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    that's a cool idea for the costume on the first char. i'm trying to work on costume design bleh

    i forgot if i commented on your fanart painting but i would block in the whole bg and stuff before finishing the character.

    and about copying photos, i would try and render out more of the parts that were contrasty...it looks too much like a photo if it has a lot of white in it. this is mostly a crit for the kill bill one (which looks absolutely great btw)...esp on the arm and maybe rendering out some darks in the nose a little bit more.

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    Update 08-22-06! (not destroyed by WoW just yet!)

    K, so world of warcraft hasn't eaten ALL my time XD and I have some updates...

    Thanks for the comments, HPslashluvr! Costumes/clothes are hard for me... especially men's clothing. I need to dig through my Vanity Fair mags and do some clothing studies. I'll try to keep your other tips in mind, too!



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    Hand studies cuz i can't draw/paint hands
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    wow the last portraits are really cool! you improve really fast! keep it up

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    The self portraits are smooth. Much better than I could do with acrylics!
    The portrait of Nicole Kidman seems to have too much black in the shadows? The right (my right) nostril is pretty wonky…does Nicole Kidman really have a nostril like that??? Her hair is awesome, especially her sideburn above the right ear…the color is right on.

    I think that if you want to do anime that it could be greatly improved if you apply some of your life-drawing skill to it.
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    (c): The portraits are old, actually, from 1-2 years ago ^__^. Thanks for commenting!

    Nyx: Yeah, I had to use 2 brushes at once, one with paint and the other was rough and dry to blend. In the source picture, Nicole Kidman's nostrils are different sized... Ref at the bottom.

    Erm, I actually want to move away from anime style, but I'm not sure how... I should try Loomis maybe? I also have this huge disconnect between my observational drawings and stuff from my head, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. Um about the hand, I don't really get your draw over. There's a foreshortened forearm there. There's a reference photo for that, too.
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    Ohh..... I didn't know that was a forshortened arm. Well anyways, that bone is too low don't you think?

    I am glad you are trying to progress away from anime. I comend you for your decision! Loomis is a great choice. I would highly recomend him; thats who I use. What I do/did is draw exacty from his images and then after a couple of drawing I would test my self by seeing how much I could remember without looking at the book. Maybe this will help you?
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    Hey there spiffy, I have to say, your portraits are very strong, especially the nicole kidman one. I'm a sucker for anime myself, i just love stuff like hyung tae kim's, but I agree with Nyx, glad your working away from it, i tend to use hogarth more than loomis since i have some of his books, i'd also recommand him alot.
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    Nyx: Ooo sounds like a good idea! I really want to try working with a ground so i can put in darks and lights. It's more painterly that way. And yeah, I made the arm curve down too much T__T.

    Madcat: Thanks! I've been working on portraits the longest...which means everything else is pretty crappy. I've borrowed a book from the library that has some wonderful figure drawings in the classical style. I hope that will help, too.

    Here's another portrait painting I'm working on. The mouth is messed up. I'm also trying to make it look a bit more painterly than I've been doing before.
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    Well I can tell you really want me to post in your sketchbook so I will.

    No on second thought I don't think I will.
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    The portrait does look more painterly. Good job! what brushes were/are you using?

    I think the mouth is odd because it looks like a front view mouth on a slight 3/4 face. If you get the right (my right) side of the lips to bend around the face more it may fix it. This is one of my problems....it's so awkward.
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    Hi Spiffy,
    Nice sketchbook! I like your studies and the progress you are making. Keep posting!
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    Nice work your doing spiffy, i realy love your paintings.
    Hey thats Seshoumaru from Inuyasha, ha, cool!
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    of course, makes sense then, protraits scare me i never know how to start them. glad you found the book, now you need to study your heart out haha. good luck
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