Alexey Skliar
Alexey Skliar
Russia
Amateur artist learing how to draw
Christopher Beaven
Looking great! Drawing containers can be very hard to get all the subtle curves, ellipses, etc... And you accomplished it really well. the only think that looked kinda off were the peaches. Their softness isn't matching the loose brushwork over the rest of the painting. Other than that, fantastic! Keep it up!
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Alexey Skliar
Thx for feedback Christopher! Yep defenetly i went too hard edge on peaches thx for pointing out!
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Alexey Skliar
Hi persona937. I think its well polished work. If your goal was to make well polished picture i think u achived it. When i draw i try to focus more on repition, focus on volume of drawings. It better to do like 30 drawings in a month then do 1 well polished. But again if you wanted to make well polished pic you did it. I was drawing still life recently also you can check them i made a post in this section. They are not that poished but they took like 1-3 hours. Idk if it's helpfull i am also learning like you)
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Alexey Skliar
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Still life
3mo
Did some still life drawings just wanted to share. These are like 1-3 hours drawings. Any feedback is welcome.
Christopher Beaven
Great studies! How long did each take you? Economy of brush work is so difficult. It takes a ton of focus and knowledge of form. The artists that I've studied for this has been Joaquín Sorolla and John Singer Sargent. But if you want earlier I would go with Franz Hals as well. The essential improvement I can see with your work is getting a deeper understanding of form. What I mean by this is knowing in your head exactly how the body of the horse flows through space so well that you could rotate the horse in any angle and draw it. Of course you don't have to be that good... Like Kim Jung Gi.... but a better understanding will help you render the light on the forms. I point this out because most of the forms in these painting appear flat. They don't have the full illusion of depth they could have. If you want to improve your perception of form I would suggest Drawabox.com lessons. Marco Bucci has a wonderful course called Understanding and Painting the Head that is great as well. And of course Proko manichenization. (which I never spell right) Hope that helps! Keep up all the hard work!!! Very inspiring, I need to paint more!
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Alexey Skliar
Thank you Christopher for feedback! As always very valuable. These drawings took around 4-6 hours, last one took the longest couse it's multiple figures. Yea I need to work on the form more. Mostly when doing studies I try to focus on likeness,color and brushwork, idk if that's the right way to go about it. Thank you for artists recommendations.
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Jason Arizona
I think that they look quite painterly. You honestly could have fooled me into thinking these were traditional. The only flaw I can really see is that in the third painting, the sides of the roofs form a tangent, which makes the picture's depth less distinct.
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Alexey Skliar
Thx a lot for the feedback)
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Alexey Skliar
Tried to challenge myself to draw a study of Velázquez a day for a week. Was very fun and intersting experience. Besides the fact that drawing Velázquez is like eating a delicious candy you can't really get enough, i guess the main takeaway from the experience is that instead of doing 100 brushstrokes its better to do 10 but in the right place and its gonna look more realistic. Also the light and shadow is very clear wich makes forms more readable, If anyone studied Velazqquez or any other classical painter i would like to hear what you've learned from it. Also any feedback on the studies is welcome.
Christopher Beaven
These are very nice! I recognize those paintings as well. Did you use the zorn palette as well?
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Alexey Skliar
Hi Christopher! Yep tried to use zorn pallette on the first picture, on others just used photoshop color wheel.
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Crystal Blue  (she/her)
They look very painterly! I also like how you did the loose skin on the middle guys face, shows the form well but doesn’t draw attention away from the eyes and nose
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Alexey Skliar
Thank you for the feedback crystal!
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Alexey Skliar
Hi juan . I think as an illustration it looks preaty good. I agree with previous guys about composition and separation but its minor things overall the picture looks solid.
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Alexey Skliar
5mo
Did somewhat quick Zorn studies recently just wanted to share. Although its digital trying to make it look painterly. Any feedback is wellcome.
Alexey Skliar
One more subission for the challenge. Was a beautiful day yesterday in moscow couldn't resist but to draw the view.
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Tim Dosé
I see below that you mostly use Photoshop. If you haven't tried the mixer brush yet, I highly recommend it. If you tweak the settings, you can get it so it doesn't put any color down, but just mixes the colors below and adds texture. You can do it on a separate layer, which lets you play around without fear of messing things up. When I use an approach like this, it lets me worry less about the brushes I'm using up front, and lets me really experiment and have fun.
