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    Glad to hear about the spraypaint experience, it'll be interesting how you let it influence your digipaints.

    The creature looks pretty good, the white bg isnt a bad thing, in a lot of paintings it can be used pretty well. Though you definitely couldve gone for a more interesting angle to show off the design, unless the silhouette is an exciting part of the design a profile shot doesnt really do much for the creature.

    I like the start of the second design, thought the lettering style bugs me for some reason as does the loooong I. Doesnt seem as thought out as it could be. The pose looks pretty good, i like the strong angles of the pose, it might work really well with the overall poster design, though the angle of the leg extending down disrupts this by being too angled inward, i think that part would cause a lot of problems in the finished design, i'd straighten it up a little bit.

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    Sorry to bump again...

    For gangus... We never talked but man I love you so much. Your work is incredible and inspiring, and while I can't get nearly close enough to what you achieved, I hope I have captured some small essence of your presence in this piece... no matter how much longer I work on it.

    You left us all too soon. We miss you.

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    random sketches because I can't sleep and I haven't uploaded sketches in a while.


    thanks for looking.

    I read all the replies. I'm REALLY SORRY but one of these days i swear I will start replying to each and every one of you.. but I am supposed to be up in 3 hours to work an 18 hour day... you can imagine it doesn't work out too fun for me. =(

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    Your work has increased leaps and bounds in quality since you have joined ( the PixelDragoon days of course.) Your sketchbook and a few others have inspired me after a 6 month slump.

    Oh and call that number lol.

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    Thanks epiph, that actually means alot. One thing I always enjoy hearing is that I am able to motivate or inspire. Not so much that "OH YEAH I'M THAT GOOD WOO", but because it means I am giving back to you guys, which is what I really want.

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    Good to see youre still able to keep drawing with all the work keeping you busy. I like the cars in the previous update, good perspective on the suckers.
    Your values have also improved, more focused and interesting than before.
    I'd say slow down and finish some stuff overall, but i wouldnt expect it of you considering your schedule. However, i dont know how much youre gettin out of these random faces and doodles...Have you considered investing more time in multiple sessions of working on one piece instead of doing page after page of sketches?

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    Yeh my thoughts are gonna echo what socks is saying.

    I think youve gotta slow things down abit, youve got a good sketch quality and u can punch out something good quick, but not perfect.
    I understand characters are what u really enjoy, so do some heavy anatomy studies and try and make them perfect, spend a few hour sessions on them - make sure everything is perfect and when spending so long looking for mistakes, ull pick the same ones up in quick work. I think the same will apply to your line quality, ure sketches are still quite 'scratchy' in the places - if u spend more time on a lighter under drawing then work one ontop with nice smooth finished lines then it will help u when doing it first time.

    Also try some bigger sketches - like size a3 paper, that will help ure precision, because working small sometimes helps u miss it and no one will notice the imperfections if you get me.

    Great stuff though, uve improved alot, u just gotta kick it up a notch..... (man i wish i could practice what i preach.... )

    Keep it up justin.

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    great stuff.. love the gangus tribute :]

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    http://www.uneetee.com
    MY shirt is up!!!!

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    Awesome, congrats dude! Its a strong design.

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    thanks for replies still

    happy fun time from today! spent quite a few hours on this, going to go back and polish up/modify certain places later tonight.
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    Oh goodie! The design is pretty solid, though the helmet/head decoration could be simplified some, other than that its quite successful. The shield is my favorite element, nice design there.
    Im not fond of the papyrus texture though, its too strong and distracting, tone it down some.
    PS you misspelled shield

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    hey justin! its jeff from gt bray (hope i spelled that right). i finally got the guts to create an account on this friggin sweet website. anyway, wanted to say how inspiring your sketche book is and KEEP POSTING!

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    daaamn bro, really great work on that! very inspiring, keep it up!

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    cool shirt man!!
    and very nice works here

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    hehe... I love tshirts like these

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    hey Justin, I must say that your improvement is amazing; your website and work up there are looking reaaally good hehe. the anubis design looks great, love how well you showed form in all of those. if I can offer a crit, it looks like the area above the eyes on dog head to the far left is a bit large. if you worked from reference then disregard that, but it does look a bit large at least in comparison to the head a bit above it. not sure if it's supposed to be the same dog either.

    a bit intimidating and super inspiring stuff you've got here! keep up the great work man; love the panda shirt btw

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    My first -finished- oil painting, thank god.

