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    Meh, it was just a hunch that turned out to be right. You did all the hard work.

    Regarding your second weirdo concept. Love it, but it looks dark and almost like the person is is in the shadows. Try adding some contrast to seperate the lights and darks more. Also, choose a focal point and make sure it somehow stands out in the picture.
    That should do the trick.

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    Ville - I see what you mean about the murky lighting, I'll get back to it later and work on these things. The focal point thing is also very true. Maybe an intricate pendant could sort that out. Thanks for the keen-eyed critique once again!


    A crappy sketch I've been working on for too long:

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    A study from a photo from this excellent thread with loads of good photos from China:



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    Photo studies from terragalleria.com:



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    A couple of studies, again from terragalleria.com:






    These are from today (got my lazy ass to work for once and painted for 11 hours):

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    11 hours! Oh seven hells, now I feel just lazy.

    My favourite is the fortress with mountain in the backround. However, there's some really cool stuff in the original thumbnail that I really really like but they didn't make it to the final piece.

    -Perspective seems more interesting with larger field of view.
    -the wall looses detail the farther it's getting hence giving nice sense of depth.
    -the gate area of the wall seems to be coming out little further than rest of the wall making it more interesting.
    -Theres some nice sculptural details on the around the gate (implied by the vertical lines)
    -Red door and white stairs serve as a nice eye catcher
    - the figure is smaller in the thumbnail giving the fortress more epic proportions

    Please don't lose those things.

    Aside from those you could make the painting more interesting by putting some guards on the wall, maybe some sculptural detail on the door (Look at asian mythology, engravings etc.) and adding some banners that are being blown by the wind.

    Not only could the banners be useful by indicating windy environment and giving the image some motion but they could also be used to bring some color diversity to the scene.

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    Ville - I couldn't agree more about the thumbnail having those thing better. I'll make a point of keeping the thumbnail visible when working on a painting from now on. I noticed some of those things when comparing the painting to the thumb but list of yours really hits the nails in the head. I fixed the compo and perspective issues but didn't add banners and soldiers because I want the place to look desolate and mysterious. There's still a lot of detailing to do but good to have it back on track. Thanks once again!

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    That wall looks great so far. Nice design on the door and the piece definately has that mystery wibe to it. Although there's already repeated elements in the picture I was left thinking that maybe that cool ornament or the red color could be repeated somewhere else too? It could help unify the piece even more.

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    Ismo - Thanks, good point! I'll redesign the ornaments for the entrance at least and probably add something to the further towers too.


    Today I focused on anatomy sketching:











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    seems like smone mastered the colours =) on that big walls very nice color balance. at 722 shapes are really nice i like that work a lot, head piece is impresiv ;D

    also big thanks for your kind support mate =)


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    I really like #727 it shows me how you work, you have great structure in your
    hand drawings, I was working a lot on my hand drawings too, find your ones
    are more lose thou. You dropped a line at my sketchbook a long time ago !

    Good stuff here, hope to get some feedback from you again.

    In general I don't know what it is I am not really painting in PS, but when I see
    the rough sketches in your SB I am thinking that I should try it. But I will
    draw 3 min in PS than I drop the PEN, don't know what it is ?!?

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    impressive sketching! Solid structure and anatomy.
    You could experiment more with the lines and strokes though. Try and loosen up. Your meticulous structural knowledge serves you brilliantly when it comes to man made objects, but with soft and squishy things like humans and animals it tends to make the figures stiff and mannequin like.

    hope to see more updates soon!

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    Weashell - Likewise, thanks for support! The steampunk guy is kind of a favorite of mine too. Sometimes you get an idea and everything else seems to be downhill.

    Iven - Thanks! Dunno why my approach is so structural but I guess it helps set everything in space. Don't know what program's you've been using for your graphic work but among programs to paint with, PS is really worth delving into if you're interested in expanding beyond the vector look. Try downloading Whit Brachna's environment speedpainting videos or just some good brush set to get the hang of the variety of marks you can do.

