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    Jim's sketches -- december 4--

    Hey C.A, I finally decided to really participate in this amazing community, so here is my sketchbook. I've dug up everything I've had laying around for the last year. So I'd love to here what everyone thinks, what I need to work on, bad habits I can break, ect.
    One thing I noticed while organizing all this stuff is that a lot of my drawings are just meaningless doodles of nondescript figures. What I'm going to try to work on is taking drawings further, being more patient and developing characters more. So heres the first dump. I'd love some crits, thanks for looking!

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    Hey man! Yeah it was fun.
    hmm.. that last one looks familiar.
    Yeah like you said a little more definition in your sketches would definitely help, as well as some practice with cleaner rendering. Ill look forward to seeing more!

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    Yo Dude!
    Good to see your starting a Book here! I like your studies on faces and you know a lot about the human body what I really admire. Most things look pretty good, even the quick sketches. Just show us more!

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    Holy dumpzilla I'm the exact opposite of you, I pinch it off in little chunks and scatter them here and there.... plus I suck

    Good stuff going here, I'm feeling the style you're going for and I think it's gonna turn out great. Welcome aboard

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    Hey man, thanks for the SB comment. Nice first dump . Excellent energy and rhythm, good anatomy. I'd like to see the same energy and enthusiasm of your freehand stuff applied to your studies! That and maybe work up some of your stuff to a more finished / fleshed-out level.

    Good going man!
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    yeah these have a nice energy and effortlessness to them, i'd like to see some finished/colored bits...

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    Busy with your comic, right?
    The link to the poses is truly awesome, thanks a lot!

    see you thursday!

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    thanks guys! here is a recent drawing and a couple speedpaints i tried (from reference).
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    this is my most recent illustration, for a themed gallery show "across the sea"
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    a cd cover i did for my band last year
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    a cd cover for a band called "high council". with this one i decided to attempt something more like an actual painting, without relying on lines like i usualy do. as you can see i have a lot to learn in that department - blehh
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    Great variety of styles! Just keep playing and it will click!

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    Thanks! Yeah the one after mine was the guy i was trying to get to come to the group. O_o

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    Wow man, the colored linework is really amazing. I don't really know too much about painting but one thing I've found that helps in digi stuff is using the right brush. Also, thinking in terms of 'cutting into' forms as you overlay them...maybe try working in black and white first...

    Also, you can try drawing with pen, or better yet, pencil, and staying well clear of using arbitrary 'lines'. Concentrate on internal forms and shadows, negative spaces, only show hard line when it's created from harsh lights overlapping deep darks, like a head framed by an unlit doorway or such...

    umm...and remember that 'outlines', at least on figures, are just the terminator or horizon of a curving form...so they are there, but they are soft and gradual, formed by areas where the light is reflecting off into the empty air instead of directly into our eyes...Try just looking down at your own legs in a pair of shorts, or point your arm toward a mirror...the foreshortening of the undulations of wider and narrower 'nodes' creates a 'dark halo' effect...especially if your friggin hairy like me

    Oh yeah, and the two biggest issues with that CD Cover painting: corners and points aren't sharp enough, shadows (especially cast shadows) aren't deep enough. Good composition though
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    Oh yeah...almost forgot...

    you might try doing some chalk or white charcoal studies on toned paper...even construction paper works working in highlights is probably one of the biggest differences between painting and drawing...IMHO
    sketchbook...a kitten dies every time you don't comment

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    wow! I was looking at the studies and whatnot and I was impressed, but those last few colored pieces are very well done! awesome!
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    hey all, thanks for the crits and comments. got some new stuff here. a couple character sketches, a couple girls reffed from a magazine, a concept for the "soul collecter" chow that i never finished, and an illo i did for my girlfriends birthday -

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