Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (please )

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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Fri May 06, 2016 11:18 pm

A self-portrait! Yeah... Kidding
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Sat May 07, 2016 4:46 am

a still life from yesterday. still with the fundamentals, so I'm sticking to simple shapes for now. noticed I need to practice perspective, the elipses are a mess. but I think there's some improvement, the shapes kinda look more 3d? what do you guys think?
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby andersgoliversen » Sat May 07, 2016 6:08 am

Your last study is looking really great, Laura.You did a good job on the rendering, so the shapes are looking nice and 3d.
I like how you used reflective light in the image, it adds a really nice effect. There seems to be something off about the ellipses, as you mentioned yourself.

I think the main issue is that your not always consistent with the way you are drawing the ellipses. Like with the lid of the blue box. The line separating the lid from the body of the box doesn't quite follow the ellipse of the top of the lid.

The perspective really isn't too bad, just remember to be consistent with it.Since you're working digitally you could use something like the Elliptical Marquee tool in Photoshop to make sure the construction of an object is consistent before painting over it.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby crowbit » Sat May 07, 2016 4:35 pm

awesome sketchbook so far ^-^ think you faces are looking pretty damn good but I think with a little more practice with hair they will look all more pleasing (im still pretty bad with it to =.=). also nice job with the rendering in the recent still life only thing I would say is the perspective of objects don't seem to match up and that some times it's its a good idea to very slightly blur some of the hard edges.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby PartySnack » Sat May 07, 2016 4:38 pm

love the last few studies, really clean and solid. I'd love to see your process if that's ever easy for you.

I think from this view all the ellipses would be about the same angle. otherwise killing it
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby katherine » Mon May 09, 2016 8:44 am

haha your self portrait is awesome XD. I'm surprised you are a physics major, you must be so busy!! I'm just a business student and yet I find I'm boggled down with work and stuffs. I notice you have the same problem as me, which is too many messy brush- strokes or too much softness. Unfortunately I don't know the solution yet XD "macetasmall.png" looks so perfect though
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Mon May 09, 2016 11:16 am

katherine: thanks! I look totally like that :) well, I finish this june, and this semester I don't have to attend any classes, I just have an end of degree proyect, so I have more time, finally. I guess I should work on that thing I see everywhere called "brushwork" I am so lost in that regard.

PartySnack woah, thank you so much for taking the time to make that pic, makes it easier to see if the elipses are right, will do it myself the next time I have doubts :)

andersgoliversen thanks so much :) I didn't notice that line being wrong, but it was so obvious D: I'll check the Marquee tool out, still a lot I haven't figured about photoshop yet.


It was my sister's birthday yerterday, did not get much done. I'm working in an actual illustration (hooray) but it's still to messy to show, so for now a portrait from imagination, a new character design and the steps for the last still life :)
I'm so excited about learning right now I forget to work on my other obligations, and I'm going to regret it soon.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Tue May 10, 2016 4:05 am

finished the character, time to move on. also, a portrait which is facing left but not so much !! (for a change) after a value study
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby katherine » Tue May 10, 2016 6:35 am

Looking good Laura * u *!
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby Will-Marton » Tue May 10, 2016 10:53 am

Really nice still lives, and the form on that self portrait is actually really good as well. Clean work!

Some of the painting in your personal work could really benefit from some extra vibrancy, maybe from an under-painting, or additional color nuance. At the moment things feel washed out and muddied. I think that's partially due to the value/color separation of the forms. Having a better dedicated light source in your personal work would really help as well, which is why your still lives and a few of these studies have a much better separation of these elements since they have that really obvious source. Hope that helps in some way! :]
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby PartySnack » Tue May 10, 2016 11:33 am

great process, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Wed May 11, 2016 3:24 am

PartySnack: you're welcome :)
Will-Marton: thank you for the critique, I decided to experiment a little with underpainting and adding more variation of color :) and you're right, a lot of times I think my paintings feel really washed out, I'll try that!
Katherine: thanks!!

so I decided to experiment a bit with underpaintings like Will advised, and I'm quite happy for now. did an arm from imagination and the portrait is from reference. also, three weird eggs (?). then I did a portrait from memory, but it ended up reminding me of Megan Fox. weird.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Thu May 12, 2016 7:38 am

I've been doing some studies on paper and my scanner is not working, maybe I'll scan them later. they are not pretty anyways, so..
more experimentation with colors. and trying to make a believable human face.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Sat May 14, 2016 1:43 pm

