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    Learning to Paint (Critiques welcome)

    Hi!

    I'm a 3D animation student trying to teach myself how to draw and paint. When it comes to working with volume and colour in 2D I'm just fumbling around with no direction. Hopefully I can change that through practice.

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    I did some quick studies.

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    I had way too much trouble with this portrait. After a couple hours of work it came out looking terrible. I feel like my quick studies always turn out pretty well, but when I sit down to fully render an illustration it comes out looking like this!

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    I'll be reading a few Loomis books for the next week.

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    After reading a few Loomis books and drawing heads for the past week, as suggested, I sat down for a few hours today and gave painting another shot. I feel like the more time I spend on a painting the worse it gets.

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    I did a few figure drawings today. The centers of gravity look a bit off, but I think I'm doing alright at capturing the poses now.

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    Here's a few 30 minute studies from "The Strain". I think I can paint fairly well now, I just really need to work on my figure drawings.

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    Hey there Jander, nice start to your sb man. Painting just takes practice, years and years worth of it lol. If you want some more feedback on your work, then you should comment on other sketchbooks as well. Keep it up man, and post more of your work including your 3d work.

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    Thanks! I'd like to comment on other sketchbooks but given how new I am to all this I'd probably be giving out some pretty bad advice. Haha. And I realise that I'm going to have to put a lot more of time into getting better, but I'm not quite sure how exactly to go about practising. I don't feel like I'm taking much away from these coloured portrait studies. Any ideas on what I should be doing?

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    Here's a few more studies.

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    Hey Jander!

    I think the best strain portrait so far is the first one. the values seem more authentic, perhaps less dramatic than the second or third. Using more white value would help the image "pop" a bit more, I think. It can be difficult to get values correct for color images, though. I recommend doing some grayscale studies; I've heard it helps with color in the longrun!

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    Hey Keyboar!

    Yeah, I'm having way too much trouble getting the correct values in these paintings. Would you recommend mixing paint together on a colour palette of sorts, or is just using the colour wheel fine?

    I guess I'll stick to doing grayscale stuff until I'm more confident.

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    First off, keep practicing. You're doing a good job!
    Secondly, don't be afraid to push those values, make a clear distinction between light and dark. Not everything has to be as soft as possible.

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    Thanks Grafguy! I'll try to work on that.

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    I tried to do a couple loose sketches but they really didn't turn out well. I really need to work on getting the construction drawing right before I start painting.

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    Hi Jander.
    Really good studies so far, keep it up!

    I would recommend you pay more attention to the edges in your studies however, your edges tend to get
    messy and blurry. Even in quick studies you should really be conscious about your edge control. Try to make them sharper around your focal areas.
    And for your poses, try not to worry too much about the outlines in these quick ones. Think more in terms of masses and flow.
    And always do stuff from imagination after the studies, that's how you learn. You have to apply it, or you simply forget and your studies won't pay off as much. A lot of people seem to forget this most important step.

    Anyways, you're doing a really good job, I'll be waiting to see more from you
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    Hey Matija5850! Thanks, I'll try to work on all that, especially my edge control.

    I haven't done much in the past few weeks so I'm a little rusty. I started off my day with a few Loomis and Reilly studies, followed by an attempted portrait painting. I tried to create sharper edges but as time went on the painting became more and more of a blurry mess.

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    Here's the portrait

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    I did a couple more portrait studies. I think I'm actually getting worse. Ha

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