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    - Meli's Sketchbook - Not Quite so Frequently Updated, yet Lemony Fresh!

    Ok, my scanner is tired. I gave it a run for it's money and am surprised I didn't break it. Most scanning the poor thing has in a long while.

    Anyway, going to break this up in a few posts since it's a lot of images and I'm reading the thumbnail thing isn't working right. Hope these all show okay.

    First two: My job causes me to travel a couple times a year, so in the airport, I do gesture work and try to draw the figures as fast as I can. A lot of the full body gestures of standing people are peppered throughout the book in my sea of crap.

    Everything beyond that is just head studies. I suck at drawing people, specially heads in angle views. So this was just a bunch of head studies.

    EDIT: Redid the first post to have a snazzier thumbnail.

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    Doodles = images I saw in clouds. I was on a road trip to and from Albuquerque, which equals super boredom. Thankfully the clouds were very drawable in what I saw in them.

    Last image is a nice fresh lemon. Done for the Photoshop painting thread.

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    i like these. you pay close attention to details, and your anatomy is good. Try drawing larger though. force yourself to take up the whole page. That often changes a lot and forces you to work on what you may not be good at. But deff good stuff.

    "The power is saying no." - R. Motherwell.

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    good stuff man. diggin the head studies. i'm in the same boat as you, i have a hard time drawing heads angles other than looking at the camera. just keep at it

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    Hi Meli, the head studies are great, especially the angled perspectives. Who doesn't have a hard time with those? I'd love to see you post this regularly, you'll improve at an incredible speed, and you'll also inspire me to get my sketches up!
    vitali's advice is good too. I always shy away from larger sketches, they exploit imperfections and force you to work on area's you normally wouldn't.

    Nice website too (except for the lack of ca.org in your links, heh)

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    Not a whole lot of updates, last week was hell. Too much running around and not enough time to sit down and paint. I manage to get this speed painting done, but I hate it. It looks too smudged now that I look at it, even though I didn't use the smudge tool at all. PS 1.5 hours ( I think... I was super angry when I painted it and didn't really look too close at the time).


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    Will do. Most of my sketchbooks are rather small for portability reasons, but a few days ago I bought a much larger one. So no excuses for small drawings from here on out.

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    Been changed. It's been a while since I updated. I didn't even have my most recent stuff up there. =p

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    Hey, excellent work going on here. The lemon study is juicy Though I have a suspicion that, if you are able to observe it again there may be a faint yellow reflected into the cast shadow from the lemon. I'm not sure, the surface probably needs to be more reflective than cloth heh.

    Your last speedy would benefit from having flatter cast shadows to completely separate the light from the shadow. In fact they could even be slightly darker to emphasize this. Leaving out the reflected light on the shadow side would help too

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    Good tip on the shadows darkwolf. I like the painting Meli, looking really good.
    Otherwise, good to see the site updated

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    Thanks for the tip! The photo I used for the speed paint is found here, looking nothing like the model of course but right now that's not really the point. I just need to get more painting done on people. One of my other problems that I need to fix is translating things I see so literally and learning to adjust lighting or shadows or highlights to help give the work a bit more punch.

    Sometimes though after I get these done, I still feel like a person foundering in the dark looking for direction.

    Here are two more Speed Paintings I've done though, about two to three weeks old. Practicing skin tones and seeing how quick I can get myself to work. First one done in about 4 hours, second one done in about 2.5 hours.

    By the way, shouldn't my thumbnail supposed to be updating when I use the attachment feature?

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    All work and no play make Melissa a dull girl...

    Actually, I have little to no work to do today, so I worked on these over lunch and a bit beyond. More to come when I get home.

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    And more crap.

    Side note: Found an old sketchbook with my college sketches and noticed that my sketch work has gotten more sloppy as time went on. Too tight in the lines and not enough confidence in my strokes. Plus a lot of my shading was more comic like.

    Noticed also: Action poses are a bane to draw. I never know what to do with limbs, they kind of flail or have no real dynamic appearance and look flat. Need to practice more of that.

    Moving on... stuff done at work again. Cept the skull study, that was at the house. =p

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    Great to see those studies Meli. The coloured painting is a far more accurate render of the model. Are you overpainting the image or painting from scratch?
    Either way, it's lovely. Very nice mood to the piece. I'd keep giving attention darkwolfs comments on shadow though. And on my monitor anyway I can't see any detail in her hair, just a big black void.

    Nice to see the updates! Keep em coming. Here and in the PS Painting thread

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    You have awesome attention to detail. That skull study is really very well done. The hands that you spent longer on (at least by appearances) are really solid. Keep it up.

    Only crit I have: Sometimes your eyes dont seem to line up with each other. They seem just a tad bit off angle wise on occasion. Moreso in your older stuff than your most recent paintings, but I can still see a hint of it.

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