I was trying to figure out how one gets several figures in perspective and looking on info on it and started reading Loomis' succesful drawing (great book, read it) and realized I know even less perspective than I thought, so I dedicated today to that. I also started trying to draw horses ( because I hate myself) , but no pictures yet. My brain hurts so much. these are a selection of the tortures I subjected myself to today, and I'm now noticing a lot of mistakes, but I don't know what I did wrong, so I guess that means more of this horror tomorrow. I'm actually excited, because learning how to do these things just opens up so many possibilities. still it is really hard work.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby harvk2004 » Sat May 14, 2016 5:18 pm

Your works are amazing! Excellent job!
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby miloyoyo » Sat May 14, 2016 11:27 pm

If you're interested in getting really in depth with perspective there's a great lesson series on New Masters Academy by Erik Olson. I'm not all the way through it but it has been very helpful in understanding some of the more complex aspects of perspective. Only drawback is its length, the total series is like 80+ hours long.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Sun May 15, 2016 10:42 am

miloyoyo: thanks, I did not know about that academy. Looks awesome and not horribly expensive, I might try it, the course by Erik Olson looks great, and 80h with an instructor has to be better than double that of me trying to decipher Loomis' drawings.

harvk2004: thanks!! :)

I've been reading about art more than making, so only this today. The horse looks completely off, I am aware. Horses, am I right? don't laugh at me please, I'll try to fix it. Also, yet another portrait from imagination in the exact same angle as every one I make. time to go study faces!
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Mon May 16, 2016 1:37 am

so I started working on this yesterday. I've always loved to draw mermaids (maybe because no legs??). on the top left there is the first composition, I reworked it and made some color variations. I know they all look really similar, but if you could choose one which one would it be?
also I took one of them and reworked the tail of the mermaid so it's a bit clearer. CRITIQUE PLEASE
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Mon May 16, 2016 3:23 pm

some progress
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Tue May 17, 2016 6:30 am

more progress and a study

my skills are nowhere near where I would like them to be, it's so frustrating. Anyway, I want to finish something. you learn by making stuff, even if you fail.
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby PartySnack » Tue May 17, 2016 10:50 pm

I think you could push the value and form change more as well as having a more dynamic silhouette

https://gyazo.com/28b95f07bd0d07bfd4cd3a699f8a32e3
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Re: Laura`s sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome

Postby laugart » Thu May 19, 2016 4:17 am

PartySnack: thanks for the comment. I think I will try apply that to the next one, I do not know how much I can make this one better.

feeling a bit down.
some studies and value compositions
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby laugart » Fri May 20, 2016 4:13 am

some cloth studies. this is one of my weak spots, mainly because I've ignored it for too long. time to work on it.
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby PartySnack » Fri May 20, 2016 5:26 am

im feeling a bit down too.

break the cloth into planes
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby laugart » Fri May 20, 2016 12:58 pm

PartySnack: thanks, I hadn't thought about that. let's cheer up, alright?

some anatomy studies. really unproductive day
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby PartySnack » Fri May 20, 2016 5:37 pm

laugart wrote:let's cheer up, alright?


I refuse to cheer up! but I appreciate your concern.
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby laugart » Wed May 25, 2016 3:14 pm

PartySnack: well, you can't refuse.

some stuff from these past days. I'm a bit busy with non-art related stuff, so it's not a lot. I'll upload more later. first two are studies, the other two from imagination.
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby ubem » Wed May 25, 2016 3:31 pm

Love you edge control, I'll definitely be learning from these! One thing I could point with the knight is the helmet seems a little under described, even a simple helmet can have a lot of different patterns and bumps that can add a lot of visual candy. Here is an example:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/Greek_-_Chalcidian-Type_Helmet_-_Walters_542468.jpg
Also in your earlier works it seems the values kind of glaze over as if covered by tape, pushing the darks and likes can really bring out life in those studies. Awesome effort so far, keep pushing those drawings!
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby laugart » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:00 pm

ubem thanks! oh, I think I have a lot to learn about edge control, so don't follow my lead! I'm trying to add those kind of details to paintings, that is a nice reference, thanks :)


so, this past month was terrible, as in, I got nothing done, due to various reasons. But in a few days I'll finally finish my degree and will have muuch more time, hopefully. Anyway, some greyscale to color practice and two fanarts for a really cool comic, the wicked and the divine. Both the writer and the artist reblogged the first one, isn't that awesome?
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Re: Laura García's sketchbook: harsh critiques welcome (plea

Postby laugart » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:30 am

ok, so I'm officially a physicist now, finished my degree!

anyway, not a very productive month for a lot of reasons, the main one being I hurt my wrist.
anyway, some stuff from these past days. the portraits are of characters of a proyect of mine.
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