View Full Version : Eric Wants To Learn More! - Need Critiqages!
August 9th, 2008, 12:59 AM
Hey everybody, my name's Eric and I"m a soon to be sophomore at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). I'm majoring in Illustration. I have decided that I want to go into concept art for video games and movies and I would really appreciate it if you guys would give me critiques and comments as you always have, so I can improve and achieve my dream in the not too distant future. I'll be posting more digital pieces this time around, but of course there'll still be traditional pieces as well as my school work from this upcoming year.
To start off, here is a self portrait I did earlier today.
August 9th, 2008, 04:58 PM
Here are a few pieces I'm still working on, or will continue at a later date. Sorry for the crappy photos, Im using the camera thats on my computer since my scanner is not in working condition at the moment.
August 9th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Welcome to CA! You're doing a pretty darn good job! I'm impressed with the painting. There's only one thing I saw on it (And I doubt I should even be treading on this, since I know little about color and digital painting myself...:^^;: ) but the lighting on the nose looks just a tad weird to me. It just appears to be lines rather than lighting...It could just be me though. :P
But hey! Keep it up! Would love to see some more. Do you paint traditionally too?
August 9th, 2008, 05:40 PM
Loled at the welcome to ca :P
Stop it with all the new sketchbooks, your last one was kickass why'd you change?
Oh well i hope you update this one daily and keep us updated
Self portrait is looking good, really cant crits lol
your pencils are awesome as usual and the lines on the last one are crazy
Man really cant wait to see more from you :DD
you are the F88king master of lines, just tell me how do you do it :O
Keep it up bro
August 9th, 2008, 11:48 PM
SkyTheArtist- Thx for the welcome, but I've been here for a while. Yeah, the nose was a hassle for me, I'm sure I'll improve as long as I keep practicing. I do paint traditionally, I'll post some when I get the chance to.
lilnebo- Yeah, it surprised me as well. I don't know why I keep making new sketchbooks, maybe I'm obsessed with having a fresh start. I will try to update this one daily, I've finally got the drive to push myself harder and draw everyday like I used to. Thank you for the kind words, your doing good yourself.
Here are a couple of photo studies from tonight. enjoy!
August 9th, 2008, 11:57 PM
hellll yeahhh man! you're definitely gettin better. the pencil work on that lizard thing is badass. really good, and your studies are definitely improving. a lot more foundation work than before, good good.
see ya in a week or twooooooo
August 10th, 2008, 07:29 AM
Yeah I agree on the lizard. really cool. it has a bit of Boris Vallejo on the strokes. The paintings are good. Very hard to go academic like this. I always hide a lot in style, but you are going the hard way.
August 10th, 2008, 03:09 PM
Med- Thank you, isn't it about time for you to start up a sketchbook. See you then.
marioucci- Thx, I need to look over Vallejo's work again, its been a while since I've seen some. Cheers.
Few more today. I might work a little more on the second one, spent about two hours so far on it.
August 11th, 2008, 03:07 PM
August 12th, 2008, 07:14 AM
Awesome really great to see these!
Your getting better and better
The digital studies are looking awesome and your achiving a great likeness
And the last drawing is sweet
i really like your use of lightining in it
All this wants to make me paint digitally :P
Some pencils please !! :P
Keep it up
August 12th, 2008, 10:50 PM
lilnebo- Thanks for the boost of confidence! Pencils will be coming soon.
I'm sorry guys, no updates today, too busy helping a friend move in to draw any. I know, I feel bad that I haven't kept my word by not updating everyday. More to come soon.
August 13th, 2008, 11:01 PM
sketchies.......finally have my scanner working again.
August 14th, 2008, 01:24 AM
Hey dude what's up! :D
Great book you have here! Loving all the pencil sketches, your designs are awesome! :D
Your didi paintings are great too, you do a lot of things the right way, you don't start on a white background, your brushwork seems solid, and the values are good too. However, try thinking about the shadows more, you mostly shade them with a single color which makes them seem a bit muddy. Try throwing more life in there! Some purples, blues, greens, oranges! Think of cool-warm contrasts too. :) If you're looking for the most awesome tutorials on skintones and facial features, you should out Linda Bergkvist's stuff -> http://www.furiae.com/index.php
Keep it up :)
August 14th, 2008, 03:58 AM
rly like you're portraits and life drawing dude ;) keep it up!
August 14th, 2008, 08:06 AM
In the environment you're about to enter to you'll be great in no time at all, especially like the lighting on the troll/ogre/hulk, gives it an environment without there actually being one, nice touch. Keep posting =)
August 14th, 2008, 05:46 PM
algenpfleger- Thx for the crits, I really appreciate it. And thx for the link, great stuff, it should help out a lot.
SomeGuy...- Thx, I will.
oODanyalOo- Thx, I will.
Here are some drawings from life in my moleskin sketchbook. It's fun to draw people at the library...
August 14th, 2008, 07:56 PM
I'm going to start doing figure studies and environment studies everyday. Here are a couple of figures to start out.
August 14th, 2008, 09:04 PM
few more figures...quickies...about 30 mins each.
August 15th, 2008, 04:56 PM
Woo man these digis they are soooooo freakin awesome :O
The pencils, they just kick my ass so hard its hard to sit down....
And the life drawings are pure awesome really just wordless
Do you use photoshop? looks like painter to me :)
Anywayz keep it up and keep updating
August 15th, 2008, 10:04 PM
lilnebo- Wow, thx for the props. Those were done in photoshop, I have painter, but I haven't gotten into it yet, but I can't wait to start soon.
Well, I've been sick all day, so no updates tonight. I'm going to post a lot this weekend. I'm checking out some anatomy books tomorrow from the library, and I'm going to study my ass off and do lots of figure and anatomy studies. Also, this will be the last sketchbook I start here, because I want to keep in touch with everyone that comes through my sketchbook here, and it's hard to do that when I keep starting new sketchbooks. Hopefully it will be a journey worth while as I learn and grow and hope that everyone that comes through here will help me to do so, and I'll be sure to do the same for all you guys and gals out in CA. Alright, I'm posting tomorrow for sure. Thx everyone.
P.S.- If I don't post anything every now and then, I want you guys to beat my ass down with replies and shit for not posting anything. Thx again.
August 15th, 2008, 10:19 PM
Good work here dude, you'll be pro in no time. Where did you get the ref image of the girl in white dress in post 8 from? i've been looking for that sort of ref for ages, but to no avail...
August 16th, 2008, 08:30 PM
RandAlThor- Thx, I hope I'll be pro one day. I got that ref from deviantart.com. You can find all sorts of cool images there.
Alright, well, I'm still sick today, but I still managed to find some time to paint. So here's these, I probably post one more time tonight. Studying anatomy is a lot of fun, I'm really getting into it, although its very tedious work.
August 17th, 2008, 10:54 AM
Anatomy study from this morning. Kind of got inspired by Colepoopface's studies. He's right, sometimes it's more fun to draw a skeleton, then go over it with the muscle groups.
August 17th, 2008, 03:31 PM
Lol looking reallll good though man
Awesome to see all those painting
Keep up the hard work!
August 17th, 2008, 04:41 PM
lilnebo- Thanks again. I will. You better keep up the hard work as well!
Heres something I've been working on for the last 20 mins. I hope I will become faster as I practice.
August 17th, 2008, 06:09 PM
Same shit! I don't like this one at all. I'm happy with the face...sort of. Well, I suck at this stuff, and thats why I'm here, is to get better. Crits are welcome of course!
August 18th, 2008, 02:57 AM
One more tonight. Self portrait, thought I'd focus on temperature for this one. Not a great likeness.
August 18th, 2008, 01:56 PM
Cool studies. I like those people life drawings in moleskine sketchbook.
August 18th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Farvus- Thanks, i really enjoy drawing from life, it's way more interesting than drawing from a photo.
August 19th, 2008, 01:18 AM
August 19th, 2008, 02:29 AM
Envisor, you are getting sooo good! Glad to see these. Keep it up, I love it :D
I agree with what Sky said up there. I love the girl with the white skirt, although her face needs a little more work. The streaks of white are not as obvious in the original picture, and the highlights on her forehead and nose define her face in certain places where there's no need. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with it :D
August 19th, 2008, 01:49 PM
vanbythevaseline- Thx for the words of encouragement, I'll be sure to keep up the pace.
