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Post by squirpy » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:26 pm

Now that I've graduated college and am unemployed, I pretty much just draw and watch TV on hulu. I'm trying to put my drawing time to good use and get better at using color, so I decided that in addition to practicing storyboarding, I'm going to try and do a daily color sketch-thing.

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Post by squirpy » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:25 am

This is actually yesterday's, but I finished it off this morning because I was busy painting my room for most of yesterday. I'm a little afraid this one is going to show up crazy-intense on other people's screens - my monitor doesn't really seem to make saturated reds as saturated as they're supposed to be. Once I get my second monitor set up again, I'll be able to check stuff like that.

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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:42 am

I had a little tinker (hope that’s ok) but I understand 100% about the whole monitor thing...I did this tinker on my old monitor and I know for sure that it'll look different on the other...I cant plug the new monitor in as its over there ---> rendering a shot for the animation at the moment.

I love the composition in it.

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Post by squirpy » Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:24 am

Thanks for the input - I really need to get gutsier with my colors!
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:13 pm

No problem, not sure what it looks like on your monitor...but I opened up the file...darkened it a bit with the curves...then went into colour balance and put the middle magenta / green thingy slider to minus sixty five...then lightened it with the curves and then darkened it slightly with the curves.
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Post by squirpy » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:52 am

Erm, still moving into my room, so today's was a quick one. Just robot and a squirrel. Whatevs. :P

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Post by squirpy » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:17 pm

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Trying to branch out from being quite so monochromatic.
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Post by Michael J. Dowswell » Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:36 pm

Really lovely colours going on here!...love that red and blue, nice composition and design too.
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Post by squirpy » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:32 pm

Thanks a bunch man!

I don't think the colors worked out so well today, but I liked the idea of bees racing, so maybe I'll try it again another day.
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Post by squirpy » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:51 pm

I did a bunch of paintings from reference today (which you can see on my sketch blog, if you're interested) and then did this. I'm starting to get a little more daring with colors.

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Post by Og » Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:24 pm

Yeah, your colors are starting to pop.

After you feel comfortable with the bigger box of crayons, start experimenting. Try nonstandard colors for your skies, ground, etc. You'll get some nice unexpected results which will push you into interesting directions as well.

Roll on. This is nice growth.
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Post by squirpy » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:54 pm

Thanks for the advice Og!

I've been working on some get-a-job stuff, so I only had time to do quick little reference sketches. This is my first out of my head sketch in like a week. I seem to like deserts...

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Post by squirpy » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:35 pm

Four little ones today. The bottom right one is from reference, the top two are me messing around with a crazier color scheme. The bottom left is influenced by the fact that I went to Huntington Gardens today, I think. It's so pretty there - I did a bunch of pen sketches while there today.

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Post by Darwin » Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:50 pm

Love it, simply incredible.

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Post by squirpy » Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:44 pm

Thanks a bunch Darwin!

Cat in the kitchen? I wish I'd kind of made it have a story, but I like the shape I ended up with for the cat, anyways.

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