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April 20th, 2010, 01:47 PM
So, I've been hanging around the forums for the past fortnight or so, feeling inspired and working on the basics on my own, but not wanting to join as I'm in the middle of my GCSE's at school; I kept telling myself to wait until I finish school and can commit to it properly.
I realised today I was using that as an excuse to continue being shy, and that I wasn't going to get any better if I kept putting things off. :^^;:
So, here's to improvement! :D Gonna try and swallow my pride/shyness and post everything in here.
Any help at all you can give is amazing. :) (let's hope I've got this posting thing right)
Recently: I've been doing some lighting/values basics 'cause I suck at that, and some small watercolour studies I've been trying to do everyday to improve my (non-existent) watercolour skills, and some hogarth studies (with some doodles thrown in, I think). Sorry if the first post is a bit over kill!
April 24th, 2010, 03:36 AM
A bit pathetic that this is all I have to show since last post. :\
More mini watercolour studies from a crumpled piece of paper:
a self portrait + perspective practice:
another lighting study - found this slightly challenging, think I learnt from it.
and lastly, some loomis proportions studies. Sorry if this is a little messy, why I chose to draw it over something else (boxes in perspective) is anyone's guess.
April 30th, 2010, 12:14 PM
Right, new post. Been a bit lazy, not artwise, but i-didn't-want-to-scan-and-edit-wise. :bashful:
School ends in 4 weeks, and the exams about 2-3 weeks after that - and then I can properly throw myself into art. :D
Loomis studies (proportion/perspective), vilppu exercises, a wind-down doodle trying to apply, and an unfinished still life of a buddha ornament.
Also, didn't really want to post this, but I said I'd post everything, so...
This was started before I realised I had to go right back to the very basics, and I've had to finish it up since I'd promised it to someone else.
I wanted alot to scrap it, since it's kinda the sort of thing I'm trying to move away from, but ahh well. Here's to being able to kick the ass of this painting soon!
April 30th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Love the girl with the windswept hair. All the studies you're doing will definitely help with the fundamentals, but don't be so worried about getting everything exactly right that you miss out doing faster studies as well. Quick gesture drawings will help train your eye and loosen you up. Plus being messy is fun ^_^
William b. Hand
April 30th, 2010, 03:02 PM
Your back-to-basics focus is such a good one! So many artists (myself included) have not properly honed basic abilities of imagining and executing simple forms at will, have been unable to see how key these tools of perception and rendering really are... These lessons that you're doing are the exercises that allow magic brain muscles to grow in an organized and balanced fashion and they eventually allow us to carry very heavy concepts that would otherwise be inconceivable, much less moveable. These are the lessons that, as we really really learn them over time/practice, slowly reveal themselves as our best buddies. Bravo in these endeavours!
May 3rd, 2010, 09:52 AM
Glycerine:You're right, I have a perfectionist streak that I find hard to ignore. x) Guess it does stop me being as loose as I should be. I've been doing quick gestures in the morning, but I think I'm gonna do more as I'm obviously not getting enough out of them - thankyou!
William B. Hand: Thanks for the reassurance, I needed that! :) Going back to the basics kinda made me realise how bad I actually am, and I was starting to wonder if it was helping at all.Still, gotta keep going! :D
Not as much this time; hit a very slight slump, back on track now I think.
The last of my watercolour studies for a while, because I'm kinda bored of these. Gonna do something different, to shake it up a little - thinking of pulling out the acrylics, but when I've finished my exams.
A little bit more perspective/vilppu, and some random depressed android-y girl - trying to improve my crappy line economy:
and some quick figure studies, limited myself to ten minutes each, focusing on gesture and proportion. These are on a3 sheets and had to be scanned in 4 parts, so sorry for my crappy photoshop skills in piecing them together, haha:
And I've finally filled the moleskine! I can move into a bigger sketchbook, wahhey! :D
May 13th, 2010, 02:47 AM
crap, it's been ages (or feels like it) since I posted, and I have almost nothing to show for it. :^^;: Been having trouble juggling exams/revision, social-life and art - although I know that's really no excuse.
So, here's what I got. :D
More loomis/vilppu. I find Vilppu easier to grasp I think; but when I do start to understand Loomis, it helps so much. Having trouble analysing the studies as opposed to copying:
some gestures - been doing these every morning, these are my latest. Mixture of 10, 15 and 30 secs. Again, having trouble finding/feeling the pose as opposed to copying it. sorry for the crappy phone pictures :S :
and some imagination stuff - sketchbook and schoolbook pages:
May 13th, 2010, 02:57 AM
You are definitely moving in the right direction... The studies are really looking good.
Keep up the great stuff!
zombifried's sketchbook (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=151910)
May 29th, 2010, 05:55 AM
Zombifried: thankyou! I guess I'd be moving in the right direction alot quicker if I could just draw more... :bashful:
okay, so the reason for the lack of uploads lately = cramming for exams. Damnn, I just want them to be over. I have a week off that I can draw and revise in, then the first day I go back, I have nearly four hours worth of exams. D':
So, I know, I suck, this is all I have to show. More loomis studies - gonna do the last few studies of his skeletons after these, then do a minimum of fifty from my head, just to make sure the understanding's cemented there.
oh, the lined things are an exersize from vilppu, too.
These were done at school, since I decided the time spent in PE is alot better spent taking advantage of the art classrooms. :) first some ink skulls from a plastic skull model, since I love ink but suck at it and wanted to improve my lines, then a mannequin drawn in pencil, overhand.
and some sketches from imagination:
I also have gestures, but I'm struggling finding a good way to get them on the computer, since they're too big to fit the scanner.
June 2nd, 2010, 03:35 PM
new update :) gonna try and get into the habit of uploading at least every other day. Should become easier after Monday, when I get 3 of my remaining 6 exams out of the way. :D
First, today's gestures - ugh, this is the closest I can get to a good photo when I'm working on anything larger than A4, I'm afraid.
looking at basic line/form - I think it's from a thread on CA actually, if I remember the link I'll post it.. :S it helped tons with me understanding gesture, anyway - I've finally stopped looking at the spine as the line of action.
More loomis skeletons - the first page is studies, the rest, as promised, is me starting on the fifty from my head. Realising how much *fifty* actually is, but I'm goddamn stubborn - I said I'm doing fifty, I'm doing fifty. eep.
and lastly, some of the topics from this thread (http://http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=64711&page=3). I know I messed up the side planes on the first, but I can't figure out the way the shadows would fall - any help with that would be amazing :] and the second is a novelty salt and pepper shaker of my mums, from life. ;)
June 7th, 2010, 02:35 PM
Long time, no post. :S I got three of my big exams over today - nearly four hours of exams! :( - so I'm hoping from here on in to focus completely on my art, especially over the summer. I've set up a loose schedule which I may tighten when I know what works for me, and gonna try and upload every other day at least.
So here's to more art! :D
I finally finished those loomis skeletons, maaan fifty is a big number. But I feel much better for doing it. (Sorry for the overload, I get that this isnt as interesting)
whe-ew, bigger load than I thought. Giving loomis a short break to go onto bridgeman, since I found his complete guide to drawing from life at the library (I was so happy when I saw it - they're so not getting it back for a while xD).
Also, quick and dirrty doodle done to chill out between ethics and maths exams. Shows I desperately, desperately need to work on legs. And hands. And guns. And, well, everything.
Also, am I the only one who finds it ironic that I draw a girl with a bigass gun on the back of an ethics revision guide? ;)
June 8th, 2010, 11:37 AM
Waheyy! This is the first free day I've had since the start of exam season. :D
So I spent it almost exclusively on drawing. :] And I still have the rest of the night yet!
Starting to teach myself acrylics - hoping to get the hang of them before I start college in september, since I'm pretty sure they'll come in useful. Gonna do a small one of these still lives every day. Today - an egg. I could not get the scan right, at all.
Some practice with line - contour, blind contour, half-blind contour and negative space. (Btw, it's an ashtray shaped like a crab, where the shell is the lid. I use it to sharpen my pencils into. :) )
And some Bridgeman, with a still life of an empty perfume bottle. Man, glass is hard to render:
I'm just gonna be working my way through the bridgeman book chronologically, making studies of it all and reading it - is there any better way to do it? Just wondering, since the way I'm planning... it doesn't seem as... efficient... as it could be. *shrug* idk.
In town tomorrow, gonna try and get some life drawing done, and hopefully get a job somehow! Fingers crossed.
June 10th, 2010, 02:05 AM
Thanks for visiting my sketchbook! I like your from imagination poses, looks like a lot of work. congrats on doing all 50. I'm reading through my Bridgeman book as well, I just want to have gone through the book and studied it all, even if kinda quickly, so that I'll know it a little. And I'll just use it for reference and studies and stuff when I finish. I'm not sure it makes a ton of sense either, but if two unrelated people got the same idea, how bad can it be?
June 10th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Vertical: No problem, I'm an ass for not commenting, still trying to get into the habit x). And yeah, I guess this way we're still training our eyes, if nothing else, right? :)
Yesterday was pathetic art-wise, today was probably the best I've had, but still not good enough. :D So let's just group them into one post so I don't look as slow as I am!
More acrylic studies, yesterday's and today's. First one seems to be floating, because I was too lazy to paint the clasp it was resting on in. The second I forced myself to finish, even though it was giving me more trouble because of the color matching and came out crappier. Guess I need to practice more color! :)
More Bridgeman, and an SP I'm not quite happy with.
damn, I really need to speed up my workflow. Can you believe I spent all day drawing and this is all I have to show for it?
June 12th, 2010, 04:04 PM
Had a weird two days; the last day of high school, ever, was yesterday; kinda surreal as everyone seemed upset and nostalgic and I couldn't wait to get away. I'm free, haha (until I start college in september, at any rate). But still, that's tons of free drawing days and days. :D
Acrylics from yesterday and today - not happy with them at all, but I think I learnt something at least.
Some crappy line drawings to fix my lines a little. Just grabbed whatever was nearest.
And, let's see... More bridgeman, a quick rose shaped candle from life, a tonal study of a cheap Pharaoh bust, a self portrait and some stuff from the head. Really need to get back into the habit of doing stuff from imagination, those really suck.
June 12th, 2010, 06:08 PM
Great stuff man! You said I'm not afraid of the work, but my work seems little effort compared to yours. :)
Keep it up, watching your advance is great motivation! :yayca:
June 14th, 2010, 03:52 PM
Choucete: Thanks! :D Although, I don't feel like I do nearly enough - today's post is plain example of that, eheh. :bashful:
Last two days have been a horrible mix of being busy then the being tired from the busy-ness resulting in lazyness... So, I have an embarrasingly small post to make. Gotta fix that, starting tomorrow! No more small posts!
The last two day's acrylics - felt I was finally getting somewhere with the chocolate, then the crappiness of the elastic band came along. The color mixing on that was hell.
And more of the Bridgman. Approaching these differently from now on - realised I wasn't learning much at all; doing copy after copy meant I was focusing on line and getting line right, rather than learning the structure, as well as being dull as hell. .
So, long story short, decided instead of mindlessly copying each one painstakingly, I'm gonna do it systematically, looking at what I can learn from each drawing, and applying what I've learned regularly. (and I feel like an idiot for not realising this before...)
okay, tomorrow, gotta make up for this, wake up early, no internet, sit down and draw draw draw! :D
June 16th, 2010, 01:10 PM
Apart from the second sketch, these were all yesterday's work - I wanted to upload them yesterday, but I kept thinking 'well, I could go scan them in... or I could carry on drawing;' and I eventually got so tired I had to go to bed. :D Good drawing day.
Gonna start trying daily updates, if nothing else so I feel guilty when I have an unproductive day.
Imagination sketches; trying to do at least a page a day from my head. It's hard in a different kinda way than studies.
Bridgman - page 2 was trying to apply it to stock photos. I need to do more drawing from reference.
Acrylic - gonna leave these for a while; learning to draw would go so much quicker if I wasn't trying to teach myself how to paint at the same time.
Started to do exercises out of the natural way to draw, by Kimon Nicolaides; so many contours/gestures! But I like his structured approach.
To give you an idea of size, these were nearly all done on their own separate piece of a4 paper. (scanning and piecing together was hell.)
Oh and also some life drawings of the father done last sunday when I was visiting.
Why do people move so much?!
June 16th, 2010, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the advice! Your studies are looking really good too. It's good that you're trying to not just copy the drawings in those books, I sometimes do that too.great job, keep it up!
June 19th, 2010, 05:03 AM
Vertical: Thanks :)
Okay, so much for the daily updates. x) But the majority of what I've been drawing has been tons of gestures/contours, and they're very scrappy and not so nice to look at (as well as being hell to scan).
Finally scraped enough together to post. :)
Went in town yesterday to do some life drawing, gonna be going every week since I obviously need it. :D
bridgman - finally going in more specialised on parts of the body. Starting with attacking what I think is one of my weaknesses - arms. Followed shortly by hands and feet. And legs. And everything else. ;)
A self portrait, trying to describe using only line. Had a feeling I was using tone to hide my shoddy lines - man, I was right x]. Need to do more line drawings, I think.
Crappy head doodle.
Need to do more imagination stuff! Wanna start to get back to doing finished pieces for myself again, but I've been feeling really crappy about my art and not good enough and it seems to be causing me some trouble. Gotta battle through, right?
June 21st, 2010, 12:59 PM
Need to upload more often instead of cramming it all into one big post. :^^;:
Still trying to do more from my head; I'd already kinda set myself the goal of filling my sketchbook before I go to college in september, but now I've decided to only do stuff from my head in there and do my studies on printer paper. :D That should push me some.
Thumbnails and a very early wip of the piece I'm working on - any crits are very helpful; I realised after scanning that the right shoulder is placed wrong, hah.
Decided to lay some tones onto the snakecharmer sketch; always feels weird painting in photoshop, like I'm not actually painting. So I don't finish stuff the majority of the time. (Can't you tell one of my favourite things to draw/paint is tummies?)
Upper arm studies, bridgman then application.
And more practice with line and proportion. Seems I can get relatively clean lines when I'm not drawing from my head. :nohope: Solution: more head sketches! :teeth:
Jess out. :)
June 22nd, 2010, 02:42 AM
Stayed up till 3 in the morning just draw, draw, drawing. :D Felt gooood. (Felt less good when my uncle's big mouth woke me up 3 hours later...)
I know I can do more, though. :teeth: But not tonight, german exam tomorrow. ugh. but, FINAL exam!!
Finalised sketch, painting it up today.
The last sketch I did last night - tried rendering, maaan that needs work. Feels good to finally be adressing my (non-existent) rendering skills, though. :D
more arm muscle studies, moving onto the forearm. The arm is complicatedd, man - all those little tendons. :)
June 24th, 2010, 07:28 PM
need to art moooore.
Continued wip of the sketch - attempted to paint this traditionally, but I hadn't realised how crappy the paper quality was. It buckled like hell and all the paper fibres were coming away. So, digital. :)
This took up the majority of my art time today. I know, it's so overdone and unimaginative, pencil portraits of celebrities - I normally stay away from them, but this was done as a birthday present for a friend. Left eye is majorly jacked up, but I'm so proud that I sat down to do it and practically didn't move till it was done. I never do that, focus is a major weakness of mine.
and some more arms, and a tonal still life. Pencilled celebrity portraits and fruit still lives - this post just reeks of originality and creativity. :dur:
June 26th, 2010, 06:14 AM
Empty and lonely thread is getting kinda lonely. x)
Going to attempt (again) to do little and often updates as opposed to waiting until I have a bunch of stuff to show.
Update on this; I think I'll be giving up on it after this, I really feel it isn't going anywhere, it's too empty, I don't know how to go forward, yadda ya. Learning experience though (I think..I hope!)