    Self portrait from life. No clue how long it took. Color is a large jump, and i figured I never spent enough time on my values so here it is for you guys

    The lighting was a north facing window on an overcast day, thus the shadows aren't extreme. I had a hard time with the edges because I really messed up my brushes last time I painted =P anyways here it is...

    oh yeah and I'm going to submit my stuff for the Atelier. Wish me luck :]

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    Looks good, the likeness isnt quite there but i like the strong lighting. The bouncelight side of the nose seems a bit undeveloped and the ears are a tad small, but it looks great overall!
    Good luck with the atelier submission, which pieces are you sending in?

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    Nice stuff here. Its cool to see someone who seems to be so busy use their free time so well for drawing.

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    Yo thanks for the replies

    It really means alot.

    I'll bet, for those of you who remember my pixeldragoon days-
    that this will look a little bit familiar!

    The bottom pic is for reference- the 'before' pic. I don't even remember when I did it!! but it was a loong time ago.

    Also; "Is the top part unfinished"? I would like to say maybe- I want to keep it loose because I don't want to catch the viewer at the top of the pic. I want the light scattering to lightly toss the eye into the wings, which direct to the conflict. I often get too caughtup in over rendering- however, I also realize that the brushstrokes and edges may be "too loose", so I will probably revist them

    EDIT: Included the actual-size detail of the best part


    EDIT 2:

    I also did a still life!!! Today was PRODUCTIVE!!

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    never decently checked out this sketchbook before.
    really nice.
    and seriously you were pixeldragoon! haha I remember you from my lurking days. the still life is ace man. subtle texture included there. I love it
    can't say anything else about it.

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    i´am a real fan of your sketchbook pages (the pencil ones) and your
    still lives are also inspiring.
    i have been thinking about painting allot in the last days, so your work is really a welcome kick in the head.

    i hope you get into the atelier!

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    Still life is bitchin Justin, you can really feel the warmth of the lamp. Dunno what the thing on the left is, but its pretty . The ellipses on the lampshade look a bit off, the top one is slightly wonky, whereas i think were seeing a bit too much of the bottom one, unless the shade is slightly tipping. Either way its solid enough to get away with it.
    Is the lit ceiling a new addition to the dragon pic? I dont remember it from before. As you said its quite loose, and yes it is too loose. Comparing it to the more cropped pic it obviously adds nothing to the picture. Just because you dont want the viewer lingering there for too long doesnt mean that you should neglect the area completely. The light and colour as well as the composition will pull the eye down no matter what, so how about you tighten it up a bit and give us something to look at and trail down to the dragon scene. Some pretty rock formations, maybe some bats flying up and out, gettin hit by the light and casting looong shadows down to lead the eye to the dragon would be flipping sweet!

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    Another stilly.

    This one, like the last, was sort of 'rushed' because I'm doing it at night, and have plans tomorrow and have to work the next night so I wouldn't be able to touch it for a few days. I didn't finish the book rendering so the statuette would -pop-, as if it's peeling off the page. Not sure what you guys think of it, your input is very welcome- but personally I would like to leave that part unrendered. I will probably revisit other parts to make the values more complete.

    I really need to get a kneaded eraser as well. ugh, the camera blurs it and the lighting was really bad so It doesn't do the sketch much justice =(

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    great work! I have to agree with greensock about the cave, people will allways focus on the worst part of a painting and think "why dosnt this look as good as the other parts?"

    I like that still life sketch of the bird on the sketchbook too, although it might not hurt to clean up the edges where your rendering has gone over the outline.

    good luck on the atelier submission, I hope you get in dude, Id love to see what you are submitting too. I plan on doing that in about a year, paying for the school if I get in will be a whole other buissness though, seeing as I live in sweden and getting a loan for a private school in the us might be hard but whatever

    keep it up

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    Real solid values on the bird, the sketchbook fade looks pretty good too. Im not too fond of the flowers and some areas like the back wing where there is too much line flattening it out, but overall its a strong render.

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    wow, you're definitely on the right path especially for being 17!! i'm lookin forward to your future illustrations.

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    Haha, shit man, you're really going places. I really like your shirt design, especially, and your dragony pic and lamp things are especially impressive. Cool use of texture.

    Also, did Osmus just say you were seven-friggin'-teen? Man! I'm twenty, and you're blowing me out of the water. Looks like I have some work to do, haha.

    Oh, and is your buffalo, by any chance, referring to this grammatical phenomenon?

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