    Ville_S - Thanks! You're right about the stiff structural look thing. I already have what could well be a cure for that waiting on my bookshelf (Mattesi's Force - Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, which I was recommended) but I'm reading another book first.

    Kevin - Thanks!


    Studies from photos by QT Luong from terragalleria.com (damn that guy has traveled a lot!), second one of which is unfinished:





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    I'm loving how much atmosphere those thumbnails have... you're just going from strength to strength here. :')

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    Jessibelle - Thank you!


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    Wonderful sketch book, lovely use of colours!

    *first post woo!* :p

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    Hi Smuli !
    It's been very long since I have not come and I shall give the drawing. You spent on my thread and you need not remind you of me

    It's still good that you do! I'm really impressed. Nice work!

    C&C please to help me progress !
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    Wha.. how.. uh.. I'm so blown away by the amount of awesomeness and studies in here. I feel so lazy but at the same time so inspired.
    I feel like I've got so many ideas for my own studies from here. Love your watercolor screenshot-studies, have to try that. Also such a dedication and eye for a details you got. Wish to have that too. Keep on updating, it's a definite subscription from me.

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    Thanks man I guess I should try to work out one of my ecucational
    pieces in PS, they kinda look good in vector thou. Thanks 4 pOping
    in I will keep on track what you are doing, it's inspiering !

    Specially the thumbnails above are great !

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    Thanks all for the comments!


    I've been starting/continuing lots of crap but not really finishing anything, I guess hence the longish break at posting.


    Here's the gate pic as far as I've taken it. I got fed up with it but maybe some day I'll continue.

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    I resumed working on a painting I started in at the change of the year. It's based on David Lindsay's SciFi book A Voyage to Arcturus. On the left is the old version from December.

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    Figure sketches from Pixelovely figure drawing tool after reading the first half of Mattesi's Force - Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators. That book is awesome, I really feel like I've learned a lot about drawing a pose with rhythm and a sense of weight.

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    Thumbs:

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    Still lives (a habanero from my own plant and the clamp I use to attach the paper to drawing board):

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    Things are looking great in here!! I love how textural your paintings are looking lately, it adds so much interest. Those figures are looking good too

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    Jessibelle - Thanks! I've been working as a texture artist for a few months so I guess it shows.


    Sketch dump:

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    I did all of these except the first one using pretty much only one brush - a hard round with spacing ticked off (I didn't even know you could turn it off but it makes the brush much lighter/faster) and flow at 40. Using just one brush helped focus on colors.

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    Thanks Sean, glad you like the still lives!


    An update on the old painting based on the book A Voyage to Arcturus:

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    Gerome-study... Reference. It was a fun painting to explore. I like how the flock of birds adds depth and a sense of movement, complete with the cast shadows from birds out of the picture. Also love the "burned through" look of the highlights on the pillars, having them be flat yellow like that adds a good sense of bright light. Definitely learned a lot with this!

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    More life studies:

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    I've been starting up oils again after almost two years' pause. These are from last week's Saturday:

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    Wednesday:

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    Thursday:

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    Thumbnail sketching from Saturday:

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    Sketchup lines:

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    WIP:

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    Love the new attachment manager!

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    Loving those oils!! I really need to get back to doing some still lives... I love the dedication of painting four every day, especially when you're painting the same thing four times over. Incredible patience, man. Can only be a good thing.

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    I am reading quite often through my sketchbook, to reflect on the feedback.
    Thanks a lot man, I really love your nudes on page 25. Thanks for going through
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    Your studies are awesome. I like how vibrant the colors look.
    Also - cool diver from the previous page

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    Really like the last wip smuli! Dont know if your going to take it further but you might want to take a look at the very bottom ship, being in its current position it looks a bit strange creating a tangent with the bridge and wall etc, id really like to see it developed though!

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