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November 1st, 2007, 01:07 AM
So my friend convinced me to start a sketchbook after I convinced him to start a sketchbook, yarr!
I have not had an art class since grade 10 so I would really appreciate any critique I receive. I started drawing seriously at the beginning of summer, but haven't been able to draw as much as I wanted to since school resumed.
Again, I appreciate critiques, don't hold back. This is the only opportunity I have to get feedback. I'm glad it comes from the great artists here on CA.
My good friend, Ace (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=105856) is the one who convinced me to start a sketchbook, and I know he would be just as grateful to receive critiques as I am. Check him out, he is a lot better than me!
Thanks for your time, and I hope I can learn a lot from this fine community. And maybe inspire some people with my crappy work!
My favourites: george&guo (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=53941) :: zhuzhu (http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=70451) ::
November 4th, 2007, 04:32 PM
I really wonder why people dont write when they see great stuff (in my opinion). yes, i really like your stuff but please show more.
the first colored studies look good and some of the pencils look great.
for how long have you been drawing, i mean you probably have drawn a lot out of school when you last head art training in 10th grade (but i dont know how long 10th grade has passed for you).
keep it up, even when not many people are posting.
November 15th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the reply N1ck, you've convinced me to update my SB. My scanner is slow and I've been busy so I haven't had time to update - but I have been drawing.
I started drawing seriously around May, 2007. As much as I can, sometimes drawing 7 hours a day.
Anyway, here are some pen drawings that I thought turned out well. A nude for the sake of nude, and some life drawings using my brush pen.
And, two more coloured pieces. First one was a speedy speedpaint in painter, only took me about an hour - which I am happy about, I usually draw slow - and the second one is a self-portrait that I am not happy about. That one took around 3 hours in openCanvas and I don't like the colours or the values.
November 15th, 2007, 05:02 PM
nice update, the pendrawings look interesting… maybe a bit too much lines which arent needed. on the pen figure sketches you did a good job describing the form/pose with little strokes.
The digitals look good, but you could definitely work on the skintones--> more studies from ref?
Ahh, and i forgot to say: update your sb more often and soon (about 2 weeks maybe) there will be a lot more people writing in it ;)
November 15th, 2007, 08:24 PM
I want to give you some props on a great sketchbook. Yeah, I'm pretty useless with constructive comments. I do wanna see more ;)
November 17th, 2007, 04:44 AM
Thanks for the support sloppybunny, you two have convinced and inspired me to draw quite a bit over the last two days.
The fruits of my labour:
First one, a soldier. Again this only took me about an hour in Painter, and I like the way it turned out.
This next one was done with a B&W reference so I had to make up the colours. I don't like it as much as the previous one. Again in painter and took about 3 hours. Tried to add detail and texture, but it didn't work out too well. I'd say one of my biggest weaknesses is detail, so I tried to work on that in this piece. The trench warfare of WW1, Canadian soldiers. :canadapatriot:
Thought I should also post some analog stuff. Continuing on this world war theme, an African and Russian soldier using Conte pastel pencils.
And some life drawings
Thanks, and I probably won't be updating for a while, lots of programming assignments and finals coming soon.
November 17th, 2007, 09:37 AM
very nice new updates. im interested in where you got your reference from. maybe you could post a link if its online, that would be great.
btw. im looking forward to new updates, your stuff is interesting
December 1st, 2007, 05:29 AM
Hey N1ck, I mostly get my references from Google.
The world war one picture is from http://www.worldwaronecolorphotos.com/ & a good resource is also: http://www.ww2incolor.com/gallery/ww2incolor
My nude women mostly come from http://www.kindgirls.com/
Sorry for my late reply, I didn't feel justified in posting and bumping my sketchbook without having some drawings, which leads to...
Some pencil drawings. I am bad with all analog mediums. When I started drawing, I started digitally, and am much more comfortable with that. But, I have to practice sometime!
Also the required life drawing:
Two digital speedpaints. A little over an hour each. First one was in Painter using the Sargent paintbrush (first time I've used it, very weird, but nice):
And the second one, in OC:
I guess I should also start posting some stuff from my imagination. When I try to draw from my imagination using pencil it turns out like crap. When I draw digitally from my imagination the results are better crap (Yay for ctrl+z) in OC:
December 1st, 2007, 06:36 AM
lovely loose work, wish I could do that haha, Nice moods with the digital but Those sketches from your first post are awesome too, not much to crit, so keep drawing I really dig this...
Good luck, see ya
December 8th, 2007, 02:33 AM
great start to your SB!!
I'd like to see you tighten up some of those paintings:dad:
the life sketches are great
December 8th, 2007, 06:37 PM
Hey ghoulio and Newbs,
Both of your guys' work is amazing. I am always envious of those who can draw with emotion and style all from imagination.
Newbs, I wish I could tighten up my paintings too. I have never really drawn anything with detail, so I don't even know how to do it! Also, I don't have the time to dedicate to tinkering with details. The only thing I can manage is some speedpaints.
But, for my next drawing I'll try to spend some more time on it and add some detail and some more smoothness.
Meanwhile, some self-referenced-eyeballs, some life drawings, and some imagination stuff all on one page:
And two more speedpaints without using ctrl+z - I use it too much - in Painter about 2 hours for the first one, 1.5 for the second one.
Both are from the same photoshoot over at kindgirls.com. This girl has amazing hair!
I know these aren't detailed. I drew them before reading Newbs comment, next post I'll have some detailed stuff (to the best of my ability)!
The Simpsons Fan
December 8th, 2007, 08:50 PM
Cool looking art.
December 8th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Lovely paintings. The last update has nice speedpaints. I will take a look at that site. ^__^
Looking good mate. Keep on posting.
December 14th, 2007, 07:14 AM
joaKimArt, kindgirls.com is a great reference site, they usually don't airbrush (as far as I can tell) their models, and some of the pictures have good lighting with shadows. Unlike those perfectly smooth models you see in magazine ads.
Well, I hated my last self-portrait so much that I decided to do another one. I got a great critique from my friend that my drawing was too plasticy and saturated. I realized I've been making a fatal mistake in all of my drawings. I was incorporating the value of the highlight into the form, rather than adding it on-top as a detail!
This first drawing was oversaturated and plasticy like all of my drawings. I tried to fix it after the fact, but wasn't very successful. About 3.5 hours, Painter (tried to add detail).
So in this second one, with my newfound knowledge I tried to resolve the problem. About 1.5 hours in Painter.
And I also got my first moleskine! Now I can call myself a real (gullible) artist. 20 bucks, that's 1/2 a cent per square inch. I'm gonna squeeze every square inch out'ta it!
December 14th, 2007, 07:19 AM
very nice sb. watch your proportions though. good stuff.
December 14th, 2007, 09:33 AM
muy bueno tu color trabajado por planos
January 11th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Like the speedpaints...your 'halloween colors' girl is pretty awesome.
January 13th, 2008, 12:20 AM
Just wanted to swing by and return the favor for the nice critique you gave me. I think you got a pretty solid start to your sketchbook. I especially like that last page of studies. I think you got a pretty good grasp on anatomy, itleast far better then me. If your looking for good refs though and different poses you might want to check this out- http://www.posemaniacs.com/blog/pose/
In terms of your digital paintings I think you can push you values alittle more. Try converting the refs you use into grayscale and work in grayscale more to get that down. Just do more studies like the first image you posted.
In anycase keep up the good work. This is a strong start!
Ito Saith Webb
January 13th, 2008, 12:44 AM
I really like your figure work. The poses are interesting and your proportions look pretty dead on. I would like to see you put more detail in the eyes like adding pupils as having it as is makes it a bit alien at times.
January 13th, 2008, 01:06 AM
Love your face studies.
January 13th, 2008, 01:19 AM
I love the WWI pictures, and the newest face studies are great.
January 14th, 2008, 04:20 AM
Trashy: Thanks for the critique. I definitely need to work on my values. It's my next highest priority after I learn how to use this thing they call a pencil. The first image I posted was the piece I spent the most time on, about 4 hours, which is likely why it is the best looking.
Ito Saith Webb: Thanks for the comment on the eyes! The eyes are the most important part of the face, so I will spend more time rendering them out! As for the pupil-less eyes, I was kind of aiming for the alien look.
Thanks everyone else for the support.
Well I haven't updated in a while, but I've probably been drawing a lot more than any other time in my life (but still not enough!) I am also reading all of your comments, so thank you for that.
Time for a larger batch of pictures. I have realized I can't draw worth a damn, and I hope to remedy this by doing lots and lots of studies...
Which brings me to Burne Hogarth, starting to love his work, almost finished drawing every single line in his Dynamic Figure Drawing book:
Those were just a few of the drawings. Don't feel like scanning them all. I think I have one of the slowest scanners in the world.
Also been doing quite a bit of life drawing. My SkyTrain sketches and University sketches:
And something from my imagination:
Something I scribbled while waiting for all these things to scan!
And a digital self-portrait because I hate all the ones I've done so far, and this is no exception...
A portrait I did of my friend in class. It's come to the point where I don't listen in class anymore and spend most of my time drawing.
