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    Red face Ethnax's Sketchbook

    Since I have neglected my sketchbook on my old account for an appalling amount of time, it's probably appropriate to start a new one. I'm only just beginning to find time to make art regularly and I want to improve as much as possible before applying for university next year.

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    Any feedback will be very much appreciated

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    To start, here's a mix of things I've done recently.

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    Finished off an oil painting today, quick Thomas Cole value study and ballpoint pen sketch. I forgot how fun ballpoint pens are to sketch with, I'll have to buy some more
    I'll try to take a photo of the painting in better lighting tomorrow.

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    Very strong stuff! Are those initial studies from life or photos? Going to be keeping an eye on this sketchbook, looking forward to your next uploads.

    What are you planning on studying by the way?

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    Thanks Braydan
    The studies are from photos, with the exception of the pastel one which is from life.

    I've been trying to figure out what to study for years. I'm being pushed towards 3D Animation at Hertfordshire, although I've little experience 3D or animation. The course looks great though. I've also been looking at illustration, graphic design, game design, special effects, etc. I'm horribly indecisive. I'll have to go to some open days when I move back to England.

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    Tried out a mirror self portrait today to practice colour and drawing from life, which are my weaker points. I think I failed a bit with the colour and value, but my observational skills have improved a lot since the last time I tried a self portrait. Learnt a lot from this one.

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    The self portrait turned out nice. I don't know though if the face is this long, or if it is a bit stretched.
    Other than that, great job for a from life study! Do more and you will improve gradually.

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    Thank you very much
    I do have a fairly long face, but I see what you mean. I probably misjudged the angle of my head.

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    Wow! I love your work! Your profile pic and portrait study are especially good. I'd recommend you to study different types of faces (male, fat, thin, etc.) to diversify and have a little challenge. Other than that, I think your drawings are very strong and will definitely watch this sketchbook for more

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    Thank Hanabrya! It's definitely on my list to get more diversity in my art.

    I haven't done nearly as much as I had hoped to in the past few weeks, but here's a couple of sketches and some life drawing/painting from a class I took a little while ago.

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    I'll post all my studies once I've scanned them.

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    DAMMMNN!!, nice to see such talent from a fellow londoneer. I don't even have any constructive criticism, EPIC portraits man, so much emotion in them, seriously everyone of your portraits conveys an emotion that i can feel, especially the red one and targeryen, i wanna see more keep it up.

    P.S can i just ask (and you dnt ave to answer if u dnt want to) what university did u end up going to, i am applying for uni next next. And what sort of work do they look for in a portfolio, do you mind looking thru my sketchbook and tell me what i can work on to build a good portfolio for uni, i literally have only a year, is that even possible?

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    Hi Ethnax,

    Great sketchbook so far!

    The control you have over your linework is impressive and your digital work is coming along nicely. You captured a great mood in your self portrait, though it would be great to see you take a digital piece a bit further in terms of detail and overall finish.

    It would also be nice to see a few more pieces from imagination along with your studies.

    Keep up the good work, it would be great to see more

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    Nice work, especially you digital paintings, I like the use of color in them. keep up the good work !

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    CGsupreme: Thank you!
    Mothman: Thanks! I'd also like to see myself take a digital painting further, but I find I tend to second guess the basic composition and values, so I end up giving up on most of them before I get to the detail. I've included some stuff from imagination in this post
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    Gesture drawing is something I really need to work on. I have quite a few pages of them, but they're not at all worth posting. The eye and the girl holding the eyeballs are a combination of markers, pastel and pencil, it's quite a fun medium to work with.

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    Thank you for your helpful advise Ethnax.
    By the way congrats on getting accepted into Ravensbourne, it is a great place to study. yes they all seem to want art diploma for some reason, even if your work is good enough to go straight to degree level.

    I am doing an access in illustration this year, looking to go Hertfordshire next year to study game art. So I am gonna try to cater my portfolio relative to that. You know what i have a problem with variety my self, i need to work on that especially with environments, this something i purposely try to avoid at all costs and still lifes...i will work on that.

    carry on creating good wrk, I am going to keep an eye on this sketchbook, hope to see more.

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    Your portraits are amazing! No advice over here, I'm still a beginner, just wanted to say I really like your stuff.

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    nice!!! I also like the portraits! they are great!

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    BindyMac + Casben: Thank you!

    Here's some stuff I've been working on recently, just experimenting with different techniques. I might try to do smaller updates more frequently from now on.

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    Figure drawing from today

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    Quick value studies of Pierre Auguste Cot and John William Waterhouse and a portrait from imagination.

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    Some more master studies for Level Up! and a WIP

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    Your sketchbook is beautiful! I love it!

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    there is some nice work in here. The portrait with the flower over your face is stunning from the neck up. You painted in the collar bones without quite enough analysis about where they go. Take your fingers and feel where the collar bone starts and where it goes to. The answers are right there on you. I would also take a look at how Sargent handled collar bones as he does a great job of painting where they start, then kind of hinting where they go and letting the eye fill in the rest. You are excelling at faces, which is a huge challenge for many, and must get your hands and figure to that same level.

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    Great updates, looking forward to seeing more!

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    So nice updates here Ethnax, I like the balance you keep between working digital and traditional.

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    Really nice! Keep working on the anatomy studies as well!

    Slow progress, but progress nonetheless...

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