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    i have just discovered rackham and the other 'golden age' illustrators. I think you fly their flag wonderfully. The coat piece is utterly exceptional. You make me want to and get my pencils out! keep up the amazing work.

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    Thanks for the comments! You guys are too good to me

    Anyway, I haven't done anything in oils in, well... forever. And I think my ability to work with colors was getting rusty. So, I've started copying a painting I like that's got some very subtle coloring. Sorry for the crappy photos.

    Here's the original by Harry Leith-Ross:

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    My first stopping point - the ochre background is just covering up an old painting:

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    And today's stuff:

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    I haven't been working on this at full speed, but it's kind of nice to do a little bit each day.

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    Wanted to congrat you on your two Spectrum 14 entries! Consider me a real fan of your work - always good!

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    evil bluefooted, luring me here with the promise of boobies in the thread title.

    Your Harry Leith study is turning out good. I sense a slight difference in saturation between the copy and the original but it's close to perfect otherwise.

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    PatriciaS: Thanks! It was probably a fluke. Or maybe they were serving free alcohol during the judging

    Wasker: Sorry about that. I'll try to stick some boobies in here somewhere...

    I see what you mean about the differences. I think most of that is just due to my crappy picture taking methods. And some of it is that I haven't got all the painting done on those barns yet. Thanks for the comment.

    Alex Alexandrov: Thank you!

    Here's what I did today:

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    Oh, how I hate snow! Still working on getting the tones right - there's a lot of really subtle variation that I don't think I've got down quite yet. The bizarre brown smudge over the barn is not actually a toxic gas cloud, it's just a lighting artifact.

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    beautiful stuff Blue. You really should update more often to satiate my need for looking at purdy pictures.

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    Woo! Done. It's not great, but now I know I can still paint Sorry for the bad picture quality - looks slightly better in person.

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    Lovely work. I have been admiring for a few days now. I'll be back when I have more time, but let me just say... wow.

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    Well done on the study, it seems to be slightly more saturated than the original but that's not necessarily a bad thing, the more orangey hues give a better sense of a low sun IMO.

    p.s. good luck in LMS

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    wow, wonderful book. Colours and linework particularly astound me. Really great looking at this work, everything here looks like it was fun to do: makes me want to draw and paint and not care what the result looks like. Don't know if this the way you go about these, but that's what I'm getting from them.

    This has most likely been asked before, but I'm too lazy now: how much of what you do is traditional and how much is digital? I can't quite gauge, your work as a very unique quality in this regard.

    lovely book, will be dropping by more frequently.

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    BohemianChaos: Thanks! I'll try

    Euthyphro: Cheers!

    young paddy1: Hello, nemesis

    I think that's mostly due to the camera - the actual painting looks a little less saturated then the photo, which is also a problem, but oh well.

    Brendan N: Thanks for the comment. Yep, that 's basically what I do, which is bad. No one should do it - it's a terrible habit.

    As for what I use: almost all my lines are ink on paper, using either a crow quill or rapidographs. Most of the stuff in here is colored digitally (PS), but there are a few watercolors too. And some oils.

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    you have such a beautiful style! i really love the animal dress woman, especially the tigers inthere. Very personally, i think the stars got just a bit cluttery but nothing to worry about at all. I'm also impressed by how well you are doing with oils and the style you are working with, its looking great! you nailed the cold feeling. keep this mother updated, we want more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefooted View Post
    Brendan N: Thanks for the comment. Yep, that 's basically what I do, which is bad. No one should do it - it's a terrible habit.
    Not caring about the result you mean? I don't know, I find my best work comes out when I don't really care, when I don't have some preconceived idea of what it MUST look like. But that my well be due to the fact that I rely on happy accident because I suck too much to to it properly haha.

    On the media: I think you've found a great way to deal with your media because the integration seems seemless - apart from some obvious I can't quite tell where the traditional ends and the digital begins, so well done there .

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    I'd just like to say, you have an amazing SB. I admire your style--it reminds me heavily of my favorite turn-of-the-century illustrators, which I'm sure you hear a million times. But it's true!

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    awesome painting man.on the snow some violet shades woulds have looked nice.and some yellowish shade pn the highlighted part too. I can sense some of these in the original painting. Just some silly suggestions...but who am I to talk , your stuff rocks.

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    bluefooted - On page 9: Gorgeous pic! The general aesthetic, linework, animals, mood... All really wonderful. Her hand anatomy seems somewhat uninformed, and my eyes keep coming back to them after visiting the marvelous dress. They actually look better in the sketch to me, albeit rough. A small bother in a beautiful pic, but it felt worth mentioning. You must be a fan of Lukavi's... I get a strong parallel vibe here. Great job!

    Lovely reproduction of the barn painting... Wow, I wanna be able to do that!

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    Blueberries, redberries, and blackberries with a dash of polar bear essence washed down with liquid sugar powder.

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    gunnarsson: Agreed about the stars - I tend to go overboard on details (see below). Thanks for the crit!

    Brendan N: Cheers!

    idoru: Thanks! That's quite a compliment.

    bhanu: It looks a bit warmer in RL, though that makes the 'yellow' look pink. Oh well Thanks for the comment!

    William b. Hand: Thank you very much! Yep, hands are one of my weaknesses. I hates them. And, lukavi is indeed awesome - I'd buy a book of his stuff if it were for sale.

    Vulgar`: Okay, you!

    Alright, I haven't done much that I can share recently. Here's some linework for the latest ChoW - a total pain in the butt to do with a tablet.



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    I love your style... delicate, rich, superb linework

    and the super-dog on page 1 is sooo funny !

    In the last CHOW : shouldn't the Herald have a shadow on the ground?

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    nice style, the b/w stuff lookz fantastic.

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    Vorace: Well, maybe my character doesn't cast a shadow Nah, I'll probably add one eventually.

    zweiDee: Cheers!

    Some coloring. Probably not enough to really show, but what the hey!

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    Good work with that master study, yours came out a little more sculptural than soft around the snow - not a bad thing at all though! Nice Chow too, I'm really impressed with your patience and skill drawing all the fiddly stuff with a tablet. The colour is looking very gouache-y, can't wait to see it done

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    Awesome colours as always, enjoying the sort of subdued palette you got going on there. One tiny crit on the sketch - he looks a tad off balance. Not sure if that's intentional or if I'm not seeing it right though.

    Enjoyable as always - thanks for sharing!
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    Nice ChoW!!! I don't know how you do it...your style is so lovely.

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    Done and submitted! I hope my character enjoys the ass-kicking he's about to get



    Now back to LMS3...

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    ooooouu, very nice.

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    Absolutely love it Erin! I'm such a fan of your work as it seems to come so naturally to you (except when there's a moggie about ) If I had a samll crit, it's that he's a little bit 'floaty'. It's mainly to do with the foot closest to us I think, and the hard edge... but this may just be me.

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    Really lovely !wish i didnt have to be up against you in LMS!

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    I'm happy to comment in Blue's book

    Fantastic stuff, I'm trying to do my best Agent Smith and steal your abilities for my own.

    *staring...studying..*

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