Next update I'll be finished this Hogarth book so I hope I can do some fully rendered drawings!
January 14th, 2008, 04:48 AM
I really like the sheet of eyes. They're so hard to get right, it's good that just looking at that you can see how you progressed, even that quickly.
January 23rd, 2008, 03:41 AM
Thanks for the comment resonanteye. Hopefully I can keep getting better at a fast pace, but it seems like my progression is slowing.
Only one comment for all that junk! I guess I know what the problem is. I need more hot chicks!
Sargent brush in Painter with android styling in the background - about 4 hours:
Trying a different style. Figures were drawn with only 1 line:
Trying to learn how to hatch/shade:
Trying to stick people into environments (which I am horrible at):
Was really foggy and I couldn't see this figures very well so I just did silhouettes:
Finally, went to my very first, second and third life drawing sessions, these are from the second and third:
(Sorry they are cut off, scanner isn't big enough)
February 7th, 2008, 11:16 PM
Very cool band I just found out about:
Or youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT9GWLypu38
Pencil is from imagination:
OC imagination stuff:
February 8th, 2008, 10:42 AM
Very nice sketchbook. I really like the looseness of the color pieces. As you start adding detail, try not to lose the energy of the loose strokes. That Sargent brush is really working well for you.
February 8th, 2008, 11:13 AM
I really like where this sketchbook is going mate :) I like the looseness of the paintings too. those sketches of people there you do is really neat :)
February 15th, 2008, 04:24 AM
Work on those values, Mister!
February 15th, 2008, 12:21 PM
man you stuff is really cool!! love the color paintings. how do you start them? can you do a quick demo?
February 19th, 2008, 04:39 AM
I am probably the last person who should be giving advice on colour (or value in general). I just recently delved into the world of colour and value. I almost exclusively work with line and rarely try my hand at full renderings including coloured or b&w ones.
However, I'll try to explain my process using some gif's.
1. Always find a good reference picture. I usually go with something that catches my eye. If I can find a naturally lit picture with a strong light source and without any photochopping, I will use that. Although even better than reference, is from life if you can find something that interests you.
2. I start by filling my canvas with a 50-70% value.
3. After that I usually do the darkest darks, but I only make them around 90% to give me some wiggle room. These darks that I put in - as far as I can tell - are very saturated.
4. In this particular one there were not very many darks on the figure so I decided to do the lightest lights first... (but I didn't go anywhere near white)
5. Now is the complicated part. When I choose my initial colour - and I am always waaaaaaay off with this - I try to get the correct saturation, temperature and value for the dark and light side. As I said, I fail miserably at getting a close relationship, so I have a lot of tinkering to do.
6. After I get all my quick initial colours in, I focus in on a smaller scale. Try to look for areas that share a same general value and colour. For each of these smaller areas, I consciously think: "Is this the right value (no? Okay is it brighter or darker). Is this the right temperature (no? Okay is it redder, or yellower). Is this the right saturation (no? Okay is it more saturated, or less saturated)." It is VERY important to make sure you get the value right, temperature and saturation are secondary.
I have also found that unless your value is right, there will be no way you can get the right colour. If at any time you are struggling very hard and you just can't seem to nail the colour, then without a doubt your values are wrong.
7. I quit when I get frustrated which is probably why I have no finished stuff :].
Start with a dark gray canvas.
Then the darkest darks :: very saturated (but don't make them black!)
Then block in some colours.
Then tinker and keep in mind value, saturation, value, temperature, and value. (Make sure you get that value right!)
If anyone has any critiques on my process I'd love to hear it.
February 24th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Most recent life drawings. Hard to concentrate when the model is good looking :|
February 24th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Nice studies and paintings in the last one. One thing on the second painting is the window which I assume is an outdoor setting looks more like a bright painting on the wall than an outside envirement.
March 9th, 2008, 12:21 AM
Thanks for the crit Nam, definitely need to figure out that window somehow, my friend was also confused by it.
March 21st, 2008, 11:23 PM
Trying my hand at watercolours. I like them a lot, but I'm clueless as to how to use them. Any help is appreciated.
Photo-ref for the figures at the top. Inverted the blue - cool effect.
April 24th, 2008, 10:26 PM
Some copies of Mr. Mullins:
Collab with Ace on this one:
Good artists always make me green...
Watercolours - which I suck at - help!
Random Digital stuff:
April 25th, 2008, 04:06 AM
cool paintings. love your life drawing stuff.
April 25th, 2008, 04:17 AM
amg those girls are stunning:P, I really like your brush strokes they just feel right!! about that window, I would add some dust particles in the air that reflect the light :D
really like your stuff!
April 25th, 2008, 04:20 AM
Thats some blow-my-mind images.... your life drawings are ace! And your colored pieces are great, too, and, and... I don't know how to crit your work, cause honestly, I'm not skilled enough to find anything to crit. Just... post more, ok? Would love to see more! ;)
April 25th, 2008, 08:28 AM
April 28th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Thanks for all the encouragement guys! And from mentler - one of my heroes here on CA - I've copied a whole bunch of your drawings into my sketchbook, I don't deserve 5 stars.
From life - 2 hour pose:
I need to watch James Kei's digital figure painting tutorial!
45 min pose:
I need a new camera...
May 11th, 2008, 04:06 PM
I did a line drawing for this one - which is something I don't usually do. Turned out okay I guess.
Not happy with this one but thought I would post it anyway:
I used this technique I found while browsing Nathan Fowkes blog:
He is really good, check out his stuff at:
Trying to learn anatomy. I think I have memorized all the superficial muscles of the upper extremity; these are all from imagination:
May 19th, 2008, 10:31 PM
So, I thought I would start posting some very helpful and/or inspiring websites that I come across from time to time. Here is a wonderful blog by James Gurney.
Not only does he update everyday, he also explains so much about values, compositions and colours. Very, very informative.
These two were suppose to be pantie studies. (pantie studies?! why can't all studies be this interesting? :rolleyes: )
Heres a two hour life drawing I did. For the first 1.5 hours I thought I was going to have to delete it, but luckily it came together in the last 30
And some digital gestures, I think I might want to quit traditional drawing mediums because they are so hard :/
May 19th, 2008, 10:37 PM
hey ur photo girl studies r sweeeeeeet...def in love with the girl in b/w gettin' out from the water...this its def a fine sb man!!have some stars
Love your colours and efficient brush strokes. Looking forwards to seen more
May 20th, 2008, 04:38 AM
I really enjoyed looking through your sketchbook! Those quick life studies are very interesting since I just started drawing from life a lot too. About the watercolors (and other figurative paintings too), I think trying different colors that you wouldn't normally think about using (blues, greens, violets, reds, etc.) would help out and make the subjects more interesting. I'm sure there's like a gazillion websites out there for painting techniques, but unfortunately I don't have any links. I know Super Skoda explains his process in his sketchbook which is pretty staight forward, so you could look into that as well. I look forward to seeing more soon!
May 20th, 2008, 11:49 AM
I LOVE your digitals! you have great skills in finding the right color that makes this pieces look hyperrealistic. Your figures are also really nice. Work more on your hands and it will be great! Keep rocking and thanks for the link! :]
May 20th, 2008, 04:10 PM
Simply amazing studies- I'm really fond of how you define masses, it's just the right way to go! Keep on posting!
May 23rd, 2008, 11:11 PM
Hey everyone, here's another link for you. It's Xia Taptara's blog http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/
Admittedly, it isn't the most educational site. However, he updates everyday and there are a lot of videos to watch - if for nothing more than some entertainment when you're bored.
@everyone: thanks for the all the support. I don't feel justified posting a reply without a large art dump, so although my replies are late, I do read everyones comments as they come up, and I thank you all for that.
@Jamesy: Thanks for the tips and reference to Super Skoda, It's funny you mention trying different colours. I once did a watercolour painting in really low light and could just barely make out the colours (Although I didn't realize it at the time). After I finished the painting and took it into normal lighting conditions, I had all these saturated greens and reds on my figure, and it actually looked pretty good.
@movites: I can't believe you are the first person to mention hands! I haven't really dedicated any time studying them, as a result I'm extremely bad at drawing them. I'm definitely going to do a bunch of studies now that you mention it.
On to the drawings: Maybe I won't give up traditional mediums just yet. Marko Djurdjevic's drawings have inspired me to pick up this thing they call a pencil. All from imagination:
Panda's. Just because.
Haven't done these in a long time, but here's one:
May 24th, 2008, 12:07 AM
bah im jealous!
May 24th, 2008, 12:26 AM
Your work is stunning, Your pencil figure work is my favorite.
Thank you for posting your art, I would love to see more.
May 24th, 2008, 05:27 PM
This is great, your girls painting are looking great. The imagination stuff is catching up to your ref stuff as well. Keep up with those studies and posting!
May 26th, 2008, 04:16 AM
This is an interview of Marko Djurdjevic. It has been posted in the lounge, and around CA, but it's just so entertaining and informative that I have to advertise it in my sketchbook. If you listen to it, I guarantee you will like it.
@Ash888: Really? My pencils? I guess if you do a little bit of every medium and try different styles at least some of your work will appeal to someone ;)
@everyone: Thank you for the support! No hand studies this time - I lied :( - next time though, I promise, even though I find drawing hands boring. You get the joy of having to draw 4 fingers for every hand!
