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    exploring the world of.. everything! [update: 27 XI 2009]

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    hi there... my name is Monika, im 21 and i hope that CA community will help me with improving my drawing skills


    thanks for watching and your feedback!

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    some sketches...

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    great linework w some of these. i really like how you treat hair. also i like how you treat colors esp w the fourth pic, really compliments your style.

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    again - quick sketch... about 30 min... and one old pic

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    Thanks for stopping by my sketchbook. You're off to a good start. The pieces with the bold line work are working the best right now. The paintings without the line seem a bit flat, although the one with the orange background has a nice feel to it. A little more value contrast should help bring the forms out more.

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    You have a very strong style, and I like that. I especially like it with your black and white pieces, and I like the ones that look like pen drawings.

    Thanks for stopping by my thread!

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    kawakaze, BryanYoung and Asatira - thank you very, very much! your words are really helpful

    one update tonight:
    i hope it is better...

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    its 1:23 AM and i am exhausted... because i've been drawing for about 7.. no, 8 hours.. and that's the result of last 1,5 h. I know, its poor.. I feel lousy today:/

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    and more. OEKAKI

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    hey there. your anatomy is pretty good. one thing i think you could benefit from is applying a greater range of values in your portraits. when youre painting portraits that are straight head shots, try to have a strong light source on one side of the face to help bring out more dramatic light and shadow.
    i think your mermaid drawing is the best because of the crisp thin lines that define the shape of the body, and i like the interesting texture applied to the painted version
    this painting: http://conceptart.org/forums/attachm...1&d=1162773876
    has an interesting perspective (3/4 view) and i think you should finish it. add some darker shadows (darker than the bg) around the nose, eyes, ears, and stronger contrast between the chin and shoulder to separate them more. hope this helps.

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    hey, great b/w style and realy sweet drawings!
    but yes, your paintings could need a clear lightsource and more contrast!

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    about 3 hrs and about 15% fullsize

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    and finished... for HP fans - Hermione

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    Pretty nice stuff around here and creative. I really like your third piece in your 1st post.

    I think you should add value instead of leaving it flat (talking here about the last piece), like the third piece, it get really cool.

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    I'm trying to colour it, but you can see how it looks like...

    EVEN THAN... today i have been sitting in the park for about 4 hours and drawing..my hands mostly
    I need a scanner!

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    I like those chubby little creatures in your first post very much.

    Regarding the last piece: I'm not familiar with the character, Hermione. I actually like the black and white version better so far, though. In the color version the thick black outline and the way you are rendering the hair doesn't seem to work well with one another. I think its because the outline would suggest that the hair is.....clumpy for lack of a better word but your brush selection seems to suggest the hair is fine. Maybe experiment with changing the outline of the hair a different color and/or use larger brushes?

    I really enjoyed looking through your sketchbook. Keep posting. And yes, get a scanner. I'm sure we would all like to see your pencils/pens/whatever it is you would scan.

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    what do you think about this? I hope it is just a little bit better

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    and next quick sketch. No ref

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    pose from sarah simblet's book...about 1 hour.
    i hope it's better
    C&C please

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    2 hours, pose from a photo
    I'm very happy with this picture hope u like it too
    c&c even more welcome!

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    I like your line style and this last color picture came out quite well too. Maybe there should be some more darks in her clothes. Keep up the good work!

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    Very nice style you have there - I like the little green squatty guys - I'd like to see more sketches like that from you. You should also play around with lighting some more, like in the last pic.

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    suhsealyuh, Arne S Bhrazz , Ex Nihilo, destinyapocalypse, matejkovacic, Deon, thank you very much! Hehe, i think my drawing skills are not good enough (yet) to say that i have ANY style, but thanks, your words means a lot to me

    well, i tried to play aroud with ligtning as you told me...
    here is first result - about 1,5 hour, only a wip, but i like this Buddhist monk guy from a magazine photo.
    I'm waiting for some more advice from you

    In the meantime i'm also drawing in the real sketchbook, mostly my hands (or should i say - my left hand) and feets (both)) I need a model, now! And, of course, a SCANNER! help......

    well, enjoy

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    I like this Buddhist monk guy very much, especially for 1,5 hours. Maybe
    try to tell something about the shape of things also with colors you put
    on the picture. Don't just lay color randomly one by another but first
    create something like a box for the hand using for example three colors,
    one bright on the upper side, one dark on the bottom... I hope you know
    what I mean. You will get much stronger shape of subject like that. Then
    you work on the details.
    The shadow under the monk will make him sit on the ground.
    The background is good to be some other than bright white (But
    that is not always true of course)
    Make many more from reference and you will learn a lot about colors.
    Good luck!

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    matejkovacic thanks again for very helpful advices
    the results are here: I just hate backgrounds, i cant draw them.. . this is still only a wip.

    today, ladies and gentelmen, all my exams are OVER! yeah! After Math, Polish and English exams i'm finally free from high school it's time to celebrate! hehehe, everybody invited!
    kisses!

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    Oh, you make really cool paintings! I love the stringy hair!

    I'm not up for critiquing, but great progress on the monk!

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    Hi Monna,

    Wow! I can't believe one, you are 18, and two, you aren't majoring in art.

    I think your compositions are very strong. I also like your work in Black and White. Those are definitely some strengths you can build off of. I also like the hair textures you are creating. They are moody and expressive. I believe you already have a strong style...don't let anyone critique you out of it. The more you create, the more it will grow.

    Really nice work Monna.

    Best wishes,

    K.I.D.

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    monna-giovanna, very good progress on the monk boy. He really seems to be enlightened by the book he is reading. I think he is much stronger and
    material now.
    Be careful about the line of the ground, since on the left it's
    going somehow upwards.
    Probably you've heard that already, but try to avoid 100% white
    and 100% black in color pictures. White for example is better some
    very very bright color (in this case yellow) and black (which you even don't have on
    this one) some very dark blue, brown... You might even have to put some more
    contrast in the bottom. Check the contrast with complete desaturation
    in Photoshop (make layer Hue/Saturation, Saturation -100).

    Congratulations for finishing the highschool!

    Keep up the good work and good luck!

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