View Full Version : Arco's sketchbook (update august 17/18 - about time!!!)
May 17th, 2006, 04:37 PM
Demented: Thanks, and you're right about the foot. Haven't studied them yet like I did with hands.....
Pennington: Thanks dude, maybe I'll try a self portrait this weekend...
Stine: Thanks man, and yes, I'll start on that....
Had to do some garden work tonight, resulting in a tired arm. Doing inks wasn't very much fun after that, so I tried chalk & pastel. Did some drapery and a master study after Willem Buytewech (17th century)...
Thanks for looking, C & C very welcome...
May 17th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Hey Arco, those bone studies may not be so proportionate, as you said, but they look cool as all hell and you'll get something out of them. Your enjoyment is showing through.
May 18th, 2006, 01:44 AM
Really liking the drapery studies. Are they from Bridgman, life, or mind?
The master study looks even better - you've really managed to capture the atmosphere and moment - well done dude.
thanx for sharing man.
May 18th, 2006, 12:55 PM
Master studies are great practice <> see ya at SoFA
May 18th, 2006, 04:05 PM
MadPlanet: Thanks dude....
Demented: Gracias...drapery is from Bridgman....
Mentler: Thanks man! Right after posting this I'm gonna dive into a few books and find me some more drawings / paintings to study....
Tonight I first tried chalk, but I'm struggling with the material because the point is going blunt in no time and the lines then aren't sharp enough...
Next did some pen (brown) and tried some soft pastel on it...think I like it...
And a bridgman arm, done in the same way...
Thanks for looking, C & C very welcome...
May 18th, 2006, 11:50 PM
Hi Arco: Looking good:) I like the look of the chalk, imho I would say don't fight the material if you want the fine line of a pen, then use a pen. If you use chalk accept that the line quality will be different and use it as an opportunity to be less riggid. I like the look ot the pen with soft pastels. I think your drawings are looking really strong these days, Keep up the good work.
May 19th, 2006, 09:17 AM
pen and pastels are a very cool combination (at least when you're using it...). :) nice choice of colors, too. good to see you turn a struggle into an advantage. so last two sketches are my favourites. keep up the great work! cheers,
May 19th, 2006, 09:22 AM
Ham-e: Thanks dude, you're right about the chalk. But maybe I also try to work too small...
Stine: Thanks man! I will try a few more of those this weekend, maybe on some different types of paper. I guess this should look nice on tinted paper too...
May 19th, 2006, 01:01 PM
thanx for dropping by my humble sb again.
Your studies are really paying off dude - love how you've combined the pen and soft pastle: way t'go. Far better than my attempt at mixing the two media the way you have.
This thread keeps getting better and better - happy to have followed from start.
May 19th, 2006, 01:29 PM
finally i have time to check on your thread
I see Mr. Mentler is an powerful inspiration to you - and that's the best thing! He is a master! I see you are on the right track! The studys are comeing along pritty well!
Try some lifedrowings between all these anatomy sketches - i think they will help you understanding better the shape you are constructing there! ;)
Cheers man! And thank you for being such a support!
May 24th, 2006, 01:42 PM
Hey Arco, really dig your stuff here! Gotta say I have some of the same problems as you. Not being patient and giving up quickly. It can be very frustrating. Keep postin your great work pal! :)
June 5th, 2006, 05:13 PM
whats up arco? long time no update keep em comming man !!! :D
June 6th, 2006, 10:40 AM
yeah dude, c'mon. Time for some updates come on chop-chop!
June 7th, 2006, 04:33 AM
Zulle and Demented: Thanks for the encouragement and the replies dudes, really appreciate it. Truth is I've been ill for a while and not been able to do anything. Started to develop severe skin pains on my belly, side and back and it turned out to be something which I believe is called shingles. Last two weeks have been terrible; couldn't move, sit, lie down etc. It hurts like you wouldn't believe. It still does, but its getting slowly better. So there probably will be coming some updates in the next few days...
June 7th, 2006, 04:40 AM
oh, sorry to hear that arco! a big "GET WELL" from me!
June 8th, 2006, 12:57 PM
aw man, that's terrible. :(
hope it goes away very soon.
June 8th, 2006, 01:26 PM
†Masterful Studies! though what a vile and unjust cause that has befallen upon you! I wish for a better state for your health!
Keep up the great work.
June 8th, 2006, 01:38 PM
Wow great studies! Hm, gonna make some my self, and your one is really
a good example to follow Keep those up!
June 8th, 2006, 02:43 PM
All: Thanks for the reactions, really means a lot...!
Getting slowly better, I'm just fumbling around a bit with oils at the moment. Nothing spectacular, just exercises in creating texture with oil paint by means of scumbling, dry brush and glazing. I'm just not putting anything on my scanner, that would ruin it....:)
June 8th, 2006, 02:48 PM
yo arco... man your anatomystudies are kickass.... keep it up duuude, sweetness all around! i´ll go draw now.
June 12th, 2006, 03:44 PM
Kicek: Thanks dude!