To the drawings: 5 min life:
About 1 hour each life:
I'll give a little mini-tutorial with this one. About the overlooked "edge induction".
I learned about this from James Gurney's Blog (http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/) (visit him, it's worth your time):
A basic overview of what James is saying is that, if there is edge that is in shadow and shares a similar value on both sides of the edge, you don't have to draw a contour, instead you can simply blend each side into each other. Quoting from Gurney, "Painters shouldn’t seek out edges that aren’t there; in fact poetry often springs from deliberately placing edges into obscurity..."
I was excited by this idea, and definitely wanted to try it. If you look at both legs on my drawing, neither of them have a hard edge when they transition into the background. If you click on Gurney's link he shows more examples, including one by J.S Sargent. And if J.S Sargent does it, you know it's gotta be good!
Here is another watercolour. I took Jamesy's advice and tried to add some more colours. Damn scanner destroys all my beautiful colour :(? Still would like some help with them.
May 26th, 2008, 06:22 AM
This is really nice stuff, instant five stars!!! The latest watercolor is impressive. I would be curious to see you do more wet on wet in watercolor. If you haven't heard of it, you might pick up some neat ideas from handprint.com I definitely want to see more of your work.
May 26th, 2008, 08:24 AM
them girl studies are sweet, man!
great SB. keep it up!
May 26th, 2008, 08:43 AM
Love your SketchBook! One of the best ones I've seen in a while. Thank you for the inspirational boost
May 26th, 2008, 08:53 AM
Awesome stuff, so much variety. Nice paintings and figures! :)
June 3rd, 2008, 05:57 PM
Link: great reference site http://www.old-picture.com/theme-index-001.htm
@Equus: Thanks so much for that link (http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/water.html)! So much information! Wet in wet is a strange mistress to me, although I do love the effects that it produces. I guess I'm still in the experimental phase with these watercolours.
@Chuck,mate. Your artwork is absolutely awesome. Definitely an inspiration for me. I'm honoured you've stopped by.
@Hive_minD I checked out your sketchbook; very nice ZBrush sculpts. I've always wanted to learn that program. Too lazy though :(.
@Sealegs Variety is the spice of life! I actually get bored of the same medium after using it for about a week. So I'm always switching between pen, pencil, charcoal, watercolour and digital.
Haven't done much digital drawings in the last week, so just some traditional stuff for now:
Life Drawing 1-2 min. Just focused on the legs:
These are kind of old, I think the girl on the left is one of my favourite life drawings I've ever done.
Top girl is from ref, then tried to redraw her in a different position:
June 3rd, 2008, 06:32 PM
Your traditional stuff is extremely nice, and the digi's are getting there too, they are turning out more and more impressive all the time.
Excellent stuff. :steph:
June 3rd, 2008, 06:36 PM
i think u need to practice on ur imagination work a little bit...u r really good with reference, and all that knowledge needs to be aplied (as the arms u did)...let us see some more imagination, but keep the life drawing too..good luck and cheers mate!
June 8th, 2008, 09:28 PM
@Dan Valkar: I appreciate the crit! My imagination work is really bad :( I'm trying to work on it. I've managed to get to the point where I'm not completely ashamed to post them; hopefully to get some more crits on them.
@Lakka: Thanks! It seems like I'm not getting better as fast as I want/hope though.
June 8th, 2008, 09:30 PM
The daily link: http://gorillaartfare.com/
Some of the best of the best on CA post in that blog. Those who are in it need to advertise it a bit more. Too much goodness in one area!
Just life drawings for today:
First one is a two hour pose, I can't believe the model was able to hold that pose!
And some 1-5 minute gestures - I love edge induction:
June 23rd, 2008, 01:42 AM
The link: This is how I learned my anatomy (*Warning* (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chN7sOKYaIA) contains a real human dissection - although it's not gross, some may be offended).
Clips 2, 3 and 4 are available in the 'related' section. It comes from the DVD: Acland's DVD Atlas of Human Anatomy. I find that a more analytical and scientific approach to learning anatomy really helped me, it may work for you too.
On to the work,
Quick speedpaint, about 1.5 hour (I actually kind of like it!)
1 min poses:
Some badly proportioned cars:
Finally got around to doing some hands. These are two of the 37 pages that I did. Sadly, I think the first page I did looks better than the last.
My two most recent watercolours:
And ANIME! Whoo! This was a collab with a friend. She came up with the idea and the sketch. I did the lines and the colouring.
Drew this one from imagination after watching Metropolis. Good movie, I would recommend it.
And this one... I .... really don't.... know......
July 1st, 2008, 04:04 AM
link: http://0rga.org/ Just some inspiration. I love the way he mixes abstract and graphic design elements within his drawings. Plus, you can't lose with subject matter such as that.
Maybe if I post my really quick sketches you guys can point out my mistakes easier.
Some OC stuff:
Did this one with my friend in OC, he did the rendering. Was fun!
July 1st, 2008, 04:51 AM
Interesting and inspiring SB. I like the way you try out different media. The little sketches from everyday life look great, and your colour paintings make me want to practice my non-existent skills in that department. Keep up the good work!
July 11th, 2008, 12:25 AM
I'm running out of links! I've already posted a link to James Gurney's Blog, but it's just so informative I'm gonna link it again to make sure you bookmark it:
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ (bookmark it!)
August 20th, 2008, 05:39 AM
Alex Stodolnik: http://www.redbeardead.com/ cool website, better art! A lot of you probably know him. He has posted here under the name deadbear (http://conceptart.org/forums/member.php?u=24332).
All done in oC:
August 22nd, 2008, 07:30 AM
Quick sketch for the dsg: "CREEPY ROBOT'S EXTERIOR IS MADE UP OF ARTICULATED BONE MATTER"
August 22nd, 2008, 07:36 AM
Really like the life drawings and the pen sketches on the first page.
August 28th, 2008, 06:39 AM
http://www.sketchwich.com/ :: So very... very... good...
@Nopig: Thanks for dropping by! Pen is my favourite drawing medium... aside from digital.
You are not a snowflake... you are the same decaying organic matter as everything else
If anyone cares to watch, I saved all of these in one wpe event file available: HERE (http://mattjeffery.com/fightclub.wpe)
August 28th, 2008, 07:41 AM
awesome update man. thanks for the WPE. cool stuff.
August 28th, 2008, 07:43 AM
Thanks for the advertising mate. Some great work in here. I really recommend doing loads more of the fight club stills. Take em into colour too.
August 31st, 2008, 08:06 PM
http://www.jasonjart.com/ Jason Juan is good.
@MeTaL-Mike Thanks, I draw in oC more than anything else. If anyone wants, I can post some more wpe's.
@Kian I love your work, a lot! I will definitley do some more Fight Club studies. Anything you say I will listen!
Some Gifs. Because Gif is cool. Spent an hour checking out the GIF compression algorithm while making these instead of drawing - what a nerd.
Girls. Done in pencil, quickly coloured.
September 20th, 2008, 03:11 AM
Link: http://tenminutedrawing.blogspot.com/ More video tutorials. I would highly recommend watching them.
I kinda like this next page:
Went back to life-drawing:: 5 or 10min for these
About 1/2 an hour for these:
Speedpaints. about 60 mins:
about 40 mins:
September 20th, 2008, 03:21 AM
#11, comment to the Speedpaint, 60 mins || great subject position and lighting. Leads to consideration to detailing on the subject's play with not only her environment, but the conposition of the photo, like was she playing with the cameraperson, or setting the camera on a tripod? Was she on some personal excursion in the desert or out on a journey to find someone or something?
I don't know, but i think exploration of that subject with those question might open the door to a series about a character for you (I love such projects...:D)
September 29th, 2008, 03:54 AM
on the brain
September 29th, 2008, 05:55 AM
Lovely digital studies...espeacially your female studies in colour are simply wonderful.
September 29th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Wow, I see an insane amount of potential here :D not enough people look at this sketchbook. Keep on pushing dude :)
September 29th, 2008, 10:56 AM
Don't be so hard on yourself.
You're progressing really good.
I love how you're pushing yourself to experiment with different media.
Try & push your compositions a little more into the extreme aswell, I'm curious to which heights you can take those ;)
You're a natural, keep it up ;)
October 1st, 2008, 06:04 PM
@kamal_anjelo: thanks, they're just reference studies though.
@EtherRain: You draw beautiful girls! And your rendering is top notch. I need more practice!
@DoubleThink: Hmm, thanks. I haven't done any illustrations, which means I haven't thought about composition very much. I'm just working on the basics right now. Value, colour, form & anatomy. I will study composition later, I hope.
I really need to learn how to colour/render/draw from imagination. Which is what I'm working on right now.
However, in lieu of that, I give you more drawings from life.
my best watercolour to date - in my opinion (although I hate the hair)
garbage from my borked brain:
November 7th, 2008, 01:56 AM
From imagination and life: I love jewelery and fashion design ....!
I think this was 3 hours... Whoa, I suck:
........ How to get better?...... :[
November 7th, 2008, 03:52 AM
Cool stuff. Excellent figures.
