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    Good stuff that last one is really nice I especially like the foreground stuff in it. When you say you start in B&W, multiply layers, and add color with curves, can you explain how to do that?

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    @Eriboss: Thanks ! I'm feeling the life a lot more now that I've switched to Photoshop - good stuff. PS really used to confuse me before though...

    @Alday.J: Julien, what no chicks today?! , talk to you later. With love from America - Tom.

    @Asgardian: Eep! Tut... tutorial? Really, you like the second one? I think I hate it - just so ... I dunno formulatic? Learned some goodies from it though. Hey, I put together a .PSD for a friend of the a pic a did today (the third one down) from just about start to finish, mainly to show use of layer methods etc. Give me a shout and I'll send it your way too. Might be of interest and could keep you satisfied until I think I'm tutorial worthy.

    @DieOxin: Hrm, attempted a brick wall today - just like, basically a texture. It was horrible. I'll have to try again later - in a more natural setting. Detailing isn't exactly my strongpoint - neither is focus haha. Yarr! Treasure island matey!

    @Rodrigo:
    Yeah, top of the hill gave me some trouble, thanks for the advice - that would have worked much better. Now, you love this thread?! I love your thread! Much respect man. Where do I study? Well, mainly CA.org - But offically I take a few art classes just about every semester at a local community college. Oil painting this summer actually, I'm pretty excited. Where do you study?

    @Pennington:
    My pleasure dude, anytime you know!

    @evildisco: HA ! Hey, when do I get to see more colors out of you?

    @Ham-e:
    I didn't say anything about curves - don't understand curves at all haha. Lately I've been starting with a black and white abstract blob/scribble. Working that into a decent comp - half abstract and half "something". Work that a little more in black and white to get the basic values down - then hit it with a multiply layer full of color. Usually this color multiply layer is a bit darker and less intense, no it is darker and less intense that I want to go. This leaves me plenty of room for higher values and saturations. If you read above, I mentioned I saved every step (every layer) from one of the paintings below into a resized .psd - if it will help just give me a holler and I'll send you a link to it too.
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    Here is something I thought might be cool if more people did in their sketchbooks; I'm going to start posting a cool link or two I've run across that you guys might also find interesting/informative/inspiring. Always art related of course -

    Drawn! Really cool Illustration blog - all sorts of good stuff and constantly updated. I check it every couple days and find lots of great material and inspiration.
    http://www.drawn.ca/

    Akida's Blog: Wish I knew more... I think I got this link off of Prometheus|ANJ's website. Some really good stuff, just a warning however - not exactly kid-friendly if you know what I mean.
    http://akida.freedomclan.net/
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    Still having lots of fun in PS - fleshing things out program wise. Finally got my tablet set up how I like it, alt as one of the buttons on the stylus so I can eye-drop quicker. Starting to get a better feel for the brushes and using them specifically.

    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    Blah - don't really like this,
    was trying to figure out how to do some of the more drawing style things I used to do in painter.
    Moderate sucess - ugly picture.

    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    This was kind of fun!
    Not too fond of the composition - like the colors though.
    Dull blue things in the back were supposed to be ... ruins - like Angkor Wat or something - failure.
    Made me do the last piece I'm going to post however - a building !

    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    Working on what I don't like about these lately -
    I think it was just overly textured - no rest area or something like that.
    Got some good cloud ideas from this one. Ugly comp ...

    This one was done for a blob idea I cooked up in the doo... thread (check the Sketch and WIP section).
    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    Kind of fun ! Better sort of drawing technique that I was talking about above.
    Here is an animated .GIF to show the blob and final:
    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    This is actually pretty close to how I start most things.

    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    Decided I needed to do a building - checked out some references on Angkor Wat before I started this one.
    If you don't know what that is, do yourself a favor and google it.
    Started with a b&w sketch and worked my way up.
    Pretty happy with it, as I haven't done much in buildings, might pick it back up tomorrow.

    Cheers !


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    Man, the last one blew me away!!! Fukin love it

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    Inspiring textures man!

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    Last'n is gorgeouso!!! very sunsetty feeling, though the water is still a bit textured fo' my tastes. =)

    Keep it up dood!