Posemaniacs, 30 second poses. It took me a while to get the hang of it. But I think that I will do at least a page of these a day from now on. Enjoy.
August 19th, 2008, 03:13 PM
August 20th, 2008, 04:14 PM
30 second poses from posemaniacs.
August 20th, 2008, 05:46 PM
Here's an environment I've been working on about a half hour. The bottom is supposed to be a overhanging or cliff that overlooks a city. I think the perspective is off and the colors for that matter. Any help or paint overs would be greatly appreciated. Thx.
August 20th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Little update on the environment. I think I fixed the perspective on it a little. Also, I should probably up the contrast a lot.
August 20th, 2008, 06:28 PM
cool stuff man. keep those anatomy studies coming. shit... i haven't even started on enviros yet. i'm gonna wait a while, but shit's looking good.
the ogre (especially the lighting on it) is totally awesome!
keep rockin. peace dude.
August 21st, 2008, 07:47 AM
hey man, cool sketchbook in here, much respect for getting down all those anatomy (and not) studies...keep 'em coming :)
August 21st, 2008, 11:51 AM
really nice sketchbook, Eric. you have some cool charactersketches and designs.
I like this page a lot http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q81/Envisor/sc00269159.jpg
good thing to see you tackling enviros as well. on the last one make sure to have different contrast between the rock thats supposed to be close to the viewer and the rest of the scene. so far it looks a bit like it's all same distance. hard edges might help already. keep working in that direction!
August 21st, 2008, 12:06 PM
TheGnoll- Thx for stopping by and for the comment. Cheers.
monotony- Thx, I thought the same thing, but I haven't tried to go back and fix it yet.
Albinus plates anatomy study.
August 22nd, 2008, 11:44 AM
WIP progress shots. Tips and crits greatly appreciated. Thx.
August 22nd, 2008, 04:38 PM
I cant crits, sorry i meant to drop by here earlier!
Keep going man! awesome seeing you hitting at it so hard! *god that sounds wrong... but you get what i mean*
Your also developing a style so just keep working on it!
Keep up the work!
August 23rd, 2008, 02:39 AM
lilnebo- Haha, thanks. You keep at it too.
Small update. I think I'll come back to this one at a later date.
August 23rd, 2008, 10:07 AM
hellz yeah eric w00t. hey for that last one, try not to start out with such a dull grey for the background. maybe pick a color that flows with the color harmony that you plan to use, so like a yellowish grey or something. but the improvements are definitely showing my man
August 23rd, 2008, 02:01 PM
Med- Thank you Ahmed. I really appreciate the critiquing from such a master as yourself. Start your sketchbook now dude. Yeah, I should of started with a better color. I had thought it out so differently in my head, and as aI worked, it kind of evolved into that shitty piece.
Heres a quickie.
August 23rd, 2008, 02:15 PM
thanks for your comment, nice start you got there. I like the posemaniacs quickies, your getting better and better... carefull not to get too muddy and blurry with your digi's, last one is a nice idea but too much little brush spat there and there, try to do most of the shading with a BIG brush with a good % of opacity, and use a smaller one for the fine details . Like the smoke, if you see it as being big spheres of air its easy to visualise how you could shade it using a big brush, same for his coat... the back of a figure is pretty flat , so the same value should be present on most part of his back , so a big brush to simplify and flatten stuff would be a good idea.... I did a quick paint over to explain wha ti mean, hope you dont mind. You should try working zoomed out at first, like reaaalllyyy zoomed out, this would help you work with big strokes and get a good overall composition of shapes and values.
August 23rd, 2008, 02:45 PM
WhiteC- Thanks for the critiques. The suggestions you made helped out a lot. I'll remember to do that from now on. Thx again.
Johann de Venecia
August 23rd, 2008, 11:15 PM
Hi, Eric. Seeing some good progress from your first post and that's always a great thing. The self SP in mid August in particular marked a leap in confidence, at least in my opinion. It was a pleasure browsing through your studies. Your SB title fits the book very well! I am certain to see awesome things from you very very soon! Keep it up.
August 24th, 2008, 09:38 PM
lukavi- Thanks, I really appreciate you commenting on my work. I'll keep it up. Thx again.
Trying to get into the Vilpuu method of drawing figures. It's really interesting.
August 25th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Photo study from this morning. Today is my first day of class.
August 25th, 2008, 12:19 PM
Your working soooooo hard it motivates me!
Those figure drawings are sweet and also the last painting is looking good!
And i started school too i hate it :(!
i got like 5 pages of homework a day :( my art is going to be destroyed by the evil teachers!
But i try to wake up earlier nd get some sketching done
Keep us updated please :D
August 26th, 2008, 01:32 AM
lilnebo- Thank you. I think I need to work harder. Well, I go to an art school, so I at least have that creative outlet. And since I'm taking courses for Illustration, I should have some cool stuff to post as well as the work I do on my own. Which of course, I'm not going to let up on. I will keep to my promise of posting at least once a day. Thx again.
Just worked on the flowers in the background really! I wish I had more to post. But, this will have to do for now.
August 26th, 2008, 09:38 PM
glad you're using the tips i gave you :)
August 27th, 2008, 03:57 AM
Great work here.. Love the personality in your faces :)
August 29th, 2008, 12:37 PM
Med- Yes indeed. They really have been helping out. thx
Sketches from our first sketch group last night. Sorry for the shitty photos. I let a friend of mine borrow my scanner. I should of messed with the contrast levels, because these are so much darker in real life.
August 29th, 2008, 06:51 PM
photo study... I also have a lot of sketches I've been doing for class, but I'll wait to post them until I have my scanner back. Any crits are welcome. I know that I need to push my values more, a lot more. I think I might drawing in black and white first, then adding color.
August 30th, 2008, 01:17 PM
Progress shots of photo study.
August 30th, 2008, 01:32 PM
some lovely stuff here, the anatomy studies are great and the digital painting is coming on well. It does seem to me that unlike alot of your pencil work the digital pieces look decidedly unfinnished, though you do have a loose style it is sometimes nice to sorta detail up some areas of interest like the eyes to make them 'pop'
August 30th, 2008, 03:56 PM
kovah- Thanks for the critique. Yeah, I really need to do some higher quality work.
I need to recreate my portfolio, so if you keep critiquing me, that would be awesome. I can't believe I just posted that shitty image in the last post. I came back to it, and saw that the mouth was out of line with the nose and the proportions are way off. So I'm going to work on getting all of those things right with my future pieces people. I'll be sure to post a few more times today to make up for the days I missed on updating my sketchbook. Cheers.
A tua mãe
August 30th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Nice facial studies. The monsters are great as well
August 31st, 2008, 03:25 PM
I really like the second to last portrait. Your digital work has a heavier and painterly feel that I like. I want to see more!
September 2nd, 2008, 07:38 PM
Don't listen to Kenneth, he's out of his mind on so many different levels.
Alright. MAIN critique. So far your drawing skills (contour) are getting more precise and present a stronger representation of subjects than before. Although, I don't think you're brushstrokes are working. It seems that you're painting in "glazes", like layers of colors/values. Try out solids for a while, and you'll notice a different. What I mean is, turn off the pen pressure stuff and see where it goes. You'll discover a new way of quickly getting values and colors down without the see-through effect of mass brushstrokes.
Keep it up
Also, I forgot to schedule you a time for your haircut! haha
September 2nd, 2008, 10:41 PM
A tua mae- Thx
Kenny- thx, I see what you mean.
Med- Thx for the critique. I totally forgot to do solids on the last piece, and I will continue to heed your advice. Thx. The haircut can wait till this weekend if thats ok.
Here is stuff I've been doing for homework.
September 2nd, 2008, 10:44 PM
Sketchbook stuff and pieces from the first page I said that I would rescan.
September 3rd, 2008, 11:27 AM
Here's a drawing I did a while back. I think I'm going to paint this one in photoshop later today, and hopefully, I'll have some time to do some studies as well.
September 3rd, 2008, 12:24 PM
Awesome awesome awesome!
