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Old 07-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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Welcome to the Café where I post my posts in one spot since you all like posts so much.

In approximate chronological order:

First post for comparison (set 0):
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Set 1
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Set 2
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Set 3
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Set 4
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Set 5







Set 6









That's it for now. Hopefully next post will be even closer to PRO work...
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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nice SB organization!

try using a very hard rectangular brush for a couple paintings, very minimal transparency. that might help give your images some solidness
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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nice SB organization!

try using a very hard rectangular brush for a couple paintings, very minimal transparency. that might help give your images some solidness
Thanks, Threes.

I've been working on getting used to harder brushes with minimal transparency and here are the newest updates:


Set 7:
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Best of set 7:


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Old 08-11-2013, 09:54 AM   #4
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Doesn't she look so much more solid? Making progress!
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:14 AM   #5
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Doesn't she look so much more solid? Making progress!
That's the hope. Thanks!


Updates:

Set 8:


Jim Broadbent as Timothy Cavendish from the movie cloud atlas:

Bruce WIllis as Frank Moses in the trailer to the 2010 movie, RED:





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Old 11-01-2013, 11:33 PM   #6
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Major improvement in the last paintings! Wherr are you at now?
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:36 PM   #7
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Thanks Chai.

New art done for my sketch exchange with Threes. First one is a response, second one is a videogame character from the 90s:
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:58 PM   #8
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Set 10:

General doodles:


Practising materials, and palettes based on saturation relationships:

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Old 07-31-2014, 07:04 PM   #9
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More quick practice




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Old 07-31-2014, 07:48 PM   #10
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Very nice colorized eyes.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:11 AM   #11
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I really like the mannequin drawings. They have so much flow to them.
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Nice progress!
For the latest mannikin set, I would suggest working on gesture some more. Before you jump into the structure, make some sweeping lines to show where the action is headed. Don't worry if you make the "arms" too long, or the "legs" look off; structure will come later. Focus on getting the action right. I usually start with the spine, but I know people work differently.
I recommend the Proko Gesture video. Be warned, though, there's some light nudity.
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:30 AM   #13
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Thanks srilyk, r@nd0m-lamb, and Grieverjoe!

That eye came out way better than it probably should have. It doesn't look "flat" like much of my previous work. I'm not really sure how to reproduce it or the gesture flow, yet, but I'll keep trying.

More 5 minute study sketches:


I think next I'm going to attempt ears and practice keeping up gesture flow.
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+1 to Joe's Proko gesture video recommendation and focusing on the action first. That's great advice for anybody.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:44 PM   #15
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More practice:

Blending:


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Practice using http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/ set so each gesture was 30 seconds.





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Old 08-12-2014, 10:31 PM   #16
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Practice using http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/ set so each gesture was 30 seconds. Except the very last one which was a minute and a half.

Some really bad face drawings. 30 seconds makes it really difficult for me, but I definitely noticed getting quicker at it each drawing.


However, these are the best gesture sketches so far.


I think I'll start moving up to 30 second warm-ups and then full 1 minute a sketches now.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:36 PM   #17
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These are great Espresso! Just a little tip, when you are doing figure studies try to include the whole legs. It will teach you to better control your canvas and proportions
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