View Full Version : From doodles to studies
October 29th, 2008, 04:42 AM
Hey CA, ive been lurking around these forums for over a year now and finally have decided to get serious about study.
This first paint was done in 8/09. I needed a better thumbnail. Everything after this first post was where I was at with my art before my first semester at the university here.
Thanks for stopping by
October 29th, 2008, 04:48 AM
From todays studies
A self portrait and of my youngest son.
I butchered my left eye, the more i erased the worse it got. My biggest problems seem to be perspective and shading in (value?)
October 29th, 2008, 03:31 PM
I found an old Crazyhorse portrait
a McFarland spidey reference
well all are from reference
October 31st, 2008, 04:56 AM
Not much time today... when i started the pairs of eyes i was going so slow trying for accuracy with each line lots of erasing. The result was horrible. The single eyes were quick, and i was happier with those.
October 31st, 2008, 05:09 AM
I think you´ve got some really nice studies!
And your son is just cute!! :-D
Keep on practising and for your problem with shading...I think I share your problem... -.-;; I also try to figure out how it works...but well... with enough practise and time we will also get to be as good as all the other great artists here at ca! :D
October 31st, 2008, 05:33 AM
Hey, nice to hear that you feel like picking up your pencils again. Your sketchbook looks really interesting. The superheroes got some greats poses and some of the arm foreshortenings are just dead on.
However on your portraits you seem to be a bit to found of using lines to express everything. If you try to look for blocks of shadows instead of lines and watch how they make the sphere form pop out and push back I think you'll get a greater depth to the picture. It's kind of hard to explain what I mean... but it's sort of letting go of the idea that you have to draw a line around the whole white part of the eye and instead watch where the upper eyelid casts as shadow over the sclera, and where that shadow is the darkest and then go over all aspects of the face in that way. I hope this ramblings are at least slightly understandable for you.
November 3rd, 2008, 02:33 AM
Tired today, and it shows. the last scan i was in a hurry to fill up the page. I kind of like my lines more than those i make when im taking my time. Tomorrow i will hide the erasers
November 3rd, 2008, 05:01 AM
a good way to approach getting better at shading is to wire frame out what you're drawing. you may have to actually grid out your object/person that you are drawing at first, but eventually your eyes will be trained to see a grid for you.
when you begin, you have to figured out your lighting. then have ur drawing gridded out. then all you need to do with the grid is to shade in the direction of the grid. and just cross hatch according to the grid.
if non of what i just wrote made any sense email me, and i'll send u an example.
November 6th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Allot going on these days...The time i can sit down and focus is scarce.
I cant seem to get my hands to do what my mind is seeing. Im now trying to draw with both hands which is fun
Contours for now, bad proportions as usual.
November 12th, 2008, 01:59 AM
again by the end im loose taking to long to warm up....
Im really wishing i had a cintiq, looking back at my lines they just disgust me, cant fix the proportions
November 12th, 2008, 02:22 PM
a quick page before i head out for the day, more tonight...
with pen this time so i can't erase
November 12th, 2008, 11:48 PM
to much reading but here a SP
January 15th, 2009, 08:02 PM
I enrolled in Fine Arts program. Today was day 2 in foundation drawing and this was my result. Ill post the finished piece later.
I see some mistakes that ill try to fix but i wanted to get this put up.
1 hour photo ref, 8x12
January 19th, 2009, 10:43 PM
yuc. started using charcoal and butchered it...
January 20th, 2009, 12:27 AM
January 24th, 2009, 01:39 PM
something from class
January 24th, 2009, 02:43 PM
January 24th, 2009, 06:20 PM
would love some CC
January 25th, 2009, 01:26 AM
another attempt at a sp
January 27th, 2009, 04:05 AM
reference from Zarahn Southon's painting for this one. I had allot of fun with this.
January 27th, 2009, 04:25 AM
I'm not much of a critic but I think I can see improvement in the last SP.