I love all your pencils!
Keep updating i want to see more! :P
congrats on page 3
Them sketches are looking tight and the studies even tighter
Keep it up!
September 3rd, 2008, 05:20 PM
excellent updates lately man, looks like your exercises and improvement has gained speed in this last period, kudos!
September 4th, 2008, 06:21 PM
lilnebo- Thx for the comps! You should update your sketchbook soon.
TheGnoll- Thx, I appreciate it.
Did a quick sketch-over of the last one before I paint it.
September 5th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Good to see you working hard Eric.
On that pic next to the dollar bill, the bottom girl's right hand seems to be the right hand lol. Might wanna watch out for silly stuff like that. (I'm guessing it's not the palm facing the viewer due to the rigid structure that's usually present on the back of the hand.)
What assignments have you been getting for your classes?
September 5th, 2008, 01:54 AM
Sung-jae Kim- Thanks. I'll watch out for that. For assignments, I've got to keep two different sketchbooks for Illustration Methods and Digital Drawing workshop. As for other classwork, we haven't done much yet, but I'll post them when I get them.
Sketches from sketch group.
September 5th, 2008, 09:40 PM
I've got some figure drawings from my digital class, but I couldn't upload them yet. I'll try to get my hands on them sometime tomorrow. Sorry for the fake update.
September 7th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Study I did this morning. sorry I haven't been updating everyday guys. Keep pushing me please.
September 8th, 2008, 09:35 AM
Here are the life digis that I promised earlier. Enjoy.
September 8th, 2008, 09:49 AM
Awesome sketches and studies here! Keep at it. For the digis try lay down shapes with a big brush and then work in detail with smaller brush - could help fro the spotty look.
September 8th, 2008, 09:53 AM
Your woman designs are nicely done, congrats!
September 8th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Nice start, like the figure drawings. Id say when your painting digitaly try to nail down the tone and fill it in rather than darkening with hatchy stokes if that makes sense. It causes a distracting texture imo like on this girls face.
http://http//i134.photobucket.com/albums/q81/Envisor/Study.jpg But good stuff man, keep at it!
September 8th, 2008, 01:18 PM
i was almost confused about your comment on mine, ha n/m
oo i saw me! i had no idea you were drawing me
my fav is post 22, your monochrome stuff is the best
a personal request: more monsters!
September 8th, 2008, 07:32 PM
You're becoming pro pretty quickly ay!
what does your teacher think of your digi life paintings?
September 8th, 2008, 08:12 PM
kidult- thx for the crits, everyone says that to me, I guess it just hasn't sunk in yet. Cheers.
MonkeYoakum- Thx for the crit. That one was going nowhere fast. i could see the problems with it when I posted it, but alas, I did not backtrack to fix.
niyama- Thx Simone. I didn't mean to confuse you with my comment. I totally agree with you about my monochrome pieces. I just want to get a better grasp on color since I know it's one of my weak areas.
Med- Thank you, thank you. I really like the digital class, my teacher said my work is some of the best in the class. She really likes my work, and keeps coming around to my side of the room to tell me things to do so I can keep a clear portfolio of my work to see progression throughout the semester.
Alright, well, I just got a new external HP monitor. you know the one that you turn 90º so you don't have to scroll down on a web page, or in my case, I can see the entire photoshop document and work on it without scrolling down. I also got a Nikon D40 camera to take reference pictures of wilderness and cityscapes and what not. So I should have a lot of pieces rolling in. So keep in touch. Cheers.
September 9th, 2008, 03:33 PM
This is the shittiest piece I've done probably. It's a self portrait that I tried to full around with for a little while. I really like it but i also really hate it. I guess I need to full with the brightness on my new monitor. Crits please.
P.S.- Now that I look at it, it reminds me of the old star trek. Captain Kirk. Haha!
September 9th, 2008, 04:15 PM
Ok, a few more quickie self portraits. About 20 mins.
September 11th, 2008, 06:37 PM
Hey dude. I see you're posting more regularly. Very nice! I really like the shading and lighting (with color) on your quick self-p's. They're looking good.
Some of your figures that you posted are very light (the line work on them). Try tweaking the brightness and contrast in Photoshop (or whatever prog. you use).
Nice. Keep it up.
the ANGRY filipino
September 12th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Good pencil work in your posts,
I couldn't see everything though, most show up as "x's".
Which probably means you have posted a lot of art and my crappy isp can't handle the awesomeness!
September 12th, 2008, 01:33 PM
Peetaer- Thanks. I tried working the contrast issues on this batch.
the ANGRY filipino- Thx. Sometimes it does that with the X's. I don't know why.
Sketchies... mostly pen studies.
September 12th, 2008, 02:26 PM
September 12th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Here's a small update on the last one including progress shots. Trying to work with complements and harmony a little more.
September 12th, 2008, 03:02 PM
Great stuff, your drawings from life are definitely improving!
September 12th, 2008, 05:04 PM
hey there eric,
seeing the way you work it seems that you some times get your values mixed up while working in color.
i think that is what happened with your post 80.
the drawing is spot on but the value structure isn't though.
i suggest blocking darks and lights first, make them definite while modeling out the muscular forms of the face before getting into the middle values.
i hope that helps
September 12th, 2008, 05:28 PM
niyama- Thanks for the crit Simone. I really appreciate it. I totally understand what you mean with that, and I also agree with it. That one had such a bad start and end as we can all see. Thx again.
50 hands from life.
September 12th, 2008, 05:57 PM
Here's a little something from before class today. It's surprising how much I like it. Maybe 5 mins.
September 12th, 2008, 10:13 PM
Another self portrait. Still working with harmony and complements. 25 mins.
September 13th, 2008, 07:54 AM
From my last visit you did alot of great stuff, I think you iproved in particular your digital painting skills, nice job man!
September 13th, 2008, 08:15 AM
Med- Thank you, isn't it about time for you to start up a sketchbook. See you then.
marioucci- Thx, I need to look over Vallejo's work again, its been a while since I've seen some. Cheers.
Few more today. I might work a little more on the second one, spent about two hours so far on it.
The girl from there is that chris's gf from the sopranos? Drea de Matteo?
Looks absolutely cool btw :) really liked having the photo to compare it to.
September 13th, 2008, 09:25 AM
those studies are crazy :D
Your doing superebly great
and page 4 already :O
sorry for not dropping by in a while
Yes getting back in the old routine more drawings nd updating :P
you keep it up over here need to drop by wayyyyyyyy more often :D
September 13th, 2008, 10:24 AM
M4ze- I don't think that's her, I found both the photos from that post on deviantart. Thx for posting.
lilnebo- Nice to see you drop by. I've got to pus myself more, I feel like I'm not improving, so I'm going to amp up my studies, and push some finished pieces for my portfolio.
As I just said above, I feel like I'm not improving, so I'm going to amp up my studies, and push some finished pieces for my portfolio in the process. Critiques are more than welcome. I should have a few pieces uploaded today for you guys. Thx you all who have stopped by my sketchbook, I appreciate it a lot.
September 13th, 2008, 01:27 PM
Oh, for anyone that's wondering, this is my work space. Mirror, desk, laptop, external monitor, tablet and books, books, books! I forgot to turn off the screens, hehe, and the reflection in the one pic is weird.
September 13th, 2008, 01:56 PM
great studies, try to keep at them, it helps allot in the end :)
September 13th, 2008, 03:33 PM
Sweet tablet! I have an old graphire 3 D:
September 13th, 2008, 03:42 PM
nice studiens man!
September 13th, 2008, 03:55 PM
Sarxous- Yeah, it's my first tablet, I have friends who use the same model you do. Thx for stopping by.
Another self portrait, the right eye is fucked up! Pretty close on the likeness I guess, except for the eye part.
September 13th, 2008, 04:16 PM
dang! that was one of the quickest responses i ever gotten.
yeah i definitely can see you improving, nice sp
do post your methods stuff for Sprung!
September 13th, 2008, 04:37 PM
Pretty good work. The main thing that's bugging me about your paintings is how "scratchy" they look. I'd suggest mentally breaking down the subject into flat areas, each of a single color, and blocking in that color with a big, fat brush. You can tidy it up afterward, and blend if you like. This should also help you think in terms of planes.