Also, I've noticed it's noticeably darker outside of photoshop than when it's in it. :\ help, please?
From head, not really all that original.. tried to render again.
I need to draw more guys. :D I miss 'em.
Some more arm studies and a self portrait. Made it too long. need to do more of them.
June 27th, 2010, 03:22 PM
Couldn't get as much done today; had to go to a friend's birthday thing, and came back completely knackered. :D Managed to get a some arm studies (Bridgman and from life in front of a mirror) and a sketch done though.
June 28th, 2010, 06:48 PM
keeping up daily updates, waheyy. tired.
Todays studies; didn't realise I'd done this many.
Some small studies from life. Gonna redo the crumpled piece of paper tomorrow.
Value study. Painted in greyscale from a colour photo, then converted photo to greyscale to see how close I was to the actual value. Gonna do more of these too.
Proportions/placement is so messed up it's untrue, since I was painting from scratch instead of sketching it out then painting it. Harder, but more fun. :D
June 30th, 2010, 06:46 PM
I missed yesterday because I had an open day at my future college, and I guess all of those late nights/early mornings caught up with me cuz as soon as I got home I went to bed and slept for eleven hours straight. :D
Sketch from imagination, tried to really push myself in terms of rendering/lighting. Funny how my hatching goes to shit when I'm working from imagination:
Today's studies, inc. bridgman hands, mum from life and a sp in which I seem to have mysteriously gained a few pounds:
And another of those tonal things. 2-2.5 hours, ugh, need to do more of these, sooo off. Photo by zenibyfajnie on Deviantart.
July 1st, 2010, 03:52 PM
Come on guys, it's like I'm talking to myself here :(
Not that much today, mixture of lack of focus, other stuff I had to do and uploading earlier than usual. Some photo-figure-studies:
A sp - been told I've made the face too wide. Also some lips from life/ref, since that's where I feel I have trouble. Ugh I need a haircut
And another value study - really got into this one, felt like I learnt loads. :)
July 2nd, 2010, 02:29 PM
Ooh, nearly on page two :teeth: be nice if I can get a comment in before then.. hint hint ;)
Two sketches which annoyed me so much I couldn't bring myself to take them any further (although the headdress one has kinda grown on me a little):
And today's sp. Eyes are wonky. Why the hell can't I do a slightly flattering sp? I look so butch.
July 2nd, 2010, 02:50 PM
Man, you're pretty damn diligent with your studies! I think you're on the right track getting the pure drawing skill down and all the Bridgman is starting to creep into the imagination stuff too, so that's going pretty OK too. You could work some more on the proportions of the limbs, they can get a little long or thick sometimes. Also, perspective! That one with the dying gladiator is out whack, you'd do well to lay out a perspective grid for it.
Liek that last SP btw, not perfect in regards to symmetry and perspective but it's well rendered. Just keep posting, you're getting there.
July 3rd, 2010, 06:51 PM
Walnut: Thankyouu :) Proportion and perspective? I'm on it! ...tomorrow, haha. Not sure how to study proportion directly though, other than copying the standing-8-heads diagrams, and idk how to transfer that to other than static poses. I'll try and keep it in mind though, while I'm drawing. :)
Didn't get much done today, family commitments. Managed to squeeze in some studies.
Looking at how fabric affects form; need to do tons more of these.
Hands, bridgman and life, pen and pencil, trying to improve/vary my lines.
Craaappy crumpled paper, proof that when I'm concentrating more on keeping my eyes open than what I'm supposed to be drawing, I should just go to bed.
July 3rd, 2010, 07:10 PM
Your pencil stuff is really nice, nice shading! About your value studies with the portraits, don't get too hung up on likeness. That's why I don't like painting celebrities etc. but I have noticed that that improves greatly with time along with your values.
Keep up the good work!
July 3rd, 2010, 07:27 PM
I have to give you props on your dedication, like those fifty stickmen based on Loomis.
Yeah, I've also found the eight-heads diagram isn't useful for poses other than standing straight up. I think it's more about where things lie relative to each other. The crotch is halfway between the length of the body. Elbow kind of lines up with the navel, though if the arm is lifted I have to eyeball it. Things like that.
July 4th, 2010, 03:17 PM
Alexson: Thankyou :D Yeah I'm not into drawing celebrities much either, too overdone and cliche - but the Micheal Buble was done as a birthday present, and I kinda wanted her to be able to recognize him. ;) But I'll try to focus more on value and learning than likeness on portraits - maybe I should time myself so I don't get so nitpicky... hmm. :)
Videroboy: haha, thanks - feels weird to be called dedicated, I think I tend to be rather lazy. :bashful: Yeah, I guess the answer is just to check and double check the relative proportions as I'm drawing.
Baad art day. Felt weirdly overwhelmed, like I knew I had a lot to learn, but I didn't know where to start. Kept getting distracted, like I'd start studying one thing, two minutes in think 'no, I should be doing this instead, this is more important' and switch. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Ahh well, it'll pass, gotta push through. :)
Been working on this at night just to relax and try to fully enjoy art again. :teeth:
Also, subscribed to nat. geographic's photo of the day - gonna do a study of each daily, which should get me drawing a variety of stuff - figures, animals, environments - rather than the same old thing. Today's looks kinda half-assed, though :S
July 4th, 2010, 03:34 PM
Videroboy: haha, thanks - feels weird to be called dedicated, I think I tend to be rather lazy. :bashful: Yeah, I guess the answer is just to check and double check the relative proportions as I'm drawing.
It's all relative of course. Everyone says I need to draw every day, but more often than not I end up playing video games or surfing the Internet. :dur:
Nice sketches by the way. I'm not sure what the lady with the gun is doing with her left arm though. Is she just clutching her side?
July 6th, 2010, 05:13 PM
Videroboy: Haha, not good! Gotta pick up that pencil, not the control pad! Discipline!! ;) But yeah, I think the feeling of laziness comes because even on my busiest day, I know I could have done more. :\
Thanks :) Yeah, I was thinking of putting a blood stain there or something, but I don't know how else to make it obvious.
Taking off the 'daily' tag for now, just because this week is going to be busy. I'll try to keep the updates as regular as possible though.
trying to get the hang of perspective/foreshortening.
sketch, trying to apply a bit in the arm - don't think it worked out though. damn, thought I was starting to get it too.
and yesterday's photo of the day - a black-headed gull. :]
July 8th, 2010, 05:23 PM
A little bit of progress on this, gonna have to mess around with the face some more, she's turned out looking a little ape-ish. :s
A bit of foreshortening/perspective practice courtesy of pose maniacs, and bridgeman hands.
July 8th, 2010, 05:44 PM
hey hey keep these studies up, there's some real nice progress from your first posts, and your getting very lovely gesture in your bridgeman studies! Your tonal studies are very mid-range on the value scale, try squinting at the picture your working from to find the lightest lights and the darkest darks, you've got the mid-tone down, now you just need to apply your lights and darks~ But anyways, keep studying :) Oh and in your latest picture there, the arm that is wrapping around her waist looks too bendy. And I think your feet are stubby looking in some of your images, definitely start studying/practicing those :)
July 12th, 2010, 05:27 PM
Viki oh: Thankyou!! Those were very helpful. :D
Busy busy weekend - had my school prom and other (related and unrelated) stuff. Pretty damn eventful. But I'm back!
More work on this, tried to fix up the face and the arm:
Then starting to attempt colour. Preetty obvious I don't have a clue what I'm doing xD I need to start actually studying colour rather than making it up as I go along...
Bridgman hands, Bridgeman feet, feet from life:
And a still life. Tried to really push my contrasts, not sure how successful I was. Still feel there's something I'm not quite getting about the relationship between values. Rendering glass is interesting, and harrd.
July 13th, 2010, 04:55 PM
a tiny bit more on this; don't think i'll be taking it much further as i don't really know how. Still, it got a hell of a lot further than I thought it would - it was just a doodle after all.
Figure studies and feet:
And still life of my cowboy boot. Still working on those goshdarn tones! Feel like I'm starting to understand how tones relate to each other, I just have to practise some more.
July 13th, 2010, 05:25 PM
You've improved with values and figures fast! That boot looks great and so does the bleeding figure painting. I like the composition a lot and the red on desaturated turquoise looks delicious. Just two minor crits, the forearm holding the wound looks slightly bent around the stomach and assuming she's pointing the gun in the same direction where she's looking, the arm should be foreshortened a bit so it looks too long now.
This is already one of those sketchbooks that remind that hard work pays off. Keep up the good work! :)
July 16th, 2010, 04:49 PM
Smuli: Oh man, those arms! They're killing me, lol. I think some more arm studies are in order. I really should be using reference... Also, you have no idea how much that last sentence made my day. :D Thank youu!
Seem to have fallen out of the groove lately, unconsciously. x( I need to fix this now!
Okay, one last update, then I'm definately putting this one to rest. :^^;: Sorry for all the postings of this with barely any change, but I really wanted to fix any flaws so I could learn from them - and maaan, this was such a learning experience.
Some screencaps from a movie, looking at tone and tone within a composition. It's friggin' amazing how each frame is composed - and they're done in a split second of filming, whereas I have to agonise over composing an image for ages! I hadn't realised just how much composition is in each shot. amazing.
tried to challenge myself to use no line, only tone. movie screenshots = fun, but goddamn time consumingg.
And yay, colour! Coloured pencil, from life.
July 17th, 2010, 06:36 PM
Some acrylic tonals. I love painting! Now, if I could just learn how! :D
Going back to arms - vilppu and Loomis.
Off to do some more arm studies! :D
July 19th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Two sketchbook pages. Getting into the habit of doing at least one a day. These are getting more chaotic; I like it. :D Feels freer, looser.
More arms; I'm gonna get the hang of these if it kills me. x) Loomis and photoref (it's ridiculous how long those 7 arms took me. They're not even supposed to be perfectly, fully rendered!)
July 21st, 2010, 06:42 PM
Sorry if some of these are a little dark, I needed to lower the brightness (quite a lot in some cases) so that I didn't lose the lighter rendering.
Some in progress of that last sketch; could only get bad quality phone photos. :^^;:
in progress sketchbook page:
bridgeman heads, arms from imagination, and a verry badly proportioned sp. Tiny, piggy eyes! All squashed in!
July 21st, 2010, 06:46 PM
One could learn a lot just by looking at your studies! Lovely sketchbook, keep it up :)
July 23rd, 2010, 08:59 AM
macimovic: Thank you :] hopefully I'm learning alot from them too.
Some bridgman head studies, an acrylic tonal and my first photoshop still life that took waay too long. I was okay with how it was going at the time, but now I look at it and I think I could have pushed the contrasts more. Unfinished because the sun started to set.
Had an interview for a part time job the other day; I need some money so I can start saving for a wacom. Wish me luck!
July 24th, 2010, 04:31 PM
So, I got the job! :D Made my dayy. I have my induction on monday. :]
Today we have heads from my head, a mouse study from life, bridgman heads. Oh, and I rediscovered charcoal a little, so we have a photostudy and a quick and terrible self portrait.
July 24th, 2010, 04:46 PM
You're getting a lot better! keep the drawings coming!
July 25th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Vertical: Thanks! Yes sir!! :D
Quick upload, tiredd. didn't get much done today, busy and most of my free time went into finally finishing this beast:
not really all that happy with it, but oh well, felt like i learnt something there. :B
Also managed to get some photostudies in. these were done two days apart, I think i detect a slight level up there. :] feels gooood.
July 28th, 2010, 05:22 PM
Been busy with settling into the new job, and kinda fell out of the groove.
So, gonna try to pick it right back up again as of right now. :D
Some photostudies, colour and tonal. The colour ones are some of my first attempts, they're rather shitty, and so they're tiny. 8D I think #2 is alot better than #1, at least.
the usual bridgman bits.
and a wip acrylic study i'm finishing tomorrow when the sun comes back out.
I think I'm getting slightly more comfortable with painting; the brush feels a little less clumsy in my hand.
July 31st, 2010, 04:21 PM
ugh, every time i think i have free time, it comes back and bites me in the ass. xD Working, catching up with neglected friends, and various other duties all steal precious, precious art time. (and it's only going to get worse once i start college, so I best get used to it.)
Here's what I have since the last up date-
Since I was starting to find my footing with the whole painting thing, I figured the best thing to do was jump right out of my comfort zone. Some huuge flaws, but overall I'm pretty pleased with this:
the usual bridgmans and another crappy colour study.
August 6th, 2010, 01:42 PM
Wow, i hadn't realised how much i had (unintentionally) been neglecting art. :( feel free to kick my ass.
acrylic painting - one of the first that's just from my head - to decorate the front of my current sb. :) a ton of flaws (I don't think it's physically possible to hold your arm like that), but that's what I get for drawing it straight out with paint - but sketching with paint and brush is so fun! x)
then, some quick (in theory - didnt quite work out that fast... ) photostudys; I've really been neglecting the pencil, and some more studys as usual.
Sorry they're so dark, it's the only way to catch the lighter values. :\
oh, and guess who has finally subscribed to imaginefx? :D wanted to do that for aaaages.
August 6th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Wow, I can really see the improvement from the 1st to 2nd page, I think it really shows in those ones from the photo references you just posted, your lines look much more confident and relaxed.
After looking at all your bridgeman studies it really makes me want to find where my copies of his books are, once I do I'll really got to get my butt in gear and do some more studies! Keep up the good work!
August 7th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Great values and pencil strokes on the new portrait studies! They give a good sense of form and facial details look great too. Keep them coming! :)
August 7th, 2010, 03:36 PM
Kalowin: Thankyou :) Yeah, confidence is something I've been trying to work on, I think I have a tendancy to fear what the pen/pencil/brush will do. x) great to hear you're thinking of taking out bridgman, he's awesome.
Smuli: Thanks! :D Will do~
Just gonna drop these and go to bed, tired and I have work tomorrow. :) But hey, lookit! It's two posts two days running again! I think I'm back in the arty groove agaain~ :D
colour photostudies, the usual bridgmans and some crappyquick faces to try and apply what i've been learning. Obviously need to study moremoremoree.
gonna spend the next week beginning to focus on colour, methinks. major weakness.
August 11th, 2010, 05:40 AM
keyboard broke. using on-screen keyboard. grr.
mouse broke too. need to use tablet pen. grr.
not finished, never will be.
August 16th, 2010, 09:56 AM
Really really good! Xd
August 17th, 2010, 02:58 PM
Nyje: Thanks! :)
Didn't want to post till I had a replacement keyboard (also the reason why everything is traditional. No keyboard = No photoshop keyboard shortcuts.)
Life's rather busy atm.
Acrylics, a still life (mushrooms! :D) and another face study. These take me a while to complete, one of the reasons this post is so empty.
Master study of a sculpture by the ancient greek Lysippus (or well, a copy made after it in 325-300bc, since the original doesn't exist any more.) Referenced from an art history book. I've recently discovered that I absolutely adore art history.
Quick profile photostudies.
and a sketchbook page, trying to apply what I've been studying about heads/faces and achieve a consistant character. The bottom right is rather shitty, need to work on angles of the head more.
I know I said I'd post everything, but I think I'm gonna stop uploading the bridgman/loomis/hogarth etc studies, just cause it gets repetitive, it's boring to look at and can't really be critiqued. I'll still be doing them though! Lately, been doing bridgman heads and loomis foreshortening/perspective.
August 20th, 2010, 05:14 PM
a quick post, i'm tired but feel bad for not being consistant with updates. :\
not been at home much lately, which explains why this is mostly sketchbook pages. Done either in my lunch break or at a friends while they were watching crappy tv. (big brother, ugh.) the eyes are from life - i found a little hand mirror in my bag. :)
hadn't realised how much my figures had gone to shit whilst i was focusing on faces/heads.
reffed eye studies done today before/after work.
