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    Hapless Slapdashery

    Posting here is so intimidating but here I go. Mostly just scribbles and studies, seems like that's all I really do. I've never really had any criticism of the stuff I've drawn except from myself. So, uh... hi.

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    Finally back to post more. Really wish it hadn't been so long. Hasn't been good times... I'm going to post more often in this sketchbook from now on!

    The strawberries are my very first acrylic painting. It's on a 5x7 canvas panel. The still lifes I did last night, going to be doing more of those tonight as well. I'm hoping they'll help me improve more quickly. Pencil stuff is just a new attempt.

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    These aren't sad scribbles, they're nice! I especially like your figure studies and poses

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    Great sb! Love the Gameboy and candy wrappers. Your gestures are great, too. Keep 'em coming!

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    Thanks for the comments!

    I only managed to do two more quick still life studies. Still going to do more of them. Decided to take a bit of my own advice from my post in Burnme's sketchbook. I don't do enough stuff from imagination at all, especially not figures. I'm going to work on doing way more of these in the future as well. I have quite a ways to go, haha. Critique would certainly be appreciated.

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    Another acrylic painting I've been working on. Just messing around with different techniques to see how it worked out. I think I've only spent a couple hours on this so far. Technically this is my third acrylic painting... or second and a half. I have one shoved away I need to get back to.

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    Some new still lifes. Trying something new by setting up red, green, and blue panels around the objects to get color reflections. Also a bit of an update on the flower painting.

    Working on a big set of imagination-figure studies that I don't want to post until done too.

    Weird... why did my attachments vanish?

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    Your use of colour is lovely - especially those strawberries. Lovely to see someone using real media!

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    Your still lifes are awesome. MORE.

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    Really solid stuff! Keep it up!

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    Thanks for the support, everyone. I've been trying to be more colorful in my paintings for awhile. Planning to try some acrylic still lifes sometime as well.

    All I've got for now is a still life of a bottle of Snapple; not too pleased with it.

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    wooow man your skill is absolutely cool, both digital and traditional, that is quite rare here, keep it going!

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    I think the problem with the bottle is that the lettering doesn't wrap around the bottle, it's just kinda flat, which conflicts with the bottle's shape.

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    Nice work so far, I'd like to see more anatomy, you're quite good at it.

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    Thank you, guys.

    TheApprentice, I've been thinking the same thing and it's been bothering me so much I gave it another shot. Normally if I'm doing something like that I'll paint a little guide to help me keep stuff aligned but I got lazy. I think it's a bit better this time. Either way I'll leave it be from now.

    More anatomical abnormalities are on their way!

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    Hey man! you have some really good stuff here, those sketches look amazing and that still life, stunning! keep it up! you're going great 8D

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    Much appreciated, Kaihartj.

    I was planning on taking a break from still lifes and working on figures but well... Somehow my brain went and began painting another without me realizing. I've been wanting to paint this one ever since I did the Gameboy Color.

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    Alright, did several more male and female figures from imagination. Always felt doing figures from imagination would be more intimidating but it really hasn't been; been pretty enjoyable really. I still have a lot to improve upon I can tell...

    I'm also tackling another of my biggest weaknesses. I've never been able to grasp drawing heads using a sphere, especially Loomis. Any time I've tried I've given up. So I've gone back to Drawing the Head and Hands and I'm going to get this figured out. I'd really appreciate advice on how I'm doing so far with them.

    Vanishing attachments again female figures are at the bottom.

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    Critique would certainly be appreciated.Hapless SlapdasheryHapless SlapdasheryHapless SlapdasheryHapless Slapdashery

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    Bottle looks better bro.

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    Didn't finish last post. A teacher was coming.

    Bottle definitely looks more like a cylinder now, loving the head studies. Also, what did that guy get b& for?

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    Thanks, man; I hope I'm going down the right track so far with those head studies. I feel so lost with the technique still. I think Serrano was banned for spamming links. I can see them and yet I cannot.

    I just started a new painting last night. Decided to paint this for my grandma's birthday; they're her favorite flowers. Didn't want to use a canvas panel for it so I used one of my 5x7" Ampersand Claybords I've been saving. I have no experience with the material so I wasn't (Still am not) sure how it would go. Hopefully I'll have this done tomorrow or the day after and then back to Loomis stuff!

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    Man, your colors are REALLY good. That gameboy looks so nice.

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    Thank you, Nouge. Playing with light and reflections in my still lifes so far has been a lot of fun. That Gameboy still works too .

    So, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around constructing heads using the Loomis approach. There are some things I still can't figure out that don't appear to be explained in Drawing The Head And Hands. I made some notes but they might be difficult to read so I'll write a bit here.


    1. When drawing the line indicating the oval for the side -- does the line follow parallel to the center-line, or am I meant to simply guess? I've been drawing it keeping it parallel to the central curve.

    2. The divisions of the face aren't equal at an angle, the nearer plane is wider. How do you determine the widths?

    3. How do I determine the widths where the chin connects?


    I've re-read the more critical parts of the book I had just gone over but I still haven't gotten too far into the rest. Maybe these questions will be answered there. If anyone knows of any good sources on this info I'd really appreciate hearing them as well. I've been looking around but am going to focus on Loomis for the time being.

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    oh wow. Terrific studies and absolutely beautiful colors.Awesome job, man! Keep doing what you're doing!

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    1. When drawing the line indicating the oval for the side -- does the line follow parallel to the center-line, or am I meant to simply guess? I've been drawing it keeping it parallel to the central curve.
    Not sure what u meant, but it's like a ball been cut parallel to the center(of-course u decide the center)

    2. The divisions of the face aren't equal at an angle, the nearer plane is wider. How do you determine the widths? you can study perspective and it will help you
    but I mostly recommend u draw a-lot of portraits from life/pics, and you will naturally see it.
    it's not mathematical measuring

    3. How do I determine the widths where the chin connects?
    again, no math, as you keep drawing you will see it. it is sorta like you see 3d, on the paper
    tried to answer =P

    Love you'r line quality! and you'r coloring is clean and pretty! howw?

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    amazing painting skills ; loving them all

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    wow those studies are amazing! love how you use color!
    the only thing i can think of is your figures form imagination is lacking some in volume and proportions.
    its really good to do some figure studies first and then draw from imagination, here is some great online figure drawing links http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php http://www.artsyposes.com/ http://www.lovecastle.org/draw/

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    rastaray Thanks, your sketchbook is insane .

    Chompi'n Thank you for answering. I was concerned maybe I missed something important in Loomis' method. I'll have to do a ton of portrait studies soon! Also, I could seriously use some training in perspective, I've never really gone down that road. As for my coloring... I just try to paint with a small amount of colors and use the hardest brush I can. I've found it keeps me from "muddying" stuff up.

    ayoub66 Thank you

    rumpenstiltzkin Thanks, and thanks again for the links . I agree about them lacking volume, definitely. Once I get a few more things sorted I'll do what you recommend. Also planning on going through some books on anatomy to help.


    Alright, so, a couple more things from yesterday. Read a bit further in Drawing The Head and Hands. So I did more plate copies followed by another page-full of memory sketches.

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    (: it's all about keeping it up!
    and try drawing more from life - it will help you seeing it better and understanding.
    try using loomis as a start for the portrait go on.

    about the coloring - what you are saying makes a-lot of sense! hehe
    so that means you chose EVERY color, and not blend color on the way?
    (gaa trying to understand hehe)

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