September 13th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Awesome studies man. Keep it up. Just focus a bit more on blending it tends to get a bit muddy at times.
September 13th, 2008, 07:45 PM
niyama- thx for stopping by.
funfetus- Thx for the crit. I do that at first, but I guess I just get caught up in whatever I'm doing. I'll keep it in mind when I do my next pieces.
jordyskateboardy- Thx, I'll keep that in mind.
My homework for Illustration Methods. We're supposed to show three different expressions. Last one is a self portrait.
September 13th, 2008, 08:08 PM
You captured the angry one so well, was there reference?
September 13th, 2008, 08:16 PM
Sarxous- Yeah, these are from photos, our instructor wont let us move on with the final pieces until we get everything correct.
September 13th, 2008, 11:44 PM
Quick figs. About 30 mins total.
September 14th, 2008, 12:18 AM
I really enjoy your studies, the only thing I can suggest right now is playing with color a bit more. I'm not very familiar with painting on the computer, I'm still just expirementing with acrylics. Maybe try just limiting your 'pallette' to primary and complimentary colors, and try messing with the saturation and brightness as you play with space.
September 14th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Cool stuff for illustration methods.
I particularly like the first one. Is it KB?
September 15th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Replies later... Sorry guys no update today, my internet is being a bitch, so I'll be sure to post the stuff I've done today tomorrow. Cheers!
September 15th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Good stuff keep working at it I'm sure you will get better
My sketch book:
"I walk the path of Kings and Gods" - Lithiumdawn
September 15th, 2008, 12:53 PM
its great to see such a continuous sketchbook! i can see how much effort you put in your drawing!
those three facial expressions look beautiful, i love how your lines flow! how big are they? perhaps you could have pushed the little girl's expression a bit more, i'm not sure if she is happy, expectant or well-behaved.
the last two women look good too, very fleshy. the first one's chin is a tad big, which makes her face a bit manly and her torso center line isn't centered.
for your paintings i'd recommend to use much bigger brushes, you seem to get cought up in details which makes them muddy overall. and is your skin really that red? imho there is too much red/magenta in there, looks unhealthy.
what else? just keep it up!
September 15th, 2008, 02:08 PM
fearself- Thx for the crit. I'll give that a shot, I've been trying to understand color more lately.
Sung- Thx, yeah, thats KB. Good angry face.
lithiumdawn- Thx for the visit. Be sure to keep up the good work. Critique dude, I actually did the same thing when I started here. Hehe.
katinki- Thank you very much for the lengthy crit. I'll give what you said a shot. And no, my skin doesn't have a lot of magenta in it. It does look rather unhealthy doesn't it. Hehe. Thx again.
Figures that I did before I went to bed last night. Very quick, about 2 to 5 mins each.
September 15th, 2008, 03:33 PM
yes uh uh i like it!
These are looking sweet man
The pen studies too are awesome
keep it up bro!
September 15th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Are those sketches from your mind or a picture? They look pretty good, the last one bothers me though the legs look off in both of them, or atleast the position looks strange.
September 16th, 2008, 03:15 AM
Thanks for visitiing my sketchbook, I hope we'll improve together :)
this is just awesome! the sketch's very clean and it's detailed.
and I'm just amazed on how fast you can draw..
September 16th, 2008, 07:00 PM
lilnebo- Thx for the support. Keep up with your studies, you'll be killer by the time you reach my age. Cheers!
Fearself- Those are from photo. I agree, I think its the way I drew them I guess.
Trefle- Thank you too! We shall improve no matter what.
More fig studies. Around 10 to 15 mins. this time. Pen. I'll post some more stuff later. Cheers!
September 17th, 2008, 12:23 AM
Hr. B&W self portrait. I've got to beef up on my values!
September 17th, 2008, 02:22 AM
Just learned some new techniques and got myself some new brushes. YEAH!
September 17th, 2008, 09:29 AM
nice thread, I think I see some improvement on these latest fig sketches, you seem to place your lines more carefully in these pen ones.
September 17th, 2008, 01:13 PM
GDonaldson- Thanks for visiting.
September 17th, 2008, 05:03 PM
Alright guys, I won't be posting again today, our internet is going to be off until tomorrow around 5 in the evening, so I'll be sure to have a butt load of stuff done by then to show you guys. And to the guys in my SSG, I'll be sure to critique you guys tomorrow for sure. Cheers!
September 18th, 2008, 03:46 AM
your work pace is amazing! i feel bad...
the latest selfportrait and the blond girl a a huge step ahead painting wise! the masses are much clearer now and the girl's skin tone is nice too! for the self portrait, i'm not sure if the right eye is too far inwards? and watch out for the eyes in general, i saw a couple of them looking like almonds not like balls in the skull, you need to construct them!
the latest girl's shadows are a bit dirty imho - remember that shadows tend to be more saturated than midtones most of the time!
and those drawings are nice too, seeing the second one i remember the reference site - it has really beautiful shots! i get the feeling that you concentrate rather on outline than forms and masses. i that deliberatley? for the second page it works very well, but the first two ones have problems with ther torsos, something about the ribcage connction looks wrong.
keep it up!
September 18th, 2008, 03:55 AM
nicely done...im not an illustration major, (auto major at CCS) but sure do admire you all.
September 18th, 2008, 05:31 AM
hei man you have a real nice work space I hope someday will own one two
your studies show that you are a bee man .
A dear old man from Aemrican told that "Practise make perfect"when I was learning English .that sounds right and you just work on it
And me too looking forward more posts
September 19th, 2008, 04:11 AM
katinki- Your right, the eyes are spaced too far apart. I need to pay closer attention to structure. I do concentrate on outline more than form, but I've been trying to change that, so critique on that. Thanks!
f1guremeout-Thx for stopping by.
Sorry for the late update guys. Sketchies plus self portrait.
Me,Myself & Me again
September 19th, 2008, 05:13 AM
Well what can i say dude love the deformed raptor. Keep it up!
Your definatly going in the right direction by doing all these studies.
^.^ Keep going
September 19th, 2008, 09:30 AM
The figures are coming along great but the digital portrits seem a little muddy and on the darker side, the whiter side of the value scale could help better render the skin and the girls portrit above could use some more hilights, but u
to have the idea of good studing down so ull probably fix these up real quick
September 19th, 2008, 11:11 AM
yup! agreed with katinki. Your pace is amazing! Reaching that quality that fast...I feel (correctly) weak.
An extremely minor concern here. As far as I have noticed, it seems your use of shading's too much sometimes, like, compared to the references, sometimes some places seems to had darker colour. especially around the cheeks. It doesn't have much differences, but it kinda..err..makes the people drawn look older than they're supposed to be. But maybe it's because it's just a sketch though.
Still, you're doing a great job!
September 19th, 2008, 12:15 PM
Demo- Thx for the crits. I'll be sure to fix that in the future.
Trefle- Thx for the crits. I agree that the shading is too much and alot of the time its off as well. I need to be doing more finished pieces.
Working on form since I've been lacking in that area. I'm going to lay off outlines for a while until I get the hang of creating a believable form.
September 19th, 2008, 02:13 PM
Here's a few shitty progress shots of something I've been working on for about an hr and a half. I'll try to finish it later tonight.
Tried to stay away from outlining as much as possible.
September 19th, 2008, 03:05 PM
that? an hour and a half?
you, sir, are awesome. *bows*
September 19th, 2008, 03:12 PM
looking good! a few quick anatomical/observational points: head is too small, left upper arm is too long, left hand too big, hips are more angled and her right arm is too big.
nothing major but it will look a lot more right if you take care of those...
September 19th, 2008, 04:49 PM
Another half hr spent trying to fix some of the issues.
September 19th, 2008, 04:58 PM
Thought the head looked a little too big in the last post...
September 19th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Erase the head, redo it. Or die.
September 19th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Trefle-Thank you. I really like your work, keep up the studies, and speed will follow.
katinki- Thx for the crit, I noticed those as well, and I have done some major corrections.
Med- I was going to do that anyway because I didn't care for how it looked. But thank you for threatening me to complete the task, I work better under pressure. Haha! Cheers!
