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  • Paint with a line drawing first.

    44 73.33%
  • Paint without a line drawing.

    9 15.00%
  • Paint in black and white first.

    20 33.33%
  • Paint directly with colors.

    9 15.00%
  • Paint with full values from the start.

    4 6.67%
  • Paint from light to dark.

    4 6.67%
  • Paint from dark to light.

    15 25.00%
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    Aaron's book of DEATH, like um.....lots and lots of girls........Yeah................

    I'm seventeen, a student in LAAFA , NE. It's been a year since I started art. I love CONTRAST in art, and I want to make great images. I am still having doubts about having an art career .

    And yes, i use smilies a lot

    I suck now, but i WILL GET BETTER.

    Put a sexy girl here to attract attention~
    That's done in Photoshop in 2 hours and a half.
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    just finished a form study.
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    Pretty good for 17 years. I guess you will make your way. Keep it up.

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    hey, keep going.
    i'd love to see more of these life drawings of yours.
    maybe a few paintings?
    practice!`

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    Rushlond, a la bapsi, thanks for your encouragements.
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    hey, keep going.
    i'd love to see more of these life drawings of yours.
    maybe a few paintings?
    practice!`
    I plan to learn to paint, but, oops, I still haven't.

    Okey guys, there are some more.

    BRIDGMANS!!!!!!!!!!! Bridgmans is the best, it teaches structures. I hate loomis's cartoony feel.

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    Drawing which absolutely failed, smiling faces are hard.
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    Great life drawings. I'd like to see more studies and some works of your own to see how far you've come. Keep posting. Comment me if u'd like, thanks
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    Hey good start with your life studies. I really should be doing more of them, so well done.

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    Watch your lines! Try and use one confident flowing line instead of scratching or pecking at the paper, it'll seem weird at first but your confidence will grow and it will take you much further than the scratching or pecking. Keep posting

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    thanks everybody.

    SamC: Anyway, I hate lines. I tend to think of object as areas instead of lines. But yes, I should work on my line qualities. Thanks.

    lots and lots of bridgman
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    Keep doing them studies man, looking good.

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    Thanks Maxetormer. Will do that.


    Try to work on line quality a bit, but that's hard.

    Studies>>>>>>>>>>>>>And self portraits. The self portraits are really bad.
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    The longer lines look great, keep try with them and they will pay off. It's hard to break the habit, I know. Your values are good, but on the last picture try using a darker value for the background to make the character pop. Keep it up.

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    Thanks SamC, love your art.

    And yes, I should give it a darker background.


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    Hey dude, some quite neat studies you got going here. I would advice you to post them slightly smaller, would make them look better I think. Work on mi amigo!

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    Mischeviouslittleelf:Yes, you're right. But it's just a pain to scan and resize and ,,,,


    Just bought an Intuos 3. Wow~ After installing PS for three times, it started working. Oops.

    So there are some practices. Sorry for the crappy line quality, will do better.

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    Lots of studies in here too, keep it up!

    One thing though, and people have been saying that before, but: work on those lines! Seriously, the scratchyness is only hurting them right now, a lot of the flow and energy is getting lost. Also lineweight differences are much harder to achieve right now.

    I'd suggest that besides doing the anatomy studies, just practice lines. It sounds kinda lame, and it sort of is, but you need to gain more confidence with them. One thing you could try is to work big, like, on A3 sized paper (makes correcting mistakes easier). Do simple connect-the-dots exercises (with long lines obviously), use your whole arm without moving the wrist too much, practice parallel lines, stuff like that. It'll make drawing that much easier. Also, don't be afraid to make mistakes, you'll make those anyway. You learn more from mistakes than from the ones that turned out well anyway.

    So yeh, work that pencil
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    Some more studies from MMAPhotography

    I think my line quality is getting better.
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    I agree with Yoitisi, practising basic shapes with just lines well help a lot. Also try doing lots of blind contours http://drawsketch.about.com/cs/drawi...ntourblind.htm and try doing them with lifting the pencil from the paper. Keep it up.