August 26th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Again, Apologies for the small amount of stuff. Busy and all that. And apologies for sounding like a broken record.
ear studies, sketchbook page and 3 failed environments. Gonna keep cranking these out till I get something finished and decent, i think.
August 26th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Damn those eye studies looked lifelike! Good job with colors on the first enviro thumbnail especially. Third one has more challenging lighting but make sure you get the air perspective captured whenever it's visible. The picture misses the light blue on the horizon. Great to see you still diligently drawing and updating. Keep it up! :)
September 9th, 2010, 04:31 PM
Smuli: Thankyou! yeah, I tried attacking air perspective again here a little. :) It's a lot harder than I expected, ha.
Shit, the amount of uploads is getting embarrassing. I'm not used to having so much of a life, haha. Working loads of overtime, had my seventeenth birthday last week, trying to keep in touch with friends and I started college today too. Oof.
But hopefully I can get into some kind of routine now. Fingers crossed.
Some nose studies
More environments - kinda happy with the first. The second one, not so much - water is damn difficultt.
Some crappy sb pages, graphite got a little smudgy in places
And two wip's. The second is verryy early, and an attempt at straight into colour.
September 14th, 2010, 06:25 PM
Great nose studies! Both color studies look carefully done and the basic things are there. I guess I'm nitpicking but try to nail the relations of color areas next to each other, like that the sky behind the mountain is not only lighter but also more saturated and turquoise, and that the highlights on the mountain are warmer than the shadows. The lower part of that picture looks like it could use an orange overlay. I think I'm repeating the same thing to everyone but I find it easier to find the colors with the color palette as taught in this great tutorial by Linran (www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=2097738#post2097738), because you don't have to open the color picker every time. Keep it up but don't over-exhaust yourself! :)
September 19th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Smuli: I knew something was off with the colour, but it hadn't occurred to me to think in terms of warm/cool colours and colour relationships - it seems so obvious to me now, haha. I'll have to remember that. (: And the tutorial is amazing, I have it constantly open in a tab so I can keep checking it - thankyou! 8D And thanks so much for the repeated support and critique, it helps tonns~. :D
okay, so college didn't get me into routine as much as I'd hoped (in fact, it knocked out the little routine I had). So, I'm being pro-active! :) I'll be updating weekly, on a sunday, no matter how little or much I have to show.
Also, I finally got a wacom! :D :D :D Spent the whole of my first wage+all my birthday money on a fucking gorgeous intuos4 I've named Malachi. It's made such a difference to the way I paint and the way digital painting feels to me, its amazinggg. <3 Not sure if it's evident in what I've done though. :]
Small update on this - greyscale nearly finished.
Only environment I managed this week.
College stuff. Theme of Decay. Some skull studies and an acrylic photostudy from primary reference.
And some hand studies. (pretty indicative of the chaos of my life right now - done in my personal art sketchbook, on top of film studies notes from college, on my work breaks. )
September 26th, 2010, 12:21 AM
September 26th, 2010, 12:41 AM
looking good dominode! I love all the studies you've been making, specially the ones with the elephants and the enviro paintings. I also always enjoy seeing your conceptual work as well, keep it up! Now I want to paint elephants :> <3
September 26th, 2010, 02:46 PM
Bishop: Thankyouu. (:
Viki_oh: Thankyou! :D Do eet! They're fun to draw. 8D
Quick postage again. Mostly only college stuff this week. Alot of it is embarassingly bad, I just wanted to get it done and out of the way (which I still haven't managed.)
also gave an hour of today to doing some more of this; first colour pass. I've a feeling I made the greyscale too rendered.
Gah, I need some time to do some studies! or just draw for myself. I feel so rusty, like I'm neglecting my art and all that hardwork was for nothing. :\
September 29th, 2010, 12:14 AM
aww don't feel like that, you're working hard! Really cool stuff here. I like the latest thing you're working on. The fish look really cool! i think the composition's a little funny though, your eye's led in by the fish and boat on the left then follows the spiral of fish and ends. Girl boat fish fish fish the end.
November 15th, 2010, 09:58 PM
Great progress! Dont stop posting!
November 18th, 2010, 07:19 PM
Okay, long time no post! College kinda killed me for a while. Things were getting crazy, and I wasn't coping at all; I felt I was learning nothing on my art course, being made to churn out crap just to pass an exam I didn't care about, and getting no time to study on my own. Long story short, after discussions with the mother, I've decided to drop out as of next Monday and focus on studying on my own for the time being. :)
So, I should return to full posting form, with any luck!
Vertical: Thankyouu! I find it hard convincing myself I'm working hard unless I have a ton to show for it, ha. I see what you mean about the composition, thanks, I hadn't noticed that. :) I'll fiddle around a little with that to see if i can fix it!
Joe777k7: Thanks! I'll try not to! :D
some stuff done since last post - college stuff, sketchbook stuff, starbucks life studys, a study done during half term. :)
Now I'm ready to get back inspired, get back to work!! :D
(in the morning, maybe... x] )
November 21st, 2010, 04:44 PM
okay, on the whole dropping college thing - hold that thought. apparently they might be able to fine me £900 for quitting, which I just can't afford. I'll find out tomorrow anyways. fingers crossed.
trying to understand the pelvis before i start laying the muscle over it.
one of my huuuge stumbling blocks is colour. ergo, some quick copies from dvd screencaps, tried to keep it under 30-40 mins. harddd. look like crap, but i felt i was at least getting somewhere.
ughh, i feel so damn rustyy. :(
November 22nd, 2010, 02:00 AM
Nice work! Good luck with the whole college thing. It feels like your shading is kinda all over the place. I'm not totally sure, but I think focusing on shading with or against the form only would help. making lines in only one direction might be good too. It looks like you;re paying too much attention to contour in your figure studies, try to focus on gesture and keep it loose!
November 24th, 2010, 01:21 PM
Vertical: Thanks for those crits, they were actually dead on! My shading on those was actually really sloppy, I was sort of subliminally rushing for them. ^^; I need to regain my dedication! Tried to focus less on contour on these, I don't think I'm there at all yet though. More Practice! It's a hard habit to get out of. x)
Quick postage - I can see the next few days being very busy. I'll explain later.
Figure studies, unfinished colour figure, self portrait cause I haven't done one for aaages. As you can tell by how much my hair has grownn. xD
Ugh, messy strokes. :\
November 24th, 2010, 04:33 PM
Values are great as always and I really like the banana color study. Good use of colors on the digital figure too! On the self-portrait, there's a good sense of form but on the hatching, try to avoid 90 degree angles, they look kind of distracting. The pencil figures on the last post look really solid. Keep it up, and thanks for the nice comment! :)
December 22nd, 2010, 03:21 AM
Smuli: Thankyou! :) yeahh, I was trying to figure out why my hatchings always look so messy x) I really need to practice being a bit more disciplined with/mindful of my strokes.
ugh, another long absence, i really dont want to make a habit of this, but things have been crazy busy; hopefully I can sort myself into a routine in the new year.
I do have more to show, but no time to scan - need to set off for work soon (8 hour shift, yay. :\), but i figured showing something was better than nothing. SO here's what's been taking up any free time I have - a christmas present for the boyfriend :D he wanted a flying-v ukelele, and for me to custom paint it. so much fun. x)
Gesso'd and ready for paintingg:
idea was a jekyll/hyde kinda theme.
and here's something I sketched up in the last hour or so, for the current teen challenge - idk if i'll be able to finish, but I really wanna start entering these regularly, so fingers crossed :)
December 24th, 2010, 05:32 PM
my first proper go at oils, still lives - neither got finished cause i was doing them when i got home from college/work, and i only had a bit of time before the light changes for sunset. found these on my harddrive and realised they hadn't been uploaded.
some more work on this, it's turning out to be quite fun to paintt :) nearly made me late for work this morning. straight into colour, experiment. bg needs sortingg.
Merry christmas/hannukah/hogswatch/non-denominational holiday, people! :D
December 24th, 2010, 05:43 PM
These are really good studies, Dont give up of them. BTW if you wanna get some more practice here are a two get sides for timed sketching:
Also You can get alot of good stuff from http://www.drawingforce.com/ to loosen up your drawings. Happy Hunting!
December 30th, 2010, 07:50 PM
I'm loving those value studies, particularly the eyes on the last page - you've really captured that wet/glassy type texture of the eye. And it's very brave of you to put the black and white images up next to your paintings, i'm always scaired i've sodded it up.
Keep up the good work!
January 4th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Karonno: Thanks so much for those! :D I was using posemaniacs every morning to warm up with some gestures, but after checking out the pixelovey link, I've switched exclusively to that site for my morning warmup. xD It makes such as difference drawing from photos rather than 3d renders.
dog-faced: Thank youu :)
New year :D Much as I hate to admit it, my art drive kinda died out in the last few months of 2010, around about the same time I started college. But, new year, dropped half my classes and I'm ready to start busting my ass in the name of art again! :D
I usually make lots of resolutions and see how many I can keep; this year, I only made three:
-Update this sketchbook at least twice a week. Preferably more.
-Win a teen challenge x)
-Improve my focus on things, including art.
Wish me luck!
Some of this stuff isnt very recent - I finally got around to scanningg x)
Teen challenge No. 201, finally finished:
Some sketchbook pages, got some drawing inks and had fun playing around with them x)
decided a while back not to post studies from bridgeman/loomis/hogarth etc; yeah, changed my mind. x) have some loomis and some bridgeman, and some photo-reffed torsos. Trying to alternate; spend a day studying bridgeman, and then a day of photostudies on the same body part, lather-rinse-repeat.
Finished painting the ukulele; should have the photos of that in the next post.
Hope you all had amazing holidays!! :D
January 6th, 2011, 01:39 PM
Holy shit, what's this?? Regular uploads?! :D :D
Feeling ohso motivated. <3 eee, I've missed that feeling so muchh.
Finished ukulele - the boyfriend has seen it now, he seemed to be pretty happy with it. :)
and two colour studies. These took me the majority of a day, each. Neither's really finished, but i'm spending way too long on them for what they are. Need to speed up - guess that'll come with time, though. :) Source is this (http://fhrankee.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24) - gorgeous portraits. :)
January 9th, 2011, 05:26 PM
not as much this time; I don't know what happened. :\ I'm not falling off again! better upload next timee.
Studies: hogarth, Kchen and photostudies. Also, does any body know where I can find more kchen stuff? the only place I'm getting it atm is characterdesigns.com.
Tried applying the studies I've been doing, and did some torso's from my head. These suck :( Moral to the story - I really need to apply studies more often.
Had a big empty free period at college; decided to sit in the cafeteria and get some lifedrawing in. :) I got caught staring at people as I did it at least twice, lmao - really need to work on subtlety. ;D
And a small tonal from life. I intended to spend one night doing lots of these, but it was also the first time I tried to paint on my laptop, which turned out to be alot more complicated than I was planning on - the screen resolution is so loww!
Got other stuff, but it's in progress and too close to being finished to be worth posting right now. :)
January 11th, 2011, 05:56 PM
I've been working overtime at work these past two days; which, when i had to go into college on those days too, leaves me less time to art than i'd like. (i was leaving the house for 7:25 and not getting home till after six. :/)
tiny bit of bridgeman and hogarth, some photostudies and some more torsos from my head; I'm finally starting to feel like these chest studies are making a difference. :D I think applying what I've been learning is helping a ton.
a tonal still life of one of the mother's egyptian ornaments; this took foreverr, and it's still not finished. Thought letting it alone now would be the best use of my time x)
very quick, crappy tonal screencaps.
and two messy, unfinished sketchbook pages which i'm only including to bulk this post out a bit ;)
January 15th, 2011, 04:24 AM
Ugh, working overtime during college terms really takes it out of me. And out of my art-time. Here's what I've managed to scrounge up for the last few dayys. :)
Some more chest studies; hogarth + photostudies.
And sketchbook pages - first is life drawing, including some friends faces from college. using pen to challenge myself to get the right lines first instead of jumping about everywhere, and to be a bit braver with my marks aswell. :) Plus, it's rather funn. Oh, the blue ink came through from another page. oops.
I actually have more stuff, it's just all unfinished, so no uploading yet. Just one more week of overtime at work, hopefully. :D
January 15th, 2011, 03:38 PM
Great to see you're able to churn out drawings on top of everything else you're doing. Really good studies! The forms and shadings are great the torsos look very solid. I can feel the rigidity of the ribcage on the twisted poses and it shows you're putting a lot of thought on the structure. It's probably a great idea to study many different anatomy authors at the same time.
The still life of the Egyptian ornament is looking very good on the face and neck but the background looks a bit busy with the small brush strokes. Why not paint it with a few strokes with a huge brush instead? Because of that and the dark value, the corner kind of steals attention IMO. Using the biggest brush you possibly can reduces the time spent and gives a more fluid look.
Keep up the great work!
January 20th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Smuli:Thankyouu :) tbh, I think I'm balancing my time really badly :\ but heyy, gotta keep soldiering on, right? x) yeah, stroke economy is a bit of a (big) weakness I should work on - I get too wrapped up in how each small section looks and end up using brushes way too small. Oops.
Still fighting for time, this is all I could scrape up. I'm getting a bit tired of chests, so i'm gonna spend tonight/tomorrow just killing them, and then move on to something else for now. :)
Also, name change - fits a bit better, since people actually call me this, whereas dominode was just some random sounding thing off the top of my head.
lessee... little bit of chest study, some sketchbook pages (including a small carravaggio study done in my college breaks); some post-it note/reciept roll doodles from the rare times when it gets tired at work, including a study from a bookcover that was lying on the till, and the set up for a small still life im planning on when i get some more time.
had coffee - ready to draw till i cant keep my eyes open :)
January 23rd, 2011, 07:17 PM
okay, this update is pathetically tiny, but i only have about fifty minutes before i break my new years resolution to upload at least twice a week, so here goes.
sorry that this post is so same-y too - been trying to get one last rush at chest anatomy before i move on for now.
photo studies - women are hardd:
from imagination/memory - these were so frustratingg. still so far to go yet:
and this got finished. :
soooo so tired. beeeed :) night, all !
January 27th, 2011, 07:38 PM
Yet another tiny post, where did my time go this week? what the hell? I should probably get used to the fact that this is gonna be the average size of art I can muster in college time, and stop whining about it. x)
Photostudies from a magazine:
fabric folds, attacking a major weakness:
and a crappy half-finished greyscale enviro i'm scrapping, cause i've gone wrong too many times, and often in the early stages. Still, I felt I've learnt alot about what *not* to do. x)
January 30th, 2011, 07:16 PM
Failedfailedfailed this week. Better next week, promise.
fabric folds studies, selfportrait/facial features from life in pen, sketchbook page.
February 3rd, 2011, 06:44 PM
oh look, we're into february and I still haven't broken my new-years twice-weekly-uploads resolution. :) only just barely, but still.
kchen studies with a small photostudy, and two sb pages. still in love with drawing ink.
February 6th, 2011, 07:54 PM
only ten mins until the end of the week - ten minutes to upload before i fail my new years resolution. No time to scan, so here - have an actually finished tonal enviro study. felt i learnt quite a bit from this - mostly about brush controls and work process more than anything.
gonna try setting myself daily goals, see if that gets my ass in gear any. Also, from march onward - at leas t one fully finished personal piece, every month.
February 8th, 2011, 11:48 PM
Improvement Buddies yeaaaahhh!
Though I might take some to catch up I think.
Lots of good dedication to studies in here :)
February 8th, 2011, 11:56 PM
youve got a great eye... with practice and time youre going to be fucking superb..
this is pretty
February 11th, 2011, 04:49 PM
damascus57: Thankyouu :) nahh, if we both carry on at the way we're going, you'll catch up pretty quick i think.