November 8th, 2008, 03:23 AM
Thanks Anthriel! Your environments are absolutely amazing!
Face on the right is based on a sketch Fellah posted.
My friend fixed up my horrible horrible anatomy for me >.<!
November 8th, 2008, 03:41 AM
It's all great, but I especially love the dynamic feel of your life-study sketches.
November 8th, 2008, 04:00 AM
Yeah, life studies definitely look great. Sometimes the the eyes of your characters look slightly too close together....the eyes should be (about) an eye's width apart.
Hmm, I wish I had something more useful to say :/ but yeah, keep it up!
By the way are those katakana characters on the Sargent study, or am I hallucinating?
November 17th, 2008, 01:48 PM
I like your work.............................................. ................................................ this much!! :D
Why not switch to Acrylics/Oils if you're struggling with watercolours? You seem to (digitally) colour figures and things in large bright blocks of colour; maybe watercolours are a bit too transparent (and unreworkable afterwards) for your confident brush. ;)
As realistic as you paint your girls, tho, I'd like to see more Menny Men men here. :(
November 28th, 2008, 02:50 AM
I have never known the like of this.
I've been alone, and I have missed things and kept out of sight.
But other girls were never quite like this.
Falling, yes I am falling, and she keeps calling me back again.
Link: My friend's and my collaboration Wiki: http://blog.borinouch.com/
Opilione: Thank you, my life drawings are generally better than anything else I can do... and I wish I wasn't like that.
Kim-bot: Thanks for reminding me of the eye width thing! A lot of times I stop thinking when I draw, and things slip by me. Need to keep focused! It's great to hear critiques from someone else - a lot of times I don't realize my own mistakes unless I really analyze my drawings.
Euphemism: Thanks a bunch Euphemism! I've actually tried oil painting quite a bit. I'm not patient enough nor very good at mixing colours so I get very frustrated with all my oil paintings. I haven't touched them in half a year.
Men... well... maybe one day. I have no interesting in drawing men at all :P That's why I almost never do it.
This is the current collab pic me and my friend are working on:
November 28th, 2008, 04:04 AM
hei! nice SB
i liked the fight club sketches most (my fave movie! :)) the girls are also amazing
October 10th, 2009, 06:00 AM
Wow, I haven't updated in almost a year.
I do update my blog a lot more though: www.mattjeffery.com/blog (http://www.mattjeffery.com/blog)
I was going to upload everything I've done in the last year. But that would be a really huge post, if you want to see my progress the last year you can go to the blog.
These are all studies from Craig Mullins (who is very good):
This is a study from Tempor (http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=123274) (also amazing):
Study of Linran (http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=120094) (possibly my new favourite artist):
Linran has a translated tutorial HERE (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=148355) which inspired/convinced me to use the RGB sliders instead of the HSB. I love the RGB sliders now.
These are generic photo studies:
This one is from life drawing 2.5hr:
The rest is imagination:
October 11th, 2009, 10:41 AM
I don't think anyone looks at this sketchbook.
But that's okay! I've always liked talking to myself.
Drew all of these today:
This guy is from the 'interesting faces' thread in the lounge:
The next two are partially referenced, partially from imagination:
August 6th, 2010, 04:00 AM
Good food combinations: Vanilla Coke + Pretzels.
Bad food combinations: Coke + Bananas...
Some crap from life (pen), imagination (pencil), ref (digital)
August 6th, 2010, 10:27 PM
Pau Richard's Blog (http://autodestructdigital.blogspot.com/?zx=dac71a492a957a1a)
Definitely bookmark worthy. He updates it very frequently, which is very rare for a working artist of his calibur.
I bet asdf owns a lot of copyrights around here...
Some pencils, from imagination & life:
WATERFALL HAS BEEN (MARVELOUSLY) ARCHITECTURALLY ALTERED
PINK-SKINNED HEAVYWEIGHT SYNTHETIC DEVIL HAS BABYBLUE HORNS
September 3rd, 2010, 03:40 AM
Study of that 1:1 gundam thing:
September 18th, 2010, 10:04 PM
DSG: Alien mutated squirrel:
Right is from a pic:
a la bapsi
September 18th, 2010, 10:32 PM
awesome work so far.
I really liked how the pencil sketch remained a visible part of your squirrel painting.
October 1st, 2010, 01:03 AM
a la bapsi: Thanks, I've seen you around a lot, but for whatever reason never looked at your sketchbook. Your work is very good, especially the traditional stuff.
Craig Mullins is coming to Vancouver Anomaly Oct 30!
And my god, the list of attendees is astounding...
Tom Scholes, Tran Ngyuen, Daryl Mandryk, Craig Mullins!!
Those are some of my favourite artists (period!) and the fact that all of them will be at the same event is amazing.
One of my life goals is to do a master study of all of Craig Mullins paintings. Here are a few:
And some pencils from imagination/life:
December 6th, 2010, 01:55 AM
Went back to life drawing for the first time in a very very long time:
30 seconds at top, 1 min at middle top, 2 min at middle bottom, 5 min for bottom:
DSG: Something about a muscle-y gnarled tree (failed muscle-y though):
DSG: Silkworm adorned in fancy dress:
December 6th, 2010, 02:38 AM
Your sketchbook page spreads are blowing my mind! You've really pushed them a lot farther since the start of this thread. Nice work!
December 6th, 2010, 08:44 AM
Very nice progress. Pencils are looking pretty damn awezum. :) Love alot of your color studies too!
December 29th, 2010, 03:49 AM
Hey portablecity, you're the first person to mention that. I've actually been making a concentrated effort to try to fill out my sketchbook pages. If there's space, why not fill it. It helps me by keeping me focused on drawing random crap instead of surfing the net....
Tigermilk: I've been drawing a lot of pencil recently because colour scares me and I'm trying to work on my imagination.
Imagination except middle girl is from life, my B★R S figure:
I haven't done any of these girl studies in a long while so I thought I'd start doing some more. Expect a lot more of these! This is ref of Rina Aizawa:
From life. 5 min gestures. Using conte black pastel pencil (I like them better than charcoal)
Another DSG: "Old woman atop her steed":
December 29th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Good stuff here, definite improvements compared to your first posts. I love your pencils. This sketchbook deserves a lot more attention. Keep up the good work :D.
December 29th, 2010, 02:43 PM
Hello, im curious, what do you use to apply the charcoal/conte on the tone area?
December 29th, 2010, 03:36 PM
My god I LOVE those sketches. Grah!
You make me want to sketch more.
You also make me want to get a moleskin again, I really like those sketchbooks. The stuff ends up being a bit more precious so you have to force yourself not to doodle too much.
Atleast thats how I feel :D
Great job on all the stuff! I'm going to have to check into your stuff more.
December 29th, 2010, 03:47 PM
Wow dude. wish i found this sb earlier. youve got some incredibe stuff in here. what software you using? If photoshop how do you get so much color variation? im really struggling with that right now.
December 29th, 2010, 03:55 PM
dude AWESOME sketchbook!! i love the studies,and the moleskin pages!! keep em coming!
December 30th, 2010, 06:36 AM
Great pencil and moleskine pages!
December 30th, 2010, 10:32 AM
you have an awesome sketchbook here!
December 30th, 2010, 10:37 AM
Oh my lord, I want to eat your sketches, maybe then I can acquire the grace that you instill in your drawings! O_O
And that highlight effect on the Rina painting's hair is just magical. It's so impressionistic, and yet it's perfect to express the texture of the hair and the sunlight! *swoon*
And I'm simply in love with your gesture drawings. Soooo lovely and expressive.
A nitpicky thing (bc I try not to leave without some sort of crit), sometimes your ladies lack form in the hips and become really flat. But as I say, nitpicky!
December 30th, 2010, 01:15 PM
I love your style, its flow is just incredible
Your girls are super sexy!
Please do a comic!
January 1st, 2011, 10:32 AM
Wow, so many replies, thanks guys. You convinced me to update my sketchbook again, so soon.
Thanks D.C., those first pages are so old, even page 3 is really old.
Hi Justas! I'm glad you've asked. I use a contel pastel pencil which I like much more than charcoal. When you put them down, they behave similarly to charcoal except they're a bit harder to smudge. The thing I like best about pastel is the cool colours you get and how much more control I can get with a pencil vs a brick of charcoal.
The way I learned to use them is by watching Glenn Vilppu, an absolute master! There is only one thing that I ever recommend to people who want to take art seriously, and that is to watch Glenn Vilppus videos!
He recently put a bunch of previews on youtube. Watch them. I highly recommend them, even over Loomis, over Bridgman, over any Gnomon!
His website: http://vilppustore.com/anatdvd.htm
His youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vilppustore#p/u/19/hbQjK9a1R3U
Loathsome, I've felt the same way about Moleskines too, thats why I fill up each page :). P.S. Don't hold your breath if you're waiting for updates, Sometimes I won't update for months...
lolbbq: Colour... I think I might finally be starting to get it. The best thing I recommend when first trying to get the colour right, is to be as bold and daring as possible. Make lots of mistakes so that you know what to do in the future. Its totally risk free in Photoshop too, all you have to do when you want to try something is to create a new layer, do absolutely anything you want! If it's good, drop the layer and keep it, if it's not so good, delete the layer and all you've done is spent a minute trying something new. This advice will apply to anything too, anatomy, values, forms.