The chin is not in the same line as the face though and I think you could push the darker shadows even more. The last piece with the faces looks promising allready but I can see some of the facial features are also not in line. The bearded man has lot of character though.
Good studies here nontheless, keep on practising. :)
January 31st, 2009, 05:52 AM
Turning this in Monday. we were supposed to do an abstract of a natural disaster. I struggled a lot with thinking in abstract. The rough was probably closer to abstract than the final
first is graphite/fine liner
second and third are my first attempts at a project in illustrator.
February 2nd, 2009, 03:15 AM
February 13th, 2009, 02:04 AM
some more from this weeks 2d class
April 7th, 2009, 08:23 PM
got the cintiq hooked up and tried a self portrait
April 7th, 2009, 08:31 PM
after that warm up and a lot of you tube i tried again with some better colors.
I need to take them further i guess but i seem to be overworking some areas.
Still this was a lot of fun. I also painted one with acrylics using split complimentary colors which was not as fun
April 10th, 2009, 10:10 PM
trying to see the value in things and practice with photoshop
April 11th, 2009, 12:09 AM
April 18th, 2009, 12:58 AM
i should draw more
May 1st, 2009, 10:09 PM
the colors saved on the jpeg of the official are way off from what the psd file displays, any input?
I stopped on it once i noticed that
May 2nd, 2009, 12:42 PM
hmm same problem with this one, the highlights are not this intense in photoshop. I would love to hear some crits I learn a lot from you guys
May 2nd, 2009, 12:45 PM
May 3rd, 2009, 02:13 AM
i guess i was just in the wrong color mode before.
another one of the Earnhardt studies
May 4th, 2009, 11:59 PM
May 12th, 2009, 12:03 AM
May 14th, 2009, 08:09 PM
May 14th, 2009, 10:38 PM
posemaniacs 5-10 mins each
May 15th, 2009, 12:50 AM
May 15th, 2009, 12:59 AM
Nice studies. You're really improving.
I think you need to work on shading a bit more, though you're coming along nicely.
Keep up the practicing! :)
May 15th, 2009, 11:07 PM
I agree zenobia, im trying to get things down quickly, often i dismiss something and move on.
I spent a bit more time with this one trying some new things. I think the value range is pretty weak.
May 16th, 2009, 05:04 PM
upper body today. lets see what i can do. this took about 30 mins
EDIT: i really see the short bicep and triceps now
May 16th, 2009, 09:06 PM
Im having a lot of trouble smoothing things out quickly.
May 16th, 2009, 10:10 PM
Keep up the work! It's definitely paying off.
Haven't been paying attention to dates, but there's definitely a HUGE improvement between your first posts and current work.
You said you were taking a class. Where and which if you don't mind my asking?
I've been trying to find some good classes.
It's been difficult in England. Oddly.
Los Angeles is looking more and more appealing in terms of classes for people who're all growed up and trying to improve.
May 18th, 2009, 12:29 AM
Thanks! your sketchbook is real solid. I like the energy in your characters
Im just taking classes at the local university for fine arts.
I just finished foundation drawing and 2d design.
I was into drafting and architecture in high school but this sketchbook is pretty much everything ive ever done.
Today i tried to just see the negative space and a little sketch that took a really long time im sorry to say.
May 19th, 2009, 11:31 PM
a quick warm up. looking for better mileage with my brush strokes today
May 21st, 2009, 01:30 AM
bleh. from imagination about 45 mins
May 21st, 2009, 01:58 AM
thought he would bring a friend along, and the fish seemed to big before
May 26th, 2009, 10:44 PM
busy weekend, now i can get focused again.
just messing around atm
May 27th, 2009, 12:26 AM
a self portrait, 45 min
the more time i spend on it the worse it looks
May 27th, 2009, 02:28 AM
just thinking about the winged humanoids and how the skeletal structure might change. from imagination 15 mins
ill try to do an ortho view tomorrow
May 27th, 2009, 11:28 PM
I don't think you could get flight out of the wings without a more rigid rib cage to attach the extra pec muscles too. Birds need a lot of muscle mass to take off, together with very light fragile bones.
