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    moar!

    Small update..

    I've been using posemaniacs to study muscles now, instead of just poses.
    I hope it will help me understand anatomy better.

    And another small dragon, wip.
    This one's not as small as the first two and loosely based on the idea of a fish eating bird or other predator that hunts fish in rivers.

    till next time, H.

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    Update, small one. I could not help myself.
    I got inspired by watching a post by Ville_S in his sketchbook to do a Lord of the Rings study too. This is reffed, from a clip on youtube.

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    Ok, so the previous Voice of Sauron piece was based more on what I thought he'd look like than the actual videostill from youtube.
    I got the proportions completely off (I really thought he had a taller, thinner head) and told myself that it was a study and was focussed on conveying metal anyway.
    Too easy.

    So I've kicked myself in the butt, and made another one.
    What do you think: better? Or not?

    Till next time.
    I'll probably post throughout christmas this year, although for those of you that don't: a very merry christmas and a fruitful, healthy and productive new year!

    All the best, H.

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    Hey everyone!
    Happy newyears! Hugs and kisses, much love, and tons of artistic and personal improvements to all of you! And all in good health and fortune, of course

    I've had a great time, christmas was nice, we actually celebrated the 3rd day of christmas as well (bunch of friends got together and everyone made a course, awesome!) and newyears was rather relaxed, with friends, in germany.

    Did not do too much during those days (nothing at all, actually so I've been busy trying to pump up the pace for the new year.
    So here's a dump of stuff I'm working on.

    Most of it is for practice, figuring out photoshop.
    Also started another painting: of a horse, this time.
    Still have several unfinished paintings lying around, but that's the way it is.
    Last is a design for a flyer, for a friend of mine. Party for climbers.

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    Small update.
    I've been busy making a picture for a flyer for a climber's party, where they wanted me to draw a picture of a devil/heidi kind of thing. I've been working on this thing several hours now. Any thoughts?
    No reference used, so some anatomy/lighting is somewhat wonky.

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    I put some more work in the devil/heidi, but kind of screwed it up.
    Too embarrased to show you guys. So another study in stead. Wip. Reffed.

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    did not draw much today, but have loads of wips coming up soon.
    For now, all I have is this piece I started 10 minutes ago.
    Take care.

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    update on turtle study and finished the flyer design.
    They think it's a little too creepy. So maybe change it round.
    Deadline was due yesterday so we'll see.
    Also some musclestudies. Kind of hard to capture all the skintones right.
    I love how those guys stare as if their pea sized brain just thought of something
    Any comments/crits appreciated.
    If you feel like lurking, that's fine too

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    Nice butterflies that look like butterflies! As apposed to my butterflies which just look like butter. Seriously though good stuff, I enjoyed looking..

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    Junpei: thank you! Domo arigato.
    I hope I can keep delivering more and better enjoyful stuff in the future.

    Been busy stuyding all kinds of things.
    I keep finding it hard to actually finish things.
    I feel like I've left my drawing skills wither in a corner for far too long .
    And now, I'm in a hurry to make up fotr 10 years of not drawing much at all.
    It kind of feels like I'm in for a very long battle. But I'm determined to win it.
    Maybe that's part of the problem though.. as finishing takes easily as much time as building up the thing to a reasonable level,
    it sometimes feels like I should not allow myself the time to finish stuff. But that way, I'll never learn finishing.

    Anyway. Ramble ramble, blah blah. And such. Gotta just draw more.
    Some studies. Wips.

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    Nice studies dude, it's awesome that you're exploring so many different subjects and challenging yourself. My favorites from this page are the turtle in post #127 and the shark and horse in post #123.

    For a crit, I think you need to work on simplification. Right now a lot of your paintings are looking muddy, messy, and convoluted. It's easier said than done and takes a lot of practice, but try to focus on simplifying the subject down to the bare minimum. Block in the image with just a few (3-5) values - highlight, midtone, shadow - and do the same for color. Don't get too fussy too early, instead try to capture the essence of the image with as little as possible. And I saw a comment you left in another SB about this, but I think you should try to use larger brushes and higher opacity/flow longer - don't reduce your brush size or your brush opacity/flow until you really need to. I'm sure you're already doing this to an extent, but I think it's something that you could really push further. Learning to economize during the painting process will help you move through the early stages of the image faster and give your paintings a more harmonious, consistent feeling.

    About the trouble finishing stuff, oh man, I am so there, lol. That last stage of a painting is so dull. All the interesting problems have been solved, and it's just down to elbow grease and tedious rendering. What I'm trying to do right now, and I would suggest this to you as well, is to work in simpler studies that have less complexity in the image and allow you to focus more on getting the image as far as possible and just improving your overall process and technique. You could, for example, paint a single piece of fruit or another simple object, but challenge yourself to take that image as far as possible. It'll probably take you as long as one of these more complex studies but allow you to explore all the stages of the process, including the finishing touches.

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    dierat: thanks dudette! I'm trying to push forward, and following mainly the most read advice on these boards: draw more.
    Thanks for your constructive criticism, very much appreciated.

    I agree, I start fiddling with small brushes too soon and that is why my work is not as crisp as I would like it to be -
    or in your words, my work seems muddy.
    I said that in another sketch book somewhere, true
    I think most of my crits on other's people's work are kind of crits of my own work too. (I don't know if that goes for you, too I'm just explaining myself)
    I try to simplify forms and get the essentials down quicker, working with bigger brushes (also when I'm painting in oils or acrylics) to force myself to learn that.
    I do enjoy detailing stuff though, so when I stray and lose focus, I suddenly wake up finding myself drawing hairs on an animal or something similar.
    I do find rendering in photoshop more tedious than with real paint somehow, but I guess that's also just an area to work on.
    Thanks again, I'll try your advice and render the shit out of a piece of fruit or cuttlery or something. Cheers.

    Some stuff I'm working on; more wips. I couldn't help myself
    Minas Morgul and IronMan. Studies. Both reffed (obviously)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmageddon View Post
    I agree, I start fiddling with small brushes too soon and that is why my work is not as crisp as I would like it to be -
    or in your words, my work seems muddy.
    I said that in another sketch book somewhere, true
    I think most of my crits on other's people's work are kind of crits of my own work too. (I don't know if that goes for you, too I'm just explaining myself)
    Yeah, I get that too. Sometimes I'll be in the middle of writing a crit and realize that I'm describing a problem I suffer from myself and that I should stfu and take my own advice But that's one of the many benefits of critiquing the work of others. It allows you to see problems similar to your own but from a fresh perspective. Or something like that ^^

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    dierat: yeah, exactly.

    small update. . .
    little more work on the Minas Morgul study, some lion sketches.

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    small update on the iron man (trying to convey metal) and a crabman

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    Cool updates! The enviro and the shark in post #123 looks really good. I also love the horse painting and the iron man! I think you are pretty good with colors already. I would like to see some more value studies from you though. And of course anatomy studies, but these latest muscle dudes are looking fine. Keep it up!!
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