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    Winterspring's sketchbook

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    Good start, the middle dog is particularly nice. What are your long-term goals?

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    Thanks, Ally. :) I'm trying to get used to digital right now, but my main goals are: color and light/shadow.

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    Today it's nearly 90 degrees; hopefully it won't get above 100 much this summer.

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    Try putting your digital images into greyscale occasionally while you're working on them to check out your values. Right now you're only using a really small range of values that are all pretty much in the middle, so your art doesn't have anything that pops out or any kind of contrast. I'd recommend doing some simple value studies to help, too.

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    Amarok - thanks for the feedback! I will try to work on values. More studies would be good.

    Hopefully the values in this dog is an improvement. I'm still not really sure where the light/shadows go exactly, so I'll try to draw from life more often.

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    ugm the only advice i can give you is that you must use more colour tones but so far you are improving with every piece, something hard to archieve...

    btw check out my sketchbook too ! im a newbye like you and i need advice

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    Value, color, and texture are definitely your weak points right now. Your shapes are great and work very well with flat colors, and it's the next stage of the image where you're missing the mark, as your dog process shows quite clearly. Start studying light from observation, as often as possible. Look around your house and find some small simple objects, get some from your local thrift store, or make some out of paper or cardboard. Set them up under a single light and study value, color, and texture in that order. Good luck, and keep posting!

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    cute doggies!
    for colors - just grab some good photos of animals. you can grab the colors from there and color your sketches this way. try not to colorpick though

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    Thanks so much for your critique! I find I have little patience when it comes to texture but it'll be something I have to work on. I tried incorporating your advice into these dog nose studies below.

    Here's another progression, this time with references. They still seem so flat to me, they need depth somehow..

    Off to work now, I'll draw more tomorrow.

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    More texture practice.

    Texture spheres.

    Dull metal - fur
    Shiny stone - glass
    Skin - stone/rock

    Elemental spheres.

    Fire - water
    Lightning - smoke
    Snow - night clouds

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    Wowsers, I really love how you train the noses and practise the textures.

    My favourite picture is the cat in the bed. I love those pose :>

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    When it comes to landscapes I am lost.

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    More quick bg practice.

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    Today my tablet finally arrived! *dances* Time to retire the mouse.
    Just some doodles, getting used to the tablet pen.

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    Just some more doodles. After so long w/o color I want to color everything, at least a little. It's addicting.

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    There is this fantastic speed painting tutorial which is just great for environments in general, which can be found here: Speedpainting tutorial by tanathe

    It's been so helpful to me, and I hope it'll be helpful for you too.

    As for color, I'd suggest you pull up some pictures you really admire for their colors and start analyzing the colors they actually used. Your palettes seem to have a bit too much wild abandon or are a bit too dull, at the moment.

    Great improvement, especially with your textures. I'd like to see you use them more. c:

    If you have the time, please stop by my sketchbook, Chock Full o'Nuts.
    I would appreciate any advice or critiques.
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    DK - thanks! I definitely agree with your points. Tanathe is wonderful; I've skimmed through that tutorial before but I'll have a real go at it soon.

    Unfortunately I haven't had much time to sketch lately.

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    i'm going to try to do landscapes everyday. hopefully they'll get less painful to look at.

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    practice.

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    Your recent stuff has come along really nicely! And great studies of noses

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    Not dead, summer school is just stressing me out - two more weeks to go! sai ran out so i'm trying to get used to ps elements10. the opacity doesn't seem to work that well.

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    Keep it up! I like those texture/elemental spheres!

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    Good work so far!

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    now that summer school is finally over, i can draw stuff.

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    just practicing.

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    practice.

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    more forests.

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    still drawing.

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