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    hello everyone! i am very new to conceptart.org and a bit to digital art as well. i would love to be at the level and producing works similar to fengzhu, sinix, and the steambot crew one day! i will post some of my work and any advice in terms of:
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    ...WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
    i would really like to to be more independant in helping myself with resources outside of what school provides me with!
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    here's some of the things ive been working on the past few weeks, some are from months ago. i always get discouraged when painting digitally. really really trying to get better!

    currently i am using alot of the pallete knife brush on photoshop (line brush with pen tilt ) i'm not sure if it's always appropriate to use to get the painterly textured look? but for now it's fun


    monster thing
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    gestures
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    atlantis monster thing,
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    gorilla guy
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    tried out some perspective
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    tried to study the colors skin tone and fabric
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    kneeling lady
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    some hilltop cliff tribe...anyone know any good materials rendering tutorials?
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    Eow olympus battle trainging field
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    portrait
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    forest path thing
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    dancing people
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    olympus training grounds: my first EOW, do people mostly paint over sketchup models or draw perspective grids in ps for environments?
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    studying the colors in her sking and fabrics. is it appropriate to always use the palette knife brush? (PS line brush with tilt control), should i get some round brushes in the mix too?
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    forest path thing, i would like to achieve the more painterly and textured look, any suggestions?
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    rocky cliffs....
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    another naked lady
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    cliff cave tribe thing, anyone have a good tutorial for rendering materials like cliffs wood or stone etc? as you can see i'm really struggling with these textures
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    lapras creature
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    room perspective
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    good start! you environments need more defining of the forms, they are hard to read(as fengzhu says) But the lapras creatures is really cool. Good luck with your sb!

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    hoth outpost. really tying to improve my environments, any tips suggestions reccomends welcome!
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    cirque du soleil lady. took about 25mins... with a pencil i would probably be able to do this in half that...anyone else find this? or is it just that im still getting used to the stylus?
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    singer lady, may have overrendered a bit...
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    thanks!

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    Hey thanks for your comments in my sketchbook, I appreciate it! You have some interesting abstract type pieces in here, which is good for exploring shapes and design. I think you should keep this up, but also play with other brushes as it seems you are using the same brush for a lot of your work. You should also try to sit down and do a more focused longer piece, really trying to see and get it accurate, this will improve your vision and increase your skill level.

    Keep up the hard work!

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    Thanks for dropping by my SB!

    You've only posted a few works here and you're just starting out. The best advice anyone can give you at this point is to just keep drawing. Basics are a must so take your time to study proportion and perspective, and such. I'm a year into my own SB and i'm still struggling with those issues so its not gonna be a fast easy journey; (but things that are worth anything in life seldom are).

    The most important thing is consistency. Keep it up looking forward to seeing you grow as an artist!

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    I work faster with a pencil as well... but if I think it is just getting used to a different medium more than anything.
    That said I agree with Justin, I know with me when I sat down and started putting hours into a piece I learned a lot more than I did from quick sketches. Those sketches are great but when you sit down a focus on a study for a long period of time you are stretching a completely different artistic muscle.

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    little maiden: thanks so much for the advice! hahah you put it very well. i must agree with you!

    : thank you! i will definitely start doing longer more focused pieces as that is something i'm totally neglecting. Thanks so much for the tips!@

    figures from head
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    loomis perspective LOL
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    30s gestures
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    probably the most time i've spent on a digital piece. This took maybe 2-3 hours and done like...a year ago haha
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    some vietnam harbour. need to draw leaves more efficiently
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    environment study haha ~30mins
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    I seem to have issues with my pictures looking too "transparent" i'd like it to look more matte(right word?) and painterly as if i was constantly adding thick layers of paint with each stroke... i realize that people still blend with opacity on, is it just the last phases where refining should be done with the hard brush on no opacity?

    thanks again for checking out my bookie-wook!
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    All of my paintings I've done with opacity on somewhere between 50 and 60% with a hard brush until fruition really. It all depends on what works for you though, experiment and try things out that's what studies are about.

    The gestures are awesome. I really like that piece you put 2 hours into as well.
    I'd still suggest spending more time on those studies and trying to take them further. You learn a lot about those subtle diferences.

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    @Loveless: thank you so much i really appreciate your advice!
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    some ghetto village
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    fail landscape
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    ruins place...?
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    vietnam port... i'm trying to lay off the texture brushes kuz i feel like i need to get a better hang on the fundatmentals... texture brushes WOULD speed up my process and make it look more "done"...am i right?
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    hi! thanks for checking out my sb :>

    my suggestion for you is to keep at it. practice everyday, even for an hour. look at old master paintings, especially if you have access to a museum. just stare at their brushstrokes and try and understand how those painters made their work.

    at this stage, you should definitely be working on your technical skills. do a lot of observational studies and even copying master paintings.

    good luck and keep it up!

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