Totally redrew the head and other areas. Crits are still welcome.
September 19th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Heres a quick three minute sketch that I think I'll turn into a finished piece.
September 19th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Her lips look a bit too big, but I think you pretty much got her face, and I can't seem to find any anatomical errors.
I can't wait to see the finished piece of the three minute sketch.
September 20th, 2008, 05:14 AM
FearSelf- I agree, there are still some issues with her that I'm not sure I'll get around to anytime soon.
I'll post some studies and sketches later today. Sorry guys.
September 20th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Probably my favorite self portrait so far.
September 20th, 2008, 03:05 PM
yep - looks good (but i still think the greyscale above is a lot better)! this one could use a few real darks - too much midtones! and the eyes are a real improvement, too! they have form now!
but i demand a bit more attention to the hair in future!
(the lips are too pink! much too pink!):geekg:
September 20th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Ooh, I (vaguely) see things in the sketch....>D
can't wait to see what it'll be..
for the girl pic, the left lower thigh (the one with socks (?)) seems too curved, compared to the references. The back and the right elbow are kinda overshadowed. The rest is fine, in my eyes.... can't wait to see the finished drawing!
And the self-portrait.... I can't help but notice the expression. To quote a certain villain on a certain recent movie, "why so serious?"
...the lips....THE LIPS! *runs* you're not wearing any lipstick, did you? (Just kidding!)
If not, you got a lips to envy for. >D Love the details, though.
Also, the eyebrow were kinda tilted and the left one looked thicker and bigger than the right one. Still, minor critique..
The others were fine! I like the details you're putting into your eyes, and as katinki said, I too demand further detail on your hair. :)
Can't wait to see more!
September 20th, 2008, 09:33 PM
katinki- Yep, the lips are too pink. Thx for the crits. I'll put those into motion on my next pieces.
Trefle- Thx for the crit. I appreciate it.
Self portrait, hands, and stuff from imagination.
September 20th, 2008, 09:41 PM
i really like the hands, and I think the self portrait is good. I just wish it was larger (its own page). Maybe in the future. How long did you take on it? I like the first page of imagination drawing.
September 20th, 2008, 10:58 PM
is this all from today good lord you keep busy
September 20th, 2008, 11:50 PM
whoa, you popped 5 whole pages on us out of nowhere!
Getting hot man.
The only thing I would say is when you paint from photo ref try to find photos with good lighting. The photos you have here have very soft lighting so it's hard to see the forms.
September 21st, 2008, 02:17 AM
Asatira- Thx. The self portrait there took about 10-15 minutes.
Demo- I try to anyway.
KTF Fang- Thx, I'll do that from now on.
Did a quick paint over of a sketch earlier posted on this page. 15 minutes.
September 21st, 2008, 02:23 AM
GDonaldson- Thanks for visiting.
well, imho, you captured the impish look successfully.
September 21st, 2008, 12:01 PM
hey! much new stuff! i really like the second page from imagination, the two charas show emotion/attitude nicely. it's interesting to see that your strokes seem much more confident here compared to the hands - for me it is exactly the opposite, i feel insecure doing stuff without ref...
and the paint over the older sketch turns out nicely, too! you gave him volume with very few shades/strokes! the glowing contures/backlighting works nicely but that's an effect that becomes a mannerism easily, take care of that! and he could use some hard edges - at the moment everything is equally blurry.
keep 'em comming!
September 21st, 2008, 12:20 PM
There are some good stuff here in your sketchbook. I really think your coloring could benefit a lot from some blending, laying the "fat brushstrokes" blending it and them, laying some more "delicate brushstrokes" on higher contrast areas can really make a difference... You should try it someday.
Cheers! Keep it up!
September 21st, 2008, 04:01 PM
Whoa. I like the hand studies. and the imagination pic too! It definitely looks cool
as the shading, well, I can't comment much but I definitely want to see more. :) Keep drawing!
September 21st, 2008, 05:23 PM
Thx everyone for visiting my sketchbook. I'm busy doing some homework at the moment, so I'll get to replies later. And I'll be sure to post some new stuff as well as visit everyone's sketchbook. Later guys!
September 21st, 2008, 05:46 PM
Definitely improving eric!
Would like to see you work on stuff for a longer period of time soon though
And that SP took 10-15min?
Damn Eric, I gotta do some speed paintings :O
September 21st, 2008, 09:05 PM
katinki- Thx for the crit. I'll be sure to continue.
Carbono- Thx, I'll be sure to give it a shot.
Sung- Thx, I agree. I'll be posting more finished works soon, since I want to start up a portfolio. You should do some paintings, post them in a new sketchbook here.
Tried to follow the big flat brushes crit, but I didnt want to go further with it, so I could see if this is what you guys meant. Self portrait. 45 mins.
Edit: Now that I look back at this, it needs some chroma to make it pop!
September 21st, 2008, 10:17 PM
Added some yellow orange to liven it up.
September 21st, 2008, 10:22 PM
I think the yellow orange pops too much, makes it seem like it doesn't belong in the picture. You should hint some yellows and oranges in your shadows, and don't forget the reflected light! I believe that would add some harmony. Also, there's a bit too much darkness in your cheek, lighten it up a bit with the yellow?
September 21st, 2008, 11:09 PM
I really like your recent self portrait. I prefer the first one over the second. Is the yellow light source direct or indirect? Perhaps a little more subdued?
September 21st, 2008, 11:16 PM
the colors are working but i think the brush your using may be too small because theirs a lot of BG colours in places i dont think you want them
idk who told me this but using a really big brush and a low opacity and work twordes really small and thick works a lot better for most people. its something i also have a problem working with
your keeping busy and the practice is showing :)
September 21st, 2008, 11:31 PM
FearSelf- Your right, too much pop. I'll keep that in mind next time.
Asatira- Thx, I'd have to agree with you. The second doesn't work well.
Demo- Thx, I'll give that a shot.
September 22nd, 2008, 12:24 AM
Another 45 minute self portrait. I think I did better on this one, still messy though. I really need to start heeding to your guy's advice.
September 22nd, 2008, 08:41 AM
Hey it's been a while:) I wanted to start off by saying I believe that you're improving. I noticed that your use of lighting has greatly increased the quality of your digitals. All your experimenting has paid off. I think your self portraits are going really well. I suck at digital painting so I won't even pretend to know what I'm talking about:) Keep at it!
September 22nd, 2008, 01:39 PM
Oh my gosh. Your picture looks a bit creepy and mad. It looks different from the previous self portraits you showed. The nose is too squished, the face may have been at an angle, according to the nose, but the forehead does not suggest it, to me. I still think the cheek has too much darkness unless the light source is singular. You like dark self portraits?
September 22nd, 2008, 02:41 PM
Hey man, these new ones are not bad at all, but my first critique would be put your opacity to 100 at once, and your flow to nothing less than 50. Also I trust you have a tablet, otherwise there will be serious complications. Even so I have seen awesome stuff that has been done by mouse though:P
SO firstly, you need to do more exercises. Like all the others of us. Anatomy is key. That way you learn proportion and you can pass that on to other things than purely anatomical studies, like figuring out the dimentions in the face. Also you should do some more colourstudies, as these helo train to eye on how to spot out colour.
WHen you do SP, you should do an underlying structure drawing first, then move on to the colours or alternativly the gray scale.
For now that is what I could come up with.
Keep in touch and I am excited to see your progress:)
September 22nd, 2008, 03:32 PM
:mittenbop: :mittenbop: :mittenbop: Sketchbook:mittenbop: :mittenbop: :mittenbop:
September 22nd, 2008, 03:49 PM
hey there, been a bit since i stopped by here. i'm really digging the improvement i'm seeing in here, your anatomy has improved greatly since i last dropped in, and those sps are all looking good, you're getting much better with colors and values now as well. just keep it up with all the studies and keep on doing what you're doing.
September 22nd, 2008, 06:30 PM
Good job at keeping up with your drawing/painting, I see improvement.
I think med mentioned somewhere to try painting opaquely instead of layers of fuzz. Just a thought, I think it could hep your digital painting.