Velocity Kendall: you don't know how much that comment made my day. :D Thank youu!
So, this week started off so well~ had a really good monday, artwise. tuesday onwards is where it started to go wrong... I got a little sick. hence the slightly later than usual update x)
But, I'm all better now! nearly. Although, you still won't get an update from me for a week now - Im'a be in germany for a week :D gonna try and get as much sketching done there as possible, fingers crossed.
Been studying Jeno Barcsay's 'Anatomy for the Artist' lately - amazing book. <3 So easy to understand, the pictures are just gorgeous to study and he really goes into depth. Feel like I'm understanding a lot that I didn't before. :)
My first attempt at a digital self-portrait - why do I always choose to do these when I'm ill/just got out of bed? There's no way I can come off looking good.
also, apparently none of my self portraits look like me because i'm never smiling. I've had orders to do a 'happy' sp. xD
and wip's of a still life I set up a while back - sorry for the crappy phone photos.
See you in a week! :)
February 12th, 2011, 06:36 PM
great still life setup there and some even better anatomy studies! Really nice work, keep it up
February 13th, 2011, 04:04 PM
Great self-portrait there, do you have it 'constructed' in that outline one before you go on to fill it in? Either way it looks pretty solid, keep it up! <3
February 14th, 2011, 06:22 AM
Really like your self-portrait! Looks good valued!
February 19th, 2011, 12:29 PM
ThomasM: thankyouu :)
Jacklesbury: thanks! yeahh, at my skill level i find it easier to focus on structure, then form separately, and make sure i get proportion and placement right first.
tasser: thanks :)
back from germany! loved it, it's beautiful there and the art scene is so much more alive than it is back home :D didnt get as much art done as i wanted though, it was a college trip so i was constantly with other students doing some activity or other.
been playing around alot in my sb with inks and water colours lately. this was one big fat experiment; not sure how i feel about it.
from life, not very clear since theyre all jumbled together.
a whale skull from the aqua zoo, the view from the top of the rheinturm of the river rhein and some from life in a pub/restaurant
some lifedrawings from the train, a statue and a water feature from a summer palace we visited
and this was done on the hour long plane ride back; think i'll finish it up with some more washes :) the guys anatomy is bothering me though and im not sure how to fix it.
February 19th, 2011, 12:34 PM
you'd see either more of his chest, or his back in that perspective, and his neck seems a little long, or misplaced due to the small shoulder and her arm..that's just my analysis of it, shrug
latest sketches are looking wonderful, and the digitals are impressive as well, keep up the good work!
edit: and don't get down on yourself, you're making a lot of progress, it's always difficult..especially compared to the overwhelming talent here on CA
February 21st, 2011, 06:40 AM
great stuff. sketching on the train is a brilliant way to learn. Sometimes I'll see something very simple go by (like a rooftop) and try to draw it from memory. That is a great exercise to improve your memory so maybe give it a try?
Anyway, no crits, just keep doing what you're doing!
March 3rd, 2011, 03:26 AM
Dope Fiend: Thank youu, that was really helpful. :) i've tried to fix it, but i'm not sure how well that went - it'll be in a future post. and yeah, putting myself on guilt trips is a bad habit i need to kick :/
ThomasM: i know, and it's a shame - i rarely ever use trains. x) that exercise sounds like a really good idea thoughh, sounds like it'll really help with visualisation and getting studies to stick. :)
Oops, I missed a week! :/ i know i say this all the time, but last week was so incredibly hectic i barely had time to lift a pencil, even though it was half term :/ going camping for half of it probably didn't help. resuming normal transmissions now though! twice weekly updates, yep yep.
not really happy with anything in this post. :/
life drawings, a coffee shop and the view from the tent (basically all you could see in every direction x])
some small biro landscapes; so many things wrong with this. i really should have used pencil.
boyfriends sister wants a picture of her children - some prepatory studies (sorry for the dirty marks, they were done on the back of those ^
anatomy studies a la jeno barcsay, and some studies from mugshots of criminals in sydney in 1920's. the references were smaller than i was used to, so these were a bit trickyy.
March 6th, 2011, 06:02 PM
need to get back into this routine. or improve it.
meh, this is so frustratingg. :/
March 10th, 2011, 11:20 AM
been feeling really rather shitty for the past few days, for various reasons. :/ things are starting to look up though!
a doodle i did to relax and make me feel better, that kinda got out of hand. i know the shoulder and the face definately need fixing. trying to focus on not relying so much on local colour; i know, my colour theory currently sucks. very lois van baarle (http://loish.deviantart.com) inspired:
and the last of the studies for the friends picture of her kids.
William b. Hand
March 10th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Looking good! You're very right to wanna keep connected to your own spontaneous, non-study-oriented impulses -- those're why you're studying so hard in the first place, because you wanna become super powerful so that you can be super-confident in those explorations. Some people get lost in the maze of study, so overwhelmed by how much they don't know and so dominated by the visions of others, that they stop valuing and nurturing their own imaginations. Conversely, there are those who are aware of and fear that very scenario so much that they shy away from any real study, only to find themselves crippled by the lack of an organized understanding of the basics.
Keep striving to absorb and process and produce with that perfectionist zeal, but drop yourself all sorts of slack. Those two things are not actually at odds with each other, they help each other.
March 11th, 2011, 05:11 AM
great portraits here in these last few posts. no crits from me because you are doing all the right things. Posting frequently is definitely the path to improvement so keep doing what you're doing! I think I'm 5 posts away from a 365 posts in the last year, and its helped me learn so much.
No crits, just gogogo!
March 13th, 2011, 04:17 PM
William b. Hand: man, your comment just made so much sense to me, so insightful. I think the thing i have the hardest time with isn't so much any of the facets of drawing or painting, it's finding the time to study it and finding a balance within the limited time i have. so yeah, thank you! :D
ThomasM: thankyou! yeah, productiveness in art output and posting is the way to go - i'm currently posting as much as my schedule will let me, sadly. :/
so yep, lets see what we got.
some hand studies - attacking those anatomical weaknesses, go!
an update on that acrylic still life - yes, it still looks shitty/ a mess. yes, it's taking forever to paint. (it doesnt help that to replicate the lighting, i can only paint when it's dark outside - and ive been too tired to stay up that long. xD)
and some concepts for the main character of a little mini-comic im planning on doing. went with the bottom one, i think it's pretty obvious why x)
so, ontop of my daily art goals which i never really make public other than a daily to-do list on my desk, i think im'a set weekly ones, which i'll post on here :) gotta keep pushing... so, by this time next sunday, i wanna have at least:
*50 hand studies (including the seven in this post)
*2 watercolour still lives.
let's see how this goes :)
March 16th, 2011, 03:43 PM
hands, hands, hands!
trying to focus on structure and actually learn something. rather than just making a pretty study.
been playing around with ink in my sketchbook - so much fun!! 8DD
also, should be joining a lifedrawing class next week, finally! :D
March 16th, 2011, 04:04 PM
Really nice sketches here! I love your figure studies and value studies. :)
March 21st, 2011, 03:23 AM
Satupeikko: Thankyou! :)
okay, a little bit late for the twice-weekly mark, but some very last minute plans over the weekend prevented me from getting on the computer until late - i did attempt to upload, but i was falling asleep at the computer before they'd even all scanned. So yeah, this counts as sunday's post, it does!
rest of the 50 hands!
I know i wanted to get two watercolour still lives done this week, but I could only make 1 1/2 - the second one is unfinished cause i was painting in the kitchen and the mother made me clear out. :/
I think making the weekly goals really helped me focus, which is a success! :D I work better under deadlines, i think.
so, for this week:
-2 self portraits
-pencil still life (fully rendered)
-watercolour photo study
right, this has basically made me late for college! gotta goo! 8D
March 23rd, 2011, 03:09 AM
had my first life drawing class last night. :D its not a class in the traditional sense of the word, there's no tutoring, you just come along with whatever materials you feel like using, sit down and draw. :)
5 mins, warm-ups: (sorry for the crappy quality of the paper)
40 mins: (a3 piece, best i could do was a photo)
self portrait - i think i elongated my face a bit too much. how come my pencil rendering, no matter how happy i am with it irl, always looks like crap when i pull it up on screen?
and some neil gaiman's sandman studies, for a fan-art piece i'm planning on. still in love with using inkk :D
March 27th, 2011, 06:03 PM
tired. not so much small talk.
self portrait no.2 - closest ive got to a likeness i think, other than the left eye being placed majorly wrong:
watercolour photostudy. learnt alot, made alot of mistakes. need to do more of these.
pencil still life - hated the first and scrapped it halfway through. second got finished, needs better tonal range.
finished painting... i know, the anatomy is fucked and it's obvious my colour theory is non-existant... work harderr!
for next week;
20 figures (imagination and reffed - structure and proportion)
20 hands (imagination and reffed)
digital still life
March 27th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Cool sketchbook :) Nice to see someone doing so many studies :) some of your pencils are looking really good, keep pushing with those digitals!
March 29th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Nice watercolour photostudy and self portrait! Keep it up!
March 29th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Sean McClain: most of the colours on that piece were just guesswork based on instinct and the very little colour theory i know, and to me it seemed obvious i was guessing. x) yeah, i tend to be pretty harsh on myself; not good for my health, maybe. but thankyou!!
SamC: wow man, thanks. :) i've been being motivated by your stuff for a while, so that made my day a little.
Satupeikko: Thankyou, i intend to!
wow, early update. productive, woo! :)
some sketchbook pencils im planning on colouring soon. trying to break away from/expand my usual subject matter with the first one, i never usually do environments from imagination; getting stagnant with what i usually do.
progress of a digital still life - im keeping track of the hours to see how (un)efficient i am. day one i was pretty happy with the amount of work i did on it (i had coffee that day, which might have helped...) but today, i spent more time on it and made less progress, and felt like i learnt less. :/ messing about with rendering.
some figures; drew the first of each from ref, second more-or-less from memory, then went back and drew over in red to correct. trying to break my habit of 'studying' on autopilot and not actually learning.
no life drawing class this week :/ scheduling problems.
March 29th, 2011, 04:11 PM
really really nice studies! I like the last one, good idea to draw over it again. I do the same thing, too much autopilot studies.
March 29th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Hey there, nice sketches! I like that house you made in your most recent post, looks really interesting and will probably look awesome colored in! Out of all of your people drawings I think your self portraits look the best.
April 1st, 2011, 05:06 PM
Kalin: Thank youu~ yeah, im looking forward to playing around with colour on it. hmm, i think that could be cause i'm having trouble applying what i learn from the self portraits? need to work on that perhaps x)
Arenyth: thanks! :) yeah, its a real problem, but its so easy to just zone out instead of focusing on what the study is trying to teach you. :/
hmm, is this gonna be three posts in a week? :D
finished still life:
and some very (veryvery...) crappy sketchbook pages, hmm.
April 2nd, 2011, 07:28 AM
I like how you're training your memory with the figure sketches and you seem to be doing well at it. Hand studies and self-portraits look good too and that digital still life looks like an excellent color study. Brush strokes could be simplified on the fabric of course but on the torsos of the goose or whatever they look good. Can't think of any real critique... I like how steady you are with the updates. Keep them coming!
April 3rd, 2011, 03:43 PM
Smuli: Thank you! yeah, stroke economy is a weakness for me - brush and pencil. I wanna focus on theory for now though, and attack that when i feel i have a firmer grasp on the basics :)
rest of the figures - the last five are from imagination (which explains why they're so shitty). That was frustrating; I hadn't picked up nearly as much as I thought.
hand studies - they were mostly drawn facing the opposite direction from the ref pic, to improve my eye/force myself to concentrate. the ones with a red dot were from imagination. (i did do 20, but i shut down the computer without saving the first two. i swear. :P)
watercolour study - did better than last week, still a long way to go. apologies for the bumpy paper, i'll use better quality/stretch it first next time.
the sketch for the commission i mentioned a few posts back:
Went watching the sick puppies live on thursday night (they are fucking. amazing. live. Seriously.) and i kept noticing the way the coloured lights showed form and the absence of local colour, and i wanted to try it. no sketch, just blocked in the forms with paintbrush.
lastly, yeah, my post-it doodles stack from work is slowly growing. :D
three posts this week! :D the reason i got so much done is i had no overtime this week, plus didnt have to work today, or go to college either... my first free day since the christmas holidays. next week wont be so kind to me :/ lots of overtime... so with that in mind, and the fact that i left myself little time for personal work despite having lots of free time, i'ma go easy on this weeks self-assignments:
20 figures - female (referenced and imagination
2 tonal character designs
April 5th, 2011, 01:43 PM
Your stuff is looking great jessi, all the sketchbook work is fresh. Really like the ink stuff you're doing and it's shows how much you're enjoying it. Nice to see a girl on-board and looking forward to seeing more
April 7th, 2011, 02:27 PM
Nibras: Thank you for the comment! I tried to return the favour, but for some reason it wont let me view your images :/
yeahh, updates might not go as planned for the next few weeks. I was reminded that my AS level exams are extremely close (my german speaking test is next week. no, i didn't realise this.) so that's gonna be stealing some of my art time for the time being.
i'ma still draw as much as possible, try and hit that twice-weekly updates, but there's no promises atm; and i'm gonna stop the weekly goals for now as well. I felt they were getting too restrictive anyway, although they were good for getting my drive going again.
anyways, have character design - demon mafia boss. x) not sure how i feel about this one.
and this weeks lifedrawing session - I tried using this really soft, smudgy chalk pastel for most of them, struggled the whole time, so im not really all that happy with most of these.
1 minute poses - these were hardd. good warm up though.
5 mins poses:
April 10th, 2011, 05:00 PM
i mentioned a while back i was planning on a piece of neil gaiman's 'sandman' fanart... finally finished :) i wanted to use ink in a finished piece, so most of this is ink, with a bit of coloured pencil, glitter and the tiniest bit of watercolour and white gel pen:
progress on this, im experimenting with using sepia ink as an underpainting for watercolour... should be interesting :) a bit messy, quite a few mistakes, but im still learning how to control the medium:
and 20 female figures - really tried to focus on structure here. i think it started to begin to make a bit of sense around number.. 9 or so. like before, the ones with a red dot next to them are from imagination... pretty obvious from the quality ;)
german speaking test in three days, wish me luck x)
April 14th, 2011, 10:38 AM
I love the Sandman-piece! Very good job!
April 17th, 2011, 09:42 AM
Satupeikko: Thankyouu! :)
I missed my twice-weekly quota this week :/ only one post, i'm afraid. i do have an explanation though - my computer went rather spazzy and decided it couldnt find my profiles/documents/program files/music/pictures. and that i would be much happier on a temp account.
But, my boy came round and fixed it, so it's all good now. :) hopefully, resuming normal transmissions.
this weeks life drawings, first a mix of 1 and 5 minute ones done in pen (to try and get better line-quality/braver lines.) It's probably veryy obvious which is which.
then, a 15 minute and a 40 minute, both done in conte crayon, which i used for the first time and lovedd.