That's how you go about learning how to use colour. As for how I actually do it? I was going to write a big long paragraph about how I do it, but I think I'll just do a little demo on my next post. So perhaps wait for that.
Thanks NickyBeats, good to see you at DSG, keep going there!
Surus, ezekrialase :D
kiwigarbage you know, you've got an amazingly keen eye. In the last few weeks I've been thinking about the hips and how my drawings lack a strong sense of box-form in the pelvis. I've been meaning to specifically study the pelvis, and I think I'm going to do it now.
vices I've contemplated the idea of doing a comic, but I have no ability to write. I like drawing girls!
Only girls this post, just for your vices!
I said I'd do more of those girl studies. Heres one, same girl. Looking back at the previous one, man it sucks now...
Left is from life:
Left is from pic:
More pastel pencil drawings!
January 1st, 2011, 12:06 PM
Wow, I'm really impressed by your progress. I love how drawings occupy place in your sketchbooks. You don't leave much white space, but somehow it doesn't look cluttered.
I see you're trying to merge anime style with realism. Nice :)
January 1st, 2011, 12:23 PM
Great sketches and studies, ain't got something to crit so just keep up with the awesome work!
Happy new year!
January 1st, 2011, 02:04 PM
incredible sketchbook, I like how dark you get your pencil sketches, any advice on how to achieve this dark but still very sharp finish? My dark pencils eg 4b tend to just be soft and messy and loos sharpness far too quickly to be useful and then I always have to change to hb or 2h to do lighter lines, just takes too much time swapping pencils all the time...
January 1st, 2011, 03:53 PM
nice stuff ~
January 1st, 2011, 04:25 PM
Damn, you're really good! But Craig Mullins has like a million paintings, so I hope you were joking about doing those copies :P
January 1st, 2011, 04:47 PM
nice drawings! i like the ones in black liner, great line man!
January 1st, 2011, 04:54 PM
f ' in awsome sb, really enjoyed the sketches and links, thats cool how your trying different textures and color combo in photoshop, interesting stuff.
hope to see more.
January 1st, 2011, 05:38 PM
This is awesome!
Your moleskins are kicking my ass! They are looking incredible what the hell awesome! O_________________________________________O
Need to start working again...
January 1st, 2011, 06:28 PM
I also recomand Vilppu's lectures more than any other lecture.
January 1st, 2011, 09:05 PM
killer updates man! im definately keeping my eye on this sketchbook from now on!
January 1st, 2011, 10:07 PM
Great sketchbook man, I'm sure to come back. Im also now just getting into Vilppu. Great stuff.
January 1st, 2011, 10:34 PM
Wow, this sketchbook is really good! It really puts me in the mood for some sketchbook life and imagination drawings.
I'll probably start checking out Vlippu's stuff tonight.
January 1st, 2011, 11:37 PM
Damn, those studies from the past few years are magnificent! And the stuff from imagination is also worthy of my praise (especially the take on Sailor Moon). However, I think this thread could be a bit more imaginative.
January 2nd, 2011, 12:33 AM
Shit, man. That is one hell of an improvement!!!!! I love the way you manage to get those tonal variations through cross hatching. All your pencil sketches look damn cool, both, with reference and the ones from imagination. Hope to see more such inspiring stuffs, cheers =].
January 2nd, 2011, 03:33 AM
Thanks for giving us another batch of awesome so soon :)
If you've thought about doing a comic you totally should! Don't worry about the story the way beginner artists worry about their art.. Just do it. The emotion you can express is amazing and you really bring characters to life.. give them the depth they deserve and add some plot and interaction with each other~
Also thanks for the ladies I can't take my eyes off them ^^
January 2nd, 2011, 04:20 AM
Wow great brushwork! :} So cool.
January 17th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Don't keep doing the same thing over and over. Work on the things you are bad at. Try different approaches when presented with the same subject matter.
Wow, I'm really impressed by your progress. I love how drawings occupy place in your sketchbooks. You don't leave much white space, but somehow it doesn't look cluttered.
I see you're trying to merge anime style with realism. Nice
einule: Anime gets an undeserved bad rap around here. There is a lot you can both learn and appreciate by looking at anime the same as any other form of art.
Fallenangel Thank you .
incredible sketchbook, I like how dark you get your pencil sketches, any advice on how to achieve this dark but still very sharp finish? My dark pencils eg 4b tend to just be soft and messy and loos sharpness far too quickly to be useful and then I always have to change to hb or 2h to do lighter lines, just takes too much time swapping pencils all the time...
GDonaldson: I use a 2B lead pencil for almost everything. I agree 4B gets very soft, mushy and messy when you try to go dark with it. Lately I've kept a 2H to do any soft details (usually in my girls faces) and then everything else in 2B. To get dark with 2B just press really damn hard. However, I'm usually quite afraid because once you put down a really dark tone with 2B you can't erase it. I'm not as confident in my imagination work as I want to be so I have problems getting dark darks in my imagination work. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you want to get those darks, you have to be confident in what you're going to put down and then just put it down. p.s. I never use anything darker than 2B or lighter than 2H.
Texahol: Yours is better!
Damn, you're really good! But Craig Mullins has like a million paintings, so I hope you were joking about doing those copies
Nope, that's why it is a life goal :)! Although I doubt I'll finish, it's good to have goals ;p
brentos8: I always try to mix it up~
Silwynar: Hehe, thank you, sometimes it's good to think of drawing as work, sometimes that'll make you sad though.
.:WoLf:. Vilppu seems to have a decent following on CA. I'm glad it's that way.
NickyBeats: I'll try to update once a week @_@
vatteh, Ryuartyi: Yeah! Vilppu gogogo!
FightingSeraph: Thank you, what do you mean by more imaginative though? More crazy abstract-ish works or more interesting and varied character/environment designs?
Gthm/death: :D I hope not to disappoint.
vices: Well, there are two reasons I'm not inclined to do a comic. 1. I doubt anyone will want to look at it. 2. I'm lazy.
Wanted to try pure black background, from life 2hr:
2 min gestures drew the light instead of drawing the dark!:
Watercolour and some poses:
Right is for DSG that I didn't post(FURRY CREATURE WITH PLATED EYES) the eyes are suppose to be something like gills that absorb light, but they look like wings or something:
Another DSG, (HUGE DOME SHAPED ROBOT IN SNOW) this is the non-snowing version, check out the DSG for the snow version shameless plug
Life drawing using conte pastels 2 min. The one on the left is using all one line, and the one on the right is my usual way that I do my figures:
2 mins also, these I drew them without taking the pencil off of the page, i.e. all one line. It helps fill out the form without having to render:
edit: Sorry, upload manager was borked, should work now
January 17th, 2011, 05:25 AM
Hey, I'm unable to see your last update for some reason, but I'd just like to say that I really enjoy your pencil sketches! Nice work!
January 17th, 2011, 05:50 AM
Dude! Your sketches are amazing :] You have a good amount of variety as well and your use of colour is great too. Can't wait to see some more, keep it up!
January 17th, 2011, 10:56 AM
Your work is simply astonishing. I do hope to be seeing more of that moleskine of yours. Thanks for sharing. I want to be your good with pencils.
I also cannot see your update, just links that provide an invalid attachment..
January 17th, 2011, 11:55 AM
Holy shit you're awesome. For some reason yours is the only sketchbook that really evokes some sort of nostalgia in me, I don't know what it is... Bookmarking this thread!
January 17th, 2011, 12:18 PM
Looks like you've been hitting the anatomy studies and books hard... that's really impressive and admirable. I like how in your anatomy studies you have very defined geometric shapes that make the human figure seem much more solid. And then of course you rock at shading so everything just looks better after that too haha. Keep up the great work!
February 9th, 2011, 08:32 AM
Just for your guy's information, the moleskin pages usually take around 10 hours each. I use a lead pencil 0.5mm with 2b for 99% of everything.
And god damn, my last post's stuff looks like total garbage. Shouldn't have posted any of that.
whisper_wm: Thank you!
Jped2D: Colour is a strange mistress that I hope to figure out as well as Craig Mullins/Jamie Jones one day!
Halogen: Only two moleskins this update, but I will keep doing more till the day I die.
Deadlyhazard: Thats great! Nostalgia: my favourite feeling.
bluerunner4: I'm all about learning and always getting better. I am never content with what I know. I generally try to experiment a lot.
5min 0.1mm micron pen:
Sargent study (I learned a ton doing these, would definitely recommend doing them):
Of the incredibly good look looking Xiao Xin (http://blog.sina.com.cn/missxiaoxin) @_@
Here's a gif of my usual process, I suppose:
February 9th, 2011, 08:36 AM
super work ! lot of progress i think too since the first pages
February 9th, 2011, 09:18 AM
:) I have been eagerly awaiting your return. Man, you seriously kick my butt into shape to get stuff done. These are superb works. You're probably one of my fave artists around here and it's your moleskines that do it for me :) Thanks for sharing.
