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  04 April 2006
Humble beginnings

I was informed a while ago that my figure in my work was "lacking". So one of the things Ive been doing to improve it is these one hour studies from misc photos Ive found. Im concentrating mainly on proportion, anatomy, placement of shapes/forms, and the simplification of form..
I felt like I should be getting some form of feedback on these exercises to see if Im repeating a certain mistake over and over that I cannot see myself.

These are in chronological order from when I started back on the 31st. dont know how long Im gonna keep this up.
These are thumbnail links to the actual images given the fact Im posting alot at once.

Master and Servant
  04 April 2006


Hi there, welcome aboard! I think you've got a lot of great starts here, and it's really nice to see your progression.

First of all, can you tell us something about your art training and background?

I think the main trend that I am noticing with your work is that with all of these you are doing a nice job of blocking in the basic value structure ~ that is great to see! May I ask, are you doing these studies for your own purposes, or as part of some class? My main suggestion here would be to not go too far into the light range too rapidly ~ as with traditional painting, you want to work from dark to light, and build values gradually.
I mentioned more or less the same thing on Woody's Anatomy Thread ~ this post might help out:

Fair skin, medium values

Also I think you just need to develop your pieces further. You might check out:

TUTORIAL - Digital Figurative Painting from OFDW - by Rebeccak

Which just shows a step by step of a value painting, in a very similar way to that in which you are working.

You have the basics here, but what amounts to a first pass ~ you need to give your pieces several more painting passes to really bring out the finer details and more subtle value gradations. I think that once you begin to do that, you will have several really nice pieces on your hands. What I might suggest is taking one really inspirational piece (where you really like the reference) and develop that one further. This sort of sets a standard for yourself, after which you will want to surpass that standard.

One question ~ may I change the title of your thread to 'Anatomy Thread of Kendeathwalker'?

Looking forward to seeing more of your work!



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