I'm sort of up and running again, although still enough pain and itches to be really comfortable. Ruins the concentration as well, still cannot work longer periods.
Tried a few oil study thingies, but still wet so I won't show 'em just yet. Did some drawing as well.
First a bone thingy....:
Then I started a dinosaur, but too much detail and I couldn't be bothered anymore:
Finally a fish design doodle thing...
That's it for now, thanks for having a look! C & C always appreciated....
June 12th, 2006, 11:44 PM
haha cute fish. glad you're feelin better :)
June 12th, 2006, 11:54 PM
shingles,,, ow,,,,,,, isn't that when you aren't immunized for chikenpocks and don't get it when you are little???????? my buddy got it in highschool and his doctor says it was related to stress,,,,,,,,, hope you are feeling better and not worrying too much....... slows the healing.......
I think you should bring the beautiful control you have over forms in the bone studies to a more wide-ranging application,,,,,,,, namely, spaceships and vehicles,, alien architecture,,,,, and other shit that looks like bones...... you know????? just add some windows, wheels or eyes and see what you get,,,,,, hehe,,, that is my stupid advice for the day......
June 13th, 2006, 04:30 AM
hey arco, sorry to hear you're still in pain, hope it'll get better soon! but great to see you found time and patience to draw again! bones are looking great as usual and the fishes are really cute! get well! cheers,
June 13th, 2006, 04:38 AM
Pennington: Thanks dude!
codakromek: Thanks for stopping by...actually, when you've ever had chickenpocks when you were a child, you never lose the virus. It survives in your spine. When your resistance is very low, it can start to multiply, which results in shingles...it commonly happens to people over 60, so I guess I'm an early adapter :(
About the arttalk: you're right in a way, but I'm still in a difficult period at the moment, don't really know what to do and where to go. Trying to set a few goals for myself, trying to figure out what really grabs my attention (I'm not really into spaceships and aliens for instance, but I do like fantasy animals)...
July 5th, 2006, 03:49 PM
It's been quite a while since I posted, I've been ill and on holiday and now I'm slowly starting things up again.
Did a quick monkey drawing in pen & pastel, hope you like it!
Thanks for looking, C & C appreciated
July 5th, 2006, 04:12 PM
Awesome glad to have you back Arco, hope you are feeling better.
Monkey is looking awesome, if not a bit like me :). Think you might push the highlights some, parhaps give it a more hairy feel, otherwise very well done. Characteristic have been very well captured.
hope to see more soon,
July 6th, 2006, 02:27 AM
Thanks d :)
I have been in doubt over the hair, but decided to not be too detailled, because that's my weak point: I detail too much...
Now that I've looked at them again, I noticed that both their faces are slightly slanted to the left. Something I have to pay more attention to the next time...
July 6th, 2006, 04:40 AM
glad to hear you're better and could enjoy your holidays... last update is lovely, that combination of pastels and pen really is your thing (well, ONE of your things...):)
really like the sense of form you're able to transport - and to the slanting: one thing i learned working with digital is flipping your piece to see those things and train your eye... so i made it a habit to do the same with my traditional stuff when i scanned it, just to see where i have problems...
hope to see more from you soon, cheers,
July 6th, 2006, 05:01 AM
I think i like captan render man, and i hope to have skill like you someday.
keep it comin, and until then take it easy and dont take it anywhere eles.:)
July 20th, 2006, 02:17 AM
hey :) glad you're back. and wow! nice monkeys. good use of pastel. oh yeah and have you seen the guy who beat a rubix cube in 11 seconds(you fish reminded me of it) crazy.
August 17th, 2006, 06:35 AM
great studies dude! those shadings rule, the red chalk work look pretty classic, and those inked bridgman studies rock terribly :teeth: keep posting please, seeing your stuff makes me wanna draw!
August 17th, 2006, 03:29 PM
Thanks for the reactions up till now. It's been a while since I last posted. Haven't stopped working though....
Currently working on increasing rendering skills and doing faces. Still trying to get a bit better at working with a pencil....
This drawing is a portrait after a Egyptian statue; tried to breathe a little bit of life into it. It's not finished though - will need a couple of more hours on it....
Thanks for looking.
C & C welcome
August 17th, 2006, 03:40 PM
Glad to see you posting again man! Looking great man, real Egyptian feel to it too. Can't wait to see this one done mate, really lots of potential in it!
keep up the good stuff, and don't stop posting again man!
August 18th, 2006, 06:28 PM
hey dude, thx for stoppin by my sketchbook and leavin feedback, i freakin love it when people comment. i like yer anatomy studies you have. You said you're trying to learn the face, you should pick up one of the loomis books, i know theres an Andrew Loomis PDF floating around the internet, u can google it or something . He demonstrates how to make a 3 dimensional kind of head, then goes over all the bone structure of the face, and muscles and how all that effects how everyone looks. i got into that book about 6 months ago and am still practicing and trying to really get it down, but there is some solid stuff on faces in his book. u should check it out.
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