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Exercise
Week
Goals
Exercises
1: Lay-in
3
Week 1
First week
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Week 2
Don’t make eye area look like 3D glasses
Remove inky outline feel
Work on head construction
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Week 3
Make lines smoother
Put more thought into nose design
Balance use of curves and lines
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2: Planes
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First week
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3: Line weight
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Week 5
First week
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Week 6
More line variation (especially line width)
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Week 7
Less inky
Be careful with feature design
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4: Shadows
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Week 8
First week
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Week 9
Just more practice
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5: Transitions
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Week 10
First week
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Week 11
Unify the lights (remove darkness/midtones and unnecessary detail from the light)
Keep a clear separation between lights and darks
Harder brush strokes in the hair
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Week 12
Keep grinding
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6: Rendering
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Week 13
First week
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Week 14
More confident/clear planes
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Week 15
More confident/clear planes
Don’t just push paint around the canvas 😂
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Week 16
More subtlety between different types of edges
Work on eye design
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Week 17
Choose better references
Push the shadow and lighten/remove midtones
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Week 18
Do a couple more for consistency
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Week 19
Make the features clearer
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7: Energy Lines
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Week 20
First week
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Week 21
Focus on female sketches (eye design, eyebrows, eyelashes)
More line variety
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Week 22
Make irises bigger (not egg-shaped)
Lines are too thick and fuzzy (sculpt with eraser more)
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Week 23
Taper and sculpt lines more
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Week 24
Make eyebrows thicker near the nose
Refine the nostrils more (not just completely dark)
Don’t make outside corners of eye too sharp (can add some space)
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8: Females
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Week 25
First week
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Week 26
More subtle edge variation (bring more clarity through hard edges)
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Week 27
Simplify planes
Don’t add midtones until after lights
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Week 28
Build up brush strokes
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Week 29
Clearer separation of light and shadow
Don’t make midtones too dark
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Week 51
Focus on sketches and edge variety
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Week 52
Watch the new exercise 5 videos and follow the shading process
On the bright side, design looks good
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Week 53
More confident brush strokes in the hair (bigger brush strokes with lasso tool)
Refine the edges more (sharpen and soften)
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Week 54
One more week just to show consistency
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9: Still Lifes
5
Week 30
First week still lifes
For female shading, make soft edges softer
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Week 31
Brighter, more vibrant colors
Crisper edges
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Week 32
More glowing effect
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Week 33
Work on rendering (make it sharper, looks too blurry right now)
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Week 34
Do a few more alien color references
Bring same sharpness to the female shading
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10: Color Portraits
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Week 35
First week color portraits
Rendering needs work (more roundness in the cheek, don’t forget deeper shadows, build up the eyes more to make them clearer)
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Week 36
Work on female head shape
Rendering needs work in general
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Week 37
More hard edges/clarity
Make irises larger and shift them upward
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Week 38
Keep going
Bring clarity of black and white into color portraits
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Week 39
Choose better local colors (don’t go too light)
Capture the vibe of the colors
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Week 40
Work on rendering
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Week 41
Render planes, not skin
Skin should start out less saturated, add more saturation in shadows
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Week 42
Choose more vibrant colors
Rendering needs to be more confident (hard edges should be harder; soft edges should be softer; combine and separate planes better)
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Week 43
Soften more + more subtlety
Add midtones + gradients without making it muddy
Soften and then harden it again
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Week 44
Rendering is better now
Focus more on colors (adding more vibrant colors for midtones before blending shadow, use brighter color for reflected light)
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Week 45
Bring more clarity to color choices and rendering
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Week 46
Add some warmth into the cold shadows (final step)
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Week 47
Unify values on the side planes
Don’t make the eyes too light
More hue variation (don’t just make the lights yellow and the shadows orange/brown)
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Week 48
Colors looking a bit muddy—after building up different colors, unite them with one color using airbrush
More color harmony (consistent hues)
Build up hair more before adding the blue
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Week 49
Work on rendering the hair more
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Week 50
Work on design subtleties
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