March 21st, 2011, 08:28 AM
Thank you towy, I really like your stuff!
doodles-inc: Sorry for the long waits, I want to draw more, but right now I can only draw in my spare time, just for fun.
This is pretty much all I've drawn since my last post... Been lazy and busy. There I go disappearing again for 1 1/2 months this time!
This post will be full of links! Click the pics for links:
Study of Mika Nakashima about an hour. Black and white is so easy...
These are some line drawing studies from Alien1452 (http://blog.naver.com/alien1452). All credit goes to Alien, I really like the amount of detail he adds in his line drawings:
Some studies of mokoyyyy (http://www.moko.cc/post/mokoyyyy/42919/1/302158.html). For my girl studies I get pretty much all of my refs from 3 sites. This is a new one I just stumbled upon:
Craig mullins study:
Some moleskins, Sargent studies on left:
This page took too long...
Studies from IU - Good Day
Instructions: Click (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYeUl_DKodY)
to open 1080p Video, pause video every 3 seconds, draw her sexyness:
I tried to draw these without an underdrawing all freehand in pen @_@, so scary, I totally butchered her face in a lot of them too.
Actually did about 3 more pages of these, but these are the "best" two.
DSG, Monster wrestling or something:
March 21st, 2011, 09:00 AM
wow your really talented.,. and i love your artistic style and language.. :)
March 24th, 2011, 07:11 AM
i love your stuff
March 24th, 2011, 11:28 AM
your progress is incredible! great stuff
March 24th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Great stuff, man. Very cool sketchbook!
March 25th, 2011, 04:36 PM
Thanks for posting these awesome pencil pahe updates! :yum:
March 25th, 2011, 04:54 PM
April 15th, 2011, 05:35 AM
Here's another link: http://dailylenglui.blogspot.com/
It's where I often go to get my refs for my girl studies.
I've been really frustrated with colour lately, so I thought I should dive in and just do some studies. About 30-40 mins each:
More Mullins Studies:
DSG: 3 stages of evolution of an imagined creature:
This was for a small drawing competition hosted by Xia at www.idrawgirls.com. If you like drawing girls, you should check his website out.
The subject for the competition was gladiator powerpuff girls:
April 15th, 2011, 05:43 AM
wow amazing sketchbook at all! love your moleskine pages, they are superb.
April 15th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Wow, your studies are really really cool! They are finished little artworks for themselves:)
April 15th, 2011, 12:09 PM
Your moleskines and color work just incredible! 5 star thread!
April 15th, 2011, 12:36 PM
love your work. very inspirational. great style here.
April 15th, 2011, 12:39 PM
i gots to say, awesome fucking work
April 15th, 2011, 12:50 PM
awesome sketches! moleskine pages are so great! :>
April 15th, 2011, 02:45 PM
beatiful update, love your girls.
May 9th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Joao Ruas (http://blog.feral-kid.com/)
Daryl Mandryk (http://mandrykart.wordpress.com/)
Jamie Jones (http://www.artpad.org/blog/)
Maciej Kuciara (http://maciejkuciara.blogspot.com/)
Rich Anderson (http://flaptraps.blogspot.com/)
Thanks everybody! I haven't drawn much lately though...
May 9th, 2011, 10:32 PM
figures are looking great!
May 10th, 2011, 12:58 AM
i'm thinking about proposing to your moleskine to marry me. . . love those sketches , it's real nice to see a varied Sb like this one,real eye candy.
keep up the good work!
May 10th, 2011, 01:30 AM
your sketches r delicious can i eat them? But seriously I really love how you can build up your values =D especially with pencil <3
May 10th, 2011, 01:42 AM
May 10th, 2011, 02:25 AM
superb drawings and sketches
May 10th, 2011, 02:31 AM
Thanx for the inspiration :D!!!! Every one of your woman faces look so darn pretty!
May 10th, 2011, 04:05 AM
Especially fond of your moleskin sketches.
May 10th, 2011, 04:25 AM
wow is all I can say T_T
May 11th, 2011, 09:14 AM
You're sketching less but your edge is still super sharp~~~
what are you up to lately?
May 14th, 2011, 08:31 AM
by the way thanks for linking to Alien's works, he's awesome... here it is again for anyone else: http://blog.naver.com/alien1452
May 18th, 2011, 06:04 AM
Thank you again everybody. I do read all of your comments and am definitely astounded that great artists such as yourselves seem to like my work...!
@Yor: Glad you noticed the variety :]. Whenever I see an great artist that is accomplished in a variety of mediums and styles, I am always amazed. I want to be good at multiple things.
@vices: Lately, I'd like to say I'm busy with work, but I'm probably just lazy. Currently working full time in a field that is not related to art.
I need to focus on environments, and perspective some more.
Next 3 girls on the left are of Pang Shuang (http://www.redflava.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=38).
I totally gave up on the environment for this one:
Random quick paint:
Hope this helps somebody:
May 18th, 2011, 07:37 AM
Insane skill man!
May 18th, 2011, 07:42 AM
do you have blog or a website of some sort? I like having a constant flow of updates whenever it's possible without having to go through comments :P
May 18th, 2011, 08:27 AM
An absolute pleasure looking through your work
May 19th, 2011, 07:25 PM
beautiful ladies as always ^^
if you don't mind sharing, what's your job?
May 19th, 2011, 10:11 PM
beautiful work !
May 19th, 2011, 10:35 PM
HollllyyyCow!!! amazing stuff here =D
May 22nd, 2011, 07:06 PM
Thanks so much for that post FinalKnight ^^
I do try to pay attention to edges, but in those girl paintings I just stuck them on any old background and said the hell with edges. Mb that wasn't a good diea.. I didn't think it mattered about controlling the edges if the background was just abstract..
Anyway thanks again for that awesome post, it was really helpful ^^
May 23rd, 2011, 04:19 AM
you've probably heard this a million times, but AWESOME sketches man.
May 29th, 2011, 06:48 PM
Damn, the improvement from page 1 is insane! Keep it up. ;)
June 6th, 2011, 05:54 AM
Loathsome: I don't have a blog or even a portfolio. This is the only place I show my work, which is kinda good for you guys. If I ever post anything it'll be right here. So you're guaranteed to see everything!
vices: My job: Lead Programmer of a software company I started after University. Haven't seen you around lately. Hope you're keeping the motivation up.
GEB, monsi, _Quasar_, chrylkk: Thanks, Glad you like them!
Droid: Hmm, did you really look through those pages @__@
Question! Just for my own interest, which girl do you like the best? I like the girl sitting down on the left the best.
Still struggling my way through colour!
June 6th, 2011, 06:09 AM
dude, this is sick!!!!!!!
June 6th, 2011, 06:20 AM
You have a wonderfr ul sketchbook. I really like your digital work!
Very nice use of colours post 88, 2nd to last pic. Going to keep my eye on this sb. :]
June 6th, 2011, 06:45 AM
Ur sketchbook pages are absolutely gorgeous! just out of curiosity...?do you render with a mechanical pencil?if so..what softness?
June 6th, 2011, 08:14 AM
Wow, nice pencil work. Really enjoyed looking through your stuff. Reminds me I have a few unfilled moleskines myself. It's all digital these days.
June 6th, 2011, 08:45 AM
Super sweet pencil skills.
Subscribed to your thread.
How old are you if i am allowed to ask? ;o
July 20th, 2011, 09:40 AM
saw your stuff on the idrawgirls community when you first posted your powerpuff gladiator it was freaken insane.
so now im here looking at your sb and it is mind blowingly insane my eyes are bleeding from exposure to pure awesome.
been trying to apply the lighting tut you did on the orion witch. veryy helpful.
August 1st, 2011, 09:48 AM
Yefim, Mila: Thanks :)
Bing!: I use my one and only 2B 0.5 mechanical pencil, nothing else.
razz: I think digital is a bit better to use than pencil, simply because you get to practice colour!
Silwynar: I'm pretty old :/ 24...
gibbo19: Hey again gibbo, as long as you keep drawing and wanting to get better I can tell you will go far. You have good motivation, and you seem eager to improve, which is the most important skill an artist can posses.
Well, I haven't posted in a long time. Haven't drawn much. It's all crap anyway, so I don't really like posting...
Start with some studies from pics (if only they could have been from life):
Still trying to work on my colour!
And a still life:
For a contest over at idrawgirls.com
DSG: REPRESENT A REAL-LIFE BIRD IN HIGHLY ROBOTIC FORM
Drawing from imagination is now easier for me than drawing from reference, what's up with that...
August 1st, 2011, 10:16 AM
August 1st, 2011, 11:00 AM
Nice skethbook man, I enjo bothy the studies and the imaginative stuff. You make me want to buy a moleskine! Kinda miss the smooth paper now that I think of it.. the more reason to finish the sketchbook I have now, eh. Thanks!
August 1st, 2011, 11:10 AM
Your pencil renderings are wonderful.
August 1st, 2011, 02:54 PM
Wicked work man, some of the most inspiring moleskine pages I've seen.
