is probably going to go through some changes before I'm happy with it.
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    Haven't really done any drawing/painting in a while, but I did whip this out in pencil during a slow day at work. Might paint it later.
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