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    My Funky Sketchbook (learning digital painting)

    Here is a bunch of stuff I am working on in a neverending effort to make better art. Mostly ideas for paintings & figure drawing practice in here.
    Going to work on keeping this more current.

    Questions, comments & crits are welcome
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    Nice lines! All I can say is keep going mate!

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    The bad and the ugly

    ...And let me say right off the bat that I just assume replying to my own sketchbook thread is the way to continue posting to it. If not, somebody please hip me to the correct procedure.

    Also, Q. what is the quickest way to find my sketchbook thread when it is not near the top of the sketchbook list, like it is right now?
    I'm telling you, I'm new here. I know almost nothing,
    soon I will know nothing, but I'm still working up to it.

    OK,
    Messing around with a Wacom tablet and Painter9 last weekend I managed to spend 3+ hours on two drawings that look like they took about 10 minutes each, at best.

    Exhibit A
    I had The Cave in the DVD player and spent a few minutes making a crappy sketch of one of the heads on the movie menu screen.
    maybe if I had watched a better movie...

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    so many problems...

    Oh, but I was just getting warmed-up
    for this:
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    the pose is based on some gal from met-art or femjoy (thanks figure drawing refrence thread).

    I am particularly disappointed by the clumsy transitions from contour lines to areas of value. Trying to get the volume and shading on the front leg, thigh and back and the areas of reflected light in the shadows actually drove me to drink.

    In my defense, this was my first half-assed attempt with the tablet, I completely forgot to use layers in the image (that probably didn't help me any), and the only brushes I used were the pencil, eraser and blending stumps.

    I kept working on the second drawing long after The Cave and special features documentaries were over and I was aware of the hissing audio behind the menu screen looping over and over again.
    I got to the point where I would draw in one improvement, blend it out, and try to get it back by erasing... which worked at first, but fter a while it seemed like I was slowly deconstructing everything that I was trying to build.

    I cant remember anything about The Cave except what the creatures looked like and that almost everyone died. I think I expected it to be complete crap and nice background filler while I was working, but it might have actually been entertaining.
    I'll have to watch it again, without drawing.
    and I'll have to get on the tablet and do some drawing again without a movie playing.

    But anyway,
    I'm sure I'll figure out what all I'm doing wrong slowly and painfully over time, any crits, tips, advice, links to tutorials etc. are very welcome.

    Thanks Y'all
    G'night
    -NA

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    Awesome hand and foot studies. Keep it coming.
    !darkchild!

    Feel free to checkout my work:
    darkchild's sketchbook

    Don't forget to visit the Critique Section!!

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    Thanks for looking in darkchild.
    I checked out a bit of your sketchbook as well, very nice.

    I've been collecting quite a few images of similar female subject matter for sketching as well (not quite as 'racy' though). I'm more interested in getting the variations on the anatomy down and a little less concerned with how hot they look.
    Lately I've been looking real hard at pics that show definition in the connection of neck, collarbone and shoulders - just trying to figure out the nature of the way things work.

    Aint nothing wrong with hot chicks, don't get me wrong, but the main thing is creating that illusion of believability on the page, and learning the anatomy.

    - still a bit self-consious about working on drawings of a nekkid figures where someone might look over my shoulder.

    Anyway, more pics coming soon, some abstract sketches I worked on yesterday and I'm putting the finishing touches on a couple of oil paintings as well.
    ...will post

    -NA

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    Thanks Chandan,

    -took a quick peek at your sketchbook, keep it up!
    and keep reading that Loomis too.
    It's good, and good for ya,

    -NA

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    The feet look great. What I think happened with the head was you forgot to sketch out the big areas first, like you did with the feet. You went right in to drawing and that is why the proportions, shadows etc don't look right. Maybe if you tried to break the head down like you did the feet you'd get better results? I'm no expert, but that what I think...

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    a strange thing happened...

    Jackwhat: Thanks for the advice and tablet tips. I'm gonna try messing around with the opacity. And good point about not posting without art. And big thanks for the link!