It was pointed out at my lifedrawing that my feet, hands and the proportions of those to the rest of the body are my most obvious problems. so, feet - 3 pages of brdgeman, one of quick 15-30 second gesturals from posemaniacs.com and pixelovely.com, to just get down the general shape.
some very crappy sketchbook pages - some to relax between revision, some are in class when all i had was a friend's black biro.
and an update of this - the consensus is apparently that they look how they should, and i should be going ahead with the painting soon. :)
April 20th, 2011, 05:26 AM
not so much in the way of original work for this post, im afraid; all i have is this, a crappy little digi-doodle done whilst i wait for some paint to dry:
these were done from photos after reading this blog post (http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2011/04/cure-for-middle-value-mumbling.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FNVaYV+%28Gurney+Jo urney%29):
more feet - imagination, photo studys and bridgeman (plus tiny little life studies done at the fathers - its unbelievable how much people move when all they're doing is playing videogames :|)
plus, this week's lifedrawings. 1 min:
20 min (messed this one up bad - all the angles/tones went wrong)
and 40 min. the rest were done in charcoal, this was red/black/white conte:
Edit: forgot to mention, this post marks the 1 year anniversary of this sketchbook :D in reflection, i can see improvement, but not as much as i'd like. (i think that would have been the case no matter how much i improved though, tbh.) here's to another, better year !!
April 24th, 2011, 09:55 AM
tiiiiny post this time. :/ i can't wait till i'm free of college for the summer, in a few weeks, and can just draw and paaaaaint. i still have a week left of the easter holidays... but this is my last free day. D: how does that work.
photo study, and then one from my head, trying to apply what i learnt about that lighting/those skin tones.
I also spent a day and a bit with oils (which are absolute love!! <3), but the paint isn't dry on those, and the pictures i took of them are reaaally crappy quality; i'll scan them as soon as they're dry.
May 2nd, 2011, 02:07 AM
shit, i missed a whole week. :| working monday, tuesday, camping out in a sheep-infested field wednesday-friday, working saturday, sunday. on top of that, exam revision and a shit-load of personal stuff came up. (excuses, excuses....)
this is what i pathetically managed to squeeze in.
some still lives in oil; it's such a shame, cause i love(!) painting in oils, but even with the window open i can only do it for a few hours before the turps make me incredibly drowsy... does anybody have any tips for that, by any chance? the only thing i can think of is painting in the garden, when it's summer.
this unfinished, failed acrylic still life; this is how far i got before i knocked over the set up. ahh well, it was taking too long anyway; it was a steep learning curve, but by halfway through i felt like i was banging my head against a wall; i needed to start afresh.
more feet, bridgeman and from life (in the mirror):
drapery studies after brigeman, since i suck at that; and some fashion studies of alexander mcqueen, since i suck at costume design too.
damn, this was a moany post, wasn't it? x) sorryyy. no lifedrawing this week, had to pack for camping.
May 2nd, 2011, 04:53 AM
The still lives are looking really great!
I actually use water mixable oil colors, where you don't need turpentine, only water. I like them really much, and I recommend you to try them if the turps is giving you hard times :)
May 18th, 2011, 04:45 PM
You could also try using odorless mineral spirits. It being odorless doesn't mean it wouldn't feel weird to breathe it though but they're still better than real turpentine I guess, though they tend to be weaker solvents.
Nice figure sketches and anatomy studies. I also really like the watercolor effects on the Sandman fanart and the vivid colors and detail on the chewing gum study. Keep them coming!
May 18th, 2011, 04:51 PM
Beautiful stuff. :) I really love the sandman piece. Great studies too, keep up the hard work!
May 25th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Time to update maybe? :)
May 29th, 2011, 12:42 PM
Satupeikko: ive thought about that, but i've heard they dont yield as good results... idk. maybe i should give them a try for myself. and thank's for keeping an eye on my updates, it's much appreciated :)
smuli: that's a good idea.. i think im going to have to go on an experiment with them :) thank you!
wooden_mango: thanks! (:
so yeah, embarrasing long absence... but i have my reasons... sort of. :/ exams were just suddenly there, and i had to spend so much time studying to make up for not doing it in the rest of the year... and then the evening after my final exam, when i sat down to finally, finally paint again, i turned on the computer... and it failed. completely fucked. oh dear lord.
thankfully, my genius of a boyfriend was able to fix it and its running better than ever now, so... time to get back into the game :D it's half term, so im cautiously attempting a near-daily update schedule and seeing how it goes.
some stuff from recently :)
crappy watercolour study from a magazine, sorry for the warping paper
sketchbook pages - started to play around with acrylics then stopped abruptly when i realised it never fully dried and stuck the pages together and made things a mess.
i was listening to the animators commentary on aladdin while i painted (interesting stuff) and every so often id pause it to do quick studies. such gorgeous character design and gesture and flow and god i love you disney. <3
and this was drawn up afterwards... think i'll paint this as practice :)
May 29th, 2011, 01:39 PM
Good stuff, was truly worth waiting for! :) Beautiful anatomy studies (I just love your pencil strokes in them!). And great watercolor study (crap you say?? hasn't even seen crap!). Sorry I never have anything wise to say, but you are just too good and I'm just too noob :D
Near-daily updating sounds good! Keep it up!
May 30th, 2011, 11:28 AM
Satupeikko: thankyou man! :)
seriously, my computer gets fixed and my scanner starts going mental :| technology just doesnt agree with me, obviously. and i don't have time to be messing with it tonight, i have to be ready and out in half an hour... so this is all i got for today :/
a wip of a jason chan study:
May 30th, 2011, 03:20 PM
Your stuff is good, especially the pencils. They're kind of natural and free-flowing, but neat at the same time. The paintings are no push over, either. Keep it up.
May 31st, 2011, 02:23 PM
zx52hg: thanks, will do!
scanners working again :D how long for, i don't know....
anyways, here's the stuff i tried to scan in yesterday. got a bunch of lifedrawings from today, but i cba editing (i wanna paint!) so they'll be posted tomorrow. (:
sig sauer studies for a piece
and the jasmine study coloured. this looks crap scanned, it picks up a lot more distracting texture than the human eye.
June 1st, 2011, 12:41 PM
so yep, tuesday was(and always is) drawing from life day :D
Lifedrawing class - not too happy with these... started off well, felt like i was starting to get the hang of markmaking with charcoal in the warm ups, but that all went to shiz when we got onto the longer poses. :/ these range from 2-30mins.
i had an hour after lifedrawing before i had to go to work, so i went and did some sketching in the museum - bird skulls from life
and a wip for this weeks teen challenge, that i was sketching till i went to bed at six this morning :) god i love summer holidays.
June 1st, 2011, 12:58 PM
The museum sounds like a great idea! (I need to brush off some 'real life drawing' rust that I have since I messed up with reapplying to life drawing D8)
You've got some great life studies here, do the bone studies help at all? I confess I'm not great at keeping with individual bones, maybe muscles and basic skeleton form, but not much more D8
Keep it up! <3
June 2nd, 2011, 09:43 PM
MightyApplejacks: you should try them - they're alot more enjoyable than i remember as a kid x) tbh, i'm probably going far more in depth than i need to by studying every individual bone - but, i feel its helping me with convincing myself of the weight and underlying structure of the body, i think... besides, all knowledge is good knowledge right? :)
finally got this bitch finished :D teen challenge entry. feel really weird about this one - i can clearly see places where i've improved, but im still really not happy with it because it's reminded me of the incredible amount i still have to learn. i need to study colour, dammit!
plus todays anatomy studies.
June 2nd, 2011, 09:43 PM
hey, 'god knows, no label' skull looks like a hornbill of some kind :D
love your anatomy & bone studies, your pencil work looks lovely. great sketchbook...just fun to look through it & see all the variety.
June 4th, 2011, 02:06 PM
heyy, my internet providers down, so i'll do replys and stuff next time - using the boyfriends atm :)
the teen challenge piece made me realize the incredible amount of work that my colours need, so, some quick and crappy photo studies - wanna do these daily, need to learn colourrr
and current wip, looks crappy atm, hopefully i can salvage it :)
June 5th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Crowbones: thankyou! ha, your birdskull knowledge is impressive ;)
internet's working, but scanner is down again. this is getting annoying...
so all i have is todays digis - a colour study and my first colour self portrait. lots of things are off, not a good likeness but it was actually a lot less scary than i was i expecting - still hard though x)
June 6th, 2011, 05:19 PM
im quite proud to be keeping up with this near-daily updates thing, touch wood x) i think i only missed friday... idk how it'll go on next week, busy week :/
colour study - screen cap from heroes. dark skin is so hard to paint, but it's so much fun! way more reflective of colour :)
crappy pencil study from a magazine.. never happy with my pencils..
June 16th, 2011, 05:46 AM
okay, long absence was too long, again.
all of my time was being spent on the commission i mentioned a while back, which suddenly had to be done for today - and which i thankfully managed to finish at something like 2:00 am this morning:
I apologise for the crappy photo, actually doesnt look this bad irl, but i have the shittiest cheap digital camera known to man, which refuses to take photos which aren't blurry unless the flash is on. -.-
i have got other stuff to upload, including two life-drawing sessions, anatomy studies and sketchbook pages, but they'll have to wait for now - me and the boy are house-sitting for his sister, and i'm pretty sure there's no internet connection (and definately no scanner) over there.
see you monday! :)
June 19th, 2011, 03:42 PM
okay, im back :) these were already on the computer, so i thought i'd upload them today. first batch of lifedrawing.
longer poses - 30-40 mins, i think. the second one was done on linen that a guy gave me - gorgeous stuff to work on, i dont think i did it justice.
ive been neglecting proper study for far too long. busy week next week, but im'a try and get my head down in any/all free time and start busting my ass again. time to get srs!!!
June 19th, 2011, 03:43 PM
The skeletal studies are the best IMO.
June 20th, 2011, 03:51 PM
Brandon Pilcher: thankyou :) not sure how much they're helping though.
really enjoying sketching with highlighters and biro atm, especially for thumbnails :) quick and easy way to get ideas out.
June 22nd, 2011, 01:53 PM
finally uploading from lifedrawing last week; the last session for a while, since my lifedrawing group couldnt afford to pay the bills on the building where it was held. my town isnt active much at all on the art front - not enough people attended to pay for it. :(
30-40 mins. on a whim since i was told it was the last class, i felt i should tackle colour at least once... only, since i decided this whilst i was there, two minutes before putting crayon to paper, i really didnt have many conte crayons with me, only a set of warm browns and reds.... i would have murdered for a blue/cool colour for some of the shadows. x)
June 22nd, 2011, 03:07 PM
Good figure sketches and I really like the colors on the heroes screen cap study. The drawing of the children must've been a load of work but the polished shadings look worth it. The knee and bone studies look great and looks like you put thought to them but try to sketch them from head too to see what you've learned. Keep up the good work!
June 26th, 2011, 06:53 AM
I need to spend more time in other people's sketchbooks :)
Damn I need to catch up :/ Lots of awesome work.
June 27th, 2011, 04:39 PM
life drawings and studies are looking great, a huge amount of them too, keep at it
June 30th, 2011, 04:40 AM
huge thanks for the comments, i'll reply back to them on the next post.
so, my computers bust. again.
I'm currently in the town library, using a computer running a crappy old version of IE that won't work on half the websites i need (including my email inbox.) my boyfriend is working on fixing the computer, but tbh i think my poor old Fossil is just giving out the death rattle - it's breaking more and more often lately. even if he does fix it, there's a large chance i'ma have to have my hard drive wiped and lose all my files.
that said, it looks like i'm not going to be around here much. i actually have loads of stuff to scan (funny how my computer goes when i finally have tons of free time), so i'm using this as an opportunity to focus on my traditional painting/drawing skills and do tons of life drawing.
if i'm honest, the thing that's crippling me most is being unable to get references for personal work - or studies, either - without coming out to the library, which charges 10p for a black and white copy, doesn't do colour and doesnt have a slot for the sd card from my digital camera.
But meh, obstacles... i'll overcome. i'll cope. (:
so, TL;DR - with a bit of luck i might be back uploading on here soon... if not, see you in a few months when i can scrape enough money together for a new computer. and sorry for the image-free post.
be back asap - keep killing it! ;D
July 17th, 2011, 03:37 AM
@Smuli: yeah, the kids painting took aages x) speed's not a strong point... and neithers applying studies, that's something i always skimp on :/ thanks for the heads up, i'll try and keep that in mind :)
@beeston: thankyou! haha, me too - i'm far too selfish, i dont post in other peoples sb enough. x) i need to do something about that...
@invinciblewombat: thankyou :)
so, computers fixed again :D not sure how long for though... i really need a new one, i think my old fossil's worn out tbh, she's been reliable for years now... but she's lovely and functional for the moment :)
btw, this post is huge. sorry about that (trust me, it was a bitch to scan and edit... the reason why this wasnt uploaded last week). not uploaded in a while, so things kinda... built up.
and a finished piece - this is the first time i've actually thought properly about different coloured light sources giving different shadow tones, and colour temperature and all that. i think it really helped, looking forward to building more on that :B lots and lots wrong with it, but it's a start.
been trying to learn acrylics while i havent had photoshop... been failing, but i think im beginning to grasp it... only just begininning. enviro from photoref, rest from life.
pencil craps, face and expression studies:
daily anatomy studies... i will understand legs, damnit!!
some are also from imaginefx's anatomy special, which i totally recommend, even though it's thin (obvs, it's a magazine, not a book) it's packed full of useful and easily-understood stuff. (:
July 17th, 2011, 09:10 AM
GURL, you've been kicking your ass, that is an amazing amount of drawing/studies there XD Your going to be an anatomy master if you keep that amount of anatomy studying up XD!!! I like them :> Apply what your learning to memory exercises and see how much you retain. Also, nice to see you work with acrylic, the penguins are my favorite, I feel like you really captured the form of the blue one. You already have a good understanding of values, paint really big and mix a lot of paint. At art supply stores, look out for materson's sta-wet paint palate, it will keep your paints wet so you can mix large amounts and go ape shit 8D <3 I can also recommend some good books for painting as I need to get some myself >:00!! KEEP PAINTING BORING STILL LIVES. I WISH WE COULD PAINT TOGETHER >:0!!!!
July 18th, 2011, 03:42 PM
viki oh: haha, thank you for that comment!! x) yeahh, a major block i have with painting is that i'm too conservative and worried about wasting paint, so i think painting big is a great idea - plus it sounds fun :D thanks for the recommendations too, i'm always open to book suggestions - although, penniless atm x) i've been wanting to buy James Gurneys painting books for a while now... :/
some stuff from the past few days, along with one or two things i forgot to post last time.
quick doodle/practice - got part one of whit brancha's environments download (http://theartdepartment.org/downloads/whit-brancha-environmental-speedpainting) last night, and although i havent watched it yet, i wanted to play with his brushes :) used ref, but loosely - changed the composition and tried to emulate the colours/shapes.
still lives - acrylic and digital
anatomy - the ones in just red with no pencil lines are quick memory ones
July 21st, 2011, 07:02 AM
just dropping these quickly, since i need to go to work like, now, but i wont get another chance to upload probably till tuesday - busy weekend.
anatomy, unfinished acrylic (all of these are unfinished, since i do them before work), sketchbook page (the last one of my a5 one - onto a big a4 one i got for valentines day! :L) and some work on the latest teen challenge.
July 22nd, 2011, 01:02 PM
Great updates and awesome anatomy studies! Keep them coming! :)
July 27th, 2011, 05:41 PM
@satupeikko: thank you! :)
sorry ive been absent, and that ive so little to post for it - college is finished for everyone in england now, and i seem to be spending a lot of time catching up with friends and with my boyfriend - not time i'm regretting, but i really need to learn to knuckle down and not waste what little free time i have by getting distracted. and on top of that, lots of overtime at work...
so, updates are still going to be a little slow for at least the next week, possibly a few.. im'a try to counter that though. for now, have some anatomy, a crappy unfinished photostudy, and my current progress on the teen challenge piece.
July 31st, 2011, 03:45 PM
Crazy load of new studies! And they look great too, anatomy ones look so solid and I really like the glasses and the acrylic sketches!
