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    New sketchbook

    New sketchbook!

    Bland title, but I'm trying to get a job now, so I'm going to do studies every day and update this thing daily to the best of my ability.

    I feel bad, because I haven't really done many studies at all in 2012 so I'm going to try and rectify that but here's some stuff from lately.

    And, I'd feel wrong starting this without doing a study thats actually from today, so my next post will be in a few hours

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    First one, just a random photo study from national geo to get started

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    I love the color on the alien piece!

    How did you managed to mix such harmonized yet diverse colors? Any tips?

    All your stuff are so nice, I bet you'll find great clients.

    People these days should prepare chill pills in their medical cabinets.

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    Great start on your sketchbook! I l really like the alien and photostudy.
    Going to follow this. I'm eager to see more of your work. :]

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    great sketches!!

    I also love the alien portrait and snowscape too...

    Keep em comming!

    L.

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    oooohhh nice stuff! *subscribe* we're in the same boat man! time to study! =D

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    oh wow thanks guys, didn't expect responses so soon,

    it's late but I got another study in! I still count it
    I wish I had the names of the photographers as the pieces I work with are great, but they're collected from so long ago I don't really know most of them.

    Kray, heres the psd so you can see exactly what I did.
    http://www.mediafire.com/?mixiof2242ee65j

    Basically it's just messing with every kind of adjustment layer you can think of and experimenting. I'm kind of a hooore for color adjusting layers, I love em.
    Honestly I have a really hard time deciding what color palette to go with, sometimes I can end up spending more time picking colors than actually painting
    just do your best to train your intuitive understanding of color by looking at a lot of painters who you believe handle it well

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    Great start with your sketchbook!! Looking forward to see more of your stuff =)

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    Thanks Mhugo

    When I was looking through my references folder for the study to do today I really cringed when I saw this one, that kind of made me feel like I had to do it because man made structures and tech is a real weak point for me.

    I think I'm just going to do a self portrait tomorrow, this one kind of gave me a headache by the end, at least I got to write inappropriate words on the machinery and signs

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    That last one is mental! I wouldn't have the patience. Amazing though

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    Sick :o keep 'em coming!

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    Great-looking stuff. The last one just blew me away. How long did it take you? Did you use layer masks or vector masks to keep the shapes so crisp?

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    Thanks again guys, really appreciate the comments.

    pupuska, I don't know how to use any vector programs, it was all layer masking, I spent all yesterday on it, just being patient with each little piece.

    Spent a little less time today to hangout with some friends
    Going to paint this in tomorrow(today)

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    Kvick: You can do vector masks in Photoshop. (Layer -> Vector mask -> Reveal all). They're really handy for keeping edges extra crisp, but can get tedious if you've got complex shapes or need to work on the outline a lot.

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    thanks pupuska, I've made a few of those by accident before but never thought much of them. I'll probably do some experimenting tomorrow with them when I'm more awake.

    Ended up doing a self portrait for today instead, was busy with some other paint stuffs

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    wow, some sick stuff going on here!
    Your studies are amazing and I like the animal thingy at the beginning!

    Keep rocking!

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    Thanks Polaritytech!

    Sometimes when I go through images looking for something to choose to study, I look for whats relevant to what I'm working on at the time. I've been doing some sci-fi work lately and I initially picked this photo to copy for the surfaces it has. But about 3 hours into it, I realized this photo has an insane relevance to multiple parts of my life happening all at once on a very deep level.

    The fact that I was completely unconscious of the relevance when I chose the photo makes me wonder about things a lot.

    edit: I found out today the original photo I got from whit brachna's blog

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    Awesome stuff!

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    Sehr verbunden! Jockemon

    Portrait study of some cute redhead musician chick, girls don't usually get much more attractive than that for me. I have to get out of my house sometime and get me one.

    still unfinished, I feel like portraits are much more frustrating than environments. Maybe it's the fact that we're human and we see more detail in a person's face or whatever BS, but the colors of the skin make a much larger difference to me than getting the perfect colors on a piece of steel, plastic or rock. Rendering to a finish has always been a weak point for me, I'm aiming for rendering everything to the finest level I can. My tendency is to be too much of a perfectionist and I spend too much time fixing the colors over and over destroying progress of the rendering in the process

    Planning to finish this one and the army guy in the next two days, after that I have a special portrait I really want to paint from a childhood hero of mine.