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    Thanks SamC, doing that now.

    Here are three studies. Painted in Photoshop. Since my internet is down for about two days, I have read no Photoshop tutorials, no color theory tutorial before. And since I've used color before, this is simply hard. But I guessed I am naturally better at color or whatever, I can guessed the color almost instinctively. Oops.

    My method is super foolish, one layer, one 30% opacity brush with flow and opacity set to Pen pressure. So I just did it again and again and again. Each of them took around 4 hours.

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    looking good, just keep trying to keep your lines nice and fluid. One thing that help me was making sure that I had a nice clean outline before I start any shading, start with your lines light and dont be afraid to erase, even just going back to a drawing and cleaning up some of the lines with an eraser can make a world of difference, keep drawing.
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    Anyway, my line quality automatically improved somehow, just as I was copying Bridgmans' chapter on Rhythm, I suddenly FEEL the lines in the drawings. Well, I should only thank God for that. The pencil drawings have even better lines, maybe I should scan them tomorrow. Here are some quick Posemaniacs drawings.

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    Lots and lots of posemaniacs speed drawings. SPEED!

    Anyway, I am enjoying loose long lines now. Thank you guys for pointing that out. That's very helpful.
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    The pencil drawings have even better lines,//// But I guessed I am naturally better at color or whatever, I can guessed the color almost instinctively.
    Don't get complacent man, no ones a natural and you still have a long way to go The paintings are good but it looks pretty blurry in some places, maybe because of the 30% brush opacity? Or use the usual round hard brush if you're not already, PS tricks won't be the good old hard round brush Urm some places are pretty scribbly, sortof as if you were trying to sketch with colour instead of paint something. Work from big to small brush wise and you won't get that. The lines in the posemaniacs are good, you're not overlapping, but you're stopping and starting, try using one line or much longer lines. Just be confident. Keep it up man you're working hard, you just have to keep that up and be patient

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamC View Post
    Don't get complacent man, no ones a natural and you still have a long way to go The paintings are good but it looks pretty blurry in some places, maybe because of the 30% brush opacity? Or use the usual round hard brush if you're not already, PS tricks won't be the good old hard round brush Urm some places are pretty scribbly, sortof as if you were trying to sketch with colour instead of paint something. Work from big to small brush wise and you won't get that. The lines in the posemaniacs are good, you're not overlapping, but you're stopping and starting, try using one line or much longer lines. Just be confident. Keep it up man you're working hard, you just have to keep that up and be patient

    Nope, I am not complacent, I am just freaked out by my improvement after some long time of no improvement at all. Anyway I am anything but complacent, so much to learn, so much to learn~~~~~~~


    Learned some Burne Hogarth, his book is kinda hard to get used to. Oops, anyway, I think his dynamic figure drawing goes pretty well with pose maniacs. So lots of studies, lots of studies~~~~those posemaniacs are done in 15 seconds mode, CRAZY short amount of time.
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    banana painting from life. Oops, first life painting ever, it is hard. The light is constantly changing, especially the color. OOOOOOOOPS.

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    Nice job on those master studies. Good to see you're introducing another medium too for poses and the like (I should heed my own advice...).
    Anway, keep up the good work!

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    Thanks Mactire.

    Two studies.

    Turner study, took around three or four hours. The way he uses color is amazing. Oops, amazing.


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    Apple study, can't get the reflection color right.

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    hey good studies man ,some parts of your digital studies appear to be a tad blur though . anyways , keep at it!


    btw you spelled algenpfleger wrong.

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    Oh no, I never knew there is a p. OH!!!!OH!!!!OH!!!! OMG!!!!!

    Yeah, they're blurred because they're more supposed to be color studies. When I try to add details, I just feel that I am somehow not able to carry on any further. Oops.

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