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October 23rd, 2009, 01:14 AM
I've wanted to be able to paint and draw well for years. I went to art school for totally the wrong thing, and in that time, discovered the wonder of taking myself seriously. So now I've decided to really try and do this, instead of half-assing it as I had been until about a month ago. Now that it's for serious, my goal is to have a real update at least 4 days out of the week.
I'm really happy to have a community like this, please don't hesitate to completely rip apart anything you see here ... I need as much help as anyone is willing to give.
Thanks for looking!
October 23rd, 2009, 01:20 AM
Here's the first few chronologically:
October 23rd, 2009, 06:14 PM
You have a good eye for observation, and observational work is the key to everything, imo. Will be watching this!
October 23rd, 2009, 10:01 PM
For today, another skull study, and some Bouguereau studies.
October 28th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Last one is after Gilbert Stuart Williamstown.
October 30th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Keep posting! :D I like your stuff so far. To see some imaginary work would be nice :]
October 30th, 2009, 10:19 PM
ColorExcursion: Thanks :) My imaginary work is pretty miserable right now (especially in pencil for some reason). I'm trying to bolster it by working on my observational skills. Maybe I should switch back to digital and start playing with concepts again.
Anyways, here are a couple pages of imaginary doodles just for you.
October 30th, 2009, 10:32 PM
it's cool how you render with the single-direction strokes :D are you going to finish that digi of a guy with a straw? That's fantastic!
November 2nd, 2009, 10:45 PM
Jaytea: Thank you :) I just started doing the single direction thing randomly, and I found that it really let me focus on the shapes of the shadows so I stuck with it.
The digipaint was a quick self-portrait for a group thing, so I probably won't finish it. I'll be doing some more of those, though, when I get around to buying a mirror.
Okay so I decided not to upload every single crappy page I've drawn in the last few days. I think this was the best of them.
I'm having a lot of trouble getting a foothold on drawing from imagination. I think I have really poor visualization skills, or a broken imagination or something. Probably I will switch back over to observational work for the time-being, if only to keep from getting too discouraged.
November 3rd, 2009, 12:20 AM
Love the tree guy on ur doodle page :D
November 4th, 2009, 06:33 PM
I think I moved slightly so my nose is twisted in the wrong direction... either that or my nose is actually twisted and I exaggerated it.
Other problems to think about: where is the jaw, and how wide should it be... does it inform the shape of the cheeks et cetera... I also should have judged the turn of the head and treated it that way, I was thinking it was straight on even though my observation was pretty close. I think I got the relative proportions pretty near to truth, but overall I stretched it a bit horizontally which causes some problems. I need to get the basic layout down faster if I am going to get it all to work as whole...
November 8th, 2009, 10:47 PM
November 11th, 2009, 07:55 PM
November 12th, 2009, 12:38 PM
Yay goblins! Looking good, dude. You really do have a good eye for form.
November 18th, 2009, 05:21 PM
My first that I've taken from sketchbook to digi...
Has some problems that I can't seem to work out, but I like it alright.
December 1st, 2009, 09:29 PM
Tried to fix up all the colors so it doesn't look quite so wrong...
December 1st, 2009, 09:57 PM
I think that looks a lot better. The shadows on his face, especially his left cheek, still look a little heavy, but that warm light from outside really helps.
The best way to learn lighting is to copy photos and master's paintings, and to paint from life. Like that picture of your gf in the second post; those shadows are done really well; saturated, transparent, and cooler than the light. Do some copies of Zorn, or Sorolla, or Sargent sometime; I think it'd take your imaginative work several levels further.
And have you seen this (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=2097738#post2097738)? Recommended reading!
December 1st, 2009, 11:39 PM
really cool man, I like your digital portraits. I like the sketches too with your directional shading. I've done that before as well because to me it helps uniform my shading so its not all wild and out of order. I'll keep watchin you. Keep up the good work bro
December 9th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Hey sorry it took me so long to reply!
jcpahl: Yeah the face is a problem. I think what I need is to find some suitable references. I just made the face up and I think it suffered for it.
I'm thinking of working in acrylics for a bit (I have a side project that I might do in acrylics too). I think that might be a good opportunity to do some master studies.
Great link, thanks :)
danlucas: Thanks :) Yeah the directional thing really helped me start working with shadows as forms. I mess it up a bit and lose track of the angle though.
December 9th, 2009, 02:09 PM
Nice sketchbook dude! I love the digital of the guy with the straw, very nice. Your head studies are really good as well, keep it up! Oh, and your goblin is bad-ass :)
July 30th, 2010, 01:25 PM
I'm still here.
Self portrait where I screwed the colors, and another portrait. Been thinking a lot about painting as a process.
August 1st, 2010, 10:59 PM
For the DSG but I'm not worthy...
August 1st, 2010, 11:05 PM
MORE!! This last post is lookin good man. Really like the wizard guy, his left hand -between the thumb and first finger- looks a bit too round to me. But eh, maybe he just has fat hands :] Cheers
August 12th, 2010, 05:32 PM
Thanks Color: If I remember correctly I was trying to make those up from imagination which is why they came out a bit silly. I'm working hard now on hands and feet as I get a bit more serious. I'm going to try that "fill an entire sketchbook with hands" thing and see if I become a jedi or something.
September 24th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Here we go here are some new still lives.
The blue bottle one I had up for crit here on the forums and got some useful advice on - thanks :)
(Both 3.5" by 5")
September 27th, 2010, 03:59 PM
Some new ones, should be chronological! Thanks for looking!
September 28th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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