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    Hi again! I think the colour in the first of these pics is the most successful of the two, the background is a good contrast to the gold. The second one is quite scary - that is a very yellow background. It's quite difficult to judge colour against something so bold. A more neutral tone usually makes a better surface to paint on.

    Keep going with it!

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    I'd agree with the above, such a saturated backdrop will overpower everything else and as a result the tendency is to oversaturate the fleshtones to try and compensate.
    Here's what swatches of your skintones look like on a more neutral colour.

    Now while you could get skintones like that, you'd need some pretty extreme lighting situations. I'd suggest having a look at some classical painters and how they paint flesh, most of them use fairly neutral colours with just hints of chroma. Take the eyedropper tool in PS to them if that'll help you.

    btw, ta for popping in to my sketchthread, I'd have replied ages ago but I didn't want to bump it with no real new work to show.

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    thanks gigglepixie and Flake

    I use PS to change the background and lowered the saturation of the flesh tones, is this better?

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    I actually just did exactly the same thing to illustrate the point.., so yeah, I think that's better.



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    loads better!

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    Hey OldNoobie! Thought I'd check your sb out, as I've been recommended over here by your fellow SSG member, Unknown. It looks like you've made tons of progress, and are certainly going in the right direction. Keep tackling color - it will come naturally after a while

    I am interested in joining your SSG - please stop by my sb if you think I'd be a good addition!

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    thanks for the help, gigglepixie and flake

    Jska: thanks be checking your SB soon

    an unfinished sketch ... too lazy to finish it right now, maybe in a couple of days

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    That last charcoal sketch was really good love the highlights along the body has such attention to detail. Working with colour is another beast all together I never dealt with using proper colures yet must be quite different to digital paint. What process do you take when starting your paints just out of curiosity ?

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    thanks EKU well, since I'm just starting out using paints, I don't really have a process, sometimes I start with a simple outline done with pencil and sometimes start directly with paint. I try to do an under painting to determine all the values basically with the same color I am going to use for the background color (unless the background color is white in which case I use a light brown) From there I start to add glazes and more opaque layers. The hardest part I think is mixing the paint to the right tint, tone and shade .



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    a quick pencil sketch

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    another crappy acrylic painting though its better than the last attempt I think

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    Hey dont let the color get to you, It takes a bunch of tries to get somewhere. Besides its not going bad you`re just finding your way. Keep working those and it`ll come.
    Im figuring value n pencils out, Mostly its a mess. Gotta spend time to get skills (my try on gotta spend money to make money)
    Last but not least You got the pencils down pretty decent, and this last colored work aint bad either.

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    Well you are show good improvements on you paintings that a great sign. I'm just going to throw his out their cause do have the greatest amount of info when painting but maybe try long soft brush stroke cause the painting look a little hard not soft like a womens face.

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    Banshax: thanks I know I need to spend time to be able to do what I want to .. but its soooo frustrating

    EKU_11: thanks I know the edges are kinda hard, trying to figure out how to soften them up. But its hard cuz acrylic dries so fast. Think I kinda succeeded on this one

    Another go at painting with acrylic, did this one off a ref and boy, am I shocked, it actually came out half decent

    edit: just making a note for myself #11

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    a quick 25 minute sketch with charcoal

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    another 25 minute sketch .. this one didn't come out too good

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    another one

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    another one

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    another quick sketch and a crappy acrylic painting (#12)

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    Wow your gonna keep on hammering us with your charcoal sketches. I see some def improvement over the last few sketches as far as the facial cnstruction is concerned. Good job.

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    yep ... most, if not all, of my sketches are gonna be done with charcoal or carbon pencils, I prefer them more than graphite cuz they don't leave a shine. The only problem is I don't sharpen my pencils (cuz I'm lazy) so its kinda hard to work on details I'm hoping they come out with a .05 charcoal lead I can use with my mechanical pencil.



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    these are looking good , but id say when you take a pose thats off centre, like 3/4 or side view, you seem to take your jawlines too steeply, other than that its looking good =]

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    thanks Lefran yah I got a tendency to do the jawline too steep .. gots to focus on that more

    another charcoal sketch noticed a slight error, made the face slighly elongated compared to the ref

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    Congrats on your progress with the acrylics. The last two were much better than your first one, and you seem able to get the shape of your charcoal stuff now. Wish I had some kind of helpful crit, but your faces are better than mine, and I know zero about traditional painting. On some of your charcoal drawings, I feel like there's something weird about the eyes, but I'm not sure what it is. Like you always draw the eyes intensely. Focused and open. Or maybe it's just how they're always looking straight out at me. I dunno. It fits well on the last one though.

    Your mouths are good btw, especially in Post# 258. I'm still practicing getting smiling to not look like grimacing.

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    thanks frumious painting is new to me too, actually any medium thst has to do with color is new to me. Never learned it when I was young, soooo guess I gots to risk failure now to learn it.

    another crappy acrylic painting # 13

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    thanks Mag-Neo

    decided to give oil painting a try my first painting ever in oil, I know the colors are off, it was hard mixing colors in a semi dark room the image was taken with a camera so its looks a bit blurry, will make a proper scan when it is dry.

    EDIT: uploaded a better picture

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    Hey oldnewbie, I think you're making loads of progress at the moment! Yesterdays acrylic painting was by far the best you've done so far...

    two suggestions: first is that you cut a square CM out a bit of a sheet of cardboard, paint it a even light grey, and compare areas of colour on your reference with the colour checker, then compare the colour you mix with the colour checker...

    Second, I would read up about underpainting graisaille in oils... work out your tones, then glaze over colour...

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    Lots of sweet progress here, man! Cool to see! Btw the portrait from yesterday looks alot like a dude i know

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    Definite improvement here.

    How are you finding oils? It looks like the slower drying time suits the way you like to work..

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