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    tee hee, nice set of colours again, but!! you should have worked more on that building picture.. I want to see some fine renderings.. you know what I mean right? I really like the gold looking decorations though, very nicely done... No idea how you do it so easy... damn... anyways... keep going with it.. chat on msn! cheers

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    Sweet set! Thanks for stopping by my SB! I think the second is actually my favorite.

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    great update man, i love the buildings but to me personally i wasnt sure about such shiny highlights because it looks cloudy out there, so yeah, i still really liked the way you had the swamp in the foreground- keep up the great work!
    oh, and im studying at a local art school here in sydney.

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    woo, sweet building! i was gonna suggest you do some buildings before i just forgot. heh. rest of the paints are cool too. nice idea bout the sites too.

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    The last one is very pretty .. a few things bother me though ..
    First the perspective on the water is a bit off .. it seems to be rising on the page as opposed to being flat in perspective .. I dont know if thats a good explaination ..
    Secondly .. the water has tooo much texture especially at its edges .. i think the further back you go the edge line between shrubbery and water should be more defined ...
    Finally .. the building standing where the main doors are .. on the left side of its structure has no detail .. i thought at first, it was the lighting but the building on it's left has full detail .. it sort of distracts the focus between the two buildings ..
    Other than that .. i love it .. going to try out the same thing in painter .. And I still have NO idea how you go from grey blob to colour rendering .. OH and LINKS UP THE BRUSHES !!!

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    You should have always used Photoshop...everything on page 4 of this thread is amazing...I really like the one where "you" are lying on the ground..seeing a tree rising far into the sky. What makes those photoshop paintings so great is your combination of brushes that provide texture and those areas that are more flat. Thus you create contrast in various ways...by light and dark, by blurred and sharp, by textured and flat, be saturated and low intensity areas.

    amazing.

    well keep going.

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    Wow
    Fantastic SB
    Love your texture,and colors
    Good Job man

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    @Kian3001: Thanks dude! I've got to do more buildings, still thinking about working on this one some more too.l

    @GrooverMcNab: Thanks dude! Been enjoying your sketchbook lately by the way.

    @PixelDragoon: Yup, you're right - didn't think it would matter, should have softened up the water.

    @Bumskee: Cheers mate! I still need to render out that building and start some more. Thanks as always for the push! "No idea how you do it so easy..." I wish it were easy! And I have no idea how you do it so easy!!

    @Cup_of_Joe:
    Thanks! Second one? I still really like the colors but overall it has something that bugs me - same as a lot of these, still trying to put my finger on it.

    @Rodrigo!: Mm, good thinking on the shiny highlights - I'll have to keep that in mind. You go to Ashtons I bet huh? Lucky bum... Would be cool to hang out with all you guys there. Cheers!

    @Pennington: hehe, don't forget next time! I hope the sites idea catches on, be cool to see what others have found. Seems maybe a little too bloggy though. Talk to you later dude.

    @DieOxin: Thanks dude, good catches - the whole thing is poorly constructed , horizon is still probably crooked too haha. Definetly should have looked twice at the water texture and edges, thanks! Brushes? They aren't mine, they are my good friend bumskees - I asked him and he said within a couple of days he will have a brush pack up on his sketchbook; so be sure to check that out. (PS brushes).

    @Litkey: Haha, as much as I am enjoying PS - Painter still has it's uses. I actually started out long ago in PS and was so very very confused. I've learned many many valuable things in Painter and I'm not sure I would/could have, at least as easily in PS. This is your 1st post? Crazy! Oh and, contrasts - very very interesting stuff and I think a key element in a good painting. Check out the king of this sort of thing: Richard Schimd.

    @Elnady: Thanks! Keep stopping in
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    To those of you who asked - Bumskee has been nice enough to release a brush pack for PS. Check his sketchbook in a few days or so. Now quit PMing him about it

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    Lots and lots of great stuff - check links near the top for illustrations.

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    Value studies! Lots of value studies today - haven't had the time or energy for too much personal paints lately, but I'm really glad I took the time to do some really quick value studies. Found a really good brush and technique for them after awhile I think - expect more later on! (Cheers to my muse!)

    Some more time than others - usually like 10-20, at least one or two at 30 maybe more?

    Edit: Not loading properly for me - there should be 14 ... dunno

    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes-http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes-http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes

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    http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes-http://www.livestream.com/tomscholes
    A present for a friend .

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