August 1st, 2011, 02:57 PM
wow gorgeous work
August 17th, 2011, 12:11 PM
Your sketch book is AWESOME! =)
August 17th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Your improvement is great to witness, keep it up! :D
August 17th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Beautiful work. Very inspirational. Thanks for the links to some of our resources.
August 17th, 2011, 08:14 PM
What sort of sketchbook paper and size is that dude, i need to doodle in it! very inspiring, glad to have stepped in the deuce of things.
August 18th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Also i like the girl on the far right most from post #171
August 18th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Hi nice sketchbook you got there. I love your sheer detail in your moleskin sketchbooks, very inspiring indeed :). Keep posting.
August 18th, 2011, 08:17 AM
August 18th, 2011, 01:09 PM
I really enjoyed taking a tour through your work! I have only one thought: dude! quit your day job! XD - great work and keep it up!
August 18th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Wow awesome work, great sketchbook!
You've managed to conquer the analog as well as the digital I see :D
I was going to type more but I'm left speechless.
Gotta watch more of your sketches now. Keep drawing!
August 19th, 2011, 07:23 AM
Great work, great sketch book and great digital paints 'awesome' :)
August 19th, 2011, 12:34 PM
Your environmental studies are ACE. Think you could come by my thread and give me some tips? Seriously you're a pro.
Your people are very fluid and fun as well.
Keep up the good work man!
September 2nd, 2011, 08:42 PM
*rolling on keyboard* fjewla;kjsdklgj alkbhmfx... dude! your sense of perspective-- so nice~
really nice pencil renders as well. thank you for sharing your knowledge with that latest color 'tutorial' :)
September 13th, 2011, 05:23 PM
bleurgh now I feel soo lazy.. Must.. keep working! Great pencils in here 5 *
September 13th, 2011, 05:26 PM
these pencils are INSANE! awesome work
September 28th, 2011, 06:13 AM
Never draw the same thing twice! I see quite a few people do it though, and in my opinion it should be avoided. An example is when drawing a face - especially from imagination - you'll often fall into the trap of drawing the same face from the same angle every time because that is what's easiest. But the reason it's easiest is because you keep drawing it over and over.
One of my rules for my sketchbook is to never draw two faces that are from the same angle on any given page, even if the features of the face are different.
p sage: @_@
Tom Fenton: My moleskine is the medium one, 5" x 8 1/4"
kevinwueste: Thanks. Your figure drawings are some of my favourite I've ever seen. In fact, probably my favourite. And I browse a lot of art, so that means a lot! I would say even better than Craig Mullins, Jamie Jones, or Vilppus' figures.
Thanks everyone! So many replies! I was looking at Jama's sketchbook, and Eric Fortune's (http://www.ericfortune.com/) stuff and it makes my stuff look like pure crap.
Soooo... everyone's asked me to keep posting, but I haven't drawn anything in the two months I've been gone except what I'm about to post. I've failed! I'll try to draw more though. I have a bit more free time nowadays.
Left face is from a picture, she looked very strange, I had to draw her!
DSG: long alien crustacean with interesting arm array (or something)
Going back to watercolours! Haven't touched them in a while. This is a study of a drawing by lokman lam (check out his stuff! (http://www.lokmanlam.com/))
Watercolours are suppose to be colourful aren't they? Mine are all dull...
Study of a drawing by Eric Fortune (http://www.ericfortune.com/) in watercolour. Holy crap he's good.
You don't need a nice sketchbook (moleskine) to draw better. I use regular A4 printer paper a lot, I also bought this sketchbook at walmart for $1. It's crap, so I can fill it with crap with no worries! The pen/pencil matters more than the paper.
September 28th, 2011, 10:09 AM
Fantastic dedication and work ethic! Love your watercolours :)
Keep it up!
*runs to draw something
September 28th, 2011, 10:34 AM
September 28th, 2011, 10:58 AM
sooooooooooo good! cool style D: and pencils are very nice!
September 28th, 2011, 10:58 AM
I really love your sb! its very inspiring! omg! I love lokman lam his stuff is awesome, I wish he posted more often though. but anyway good stuff!
I have a question though, do you use references?
September 28th, 2011, 05:08 PM
hot dayum dawg, some purdy stuff here:) Keep rocking it:D
September 28th, 2011, 05:43 PM
#198, the two first moleskines... I love those, awesome!
September 28th, 2011, 05:59 PM
I just stuck you in my faves...you mentioned your watercolours are dull...personally that's what I think sets your watercolour apart from every other watercolour. Not dull sir, moody. Moody is what they are and I freaking love em!
Upload more candy please!
September 28th, 2011, 09:48 PM
Ah sweet you updated! =) Love your work bro.. so awesome! =) Lull =) Your ladies have a lovely feel to them too =)
September 29th, 2011, 02:07 AM
Amazing Stuff!! Congratulations I love your style and is quite in line with what im trying to achieve but im far behind. Anyways hello to anyone I already posted on the introduction thread but is nice to be polite. really wanted to tell you you are awesome.
- nat -
September 29th, 2011, 11:17 AM
I don't know where to start! your moleskin values are crazy good, your speedpaints are inspirational and your observational architecture inks are very neat too! That last post is truly awesome :D
PS, for watercolors, do you soak the paper then apply pigment (wet on wet)? Or do you color directly from dipping the brush in water?
October 3rd, 2011, 08:13 AM
god your fabrics are beautiful!!!
October 11th, 2011, 07:50 AM
Advice-o-the-day: Don't become preoccupied with the end result and making a pretty picture. Experiment! The process matters more than the end product. You can always throw out a failed drawing, but what you learn in the process of drawing will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you never push your boundaries you'll never struggle and you'll never learn.
conte: You're already so good! I have watched all the videos you've posted. They are amazing, thank you for those.
theUNKNOWNsketcher, Pkmike: Thanks~
Tsuyoki: I don't use reference for my imagination stuff. I'm sure many people will disagree with me, but I feel using references is a crutch and will stunt your growth if you want to be able to draw from your imagination. In my opinion, if you want to draw from imagination, you shouldn't need to use references unless there is something very specific that you've never drawn before and that you want to get perfect without having to do studies. However, there is a big difference between using reference and doing studies. Studies are SO VERY important. You can see in my SB, I do a crap ton of studies.
Mischeviouslittleelf, f1x: Thanks, you both are very good!
Damien Levs: Thanks! But no watercolours this time. Maybe next update.
Kungfoowiz: Girls are the only thing I enjoy drawing.
e-nat: <do you soak the paper then apply pigment (wet on wet)? Or do you color directly from dipping the brush in water? > I feel the greatest strength of watercolour is wet on wet and I try to incorporate wet on wet as much as possible. The choice between wet on wet or non-wet just depends on the edge I want to draw. If I want a soft edge or any kind of colour or value gradient I always use wet on wet. I do this so that multiple colours can blend into each other. If I want a hard edge (cast shadow) I'll wait for it to dry and then put another layer on top of it.
vices: I actually feel I'm quite bad at clothing and fabric @_@. Interesting that you'd mention that.
Right is DSG: Pale alien with amazing mahogany horns (or something)
Studies from ref
Tanks in mspaint. Because, mspaint.
October 11th, 2011, 09:20 AM
Yay! Your moleskines are pure candy. How long have you been drawing for now? I love how your work holds realism, but with elements of manga! That's something you don't see everyday. Only when you decide to upload and share :P
You're my main source of inspiration here. Just love your pencils sooo much!! Looking forward to the next update.
October 11th, 2011, 02:38 PM
Dang! As others have said, those moleskines rock my socks off!
October 11th, 2011, 03:40 PM
i friggin love you mate! wonderfull pages again!
October 11th, 2011, 07:01 PM
Great sketchbook here Final Knight! Really stunning work! I really like how you handle the pencil rendering! Thanks for sharing!
October 11th, 2011, 07:10 PM
Loaded with epic win. So much atmosphere in those pencils. Do you use some kind of fixative on them?
If I rendered that much graphite on a moleskine, it would look like the underside of a mudhound in short order.
November 14th, 2011, 01:25 AM
Link: Some great art by Inshoo/shaonav (http://blog.naver.com/shaonav) a korean artist. Similar to Alien or Hyung Tae Kim. He updates a lot and his work is amazing!
Damien Levs: Glad you like the moleskines! I've been drawing since 2007. I think I'm a bit different than most artists because I didn't really draw when I was growing up.
John T: Thank you~
Yor: Thanks for dropping by again!
MacTire: Thanks, hopefully I don't disappoint this time.
p sage: I don't use fixative. I usually start in the top left, and then draw outward from there so that I don't smudge. I also draw upside down and sideways a lot so that my hand doesn't smudge anything.
More from the 1$ SB:
I'm just posting this one cause I like the girl on the right. I don't like the rest though.
Went back to life drawing... 1 hr:
DSG: Child is too small for mechanical suit.
November 14th, 2011, 01:49 AM
Shit you can draw :D. Fantastic style and attention to detail, delicious. Thank you for sharing.
November 14th, 2011, 02:00 AM
Sweeeet SB pages... wow. Love 'em <3
November 14th, 2011, 07:18 AM
oh ma gawd love the mole skins, and your envs are so great, you totally get the atmosphere in these things.
