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    Another winter sunset color study. I was trying to be very gestural with the tree silhouette, as I've noticed each kind of tree while fractal in nature, has a different "gesture" to it's fractal...equation. Not sure if that makes sense. I'm going to try and capture these "tree gestures".

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    And my first Bridgeman study. I've been avoiding Bridgeman partly in fear of my shortcomings (dealt with), and partly because I didn't like the chunky-ness of his figures. Then I realized that it's more of a way of conceptualizing the figure in order to draw it, and not how the final product should necessarily look. That being said, I'm going to draw over and over again until it's closer. Still losing a lot due to inability to relate parts to a whole/spatial relationships. Always ends up looking "wobbly".

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    More Bridgeman. Copying lines fine, but making sure they relate to the overall form is a much bigger challenge. It's interesting how a few lines can denote a plane, or a fold, or a volume.

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    Thanks for stopping by my SB. You're improving really fast.. so just keep at it and do some life drawing as you mentioned, it's really fun.
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    Dump! Annnd my current project is on the bottom. I'm currently figuring out what's wrong with the light/shadow system. I've decided to stick with what I enjoy most in order to learn. No figure stuff for a while.

    Some photo studies, value, color, the usual.
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    I think I've got cools in areas that should be warm, and vis-a-versa. Among other things. Hmmmm...
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    Hey Earendil

    You seem to be working hard Keep on man, looks cool
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    Here's the latest on the landscape and some recent color studies. Anyone know of a way to use posemaniacs and CS2 at the same time? I'm having trouble getting everything to fit onscreen.

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    You definitely have gotten a lot better over this past year. You're strength lies in environments, that's for sure. You don't seem to be having this problem as much with your other paintings, but on your lighthouse, the picture is suffering from too much detail. I must say, however, I'm impressed with what you do.
    Like others have said, Life Drawing is your friend. Try to do some other studies, too. Check out some anatomy books. It's something I definitely have to work on. I wish you all the best.
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    Relationship strife, resolution, and a move to Seattle later, the sky is no longer falling.

    Quick fun for the the 4th.
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    Another attempt at evocative skies.
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    The beginning of another exploratory (read: "until it looks right") painting.
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    "The water doesn't look like water, 4 competing focal points bad, work on value hierarchy." - Form
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    The current state. I'm going to look up water reference and make sure that beach has waves. I keep coming back to the countryside, wondering what to put there. I'm thinking farmlands. I'm trying to make it look like the landscape slopes up slightly, otherwise it looks weird to have the ground dip and the slope up above the water level, then back down again.
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    My next goal is to not use 38 layers to get this far.

    And some character gestures.
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    Just trying to think of various poses, situations, archetypes, etc. This is in preparation for the Seattle sketchgroup Final Fantasy-esque female character thunderdome!

    Feedback is welcome. I've gotta get better. Moar!
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    Nice improvement thru the skecthbook, just one advice....If I were you I wouldnt be so "dramatic" or "theatrical" with the enviros....too many special effects, or lights that may distract you from learning the basics of structure, basic drawing, and blocking tones, values, etc.... try to render only in a few pieces, but the majority of them, stay only keeping and learning how to build up how the light and proportions work. Its just and advice, keep it up!
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    QETALIVAN: That would probably be more efficient, thank you! I'll make sure to mix up my studies more with really short stuff, medium, and long.

    Two self portraits for today, both around 45 minutes. I'd love advice on how to do these, as I usually spend most of my time getting the outline right, then spending several minutes going "where do I start?" when it comes to placing the features. Proportion is going to be an issue for a while until I do more of these, but any advice would be great!

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    Some gestures. When I went from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, it seemed to make a difference. I think taking time to understand what's in front of my eyes is better to start with, then the fast studies will also benefit.

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    And my SP for the day. After reading Betty Edwards chapter on proportions, I'm confident this issue is only temporary, and will continue to improve the more I do these!

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    hey thanks for dropping by my sb. i really like what you have going on here so far, especially all those enviros (particularly the set of the chinese temple ones with all the different designs. i think you could benefit from more anatomy studies. your paintings right now tend to have a lot more darker tones than anything else i'd say try enhancing you light tonal values a bit more to help give more contrast in the images. other than that keep up the good work.
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    thesadpencil>Thanks, I do have trouble with midtones and everything ends up being too contrasted/dark.

    It's a good day, despite the rain outside.

    My daily SP. Tried to draw a surprised/puckered expression. Don't suck your cheeks in, open your jaw, and keep your lips closed for 45 minutes.

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    This is a value study from memory. It's not finished, but I'm really trying to use the maximum range of values, and make it as photorealistic as I can. Soon, I will have a real desk, lamp, and cast to do these live. For now, I just drew a random contour, figured out the structure, then put in the values.

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    Environment of the Week. I have a little under a day to get this going. Here's the thumb, and below is its current state.
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