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    That last enviro is really good, it has a great mood. Try doing more head studies from Loomis or David Finch. It kind of looks like your eyes are too wide, the noses too thin and the mouths a bit too small.

    Keep pushing!
    "Great job guys! I love you. You're fired."

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    Thanks for the comment Januz, I definitely gotta work on my faces, I can see what you are saying about the proportions. Have to work them out and check theme every step of the way
    Currently working my way through Loomis' Successful drawing. Next stop is portraits/heads.
    Last enviro was a bit of a lucky accident, definitely gotta do more of those, had a blast

    Its been a week, so its time for a sketch dump!
    Most SPs took about 2 hours, poses are 2 minutes per pose (Trying to focus on clean and precise lines, so slowed down a bit).
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    Had a bit of fun today painting an environment. Learned a lot I think.

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    ET vessel beaming something into its maw, terrorizing a city.

    So what did I learn here? Make sure you have a plan for your design!
    Size considerations failed on this one. The maw is fine, but where does it come from? Perhaps even walking on earth (I could easily imagine this being some kind of worm, having crept its way through the city) instead of looking like its just coming from outer space. (stupid fix because the initial plan was to have it come out of a hovering spaceshuttle).

    Thinking my idea through I realize it doesnt make sense, so why didnt I fix it? Well I was more busy doing small details here and there. Gah! Utter fail, especially the last minute save by making the picture larger, must retry.

    Process included.
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    last painting is nagging at me, looked wrong!

    So here's an update. Gonna leave it at that and get back to studies

    Details are meh, but I have no idea how to do them yet. Studies required I guess.
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    Tonight a few life studies, spent most of the time on the mouse/mousepad painting. I know it looks super rough, but I did spend a good 3 hours on it, I guess I am just super slow

    Hoping for that to improve eventually.
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    Only got to do traditional drawing (ballpoint pen) yesterday due to an unexpected, though pleasant, visit. Quick apple sketch (30 minutes) while the unexpectees (? wait, what?) are napping.
    From photoref, it does so feel like cheating compared to life painting (I can never find the same viewpoint whenever my eyes shift away from the ref, practice I guess, eh )

    Must keep still life refs nearby. Expect a still life apple on cloth soon!
    (edit: now with a few fixes here and there, as a gif! fun fun)
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    Monday evening update. Spent the entire day on a selfportrait / form study.
    greyscale to focus on form rather than colours, one less colour plane to confuse me, really think it helped! This SP actually looks a liiiittle bit like me

    Bit too heavy on the eye shading, must pay more attention
    For the next SP ill try to save the process as well.
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    Hey andre nice updates man, keep at it.
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    Hi Izer, thanks man, I definitely will!

    So today a quick environment followed by a bonzai tree study (because the trees in my environment were absolutely dreadful)
    phew, trying to get every leaf right from a reference is a killer, guess Ill be less of a ref-slave next time and try to grasp the general leaf/twig placement instead
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    Finally got back to pencil sketching a bit from life today. Maybe I was just in the "zone" or lucky with my pencilstrokes, but it really felt easier than it usually does! So either Im less bothered by my mistakes ,or Im actually improving

    Pictures taken with my phone, not the best solution but it'll have to suffice for now.

    So in order of posting:
    SP ~1 hr
    gestures/quick drawings (120 sec per drawing or so)
    life drawing fun w. pencil ~1½ hrs
    photo study, little mermaid, ~1 hr

    note: Looking at the little mermaid study I can see how terrible the water is haha. Will have to study that.
    Expect next update on 18/06-2012, will be away for the weekend.
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    Good evening CA.org.

    Yet another update, finally got the time to upload. Work has been killing me, spent a lot of time reading/studying hogarth for faces, along with sketching a ton of 2 minute poses/heads. Really helps to get proportions right on the initial sketch I guess.

    Lots of fun, please crit me so I can improve


    Last SP took 40 mins, impressed with the amount of details/form I got down in that time, unfortunately Im out of time for today
    I believe the form studies (funny coloured shaped) have helped, must do more!
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    Last update before the weekend (going away again, Ill try to bring pen/paper this time)

    2-3 hours of gestures (edit: 45 sec per pose, used to doing 2 mins per pose, so pardon the incomplete people here and there) followed by two photo studies, each around 2 hours.

    Worst part of posting just before bed, too hyped to fall asleep because I feel Im making progress.
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    nice work dude. keep focusing. try to work from life as much as possible.
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