July 31st, 2011, 07:36 PM
@smuli: thankyou! :D
life's more or less back to normal now, should mean more consistent updates. :)
finished teen challenge, learnt tons on this i think, not that happy with it visually though
anatomy - moved onto hands now, trying Matt Kohr's (www.ctrlpaint.com) suggestion of drawing 100 of whatever your weakness is.
the first page in a beautiful a4 bound sketchbook i got for valentines <3 too big to scan though - the whole thing will have to be photos.
and a crappy fan-art doodle i did today to unwind and do art just for the sake of it today. really dont like her face
August 3rd, 2011, 04:38 AM
here's an oil painting i've been working on for the past few weeks; when i (eventually!) get it done, it'll be the first full-colour oil painting i've done. ton of mistakes already, but at least i know the one after this will be better because of them :)
crappy photo, i'm sorry. also, really seem to be kicking out all these underwater pics atm, huh? x) need to kick that habit soon...
studies, more hands - anatomy/ref/imagination, and it's very obvious which is which...
some studies from life - i was told to do tons of drawing from life for my art course in september, but i've really not done that much, so for the whole of august i'm attempting a drawing from life every day... this week i'm focusing on dry media (pencil, pen, charcoal), next week colour dry media (colour pencils, pastels, oil pastels), week three, ink and watercolour, week four acrylic and oil. lets see how it goes :)
some pencil still lives, and charcoal drawings of the mother and a sp
August 3rd, 2011, 01:56 PM
Awesome sketchbook! I love the painting!
August 7th, 2011, 07:39 PM
@Bunrt-ice thankyouu :)
tiredd... i seem to have lost momentum lately :( so lazy... it seems im either too busy or too distracted lately. gotta kick that in the fork, and soon!
a digi-doodle i spent most of today on... his legs are waaaay too long. wanted to experiment with colour, and illustrate the feeling of cuddling up to someone warm when you're freezing... :D
daily life studies - pen, pencil +charcoal
hands...hogarth, photoref and imagination
August 10th, 2011, 06:32 AM
been a bit out of it this week.. :/ discovered my motivation is very tied into my mental state, and if there's something playing on my mind, even if i try and pretend there isn't it shows in my art.
starting to feel like kicking my own ass again though now! :D i think i'ma take it easy for the rest of the week, not force myself to art but draw when i want, do studies if i really feel like it... it's pretty busy anyways, so i wouldnt get much done as it is. then next week starting monday i can jump right back into it - especially since i have a week off work and the boyfriend is away for the whole week, so i can see myself having a lot of free time xD
a crappy screencap i cropped cause i couldn't bring myself to finish; values are alll messed up, and its rather off proportions-wise since i didnt draw it out first. still, i used defiled_vision's idea of actually analysing a study, making notes as you do it and i feel it helped oh-so-much, i learnt so much about colour relativity :) like all the shades in this are just different shades of blue, even the parts that look warmer and even flesh coloured are just less saturated blues in reality.
some hand studies - ref, hogarth, imagination
crappy sb page of vent art, with a dragon.
August 10th, 2011, 06:22 PM
You have sheer iron like dedication to improvement, I've enjoyed flipping through your first pages just to get the idea of how much you've gone through.
I've subscribed for the sheer pleasure of basking in your light, we'll see you in the future!
Cheers and Macaroni !
August 15th, 2011, 11:53 AM
@Kerah: i wouldn't say iron-like... i wish, but this past week is proof otherwise x) but, thankyou very much! :D
so, kinda fell off the wagon this last week - whole bunch of reasons, not gonna get into. but i will say, since i started taking my art seriously, i've always unconsciously viewed taking a break from it as sort of a weakness - a sign i wasn't dedicated enough to make it. this week, however, the state of mind i was constantly in, i decided i had no choice, and that from wednesday for the rest of the week, i'd take it easy - sure, make art if i felt like it, but just relax and not constantly be either forcing myself to study or be feeling guilty for not studying.
i discovered my motivation came back in waves. i found that i still noticed the way shadows fell, or light hit an object, or how good a movies concepts and lighting was - regardless of the fact i wasn't trying to stay focused on art. i found that i still ended up drawing and painting - not as much at first, but as my enjoyment came back, more- and that i was also learning tons just doing little sketches from imagination. and before the days i'd alotted myself were up, i was itching to get started again. :D
so yeah, with any luck, im back. B) made a few changes to the way i work too, ill go into those on another post, already rambled enough.
on with the art!
greyscale screencap, since after watching just part 1 of brad rigneys download which i got in the sale, i realised how much i needed to work on my values. daaaymn that guy can paint.
i also did a quick doodle afterwards to apply what id learnt, but it was ohsocrappy. :) felt like i learnt a ton though - made notes as i did it again, analysing it, its mindblowing how much that helps you realise and retain the knowledge. :D
more hands - hogarth, ref, imagination
the sketch of a piece ive had all thumbnailed out and ready to do for ages now - finally getting started.
August 17th, 2011, 06:18 PM
so, tomorrow's results day at college.. :/ then afterwards i'm going to an all-night party - but with any luck, i can get enough sleep/come home early enough friday to get quite a bit of painting time in before the boyfriend comes home saturday night/sunday morning. this week off work has been busier than expected x)
damn... need to get back to regular studies.
work so far on this weeks teen challenge - first time doing an environment that isnt a study :) turns out they're pretty darn fun...
colour thumbs - going with the bottom right, i think
and the daily hands study
August 20th, 2011, 11:12 AM
finished teen challenge - not too happy, i think i fucked it up when i started to put in the little details cause they just didn't integrate at all, i really need to figure out where i'm going wrong there
study from life
should be uploading some wips/sketchbook pages soon.
August 25th, 2011, 01:27 PM
okay, looks like another hiatus... computer is well and truly FUBAR'd. :/
incredibly motivated despite this, really enjoying diving into traditional media... getting more done without the internet as a distraction too. just wish i hadn't lost all my files... especially my music/podcasts. i've had to nab the radio from downstairs so i dont paint in silence. i was getting a pretty nice reference library up too...
ahh well, que sera and all that :)
see you when i can (eventually) afford a replacement... keep arting! :D
September 5th, 2011, 05:20 PM
Pencils are so awesome :D find a way to post! Interested to see how things are going
September 27th, 2011, 05:59 AM
Hey jessi - i notice youve been hammering the Anatomy, and i do mean hammering it lol. Its looking so much more natural aswell than the last time i stopped by. i see a couple of different refference books aswell. i have done a couple of studies from that ImagineFX book aswell - your stuffs looking a lot smoother though :). keep on rockin.
October 14th, 2011, 03:02 PM
@samC: damn, thankyou! means alot from you, man :) and believe me, i'm trying.
@dog-faced: yeah, i was - anatomy's hard xD it's gonna take a helluva lot more hammering before i even start to feel comfortable with it. thanks :)
so, thought id post to prove i wasn't dead, just extended absence is becoming very extended.
i'm well on the way to getting a new machine, only just over £100 to go before i can afford it.
but, atm i'm finding it hard to find any time to do personal art or studies, between college, college work, work at my job, and trying desperately to squeeze in time with the boyfriend (and often, sadly, failing. :/)
to give some idea, i spend 18 hours a week at college. they also say that i should spend the exact same amount of hours at home working on college work just to keep up (and they're not wrong. falling behind is scarily easy).
they also say that we shouldn't work more than 10 hours at any part time job outside of college... last week alone, i worked 32.
but i'm taking any hours i can in order to pay for the new computer. any spare hours i have between work, college and the boy is spent scrabbling to catch up with my college course.
despite meeting some pretty awesome people on this course, i cant wait to finish college next summer and get back to studying and arting and actually learning.
but until then, im afraid things are going to stay awfully quiet on here.
November 22nd, 2011, 12:22 PM
finally got my laptop :D t'is a beaut. i'm so busy at the moment im finding it hard to find time to art outside of crappy college work at all, never mind upload it to CA, so updates are gonna be sporadic at best until i'm finished with college. (187 days and counting! i'm not desperate to leave at all... -.-)
some sketchbook pages from the last few months, some from life, some not
sorry for the crappy camera quality.
i've been trying to manage my time to fit some studies in, and lately ive been able to get half an hour in the morning, most days. here are the finished ones so far:
also, while i was gone, i turned 18 and got my first tattoo! lookee there! x)
see you guys soon, hopefully. 187 days!
December 14th, 2011, 04:06 PM
The lines on the life drawings (I think) of the dude lying down are awesome, more like that
January 22nd, 2012, 07:58 PM
okay, due to some personal crap, ive managed to get a bit of routine going where i can get about 1-2 hours on my own art, on some days. gonna start uploading regular here again, aiming for a weekly schedule, probably sundays. missed this place. :')
stuff from this year more or less:
shoes i just finished painting:
finished digi paint
two screencaps for colour/lighting study, one digi and the other acrylic (crappy scan, sorry.) digital took under an hour, acrylic took much longer (and looks worse!)
hope everyone had a good festive season!! :D
January 29th, 2012, 05:29 PM
nothing all that interesting this week.
an oil painting s/p for class; very crappy phone photo, sorry.
some gun studies for the next piece; first is reffed, second is doodles done from imagination (at work, hence the letter head.)
and some sketchbook pages. apologies for the lack of quality control in my sketchbook - i basically just use it as a place to unwind and draw whatever without caring, play around with ideas and media, and doodle. :)
tired and turps-y.
February 6th, 2012, 02:51 AM
this weeks offering...
some sketchbooking, pretty tattoo-related since im going for an apprenticeship that's just opened up nearby. awesome opportunity, really nice studio, i had my tattoo done there :) wish me luck!
wip sketch for the next piece - gonna attack this baby with acrylics soon! <3
aaand the obligatory school work. more oils, the bottom one is unfinished. this is the furthest ive pushed oils (never done realistic skin tones before) so it's really motivating that i can see an obvious improvement just between the first and the last. :D im fast falling in love with oil paint.
February 21st, 2012, 11:06 AM
Awesome stuff :)
Lovely composition :3
For the last post, I think the eye socket of the skill is a bit too small :) Perhaps go google for some Skulls for reference next time :)
February 21st, 2012, 05:41 PM
@Izene: thank you! yeah, i confess to being a bit lazy on references with those, haha. a habit i really need to kick.
So, missed the last two sundays... :/ laptop got a virus and i lost all my programs/music/pictures... straight-up everything. there were other reasons, but hey, no more excuses! computers fixed, once again... gonna soldier on!
some college work... first is pen, rest is oils, with some collaging of different stuff. not happy with most of it, just glad im starting to get a handle on oil paint (i love it!!)
some (pretty shitty) sketchbook pages. sorry for the phone-camera quality. only one i like is the tentacle one in pen, gonna take that into ps and paint it up i think. :)
i have more stuff lying around but it'll take me too long to upload, im already too tired and i want some arting time before bed :) so, till next sunday!
February 21st, 2012, 08:16 PM
February 24th, 2012, 04:37 AM
Congrats for the tattoo internship! The facial details in oils look great, I really like the skin tones. Your hand sketches look great and the practice has surely paid off. On heads though, sometimes in twisted ankles the features look slightly distorted. Watch out for shortening the face in vertical direction especially. Would be great to see you doing to heads what you did to hands, loads of quicker sketches focusing on the structure but it's just a suggestion, I know you're busy. Keep up the good work!
February 24th, 2012, 08:35 AM
this is a glorious sketchbook! You really know how to put weight into forms. As far as I can tell some of your proportions are skewing a little, but most of the time not, and practice will eliminate that as it already seems to be doing. Great examples of using good quality anatomy studies and applying it to more abstract drawings and stuff. I will have to stalk you now :] muchos inspiration.
February 26th, 2012, 01:42 PM
@smuli: Thanks man, but i didn't end up getting it :') ahh well, back to the drawing board (no pun intended.) now that you mention it, i do actually have a load of trouble with placement and structure on heads... hadn't realised how much till you pointed it out, haha. s'a real good suggestion, so if i don't get time beforehand it's definately the first thing im'a do when i hit the easter holidays! :D
@Ceinwen Fang: haha dam , thankyou! :D yeah, proportions are a bitch to get a grasp of x) im just hoping they get better with practice too.
Back on schedule :)
another boring update this week, im afraid...
figure practice, sorry they're a bit all over the place.
college stuff - on the final project, thank god. just 92 days left till freedom! -these are done from observation at the museum, which is actually really fun to do
and a screencap study in acrylics. trying to get a hang of the lighting i'm using in the current painting (whiiiiich will hopefully be posted next week. i'm taking the day off college to finish it tomorrow, so it should be.)
keep truckin' people!
February 26th, 2012, 06:00 PM
Sorry, I misunderstood what you wrote. Better luck next time!
I love how structural the anatomy sketches look!
February 27th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Hello Jessibelle, it's about time I subbed to your SB :)
Thanks for the continuous support and the the great advice. I'll see how can I increase the tonal range in my works, as suggested, get more studies down :)
I don't have a lot of great advice for you, perhaps you don't need any. But I'll keep an eye open for your future updates :)
March 4th, 2012, 02:19 PM
@Smuli: haha its okay, i figured :P thankyou!
@Kerah: aha a sub? thankyou!! :D and i can always use advice, haha.
Finally finished that piece i uploaded a sketch for-
photo's real dark, sorry about that. not like that irl.
lots and lots of things wrong with it, but considering it's my first acrylic personal piece (in full colour, anyways) I guess i'm okay with it. next one will be better though.
another photo cause, idk, kinda shows it better and shows scale and stuff.
the rest from here on in is this weeks college stuff - some digital some traditional, one from life and the rest from reference. not had time for much else, im afraid :/
March 14th, 2012, 03:17 AM
update is three days late D: i could mention how ive been really rundown, passing out at college and home, having trouble waking up and a near constant headache... but thats no excuse really. ;D
I feel almost back to normal now anyways, so normal transmissions should resume next sunday :)
mostly college work again... 75 days till freedom! :D -
yeah, i suck at landscapes/environments. I'm finding out its more about abstract shapes and forms and patterns, and... im not that great with abstract, heheh.
all the personal work for this week - a crappy little joker sketch and some swallow tattoo designs i did as a favour for a friend :)
March 19th, 2012, 07:22 AM
lovely swallows - and those lonely planet referenced portraits have incredibly well handled and delicate tones, really lifelike studies, with a much finer touch than some of the others, is it because its watercolour as opposed to pencils and pastel, I wonder? Keep it up
March 19th, 2012, 01:52 PM
@Ceinwen Fang: thankyou! :) yeah it was done in gouache; im still very heavy handed with acrylics and pastels and most things really, but subtle colour changes are much easier to get with watercolour/gouache.
so, i've already typed this once... must have pressed preview instead of submit ¬¬
only one day late this week! i'm getting better, haha. teeny tiny update since my posts are usually filled out with college work lately, and most of my college work this week has involved writing... annotations, statement of intent, personal statement, dissertation. gah i hate college. just 70 days left and counting!!
some environment thumbnails for college... sorry for the crappy phone camera. if someone could help me choose a thumbnail off the second sheet to develop, that would be amazing :) it's supposed to be a sacrificial-temple sorta thing.
and a study that is currently kicking my ass. shiny, slimy things are so hard!
March 19th, 2012, 02:25 PM
eyyyy I haven't been here in a while! I love your skull paintings!!!! They have a ton of form and really nice lighting ;0; Your improving and it's nice to see! ALSO. you've gotten better at figures, I love them all <3
March 25th, 2012, 10:34 AM
you have a strong degree of studying! what is your ultimate aspiration in art? I think once purpose is clear, then priority kicks in. I totally understand what you mean when you were going to school and felt like you were just "rushing" to hand in crap just to pass exams you didn't really care about- although in the art scene it's not about exams, but more-so final projects.
