Kont: Very true, wasn't planning too much in that one painting. Also color gradients in landscapes are killer
Luna: Thanks, I agree my anatomy has been lacking compared to my colors and values
Imba: Thank you so much for the suggestions and pep talk! You're right, that's why I try to post not only my 'best' looking work, but also my worst (my figures). But when I see those as failures, it motivates me to work harder, because failure can always be improved upon (just how I look at it.) I think negative emotions have their place too, alerting the consciousness to take action or analyze a problem. Either-way I really appreciate your support! :) I just got Hampton's book, I have Loomis and Hogarth's too, but so far Hampton's advice is extremely applicable right away, Loomis and Hogarth have a more principled and rule based approach which puts me to sleep lol. Also picked up some Vilppu and Proko DVD's which aren't half bad. Thanks for reminding me to analyze why things look bad and how to fix them, I often forget to do so.
Gup: Thank you, I never noticed that before about my sketches lol, you're right, I try to do at least one imagined painting per day (kind of slacking because on a study romp.) Craig Mullins said when he does studies he looks at the principles of what makes things work or look real, instead of just copying verbatim.
Since my figures were so bad I decided to draw over 100 gestures, took over 5 hours ugh:
I think I still need to work on my proportions next time, I focused mainly on the movement and rhythm of the gestures on these. I have learned that gestures is a really good way to practice perspective, you have to know where the horizon line and where forms curve. It's really rewarding to engrave into your brain the 3d model of the human form, even if in the most basic of shapes.
Also was deeply inspired by Ben Li who's pretty close to drawing 10,000 gestures! http://10000gesturedrawings.blogspot.com/