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    Niiah Sketchbook - My Journey To Mastery!

    Hey Everyone! Looking foward for any advice or criticism that anyone has to offer!
    I'm going to be posting most of my studies here, so any input would be really appreciated!
    Main goal of this sketchbook is to push me out of my confort zone with the criticism! so yeah, anything really is of great help!
    My Main Personal goal is to make a living out of art!

    Thanks for passing by! Hope you have an awesome day! lets keep improving mate! haha
    The following image is a Master Study!
    Cheers!
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    Here are some of the recent studies that i did!
    Some still life paintings
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    From here on are a few faces from Photo Reference, took around 30min to 1h each
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    Here are some drawings from imagination without reference
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    welcome! would love to see more

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    Studiies From Today!

    The studies from today! the first four was about 30 min each, the last two took a little more than 40min, was already pretty tired so kinda slowed down the pace.
    Really enjoyed painting the one with the window reflecting her face! even spended a little more time on it hahah, the reflection gives a different vibe to it, pretty cool stuff!

    Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!
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    Hey Man! Thanks!
    i had just posted some more, i think it was been accepted by the admin

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    No problem Great start, I see you love painting and it shows, but I did notice some proportion and structural problems in your works, so you might want to try to try some exercises that would help to alleviate that. I'd say focusing more on actual drawing than painting would help. Get that mileage in. Work on some analytical type drawing that focuses on depicting form and try to do some value studies if you must paint so you're not as distracted by color and can just focus on tones and edges. ctrl paint has some great exercises for blend control.

    here is an example of what i mean by structural problems. just some quick things to point out, but generally speaking, you lose sense of form. you've flattened out the face which is a very strong tendency most of us face when we're first painting. notice that the references head is tilted to the right while yours is seemingly facing us. you've made the nose much smaller in width as well. the eyes have no eyelids, nor feel that spherical in nature (in large part because of the eyelids). the neck is too wide and doesn't depict the column of the trachea. spend more effort at the beginning, measuring more accurately to train your observational skills, or diving things into shapes so you can train your ability to see in masses. the colors you use are also too saturated at times. spend some time looking up color theory videos and find out why this is a bad thing. for painting you need to depict planes and edges better. the clothes and hair violate the forms underneath by not adhering to the surfaces underneath.
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    try to ingrain cross contours into your regular sketching habits. it'll help immensely.
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    Hey Desquolor! Thanks for commenting man! i do need to work on the proportions tho, but right now i'm focusing on getting the feel for light/shadow and color, i'm purposively starting without a drawing and going straight to the paint and then getting the masses of paint in, also i limited those faces to 30m each to make me get a feel for the whole image instead of getting bugged down on details.
    i'm trying to get better at the saturation level too! haha good one man, i'm not good with faces that use almost no saturation, the girl with blue eyes was hard ;/
    i'm definitly going to reserve some days to just drawing tho! and going to start using contours as well! gives a really nice 3dimensional vibe to it! Pretty fun stuff!
    Thanks man!

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    Studies from today!

    Did some Master Studys of faces and bodys trying to understand better color and values, and the last one is a Painting from imagination!

    Thanks for Visiting! Have a nice day!

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    And this one is from imagination!

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    Studiies From Today

    Some of the studies from today! Really getting into paintings that use most low values! pretty neat stuff!
    The first girl looks to be painted so simple, but it is pretty detailed, at least the face, her look is pretty penetrating! wanted to get that look, kinda got it but need to get better, learned a lot from her!
    Does anybody know the artist from the second painting the warrior? Really want to look more of his stuff but don't know who it is! ;/
    The light going through the third painting clothes was pretty fun to paint too, going to try in one of mine!
    Thanks for looking! Have a great day yah!


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    I think your main problem is values, do some value studies, consider the light source when studying
    in the last image where a face is in complete shadow, it will still catch light from the environment, so as you go down it will become darker, so the bottom plane of the nose will be darker

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    Thanks for stopping by my Sketchbook! Amazing sketchbook you've just started yourself! Super promising already! I'm amazed at some of your rendering but it does look like you are more in control the fewer details there are. Don't be daunted and just work at your studies in stages. Try and start zoomed out all the way if you don't already. Then zoom in little by little so you're not tempted to work the details in too early. Looking forward to seeing your evolution!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vodka0021 View Post
    I think your main problem is values, do some value studies, consider the light source when studying
    in the last image where a face is in complete shadow, it will still catch light from the environment, so as you go down it will become darker, so the bottom plane of the nose will be darker
    Hey Vodka! thanks for commenting! definitly doing some value studys soon man! going to put more awareness on value too! thanks man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiapar View Post
    Thanks for stopping by my Sketchbook! Amazing sketchbook you've just started yourself! Super promising already! I'm amazed at some of your rendering but it does look like you are more in control the fewer details there are. Don't be daunted and just work at your studies in stages. Try and start zoomed out all the way if you don't already. Then zoom in little by little so you're not tempted to work the details in too early. Looking forward to seeing your evolution!
    Hey Tiapar ! Thanks for the tip! going to be starting open farther away to not get to details too soon! Thanks!