So I wanted a more human chest without scary pecs. Wings that would be for gliding or more agile land movement.
I know this entry isn't very readable but it all happened completely by accident.
This wasn't a pose. I just wanted to draw the torso in profile and this is what I got.
To top it all off when I cropped her to save, I also cropped the layers of sketches underneath :wtf:
May 30th, 2009, 02:58 AM
another repaint of a sp...
playing around with Multiply and Screen effects. about a hour and a half before i hit that rendering wall.
Do i just keep increasing the canvass to get more detail like subdividing polygons in ZBrush?
maybe i just need to use more brushes
May 30th, 2009, 04:30 AM
May 31st, 2009, 12:56 AM
looking at folds and reflective surfaces. I need more patience.
June 2nd, 2009, 12:15 AM
my first landscape, this was about 30 mins. trying brushes and hoping to create some depth
June 3rd, 2009, 12:36 AM
a sketch from a photo of my youngest son
June 3rd, 2009, 08:09 AM
Lookin' pretty good, just make sure you are drawing what you see, not what you think you see. I'm sure you have heard that a lot though.
Pay closer attention to the negative shapes around the figure, maybe that will help.
June 3rd, 2009, 01:20 PM
thanks for the stop by my SB...I see you draw a lot! I notice that like me your drawings are pretty 'inconsistent' in quality.. sometime you draw some really good stuff, sometimes it doesn't come off as well... something that helped me a lot is to 'analyze' and tear-appart what I did on drawings that came out well....I notice that your black and white sketches/drawings come out much better in value than your color ones too....to remedy that remember that color is not as important to get an image across as value...so even though your color might not be on-point, if you get the value correctly, the image will not look as bad...flip your images, "desaturate" them to see if your values are coming together correctly...this helped me a lot....and keep posting!...it's kinda frustrating not getting many comments on CA...but keep going at it and they'll come and you're definitely improving so the more you improve the more people will like to help...
June 11th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Thanks for the confidence. Ive been busy on a paper for school, but I did manage to get some time in today. This was mostly an exercise with the multiply effect. I wish i had tried this a few months ago.
June 11th, 2009, 02:38 AM
Multiply and color dodge did not work out so well with this sketch, moving on after 30 mins. Maybe if I screen the yellow on the mid tones i can get a better result.
June 11th, 2009, 03:20 AM
Yay I didnt paint on my outline layer this time.I think a screen layer worked out much faster. Opacity extends the control. Merge down then pick from local colors.
I took the boys to the Mcdonalds play land for a few hours and I managed to sneak in some Hogarth, and Bridgman studies. I'm not very comfortable with pencils. Sorry again for the poor scans
and a doodle...
June 12th, 2009, 03:23 AM
Attempts at blending have not gone well. Painting with color is worse. I still need more practice with values
June 12th, 2009, 03:34 AM
hey good going!!!!
Keep up the practicing!
c u .....
June 13th, 2009, 11:24 PM
The color on that last female portrait was scarry, I tried to fix it but the reference was from a movie i was watching.
Im really bad at these environments but they are fun to make up.
Ive just been toying around nothing much done today, mostly been looking into maya and 3ds max.
June 30th, 2009, 12:39 AM
warming back up after some downtime
June 30th, 2009, 01:47 AM
Ill submit to exhaustion after about 2 hours on this one. maybe to many mistakes to do more here.
July 25th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Just been playing with layer styles maskes and alpha channels... whooo hooo:lounge:
I came across the name Bert Monroy and found his webisodes pretty helpfull.
His show is called Pixel Perfect.
July 26th, 2009, 04:55 AM
Ok so after Jasons class today on color theory I did make an attempt but I just dont get it with photoshop. I just start confusing myself when I think about multiply and overlay layers. So I just did a quick line drawing and painted values. I wasnt getting anywhere for a long time but I kept playing and its starting to work out.