September 22nd, 2008, 07:46 PM
Up views are so much to work with. I say it's a good attempt, though the nose does seem a little wonky. Can't pin it down. I'm curious: what are you hoping to improve with the self portraits? (I should ask that of a lot of people)
September 23rd, 2008, 12:57 AM
Sorry for not posting earlier. I have a killer headache and I can't really look into any light or even this screen for that matter, for any long periods of time. So I'll do replies when my head isn't ready to explode. I did find time to do this landscape study. Thx for visiting guys, I'll repay with visits of my own.
September 23rd, 2008, 12:08 PM
Really interesting sketchbook, and I can see a lot of improvement in your work.
I like the colours in this latest landscape, my only piece of advice would be to take one of these quick studies, and really work into the detail, seeing how far you can push it. It'd be interesting to see this done in your style. :D
September 23rd, 2008, 04:16 PM
Sorry still no replies yet, I've been trying to catch up on homework, I'll be sure to reply later tonight. But in the meantime, here's a book cover redo for my ad design concepts class. Can't say what book it is for legal reasons, but some of you may know. Its really messy right now, I need to bump up the contrast alot.
September 23rd, 2008, 05:03 PM
nice to see you diving into some different stuff! the environment looks a bit flat, while the colours are nice the different planes are too seperated.
the book cover has a very traditional feel to it. both composition and style wise. is that intentional? and is there a bird in the background with it's eye pierced on the rock? you said that it is a book cover - where will the typo go? i look forward to see it finished!
September 24th, 2008, 01:35 AM
darkchild- Been a while, thx for the crit.
FearSelf- haha, I started off with my face at an angle, and I guess over a period of time, I lowered my face so I was staring at it head on. I'll be sure to watch out for that again. Thx.
Mischeviouslittleelf-Thank you for the crit, I will get on more studies just as soon as I get caught back up with my homework. Your work is amazing by the way.
humanNature6115-Thx, I will.
thesadpencil- Thx so much. I appreciate the compliment.
megadubitably- Yeah, I always start out that way, then I seem to just go over the entire painting again with opacity. Very stupid of me. Thx.
Asatira- yeah, I started out at an angle, then I guess I got tired and my head went back down to straight on view without me noticing. As for what I hope to improve on, I want to learn how to see color and paint it rather than using the color picker and cheating. I should paint other things from life more often. I think I would learn more if I did that. Thx.
Jacky-Boy- Thx for stopping by. I'll be doing more finished pieces soon, so keep in touch. Thx.
katinki-Thx for the crit Kat. I was going for traditional. I cant wait to see it finished either, the assignment is such a headache.
I'll try to update in a few hrs or so, and then I'll go to everyone's sketchbook. I'm still trying to get caught up on my homework. Thx for stopping by everyone.
September 24th, 2008, 02:44 AM
Few drawings for Illustration Methods. Last ones a self portrait, but the right eye is fucked up.
September 24th, 2008, 03:35 AM
September 24th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Hi there! Sorry didn't come up here for a long time...
that;s too bad, I hope you'll get well soon :)
That's a lot of really great pictures!I like all of them, but the apple is the most detailed of them all! I really admire the attention you paid to the apple.
For the cover, I think I did have an idea...*grins* Anyway, love the style and the coloring! it sure gives a different feeling than the source book...
for the illustration, well, what I can say is, both of them looked..creepy.. maybe because lack of shading. And the first one's neck looks weird. The rest is fine, though.
I can't wait to see more! :)
September 24th, 2008, 04:40 PM
hey, lookinng good! lots of work!
what is the illustration methods class about? just portraits or will the subject change?
and are they freehand or do you use a grid? you already said that your eye is off and the child is cross-eyed.
the apple looks juicy! something about the colours and the reflection makes him too shiny, nearly like plastic.
keep 'em comming!
September 24th, 2008, 05:51 PM
Hehe. Your latest SP made me laugh. Glad to see some expressions being looked at. I can see how the eye is a little off. I do agree with Trefle on line only sketches don't always look great. Makes the child's teeth seem odd (and I think drawing teeth can be hard!) The apple looks really good. I'm going to a minor thing but important, the cast shadow could be a little smoother gradation.
September 24th, 2008, 08:00 PM
I like the expressions, and I love the apple, although I think the shadow needs a hint of red to help ground the apple more. I want to eat it.
September 24th, 2008, 10:34 PM
i like the cowboy and thats saying something i usually hate everything to do with them but i like yours but the one kid with the big head kind of scares me so keep it up
September 24th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Trefle- Thx for the critiques. Yeah the proportions are a little off, I'll get it right the next time I draw it.
katinki- Thx, the Methods class so far is about how to get good reference, and how to use that reference accordingly to create a believable form or figure in a work of art. The portraits are just the first project we had to do.
Asatira- Thx, I totally agree, sketches don't always look great. Thx for the crit.
FearSelf- Thx, I'll be sure to do more.
I'll be sure to get to everyone's sketchbooks in the morning. For now, here's a sketchbook page, a phalic grouping of fruit, and a self portrait. I've been using a big flat opaque brush like everyone is saying to, and its helped out tons. Thx everyone! Later!
The two photoshop ones took around 25 minutes each.
September 25th, 2008, 01:06 PM
Yes man yes!
7 pages this is crazy!
Your doing great, what i wanna see is more pencil studies and you pushing your self for more :D
This work is really all so awesome!
And i see you have copyed my poll :D well actully thats 3 people now that all of a sudden have a poll like mines mwhahaah! hhhaahahah
Like i said your doing fantastic
I would recommond doing pencils and working on rendering, just tons of life drawings this will benefit your digitals greatly
now keep it up!
September 25th, 2008, 06:06 PM
Latest self portrait looks so much better. I think using the background for the midtone helped it from being overworked. You kept the values simple and it works. Of the still life, the apples look good, banana not so much.
September 26th, 2008, 12:32 AM
Hey, nice studies-- I'm digging the color!
I suggest trying something with 100% hardness and 100% opacity, just for the experience of not being able to blend, 'cuz some of these seem kinda soft edged.
You've got a good sense of color and proportion, I'll look forward to your new stuff.
Oh and by the way this might be too late to say this but in DDW tomorrow she wants us to do a sequential depiction of the blackout (a few panels). You'll get to work on it next class, and you didn't miss too much because we had less than an hour to work on it last class. So if you wanna start it before class it might help.
September 26th, 2008, 02:48 AM
Sorry guys!Replies and visits tomorrow, I promise for sure this time.:bashful: Busy, busy, busy. Shitty self portrait.
September 26th, 2008, 01:41 PM
inspite of your stress you're still fairly productive!
looking at the latest two sp's i get the impression that the features are slightly misplaced - have a look at some head anatomy!
(and that stilllife is phallic, indeed!)
September 27th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Photo studies, more to come. These are from this morning, the enviros took about 10 minutes each, and the figure and portrait took around 25 minutes each. Thx for stopping by guys.
lilneb- Thank you, and yes, I stole the poll from you! HAHAHAHA! I will do as you say, and more. Keep watching.
Zirn- Thx, I'll keep updating.
katinki- Thx for the crit kat.
September 27th, 2008, 06:27 PM
I really like the portrait, but I wonder about the figure. I'm guessing that's supposed to be female, but the way the hips and the abdomen are painted makes it look male. Women don't have that defined six-packs. And the lines under the curve of the breasts is too sharp. They should be more subtle, I'm guessing.
September 27th, 2008, 09:22 PM
The warrior person does look strange, other than not being able to tell the gender easily, her/his pose seems awkward. Like she's about to fall over to the left, since she's leaning slightly that way and her left foot is a bit too far to the right, I would have her feet spread out more. I do like the landscape sketches and portrait. Although on the landscapes it seems like once you get to the bottom of the page you stop painting and bring your attention back to the background and midground, don't neglect the foreground. The last landscape even has the sky showing through in the foreground, unless that's supposed to be a body of water or something.
September 28th, 2008, 12:45 AM
YES YES YES
keep it up man! keep it!
Oh about the studies thing on my book, i dont post all of them.
Theres alot of pen studies usually rangining from like 2-6 pages that are just life drawings and are not worth posting.
Then theres my line excercises, and drawings of cubes, circles.
And theres the drawings which i draw for about 10mins then i just earse it all and leave no trace of it LOL!
