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    w00t! gooo loomis!

    Ohhh btw, I like that cyborg self-portrait!

    Nice CM


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    You got Focus and drive man....

    I just looked through your whole thread,, and 2 hrs later I get
    too post. I really do not know what else to say because it all
    has been said.
    I say keep doing what you are doing and never stop.
    Draw, Draw, Draw, and when you get tiredd Draw some more,,
    And then after your fingers are bleeding... Wrap them up and Draw some more....:chug:
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    ODIN SIX - Thanks so much for the encouragement man. I am trying but you are absolutely right...I need to push myself even harder. Thanks for looking at my stuff...I will keep posting you count on that. Honestly...the encouragement I get on these boards is astounding...it really helps me keep going. Thanks again...

    -I should have asked for some gauze for Christmas...to wrap my fingers when they bleed-

    sic1 - Thanks for the encouragement man. Yeah with that cyborg portrait (even though it may not show it) something clicked in my head...I was able to see how to achieve details...I was also able to see how hard it really is to make a detailed painting. Thanks so much for the encouragement man...I was actually in MD for New Years Eve...I lived in Bel Air for a really long time...exit 77B hehe. Thanks again man.



    Ok I am kicking things up a notch now. The holidays were sort of an unwillful break from my stride...now I will hit things even harder.

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    hey, im new as well to digital painting but dont have the time to paint everynight or anything.. my current wip is up in wip section.. anywho i wanted to say the second image the top right character gave a very sinister feel and some potential lies behind that one if u were to continue on.. keep up the devotion man..

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    Chudzta - Thanks for the comment. I think I am gonna work that guy a little more. I did a quick painting for the mercenary thread and that's kind of what he grew out of. Hey I checked out your post...looks good man! I know you asked about the sky...I would vary the values in the sky a little more...maybe put some clouds in there and stuff...add some darker greys. Push the values. Lookin good though man...landscapes like that are really hard...keep working.


    Wanted to make a character that was in my head...turned out being a ring wraith rip off that's for sure.

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    Got a little frustrated hehe

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    This was done amidst the frustration as well

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    It's really amazing to go through this thread, from start to finish, and be able to see your incredible progress throughout. Really great work, it's nice to see someone so dedicated to improving their skills - it's really inspiring

    As a not particularly talented artist, it's really motivating to be able to see what a bit of hard work and determination can really do. I'll be sketching everyday once I've moved house, and I intend to create a similar thread, charting my progress over the coming months...

    Do you have any tips for other beginners (despite try, try, and try again). Any good books/materials?

    Once again, great work, it's amazing just to flick between your first few drawings, and your latest few, and see what a huge difference there is!
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    Hey andru...thanks for stopping by my thread. I don't know much but I can offer some advice that has worked for me. Definitely set in your mind that for the rest of your life you will not stop this and don't stop it...the biggest part is keeping your commitment everyday. A huge thing for beginners to do is to draw from life. Put a cup down in the light...draw your self portrait...I have particularly noticed that drawing my self portrait has helped a lot...although it is really frustrating sometimes. I would say another thing that has helped me is going through some good books...I will read you some that I have. "Drawing on the right side of the brain"...Anatomy for the artist (by jeno barcsay). I really want to learn anatomy well so I am going through all of Andrew Loomis' books, Bridgemans life drawing series, and the book I just mentioned. One thing I do is copy (not using tracing paper hehe...looking at the page and drawing it from reference) a lot of the illustrations in the books that I read. I find good solid artists and then I see where they placed the values etc... by looking at their work and trying to duplicate it...but the most important thing is never copying shapes or anything like that...before you put down every stroke...think about why the stroke is being put there...when you draw from life...think about how the shadows are creating darker areas...thinking about it more up front will allow you freedom later on. Sorry I am rambling...I hope this helped.


    This picture was done as practice...I was seeing how clouds were rendered...the places where the yellow areas are pointing are the places that I added...I used the eye dropper to see what colors they were using and then I chose the colors myself to actually create it.

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    More stuff from the weekend:

    This next one is boring but has to be done...I did some other practice strokes...but not real exciting so I will just post this

    I felt like I was going to stop doing self portraits altogether...I was getting so frustrated with the crap I was churning out. I saw Jon Foster's new pic...Jungle Jim and I was totally inspired...so I decided to keep going. This one (mistakes and all) is dedicated to Mr. Foster.
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    Very nice work, again Especially the self portrait.
    I have noticed, however, that while your detail and accuracy on the faces of your portraits have grown dramatically, you still use the same - almost impressionistic approach - to painting the hair&beard. A little more detail in those areas would set it off perfectly
    Also perhaps a little more variation in tone, as it is slightly washed out by mid-greys.

    Once again though, I'm stunned to see your progression from that first picture to this. Amazing work!
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    Good call man...you are dead on. I should finish well...that's usually one of the last things I do heheh. You are right about it being washed out too...it look very washed out...I should have darkened the whole thing in painter with an image adjustment and then tweaked it some more.

    I'm coming up on my 4 month anniversary...time to kick things up another notch and push even harder. I am starting my art classes next week...taking drawing I and figure drawing I...so hopefully that will help my skills improve even quicker...of course...I will still be drawing at home every day and on the train and at work (shhhh) heheh. Thanks for the encouragement and the very helpful crits. Peace,

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    Great work brother man!!!! The tree sketch is a huge improvement over your previous attempts at that subject matter. And the portrait is probably your best yet. Your work is becoming more refined and I echo the previous sentiments of dwelling on even more refinement. Working fast is always an asset and can produce great results (we've seen them on these boards), but there's nothing wrong with taking your time. I think you'll find that as you progress you will be more comfortable with not trying to get everything done at one sitting. There's a time and place for that, but a well thought out, well done piece will take quite a bit of time...for most.

    Great job!!! Keep up the great work!!!!
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    Yeah I didn't expect to take so long on that...so when I started going down that route I kind of lopped it off hehe...I just have to work on so many other things right now like anatomy and just value in general...can't spend too much time on them I feel like...but you are right...I am realizing you have to spend a long time on them to get them to come out right...especially in the beginning. Thanks for the encouragement bro.

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    Hey get work you really are imrproving, A suggestion with the figure. When doing the figure you should figure out a way to block in the body with geometric forms, this will allow you to move the character in interesting poses. Right now you seem to be doing each section of the body slowly line by line. If you sketch the body with either just the skeleton or circles and rectangles you'll be able to do a better "jesture" of the form for you to add more detail with.

    Think of when you start a painting, you start with adding a starting color, then you add blocks of shade and light to different sections of the form to add planes. Try doing the same thing with line art. Plane'ing out that form first. The better you become at art in the future the less of this you'll have to do because you can visualize it.

    I hope you understand what i mean

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    Good call davi...I will definitely keep that in mind...yeah the figure is tough...I am starting to think about things in terms of shapes...it's a hard transition to reformat your thinking but I am trying...I think bridgeman will help me with that as well. I will say that I am having an even harder time utilizing that in pencil drawings...practice practice practice for me. I think I need to just do some geometric bodies...mapping out all the planes and such. Thanks bro that helps a lot.

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    These aren't exciting for others to look at...but I don't want to rush ahead I want to learn to utilize a pen the right way with lots of practice on strokes. If I can't control my lines then I have to right trying to make a finished drawing. I am going through Guptill's "Rendering in pen and ink"...this one...it's great and very thorough

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...285586-3301673
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