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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 16th, 2010 @ 06:30 PM Reply

Hello, people. I hope someone looks at this and gives me some help here. I have a picture here, which i am relatively happy with. However, how would I blend these lines together. Would I use the opacity feature, or is there some secret to blend colors together?

tl;dr: how do i make a smoother transition between these colors.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 21st, 2010 @ 11:02 PM Reply

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 25th, 2010 @ 06:33 PM Reply

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 25th, 2010 @ 06:35 PM Reply

At 9/25/10 06:33 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: more stuff.

my bad, this ones better.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 25th, 2010 @ 06:58 PM Reply

At 9/16/10 06:30 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote:
tl;dr: how do i make a smoother transition between these colors.

A really easy way? No.

However, if you use many shades of the same color, it'll look really smooth. The more colors, the more work, the smoother the transition looks.

For transition, you want colors that are no more than 5 or 10 RGBs in color from each other. Put those up in a conga line, radiating from where you're transitioning.

Either that, or use the opacity feature. The lower the opacity, the more strokes you'll have to make, but the better it looks. The problem with trying this with opacity is that you can get spots that are darker than the stuff around it, which looks bad, so you'd have to be careful to keep the LMB or equivalent pressed until you're ready to make the next layer of pale.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 25th, 2010 @ 07:06 PM Reply

At 9/25/10 06:58 PM, Felis wrote:
At 9/16/10 06:30 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote:
tl;dr: how do i make a smoother transition between these colors.
A really easy way? No.

However, if you use many shades of the same color, it'll look really smooth. The more colors, the more work, the smoother the transition looks.

For transition, you want colors that are no more than 5 or 10 RGBs in color from each other. Put those up in a conga line, radiating from where you're transitioning.

Either that, or use the opacity feature. The lower the opacity, the more strokes you'll have to make, but the better it looks. The problem with trying this with opacity is that you can get spots that are darker than the stuff around it, which looks bad, so you'd have to be careful to keep the LMB or equivalent pressed until you're ready to make the next layer of pale.

Yeah, I've messed around with both these methods, and I have decided I like the transition more than opacity. Photoshop is my enemy. It is good for doing stuff like compiling your favorite drawings from a sketchbook and making a collage.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 06:54 PM Reply

wip, wip wip, wip, wip, wip wip
anything i can improve?

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 10:37 PM Reply

More progress. Someone, anyone! Tell me if it looks OK!

Seriously though, talkin to myself out here.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 10:39 PM Reply

At 9/26/10 10:37 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: More progress. Someone, anyone! Tell me if it looks OK!
Seriously though, talkin to myself out here.

Goddamn include picture

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 10:40 PM Reply

At 9/26/10 10:37 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: More progress. Someone, anyone! Tell me if it looks OK!
Seriously though, talkin to myself out here.

It looks great (the hands especially), though pretty unrefined. It's a WIP, though, so keep at it. This could be really good when finished.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 10:41 PM Reply

her features look a little tilted
also her lips look a bit too big
however, im loving this piece! youve made such progress in so little time! congrats!

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 10:43 PM Reply

At 9/26/10 10:40 PM, Luxembourg wrote:
At 9/26/10 10:37 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: More progress. Someone, anyone! Tell me if it looks OK!
Seriously though, talkin to myself out here.
It looks great (the hands especially), though pretty unrefined. It's a WIP, though, so keep at it. This could be really good when finished.

How could I refine it a bit more? I am going to put in a background, if thats what your diggin at.
And Kashi, thanks, Imma flip it to see this.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 06:48 PM Reply

Recolored her a bit, better?

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 08:46 PM Reply

Anyone got any Ideas for a background? Artists block...


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 08:57 PM Reply

At 9/27/10 08:46 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Anyone got any Ideas for a background? Artists block...

Depends, what is she?
A priestess, a magician, a shaman, etc. It all depends on that.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 09:17 PM Reply

At 9/27/10 08:57 PM, Luxembourg wrote:
At 9/27/10 08:46 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Anyone got any Ideas for a background? Artists block...
Depends, what is she?
A priestess, a magician, a shaman, etc. It all depends on that.

I was thinkin more of a druid-shaman.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 09:21 PM Reply

At 9/27/10 09:17 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote:
At 9/27/10 08:57 PM, Luxembourg wrote:
At 9/27/10 08:46 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Anyone got any Ideas for a background? Artists block...
Depends, what is she?
A priestess, a magician, a shaman, etc. It all depends on that.
I was thinkin more of a druid-shaman.

