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    Paintings for Self Improvement: Updated 11/24/08

    Been a long while since I updated, but I'm choosing to leave the beginning work, because I feel its important to see where somebody comes from, for both motivation, and a reminder of the lessons learned.

    So there are some real "treasures to follow."

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    Really good and varied start to your sketchbook.......

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    Hey lawv, nice start. Definitely showing some improvement already. The first sketches were sorta rough, but things are really start to shape up in the latest posts. Keep up those paints dude. Got all summer to do it!

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    your anatomy studies are great..
    but i dont see you transfering that knowledge to anything else...
    though your portraits are pretty good(could use a little more practice) try some more bodies in full.
    nice start!

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    alesoun - thank you for your kind variety or words!

    sirio brozzi -thank you, and i agree about the roughness, I started this thread to push myself, and hopefully see improvement...but being that I know you personally, your words are empty as water on bird poop! thanx.

    stonercurly - glad you liked those, and,..you hit it on the button. I am not transferring that knowledge right away to my drawings...I need to work on that. Thanx for the advice.

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    Sweet muscle sketches mahn. You've inspired me to study some muscles =).

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    Taiylz - thank you for your kind words, im glad someone can find something I did inspiring.

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    Haha! Sweet heads, & values...great Sp's. i especially like those muscle studies, and those last cast drawings. We need to go do some cafe drawings sometime! haha- timmae tytbottom...

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    those sculptures are top class, i think you should do a few more hands though as they dont look quite right to me

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    sealegs - thanx...and hell yes, i wanna go stalk some weirdos in starbux

    hedwordup- thanx, and i totally agree i need to draw hands more, and they dont look right to me either!

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    3 hour painting - havented painted in monthes...good to try again

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    wow amazing face sketches, i have been copying them of here, hope u don't mind, i have to get better at drawing faces. keep em coming

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    grundybug - thank you for your kind words, and no, I dont mind at all. Ill comment on your page on how I've tried to get better at faces.

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    I really admire your portriat studies, I can really see leaps from when you started wo where you are currently. Your structure is really improving. Keep it up Lawvalamp. Just keep moving the pencil and the rest will take care of itself. I have to keep telling myself that. keep posting please

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    Darktwin - Thank you, I try to post here so I can hopefully see progress. Your stuff also has leaps from page 1 to 10, and hell yeah, im gonna keep posting.

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    Few sketches of late...

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    man i wish i had half the dedication you have dud!
    i can totlly tell your improovement!. I want to see push yourself into style and your own characters, you have some awesome potential, if not ability!
    best of lucks yo, ceeya around!

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    Good improvement in your pencils over the course of this thread. Draw more complete figures, though, not just heads. I want to see some hands and feet! Nice paintings too.

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    Done 1 yr ago

    This traditional stuff is challenging. The first one..was definately a first attempt, a few weeks later saw minor success.

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    Trying to understand digital medium

    I always struggle with creating something...I have to learn patience.

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    Group Project

    These were all works for a school project. The project was a 90 sec animated short. Concepting was fun, but art school is a load of crap. You set your own limitations.

    My part involved, doing all storyboards, which are on my site www.brianlawverart.com, characters, props, vehicles, and envrionments.

    Oh, and a matte paint or two

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    These are black and white practices. Also very fun and challenging.

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    Some speed Paintings

    These took about 30mins, with use of photo ref. I encourage people to do speedy's, it really lets your "murder your darlings," so you don't cling to your artwork that may not be looking so good atm.

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    Some environments I did of June of 2008

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    those are really nice!
    how old are you?

    one thing you could work on is your lighting with your paints..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reject-D View Post
    those are really nice!
    how old are you?

    one thing you could work on is your lighting with your paints..

    thank you,

    I am 23. I agree, with the lighting, im going to post more later tonite perhaps, a lot of what ive put up is older, dated by several months, but that doesn't mean I wont still have lighting problems

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    Monster

    This is a painting I did of a monster in a kinda city setting in the pm.

    meh

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    i thought id help you out with some dynamic lighting.. since most of the focus is on the burning cars under his feet have that be the center point for the lighting.. and the light coming from the helicopter.. but the lighting from the stars and moon can be cut out and replaced with a softer light instead of a hard light like the burning cars.. the reason you do this is because your eyes tend to concentrate on the action on the ground instead of getting lost in the whole picture..

    i hope you dont mind.. i did a quick paint over..
    your stuff is looking really good. try working more on your colors there looking a bit dull..

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    i am very impressed with the way you ahndle your brush work both in your regular paintings as well as your digitals.

    i might be seeing things, but i suggest being very careful with your portraits. it my be my imagination but i feel as if you are somehow subconciously drawing your own face into these other people, whim i presume are from your imagination.

    i don't know, i might just be seeing things, but that is my two cents.

    anyway, keep up the good work

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    Thanks for the responses, and crits guys.

    - Reject-D, Dont mind at all. Always good to be mindful of making better compositional lighting. I meant to ask you, how or where do some of you guys get your mentors? I would really like to look into finding one, cuz I am pretty much 99% self taught at this point, and need help, cuz I don't have anyone to talk to about art presently. At least not in the sense of a "sensi," lol.

    Oh, a small word of advice, ART SCHOOLS are a scam and mostly crap, unless you can afford art center/ or an atelier. My art school was filled with teachers that couldnt draw their way out of a paper bag filled with holes, and it was a waste of my time and money, be careful.

    - Thrilafrommanila, Thanks for pointing that out. Usually when doing a piece, I try to think of a celebrity that has the face I picture my character being, BUT, that being said, you are correct, most every "struggling artist" does tend to place his/her face in some form in their work, for the rest of their lives

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