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  1. #1

    ~The Quest for Improvement~

    Hi everyone! I've wanted to post a sketchbook here in hopes of getting constructive criticism (nd also making myself work harder). Although I have both a tumblr and deviantART, I've never gotten a lot of criticism (as much as I hoped to get!) and I feel really stuck in the area of improvement. So, I hope you enjoy my sketches and please feel free to post criticism, it is much appreciated.

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    Some sketches from today! Haven't drawn a whole lot because it was my brothers b-day today (yay!) These are just some quick gesture-y type thingamabobs. The top two (the woman and the man with the ball) were both reffed, but everything else was done out of imagination.

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    Here is some new stuff for the day! Quick landscape, a rough head study (reffed), and a prize I'm working on for someone on deviantART.
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    Rough WIP of a gift I'm working on for a friend. I know there is something wrong with it, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Any suggestions?
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    More stuff from today! :]
    ...Sometimes I forget to add the hands when I do these imagination gestures lol. These were all done in roughly 30 minutes.
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    Quick head color test. Haircut was inspired by the look my churches' assistant pastor was sporting this morning. This took about 30 minutes.
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    Some color thumbnails...I really need to work on my landscapes. These were about 5 minutes (or less) each I think.
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    I've been seeing screenshot studies all over the place and figured I should try to do that as well. I did use the color picker sometimes to get my colors back on track, but it didn't help much. This was tough! I should try to do these more. Doesn't look a *ton* like the ref....I'll just call this an interpretive study...yeah, that's it...
    Reference is C.A.P from the kpop band Teen Top.
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    I was just about to ask you if the latest one was from a Kpop musicvideo! A friend of mine got me into kpop a bit and I have to admit, it's really growing on me. Really like BigBang's 'Fantastic Baby'. Something I've noticed is that the musicvideos are so insanely well produced with interesting lights and shapes and colors. Definitely worth studying.

    As for the study, the lighting in the original is diffuse, which means there won't be any strong relations between light and shadow which can be tricky. You're off to a good start though. My critique would be to push the darks in the hair a bit more, especially in the braids around his neck. The one's to our left needs to be darker, and the one's to our right needs to be lighter. You've also got some hard edges in the face where they shouldn't be (especially around the lips and nose). See how the red lips really blend together with his skintone in a very soft gradient? actually, notice how soft everything in the face is. Use a soft-round brush and work it some more

    other than that, looking good! keep on enjoying! and welcome to CA!

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    @ DefiledVisions
    I know right! Big Bang is one of my favourites, their videos are crazy, but pretty interesting. Kudos to the producers, they do a wonderful job (most of the time haha!)

    Ok, so building on your advice I went back and touched up the picture using a soft brush. I also noticed a couple of things wrong with his expression and tried to fix those problems as well. I haven't used a soft brush in so long, I'm kind of in awe of the results lol. Definitely will try to use this more.
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    I did these before I tried to fix up the other picture just tryin' to get a handle on using a soft brush again.
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    A couple of bodies done earlier as well while I was playin' around.
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    I've had a really gnarly headache for most of the day, but I think its going away now. :]
    Just now getting in some drawing for the day. Here are some heads to remind me that everyone doesn't look the same haha.
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    Soft-round brush takes some time to get used to. What I find bothersome is that it doesn't give any texture. When working with oils or pencils I find that the softer I try to paint, the more of the canvas/paper texture comes out. When I press hard the lead or paint overrides the texture. Though, maybe it's just me

    The screencap study looks much better now that you went in and softened it a bit. Great! keep enjoying and exploring!


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    @ DefiledVisions
    I think the fact that soft brushes dont give off texture is the reason why I stopped using the soft brushes and switched to a flat, hard brush. I am not very famiiar with oil painting, but I know where you're coming from on the pencil thing. That happens to me as well. :]
    Thanks!

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    Some quickie sketches from today!

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    CA is acting wierd, oh well!
    This is a glass value study I did this morning. I'm not too pleased with the results, but hey, gotta start somewhere.

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    Some reffed landscape studies. Really gotta work on my landscapes.

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    So I've been seeing a lot of reimagined series/characters lately and I decided..hey, why dont I try that? I chose Naruto because it's what got me into drawing, even if I don't watch/read it much anymore. I kinda went for a sci-fi feel, hope that comes across.
    I'm thinking in this world, charka is an energy source rather than an inherit ability that most ninjas have. Only certain individuals can handle the stress of having the energy connected directly to their bodies and those who can take the most stress are the jinchuuriki so they can afford to attach more chakra into their bodies. They are victims of experiments and yadda yadda....I picked my three favourites, and I hope you guys like them. :]

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    Nice job with Naruto Reimagined. I am surprised Saskue isn't in there haha. I thought Naruto was Justin Bieber for a second, the glow on the tails is very nice. Keep it up.

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    Great landscape studies! Middle one is wonderful Keep it up, looks like you are doing the right things.

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    TNiznet: Thanks! Sasuke is actually my least favourite character. I thought about drawing him, but I just couldn't bring myself to doing it.
    JordyLakiere:Thanks, Jordy! I hope I am. Kinda feel like I'm not getting anywhere at the moment, lol.


    Slightly nervous to be posting this now, as I was just trying out the technique you used in Art Stuff Ep. 11.
    Tried the tree...
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    Then I tried it on a face which was pretty hilarious to look at for the first 15 minutes of the painting. (This is one of my characters btw.)
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    Study of Diego Velazquez's painting "Portrait of a Man"...well, part of it anyway.

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    And then I went back to touch this up a little bit because the values were bothering me. I think it looks a bit better now.
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    Edit: Whoops forgot these movie gestures. :] There are roughly 76 I think? I'm not sure if I miscounted or not.

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