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    Fighting to improve, critique very welcome.

    Greetings conceptart.org.

    I need to improve, so here we go. - Newest stuff at last page.

    Crits & pointers are very welcome!
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    shapes and shadows

    Quick update before bed, shape studies, spent about 3 hours doing these (waaaay too long for 4 simple shapes, but I guess speed will come eventually), and I am still not satisfied with the shadows.

    Its a bit hard for me to imagine where the shadow projects onto the ground, so studies and practice is the way forward.
    Especially the shadow of the ball kept looking like it was cast on a curved surface instead of a flat ground.

    Also did a self portrait and a few gesture drawings (60s ones) but no scanner yet!
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    nice start- btw i think you should focus mostly on black and white and line drawings right now(either digital or traditional) because color just adds a whole nother thing that you need to worry about- right now i think you should focus mostly on your pencil/traditional stuff so it would be great to see it when you scan it in. and if you need any advice for books for figures you should look up Bridgeman or Andrew loomis , also some of Loomis' books such as successful drawing teach you all about light and perspective. Im not a proffessional concept artist so you don't have to listen to my advice just trying to give you some tips. Keep up the practice and keep doing life drawings also. lookin good so far ill stay tuned so keep posting . btw you can click the link and drop by my sketchbook whenever ud like
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    Hey, those glasses looking good, was it still life or photo?

    Maybe you can consider doing some gestures, they're a fun way to start with the figure.
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    @Blazingdimensions: Thanks for the encouragement! Yep I will definitely be focusing my studies on form, and yes, colour is confusing the heck out of me

    @CMioveanu: Thanks man, it was a still life. Great suggestion, gestures are fun!
    Will post a bunch of them when I can.

    Thanks for dropping, very much appreciated

    Today I got a BUNCH of advise on cylinders and shadow projection from this awesome guy named Brelli - I believe I spent 2+ hours interrogating him about my shadows and how to project the shadow onto the ground, THANKS man, great help and great patience!

    Also a joke on my little pony. Call it a form study

    And of course, more perspective stuff (which is really kicking my butt)

    Going away for the weekend, will post an update on monday.
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    Only got a chance to spend about 4 hours painting this one today.

    From reference, with a bunch of small thinking breaks, to avoid just copying mindlessly, which probably happened anyway haha

    And now I realize that there are a few obvious proportional errors here. The nose is way too thin and the right jaw (right on pic, her left) is a bit oversized. Bah
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    Good evening conceptart.org

    Nighttime update from here. Too tired to keep working at the face study.
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    Quick post before bed, day off today, expected SO much of my studies today, have to say im a bit dissapointed, but hey, had a great day

    Self portrait... Will do another tomorrow, and try for more consistent lighting, and more focus on the forms around the mouth (looks kinda flat on this one). The sun was setting and acting as only light source, I realize thats a bad idea now

    And yes, the headset is absolutely horrible (2 hrs of wearing them = pain in the earlope)
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    Hey, very nice, I think you're improving! The picture of the blonde girl is very nice to look at despite the anatomical mistakes because you managed to give her a very nice, calm smile; and the colors are very harmonic. What bothers me the most with the anatomy is her left eye.

    Keep posting!
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    Andre thse are lovely studies and work! keep pushing man!
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    Dina: Thanks a ton! Yeah Im working on those anatomical mistakes, although they arent always easy to spot. I can see it looks off, but not why

    Yog: Thanks Yog! I will keep pushing!

    So here's a weekend update. This weekend I learned to save more often. (First picture is a screendump of a stalled PS window, yay).
    In addition to perspective here's some poses and a SP which I did with a hard round brush only, which doesnt make sense... completely forgot to use any other brushes. Also my ears are funny.
    Did a few longer figure studies in colour, lets just say proportions kicked my ass haha.

    EDIT: Looking at the SP I can now see that my nose is extremely long, will do a proportions check later today. Should have done that yesterday before posting, bah
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    Phew, long weekend! Lots of work to catch up with, finally got a moment to catch my breath and get back to studies.

    Tonight a SP, and a SP from last week... aaand some random doodles working on proportions of the human body. Failed slightly.
    I think I should start actually studying anatomy instead of just doodling and laughing at my mistakes haha. I still suck at face will definitely keep doing these portrait paintings till I get to somewhere decent.
    Tonights SP took about 2 hrs, and Id say Im slooowly starting to think in terms of planes and how they turn and twist along the facial structure.
    Tomorrow Ill try for a few skulls if I can find the time... and skulls

    - The eyes are too big, making me look like a child, gotta fix that on next SP!
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    Arrgh totally slacked off today doing an environment from imagination painting instead of studies.

    Was fun, but probably not useful

    From a concepting standpoint I belive the picture is rather dull. I like the idea of treehouses, but they deserved more attention/detail. Priorities!
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