Hopefully i can do that to a moleskin one day
November 14th, 2011, 11:06 AM
This thread is absolutely gorgeous!
November 14th, 2011, 11:58 AM
Love seeing your progress mate! I'd say you got your money's worth out of your moleskine. Your sb is an inspiration.
February 6th, 2012, 10:24 PM
Jeremy Swan: Thanks, and I'm glad you enjoy my work.
p sage: :D
TFsean: Thanks! Practice will get you anywhere as long as you focus.
:inVISI:: Thank you.
LAG: Progress is really what keeps me going. I always want to get better.
Apologies for the absence. Next update I will do some more watercolours. That will be the goal! I ran out of watercolor paper and have been too lazy to get some more.
Mix of moleskines (2 of the pages are from the smaller one, the rest are the medium size).
The white paper ones are the kinds of studies I do when I don't feel like drawing anything. They're done pretty quickly - for faces - about 20 mins each...
Also forced myself to do two colour studies. Colour is still challenging, but appears to be getting a bit easier!
And some anime mixed in there for good luck.
Faces are so hard..... @_@
February 7th, 2012, 12:05 AM
As others have said already, those moleskin sketches are insane. Do you just randomly start doodling or do you have a preconceived composition when you start? It all seems to come together nicely as an illustration at the end which is awesome.
eager to see more digitals, the skill definitely transfers.
February 7th, 2012, 02:25 AM
Those moleskins are indeed very nice.
doesn't look like you're having any trouble with faces. Those color studies don't suck either.
Do you use any refs in the moleskin sketches oer are they from the top of your head?
February 7th, 2012, 02:42 AM
Brilliant sketchbook, man! Both the moleskine and digital pieces, love it!
February 7th, 2012, 03:24 AM
Great page, but this one just pops:
February 18th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Thanks everyone! If anyone has any critique for my work, I would love to hear it. I feel a bit stagnated and seem to be producing similar mistakes (that I don't know how to fix). I would like to challenge myself by trying to draw in different ways in order to see things differently. I will be forever in gratitude.
I'll also come critique you if you'd like!
That means if you want me to draw something (make me work on something) you can make me do it! And I'll definitely do it! 100%! >_>
Mangix: You're the first person to mention that! I actually try to make my sketchbook pages flow compositionally. I specifically use graphical elements (eg. text &/or lines), contrast (eg. lighter faces against darker hair/background) , and soft/hard edges to make your eye move around the page easier. I don't have any idea in mind when I start drawing though. No thumbnails or greater picture in my head. I just keep doodling.
Bakker: All of the moleskine stuff is from my head (except the two smaller moleskine pages from my last post). Usually I put a note above a page if I use a reference. Although I forgot to do that in my last post. I don't use references for poses and generally don't use it for the objects in those pages. My typical workflow for my moleskine pages is to go to McDonalds, turn up my music & draw all day without any distractions. It's very effective! I recommend people try it if they are looking for ways to become more concentrated on drawing. It also forces you do draw without reference, and work on drawing from imagination (if thats your objective).
The_Flying_Dutchman: Thank you!
walnut: Thanks, I like that one as well ;o. It's of the amazing looking So Yeon (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9AILfo4umPQ/TzkyriL1H1I/AAAAAAAAAbM/mcTpICmIZsE/s1600/Cute+Sexy+So+Yeon%21_0005.jpg) [more (http://idolretouch.blogspot.com/2012/02/sexy-in-black-so-yeon.html)] who I've had a thing for recently.
Trying to work on different things and mix my style/focus up for this post.
Jama has good environments. I want to be like him :[
I said I would do some more watercolors this post! So, here are some. This one is a study of one of my favourite watercolorers, Nathan Fowkes (http://nathanfowkes.blogspot.com/)! Visit that site. He is so good it hurts my brain.
Obligatory moleskine. The designs are based on some characters in an anime.
And baaaaad watercolors
February 18th, 2012, 08:23 PM
I've been wanting a moleskin type of SB for some time know cuz i really like the filling of the pencil on that type of paper.Seeing your stuff...i don't think im going to sleep tonight(probably go out and buy one of those SB and start drawing at Mcdonalds,haha)
but seriously,is it the best way to practice drawing from you imagination when you are "away"?
I notice that,when im in boring classes drawing from my imagination things comeout better then when im at home trying to draw from no reference even though i can have them if i need them.
keep yup the amazing work!
March 22nd, 2012, 04:11 AM
Well, I guess I need to bump this thread sometime...
DSG:Couple embrace under umbrella while spaceship waits in the rain.
Studies from pictures:
Need to get better at environments.
March 22nd, 2012, 04:19 AM
Insane... =) Luuuuv your drawing =)
March 22nd, 2012, 05:20 AM
Wow, those moleskine drawings are purely awesome. Can't stop starring at them o___o
March 22nd, 2012, 05:24 AM
awesome sb :D
March 22nd, 2012, 07:24 AM
Moleskins... too much... to... urrrrrrrggghhhhhh...
March 22nd, 2012, 07:46 AM
Woaah, totally blown away by your SB, moleskines especially (as everyone else has said!). Very inspiring work, keep it up!
March 22nd, 2012, 08:32 AM
Holy macaroni this's freakin awesome! What a great sb I've just found!
The last update is A m a z i n g .
Thanks for inspiring! :sungod:
March 22nd, 2012, 10:12 AM
really awesome sketchbook. Your moleskin sketches are leaps ahead from your other works. Really nice loose figures and great costume designs altho your last digis are exceptional.
March 22nd, 2012, 10:16 AM
March 22nd, 2012, 10:30 AM
Your moleskin sketches are amazing, as has already been stated
Also, your improvement since the beginning of your sketchbook is awesome!
I'm feeling über inspired right now.
March 22nd, 2012, 12:44 PM
I just ADORE your sketchbook, I'm certain I could sit here all day and read it, sadly though it's too short...DO MORE!!.....Please...:asskisser:
March 24th, 2012, 04:10 AM
Really fantastic sketchbook! Keep up the work, I look forward to seeing more!
March 24th, 2012, 04:38 AM
Every now and then i come across a sketchbook on CA.org that makes me Art Orgasm all over my keyboard. This is one of those times. Do you have any advice to give on how to get that effect with pencils? Other then draw your ass off.
March 24th, 2012, 05:02 AM
March 24th, 2012, 05:44 AM
this book is the bomb! <3
March 24th, 2012, 07:51 AM
really awesome ! =D
March 24th, 2012, 07:52 AM
It's hard to believe you don't do this for a living. Amazing stuff.
March 26th, 2012, 07:40 AM
I come bearing more gifts. Bumping this thread only 4 days after my last post, that must be a new record.
ANtY93: Thank you! Pencil is definitely fun.
GEB, jdem: Thanks, more moleskine this time too.
Greenhouse: No problem! Glad I inspire people. (feels weird that people like my work... really!)
vigostar: Yeah, I agree. The reason I post my crappy watercolors / thumbnails / digitals / environments is to get some critique on them. I feel really bad at all of those, and it shows! So I'm trying work on them. I only like drawing girls, so drawing everything else really feels like 'work'... not so enjoyable, but I need to do it.
f1x: thanks, f1x. You've got great drawings as well!
Caleb-Brown: I just looked at some of the older drawings in this thread. And wow, haha. You are right!
tomcat: Too short?! Seems like there's a lot to me! Glad you enjoy it all.
derekdedgell: More coming up!
Ixallus: I will try to do a tutorial on how I draw in my moleskines. Look forward to it~ I'm not sure when I'll post it. Seems like it would be very awkward drawing a bit, scanning, drawing more, scanning to see how I progress my drawings, but I'll try to do it for everyone here.
Velocity Kendall: Thanks! You have a seriously very unique and interesting way of drawing. I like it!
Alexandr Pascenko: Oh, I'm glad you like it. You're actually one of my heroes of art!!!! Glad you stopped by!!! I have very few heroes of art. You are one!
tobzArt: Thank you!
ct2ulao: Haha, thanks. I sometimes think I'll try to be the best artist who has never made a penny off their art XD...
A moleskine I finished up today.
Havok Reed sent me this PM, so I thought I'd do a tutorial.
I was just wondering though, how do you get all that sweet texture work on your stuff? Like, everything just looks really good and I have yet to figure out how to do that sort of thing my self.
If you have any tips on how to texture, could you please share them?
So, I don't think I'm the best digital artist at all. Jama or Peleng should do a tutorial on their digitals! They're so good! But until they do, you'll just have to listen to me. Haha, suckers!
edit: Here is a link to the brushes I have/use LINK (http://www.pandemoniumart.net/brushes/) I also use zhuzhu's brush presets: Here (http://zhuzhu.deviantart.com/gallery/6904132#/d2k85pr)
DO YOUR STUDIES. STUDIES ARE IMPORTANT.
March 26th, 2012, 08:04 AM
those sb pages are so great!
March 26th, 2012, 08:20 AM
Oh goodness your sketchbook! No words!!
March 26th, 2012, 10:26 AM
very cool pencil sketches
March 26th, 2012, 10:44 AM
I am inspired by your dedication and breadth of study and creation. Keep up the good work!
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