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My second ever practice skull

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by Andy Parham, Jan 9, 2016.


  1. Andy Parham

    Andy Parham Double Actioner

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    After watching hours of YouTube videos and reading for about a month I just decided to jump right in with a reference picture and just paint what I saw. There are areas to work on but for a second ever attempt with an airbrush I'm quite proud of this. Onwards and upwards with all your help and advice I guess.

    Master G22 with Createx paint on black card stock image.jpg
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    wolfbane Gravity Guru

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    outstanding job :) Andy
  3. CALz AyrWKz

    CALz AyrWKz Moderator Mod

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    Wow, looking really good Andy. You've got some nice fades and shadows in there. On the next one try adding some textures to the bone.
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    Great job there, Andy.
    I am supposing that you've seen all manner of these on the Net and elsewhere, but the one thing that makes them better is texture.
    That and well-placed detail will make your work really pop.
    The shadow work is impressive and shows you have really looked at your references and taken notice of where the shapes and shades are located.
    It's now just a matter of tidying up some of the areas that appear just a bit furry - like the top edges of the eye sockets, for example.
    Defining these areas will give you that real 3D look - [sorry there, but that's very ironic coming from a guy with virtually no depth perception! LMAO!].
    Highlights are very good, in their correct position and clearly indicate the direction of the lightsource - excellent work.
    If I had produced something like this on my second ever attempt, I'd be really stoked!
    Stick to it, Andy. You're doing just great!:thumbsup::thumbsup:;)
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    Very nice Andy:)
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    musicmacd The Createx Bandit Very Likeable!

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    Great start to your journey. Cory Stclair has a great video called Focus - well worth grabbing
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    You should be proud of it too, this is pretty impressive indeed:thumbsup: keep at it mate, you'll be churning out masterpieces in jig time with your willingness to learn.
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    Awesome job!
  9. Andy Parham

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    Thanks for the support guys, all points noted. The plan was to add in the texture and detail but I was fighting the Createx all the way. Couldn't seem to get a predictable flow and had a few blow outs. I did learn a lot about making repairs though!
    I have recently bought some Golden paint and am finding it a lot more predictable and easy to handle. For the next few weeks I will be practicing getting control of the fine lines
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    That is impressive work. well done you! :)
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    My biggest problem with Createx is tip dry. I try feeding the paint on controlled and slow and at first it may come on fine but after a few strokes it starts with delayed flow and then a little whistling sound ALWAYS precedes the splurchy blowout all over my work. I'm happy to hear you're having better results with Golden. A friend also swears by Etac paints for great flow. I hate to give up on Createx but . . .
    Also, if someone knows technique tips that could reduce tip dry by getting the paint out faster and not drying on the needle, I would be very grateful.
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    wow thats is really great work that u are doing
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    I like the Goldens High flow allot also the white is really nice

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