I can see why having good lines to begin with will save you loads of time.
July 26th, 2009, 06:02 AM
Great SB. I think that we have some similarities in our drawing styles. Keep on posting.
July 27th, 2009, 08:07 AM
Wow I just keep listening to the class and I hear something new every time.
This is a master study from Lord Frederick Leighton
And I warmed up on some more of 3po.
July 27th, 2009, 09:16 PM
some more, this is getting complicated. I need to find a way to work faster in photo shop.
July 28th, 2009, 01:44 AM
This was originally done by Bushido. I really like the original and although I killed the anatomy Im happy with this one. This one took about an hour before I stopped.
I painted this at a pretty low resolution and it looks better than the ones I paint at 2500x3500
July 28th, 2009, 02:46 AM
If I read his painting right, I saw warm highlights cool shadow. Again I dont know how to get photoshop to do what I want but this was close enough for the exercise. I just added some very desaturated color from the HSB palate on a seperate layer, setting the layer to color. I kept the brightness around the same levels I painted the values in.
My brain is melting from everything Ive learned in the last week.
July 30th, 2009, 05:27 AM
a wee bit
July 30th, 2009, 03:35 PM
pen notes from geology class,
July 30th, 2009, 09:13 PM
more to come
July 30th, 2009, 11:13 PM
another value study.. this is step 1
July 30th, 2009, 11:19 PM
Hey, I can see a lot of gradual improvement in your work, Post 68 has a lot of potential, love to see it finished! Keep up the hard work. =-]
July 31st, 2009, 04:05 AM
Thanks Jmon, Im glad you liked something.
I need to work with bigger strokes. this is taking way to long.
August 1st, 2009, 01:53 AM
Im gunna finish this one I think. Ill work on the dress tomorrow.
August 2nd, 2009, 12:26 AM
Ok Jason got me distracted with facebook and linkedin stuff.
Heres the start of a self portrait. going to make an effort to do more from life and more on paper. My stuff is looking very photoshopish :lifedrawing:
In this step Im using this flat brush in an effort to follow the form. Brushing in the direction the light flows into shadow. I missed a few angles though... bummer
August 3rd, 2009, 01:58 AM
Our cat shares her pillow with my little one.
And some Bridgman heads done with that thing called a pencil.
August 4th, 2009, 03:18 AM
So i downloaded the trial for Zbrush and what did I do first? I painted a 2d portrait instead of sculpting clay. It was fun though
another sp 30 mins
August 5th, 2009, 01:14 PM
Zbrush is real cool.
Working towards a grumpy old man here. after an hour. This is my first object in Zbrush after watching a few hours of tutorials. only 209k polys still.
August 8th, 2009, 08:13 PM
A self portrait in Zbrush. 1500 polys
I lost the symmetry about half way through. Im going to sub divide this mesh now and see how many polygons my comp can muster
August 8th, 2009, 08:18 PM
and the profile. I had some trouble with the bridge of the nose. Im not sure how to add single vertices and edges without subdividing the whole mesh
August 8th, 2009, 09:06 PM
Nice SB, I can really see your progress as I went through page one and three. I admire your courage on posting your SB. Im still trying to chuck it up and just post something already.
August 9th, 2009, 12:17 AM
Thanks Lj, dont wait to start a sketchbook. It really helps you reflect.
Moving along with the self portrait. Im too tired to do the eyes tonight.
August 10th, 2009, 01:43 AM
30 mins on the treadmill
August 11th, 2009, 01:21 AM
Busy day today not much time for practice. This is after reading Hogarth
August 11th, 2009, 02:00 AM
a few more 5 min studies
August 20th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Looking forward starting the new semester on mon, here is a wip after 2 hours. I know this needs more color variation but its already a lot to manage.
It seems when I paint with color I ignore the values.
August 20th, 2009, 07:59 PM
Your anatomy studies are impressive, the coloring looks a bit bland though, maybe a bit more shading.
