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LEARNING HAPPENED by DanielAraya LEARNING HAPPENED by DanielAraya
Just trying to improve, slowly but surely. I've decided to do this exercise. I painted the face of an asian girl out of my imagination.

I knew I wanted her to have big lips and extremely prominent cheek bones, other than that I had nothin else in mind and went with whatever came to mind.

Next, I found photo reference and did a study of an Asian girl under similar lighting conditions. I used Grace Park because I'm a Battlestar Galactica nut.

Finally I did a third face, trying to apply what I learned from the study as much as possible. I think I learned a lot and I'm hoping the third face shows improvement from the first. I think this is a great exercise to directly apply what you learn from a study, and to help retain it by forcing yourself to see the flaws in your imaginative work and correct them.
I really recommend trying this out! I'll be doing a LOT more of these
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PabloPicasso2006 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's an awesome way to practice... never thought of it though I have done it a few times, not to practice... just because I was trying to recall something from memory. Thanks for the tip!!! :D
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kidchuckle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
always have a soft spot for Grace Park.
awesome Dan.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude, I actually just started re-watching BSG last night
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kidchuckle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so good. I just wasn't crazy on the final episode. But everything else was awesome!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah the final ep disappointed a lot of us
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:iconkidchuckle:
kidchuckle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it was a good ride!
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Artist
Nice art work, congratulations!
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gemmillw Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thank you for posting the work as well as the explanation.
I agree your photo study is beautiful.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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potatoviking Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the photo study of Athena/Boomer is immediately recognizable, nicely done.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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SilverB-2814 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The improvement you made between the first and second attempts I think are really clear. You can still see elements from the first in the second but they seem to be more more natural in comparison.

I think this is a great idea to help improve...might have to give it a go myself sometime :la:
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly helps!
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Calick Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boomer! Nice!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yup
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Bobby19034 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like the photo study! Pretty swell.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Jadededge Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
DUDE! those are major Jumps i think (obviously) the photo study is the most realistic but the second attempt has a voice to it keep on truckin'!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah I definitely have a long ways to go
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Jadededge Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
even when we get to where we are going there is always further we can push it, keep it up though it's amazing to see progression
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Nice work!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really nice Danny. I'm excited to see more!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks dude
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redfil Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I like the photo version the others not so much...
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. I can't draw like a photo yet
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Estonius Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Wow, cool concept, and awesome drawings!
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:icondanielaraya:
DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man!
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Yaky-Urane Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice idea, how much time you spend them
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:icondanielaraya:
DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
a few hours each
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Dave-Wilkins Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW man that's cool I'm gonna get up on that!!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah dude, it helps a lot! I think the third face isn't quite there yet, but I think it's an improvement from the first one (which is embarrassing as hell)
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Dave-Wilkins Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There aint nothing embarrassing about improvement man, I'm kicking this off today on paper gotta get tightened up for them con sketches ;)
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
doope. you gonna post?
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Dave-Wilkins Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh yeah
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dope!
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