And ofc the doodles that i dont like and the incomplete studies so bleh bleh meh meh all crappy wappy quicky blah stuff
Painting are improving!
Ever study sargent? I mean i dont paint but if i did and when ever I want to practise to paint i will definatly give sargents work looks am always looking at his works. The dude is crazy! Take a day out and do a couple of master studies from him, pick up his techinques, where he lays down his brush strokes? why lay them here and not there, use of the colours.
If you ever get a chance try out some traditional painting it helps your digitals in a crazy way, digitals give way too much freedom so learning traditionals helps you control that :D
Just my 2 cents about painting although i suck at it
Keep it up!
September 28th, 2008, 04:00 AM
Tired.... Replies in the morning. Sargent study. Madame Francois Buloz.
September 28th, 2008, 03:55 PM
woha! i've missed a lot since my last post! great studies!
the female head looks really good. the skin colour is a tad too sun burned but it really feels like skin this time! great! and i like that i can see how you layered the colour!
that sargent study is comming along nicely too (sargent is soo great!). do you go for colours only? i think yours are a bit more saturated. or brush economy also? yours are a lot softer, this sargent painting has visible angular brushstrokes. and make her older!
September 28th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Asatira- Thx for the crits.
FearSelf- Thx for the crits. I see what your saying, I did leave the sky the showing through. I just thought it looked cool. Thx.
Lilnebs- You are crazy with those studies. I'll have to bring my workload up to your level if I want to improve as quickly as you do.
kat- Thx for the crit. I noticed that she is older in Sargents painting, I'll have to work on it to get the colors right and the style of painting down. I'll keep studying his work.
Page of sketchies from week ago. Later!
September 28th, 2008, 10:21 PM
The only thing that bothers me about the Sargent painting is that her right eye is yellow, in the original it looks a bit more skin toned, not like she has Hepatitis XD. I'm kidding.
September 29th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Getting VERY good with your self portraits Eric. Much improvement on your use of colors :)
Keep it up!
September 29th, 2008, 07:46 AM
Hi there! sorry for not replying here...
I see lots of nice pics, I love how you do colours (esp. on the tree)
And yes, I also see the problem of the girl with the sword...that's a girl, no? Her hips needs to be curvier, and her face....looks..kinda off. Like, there's something wrong there, but I cannot notice it. :P
For the close-up woman, I think the lips needs more shading and/or is too small? It's just IMO though, because right now she looks....annoyed/ 'wha?' rather than sexy (as her pose suggested)
keep the studying! I wish you good luck xD
September 29th, 2008, 02:18 PM
45 minute self portrait. I need to do some longer pieces, but I'm swamped at the moment. Later!
September 29th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Definitely getting better. The strokes are smoother and more blended. Fun expression. Had a hard time keeping it for 45 min? XD
September 30th, 2008, 06:53 AM
Wow, great colors on the last self-portrait. You should suggest an environment or at least shoulders, though.
September 30th, 2008, 06:56 AM
I love that "O" face.
October 1st, 2008, 12:31 AM
School is kicking my ass so hard at the moment. Sorry for not being as productive as I usually am, once I get the hang of shuffling my school work and my personal work, I'll be sure to post more often.
Sketch and portrait final
October 1st, 2008, 12:57 AM
nice nice, your pencil works are getting better btw. so next month you're gonna be teaching me stuff, i'll be ready to learn :)
October 1st, 2008, 01:26 AM
The sketch is fun. Loose and scribbly. It gets across the gun, helmet, and arm armor well, but things get lost around the core area.
Great self portrait. The values and shading are great on this.
October 1st, 2008, 01:36 AM
Hey, see some good stuff in here. I see alot of development in your stuff.
October 1st, 2008, 02:45 PM
ii like the sketch - nice lines and design. the face seems askew.
and the emotion sp looks a lot better than the preliminary sketch! nice values! but i still think that the eyes are asymmetrical...
i hope your stress gets better soon!
October 1st, 2008, 09:34 PM
damn it i sware i cant leave you alone for more then three days an youve already improve more then i could ever guess what happend its like some thing dramatic changed and everything your doing seems to be workin better mabey its all that studin
October 2nd, 2008, 12:30 AM
Uhhhh........Sorry guys, I'll have free time tomorrow for sure.
October 2nd, 2008, 10:52 AM
FearSelf- I see what you mean, I'll watch out for that in the future. Thx
Trefle- Thx for the crit.
Asatira- Thx, yeah, my muscles were cramping at about ten minutes in, and I found myself losing the expression every once and a while.
Ken- Thx Ken, I'll give that a shot on my next one for sure.
Med- Thx brah! It'll be a while before I'll be teaching anyone.
kat- Thx, I appreciate the concern. I feel better now that I've caught up. I'll try to stay caught up this time.
Demo- Hehe! Thx, I guess it is the studying.
Been trying to do more concept stuff. So heres one that I've been working on for about an hr. I'm quite happy with it so far.
October 2nd, 2008, 11:55 AM
nice speedpaints! i see you are playing with warm-cool contrasts - great! the last is a bit hard to read, i thought first the hand would belong to the soldier not the creature within.
October 2nd, 2008, 01:14 PM
kat- Thx, hopefully, I'll sort out that problem soon.
Small update on this last one.
October 2nd, 2008, 05:13 PM
October 2nd, 2008, 08:37 PM
Now, we've got a face. I like watching WIPs.
October 3rd, 2008, 08:14 AM
wow, nice work xD
It's really interesting to see the picture developing ;)
Now, for crit...I think the tube person's (...) head is kinda small, or the palm (and the arm) is too big? With things right now, it seems the arm itself is very long.
And for the soldiers (?) I think the lower part is kinda bigger compared to the upper part.. but maybe it's your intention after all?
Still, Good job! I want to see more! :)
October 3rd, 2008, 01:52 PM
wow! that looks a lot better!
mmh, criticism - like trefle said there is something strange about the tube person's proportions (or perhaps the angle we look at it), i would also like to see clearer that he is inside the tube, some glass reflections could look nice. the cropping/composition is unfortunately at the upper end - you should wether crop somewhere through the tube's top part or include it fully, atm it looks squished in. i'd prefer cropping it away since the design isn't too original and the metal doesn't reflect the interesting light situation at all yet.
keep it up! i look forward to see where you take this piece!
October 3rd, 2008, 02:44 PM
201 || the self-portrait is great, equally great attention to the planes in your face, which I appreciate highly the attention to art fundamentals in work. Great, i lack the words to comparitively come up with a crit for this one, for once. Nice work.
207 || compelling theme going here and the loose application of the color is fabulous and lends itself to the intrigue of the subject matter in the composition. Great things im seeing the development here. Keep pushing those lighting sources to strong, dramatic ones that in itself highlights the drama and intensity you love to illustrate.
Happy sketching! :)
October 3rd, 2008, 07:14 PM
Quick sketch. Sucks!
Trefle-Thx, Im trying some foreshortening, but its not going to well.
kat- Yeah, trying foreshortening but it hasn't turned out too well yet. Thx for the crits and the suggestions, I'll give them a shot.
figuremeout- Thx, I'll definitely keep it up.
October 3rd, 2008, 10:37 PM
Hah, why did you randomly switch tube guy's hand? But nice quick sketches, the strokes look a bit too excess, but I think you're getting there. If you keep at it I'm sure you'll find a way to use each stroke efficiantly. Sorry I haven't commented in awhile, I thought I did, I know I checked on your sketchbook, but I guess I got distracted and thought I did. Glad you seem to be catching up with stuff.
October 4th, 2008, 01:33 AM
FearSelf- Thx, I just flipped the image horizontally.
October 4th, 2008, 03:07 AM
looks good eric. Try to mass the tones more so the shapes will read better.
Here are two tuts that I have found useful. I went back to these time after time and each time I understand them a bit more.
You have a laptop righht? You should come over sometimes and digi it up with us!
October 4th, 2008, 10:50 AM
I think you got the form down really well for the last figure. My only crit, and this is my opinion and going off of what I think "works" (and we all know how off that can be), is you seem to do a lot of paintings in a splotchy/dabby way. Do you think laying a larger area of color for the base colors and then doing what you do for the rest of the painting could work? Again, just my opinion and to be taken with a lot of salt.