August 20th, 2009, 08:12 PM
Nice, you are doing well. I can't wait to get myself a tablet so I can paint like that on my own computer.
August 21st, 2009, 03:24 PM
Thanks for the encouragement Demon and Reggie. I draw every day but its still not as much as I would like.
I did some more work with the abdomen area but it still looks bad. Lets not even mention that she looks like a plastic toy.
August 23rd, 2009, 01:03 AM
going back to values. this is from John Singer Sargent
August 23rd, 2009, 05:50 AM
some more work on this one. I like where this is going.
August 24th, 2009, 02:55 AM
I should work her hands a bit more but I need to get some sleep before class
September 4th, 2009, 09:57 AM
Some sketches from class this week. I did more work this week just have to wait till it comes down off the wall.
Learned how to sight properly this week which has been a huge help when drawing from life.
The top 3 images are on 18x24 paper and the last is a sketchbook entry from a 5x7 photo
September 9th, 2009, 01:18 AM
were starting with color now. These are my first done with pastels.
The stuff they gave us to work with was really soft, I think Ill try
some harder sticks soon.
September 26th, 2009, 10:15 PM
More work with charcoal and pastels. Nothing very good but practice is practice.
Ill first post the sketchbook then Ill get the 18x24's
September 26th, 2009, 11:28 PM
William Whitaker "Teddy" was the reference for the first one on newsprint
colors are pastel.
September 26th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Cool Sargent study man! Nice values.
September 27th, 2009, 12:34 AM
Great stuff, Steffler!
It's awesome to see how much you've improved since starting this sketchbook. Very inspiring.
September 27th, 2009, 01:08 AM
I really love the fluidity of the figures, particularly on the last page. They never seem confined to the position they're drawn in. And the range of value on the digital study was startling. I'm quite envious, all I seem to be able to muster is black, grey, and white XD. I'll have to work hard to improve and start looking like you now.
October 1st, 2009, 10:05 PM
Hey thanks for the comments!
This is a working drawing for a colored piece im doing next. Back to work
October 3rd, 2009, 06:05 PM
nice work, steffler
i can see the improvement! :D
are the drawings from the most recent post from imagination or did you use a reference? they're very nice.
October 6th, 2009, 08:44 AM
Thanks Robert. The last drawing was loosely based on a photo ref.
This post is the first colored pencil drawing I've done. I broke the continuity on it pretty bad which has discouraged me from finishing it.
I started off with the blue siding but I put way to much highlight and I went to dark with the values. So I tried to make it more violet
October 11th, 2009, 12:41 AM
reading Mentler tonight.
October 14th, 2009, 12:31 AM
A still life done in class, about an hour and a half. Gunna do some more like this I think
Tempera paint and charcoal
Ustream and Mentaler before bed.
October 14th, 2009, 02:38 AM
studies ftw :D youre on the right way! keep goin and youll be there in no time!
October 17th, 2009, 02:50 PM
I need to be there in 3 years or less.
Ok this is something im working on for a class assignment. We had to take an object and draw 3 different views of it. I took one of my sons transformers toys and did this drawing in colored pencil.
I have to do one view with analogous colors then another in complimentary colors. And the last in expressive colors.
My problem is on the blue robot. Im supposed to put orange in it somehow. I put it in photoshop and sketched out launching one of the missiles from his shoulder and the reflected light would justify the orange highlights. Then he said no missiles this is a life drawing....
The background is going to be 20%black and violet pastel i think
October 19th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Coming down to the homestretch now.
One lesson ive learned from this one was I should have followed good advice and had a better line drawing at the beginning. I pretty much free handed this and it shows.
Im gunna tighten it up a bit more before class in the morning where I can get a better photo
18x24 canson paper, charcoal,colored pencil,pastel
October 20th, 2009, 09:02 AM
Some nice work on show here, look forward to future postings.
