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    fionkell's thread - 9th May

    Duuuun-dunn...Duuuuun-dunn...G'day there. I'm Finn.
    I haven't been on this site for a few years. It's time for me to come back, I think. Looking forward to exploring all these new faces' work, and record my own progress in building a new portfolio and honing my skills after so long stagnating. And maybe making some friends

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    Here's some more polished work from recently. Some of these were done with a theme used from a list from a random 30 Day Drawing challenge (which I am slowly working through). Others are longer one-off illustrations with the occasion fanart for fun.

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    I thought I would add a few of the rougher digital studies I've done recently-ish as well.

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    I feel like I have to go back to basics and start from the ground up, properly. But where to start?

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    Moving the rougher sketchbook stuff down here since it's technically more recent. Here's some pages from my little sketchbook, I bought a 3-pack of those small grey Moleskine cahier journals a while back:
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    As you can see I noodle a bit too much in the sketchbook, I need to get back to making finished work, something solid. And, you know, have a good portfolio to back it up!

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    Hi fionkell

    Your line art is very smooth. You seem very confident with characters! Have you tried doing more still life and landscapes?

    You have a very distinct style in your colour palette. Perhaps you should try experimenting with more unusual colours! It would probably bring out something different.

    What references do you use for your beasts? They look awesome.

    Lovely work

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    Hey Finn! Some really good work here - I especially like the enviro studies!! Keep it up!!

    "Figure drawing prepares you for painting at a high level" - Jeff Watts

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    Top quality studies! I see your lines flow really good, congrats! I`ll keep an eye here.

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    Hi Finn. Hope you stick around these parts. Your stuff is great to look at. Your finished work is already impressive and will just get better with work. As far as critiques go, some of your pieces look a tad flat and slightly muddy, and it's keeping them from really popping. Maybe some value and color theory studies would be helpful. I'm not in a great position to give much advice, but it's something to keep in mind.

    Overall really great work here.

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    Hey Fionkell,

    Ill be talking about this image down there. Cool pose, and i like how the chains are drawn. I think what you could improve here is the contrast and rendition of the materials, specially the fire, it just takes a lot a way from the picture, study how fire looks, render it well so it looks like actual fire, I think if you redo the fire part on this drawing its gonna be way way better as a whole. Other than that, i think you could make that statue look more like its made out of rock, or concrete or whatever. That texture you are using is not very convincing. Hope it helps.

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    Hi Fionkell!

    Thank you very much for visiting my sketchbook. Your advice is very useful.
    Your sketchbook is wonderful; you have no trouble with drawing from what I can see, well done on that.
    The strongest pieces here for me are the compilation of environment studies and the 'something orange'
    pair of converse. Here you have a great range of tones and colour that just pops out. I feel like that is
    missing from your character paintings.

    I'll be sure to keep visiting your sketchbook - so keep updating!

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    Sensational!
    Just great pictures all round.

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    sweet stuff

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    Buxu, krowthorn, Darkstrider, _Quasar_ thanks guys!

    Saf~ Thank you. I try and study a bunch of different types of animals as well as people, bit of a fan of comparative anatomy. It helps a lot when trying to come up with a new kind of creature. I definitely need to branch out into landscapes and the like though, I seem to have stayed in my particular comfort zone unfortunately.

    Grumpysaur I think you're right, one of my weakest points is definitely colour and value. It's easy for me to get stuck into line drawings but as soon as I have to take them further it gets messy haha.

    The Jeso Thanks for the critique! It's been so long since I've shared anything for real critique that it's refreshing to hear some I was hesitant about posting that one actually as I did it back in July '13, but there's definitely more I can learn from its mistakes. Hopefully I can give Ghost Rider a better portrait one day. With the chains I cheated and used a custom chain-shaped brush (I think the brush head is the shape of two chain links that join together neatly when you paint a line in PS with it), time-saver

    CarmelW Definitely agree. I'm not sure what it says about me when the one I'm most proud of at the moment is a painting of some old shoes but there's something I can take away from that eh.


    So - I've decided to knuckle down and really do something. I feel like I have always half-arsed everything (not just art study) in life and my brain has finally snapped, I'm sick of the apathy in myself and at the many missed opportunities and lost connections. I've never really tried, and damn it, I am going to do this. I am going to get back to basics in three focus areas (and salvage my career aspirations!):
    1. Constructive drawing and figure study
    2. Composition and perspective
    3. Colour and Lighting


    Trying to develop some basic structure for a study plan is proving to be a little difficult today. My old attitude of "hurf durf do studies or whatever" needs to be replaced by something a little more constructive and focused, but without sacrificing opportunities for fun and stoking rather than killing any creative passions too.

    I'm attaching these two pics, originally wasn't going to but I figure these will be the last drawings I post before jumping headlong into this challenge of mine, they can mark a waypoint. The first one is a snippet of something I started out with enthusiastically and then have just been grumpily meandering about with (still like the original skull drawing though). Second is some warmups from my little sketchbook (Kaijuuuuuuu!).
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    P.S. I promise to never write so many words again, hahahaha

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