Either way, I totally understand, because in the same sense, rushing to get good marks for final projects you're not totally interested in creates some kind of weak atmosphere on the artist's part. I felt the same way. I dropped out of animation not too long ago- mostly because I realized I didn't want to be an "actual" animator. (Which is essentially what the course is training you for!). I then kicked into illustration, but I wasn't feeling that course either. Some might say I'm stubborn,
but I "sinceerely" feel the need for self-study, as oppose to handing in (what seems to me) rushed, and unworthily crafted assignments. I know they are supposed to be directed towards the portfolio, but still-- for me, having a lack of purpose creates misguidance and apathy. So I can at least somewhat relate to what experience you were going through at college.
My purpose is a little more clear now, so there IS at least some prioritizing going on, but no worries! all of that will work itself out in God's time!
I just came here to encourage you! keep sticking at it! find out what kind of mark or position you need to take with this art thing! and just do you!
- "A person's a person, no matter how small"- Horton hears a who
March 26th, 2012, 04:44 AM
@viki oh: ahh thankyou! :) it doesn't feel like i'm improving at all atm (feels like i'm getting worse, if anything) so that was good to hear :)
@poetry man: woah man, thanks for taking the time out to write all that! :') t'was very encouraging. it's good to know i'm not the only one who feels that disconnection with school work... the big fear for me is that that feeling will continue if i end up working in the industry, so i'm just hoping that it's only the whole formal education thing i have an issue with, heh. I always say my goal is to be a working professional illustrator or concept artist... but tbh, i think my ultimate career goal is just to have a fulfilling art job that i love and that pays the bills without the need for me to have a supplimentary income from elsewhere. :) but thankyou! i'm glad you know where you're going, so you keep at it too :D
okay, so this would have been on time if CA hadnt been a douche and deleted my post last night. i really couldnt be bothered retyping it all, i wanted to go to bed. x)
college work (63 days left!)...
and wip of a little exercise...
till next week guys! :) hope you lot are getting the benefit of sunshine too!
March 27th, 2012, 05:29 PM
hey thanks for visiting my sketchbook!
You have some really nice figure studies here. I particularly like the portraits in post 188. keep it up!
April 1st, 2012, 06:41 AM
@sharks: Thank you!
easter holidays = free time! I'm so buzzed to art now, my god. i'm even realising how much i missed anatomy studies, im enjoying doing them, what is this.
since i do have extra time, gonna try for extra uploads - maybe twice a week for the next two weeks. :D
and 55 days till i can focus completely on my personal art :')
keeping up with college work...
finished last weeks wip:
managed to get some study time in - following smuli's suggestion did some work on head structure in forshortening, more work needed though i think. and some quick'n'dirty hogarth.
and hitting the sketchbook again... figured out a new pencil technique, i forgot how fun plain ol' pencil could be <3
see you guys soon! :)
April 1st, 2012, 12:54 PM
Jessibelle, those thumbnails of yours are extremely delicious!
Are you counting days to your graduation?
One more thing, the upper head in this one (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh84/Juno_C8/P1050710.jpg) is just brilliant.
April 6th, 2012, 12:46 PM
@Kerah: ahh, thank you! well, the days till i finish college, yeah. there isnt really a graduation, we just finish :)
so... early post, as promised :)
college work - id really appreciate some input on the costume design thumbs, which works best? (she's supposed to be a priestess's apprentice in a like, sacrificial tribal cult, if thats any help.)
and study catch up! just speeding through some hogarth hands, hoping i can get something to stick before the easter holidays end. i've heard mixed things about hogarths teaching method, but personally i love the way he breaks things down into shapes and planes :) find it pretty easy to grasp, even if it is exaggerated.
hopefully i'll have some personal work to show on sunday, working on the sketch now :)
April 8th, 2012, 02:41 PM
so, this is my second upload of the week, as promised! (idk if i'll be able to make it two updates next week... busier than expected. gonna damn well try though.)
college work... working up a digi final for the apprentice character. (need to study the hell out of legs, asap!!) pushing colours and lighting more than usual, feels like i know what im doing more, but not really. should'a used more reference.
some more hand studies... hogarth and then his theory applied to photo-ref
and some personal work... sketch and colour thumbs. shameless fan art, ha /geekery. challenging myself with a bunch of stuff on this one...
think i'm gonna go with the top left colour scheme... torn between that and the bottom right. thoughts?
hope y'all having a good easter! or y'anno, just a good day in general :)
April 13th, 2012, 12:55 PM
Those hand studies look gorgeous! I like how you applied them to photo studies, in some the fingers look slightly too bent but otherwise the construction looks good in all of them. Nice to see you sketched some tilted head studies too. :) The heads on the plane studies look slightly squished but the photo reffed ones look good.
As others have said, nice work on the lively skin tones on the watercolor portraits! I find watercolors to be a good medium for learning how light behaves because you can make small adjustments with thin layers which I think pushes your eye to be more demanding with color accuracy.
On this character (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh84/Juno_C8/apprentice-final-wipshot.jpg), I like the skin tones, pose and anatomy in general, but the arm and legs look a bit too thick to the left side. Textured background makes it difficult but you could try get into the habit of painting background/negative spaces onto the foreground when necessary, rather than erasing the layer. Just a matter of taste of course but it gives a more painterly look than layers with corrected edges.
From the color thumbnails on the last post, my favorites are the two bottom ones because they show prospect of a good mood. On the top left one, the darker values are so close to each other that it's hard to make out the figures and on the top right one, the light spots look a bit distracting but it could be a start of a nice daylight scene.
Keep them coming!
April 15th, 2012, 12:46 PM
@smuli: ahh, thanks for taking the time to write out that comment/those crits, it's much appreciated. :)
yeah, i know what you mean about some of the hand studies looking off, most of them don't look right to me either; gonna keep grinding till they do :) and i plan to start some from imagination when i get more of the hang of the photo reffed ones.
yeah, i should really do studies in watercolours/gouache more... that's on the list of things to do after i finish college! i see what you mean about the character now... i was trying to make her seem more muscled but don't think i pulled it off. should have used more ref. also, im not really sure what you mean, in the bit about negative space/bg+fg/layers? and i already started before i read this, on the first colour thumb... :/ im possibly scrapping the piece though.
didnt make two updates this week :/ didnt have a single free day... and it's back to college tomorrow. :(
only 41 days left now!
moar hand studies!!
moar college work!
finished the digi from the last
finished underpainting for a portrait of the same character. you also get the bonus of seeing where it was painted! idk why. aha, such a mess.
and the progress of the last sketch... but i think i'm probably gonna leave it here. forgot how much i hate using colour pencil on w/c paper, and just kinda lost enthusiasm for it...
April 18th, 2012, 03:35 PM
About the painting negative spaces too thing, what I meant was an approach of painting everything on a single layer rather than keeping the subject on a different layer and cleaning the edges. I find it helps think about the negative spaces more and that could help out with things like getting the width of limbs right (and give a more painterly look because with traditional mediums, you can't refine layer edges with an eraser). Sorry if I made it sound like a critique, it's more like just another thing to consider. :)
Good hand studies and I like your workspace with all the pictures, I should take a leaf out of your book at that.
April 19th, 2012, 01:11 AM
I agree with Smuli, your workspace looks just awesome. A nice and cosy feeling, isn't it?
I have enjoyed looking at your hand studies, but you repeatedly seem to make the thumb smaller/thinner than what I feel it should look like (maybe my inner thumb compass is off?), especially in the last and first pages of the hands you did - Are some of those from imagination? Just curious, because the second page of hands looks really great in comparison.
Also good job on the acrylic!
April 29th, 2012, 04:54 PM
@smuli: ahh okay. now I get it :) thanks for clarifying that. I'm giving this little piece of advice a whirl atm, seems to be working much better - I'll upload the picture next week, should be done by then.
@kerah: Thankyou! None of the hands are from imagination, they're alternately hogarth and photoref - are you referring to the ones copied from hogarth? he deliberately stylises the fingers/thumb to show where the knuckles lie... I'll try and keep an eye on proportions anyways, I know it's a weakness of mine. :) Thanks again!
I did update last week, I swear! Then I come back now and the post isnt here... Oh, CA. :/
so you can have last weeks update :) anything I have lying around Ill just add to next weeks post.
usual hand jams...
college work. phone cameras are crappy, the big oil painting looks better irl.
just over 26 days!!
May 6th, 2012, 06:39 AM
holding off on studies and personal work till i get this college work done. 20 days!! and then i can just focus completely on my work personally :')
so all you guys get is a big dump of this weeks college work for the next week or three... sorry about that. ^^;
May 13th, 2012, 06:54 PM
so, sunday. update day. another update of just college work, i'm afraid... *sigh* should have all my college work finished by the end of next week though...! fingers crossed, haha.
some costume concepts for a warrior character, another oil portrait, the process and a w.i.p portrait that's currently sitting in college. i know the last one is riddled with flaws and mistakes, gonna try and fix them up a bit, but atm i'm just churning this stuff out to get it over with.
May 20th, 2012, 06:37 AM
Finally finished ALL of my college work... finally D: imsohappy.
i'm gonna increase activity on here very soon, maybe not this week as its still pretty busy (tying up loose ends at college, writing evalutions, artist statements, preparing for the exhibition, 3 full days at work, a trip into manchester, doctors appointments, and hopefully i'll finally get some time to chill...); but by next week definitely. :D
last of the college work:
some quick and crappy face studies; done in green acrylic paint since i have loads of cheap stuff i wanna get rid of. had to desaturate it to make it read remotely well. i just miss studying, properly learning, so goddamn much. im so rustyy
and some minecraft shoes that have been sitting around forever, that i finally managed to finish as a thankyou for someone.
May 22nd, 2012, 05:48 PM
Screw taking the week off, getting with the regular updates now! :D
Getting back to arting what I want/feel I need to art feeels soooo goood.
Bridgeman/photo-reffed legs. My anatomy needs an almighty hammering, starting now.
self portrait from life.
aaaand some scribbles and plans from a very slow sunday shift at work.
happy happy happy!
May 22nd, 2012, 06:10 PM
Yea you'd better kill it!
May 23rd, 2012, 08:45 AM
Jess, great update!
Really digging your self portrait, those delicious colors! Oh, teach me great master (no really, teach me how you did it).
Keep the work flowing :)
May 26th, 2012, 03:17 AM
@SamC: Haha, hell yeah!
@Kerah: Thankyou! :D Ahh there isn't anything to teach really, I didn't use special brushes or layer modes or anything I could tell you, just a matter of observation and practice :) You should do some - they're good for you!
Keeping this ball rolling.
Would have uploaded this last night but I could'nt get my scanner to work. (Turns out I'd plugged the wrong usb cable into my laptop, lmao.)
Something I painted for the timeline cover thing on facebook, so I could link that back to my deviant art gallery.
aaand a crappy doodle sketchbook page. Really need to invest in a digital camera!
Today is my last long day at work till next friday (i've been in for full days wednesday, friday and today) so hopefully you'll be hearing more from me next week!
May 30th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Been holding off posting here till I had something to show that wasn't just studies. So.. here's a little thankyou piece for my mum. Face referenced *loosely* from a shot of Radeo Suicide. (http://suicidegirls.com/girls/Radeo/)
Decided my pencils need a lot of work; I feel a sort of disconnect when I draw from imagination, and I don't like it. :') I know alot of it is a lack of structural knowledge of what I'm drawing, but I also think it has something to do with me dismissing pencil in order to get onto more exciting mediums. :')
So expect alot of pencil work in the next week or so. Bought some new mechanical pencils and leads :D Gonna really grind 'em down.
Aaaand studies! Photo-reffed figure drawings, legs from Bridgman/photo-ref, and a few from imagination thrown in (though it's probably obvious which ones they are... )
June 1st, 2012, 03:45 AM
Still repping the way of the pencil. Waiting on an order of bristol board to start the next piece... excited :D I've never tried bristol before, haha.
Some sketchbook, some fabric studies, some studies after Wes Burt. Guy really knows how to use a pencil haha, learnt so much from those.
Sorry for the crappy quality of the sketchbook pages, they're impossible to scan and I *really* need a camera which isn't part of a phone... :S
June 3rd, 2012, 08:34 AM
Jess, your stuff deserves more comments and more attention!
I really like coming back to your sketchbook and to see it updated:)
Really delicious pencils in the last update, I especially like how you did this one (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh84/Juno_C8/Image10.jpg).
There is a softness and accuracy to your pencils that I'm unable to achieve when drawing from imagination, I'd really love to. Do you work somewhat slowly to achieve this? I'm curious!
Anyway, keep the studies and the fun stuff piling up! :D
June 3rd, 2012, 08:21 PM
@Kerah: Ahh, Thankyou! :D In regards to the pencils question, I think it's mostly just practice - I do go pretty slowly I guess; the only time I'm speedy with it is in the early stages, I'll block it in or throw up the gesture really really lightly just to figure out where the drawing is going overall. I think it's about trying to use as few lines as possible, trying to put the right lines down first try - at least, that's what I'm trying to train myself to do right now. :') So hard!
Current WIP - working on Bristol Board for the first time. It's absolutely godly! so smooooth
Sketchbook pages, inc. very messy plans+quick studies for that piece ^
I think I'm finding my main dissatisfaction with the way I sketch boils down to me being far too hesitant with the pencil - I wont put down bold lines or marks unless I force myself, and I have to work up to it, so the end thing lacks clarity and cleanness/smoothness. It's a whole 'lack of confidence' thing that comes through in all my work I think, sadly :( So I'm gonna be doing studies and sketches in less forgivable media for a while - pen and ink all the way. :')
Self-portrait - how do people get clean hatchings? How?!?
Some ink face studies - most are reffed from tumblr, hence the abundance of stretched ears ;)
Aaand some trouser legs in ballpoint, cause I was having trouble drawing the folds in octo-man's trousers on the WIP above.
Gonna try for daily postings next week, since I'm not doing much overtime at work. Let's get shit done!!
June 4th, 2012, 07:32 AM
Just been browsing your sketchbook, love your work :)
I know what you mean about being hesitant with the pencil, at the moment I'm trying desperately to force myself out of the habit of doing lots of short jagged lines instead of doing one long clean one. I guess using inks more will help with this, can't really be hesitant with them! Reminded me of This (http://alrasyid.deviantart.com/gallery/) guy, he uses really harsh brush strokes, very minimalistic!
Keep up the good work :)
June 4th, 2012, 09:46 PM
@DanBK: Thankyou! :') and Thanks for the link aha, his stuff is ace, I really admire people who can work oils like that, it's something which escapes me x) everytime.
Okay, I know this isn't really classed as daily since monday ended nearly three hours ago... but since I haven't slept yet, I still consider this to be yesterday, okay.
Spent most of today finishing this off. I really tried with this one, and there are parts which I can see it paid off, which is really satisfying... I can also tell that my pencils still need much more work, buuuut I miss digital painting. :') So pencil's gonna get dropped just a tiny bit for a while.
Also, just been watching Snow White and the Huntsman... Some plot points were a bit niggly; but, seriously stunning visuals, seriously. (And I'm not just talking about Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, surprisingly, although still... unf.) I'm feeling so inspired right now... Lots of ideas for paintings :D I love that films can have this effect on me. I advise any one else to go watch it!
June 5th, 2012, 06:39 PM
So.. Bit of a shorter post today, due to me not going to bed till 6am this morning, thinking I wasn't in work till tomorrow... then getting woken at 10:30 by a phone call telling me I had my days wrong, and should have been in half an hour ago. Finally had breakfast and got started working at about 5:00pm when I got home :') Bigger post tomorrow, promise!
Some more ink face studies, this time with a pretty thick brush pen... this was interesting, more challenging than with a brush since I couldn't get any subtle or thin lines, so I had to think even more carefully about where the lines were placed. Many mistakes but good exercise!!
