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    Hey thanks a ton Kimonas! I took your advice and cooled down the planet and the background, and I think it made a big difference. I've heard people say that your "playtime" should be no different than your studies or serious work. That the people who are the best, don't have time to worry about if they're good enough or not; They're too caught up in enjoying their work to let any of that matter...
    So try not to agonize over anything (I'll try not to either), and just enjoy it! It makes you better anyway.


    Here's the NASA color-sketch-painting WIP, and a little sketch of a girl.
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    I went to a park and sketched some chickens the other day.
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    I know people don't usually post videos in their sketchbooks, so I'm doing this in hopes more of you will do the same.



    and here's the finished sketch (or what it is after I ran out of time.)

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    Just looking at these wonderful sketches, motivates me to want to work traditionally more.
    But, I would like to see a digital work, and see if its really true that someone who's been working more traditionally can do something ten times better on digital.

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    Thanks EnemyDesigner!
    and hell no it's not true. lol I wish people would stop thinking of them as so different. If you're good you're good, digital or traditional doesn't make too much of a difference. I think all of us should try it all. I love working traditional because it's fun and challenging and it just feels special to me for some reason, and I would totally recommend it to everyone. Its really not that scary. It feels good being able to take a sketchbook somewhere. And yeah, I know I can take an iPad and do the same (and I've tried that) but I usually just get frustrated with it. I love digital artists just the same though, I only don't use digital more often myself because:
    1. I can't afford photoshop (tried GIMP, didn't like it)
    2. I'm spending too much time trying to learn traditional stuff right now.
    3. I'm just bad at it.

    I think just having a little wacom tablet and stylus kind of sucks (which is all I have). If I had a big Cintiq, I'd be hooked I think.
    But I need to start doing more digital work anyway if I want to keep up with any of the guys on here. It's so much faster. And in the professional world, I don't think they care at all what you use as long as you get it done on time.

    Sorry for the rant lol. thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it.

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    Here's another little watercolor sketch video.




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    Sorry to bombard everyone with videos, I just really enjoy making them, and they're so easy to make. I feel like it makes me focus harder when there's a camera on me.

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    This is a little watercolor/ gouache Still Life from last night. My wife set it up, so there's some stuff I wouldn't normally draw. But I like that, it's more challenging I think. Name:  Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 1.45.55 PM.png
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    Some random sketches from the week.
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    This is a WIP. It's taking me forever, I guess I figure if I take my time and try to solve every problem I run into now, my next painting will go faster.

    So this is the almost-finished Tonal sketch, so I can finish the Color sketch, so I can then start the final painting.
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    Its looking good man - I think you have to rim light the scout and some of the rocks to make the image make sense - otherwise it looks stuck in there ....but maybe you are yet to do this and havent said anything

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    Hey Daniel =D I have a tiny tablet (4x6") and I really think digital painting opens up many opportunities not available to traditional. But I'm also horrible at using traditional medium and I believe traditional artists who can create as good, or better than digital art are more skillful than digital artists. because there aren't any shortcuts or undo buttons and you have to really thing about your brushstrokes. and if youre good at traditional you can become great at digital super fast. But I think I wouldn't have developed as fast as I have if I worked primarily traditionally either. I mean you can whip out studies in like 15minutes. Sketching traditionally will always be my favorite though
    You should try Krita, it's free I think and Ive heard good stuff about it

    Something that I think could help your art improve is if you pay more attention to negative/positive shapes while sketching traditionally. because I think some of your forms aren't correct and/or are stiff so paying attention to that might help get angles more correctly or create a more interesting sketch

    and I feel like your watercolors aren't being used to their full potential because it's very sketchy and glazed. Maybe you could try painting over the works with more opaque strokes and concentrate on the forms surfaces. Have you tried markers? I think they are very fast and you have to be decisive so it could be a very useful tool for on the go, or even graphite is a cool tool to get good gradations

    your tortoise sketches are so cute.. I have a "wild" turtle living in a tiny pond by my home.
    It's very refreshing to see someone who works with traditional medium often =D.
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    Interesting sketchbook! I always like to see some drawings/sketches done in location Something I should do too, but I'm so shy!
    This really motivates me to try harder, thanks for sharing your progress!

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    Sorry for the late replies,


    Thanks for the feedback @kimonas I always really appreciate it

    @Minella Thanks! and I'm incredibly shy too. I'm usually hiding in my car when i paint on location because I don't want people to see me lol. I tried painting in a restaurant once and almost had a damn heart attack and the painting turned out terrible. But if you do get something good out of painting on location, it's incredibly rewarding and makes your whole day. I highly recommend it.