October 4th, 2008, 05:21 PM
From a quick browse, your portrait paintings stand out very much above your imagination work - and you're probably saying, yes they are from reference and more time was spent on them.
I would guess that you do not think the same way about describing forms from your head as you do from reference, and that is very expected. To me, this means that a lot more reference work is in store - I would keep analyzing things that exist, and in doing that you will find more confident ways to work. If you need some mountains for the back of a landscape from your head, look up some mountains and let them guide you! take some guess work out of it untill you are more confident.
Dont know if that helps, but Im trying :)
October 4th, 2008, 09:52 PM
Phong- Thx for the crits, I'll be using these tutorials a lot.
Asatira- Thx, I'll do that.
Jakers- Thx, I'll remember to do that from now on when I have trouble with pieces from imagination.
Crappy pieces, quickies.
October 4th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Damn Eric. I didn't get to hear you when Alex called. I guess you were working at your home? Keep it up!
October 5th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Sung-Jae- Actually, Alex was at my place when he called, I was there, but he wouldn't let us talk to you. Hehe! Not really, but I was there when he talked to you. I'll keep it up. I've got to be the best I can be.
Been reading a book called ALLA PRIMA by Richard Schmidt. Fascinating book by this great painter. I've been trying to follow the guidelines for what to look for before you even paint, and the guidelines for when you start painting as well. So I redid one of the studies I posted last night whilst following the steps Schmidt discusses. I'm so much happier with this one than before.
October 5th, 2008, 02:03 PM
woha - that's a lot of new pics since i checked last time!
as already pointed out some of them are overly blotchy and thus a bit unvoluminous. but that last face seems like a huge painterly step ahead! it's not fair to tell us you discovered some interesting new guidelines without explaining *what* they are! wanna know! the colours are really soft and nice (but the eyes are off).
October 5th, 2008, 02:32 PM
kat- Thx, sorry for not mentioning them, I'll be sure to do that sometime today.
Second portrait from methods, not quite finished yet, but its getting there.
October 5th, 2008, 02:40 PM
You have some nice portraits here, really adore the little kid with such a bright expression. Teeth are hard.
October 5th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Lots of new pics since I last checked. Glad to see you trying a new technique. The latest version of the portrait is much improved over the previous study. I think the mouth is a lot better on the kid because you're focusing on the overall shapes (ie, the gums and general white area of the teeth), instead of doing individual pieces.
October 5th, 2008, 09:21 PM
The brown haired girl's face in profile looked really good, starting to get nice and smooth there. I like the little kid's face, although his neck look's a bit small, but I'm sure that's how it actually looks. Can't wait to see it done.
October 6th, 2008, 11:20 AM
Heres a new study Im working on. The first is my first try where I forgot to follow the forms of the figure, so I went over it all and and thats where Im at in the second.
shalite- Thx, they're only hard because your not familiar with drawing them yet. Keep it up.
Asatira- Thx, I've been trying to simplify things the best I could, and I think its turning out well.
FearSelf- Thx, yeah the kids neck is really small. But that is the way it looks in the photo.
October 6th, 2008, 02:04 PM
I think doing these will help with the imagination aspect of conception.
October 6th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Hey! Those are my nonsense doodles! Except bigger. Haha, aren't they fun?
In the first study I liked the rawness of the colors. I don't know if that makes sense, but maybe could you keep those nice colors?
October 6th, 2008, 03:06 PM
FearSelf- Well, now there my nonsense doodles! Mwahahahaha! I agree about the colors, but I gradually put those back in.
2 more pages of goodness!
October 6th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Started a new piece based on one of the doodles above. Im liking it so far. Crits welcome.
October 6th, 2008, 05:47 PM
good to see you thumbnailing! i have to get into that too. and you picked a nice one to work on, too. in the thumbnail the hand was even more extreme, i think it would be good if you kept that, you know asymmetry is more interesting bal bla bla. and the current background doesn't really make him pop.
did you abandon the tube guy? i would have loved to see some more progress on him. sometimes doing something more finished offers other insights that just speedies.
October 6th, 2008, 06:22 PM
Whoa, lots of pics.
The last pic was nice, I can't wait to see what it'll be! :)
The sketches were awesome! I wonder how can you do that? I would love to try some xP
The child's neck still kinda...small....and the grin's kinda weird, but maybe that's a fact I should blame to the child? >D
That some of the critiques I can afford. The rest were great, but as katinki noted, maybe you can try finishing the works? The result will be awesomeness, I bet. :)
Hopefully that helps, keep up the good work!
October 6th, 2008, 10:15 PM
I like your nonsense doodles they look so mm monsterous. Can't wait to see the monster thing finished. You are finishing it right?
October 6th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Study, I mainly focused on getting the right values in to create a believable form. Wasn't too concerned about getting the colors exact. I'm really happy with the way it turned out though.
kat- Thx. Yeah, the hand was huge in the sketch, but I see so many people doing that, and I thought it was too cliche to continue with it. As for the tube guy, I will finish him, I just want to improve a little more and go back to him. Finished pieces are coming! Promise!
Trefle- Thx. You bet.
FearSelf- Thx, more to come for sure. And I really want to finish this one.
Thats all at the moment. Im staying up tonight to get studies in since I feel I'm not progressing. So more to come tonight. Just keep watching! Later!
October 7th, 2008, 12:51 AM
Good work, kiddo. Keep it up and do not give up.
Quick question, do you work with painting mediums? Or are you strictly digital?
October 7th, 2008, 01:30 AM
van- I work with traditional as well, but I really want to get the hang of digital. But I will be posting some traditional paintings in here from my classwork and maybe even some I do on my free time. Thx for the boost.
October 7th, 2008, 05:17 AM
U have improved quite a bit in your paintings. Colors are better and your paintings aren't as blotchy as they where when u first started, but it stills seems to be a problem. I'm not sure how much time your spending on them, but it also seems like you keep going down this narrow path of low opacity mixing/over mixing of colors aka it seems like your letting the program mix the colors for you rather than u actually picking them.
Try doing some quick block ins with like what you've been doing then switch over to pure opacity.
and I'll post my crap sometime so you can tell me all my faults too! :D
October 7th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Heyyyy. :3 I like your sketches! Some of your portraits make me think they have skin diseases though. But that is what makes sketchbooks fun, yes?
Teach me the ways of this conceptart thing. :P I joined because you told me to.
Keep it uuup. I'll model for you again if you want. :P
October 7th, 2008, 11:18 PM
hi their great studies i admire your work ethnick
? thought why no blending on any thing???
sorry iv been away froim the group
October 8th, 2008, 08:07 PM
Been really busy the past couple days, I will definitely have something up by tomorrow night. Keep watching.
October 10th, 2008, 04:07 AM
Wow your digitals are improving greatly. Very nice execution of your newly found knowledge. I woud suggest spending a bit more time on each piece instead of "quickies". Quality over quantity:) With what you've learned so far I think you would produce a very high quality piece of work if you take the time and really study the ref. I use to finish drawings in 30 minutes or less. But I'm averaging 90 minutes or more now. Keep it up, you're doing great!
October 11th, 2008, 05:49 PM
The eyes is kinda problematic though; it's too big *and the placing is kinda wrong, it should be more to the right of the pic.
Still, great! And it's a great study :)
October 13th, 2008, 04:19 AM
Fryman- Thx for the crits. And for the link.
Sarah- Yo, I'll show you if you bring your comp over to Yosh's.
Demo- I just wanted to get used to using opaque brushes. Thx, and no problem, I've been rather busy lately as well.
darkchild- Thx for the crit, I'll do that.
Trefle- Thx, I see that too.
Been really busy and away for a while. Sorry for that, but I did fill up over half of my sketchbook, so here's close to half of those sketches. The value sketches are the last things I drew, so I went back through to fill up space on a few pages. These were mainly to work on line quality and fluidity. Next is value and design. I'll post these sketches within a few posts since it will be a large DL.
October 13th, 2008, 04:24 AM
October 13th, 2008, 04:26 AM
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Thats all for now folks. Come back soon!
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