October 22nd, 2009, 06:12 PM
Thanks a lot lot thegray, ill be watching yours as well. --
Heres 2 from this weeks drawing class. We had a critique on Tues
so I only had a bit more than an hour on the first one.
18x24 charcoal, eraser marking, life drawing
November 1st, 2009, 02:23 AM
Ok so I spent the waking portions of the last two days figuring out how people were doing all these cool things with live screen captures and youtube etc etc.
I just started a new sketchbook here (http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=2496702#post2496702)
I wanted to put it in here but the this thread but it isnt set up to embed that player here
Anyway Im trying to step it up a notch and finish up the year strong.
Things like the Chuistream and Artcast get me worked up and even Dave Rapoza (http://www.livestream.com/fuckinartwithmrdelicious) has got a kick ass show which Im sure you already know about.
I know I still have a long way to go and hopefully live feedback with help me progress faster. So thanks to everyone for sharing and thanks for your feedback as always.
November 2nd, 2009, 07:35 PM
Gettin loose with pastels!
November 3rd, 2009, 05:28 PM
We are finally working on some portraits in school.
This was my lame attempt during class.
November 5th, 2009, 06:21 PM
First one is a 1hour self portrait done from a mirror. Everybody in class said he looked angry so I drew up another one real fast with a stupid look on my face.
November 8th, 2009, 02:53 AM
doing another portrait before the self portrait assignment next week.
This is on a real heavy water color paper with charcoal
3 hours in... 5 more
November 9th, 2009, 01:43 AM
Not that thrilled with this one either.
November 10th, 2009, 01:08 AM
On your last portrait the features look wonderful, but I feel the forehead is too high and the chin is a little long. I think your problem might be that you are rushing into the features too fast, when the structure of the head as a whole isn't sound enough. Before drawing in things like eyes, the nose etc, indicate where they are but work on the relationships between the different parts of the head. How much of the face is showing beside both eyes, where exactly the jaw begins to turn in relationship to the top of the head, etc. I can see you have an eye for detail, but improving on the overall form first will make the details stand out even stronger. Keep at it man!
November 10th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Start of the self portrait assignment.
I had to keep in mind the composition
of the background. more to come
November 10th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Hey major I didnt see your comment before. I think your observations are correct but im pretty sure I have the mass right. I think the problem is in the value changes maybe. Ive been noticing a lot lately how the subtle changes in value can describe the form better than line for me.
I try to draw general to specific as much as I can but I still fight the temptation to just start rendering one are to death. In the young girls portrait I did that and couldnt balance the eye from early on.
Heres a bit more progress on the sp. More tomorrow
November 11th, 2009, 02:41 AM
more fun with values
November 11th, 2009, 02:50 AM
wow.... Very nice portrait pictures....
November 12th, 2009, 06:08 AM
So i tried helpin a friend out at school with this self portrait assignment.
I set up a livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/steelvalleystudio) and just blocked in something he could do with charcoal while he was watching. It would have been easier to do this at school but it was closed down for a holiday.
Heres a snapshot of what I did after 3 hours using the same reference he had at home. Ill get some pics of what he did tomorrow at class
November 17th, 2009, 11:14 PM
had to go get markers for this weeks class. then we took a big piece of driftwood on the table and did an imaginary landscape.
and the last of what im gunna do with this self portrait.
November 19th, 2009, 06:34 AM
watchin and learning from crimson daggers. I almost never restrain myself from measuring when I use photoshop. Tonight I just followed allong Collywob not using reference layer. this was good exercise for the brain even though mine didnt turn out so hot.
November 19th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Hey Steffler, you have some good stuff here. I really liked that little girl sitting down portrait. That showed a lot of sense of emotion and great composition. You also look like you are in some sort of art class because i see you working on an easel, or am I wrong? I am into portraiture also, i'm trying to get my structure down so I can do better portraits, and also be able to draw from memory is my main goal. Pce
November 20th, 2009, 05:54 AM
thanks Dan, that girl was called La leçon difficile
And difficult it was... I do go to school at a university but my real studies take place at home in my little corner.
busy today, but i did squeeze in a few hours of study, this about sums it up
November 20th, 2009, 06:46 AM
Hey Steffler you got some real nice studies going on in here and there is definite improvement from the first page keep on drawing your getting there!
