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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-06 17:32:31 Reply

Nother wip. I'm not very good with anatomy on a full body, so criticism is welcome.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-06 23:46:07 Reply

This is actually the starter pic, and I think it turned out nice. However, I'm not too happy with the hair. Anyone know any good methods?

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-07 06:54:35 Reply

At 8/6/10 11:46 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: This is actually the starter pic, and I think it turned out nice. However, I'm not too happy with the hair. Anyone know any good methods?

His face looks like he's saying: "That's awesome man!" Keep it up.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-07 13:21:34 Reply

At 8/7/10 06:54 AM, Fifty-50 wrote:
His face looks like he's saying: "That's awesome man!" Keep it up.

Thanks, I was going for that "holy shit i just got an idea!"
This is finished, I believe.

Mainly just added Eyelashes and warmer skin tone.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 14:57:28 Reply

A referenced portrait.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 15:03:36 Reply

More of the same.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 15:17:34 Reply

everyone has their own little "thing" and it looks like yours is noses. You should be a little weary of trying to keep your faces properly aligned rather then subconsiously making them long to emphasise your nose drawing skills.
looks like you have a good work ethic, keep it up dawg

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 15:28:21 Reply

At 8/9/10 03:17 PM, austinzombie wrote: everyone has their own little "thing" and it looks like yours is noses. You should be a little weary of trying to keep your faces properly aligned rather then subconsiously making them long to emphasise your nose drawing skills.
looks like you have a good work ethic, keep it up dawg

Thanks austin! And yes, I do need to watch all of these things that I do without knowing. Thanks on the nose compliment, personally I think I'm awful at them, which also could be why they're so long.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 15:39:48 Reply

your noses are much better then mine, I haven't tried fooling around with them at all like you have so they always turn out like shit so its good that you did that.
the main thing that is awesome about what you do is that it seems like you're actually trying, like i find it admirable that you put up some painting on here and keep trying new things and to improve your art - tis much better then a lot of people on here who just herp their derp and do the same boring stuff we've all seen before

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 15:59:51 Reply

Thanks for the chin up! And yes I totally agree with you. *cough*anime*cough*


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 17:36:05 Reply

Colored this in photoshop, and I'm proud to say I figured out how to color my sketches in a manner I enjoy.
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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 17:41:43 Reply

At 8/9/10 05:36 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Colored this in photoshop, and I'm proud to say I figured out how to color my sketches in a manner I enjoy.
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meh, it just looks like you cut out the shape for the hair.
try actually coloring it and giving it some texture instead of a single solid color, itll make it pop :)

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-09 17:50:46 Reply

Hmm, not really sure how to draw hair besides that stupid dodge burn tut, but I think I did a good job.
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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-10 19:26:03 Reply

At 8/9/10 05:50 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Hmm, not really sure how to draw hair besides that stupid dodge burn tut, but I think I did a good job.
Better?

This is a hair tutorial that I found to be helpful. I'll let that do the talking for me since it puts it a lot better than I could.

In general, using the dodge and burn tools won't get you the kind of tonal diversity that will make your drawing look full and alive. Getting yourself a nice color pallet and blending individual hues, shades and saturation levels will give you better results.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the distortion of proportions that you're using. I can see why you might use that style, but the way that it's playing out on the page... I don't know. I guess I'll just say that you might want to pay particular attention to your composition.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-10 19:53:28 Reply

Dumb question, but I'm not intentionally distorting the proportions... What am I doing wrong?


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-10 20:30:01 Reply

At 8/10/10 07:53 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Dumb question, but I'm not intentionally distorting the proportions... What am I doing wrong?

Ah, okay. Well, I'll use your latest drawing.

The biggest problem is that the face is far too long. From the chin to the eyebrows should be roughly the same width as the width of the head. The corners of the mouth should be aligned with the pupils. In your drawing, the right eye (from my perspective) is much narrower (lengthwise) and a little wider than the left. The bottom lip should be the same size (or bigger, depending on the person) than the top lip. The eyes should be one eye's length apart.

A good way to make sure that something is proportionate is to paste a photo on top of your drawing in another layer set to a low transparency to see if things match up (approximately).


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-10 20:59:46 Reply

i highly recommend this for hair tutorial, it even gives you a tut for eyes and metal, so maybe thatll help ;)
as for faces... this is for the more cartoony style, but for realism, i recommend simply looking at references and noticing the proportions and differences form face to face. google is thy friend

hope this helps...
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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-11 00:14:01 Reply

Thanks to both of you! very helpful.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-13 20:31:28 Reply

Wip.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-13 20:35:21 Reply

At 8/13/10 08:31 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Wip.

All the fingers seem to be in the same length. You should make it coincide with real life, seeing some fingers are shorter than others, especially the pinky. But all looks fine. I'll use a pen if I were you, so your lines will be more refined.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-13 21:29:56 Reply

lineart, switched bird to owl.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-13 22:06:21 Reply

At 8/13/10 09:29 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: lineart, switched bird to owl.

you ruined it, it looked so much better in pencil or graphite, whatever it was, now it looks like a marker doodle, not nice at all

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-14 00:07:59 Reply

At 8/13/10 10:06 PM, Ashman wrote:
At 8/13/10 09:29 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: lineart, switched bird to owl.
you ruined it, it looked so much better in pencil or graphite, whatever it was, now it looks like a marker doodle, not nice at all

Oh well, I still have the pencil one. Different pages.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-14 00:15:58 Reply

Its all good

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-14 00:20:38 Reply

At 8/14/10 12:15 AM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Its all good

your fingers look pudgy.
but, on the bright side, the sparrow is adorable :3

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-14 00:27:17 Reply

my personal fingers, or my drawn fingers? if real fingers, thats paint.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-14 00:30:19 Reply

At 8/13/10 09:29 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: lineart, switched bird to owl.

Is that hatching? I'd advise to use a pen instead of markers.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-14 00:34:01 Reply

Thanks for the advice, but I'm just dumping that whole marker thing and stick to my pencils. I might paint it though...

acrylics ftw

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-15 20:45:15 Reply

Painted the bird pic. I think It turned out nice. Any comments or thoughts will do.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! 2010-08-15 20:52:38 Reply

At 8/15/10 08:45 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Painted the bird pic. I think It turned out nice. Any comments or thoughts will do.
acrylics on canvas.

It's not bad. A few things, though:
Your colors are swapped around! If you're going for a rainbow look (which is pretty apparent), you should probably have the correct order of the colors of the rainbow. Yours: B, P, G, R, Y. The appropriate order would be: P, B, G, Y, R.
Even if you don't care about that, I have a couple issues with the hands. The back of the hand looks a little too round and plump. Hands actually have fairly flat backs. Then there are some problems with the fingers: They don't have enough contrast in length. The index finger is fine, but the middle finger should be longer than the index, not shorter, as you have it. The image cuts off too high, so we can't see the whole pinky, but it looks too thick from what I can tell.
Lastly, the cigarette looks pretty flat. Add some shading.
The bird is the strongest part. The painting isn't bad, though. Keep it up.


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