beginning of a long way... (mild nudity)
hi people :)
after quite a few dsgs, I think I really should make my SB as well :) it's a sign I became serious...
I dump various things here along with some thoughts. feel free to skip the blurb, especially that my English is so bad. I understand almost everything, but I rarely write and never talk in English.
I'm a programmer, born in 1976, I live in Hungary.
as a child I loved drawing, but at 7 I realized I suck and maths are more exciting for me anyway...
I made not even doodles, but I always loved nice visual things, especially pictures full of beauty, mood or idea...
20 years passed and I felt an urge to draw... but it was only playing... I drew faces (then bodies too) and almost no more and they were simple copies, mostly from an anime.
my copies were often impressive for a complete beginner, but I just traced the lines well, I didn't know how to construct a human figure, my own ones were horrible. so I studied human anatomy, but still half-heartedly.
imagination was never my strong point, but I realized I had no own ideas at all, not even for poses or for a unique face, it was strange, I felt so lame.
then I've "accidentally" found CA and the Daily Sketch Group. I've read and watched DSG topics for 2 days, it was wonderful. one topic, many different styles and interpretation... I registered and made my first DSG entry. it was bad, but it was such a good feeling to make something and to be among the others, making new things.
my progress is noticeable, my confidence has grown, my imagination seems to be not completely dead yet and I have new goals.
it's hard to draw every day, I'm struggling with it. but this feeling is too passionate and wonderful, I won't fail.
my favourite topic is the human(oid) body. I want to be really good at it, anatomy, every kind of expressions, different facial features... both simple and realistic, various styles.
I like clothes and accessories too and I like creatures, plants and I'm ready to make limited effort in order to create backgounds for completeness and mood, but I have an extremely low interest in mechanical things, especially if they're not humanoid-shaped ones (no, I have no mental/emotional problems being a programmer, it's just another thing :)). the fact I drew robots shows the power of DSG =)
I like the simpleness and charm of some anime style (I can admire even the most simplest comic), but I think I usually prefer a more realistic approach... I definitely won't use big eyes and anime noses everywhere, but I like interesting shaped eyes and a bit more slender body then ours.
I dunno if it's a problem, but I'm reluctant to spend too much time and efforts for a picture. I love simple but expressive and feelingful styles and besides, I'm a beginner, I need learn the basics and for now, I need making many sketches about anatomy and stuff, I don't like working in detail on a basically messed up base.
thanks if someone has read this much and now my little things...
I start with my few drawings _not_ created with pencil or photoshop.
1. (+dragon pencil sketch) my best (though rushed and unfinished) Commodore-64 picture, 2005, FLI (still 16 fixed colors and 320x200 resolution with 2x1 pixels, but this format has more freedom with colors. except for the first 3 column, but I used a trick. I've created the viewer program and the painter, too ;))
I really like the dragon, the original pencil sketch became my first avatar.
2. two funny creatures from a thanking card, 2007:
pictures created in Flash (all from 2007):
the winged girl I often draw is Reki/Haibane Renmei. I usually copy very easily, but she drove me nuts!!! I drew many hundreds of Reki, so now some of them are similar to her. I'm not particularly fond of her, but my Love, Alvaro is, he writes fanfic about Reki and himself and I will be his illustrator one day...
3. a picture about her (the body is horrible)
4. an anonymous haibane girl. I just made lines and circles with my new wacom tablet, as an exercise, but I got bored pretty quickly and suddenly she was there. I had to tidy up her a bit and add colors... it was fun.
5. a one-minute dog ;) a test element for a comic maker site which I've been working on.
6. it's a funny pic about Alvaro. Alvaro isn't only a real person, but his own character :) their appearances and abilities are different, though :)
7. a logo. it's a request of Alvaro. the Haibane Renmei has a logo, and Alvaro has his own, vaguely resembling the other one. it still need a finishing touch.
DSG entries part I (pencil or Flash)
after the period shown by the previous pictures, I made a really big jump.
