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    Time to grow: Long time draw-er, first time paint-er.

    Hello everyone,

    I have been drawing for as long as I could hold a crayon - but I've never done anything other than draw. My best art thusfar has been just "drawings that I've colored". I'm a decent illustrator, but I feel that my art is lacking, and my style forgettable. In my quest to re-learn everything, I had to throw out all the bad habits I learned by just "coloring my drawings" - it was definitely a challenge.

    I've been using a Wacom tablet since 2001, and I've wanted a Cintiq since the first time I saw one in 2004. This Christmas, I gifted myself a 24HD Touch, and integrated it into my setup. It's taken me a while to get used to the feel of drawing directly eye-hand vs with a tablet, but it's paying off. I bought some videos from Gnomon and really studied them.

    I would appreciate any and all thoughts, feedback and constructive criticism. I am at the very beginning of my journey, learning to paint vs draw.

    First attempt, using Ryan Church's scratchboard tool technique - Corel Painter X3, 1 hour. Film still study, Oblivion:
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    Second attempt, I was reading Gurney's "Color and Light" and decided to do a still life.

    Source photo:

    A photo of the setup, as I started the painting (at ~30 minutes in):
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    And...about 6 hours:
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    I think it's time I move on to something new with what I've learned with this. Going to dig through some old sketches and see if anything pops into my head! I appreciate any and all feedback!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    Don't copy a photo, paint from life.
    See how small my desk is in the above photo? I was unable to paint from life because of that limitation. I overcame that limitation today. My following still lifes will sit on my desk.

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