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    dirksteele's sketchbook

    Hi all

    Long time lurker finally taking the plunge into the Sketchbook thread. I'm a 31 year old guy from the UK who has only just recently gotten back into art and have been messing around with digital for about a year now. Hoping to practice a lot and improve even more! Thanks for looking at my stuff.

    (Please note the zombie and bandit raider images were painted from figure reference on the excellent sixmorevodka blog).

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    Life drawing sketches

    Some pencil life drawing sketches from the great timed life studies over at Figure & Gesture Drawing Tool: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php

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    Black and white portrait June 15th

    Photoshop study from last week.

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    Love the figure studies, especially the second half. The portrait study looks great too, but I think you have some accuracy issues in the neck. Your rendering also feels a little 'mushy'; try using a little higher opacity/flow on your brushes and economize your strokes. Keep up the good work!

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    Love the werewolf and the photoshop study.Your rendering is pretty good as it is but In a matter of no time it will become photorealistic so keep practicing until you nail it!

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    Thanks for the feedback, guys. I agree about the brushstrokes issues I have, I always seem to overwork stuff! I use 100% opacity and flow by default so is it more a case of economising and blending better do you think?

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    Life drawing sketches 19th June

    Some sketches from last night. The first lot are quick 30 second poses and the next ones 5 minute poses.

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    Today's sketch...

    ...quick action pose from here: http://fav.me/d2vp71o

    This was tough!

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    Gesture drawing 28th June

    Some 30 second poses from last week.

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    Life drawing 2nd July

    Last night's studies.

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    Alien bug

    Did this little guy over the past day and a bit. Started out as a greyscale sketch then ran away with me!

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    Sith Lord

    I found this image on a Cosplay site and loved the lighting and colours so figured I'd give it a go. Took a few hours in the end (so much for a speedpaint, my original intention).

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    Value study

    Face was tough on this one...

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    Girl at the Window

    Colour and value study from a photo.

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    Sketch

    Just messing about...

    Last edited by dirksteele; July 13th, 2012 at 10:23 AM. Reason: Updated image
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    Ben Hur study

    Lighting/colour study from a Ben Hur still I saw on http://framefilter.blogspot.co.uk/. Great resource!

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    Gorilla speedpaint

    First speedpaint - 1 hour 30 mins.

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    Skull speedpaint

    Kept getting interrupted on this one, originally it was supposed to be 90 mins but was probably closer to 2 hours in the end.

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    Awesome photoshop work mate. Love the girl at the window. Great start to the folio. Keep posting moar.

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    Your studies of the human form are awesome, man.

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    First landscape

    Thanks guys! I'll keep posting for sure. Here's my first landscape - Jesus, how hard are these?! I did this by following a tutorial as I had NO idea how to do it at first. I tried painting some mountains earlier today without any guidance and it was beyond embarrasing

    Last edited by dirksteele; July 19th, 2012 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Updated image
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    Mountain pass

    Following on from yesterday, here's something I spent way too long overworking. Oh well. I learned a few tricks with 'dual brush' so it ain't all bad.

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    Your sketchbook is awesome!! I'm loving it! I really like how the gestures have an economy of strokes and that you can convey so much with so little.

    There's one piece where I don't know what's going on. The Girl in the Window pieces, everything is great except when I look to see her chest area, I can't tell if it's lacy or fabric-y or tissue paper-y. If you could render that out just a bit more that would be nice.



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    The study in post 14 is beautiful!

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    Thanks guys!

    Ally > Yep I see what you mean, the texture is a little muddly. Hopefully I can revisit this soon and fix it a little, I need to figure out the best way to render the fabric to make it look more defined. I'm learning as I go on most pieces but love the process so much.

    Maelstromwrath > Thanks very much!

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    Spider Man

    Good ol' Spider Man.

    I figured I'd paint him about to leap off, instead of flying through the air for a change. I'm planning on doing a background for this soon hopefully. Used a reference for the pose.

    Copyright Marvel.

    Last edited by dirksteele; July 24th, 2012 at 07:20 AM. Reason: Updated image
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    Heron speedpaint

    90 mins on this one from a photo ref.

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    Another 90 minutes speedpaint. Learning a lot!

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    Good sketchbook start!
    Your envos are getting better. Try drawing them in different moments of the day for extra variation?

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    "Good artists are the crappy artists who never gave up!!"
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    Thank you! That's a great suggestion, I tend to favour the darker stuff. Nice signature, by the way!

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