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    Darkstrider's digital demesne

    Time to start my sketchbook..

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    Done in PS Elements using an extremely limited palette - right up until the end it was only burnt sienna, raw sienna, ivory black and titanium white, but then I added a couple stronger colors mainly just for the gloves. Got the extremely limited palette idea from Mark Behm. I pulled the colors from a Dick Blick page of oil colors and pasted them onto a separate image that I used as a palette.
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    Trying out the attachment manager - not sure if that's what we're supposed to use or not (I've seen conflicting instructions on the matter).Name:  Cyborg.png
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    Ok, seems to be working. Guess I'll do it this way.
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    Very cool love the women happy to see someone do strong ones instead of vulnerable.

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    I like the fighter studies!
    To improve at gestures I'd really reccomend checking out Proko's videos on youtube, he really explains the concept properly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avon View Post
    I like the fighter studies!
    To improve at gestures I'd really reccomend checking out Proko's videos on youtube, he really explains the concept properly
    Thanks! Actually I just looked at some of his vids last night in preparation. Discovered from some CA thread of course.

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    Very cool love the women happy to see someone do strong ones instead of vulnerable.
    Thanks! Yeah, I dig the strong ones too. Well, I guess it shows, huh?
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    Here's what I'm currently working on:

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    And yeah, I know - I'm breaking the cardinal rule of never emulating Frazetta. Screw it - you can't stop me!

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    Gestures

    Guess I ought to be posting these here too - gestures from Quickpose.com -- yesterday:

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    And today:

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    Self-crit --

    1) I'm getting over the terror that grips me when I first start this - I guess just familiarity does that.

    2) I seem to be trying to do contour more than gesture.

    I think it'll help me a lot to now go back and develop a couple of these farther - maybe as a contour sketch and then a more fully developed sketch. Plus maybe afterward try another gesture, with no time limit. Hopefully this can help me understand the difference between contour and gesture.
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    One of today's gestures (I somehow missed uploading it earlier, even though it was my favorite)
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    Sketched up in greater detail, using a Derwent water soluble sketch pencil
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    Then worked over a bit with a water brush
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    And a bit more for final
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    its funny how you draw those shaky unsure lines and in the end it still comes out right. interesting to see this unusual style, at least to me. in no way bad, just i'm not used to this personally. actually its been a long while since i saw it... thats paper right? digital artists train to draw straight firm lines. nevermind the comment, was just my inner monologue out loud

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    Thanks Bringer. None of it is intended to just be random wobbliness - the bumps and humps are supposed to be (somewhat exaggerated) indicating actual shapes on the body - muscles and bony parts. I'm kinda overdoing it though, I know - trying to draw pretty loose and fast. I figure as I get better and get more control over the pencil it'll hopefully stop looking like hand tremors or something and start to look right.
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    2 more, also from today's gestures. Not nearly as successful - it's like it's a performance art and sometimes you just can't get into the groove properly.

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    It probably doesn't help that I keep working with unfamiliar materials and techniques too. But I want to get used to fast techniques like wash. Though I think an actual watercolor wash would be better - this is hard to control.The 1st one was rough and then I hoped I could do it again without the searching lines etc and make it look good, but I lost my concentration, or just got tired of doing the same image again.
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    I love that water brush effect. It's funny how that treatment gives that image a sense of movement even though it's a static pose. Nice work.

    Then worked over a bit with a water brush
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    Thanks pindurski! And you picked my favorite version - I think I took it a bit too far after that.
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    Today's 20 gestures from Quickposes.com:

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    Watched a couple Proko vids on gesture again - think I need to re-watch them every few days for a while, I'm picking up aspects of them I hadn't noticed before.
    Did most of these @ 45 secs. My lines are getting smoother and Im starting to find the big sweeping gestures (sometimes) - hopefully after a while my accuracy will start to improves.
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