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    Clu's Sketchbook of Randomness

    Hi everybody! I'm Clu. I only recently found this website and I'm absolutely in love with the whole community here (the awesome attitude and work ethic).

    I'm 16 and have been drawing for a long time but only recently started really seriously trying to improve my art. I REALLY REALLY REALLY want some good criticism and tips and whatever you can give me.
    I'm most comfortable in pencil and colored pencil, but I've also done a limited amount of oil painting and really want to learn more about digital art. I tend to draw faces a lot and I have problems with anatomy and suck at landscapes and basically everything else so I'll need to work on those too.

    So here goes with some of the stuff I've been doing recently:

    Some are WIPs while others are slightly more finished. I'll try to upload some sketches and study stuff later but for now PLEASE as much feedback as you can give me

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    Some nice pieces, keep posting!
    My sketchbook! Your critiques and feedback will help me grow!

    Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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    Some attempts at composition study (which I have never tried before so I sort of fail at). I seriously dislike the colors of the one on the left but you know, half of what this sort of thing is for is figuring out what doesn't work right?
    And another wip that I started during the hurricane. The anatomy is sort of weird...
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    And a quick thing from my head since I'm sort of in love with this kind of sunny stuff combined with atmospheric perspective but don't get to do this much...
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    Just adding a little speed off a photo I took in Japan while in the car...
    Hokkaido was absolutely beautiful! I still miss it half a year later...mountains everywhere...
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    hey saw ya in the teen challenge section! Nice style and great attitude!! I'm sure you will get better in no time at all.

    check out these youtube channels they're great for learning for people at any level

    http://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL <- amazing for photoshop and painter and tablet related. i see more traditional stuff in this sb, but this is still great, pick any video!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/AbdonJRomero great for figure and anatomy, awesome

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DaveRapoza crazy awesome concept artist, just a god.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/sinixdesign cool stuff and a couple tuts

    and of course ctrl+paint.com will steer anyone in the right direction! I find vid tutorials to be the best, i have a short attentio


    any way good stuff keep it up! more uploads!!!

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    Ah thanks so much!!!!
    I've been a bit busy with SATs and general life, but now I should start having some time to do some actual work
    Also yesss sinix was actually extremely helpful when I was just starting out with digital painting around half a year ago.

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    Some new stuff I forgot to add
    Some reaally quick sketches I did while in a concert. The pianist was amazing and super expressive which was fun to draw.
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    And a doodle.
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    Hey! thanks for the comment+crit,

    The work in the first post looks pretty solid, accurate proportions and distances on the portraits. I can tell you've good observational skills. One thing I would look out for is your line economy. If we look at your last post you seem to use an abundance of lines, especially where the expressive sketches are concerned. Generally, the less lines you use to communicate an idea, the better. Keep on drawing

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    ^yep exactly! That's what my drawing teacher always says
    I think it's a combination of general lack of confidence plus my coordination isn't as good as it should be. More exercises!
    I also have been trying to make myself draw in pen more so I can't just erase whenever I want to get rid of excess lines.

    Thanks

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    Your traditional work is absolutely stunning! You have a lovely style as well! All I can say is to keep practicing and draw constantly. You'll see improvement in your work in no time! Oh, also practice with digital painting and try to improve on giving your digital works a finished look(?) This thread has some nice tips on how to give your digital work a smooth, finished look.

    I hope that helps! Keep up the amazing work~

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    @CoffeeMustache THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU GUYS You can identify my problems (that took me ages to figure out) and point me to help just like that! Absolutely awesome all of you.

    Did a bunch of sketches from life (as in I creepily stared at people and didn't pay attention in school):
    I JUST FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO THIS ON PAINTER. LIKE COLORING IN SKETCHES. THIS IS SO FUN AND AMAZING.
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    And made some progress on Pan. BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT COLOR TO MAKE HIS...CLOAK THINGY. The background was done with a photo I took in Arches National Park as a ref.
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    And I colored in a sketch of Pan:
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    Stayed up really late last night doing fanart for Skyfall because Q is awesome the end. This one's pretty low quality since I'm not at my actual computer. I'll upload a better version later.
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    WIP of it:
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    Also finished-ish Pan for Teen Challenge. I want to clean it up some time but haven't set aside time to do it yet.
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    Okay better quality, finished version:
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    Argh I've been so busy recently and finally it's Thansgiving! Still haven't drawn much in between unfortunately and the stuff that I did draw is scattered all over random school papers.
    Anyway, some random stuff I did in school. The proportions are super derp on some of them *coughthemiddleonesandthatgreenguy* but it's something!
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    soooo stuff for my english project:
    2+ hrs, no refs (which I'm super proud of because I've never been able to do something this finished without refs)
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    Some updates on the English project:
    The later ones are kinda blagh because I got lazy and didn't really want to spend that much time on them (seeing as it's due monday...)
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    blah I really haven't had time to do any serious at studying for a while because of life and school, but anyway, here's a very unrealistic/stylized doodle thing I did in English.
    I'm probably going to try to make it into something but I definitely should be getting back to not-stylized stuff.
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    So wow I haven't been on here in forever and truthfully I haven't drawn much in that time either which is sad...
    The stuff I have drawn isn't really study-drawing stuff either so now I feel even more guilty but anyway:
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    also this is old but I guess I never posted it:
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    For someone who doesn't really study your portraits are really good. ^_^

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    Thanks Capt Surge!
    Monday stuff: 1.5 hours, pencil + ink + eraser shavings with glue haha...
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    very nice portraits, i would like to see you plain with emotion more now since you are getting more comfortable with the features also let the pose speak, everything must click together in a piece to make it really solid and make an strong enough argument that gets your point across (whether that argument its a feeling, a situation, a mood or a character its up to you) also hands can be very VERY expressive use them to your advantage to pull more leverage in the piece, keep it up i love your line ots so loose and pretty!

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    another long period of nothingness but anyway here is something I just finished-ish.
    3+ hours
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    very nice traditional arts :-) keep posting

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    Hey, thanks for the tip! Your sketchbook is AWESOME! I'm amazed and motivated by your skill! I'll definitely follow your progress. Thanks again!

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    oh this gon be gud... improving good.

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    More nothingness b/c SATs, APs, school, LiFe D:
    anyway, quick little mother's day thing. there are some problems with it, but I didn't have the time to fix everything...
    also my first time using pastel pencils (and they are amazing)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clu View Post
    another long period of nothingness but anyway here is something I just finished-ish.
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    I love how graphic and simple this is, and yet still manages to capture a feel of volume. This is really nice.

    I'm new here and could always use some advice / criticism. Feel free to take a peak at my sketchbook if you have the time.


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    more gesture stuff. this time digital and slightly quicker.
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