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Alexey Skliar
Hi Tim. I tried out mixed brush a couple of times but wasnt really happy with the result. I know you can do some good stuff with it. Maybe as you say need to play around with the settings.
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Taha Teğin
On Krita, I always use Rough Bristles(Wet) and round wet paint(both default brushes)—I like the way rough bristles act like thick oil paint and when you pull the paint away to spread it gives very nice textures when it comes to small forms or highlights. Round wet paint is good for shaping up, though there are other detail brushes that can do it better, But I find it more preferable to get good at two or three brushes than try to use all of them. It can get quite messy. For Clip studio, the default pencils and oil/water color brushes are amazing. Especially pencils when I don't have(like right now) any money to buy the sketchbook for the month. they do the same work with near similar feel. The online downloadable brushes are amazing too, and I use a lot of the watercolor ones for sketching and painting the base colors to get a feel for the overall shape. When it comes to finishing touches, I feel like square brushes are a better option. Round ones for highlights; for anything else like small curves, squeezed forms, reflections, merging light or whatever comes to mind. It just has a better feel, though I can't really put on a finger why.
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Alexey Skliar
Hi Taha. I can't realy relate to the programs you mentioned becouse i never used them i use photoshop. But i can i magine that they all have similarities. I also love oil like hard burshes although there are many different once. Wet brushes i don't use much they have watercolor like feeling but i guess if you play with setting a bit you can tweek them for your purpurse. I have one in my favorites with wet ages and i use it now and then for smooth transition of values. I use square brush with no opacity mainly for scetching concepts. I wanted to try krita and color paint but so far trying to learn photoshop and some 3d programs like blender and 3d coat.
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Alexey Skliar
I want to start a thread about digital brushes and the ways one can use them in most efficient way. I know that people say you can draw with simple round brush but in my expirience using right brush for specific things helps you tramendesly in your work . In this studies i used sargent sketcher brush,that i found in wesley gardener's brush pack, for blocking in and some random soft brush with a bit of texture for smooth gradient transition. . I liked surgent sketcher brush right away and i deffenetly will use it more in the future. Over time i gethered collection of my favorite brushes for different use cases. So what brushes you like to use? How and when exectly(in what paticular stages of painting) you like to use them?
Alexey Skliar
Here's my submissions for the challenge. Good luck to everyone.
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Yiming Wu
You've done a great job! I like how you did all the green-yellow hues, a lot bolder than I can manage. Looks like that the aspect ratio of these two images are not quite the same? yours appears to be a bit stretched vertically? also notice the river bank and the path down below, the shape isn't quite there. To me I feel the feeling of "brighter light" is not as much in your study, maybe it's lack of the hue shift towards a bit yellow, especially in the water and the sky line where the atmosphere could scatter light and a lot of times it will shift a bit.
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Alexey Skliar
Thx a lot for great feedback Yiming! You right the ration isnt quite there. But can't really correct it need to redo the whole picture. The brighter light feeling and the river bank somthing i can work on.
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Christopher Beaven
I've done many studies before. What exactly are you studying from the original? Even if it's multiple things it's best to define something. The purpose is not to copy or reproduce accurately but to try and get into the head of Levitan. Let me know and I'll help from there. Thanks for posting.
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Alexey Skliar
Thx a lot Christopher for feedback. You are exactly right i didn't define any goals for the study. I just love this painter and wanted to draw this painting its one of mine favorites. It's the same as when you listening to great music it makes wanna sing even if you don't know how. There was no structure to it the only thing that i wanted to practice was color and values. It's a digital medium so you can color pick and pick the values. I deliberately didn't do it. Great point about getting into painters head but how exectly do you do it)? Btw amazing pieces of art you got in your album. Will be looking forward for you response Christopher.
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Alexey Skliar
It's my first landscape study. Don't realy know what to concentrate on so just trying to get the colours and shapes right. Whould like to have a feedback of someone who has done studies before. Painting of a genius russian painter Levitan:"Evening call".
Jan D.
They look great to me tbh:D The only thing I could maybe say is that you could try to clean them up a little more around the face/focal point. Unless they are just quicker practice then great job!:)
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Alexey Skliar
Thx very much for feedback))
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Alexey Skliar
Learning to do portraits so looking for feedback in terms of everything likeness,color, proportions etc. I am posting portraits of ( Layne Staley,Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Richie Havens,Jimmi Hendrix).
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