burvant ill VS the dream portfolio


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    @Coley it’s a nice and quick video that you can watch all the way through and then jump straight into the assignment. It has some pretty interesting topics. Like how the masters got their style (not just born with it). 😜



  • @burvantill ha ha on the crickets! I totally know that response lol



  • @burvantill That’s the Cintiq! I have a smaller Wacom pad with no screen. I mostly use it for layer masks and cleaning up files and not drawing or painting. Jago says he no longer uses PS - he’s using just Procreate right now which means maybe that big Cintiq is getting dusty?!


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    @Amber-Lynn-Benton a dusty cintiq. that’s the saddest thing I’ve heard today. 😜


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    My first master copy. I went with just pencil because that’s what I had time for today. I’m learning that copying isn’t just about making an exact reproduction but looking so hard at a painting that you really see how it was done. The tiny details that would just be background noise or insignificant, become important.
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  • hello! I think it is very brave from you to expose your art against your ideal portfolio to everyone's view. Thank you very much! It made me feel less isolated (whatever I draw, I am displeased with my own style... which comes on top of my lack of technique).

    Coming back to your portfolio, I join the others : it is not much, maybe more values and contrast here and there. For example, your copy is fantastic (really! great job!) but I think you could push the dark (the shoes, the hat a little bit).

    In any cases, this is very inspirational and I will certainly collect arts that I like and try to reproduce it for heading to the right direction too.

    Thank you so much!



  • This is such a cool thing to do! I want to do the same, it's probably difficult to see the differences, but facing your style wishes and current realities must be real good step in the right direction, so I reckon you're on the right path!
    Also joining the others, some higher darkness and contrast will do a lot, and maybe working in photoshop, texturing could be a lot easier so you could push those a bit too. Looking forward to the rest of your master studies, and I might join you in opening a thread like this when I am mentally prepared! 😃


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    @Nathalie-Kranich @Julia
    Thankyou for chiming in. I was not expecting a critique, so it was a nice little surprise to hear from art friends. I agree about the contrast and darker values. That is my trouble area. I am going to revisit it today and punch up those darks. I was so focused on the fun calico that I thought I was nailing it. 🤣 Duh. 😜


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    @Julia @Nathalie-Kranich
    I took your advice and I Thankyou for it.
    I’m much happier with this one
    Just for comparison I put them side by side with a bw version of the original. I could still go darker but I’m going to move on to the next.
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    My before and after
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  • @burvantill it is the perfect copy now! You can be proud. I am sure that your portfolio will go where you want to direct it in no time!



  • @burvantill it's a lovely copy, you did a great job with the many different textures on the clothes.



  • @burvantill Great job! You really managed to capture the linework and the values. I need to copy this exercise and the dream portfolio exercise.


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