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    I liked the alien.psd which you've linked in your sketchbook. I just had a quick look through it but I noticed the colour balance and all that and went "Now where can I find that!"

    Cool stuff by the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kvick View Post
    Sehr verbunden! Jockemon

    Portrait study of some cute redhead musician chick, girls don't usually get much more attractive than that for me. I have to get out of my house sometime and get me one.

    still unfinished, I feel like portraits are much more frustrating than environments. Maybe it's the fact that we're human and we see more detail in a person's face or whatever BS, but the colors of the skin make a much larger difference to me than getting the perfect colors on a piece of steel, plastic or rock. Rendering to a finish has always been a weak point for me, I'm aiming for rendering everything to the finest level I can. My tendency is to be too much of a perfectionist and I spend too much time fixing the colors over and over destroying progress of the rendering in the process

    Planning to finish this one and the army guy in the next two days, after that I have a special portrait I really want to paint from a childhood hero of mine.


    This is my exact problem, too! Humans always feel too 'personal' - there's always some kind of pre-existing idea of what you think a face looks like, or what the expression on a face SHOULD be. This is why I find environments much more calming to do in the evening as well, they're not looking at you!

    Anyway, that red headed girl portrait is sick, I love it. I like the way you have kept the shadows and areas of color crisp yet natural. I tend to blend everything and get an inconsistent look.

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    Wow dude, any advice you can share? Your paintings are incredible.

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    it's 5am so im kinda tired, Capt Surge, there's all kinds of advice I can give.

    Your art is a literal piece of yourself, your energy, state of mind, and state of being all contribute to what you create in any aspect of life. The art you create tells a story of your life, whether you want it to or not. It tells everyone your most hidden secrets and the truth behind your emotions, it's not always easy to tell what those are on a conscious level but it's always present in your paintings and you can not hide it.

    Improve your whole life and your art will reflect that as a result.

    Worked on the portrait some more.

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    Spent all day trying to learn how to use Illustrator, pretty surprising how many features are different considering both programs are made by adobe.

    So because of that I got less time spent on painting, I still tried to get something in though.

    also found out today that cemetary photo I did a study of was from whit brachna's blog

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    I'm amazed by your portrait. The reflections on her skin and the drool on her teeth make it look very realistic. Just lovely, I wish I had the skill and patience
    Just out of curiosity, what tank is that?

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    great studies man!

    I also like the factory study..also amazed how little the greens changes on the machinery yet convincing space tho!

    the red hair girl study is also damn good but I wouldnt go for such lighting (flash light photography) reference - its kinda boring/artificial but thats not your fault of course!

    L.

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    Thanks anna, the drool on the teeth really is necessary to make it feel lifelike haha. As for the tank, I literally googled 'tank' in the image search and found it, I think it's a challenger tank though. I'm going to be doing some paintings of tanks in more detail, cause when they're painted properly they look so damn awesome, I really rushed that one because I had to get up early today.

    Thanks libor, I know how flash photography isn't always the best but I almost always paint portraits from life so getting a chance to really dig into the tiny details and push the textures was a fun opportunity. Besides, it seems to work for Mr. Hale.

    I have to get up early again tomorrow gonna go on a bit of a road trip so I just tried to see how well I could do a painting in an hour, so here's that. Going to get back to those all day studies soon.

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    I see Isn't this the Odaiba station in Tokyo though? Or the one before the Rainbow Bridge? If it weren't for the Japanese writing, it also reminds of the Hof haCarmel bus station in Haifa

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    I don't think so, I'm pretty sure it's a korean train station.

    another short study, didn't feel like doing a study because it was 3am but just making sure that I do 1 every single day

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    tonight started a study of some chick cosplaying as lilith from borderlands. I like cosplayers, mainly girls who do it, but yeah in general I like em too

    rendering will start tomorrow

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