    @tetherball, I know my stuff is pretty stiff, and I'll work on that. I think my excuse for the watercolors being "sketchy" is because I only really do them on small breaks from work. So i'm very rushed whenever I'm using watercolor and I never really take the time to fully render anything in them. But I would love to go more opaque and I think it would make a big difference. Also, I don't want you to think I don't like digital art. I love it. And I certainly am not arguing against it at all. I use it occasionally too, I think it's very useful.



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    Foliage is a mean old bitch.

    Here's the finished tonal (which I did digitally by the way @tetherball ) for a giant commissioned oil painting I've been working on since for-fucking-ever. Hopefully it will be done in the next few weeks.
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    These are pieces of the drawing that I transferred to the board I'm painting on.

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    I finally finished the cornhole board. Kinda sucks that I did this huge painting just so people could throw stuff at it lol. but whatever. Its 2 by 4 ft. So its really big. I think i'm pretty happy with how it turned out though. There's a lot I probably could have done better, but overall its okay. The pictures are really rough though, I'll have to figure out how to photograph stuff a lot better and I'll probably take more after I varnish it.

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    Damned fine work sir - well done, the patience and planning paid off

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    I loved the still life drawings !
    Keep going

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    Beautiful work on that last piece. I'd get multiple coats of varnish on that asap to keep scratches to a minimum.

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    Thanks kimonos, vini, and Pixie Trick! @Pixie Trick, there is tons of varnish on it now, so hopefully there won't be any scratches

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    here's some fashion sketches. I don't ever do these, so I think its probably good practice. ignore my notes, they're not an attempt to teach anyone but myself lol I always need advice on my people, so if you have any...

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    here's some recent sketchy stuff.

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    Great stuff man! The rover painting turned out awesome!

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    I love the traditional stuff. I'll agree folliage is a pain, but the plein air still turned out lovely. I also like the gas pump watercolour, or is it goache? The mushroom huts! They could be in a Dr.suess world .

    For the figures, they're already good, you definitely have an eye for faces. But if you want to push them a little more if they look flat you can learn more about gesture landmarks and construction. The usual spiel I'm sure you've heard ^_^. Nobodys perfect though, I need more movement in mine.

    For example the lastest lady, her torso looks a bit thin and short (3.5 heads instead of 4). With her being that thin, I assume in the ref there were hints of her illiac crest, clavicle, bump of her ulna and humerus, ribcage, and in many female cases her belly with a little bit of fat below it. While this might look like detail, the ribcage and pelvis are part of the construction and make it look more 3 dimensional. Also land marks help determine porportions.

    Also for more gesture its all in exaggeration, forshortening, and weight distribution. For the blond bikini girl, her right arm could be foreshortened and bolded with a thicker line to show where she is in space. Her scapula might have been showing so you can indicate that too. For the sunglasses girl is her hand on the table holding her weight, or just gently placed on it? For more on gesture, mattesi's force is good or you can look at sheridans animation student drawings. You can also do a light structural underlay with your pencil to determine how everything rests in space. Structure books depend on personal taste. Loomis, bridgman, hampton, hogarth, etc.

    Sorry if that was a little long, but I'm glad to be of service if it was any help to ya!
    I could learn a lot from your paintings.
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    @Dragning Thanks! I've been keeping up with your sketchbook too and its awesome!

    @Inkem, wow thanks! That's exactly the kind of criticism I'm looking for. I really appreciate it. I'll work more on the gesture and construction points. I learn lots of anatomy and then I don't draw people for a long time and it just goes away. I'll revisit all those landmarks because obviously I need them... I think my stuff is really stiff because when I go to draw a person I start thinking "oh my god oh my god i'm drawing a human. don't mess up don't mess up." So i get super tense and rely way more on measurements instead of expression, weight, construction etc... Anyways, thanks! And yes, the gas station is watercolor and a little gouache mixed in for some details.

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    Another break-from-work watercolor.
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    Here's some figure drawings... i did one of those Croquis cafe videos. I decided not to pause it at all and when my time was up i had to just start the next one. So i did all the marker while looking at the model which was either a 1 or 2 minute pose and then went back after the video and added all the pen from memory. some of these are really painful to look at lol. But I think it was helpful.

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    I'm just a total beginner, so take anything I say with a grain of salt, but going through your sketchbook was absolutely delightful! It's motivating and inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    lol thank you! @olimardoesart I will take that with a grain of salt


    here's a little gouache sketch while I was waiting for my wife to get off of work.

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