I drew still rarely, but it was from another world: Daily Sketch Group entries and studies for them. I made things I didn't know I was able to...
most of them are (wow, they're many... I didn't realized it until now):
1. DSG 1326: Environment: NATURAL FEATURE OF DIRT AND ROOTS RISES OUT OF WINDSWEPT PLAIN (Flash)
2-3. DSG 1327: Creature: BIZARRE ALIEN IS LIKE AN AMBULATORY COLLECTION OF SLIME-MOLDS
the shot of my pencil sketch was horrible and I applied an effect. it couldn't do much harm ;) I redraw it in Flash.
4. DSG 1328: Sci-Fi: LUXURY YACHT'S SUPER-LOADED FANTASY JUMP-JET
5. DSG 1329: Creature: THE ALIEN "SPHINX" IS COMPLETELY FREAKISH (Flash)
6. DSG 1333: Sci-Fantasy: WEAPON-TOTING DINOSAUR W/ A HUMAN FACE VS. LAND-SQUID THING
7. DSG 1335: Creature: CENTAUR IS RIDICULOUSLY, VEIN-POPPINGLY, MUSCLED
8. DSG 1344: Creature: GREEN, ELEPHANT-SIZED, HERBIVORE W/ YELLOW MARKINGS + SHORT-HORNS (human figure added only for showing its size)
9. DSG 1346: Sci-Fi Character: CYBER-AMBASSADOR IS A ROBOT KNOWN AS "THE BIRD-WOMAN"
DSG entries part II (Photoshop)
I've got fed up with the quality of my entries created with pencil and shot with a camera, and I like colors anyway... so I've switched to Photoshop.
some time later I threw away my beloved lines too. I had no experience with colors and composition... it was tough, but I wasn't bored at all.
DSG 1349: Open-Ended: THE CHANGELING (only the best part)
DSG 1351: Creature: FREAKY ALIEN "TREE SPIDER" WAITS FOR PREY TO WALK BELOW
DSG 1354: Creature: AN ALIEN HOLDING ITS BABY
the original pencil sketch has some charm, but the result wasn't the expected :(. somehow it became a bit distorted (in the original the parent looks exactly into its baby's eye) and I had very serious problems with colors I just couldn't fix.
DSG 1356: Fantasy: NEWLY DEVELOPED FAERIE EMERGES FROM ITS CHRYSALIS (I consider it a failure, though I like the leaves and the idea: the newborn fairy is looking to the wormie and thinking about what she gained and what she LOST)
DSG 1360: Creature: UNIPED CYCLOPS (lines again. I needed them :( )
not very tidy, but I liked this pic and I drew one such cyclops every day for a while. even the whiteboard in the office couldn't avoid its fate. my collegues were glad :)
DSG 1361: Sci-Fi • PEOPLE SPOT THE HUGE ROBOTS CRESTING THE FORESTED HILL HORIZON
the people are too black, but I drew a scene and there's some lightning, I was a bit pleased
DSG 1362: Sci-Fantasy • RED SEMI-CIRCULAR ALIEN CRAFT IS KNOWN AS THE "BLOOD ARC"
crafts aren't my thing, but I focused to the colors and played with PS brushes, it was fun
DSG 1365: Creature • CLOSE-UP SHOT OF A SEA BEE... BEES THAT'VE GONE AQUATIC
I still played with brushes. the coral is referenced, though it wasn't really like this
DSG 1366: Creature: HIDEOUS DEEP-SEA MONSTROSITY IS CREEPILY KNOWN AS "THE MERMAID"
I got a bit carried away... 2 versions
DSG 1368: Sci-Fantasy • THE GREAT MECHANICAL SQUID
I'm proud of it :) at last, I did something I was really pleased with!
