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@Nature:  Hey man thanks for the input, you make a lot of sense - particularly about invention.  One of my big goals over the next year or so is to get better at invention so what you say provides me with good food for thought.  The thing with the straight line approach for me was that I found it so useful that I wanted to spend a year or so really locking it in before moving on with my art journey.  When the time feels right I will probably incorporate more curves into my sketching.

Anyway by way of a Happy Christmas to you wonderful people on Crimson Daggers, here's a piece I just finished (30" x 24" acrylics on canvas), critiques always welcome:



“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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not bad! i wish i could paint that clean... i feel like some contrast in some areas might help it ,like some darkness around the background to vignette it it a bit, but thats all i got, nice!

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[color=rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.882)]e owl sat on an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke.[/color]
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merry christmas and lovley baby!

I think you could have softened some edges, although it's hard to tell from the resolutions. To make it a more organic baby.
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@Fedodika:  Yeah I reckon you're right - a vignette would have been nice - thanks for dropping by dude :).

@Moscito:  Soft edges on the periphery would have worked well too - good call man - thanks :).

Grinding out some figure sketches using lines, shapes and edges:



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Trying to load figures at weird angles into my visual library.



“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Tried to emulate traditional charcoal techniques on Clip Studio:



“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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I like the last few studies you have done a lot! Its a great way to learn a new painting program.

I suggest that you ALWAYS try to emulate the reference from memory after the studies tho. I have found that thats what really helps in building up the visual library and cementing the information into the brain.

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@Zorrentos:  Thanks for stopping by dude!  Yeah definitely I should redo studies from memory - thanks for nudge :).

Here's an experiment I did a while back trying to glaze using acrylics.  I was trying to follow Matt Philleo's teachings although I didn't use anywhere near as many layers as he does.  His approach involves doing a really tight line drawing and then glazing a load of translucent paint layers over the top until you end up with a really tight painting.

Here's his channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8fLOZU...PugLIpdsog

And here's my experiment, first time I've used mat medium, I quite liked how it lets me paint translucently:










I like this approach because I get to do a tight line drawing first :).

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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its not a bad lay in by any means... i think your brushes arent conveying edges very well like the brush strokes are scratchy looking and dont feel very confident. i know acrylic is pretty punishing since it dries so quick, must be hard to control; i dunno i struggle so much with oil i couldnt do it lol, anyways good effort, just try to get some soft edges in there, the vignette is overall nice

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Nice process! Especially for your first time with the medium.You really did a good job with grouping and creating appealing shadow shapes!

I recommend you to be a little more careful how you define your shapes though. If you look at the right shoulder(from the viewers perspective) the whole Trapezius/Infraspinatus region is looking a bit wonky.
I don't know if that's accurate to what you looked at, but to me it also looks weird how strong the contrast of the eyelids is. Even if it looked somewhat like that in the photo I would let that part fade into shadow more just to make for a cooler looking picture.
And on the matter of making a cooler looking picture, I would really love to see you use more vibrant colors to make everything pop more.

But really, I suspect your next few tries are probably going to address all this anyways, so looking forward to those!
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@Fedodika: Thanks dude, yeah my brushwork needs more work! I'll try to fix that by getting more mileage.

@Meatslurp: Thanks for the critique dude, yeah my accuracy is probably a bit off, I'll probably revisit back muscles again at some point.

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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My big goal this year is to finally (after 5 years of procrastination) get a few pages of my comic completed and up live on my website.

So to that end I am really going to focus on drawing scenes.

Here are my first baby steps, I wanna make sure I build solid perspective work into the foundations of my scenes. Gonna do these drills as often as I can.







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Those last few perspective exercises are looking quite solid, but I would really suggest that you invest the proper time, resources and effort into them to really make them worth their while.

For example, why are you not using a ruler when you are doing these? Get Scott Robertsons book, and buy some decent equipment and then start doing the exercises in his book (or if you are short on cash, do them digitally while carefully measuring).

I have actually yet to complete the full book, but even doing a few exercises in the book carefully (digitally) gave me a lot of knowledge that I have been using ever since. Looking forward to see more progress from your comic!

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@Zorrentos: Thanks dude - you are right!  I started using a ruler for the perspective lines on this latest one - makes my perspective more accurate!  Also I do have How To Draw and also How To Render and will be digging into those at some point. I tried doing them freehand because I watched this video from the Foundation guys:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejOeU2dWkP4

One more step towards my comicbook.  I will probably start making some concept art for it soon.  I'm busy world-building at the minute.

Also I thought it would be cool to make the art using traditional media - acrylics on canvas or something.



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