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    Lilybet Sketchbook

    New sketchbook anxiety!

    A little on my background first, I have a degree in Illustration but I want to improve my skills more in the direction of concept/game art and perhaps a little animation.

    I enjoy doing little studies and doodles but my downfall is failing to commit to a piece to its true end. So that's one of the things I'm working on along side general skills improvement.


    All critiques and help, red line guides, what ever you have, are welcome. I'm usually aware of whats wrong with a piece and will tend to say so, and I'm my worst critique, so don't worry about upsetting me


    Some sketches I would say are NSFW as they are nudes, but I don't go into too much detail and I don't know how to edit the title of this thread.

    First up, beginning with the awkward first start. A quick study painting from photo reference. Eyes aren't focused on the same thing... oh dear.

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    Last night i did some pencil drawings from an anatomy book, and the woke up this morning to see what I had retained.

    First is a simple pose, I needed to look at some reference for the bent elbow. Second I attempted to put clothes on it and turn it into a person... but she looks a bit meaty...

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    More dynamic pose from photo ref

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    I've never actually done thumbnails before, so here I'm giving it a go. And with colour!

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    There is a Local illustration Competition which I decided to enter. Deadline is June 1st and the theme is Memory and the work should be inspired by Gustav Holst's "The Planets"

    I've been listening to Jupiter and Neptune and I want to base my image off of one of my first memories, which was seeing a deer while Camping with my family. This is my rough first image, putting down colours. I chose a pallet from Colour lovers website, mixed two pallets together and got this nice mix of warm and cool. I'm not happy with the composition...I'm hoping I can get enough detail around the edges so that the eye is moved across the whole thing rather than just in the middle.. all help appreciated!

    Also.. playing with custom brushes and settings... makes painting foliage way easier!

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    some portrait practice today from memory.

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    Hey! Some pretty great stuff here, but it seems like there is a lack in your understanding of form and facial anatomy. The foot on the figure study looks wonky to me, for instance. I'd also suggest working on diversity with the subjects you paint--draw more non white, skinny, young, attractive folks.

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    Thank you, and yes, face anatomy is something i'm working on, going to do some studies today in fact ^^

    And the subject matter is mostly so because deviantart resource photos are flooded with those types. i'll be looking else where for reference... movie stills perhaps!

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    Some sketches and mini paintings from film stills. I started of looking for poses but all the trailers I was watching seemed to have more head shots so I ended up painting some portraits for facial study.

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    Went for a full portrait painting in colour... I learned a bunch in this, but I still struggle with the mouth in this 3/4 view, even with a photo for reference.

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    Good work on the 2 pictures above, definitely an improvement. The skin colour on the picture above is particularly good.
    I'd say you understand faces a better now that you do bodily anatomy. The ones you did from photos looks somewhat better, but still need some practise. Really keep in mind the position and shape of underlying muscles and how the skeleton influences the form.

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    Guess who found posemaniacs... thats right, this guy.

    I love the negative space function, I had some fun trying to figure out where the joints were when I'd finished.

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    A self portrait study today. I learned a lot here. Mostly I learned patience... so much patience.

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