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Gold by Hopfield
Gold
Second go at skin colouring and again it's all by following navate's guides - fav.me/d2dwqgc  fav.me/d2ef9p7  and  fav.me/d2efaai
This is copied from this gorgeous stock photo fav.me/d3i91q6 by Armathor-Stock.  

I've been meaning to draw this for ages, and since I'm learning to do skin it seemed like an ideal time to have a crack at it.  I'm quite happy with the way the skin turned out and have given myself an extra brownie point for adding some yellow reflected light in the shadow on her left cheek.  It is there, honest.  Decided against doing the flowery/twig circlet thing from the start.  Way too much detail for me, but it does make her headscarf look a bit weird without it.  The colours on the scarf are sampled from the source - I had a go on my own but it just looked a bit yellow rather than gold.  Letting myself off the hook for this bit of cheating because I'm here to learn about skin, not fabric.
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Pirate-Lotus-Pixie by Hopfield
Pirate-Lotus-Pixie
Drew this from PirateLotus-Stock's photo here piratelotus-stock.deviantart.c…

Everything I know about colouring skin properly comes from navate's set of tutorials, which are brilliant:  fav.me/d2dwqgc  fav.me/d2ef9p7  and  fav.me/d2efaai

This is a very, very overdue picture.  The intention was to draw Ms PirateLotus-Stock sporting fab new pixie haircut way back in March 2013.  It's been on my to-do list since then, which shows some remarkably poor organisation on my part, but in my defence: I did get it done eventually.

Ignoring then the small delay: the new hair looks awesome!  Hope you like the portrait :)

Colour.  Damn I hate colour.  I just don't understand it at all, but I'm back at the coalface again, trying to work it out.  Decided to follow tutorials on skin colouring this time, rather than trying to work it out for myself and things have started to make a bit of sense.  Also overcame my reluctance to tackle Photoshop and did some more playing with brushes/textures before just smudging them all out and making it all smooth.  As usual, there is some resemblance between my drawing and the subject, but the bits are all just not quite right.  That nose looks suspiciously like my own, but I can't really explain how it ended up in the picture.  Likenesses are hard.  I was tempted to try puppet-warping things into better shape but thought better of it because it feels a bit cheat-y.  Might've overdone the vaseline-on-lens filter at the end, but it does smooth things out very nicely.  Going to try another one of these tomorrow.
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Fifty Men by Hopfield
Fifty Men
All done.  Credits first, then talking.  An enormous thank you to the stockers below who made this exercise possible:

justmeina1  16  24  26  27  29  34  42
watchstock2  14  18  40  49
Null-Entity3  8  9  10  17  21  31  33  35  38  39  47
Felixdeon4  6  7  11  15  19  25  28  30  32  37  43  45  46
MostlyGuyStock5  36  41  48
DaeStock13  22  50
kristinkk12  44
SenshiStock20  23


About halfway through this lot it became apparent to me that 100 is really quite a large number.  Undaunted however I pressed on, and made it to the end today with only a slightly frazzled brain.  Lots of experimenting here, and I tried to use subjects with a bit more complexity (foreshortening, perspective) than I risked with the women.  Mixed results but all good practice, also took the opportunity to experiment a bit with rendering methods.  I'm quite taken with the watercolour in Painter, even though I can't get it to work the way I want it to.  Going to try a full picture with digital ink + watercolour and see if I can produce something presentable.  

I'm still pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to draw a believable figure without a reference, but I might have another go in a few days - see if I've learned anything.
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Mainly because every time I come here I see the same old journal page and it's starting to annoy me.  Still learning to draw people, working my way through 50 men at the moment and continually frustrated at my progress.  That said, I'm fairly sure that improvement comes over a matter of years rather than days so I'm sticking at it.  I am managing to pick up on some recurring features as I do the sketches which is something I found when I did all the hands and feet, and there's certainly some degree of learning going on.  Erm.  That's probably about all I can put here with regard to progress.  Will return to my men now.
Fifty Women by Hopfield
Fifty Women
Stock credits first, and a very large, very loud 'thank you' to these kind souls for providing such a wealth of reference material.  Much appreciated here :thanks:

