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    Dina's sketchbook for y'all to enjoy

    Hey there, I'm a very lazy art student from Spain. I'm not exactly sure where I want to take my art yet, but I love graphic novels and painting pretty girls in pretty dresses.

    I'm 18 years old right now and I started painting last year but since I'm lazy as hell I might have done like twelve unfinished paintings in the full year. Now I'm trying to learn the basics of color theory and anatomy.

    I've been sketching in my class notebooks for a long time but only began to take art seriously as a career last year. I'd like to focus on learning proper anatomy.

    Please critique me so I can improve my skills! Be ruthless!

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    October 2014 update: Wow, so much has changed about me. I am a professional illustrator now, and "lazy" is the last word I'd ever use to describe myself. I guess something clicked along the way.

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    Getting to know that strange thing called "texture". Apparently, every object in the world isn't made of the same stuff!
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    Two color sketches, the first one from imagination and the second one from a photo reference.

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    Here's some 90 second poses and a portrait. She looks a little sick, I suck at painting skin Back to the apples and oranges.

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    Cartoon versions of the Flashman and John Carter covers. I think everybody should put a little Flashman in their lives!

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    You really have some great sketches, and good eye for color and form. great start to your sketchbook, looking forward to see more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin J Intarat View Post
    You really have some great sketches, and good eye for color and form. great start to your sketchbook, looking forward to see more
    Thanks Martin! You got me motivated to draw more sketches!

    I tried the 60-second poses after I noticed I always got a few seconds left on the 90's. Bad idea, these are so hard! How do people even manage with 30? Am I putting too much detail into these? Too little?

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    Hey again Dina! Love that Flashman drawing. It's funny seeing that cover together with John Carter since Flashman's such an anti-hero. I've only read the first book, but my brother's a huge fan of the series and is constantly updating me on what trouble Flashy's got himself into this time.

    Oh and there was something I forgot to mention in your Crit thread - your issue of "dirty" skin comes down to low saturation in the midtones and shadows. Light skin is partially transparent, so as light travels through it we can actually see that happen from the exterior, and it creates a warm orange glow. It's called subsurface scattering and it's the same effect that you see when you hold your hand up to a bright light and the skin between your fingers glow orange. In the context of painting skin, that means you want to add a bit of orange on the terminator line and warm up the shadows a bit as well. (Here's a tutorial with a lot of great tips that also has a quick illustration of this point in particular: http://androidarts.com/art_tut.htm#hues )

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    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    Your issue of "dirty" skin comes down to low saturation in the midtones and shadows. Light skin is partially transparent, so as light travels through it we can actually see that happen from the exterior, and it creates a warm orange glow.
    I honestly thought everything in shade should always be super-desaturated. I watched in awe as my skin gained a third dimension with the orange glow and the saturation! Thanks for the explanation

    I have a long way to go before I can paint skin that looks natural, but I think today I gave a step in the right direction. I should probably start studying fabric too...

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    Funnily, light skin is usually most desaturated or cool in the lit areas. In outdoor settings in particular, the lit areas of skin with take on a bluish hue (except when in direct bright sunshine), but we don't notice it because the values are so light. Also keep in mind that the color of skin changes depending on how thick the skin is and what is below. Fleshy areas (like the thighs, upper arms, stomach and hips, cheeks, butt, etc) will be warmer and have more saturated terminator lines than areas with bone directly beneath (like back of the feet and hands, knees, elbows, forehead, etc). Varying the color temperature throughout the face and body can really help make the figure feel natural and organic and less like a doll with a rubber skin that's all one color.

    Here's a post by James Gurney about varying the color temperature of the face: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.nl/200...s-of-face.html He's just talking about the face there, but it's the same general principle behind varying the color temperature of skin throughout the body.

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    First of all thanks for the good words that you left at my sketchbooks ^^ .
    You have a really good looking sketchbook. I really like the digital painting from imagination of a blonde girl. The painting has a really pleasant mood. About the female head you tried to paint. Don't expect amazing results in the beggining, skin colour is a really tricky matter and it takes time to start getting the right colors without color-picking them from the reference. I would advice you to keep drawing fruits and vegetables but try to find images that have more than one dominant color. (For example your first study has only red color in it. find ones that have more colors). You said you're an art student ? If so i gues that you should have classes in traditional painting, which helps A LOT to get a good understanding of color.
    Oh and when you're going to do a painting of a human or whatever but especially in portrait paintings you should really focus on having a really good linework, so that you focus on the painting itself rather than on a lot of things at once.
    And if you really really want to become an artist one day, don't ever stop ! And know that - work hard because somewhere, someone works harder than you, shoot for the stars.

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    ivan4oto: Thanks for stopping by! I had traditional painting classes last year but I'm ashamed to admit I mostly wasted them. When I arrived on the first day I had never picked up a brush before and everybody else had been painting for 5-10 years. The teacher simply ignored me for the most part and spent all her time with the most advanced students, and I was too shy to interrupt her to ask for help. We switched teachers midway trough the year and the new one was much more helpful though. Next year they're going to ask me to paint live models with real paint and I'm really scared, I barely managed to pass last year and I don't want to waste the classes again.

    I'm going to so some still lives from life tomorrow with real paint, which I handle a lot worse than digital. Let's see how they turn out

    Dierat: Here's my new attempt. I think this one looks a little more natural. I want to really thank you, you have no idea just how helpful you're being! I know it's far from perfect but a week ago I though this level of "realism" was actually years ahead of me

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    Shoulder to the wheel, my friend!
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    The attachment's not showing up for me D: And no problem for the info; this is the kind of thing that I wish people talked about more often. It's easy to get anatomical critique, but color is harder to get a hold of for some reason.

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