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    Studiies From Today

    Pretty tired today, to the degree of not going to paint, but got some paintings in

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    Studiies From Today

    Hey There! did some practice from imagination today, some resistance to start, but it turned out alright! hah
    wanted to practice some different type of light on the first one
    the second one i started with the intend to paint what the third one is looking like, but just when i started i kinda saw a face on it and started painting it!
    so i just continued exploring what it could turn into
    and the third one i think you can guess who it is haha
    Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

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    Heya, cool seeing some master studies being done. It's an amazing exercise. Not only will you practice how someone paints, but you will also dive into another artists way of idealizing and their personal aesthetic. It's fun! You're mostly picking the right hues, but you tend to make them way too saturated. Most people tend to not saturate it enough, and I find it going too saturated and then desaturate as you need is easier than the other way around. I would also pay more attention to the underlying drawing, getting the likeness better. Sometimes they tend to look a little bit wonky, the ear of that girl with the rose in her mouth is especially low. Another thing I think you can pay more attention to is that there's too much contrast. Specular highlights is one thing that I believe you're overdoing. If you look at the masters paintings, very few of them have that really bright little point of specular highlight. In the french woman with feathery outfit, the highlight in the eye is too much, and generally the jump in values from light halftone to dark halftone in the skin is too high. The values in the master copy is much more contained and subtle if that makes sense. Something practiced at ateliers a lot is the concept of squinting (and elsewhere I suppose, but I never heard it before attending one). Simply squint with your eyes, that way a lot of detail gets fuzzy and disappear and is no longer distracting and you'll have an easier time judging the values.

    For your imagination work, that girl with red scarf and blue shirt with the light from top down, the lighting situation is very similar to the master painting of that old man, so there's a golden opportunity for you to apply what you learned in that one. Clearer shadow shapes around the eye would be one of the things i'd change. I would also remove that inner corner highlight you have going on, as well as darken the white parts of the eye and perhaps darken the specular, if not removing it entirely or having it at the bottom of the iris instead of the top. She would get some bounce light from the surface she's supporting herself on, again, don't overdo it. Bouncelight is usually very overrated, as you can barely see any in that old man portrait and it's something everyone overdoes.

    I hope you don't mind the long critique, keep doing master copies and imagination pieces and apply what you learn.

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    Uiriamu: Heya! i'm for sure overusing the highlights and saturation man, need to put a break on it, its just that,, , i need tha coloooor you know hahah, going to focus more on that! Thanks for pointing that out! i already knew about the squinting techinique, but i didn't used at all, gonna start applying it!
    I for sure do not mind the long critique at all! Really appreaciate you taking the time to write it man! Thank you!
    Every little critique is appreciated! I Really want it to improve!

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    Studiies From Today

    Going to start to practice Environments for awhile, first time really practicing them so bear with me ahah ;/
    i'm practicing from photos, the first one did it yesterday! the rest is from today.
    i kinda started to get the hang of it at the third one, there's some things that you paint that really gives the environmet that "solid" vibe and its easy to paint, for example paper.
    Need to learn better techiniques and tricks to paint backgrounds, if anyone has any advice on doing them or knows about a cool video that could learn from it i appreciate!
    Using the polygonal lasso tool is also a great help, and starting from the things that are behind first and them painting the things that are in the front is pretty handy too!
    Thanks for visiting my Sketchbook! Happy New Years! and Have a great Day! or should i say year?! hahah


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    I like how you do highlights. It's unusual and looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyhugger View Post
    I like how you do highlights. It's unusual and looks great.
    Heya Bunnyhugger! Thanks for the comment man! I was needing such comment tho! You Rock ! hahah
    going to look around to maintaining that unusual look and improving at the same time man!
    Appreciate! Have a Nice day dude!

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    Studiies From Today

    More Background practice and made a sketch today! kinda of random, had lots of fun doing the clouds! Clouds are just,,, awesome!


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