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    Wow, great overpaint, Johnny!! I think the composition is much better now with the part atteched on the left side. I like the 16:9 format more anyway
    The trees are well done too, with small effort a big improvement. Do you make your brushes exclusively for such things or take them from a library? Oh, and yeah, it's supposed to be a party in the jungle so it should be night.
    Thanks again!! It opened my eyes.

    Moai, thanks also for the feedback! Can't wait to see your finished pic...
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    Gizmodus - to be completely honest with you, I think I just used one custom brush that I made (just a brush I made for general gungy-ness and foliage, it's pretty formless), and the only other one I used was a small round one for lines Too many people just download the same brushes--it's much more beneficial to just make your own (and easy).
    Anyway, glad you liked the overpaint. I guess since it's night you could just make that middle section in the canopy dark and starry instead of twighlight.

    Moai - I also prefer the first thumbnail. It's got a lot of potential for interesting perspective, dynamics, lighting and neato plants -- now you just have to make them!
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    Thanks, Gizmodus and Johnyhorse! Here's my more detailed line drawing. I'm really optimistic about this one and I'm going to try my hardest.

    Update6: Thanks for all the help, everyone! I took your advice and left it in the original orientation, with the Terrasuchus facing left.

    Description: Golden sunlight filtered through the canopy of a southern Pangaean jungle. An Eospinus, a small pelycosaur, scampered over mossy tree routes in pursuit of tasy gliding lizards. Just as it was about to leap and snatch its prey out of the air, the Eopspinus paused. It lacked true ears and could not hear the deep rumbling sound, but it could feel the vibration of the ground beneath its feet. Uneasily, the Eospinus tasted the air with its forked tongue, and registered the unmistakable scent of the most powerful predator of its age, the Terrasuchus. The Eospinus scurried away. The Terrasuchus slept on, its slumber uninterrupted, the deep rumbles of its snores striking fear into the heart of any creature to hear them. The Terrasuchus had eaten well. It had slept, digesting, for six weeks, until moss and lichen took root in its hide and it became part of the landscape. But now, in the mysterious depths of its primitive mind, there was a familiar stirring. The Terrasuchus was hungry again, and would soon feed.
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    Moai that looks sick. I can't wait to see how that turns out.
    This is my first posting to this sight. I'm hoping that getting into the weekly projects here will help me become a better artist. i've been working on this EOW for a few days now. I will try to post it tonight or tomorrow in hopes of getting some suggestions.
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    Welcome to CA, snowboarderx82! Thanks for the compliment. These weekly activities are great for building your skills. They motivate you to do at least one finished piece a week, and you get great critiques and advice. Don't be afraid to post your works in progress, either. I look forward to seeing your work.
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    Moai - Excellent sketch! I would be optimistic about it as well. I love the lizard and the insect/birds near the top. The moss on the left is great too. I can already see the Wadey influence in the line quality

    Snoboarderx82 - By far, the Weekly activities have pushed me to improve my talents and abilities more than anything else (even though I've only done about 3 or 4, each piece improves dramatically)
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    EOW #38 Rumble in the Jungle

    I hope this is linked properly

    It's still a work in progress, but it's coming along. I'm really new at this and am kinda learning as I go. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks guys
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    Johnnyhorse- Thanks!
    snowboarderx82- It's looking good so far. I did an uber-quick paintover (more like a write-over) for my critique to more easily explain my points. I hope you can read my chicken-scratch.
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    Also, it would be nice if your final was bigger. Good luck, and have fun!

    Edit: Updated mine. There's still a loooong way to go.
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    Awesome,
    Thanks Moai

    I’ll try to work on some of those changes later tonight. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.
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    EOW #38 Rumble in the Jungle
    I heard a low rumbling noise and looked to my left. What I saw made me freeze stock still and my heart began pounding like a jackhammer!
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    Arttorney - getting the hang of the tablet now, I see.
    I certainly hope you aren't already done! I can see through the dirt.. and dirt isn't just one color of brown. Also.. though you did a good job of filling in the foliage volume in the background, the foreground lacks any large volume, and is instead replaced by thin and oversaturated green leaves: Try to integrate those brushes behind the foremost trees into the foreground. Get some grass in there too!

    Also, are you making your own brushes (i know the leaf brushes are PS)? Since you are an avid painter, you should try converting some paint dabbs into brushes, it's great fun! just greyscale the paint and then increase contrast like crazy---- edit - define brush and voila!

    [EDIT]Moai - Updates looking good! try to get some warms in there as well

    With all the commenting I'm doing, you'd think I'd have a piece as well... unfortunately i'm just procrastinating doing some art projects that are due much too soon... sorry guys! Maybe I can just do several more paintovers and call it a session, heh
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    snowboarderx82- No problem. It only took about five minutes to write my chicken scratch around the borders. Glad I could help!
    arttorney- Cool piece! I love the strange trees and the leaves. Some crits: tone down the tiger's orange a bit and add some shadows. The tiger also seems to be sinking into the ground. As for the ground itself, I'd fill in those white spaces and change the hue to a cooler, less saturated brown. Composition-wise, the four main trees are all the same distance from the bottom of the picture. Maybe change that up, and add something to bring our eyes over to the right side of the picture so the attention isn't completely commanded by the tiger. There's a lovely, poetic feel to the picture.
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    Johnnyhorse- Except for the hard rounds on the tiger and that photoshop leaf brush, the whole piece is by custom brushes. I used fern tops, Ponderosa Pine bristles, and a section of travertine from the wall of Tonto Natural Bridge. To the right of the center tree, high and in dark green, you can see about four repeating chunks of the fern top brush. Just below that you can see two repeats of the travertine brush in a blue green gray.

    Moai- I'll see what I can do. That one tree toward the center was not my favorite anyway. I'll try to take it over to the right third line, make it bigger (as in closer) and put some detail on the trunk. I'll muddle my way through on the tiger somehow. People and animals are my bane. I can't see what I would change about yours Moai. More of the same. I would just deepen up the shadows on some roots for example to make three dimensional, but I think you are in the process of building up all that stuff and know what you are doing. Maybe if you need an accent somewhere, you can toss in some shelf fungus on the fallen tree and it would make people smell jungle as well as just see it. I'm always trying to give people a bad case of synaesthesia.
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