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    Phoenix-09's beginner painting sketchbook!

    In the spirit of MindCandyMan's inspirational postings, I too have decided to try to learn how to paint (and draw, but I'm much better with a pencil than I am with a computer) and submit my practice work to this site in the hopes of finding advice and the right kind of tutorials. I will, of course, because I am a semi-intelligent being, keep hunting for other tutorials and try to incorporate them into my work and also read other beginner's journals/sketchbooks and follow as much advice as I can find on the forum outside this thread =)

    I hope this documents my progress well and hopefully I will learn a lot.

    Thanks for reading!

    ~Phoenix

    This is my first post, just a painting of an apple I did in photoshop with photographic reference =)
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    Use life reference instead of photographic reference, you'll learn a lot more and save yourself a lot of trouble later. Good luck, I hope to see you around for a while
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    Been kinda busy today, haven't done much worth posting here but I have been playing a bit in photoshop...guess you'll have to take my word for it.

    Also might have to postpone development on here, I'm moving out in a few weeks so yeah this might come to an unexpected halt (if it ever starts moving).

    Will post more tomorrow.

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    Basic blending and tool studies

    Using Photoshop, getting used to the brush controls and blending. I should probably do something more with traditional media to prove I'm not entirely useless ^^;

    Anyways, these two were done today. The sphere and cube were from my head (of course) and the iPod is my own iPod mini I used from life (thanks for the tip Fishspawn, I learned a lot more with something in front of me)I also keep a sketchbook, might take photos of the recent pages later.

    Off on a trip tomorrow, will probably only take my sketchbook and pencil with me =). Post stuff when I get back.

    ~Phoenix
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    Hey man Traditional art is just as important as digital, I am finding alot of artists all around the world have forgotten about there traditional skills, Not completely but alot of artist focus strictly on digital and that kinda sad. Digital painting is awesome in its own rights but never forget about the pencil while you learn how to paint. Photoographs are awsome to draw from because they never move and there the next best thing to drawing from life so no worries there, But if you have time draw something around you.


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    Looks good so far, especially the iPod.

    Main thing I've noticed though is that your edges seem a little on the soft side. Not so much in the iPod but I really noticed it in the apple.

    Anyhow keep at it, it'll be interesting to see your non-digital stuff when you get back from the trip.
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    I'd have to agree with you Anid Maro about the edges. I find that zooming in and working slowly on the edges tends to make them harder, which is what I did on the base of the iPod (not so much the rest of it, I was rushing things). I found it funny how my mind would not accept the common sense of working slowly until it found out the hard way that rushing things never accomplished anything.

    Anyways here's a sketch I did from a poster way up on a wall (it was hard to see but I went for it anyways) while I was staying at my brother's place two nights ago. About the only thing I drew while on my trip (and quite far into my pencil sketchbook).

    Thanks everybody for the responses and encouragement, it's really tough to get your head down and do the work without positive support =)

    ~Phoenix
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    This started as a really fast study that I did at the beach during sundown. It was hard because the clouds moved from their originally marked positions on the paper, and I spent most of the study looking at the sky rather than the sea. The sea was created from mostly imagination, and I couldn't figure out how to finish the little inset of seawater that crossed the beach.

    ~Phoenix

    I also have a DeviantART page, not sure why I have it - but hey it's free and a decent community for an amateur like myself =)
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    I realy like the seaside view, the edges of the clowds are well done, they should be lighten by the sun, exactly how u made them BUT they shouldn't have a contour. They should disipate in the sky. Also, try drawing an all black object (or white, no colors), u can get a bit more sense of light and shadow. Most importantly, practice as much as posible.
    Now go draw
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    I'd like to see some more stuff, are u not drawing or not scaning?
    Hope u update soon
    I'd love some constructive criticism : my sketchbook TY for taking the time
    Let's all just be friends and chill the f*** out, k ?
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    Hey Cotletan, thanks for the advice. I tried drawing the clouds without the contour and it ended up being very difficult to see that they were back-lit from the sun, the way they were as I saw them. The contour just seemed to fit better because the sky was a far darker colour than the highlights created by the sillhouette effect the clouds had in front of the sun. Hope that explains my thinking, but I also see your point =)

    Also, I haven't been drawing. I've been very busy seeing my friends off and doing other things because it's my last week in this town before I move. Sorry about the lack of updates, I'll try to get something done by the end of today.

    ~Phoenix

    I also have a DeviantART page, not sure why I have it - but hey it's free and a decent community for an amateur like myself =)
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    Welcome to concept art!! Good start and I think its a good thing to possess a sketch book here keep posting work and you will get more feed back from artists.
    One suggestion of mine would be to do much much drawing the tablet is cool but drawing skills will directly reflect your painting skills.
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    hey Ashrumm, you're right. Actually I've been able to draw for some time now, but haven't honed it as much as I should have. I can draw a half decent portrait/landscape but not anything stunning. I'm sort of returning to traditional media both because you learn a lot more faster than sitting on a computer, it's less damaging to my eyes, and a lot of colour blends happen naturally with traditional media whereas on a computer you have to be very meticulous to get the blends and colours you want.

    Anyways here's today's work. I recently bought some proper watercolours (not the crappy stuff we used as kids), and I pulled this out. I haven't painted with real watercolour in my life, and I haven't painted with watercolour in general for at least 10 years. So yeah! It's not very good! But I learned something!!

    I also have a DeviantART page, not sure why I have it - but hey it's free and a decent community for an amateur like myself =)
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