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    Selling Soul For Improvement

    Hi guys . Just a little about me: I'm 16 years old and interested in creature design, specifically. However, I enjoy all other aspects of design too.

    I'm here to try and improve, so don't be put off by the god awful first posts . Any tips and crits welcome! Try to enjoy my crude drawings.

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    WOW very creative work i like it very much.

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    Your line confidence could use some work, rather than piling line upon line try to keep your lines smooth. Your stylization could use work too, but I'll chalk it up to these being doodles rather than serious sketches, and as you said, everyone's gotta start somewhere Keep up the work man.

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    Thanks a lot for the feedback, Kanda!

    Just a quick update, a few more doodles and some very quick sketches from Bridgeman. Quick question regarding studying things, should I be reading every word on every page and copying the images? Or should I be skim reading, getting the basic context and sketching a few of the images?

    Also, very first Photoshop painting, obviously not finished haha! If anyone could give me some tips when it comes to painting in Photoshop, that'd be a big help!

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    Just another little update! WIP of Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers. Oh, how I wish I could give her the beauty she deserves ;~;.

    Still hoping for some answers regarding my last post!

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    In regards to your question I would recommend taking notes of what you need to know from the book while making studies, that way rather than pore through the book looking for the information each time you'll have the important information that you need annotated in your sketchbook. This is just what works for me though:

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    This is a page from one of my sketchbooks. However I would like to point out that everyone works differently, you may find that taking notes doesn't work for you and that's okay. It's really just a case of trial and error to find what works for you

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    Again, thanks a lot for the help, Kanda! I'll be sure to check out your sketchbook tomorrow morning. I took your advise and started to take notes. I find that getting the basic context helps then doing a few studies.
    I'll put those on the in the morning when I can be bothered to photograph them...

    As for now, a doodle of a boat that turned into... well not a boat. I'm going to try and work on it soon. Again, any tips for Photoshop or crits would be appreciated. As for now, i'm tired and going to bed.

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    Hey everyone.
    Here are some pretty quick anatomy studies from yesterday. Didn't have long because family were coming around.

    I also tried gesture drawing for the first time today. These are at 60 seconds... They were pretty hard at first and I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be getting down, but by the end, I started to get used to it a bit more.

    Finally, there's 3 sketches for my 'final design idea' for my mock exam. Any crit regarding them would be super helpful. The second one, I think her jawline needs to come in a bit and I don't particularly like the last one, the middle creature is waaaaaaay off. Also, which design do you think I should use?

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    Welcome! Keep nailing out those anatomy drawings. Keep measuring and looking.

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    try to avoid symbolism too. look at each part of the subject one at a time.

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    Hiya! Nice sketchbook, you are definitely on the right track. Keep pushing those studies and keep posting!

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    Agreed with those before me: Great stuff so far! As for Photoshop tips/painting advice; Think of the large areas first, details come last. Pure white and pure black should be avoided, there thousands of grey in-between you can use. Paint with big brushes -at the beginning there's no need for any special brushes whatsoever, the basic round ones do just fine until you get a hang on it. And it's probably best to fill the whole canvas with some base-color before you start, that way you'll avoid white patches.
    Value is key here so it's best to practice shading first. Keep posting!

    Please take a look at my Sketchbook! <- Comments are highly appreciated and returned C:
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    Just keep drawing, just keep drawing, just keep drawing, drawing, drawing!

    Your poses are quite stiff at the moment. Try doing some 30 sec posemaniacs -- it'll encourage you to just get the lines down without fussing over them, and it'll train you to see gesture in shorter times. It's really difficult at first, and you'll feel the results are *awful* at first, but you'll get used to it. It's actually pretty fun to do.

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