November 24th, 2009, 06:30 AM
a quick warm up, just about 5 mins or less. I think Im going to record this one on livestream. jump in and say hi, ill be at this for awhile.
November 24th, 2009, 10:53 AM
more to come after sleep
December 12th, 2009, 12:44 AM
havent been posting but have been working, just finished the semester up at school so now I can relax and study some anatomy.. Life drawing next term!
Ill post the rest of my work after I get it back
gouache on cold press paper
and a 3d drawing made from hobby wire.
December 14th, 2009, 12:49 AM
only had an hour today >.<
December 14th, 2009, 04:23 AM
It's bill effin Clinton!
January 27th, 2010, 12:34 AM
Wow its funny how fast things can pick up. Had a great Christmas after a lot of bad ones, I havent been posting but I have been workin.
Heres what I have after a week to warm up to an actual life drawing class. 18x24 newsprint from class usually 2-10 min studies. The hands were done over a few hours and the left hand was drawn with my opposite drawing hand. Fun stuff
Im in 2 graphic design classes this term but my goal is to still put in 4 hours of drawing a day for now
Oh and Santa is a Rockwell master study with a ball point
February 2nd, 2010, 05:43 AM
working on a collage for digital imaging this week. This is our first assignment.
February 4th, 2010, 03:07 AM
quick post -- from life
February 26th, 2010, 10:52 PM
lots of other non objective work this semester, here are my few things i could squeeze in between
February 28th, 2010, 04:59 AM
from imagination-- matte
March 11th, 2010, 02:43 AM
Had to do an assignment in Illustrator done with gradient mesh tool I did this Gil Elvgren study. WIP I might finish but way to much time invested in this lesson.
March 23rd, 2010, 11:36 PM
from imagination after Vilppu
March 23rd, 2010, 11:49 PM
Just checked out your Skbook good stuff big improvments with the portraits drawings from the first page. Keep them coming.
March 24th, 2010, 12:20 AM
Hey man, just spreading some love!
Great progress between page 1 to here. Your hard work and dedication is paying off so keep it up!!
March 28th, 2010, 01:07 PM
Thanks for the comments guys!
This first image (2 hours)was done the other day after watching a ton of Glenn Vilppu. Thanks Collywobbles for mentioning that guy.
The rest of the crap was before I had these new perceptions of form. most are about 10-20 mins each
April 2nd, 2010, 04:37 PM
more life drawing couple in there are from memory.
April 2nd, 2010, 04:50 PM
I think some of the problem is with when you shade in pencil is that your lines outside of your eyes are too dark and the way you shade them is basically one tone. Eyes have an oval shape but it's a bit subtle. Also when you shade, make sure that you keep your lines light. I think some of the outline is ruining the shading from making it feel 3-dimensional. Also, try to really block in the forms with big shapes first. I sometimes have the same issue. The wire frame is a good idea. I never thought of that before.
April 2nd, 2010, 04:53 PM
sorry... I didn't realize you had 5 pages in your sketchbook already. You've def improved and seem to have solved most of the problems that I mentioned. I really like that illustrator piece you did. That must have taken a long time to do.
April 2nd, 2010, 05:06 PM
Love your stuff. Keep it up!
April 6th, 2010, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the love, its very uplifting.
Here is an illustration im starting for intro to painting later this summer.
This was done for another class where we had to design a Tee shirt.
I originally planned to show the angles that fell with Lucifer. I decided to keep it simple and do the whole compistion as a painting. I did this from imagination save the left hand.
My goal was to get dynamic action in the pose and I wanted to convey as much emotion as I could. Which is where I failed.