Hmm...
What about somewhere overlooking the ocean? Perhaps with a storm going on behind her; high waves, dark clouds, and she could kind of seem like the glowing calm amongst it all.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 09:22 PM Reply

I like that Idea! Im going to scribble out a few concepts real quick.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 09:37 PM Reply

Here's where I'm thinking about going with this. Im done for the night, but feel free to comment on it.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 09:47 PM Reply

At 9/27/10 09:37 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: Here's where I'm thinking about going with this. Im done for the night, but feel free to comment on it.

She's too far to the left. Even if you don't want to move her into the middle, the subject shouldn't be pushed so far over.
Otherwise, it's a good enough rough plan, although, damn boy, you do it really rough.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 27th, 2010 @ 10:31 PM Reply

meh, its how I work.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 29th, 2010 @ 06:32 PM Reply

I don't like theology, therefore I draw instead.
The thing that sucks about it is that there's this girl that sits next to me; as soon as i start to draw, she whips out drawing stuff and starts drawing fuckin dragons and unicorns. Everyone starts ooing and awing over it, then she starts yapping about how she was the best artist in school, which she is not, as their are some very talented upperclassmen.
Anyway, I fucking hate her. Next semester she is also in my art class, which sucks, because she can't draw people, landscapes, or anything more than furry animal shit and dragons. ALL FUCKIN DAY. I hate her.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 29th, 2010 @ 07:03 PM Reply

At 9/29/10 06:32 PM, DemocracyFTW wrote: I don't like theology, therefore I draw instead.
The thing that sucks about it is that there's this girl that sits next to me; as soon as i start to draw, she whips out drawing stuff and starts drawing fuckin dragons and unicorns. Everyone starts ooing and awing over it, then she starts yapping about how she was the best artist in school, which she is not, as their are some very talented upperclassmen.
Anyway, I fucking hate her. Next semester she is also in my art class, which sucks, because she can't draw people, landscapes, or anything more than furry animal shit and dragons. ALL FUCKIN DAY. I hate her.

It's something you'll run into; don't let it eat you too much. She may get more attention, but you know you're the better artist, and that's what counts. Who gives a flying fuck what the general population thinks? The general population knows nothing of art!
I've seen that kind of shit with people who do anime busts (and can't do anything else), people who draw animals that look like Disney character rip-offs (and can't do anything else), people who draw dragons and knights (and can't do anything else), and I always think it's funny because they don't have any real artistic values or ideas. If you can't try anything new, you're no artist, you're a ritualist, going through the motions.

And, inevitably, those people are the kind that will never improve, because they're satisfied doing that one thing well. The artists curse is also a blessing; you should never be satisfied with what you're making, but that dissatisfaction is what makes you improve. These people lack that, and won't improve. It's as simple as that.


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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Sep. 30th, 2010 @ 11:46 PM Reply

Progress. Comments on this would be great!

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Oct. 3rd, 2010 @ 01:05 PM Reply

Ok, I think this is finished. Any last minute changes? and the bigger question: should I submit it to the portal?

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Oct. 3rd, 2010 @ 02:24 PM Reply

portal'd
I just added a shadow and changed lighting.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Oct. 3rd, 2010 @ 10:38 PM Reply

I wanted to do a portrait with out using photoshops opacity: often times, whenever I use opacity, I overpaint a bunch, and I end up not being satisfied with the result, which I think is what happened with the last one; to combat this, I am painting the following portrait; I also needed to start referencing more, as I am starting to develop a method for drawing portraits; which is something that is really bad to do.

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Oct. 9th, 2010 @ 12:07 PM Reply

Inbetween the other six million things im trying to do right now...

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Oct. 12th, 2010 @ 06:34 PM Reply

drawing in school again, i found my way out of my rut. Thanks for all the pointers!

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Response to Democracy's sketchbook! Oct. 12th, 2010 @ 07:34 PM Reply

At 10/12/10 07:04 PM, Otto wrote: I think your pieces are fine for anatomy and shape, but you really need to get in there and add detail, lots of it. Create a full composition.

Thanks about the anatomy! :)
Im a little worried about starting an entire composition. Ive got quite a bit on my plate at the moment, between tests in high school and everything else in my life. Next semester, im starting an arts course, so ill probably have a lot more then. Quick question: what do you mean by full composition?


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