DSG 1370: Creature • ESIPHET, THE VELOCIRAPTOR-HEADED EGYPTIAN GOD OF PUNISHMENT
too crowded in the breast area, there are some anatomy issues and it's not sharp enough, but I like his legs. I need to draw figures without outlines :(
DSG 1373: Weirdness • HUMAN CHRYSALIS
my CA stuffs other than DSG entries
1. the task was to overpaint a kid's drawing, in The Monster Engine style. it was fun :)
2. Gimme Face #4: Pucker up my hero! first I thought of Catwoman, but she's not a hero and the current dsg was about bunny... so here's my make-up hero ;)
I will continue making entries (usually with Photoshop), they're useful and it's good to show my little things.
but I badly need making a lot of anatomy studies and I lack experience in everything. as for human anatomy, I have a good eye to realize what the problem is, but if it's anything else (composition, color, lightning...), I just feel something isn't right and often have no idea how to fix it :(. so any good advice is highly appreciated! :)
I will do what I can myself, I'll practice (and draw instead of writing) :)
thanks for visiting my very humble SB! crits are welcomed, of course. be honest with me, I will be the same in your SB :) I like to crit when I am able to give a reasonable opinion.
I am not able to write a short post, really
yinteck: thanks :) my biggest problem is that I draw very little. I sacrifice my free time for it, but somehow time is flying away. I think I have great uncertainty and some fear from the whole thing. I'm searching and struggling. and I'm a perfectionist :( but I won't give up, never.
AgentAlpha: thanks! yeah, I know some Loomis and Bridgman works. but my favourite is Sheldon Borenstein: See it, feel it, trace it, draw it. unfortunately, it's very hard to get this book. I can buy Bridgman books easily and cheaply on eBay, but I want the Borenstein one, somehow it's for me, the information get through easily and I find it useful.
I've brought some really messy stuff, just to show I'm making my studies. not much, I've spent my time with searching on the Net and watching and thinking. just one anatomy book isn't enough for me. I had two printed sheet about the human muscular system and they were different, I spotted some anatomy flaws too, and I needed other views too. I had a tiresome day. I've learned a couple of Latin and English words and found out there's such things as hyoid bone. it's so unique and important and interesting, but I hadn't learnt about it! oh and I admire the human body more than ever. what a wonderful system... :)
oh, too much talk. here are some studies and a very early wip about a dragon. that's an aborted dsg entry (herbivorous dragon), now I have no time and self-confidence to finish it. I wish to learn digital painting _properly_, not "some shapes, burn and dodge" style thing. the dragon's body is referenced, but I altered it, the head is my favourite dragon head type. this specie can't fly and is peaceful, the colors are for hiding. I planned darkgreen wings and mane, I dunno what will I do with my picture, but now the colors are boring for me.
I think it's time to make body parts and bodies, a LOT of them. and throw away this fear in me :) produce quantity and I'm sure quality will come.
great expectations for today :)
I write too much again... but being at CA is great for my English, well, maybe the quality doesn't show it, but I'm far quicker now ;)
and my SB is a bit like my psychiatrist ;) I need to write about my stuggles and thoughts. sorry for that.
thank you guys :)
yeah, I know... at the beginning, when I just copied anime faces for fun, I was relaxed, I don't want to be a graphician or anything... but then my perfectionism became active in this area too. but the main thing is that I draw not enough. I studied muscles and bones, though and now that I have an SB, plus I heavily criticise others' works (I have an eye for anatomy flaws, it's true, but I should show them I am able to draw a human figure if I want), I won't bear long the pressure and shame and I simply will draw ;)
yesterday evening I was tired again, I drew some life studies. arms and hands, I'm a maniac now, I want to draw hands, dammit. I know it's a tough object, but I want to draw simple but nice ones, and now.
my model was asleep and I was lying sleepily too, so the loomis study (male body, front) became lopsided, but not bad, except the awkward wrongsized hands :) I do it again today! Loomis' Figure drawing is very useful and I will take my time, no one minutes scribblings :)
a hand. it's better than my hands from life... it's from a Haibane Renmei artbook, plus my memory/knowledge/whatever.
the wormies... lookie, a doodle :) I practically never do a doodle, especially recently, in my human anatomy maniac :)
the shot is better, redrawing with a softer pencil + outside shooting + exposition correction makes wonder... the light was better too.