    Sochap: You are so right. Need to concentrate on measuring accurate proportions first, regardless of the tools/toys one is working with. Great observation on your part that I had totally missed.

    Amazing how you can practice doing something and then immediately forget to apply it.
    sad, sad, sad,
    ...must remember to think before I draw, at least for the representational stuff.

    Here's a thing I've been working on for the last couple of days.It started as an innocent line based abstraction and I just let it build itself. I figure I'll do a couple more like it (based on line drawings that is) and use 'em as something to practice in Photoshop and Painter with.
    It's a little different.

    I'm thinking a good tentative title might be:
    "Hole Nosed Ghost of a Wet Fingered Hot Foot with Smiley Face Mask"
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    Looking at it scanned I'm already thinking it might be more interesting with one big 'eye' showing through the holes in the head instead of separate ones...
    anyway, it was fun, and a nice change of pace.

    anyway, thanks for looking,
    peace out
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    I've got a couple of oil paintings in progress, and i dug up some early photos of them.
    I've been painting on & off for years but these are the first serious portraits that I've attempted of people I know.

    charming daughter:
    (eyes a bit too large and too far apart)
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    lovely wife:
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    I notice that her shirt got a little higher around the neck in the painting,
    ...prude that I am.

    What are those geometric lines all over the place? I had been reading about ways of finding the "golden mean," in squares and rectangles, and figures out what is most likely a simplified version to try on both of the canvases. The golden mean is an classical method of dividing up a picture plane into harmonious 'ideal proportions.' I have oversimplified my definition and my attempt at measuring it out.

    I just wanted to try to place the figure on the canvas in some kind of organized manner, not looking off center, to high, too low, too small, etc.

    Now all I've got to do is finish them up
    ...and post 'em.

    -NA

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    Crazy cool feet mang. Keep working on your faces - they seem to be getting pretty accurate, and the eyes are always a bitch to get positioned correctly. Good rule of thumb - the ends of the mouth'll line up with the mids of the eyes. Of course, that's from a dead on view, but you can compensate for turned heads. And don't be afraid to experiment with fleshtones when you paint - the beauty of oils is that they can best replicate the translucence of flesh. Use more reds. Color of blood. Nice little trick is to always put some red at the end of the nose.

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    Really good improvement here man, can definitely see some progress on the faces, theyre coming along. Keep it up =)
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    Whew, its been a while.

    I had some time yesterday to work on my daughters portrait, here are a few in progress shots, and what is almost the finished version:

    This is where I started from:
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    the photo that I am working from is black and white, and I had it in mind not to do a full color portrait, but something mostly monochrome, in sanguine/reddish browns black & white.

    Step two: after working up the hair and the background I took a look at a John Howard Sanden painting video and mixed up a little bit of 'flesh tone' ( cad red light, white, yellow ochre, and a touch of viridian), tried it on the neck, and it got way too intense.
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    It made me think of doing the whole thing in more natural colors, but I'm still not going for it.
    The light was a bit funy when I took the pic. Some of the browns got washed out.

    This is where I left off:
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    I tried to tweak the placement of the features on the right, the eye and the corner of the mouth need to line up better.
    I ain't done yet.

    Also, here is the finished painting of my wifey,
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    Thanks for the comments:
    Sirio_Brozzi - I got a whole lotta mo',
    Myxomatosis - I took you up on that 'red on the tip of the nose advice, its good,
    katsgod - lately I've been making more of an effort to get the values down better. thanks,

    Peace out,
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    Those oils are very pretty. Don't get bummed about the Wacom, they take a bit of getting used to.
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    the other thing...

    Thanks masterpug,
    I'm gonna keep at it.

    In fact, over the last couple of days I took my weird little 'smiley face' sketch and tried coloring it up in photoshop. I'm pretty unsatisfied with it.

    For no good reason I was really reluctant to use the tablet while working on it. It is almost all done with the mouse. I guess in my mind I was giving myself an excuse for it to turn out poorly.

    I'll have to color it again using the tablet next time, and a little more variation in the colors I choose. I've got to figure a better way of managing the pallette of colors I'm using.
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