And sketchbook pages - all done in pen/brush pen. With the second page I was thinking about how I've had this sketchbook for two years, looking at the first page and thinking, I really haven't improved as much as I should have in that timespan... especially when drawing from imagination. So I redrew the first few sketches in this thread. I was right, not nearly as much improvement as I'd like, not much at all, (although these were rushed quite a bit, and in pen...) Still gotta work harder!!!
June 5th, 2012, 06:39 PM
I like your selfs portraits and the last one is cool too, great universe, a little bit creepy, work everytime.
June 6th, 2012, 06:33 PM
Orkimede: Thanks! :)
Not much today either, considering I woke up about 2pm, then spent most of the rest of the day cleaning my room and getting my head around sculptris... I remember why I never used to keep up with daily updates. Work too slow :/ Gonna keep trying though!
So, a photostudy and a skull done in sculptris. First time properly sculpting digitally, and I can see it's benefits for understanding form, but this annoyed me so much when I got onto the smaller details it might be a while before I try again, haha. It's was fun to do most of it though :)
June 7th, 2012, 06:12 AM
So I still haven't slept since the last post... Since I woke up at 2pm yesterday actually, haha. It's 11 am and I'm still not sleepy... this is what happens when I let myself sleep longer than my usual 5 hours :')
Photostudy and progress on latest piece. Dropping these off now in the hopes of getting some feedback on the WIP before I go onto colour... Any help, guys? :)
Been sat in front of the computer all night... I need to get out, do something. Walking into town for some lifedrawing sounds lovely right now.
June 7th, 2012, 07:14 AM
I love that drawing in post #216! I've always wanted to do a bird-woman creature and could never figure out how to merge the two bodies well, but I love the solution you came up with. Great work! ^^
June 8th, 2012, 06:55 PM
@dierat - Ahh, thankyou! It was a fun design to play with :)
Todays work - Progress on the Snow White piece (skin still needs a ton of work) and a character for tonal practice, since the WIP of Snow White shows how badly I need it... Working working working!
Will probably have to skip posting tomorrow, since I'm at work all day... speaking of which, I need to get up in about 5 or 6 hours... and I'm not even slightly tired. Coffee will be required tomorrow.
June 10th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Finished Snow White piece... Not happy at all but that happens, I guess. Onto the next one.
Sketchbook page.. Top right is from life, from Saturday morning Starbucks sesh before work (which is possibly gonna be a weekly thing).
Hour long acrylic tonal study and messy anatomy study - bones drawn in blue pen, muscles in red.
June 11th, 2012, 04:06 PM
Great ink and pencil work, I especially like this portrait (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh84/Juno_C8/Image3-1.jpg) - the forms look very solid and you nailed a good expression too. Also, great lighting and overall use of graphite for different effects on the illustration on post 216! Love the dramatic lighting, variety of materials and how well everything reads.
The snow white piece has good storytelling and a clear point of interest, nice rendering on the face. The compo leads the eye out of the picture the left though, with all the lines leading there, the elbow being cut off and the hair forming a tangent with the border. I did a quick paintover (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/smml/jessibelle-snowwhite-paintover.jpg) with more space on the left, hope you don't mind. Rest of the changes I made:
-removed the other branch on the upper left because it was leading eye to the border (best to avoid too much stuff happening on the edges)
-erased some of the hair from the top to get rid of the tangent with the branch
-made the flowing effect of the hem of the dress more linear and gave some slack to the creases on the sleeve, it looked like someone was pulling it from the lower edge
-straightened the deltoid/upper arm a bit and removed the tangent of the shoulder and hair behind it.
Keep up the good work!
June 11th, 2012, 05:17 PM
@smuli: Ahh, thanks for taking the time to do the paintover! It looks much better afterwards :) I probably won't go back and fix it myself, simply cause I lost all enthusiasm for it since I was so disappointed at how it turned out... But it's good to understand the reason for my disappointment, aha. I'll make an effort to keep a closer eye on the composition and tangents in the next one :D
Some more hour-long tonal studies and anatomy studies, and some thumbnails for a commission I've been asked to do. Feeling a bit unmotivated today.. gah. It'll pass, hopefully. Just need to get stuck into a piece again!
Oh, and sorry for the creases on these, they were done on discarded pieces of cardboard :')
June 14th, 2012, 10:36 AM
Not uploaded for the past couple of days just cause they've been so busy - two work shifts, a job interview and starting lifedrawing again :) The 'unmotivated' feeling disappeared within a day, thankfully, absence wasn't due to that. Uploading the stuff from lifedrawing now, and I'll upload the other stuff I've been getting up to in the next post.
(Sorry for the shadow around some, sketchbook was too big and hung off the edges of the scanner) First three are terrible, charcoal and five-minuters. Last two are various colours of biro and are 30 and 50 minutes respectively. :)
June 15th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Still got some sketchbook pages to upload, but these will do for now :)
My entry for this week's Teen Challenge, feels good to be doing these again:
and more anatomy studies. Lots of repetition, trying to rely on referring to anatomy books less and less each time:
June 15th, 2012, 12:44 PM
Great Studies Jessibelle, loving your draped pants!
June 16th, 2012, 05:07 AM
I saw your teen challenge entry, my jaw dropped xD
Very nice sketchbook you have here!
June 20th, 2012, 02:36 PM
@TNiznet: Thanks :)
Fell a bit behind on updates this week, bit busy - college exhibition, fathers day, working the last week at my current job whilst doing paperwork/induction for a new one :) (Plus last night was spent getting very drunk to celebrate... which I regret doing incredibly now, for various reasons.)
Bit of a dull update, some studies I managed to do - anatomy studies, and some tonal acrylics (one from life and one movie screencap). I feel like I struggle more and it's more of a challenge to do studies in traditional media, and I'm working with the theory that bigger challenge = learn more. Plus it stops me dropping into autopilot and forces me to actually concentrate.
Still got sketchbook pages to post.. ahh. I'll just do a big dump-post of them soon. :)
June 25th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Here we go. Anatomy studies and sketchbook pages.
Felt I was getting a bit stale and monotonus on the leg studies, so I decided it'd be better to focus on different aspects each week. This week is torsos :) Lets learn dem abs!
I was (before last week) aiming for mostly daily updates; but this new job, as much as I like it, has unpredictable hours and when you combine that with my unpredictable sleeping patterns... heh. I may lose track of days. But I am setting myself a target of updating every two days at least, let's see how that goes :')
June 27th, 2012, 10:19 AM
Like I said, update every two days... although I've slept once, so it seems like one day to me :')
Spent monday night painting this up... A birthday present for my dad, big Bruce Lee fan.
(with a little camera-phone shot underneath for comparison... this is why my sketchbook pages always look so crap, this is how bad my camera phone pictures are.)
Work-in-progress that I'm working on for about half an hour here and there, whenever I have time between stuff... first of two parts. Practising tonals. Long way to go.
Compulsory anatomy dailys. Bridgeman and Jeno Barcsay.
Now I really need to get ready for work.
June 29th, 2012, 06:59 AM
Most of the stuff I've got from the past two days (or, one day for me) isn't worth scanning, so I'll just drop the finished version of this here for now.
July 4th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Pretty big post; I've been too lazy/busy to scan everything in, so it's kept building. :') In my defence, I've finally bought a proper digital camera (No more crappy camera-phone photos!) and I was waiting for that to arrive for the sketchbook/oils stuff.
Unfinished oil's practice - gonna be doing alot more of these; I'm fascinated by oils, I love them and wanna get into doing more with them. :) Especially whilst it's still warm enough to leave the window open as ventilation, haha. The heart is a study for a much bigger commission.
Sketch for the next piece, the sister piece to the one in the last post:
Sketchbook stuffs, including some lifedrawing in the staffroom at work (all animals from ref)
Aaaand obligatory anatomy studies. Lil bit of fashion in there too.
July 14th, 2012, 03:48 AM
This life drawing (http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh84/Juno_C8/Image14.jpg) looks spot on! I like the shadow accents and overall solid feel! The torsos studies of the last sheet also look very correct despite one being a bit elongated, studies are paying off it seems.
July 14th, 2012, 06:52 AM
Nice work, keep on applying those studies :)
July 17th, 2012, 12:16 AM
@smuli: Thankyou! It's just a shame that's the only life drawing session I could get in. :')
@SamC: Thankyouu :)
Didn't mean to be gone for so long... life's just been crazy, starting a new job that's just taken over my life practically, haha. Trying to get into some sort of stable routine.. My body really doesnt do routine. :') I have more stuff to upload than this, I'll put up the rest in the next few days and hopefully be updating more regularly.
Finished personal piece, anatomy studies and another unfinished oils study.
July 19th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Aaaand this upload brings us back up to date. :')
Some sketchbook pages (with some lifedrawing from starbucks and the staffroom)
Some shots of what I'm working on atm - big-ass canvas painting, a commission for a friend's band. Did the underpainting in ink since the song it's supposed to be illustrating is actually called "Ink My Soul" (at the moment.) This thing is the biggest thing I've painted, easily A1... time consuming, but unexpectedly fun.
Also, because I've just remembered - my friend makes his own music... If you like listening to ambient/electronic/chillstep/space-y kind of stuff, you should definitely check it out. I actually think it makes really good music to just zone out and paint to (and I'm not just saying that for the shameless plug, haha, honest.)
His youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SEAWAVESmusic?feature=watch
Aaand if you can like it on facebook, you're awesome. http://www.facebook.com/pages/SEAWAVES/123947271049023
July 22nd, 2012, 05:08 AM
I was gonna upload this last night, buuut I came home from work after midnight, stole some of my drunk mother's pizza, and passed out instead. :') Also, my scanners not working atm, so I can't upload anatomy studies...
Here's where I'm up to on the huge canvas commission:
Sketchbook page, and a little quick colour study for a traditional piece I'm planning (as a contest entry):
July 22nd, 2012, 05:21 AM
hi there, you are doing amazing... please keep it up.
July 22nd, 2012, 06:38 PM
Love coming across sketchbooks that have loads of study in them - gets me all inspired! I'd say thus far I love your oil studies - they have something about them that your digital works lack. Might be in the way you do them - digital is horrible for being able to just get in there and noodle with details before you should, yet your oils have this great sense of freshness of brushstroke. Could be worth paying conscious attention the next time you do an oil study how you put down the strokes, and try and replicate that with your digital stuff.
And on a random note, I love the really dark red fingers on your latest teen challenge piece - something about that coupled with the frost subject that tells a story for me.
July 26th, 2012, 05:06 PM
@netxhunter: Thanks! :)
@zephyri: Thankyouu~ :D I've looked up to your work for years, so you have no idea how much that comment means. :') Yeah you're right, i think I have a bad habit of trying to over-blend everything digitally, which is alot harder to do in oils... I also move the paintbrush very differently to how I use the wacom pen, never really noticed till you mentioned it. I'll definitely be looking into that as soon as I have time, thankyou for the critique! :)
Finished contest entry... I hate the scan of this. It's so much smoother irl, buuut you'll just have to take my word on that. :')
I'm putting together a logo for my cousin's new cake-making business, it's been fun. These were the sketches I sent across to her, I'm currently making colour mock-ups of the third one down since that's what she chose:
aaand the usual anatomy studies. Arms arms arms.
July 26th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Hey Jess, your pencils are getting much more sweeter than my own. I can't let THAT happen! :)
Looking at those arms studies, they look so precise and the shading looks really sweet. Wish I could see those in a bigger format.
Cool logos as well, I really loved the text on the top left one - what do you think of the combo of that text and the option she chose? Just musings :)
One last thing before clicking the post button - it's probably too late for that contest piece, but check it for proportions. It looks a little askew. Just a little.
Anyway, Peace and Toast!
July 26th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Hey thanks for the comment! The pencil studies look really nice and smooth good job on those. Are you doing studies from memory along with the observational ones though? I can't tell XD if you are then great, if you aren't you need to to make sure the things you're learning stay in your brain.
Also I think you should draw a ton of skulls and heads, your understanding of the head's construction isn't good enough. In your contest piece for example according to the position of her eyes the nose should probably be approaching profile view, possibly breaking the contour of the face. That's the position the nose is in when the far eye is touching the edge of the face. oh, and while I'm at it the perspective of the eyes and chin don't match.
Perspective and construction, boring and basic, I know. But keep practicing the basics and you'll be as great as you want! good luck :)
July 30th, 2012, 12:52 AM
@Kerah: Ahh, thankyou! yeah, I sorta felt like anatomy studies were taking over my sketchbook, so that's why they're so small, sorry :') About the logo.. hadn't really thought about it tbh, I'd only made the text that way in the first one so that it stood out better against the cake... And she seems happy with the logo/text combination, so that's what matters. :)
@Vertical: Ahh I'm doing bits from memory, but not really enough, if I'm honest. :') I should change that pronto... Been mostly familiarising myself with the muscles through repetition atm.
You're completely right about the head thing; should have looked at the damn sketch in a mirror, aaah. I'll start jamming on heads pretty soon. Thankyou for the crit! :D
Little update, working most of the weekend, and some time was spent painting that big canvas (which isn't gonna be uploaded til it's finished now.)
Anatomy studies, sketchbook pages (batgirl and darth vader-girl are photostudies from suicidegirls) and the finished logo.
I know updates aren't that exciting atm; hopefully that'll change soon, when I can work on personal work again. :)
August 2nd, 2012, 01:37 AM
I still love your anatomy studies the most <3 Is the repetition-thing working for you? I really should start anatomy studies again too and just wondering if the learning with repetition thing would bee eerm, my thing. :D Oh and also the vader-girl looks cool.
August 2nd, 2012, 09:44 PM
@Satu: Ah, thankyou! Um, the repetition does help an awful lot, especially if you're trying to do it from memory each time... Good luck with your anatomy studies! :)
Been laying off uploading till I finished this... the beast that's been taking up all my time. -.- Finally done... Crappy photo though, sorry about that.
That's about a2 size. Completely ate my white paint.
Some sketchbook pages - things in pen are photostudies, pencil are personal work. Trying to fill a page with photostudies every other day... been feeling a lot that my ideas are kinda... lacking. So these will be just random photos i come across on the internet, to build my visual library :')
Aaand obligatory anatomy studies :)
August 4th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Hello there! nice to see you are really into figure drawing, but don't forget to post some environments, even if it is speedpaint, like you did back there.
Keep it up!
August 4th, 2012, 03:06 AM
That commission piece with oils is awesome! I love the strong impact of the comp, solid looking heart, how the cool colors pop up against the glow and how well everything is blended. Precise anatomy studies too as always and nice logo sketches!
August 6th, 2012, 03:33 AM
That heart painting came out really tight! How's your routine and everything now that college is over? Just wanted to highlight something I see you doing with faces from your imagination quite a bit, not sure if you see it or not. Took one of the paintings above as an example, they look a little skewed. You can fix this by having a strong centre line in the construction phase, and trying to keep everything balanced along it. Worth studying some Loomis heads if its something you're struggling with.Keep it up
August 13th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Okay, so I have a banging headache I want to sleep off, so I'll report back first thing tomorrow to reply to comments (which I really am grateful for, thankyou so much)... and apologise for being gone so long.... just gonna drop these here for now.
Anatomy studies, arms and onto heads.
Sketchbook photo studies
Studies from life - people from in/around costa, animals from bolton museum
random sketchbook pages
Really bad photo of an oil paint photo study... really enjoying oils lately, expect more of these.
and a little piece from imagination, applying what I learnt from the oil paint study. Tried to follow zephyri's advice and imitate my oil painting progress.. I think it's really paid off, the brush strokes are much more painterly... thankyou for that :)
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