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    Hey, all. Well, trying to improve my art skills, so I figured I'd start a sketchbook to get as many crits as I can. So here are some drawings that I did. Most of these are already posted in another subforum, but I'd like to get more crits on them. Let me know what you think. I'm eager to hear all of them.

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    An attempt to apply what I've learned from the above:

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    Also, here are some of my more recent technical drawings:

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    Nice start for your sketchbook, the sketches are ok, looks like your anatomy is pretty good. You starwars ships are freaking cool, looks like you know what you doing in photoshop. I would like to see more sketches that you've taken time on to show your true drawing powers or something like that.
    I'll be back to check on your work.
    "The headstrong may win many battles...
    But only the strong of heart will survive the war."

    There is a tiger in the bathroom.

    Back to the ol' sketchbook
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=73485

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    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=276220
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    These are some sketches I did for a priest character design for a short film project I'm helping to make. For these ones, I wanted to practice facial expressions to help give the character some personality.

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    Next are the costume studies. I think I'm going to try adding backgrounds to my character sketches from now on. I guess employers would want to see that in a portfolio. Along the way, I thought it was ironic how many professional character concept pieces lacked any backgrounds. One last note about the background I did: it's my first attempt speed-painting. I hope to get better at it. Anyways, please C&C!

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    I was trying to practice shading/markmaking w/ ink with these 2 sketches. I think I overdid it a bit w/ the 2nd one. Control's really hard w/ the pen, too. There were times when I was tilting it at an angle to make lighter shades, but no ink was coming out (this also made me wonder if I was ruining the tip since I was basically rubbing it on a side that apparently had no ink). Then, if I tilt it just slightly, too much comes out. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em! I'm using a Staedtler pigment liner, 0.1 thickness.

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    Two variations on a monster design. More practice on colour theory and painting. I'd like some crits on it before I do any more changes to them.
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    Your progress is already amazing. Congratulations, you seem to have been born with talent!

    Just keep working at it and you'll improve really fast.
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    Thanks for the comments, Goodbye. It's a shame that it takes me so long to come up w/ something that I feel is worth putting up on the forum. Hopefully, my progress will continue as well as you say it is.
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    Here's today's attempt at painting. I tried doing something all digitally and set opacity to pen pressure for the first time.

    BTW, I can't seem to change the title of my thread. I thought it'd be under Thread Tools, but it isn't. And I couldn't find it anywhere else. Can anyone help?
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    that marker study up there is great!

    To change your title, click edit in your first post in the thread, then click advanced.
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    Not sure which one you're talking about, aprat, but thanks for your comments (and for answering my q about editing the title)! I hope my work improves as I go along.
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    Hey stylus,
    i really enjoyed that pen study of the woman in the bottoms. You seem very comfortable with the pen as opposed to how most people are best with a pencil. hold on to that and use that often! for the paintings, i would really recommend adding some of the atmospheric lighting onto the monsters... the pig with arms needs some of the light fromt he torch on him. u could make the focal point jump out by doing that. also, the snake baby, some cooler colors would make him fit in with his surroundings much better. im not sure if it is the loose backgrounds, but the monsters seem pasted on there. try doing line work for the background also, but keep the outlines tight and details loose for any background work. i think more linework in the background will tie it together better!

    keep sketching!
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    Some nice work. Keep at your anatomy (really fit that into an apparently intuitive dynamism you have going) and don't sacrifice accuracy in value for drama. Your heads seem to be too small, generally. Keep going.
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    This is actually Wolverine's sketchbook
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    Hey there! I love the start to this sketchbook - your drawing is very advanced *nods* =)

    One thing I noticed with your paintings however is that everything out of focus has a really soft and under-defined edge to it. All good to have a blurry, unfocused background, but that's different from definition I think.

    Anyways, that's my two cents. Hope to see more!

    ~Phoenix

    I also have a DeviantART page, not sure why I have it - but hey it's free and a decent community for an amateur like myself =)
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