RobynRose1  2  10  18  26  34  35  43  45
ERIEYE-STOCK3  14  9  16  19  20  30  36  38  39  40  48
DanailyaReese-stock4
SenshiStock5  11  13  46  47
mjranum-stock6  7  24  31  32  41  44  50
ImperialStarletStock8  17  25  29  37  42
charligal-stock12
Tasastock15  23
chamberstock22  33
ratravarman27
Prithvi-Enoch28
jlior49

john_logan - 21   The account at john_logan.deviantart.com is empty, and the source image name 'demure' does not find it when searching.  It was a photo in my somewhat overfilled sources folder but appears to no longer be on dA :(


I've been trying to learn how to draw without a model or reference, but it's hard.  Really hard.  Working through Andrew Loomis' book, and skipped ahead to the 'good bit' where you start to add mass to your sketched skeleton.  Skipping ahead without paying attention to the foundations doesn't work so well, so I've gone back a few pages and returned to drawing skeletons/figures from references.  100 of these ought to help a bit, so I've started with 50 women, and going to start the men today.  These mostly avoid foreshortening and perspective, just aiming to keep things nice and simple for now, though I'll try for a bit more variety in the male selection.

Managed to accidentally use the same reference twice without realising until I was doing the stock credits.  Very slightly annoyed at myself for this.  Also wish that I'd had the resolve to stick with the grey/blue/black colour scheme, it would've made for a nice uniform composite image.  Sadly I got bored of all the grey and started playing with digital watercolour (which is great fun, and now on my 'things to learn to use' list).

Couple of these caused me enormous trouble - 33 springs to mind, which is why it ended up with so much annotation over the skeleton.  8 was a bit of a nightmare too.  Bending and twisting bodies make things suddenly much more tricky.  Tried alternative representations of the pelvis a few times and settled on a half-baked semi-realistic approach - will continue to work on this while drawing the men.  Better get started...
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Mainly because every time I come here I see the same old journal page and it's starting to annoy me.  Still learning to draw people, working my way through 50 men at the moment and continually frustrated at my progress.  That said, I'm fairly sure that improvement comes over a matter of years rather than days so I'm sticking at it.  I am managing to pick up on some recurring features as I do the sketches which is something I found when I did all the hands and feet, and there's certainly some degree of learning going on.  Erm.  That's probably about all I can put here with regard to progress.  Will return to my men now.

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David Shaw
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Keep meaning to update this bit but never get around to it. Very much a hobbyist, the fun for me is in making the drawings rather than the satisfaction of producing something beautiful that I enjoy looking at. In fact looking at my pictures tends to cause me some discomfort and I'm self-critical to a pathological degree. Getting better every day though.

I'm a bit fickle when it comes to settling down and sticking to a medium. Current flavour of the month is charcoal, but that could all change soon. So far we've dabbled with pencils, digital painting, acrylic and pen & ink - oh, and a month or two playing with 3D rendering.

It's all about faces and figures for me, I don't have a landscapey or still-lifey bone in my body. STILL not managed to get to a life drawing class, but I will. One day.

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Whih Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! ^^
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, You're one of ten lucky people to be tagged here! [link] :thumbsup::)
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jbrenthill Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch and favs! I like your work too!
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Blazing-Ram Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama!
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Hopfield Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :)
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! :D
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke for faving ^_^
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Give ♥ This ♥ To ♥ The ♥ Twelve ♥ Nicest ♥ People ♥ You ♥ Know ♥ If ♥ You ♥ Get ♥ Five ♥ Back ♥ You ♥ Must ♥ Be ♥ Perfect ♥

I just wanted to let you know that it's been a pleasure to have your support and feedback. I've enjoyed following along in your progress as an artist, and I've even learned a thing or two. :thumbsup::icongreengrinplz:
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Hopfield Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really good to hear :D I'm very grateful for the comments and insights from you, long may they continue!
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Hopfield Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! No art yesterday I'm afraid, though did read a significant chunk of a big book on drawing that was a gift so I'm counting that as creative work :P
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