April 7th, 2010, 10:24 PM
even the bad ones
April 8th, 2010, 02:42 PM
April 18th, 2010, 10:39 PM
added another character... maybe one more then clean it up.
The pastel was from last life drawing class about an hourish
April 21st, 2010, 09:37 PM
I guess I should mention that the model has a deformity of his left arm
20 min each
May 6th, 2010, 10:44 PM
The last of life drawing. He never mentioned a single muscle by name. I was frustrated the entire semester with my instructors wisdom but by the end of it all Im glad I got a different perspective of what we are trying to capture or express when drawing from life. Beyond flexors and meateus masses we should be putting our subject into context with the rest of the image.
Still so much to figure out.
These range from 15 mins to 2 hours
May 7th, 2010, 10:44 AM
Lots to do today so I got up early to work on this a bit more.
May 10th, 2010, 11:17 AM
dropping in. From life the model and two mannequins
August 16th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Well this has been a very busy summer. I took intro to sculpture and intro to painting at school. Im pretty pleased with how those turned out and Im looking forward to intermediate painting next semester.
I did 6 oil and and acrylic paintings and 3 sculptures in 6 weeks. I wouldnt recommend that kind of workload to anyone. It completely takes away your ability to work through a concept before starting a project. In some cases I ended up with a good render of a mediocre idea. In others I fell short on a really good idea because I ran out of time. In either case I would have disappointed a professional art director.
Ill make adjustments and head into this fall term with a better grasp on what I can and cant do under time limits.
The best news to come out of this summer was moving out of my parents home and reclaiming some dignity in my new apartment.
My goal for the rest of 2010 is to produce at least 1 killer piece for my graduation portfolio, get the livestream going, register myself as an LLC to raise some money for diapers; and last but not least get a grasp on color theory
Not much digital work to show, I need to get a better camera for the paintings as well. Thanks for stopping in
August 16th, 2010, 10:03 PM
some good things happening in #157 - the figures have good confident shapes - which is huge to start to get.. that teacher who didn't mention much anatomy may have had a plan ( to focus on what you see - and after getting a grasp of that - THEN starting to learn the shapes of bones and muscle and cartilage ).. it appears to have paid off - now keep practicing !!! (and posting)
October 28th, 2010, 08:55 PM
Thanks Kevin! I just checked out your blog and I gotta say I saw some great work there. Ill be watching :)
Im in another painting class this semester and Im giving some serious thoughts to switching to that major instead of Graphic Design. For one, color is so much easier to work with. Now I know its perfectly fine to have less than a million colors to choose from.
December 12th, 2010, 06:58 PM
Tis the season'
To be done with school. For now at least.
Heres some things I can put up now. These are 5 to 15 min studies from imagination, photo, and some Adolf Menzel portraits.
Also went to IlluxCon last month and decided it was feasible to have a portfolio ready to show before I graduate.
The goal is to have 12 pieces for 3 publishers. 4 pieces for each of them. Also, met an illustrator Ive been a fan of for over 15 years now. It was an inspiring show. Very revealing, go if you get a chance.
June 7th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Here is some of the work Ive done since my last post. I was able to squeeze in some life drawing between my studies in watercolor and learning HTML.
My baby girl is 7 months old now and she has been a blessing ever since she arrived. She just started crawling crawling and thankfully, the only hardship I have had is balancing work time with all the time a baby requires.
Ill start with Life drawings
June 7th, 2011, 10:50 AM
My first paintings in watercolor.
June 7th, 2011, 11:17 AM
The rest. The portraits I did after another artist suggested using Mugshots (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/index.html)as a subject.
the others are ideas I havent followed through with.
The first portrait is of my step-daughter that I finished for mothers day.
June 9th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Can we not embed Youtube videos anymore? I cant get the old code or the new Iframe embed to work.
Here is a link to the process for this portrait
June 22nd, 2011, 01:12 AM
Started these with no plan just an hour of something
September 29th, 2011, 12:15 AM
sketch for an oil painting i started
April 23rd, 2012, 01:14 AM
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