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    Jones's Sketchbook

    Hello, I'm Russell, and I'm 18 years old. I've been here quite a few times checking out others art, this forum has many aspiring artists and I enjoy looking through every ones work and improvement. I decided It'd be a good place to possibly get helpfull points and tips for my own improvement.

    Back in April I decided I wanted to work harder and improve on my art, so I started up with studies. I've been working on improving, and painting nearly every day. (Wacom tablet) Here's some of my work from the past few weeks not including studies, I'll update it whenever I have new stuff to post. Pill bottle one is still life, rest are imagination in that collage thing.

    The devil baby is the most recent, the background/environment was one of my first's with a character, It doesnt really look like it blends in well. Pointers and the likes are more then welcome.

    (btw anyone know why my thumbnail is all pixelated in the thread list?)
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    Oh, so adorable little devil.
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    Hey man, when did you start drawing?
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    Welcome dude ! wainting to see more of your work!
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    @catukas - haha thanks

    @Jiri92 - I can't remember, although growing up I was never magnificent or anything (only 18 now though). I really only started improving back around April, that was when I started digitally painting as well.

    @RV- -Thank's, more will come most definitely. I'm already really liking this community.

    I showed some of this stuff in the collage but I'd like to give a closer view, I've also added a pre sketch that I later painted, and some quick studies for light going through fog. Edit - I decided to add the other pictures from the first post, so I can change my thread picture if I ever need to.
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    one or two hours, just trying new things out. Unfortunately my image size was a bit small to start with, I forgot to change it, its still 300dpi though. I've been wanting to keep my art bigger so I can get it printed out, even if it's not that great yet, It'll be cool to have physical copies to look back on, and show friends etc.


    Update - refined and revised
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    Mostly gestures and random stuff lately, also a face study was a lot loser then my previous face studies which were stuck in the mid tones (I don't think I uploaded them here). really want to get anatomy down, and get onto some portraits.

    Comments, Tips, Critiques, anything you have to say is welcome.
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    here's an update, spent the past two days painting my buddy from a picture of him, it's for his Mixtape he's been working on. We've kept each other motivated on our hobbies. a little drained now, not sure what I want to work on next.

    Unfortunately the colored image has some edge issues, is there any better way to smooth those out without using the eraser the whole way? still need's some work, as well as a better background, I'm thinking some sort of buildings.

    Any tips, comments, and help you can provide is very welcome.
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    Hey! Thanks for stopping by!

    You should post more more more, bad/good doesn't matter, it will help other artist to notice tendencies and thus making it easier to critique

    One thing I notice is messy lines, as in many small brush-strokes to describe one big form. Use bigger brushes and erase what you don't need instead of using smaller brushes!

    Keep your pecker up!
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    @Abee - Thank you very much for commenting, I will definitely post more things good or bad, I've never post things I'm not satisfied with. thanks I'll try using a bigger brush for bigger areas, I've only been using round brush, Want to try a rectangle/squarish brush though.

    Softened the face study just messing around trying to learn, some sketches, Knight was from today spent like 10 minutes, don't really care for it. Also my final portrait of my buddy Tommy, for his mixtape.

    Really want to improve my speed, and ability to get foundations down. as well as learn how to do portraits of fantasy type characters with armor and stuff in them. Always enjoy looking at fantasy game art characters and stuff.
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    Hey! Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my sketchbook, thought it'd be easier for me to come here and answer your question about brushes. For the image I think you were referring to, I was using one of the natural mark brushes that you can find if you subscribe to Chris Oatley's website - he'll email you a link to brush sets once you've subscribed, but he also sends a tonne of useful info on making good images and has a bunch of tutorial videos on his site too, definitely worth checking out!

    Far as your work goes, would love to see more gestures and studies for anatomy - you are on the right track with the ones you've done so far. I also found it really helpful to do longer studies of things like the skull and various muscle groups (mostly cause the longer I spend on something the more it sinks into the brain ) You might also find converting your last image to a greyscale version and compare it to the original reference, to compare how light and dark the two get - the face on it feels lacking in contrast. Could use some more shadows around areas like the eyes, nostrils and corners of the mouth and lips.

    But keep at it!
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    @zephyri - Thank you for the comment! I downloaded his brush sets, found a simple round brush in it while trying them out, I realised something...Sketching is so much nicer for me without having opacity jitter set to pen pressure, Busted out two sketches and had a lot of fun doing them.

    I love concept art for dark fantasy characters in games, and that's actually what I kind of have wanted to do for a very long time, so my first try at a sketchy one is here. Some very inspiring concept art I love is for the game Dark souls. I Would like to make some like that someday.

    Also baby face was just random haha. Might work on these again tomorrow. Really happy I found a good brush to sketch with, Opacity jitter sketches always got super messy.

    (lines are a bit squiggly, did that on purpose, kinda like sketching like that, gives it a rougher look)
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    Every Day I don't do much or any art, It bugs me quite a bit. Haven't done considerably too much the last two days. But here's a bit of a lame update anyway.

    Some gestures, built up on those previous characters a bit. Also some traditional sketches.
    The second one is loosely based on myself, but super muscular lol. Did one for my brother as well just for fun.

    Definitely got to learn to paint armor, and rough types of metal. As well as anatomy, gotta continue on that more so. Basically need to improve in every way.
    It can be a bit hard pin pointing what exactly to work on first when you have so many things you need to improve.
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