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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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    I won't be able to finish my entry for this weeks CHOW so I thought I'd upload the work I did do for it here. He was going the be a bear man ^^
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    On a side note, this sketchbook has gotten me a commission! So yay!

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    The portraits are looking good! For anatomy, you should check out Figure Drawing for all it's worth by Andrew Loomis (that's if you haven't already ) and Constructive Anatomy by George Bridgman.

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    A small backlog of pencil sketches I've been doing using pose maniacs and photos
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    One of our two chickens was taken by a fox over Easter so I've had to spend more time with the remaining one to stop her from getting lonely, so you get chicken drawings.

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    And a random portrait drawn from my head which watching TV.

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    My graphics tablet stopped working for a while so I did a lot of sketching on paper, now my tablets beack I've gotten to drawing, but now the scanner has conked out so my pencil sketches will have to wait.

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    I've been playing with poses and quick sketches, and then trying to give the pose more character.

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    WIPs from this weeks CHOW

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    Portrait from memory. It sucks. Majorly. But learning!

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    You are off to an excellent start! Your portrait looks good! An upward turned face can be particularly difficult, but I think you did a great job on it. It looks like you are doing the right stuff with your figure/pose studies, just keep it up and keep posting!

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    @chevy Thank you so much. It's been difficult not being in education and not having someone always on hand to help out, but CA has definitely filled that gap I feel, thank you for the feed back

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    I resurrected my scanner.

    Some blind contour portraits. I wasn't going to include them but the made me laugh so much and they are fun to do.

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    Then some quick pose sketches, 10, 15, 30 seconds.

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    And last a doodle memory drawing which I took a stab at some rough colouring.

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    nice to see you improving! and you're improving nicely with your digital painting tought i'd give some critique, for all it's worth

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    Attempted something a bit..cartoonish.. I guess. Playing around with brushes mostly. Some things are off but I lost commitment to this drawing quickly.

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    And some subtle pose changes... I wanted to attempt to teach myself some animation practices but I lost confidence in what I was doing. I will try again and hopefully achieve something bolder next time.
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    Chicken!

    Hanging out with cluck-buck some more. We are getting her a new friend on Monday and then a second companion later next week. So I guess that means there will be 3 times as many chicken sketches... I would highly recommend drawing chickens, because they move so quickly, you have to rely on your hand and eyes being fast at getting down your first impression. I think I may just enjoy drawing the chicken too much though...

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    And a quick painting of miss cluck buck.

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    lookin forward to more awesome chickens. Your first portrait has the proportions misplaced- more self portraits required

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    nice sketchbook,
    I like the last picture, cool chicken...

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    Noticing a theme yet?

    So I know there are some anatomy issues here, but I'm not skilled enough in my mind to be able to recognise them and correct them. One day though A year ago I never would have attempted a pose like this and going by her right arm I can see why. No reference here, but I'll probably look at some later see if I can pin where I went wrong


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    i *think* that the arms look alright really- if anything id say the connection of the arms to the main trunk of the torso might need a tiny correctment but i do not think it to be way off!

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