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September 16th, 2007 #1
Genna's Midnight Scratchings (Updated 3.4.2009!)
Hey guys! I've been sort of a silent observer (see: worshiper) of the talented folks on this site for a while, and decided I would get my act together and join in. (check out page 2 for more recent stuff--I took a sabbatical, mmkay? )
Basics about me if you care to know:
My real name is Genna, I just turned 20 in July (2007), and I'm currently living in Washington, USA. I'm already on my 3rd school out of high school; figuring out what I want to do has been a real bitch for me. I've finally settled on attending the Art Institute of Portland, and I'm going to major in Media Arts and Animation (though i'm thinking of eventually switching over to Game Art and Design). I've got a real problem with trying to do too many things at once and ending up not getting anything done, and that sort of applies to art as well. I really want to improve on everything (environments, character design, creature design, architecture and industrial design) and i get frustrated when I can't do everything at once. There's so much to get better at, and I've got such a long way to go in just about every area! But enough emo.
Basically what I want to do with this sketchbook is to motivate myself to draw every day rather than once in a while, and also get to know you guys so I have people to bounce ideas off of while giving feedback of my own.
Here's kind of a tangled mess of sketchy stuff I've done that I think is a pretty good rep of where I'm at in my 'artistic endeavors', and also one finished thing... Basically where I want to go is to loosen up my lines and composition (i want to get rid of excessive linework, actually) and work on mood and color choice. AAAAAAaaand, come hell or high water, there will be more! =D
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September 17th, 2007 #3
Emily - Thanks, I really appreciate that! And gratsi for taking the time to look and comment =D
Erm, okay, so here's some stuff I was working on tonight--it's basically just a big monkey/ yeti thing, with a creepy mask face. There's gonna be a girl riding its shoulders when it's finished I think. And then the flying fish is a little bit older...
September 17th, 2007 #4
Hey, that's a great start. very nice illustrations.
Last one looks really good, and great mood to that little detail of the ape swinging.
Also those two environments in the rigth of the big page in the first post look great, i think it is one of the first times I see the grass brush used in a way that doesn't look bad.
September 17th, 2007 #5
Amazing stuff, dude, cant say anything..
September 17th, 2007 #6
Great stuff, youve got a nice sense of composition and colour, that last digi with the flying fish is great.
Something that ive noticed as a compositional and value problem in both the first and last digi you posted is the lack of atmospheric perspective. The water behind the dude in the first one, and the clouds behind the fish in the second one are quite bright in value and colour (this applies the most to the first pic) and are a bit sharper than they really need to be. I think that by simply softening some edges, lowering the value of the whites and slighty turning down the brightness of the colour you'd get some more effective atmospheric perspective, and it'd bring out the foreground a lot more.
Cant wait to see more
September 17th, 2007 #7
The flying fish is wonderfull. Great idea, great choice for angle of view, the transparency in the fins, just great.
Some of your other pieces have color choices that don't work as well. When you start with an intense color you have no place to go from there. Start your foliage with a more drab brownish-green and then pile increasingly clearer colors on top of that. The intense color will mean more when juxtaposed with more subdued colors.
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I love the fishy!><>><> Anyways great start i love ur work!
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September 17th, 2007 #9
i like the colors your using, and those thumbnails are excellent. I agree about the atmospheric perspective though, but thats the only issue i see right now. keep posting .
September 17th, 2007 #10
Very nice book. More please :-)
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September 18th, 2007 #11
voraz - Hey, thanks! Yeah, i find myself abusing the grass brush a little too much, so i'm glad they look all right. =P
throtailer - *gasp* you just said something! Thanks for commenting~
SirGreenSock - Ah, thank you so much, this is the kind of stuff I need. You make a really good point; I like doing environments so much that I don't give the due focus to the characteeer.
Gilead - Yeah, you're right; I never realized that, but a lot of my stuff is super saturated... Bwah, thanks!
RaistlinTheDark - Thank you, I'm glad you like! =D
DaBaers - Hey, thankya for the input! constructive critisism is so rad =D
spudstudios - Heh, your wish is my command =P
Okay, so this is what I was working on last night when i shoulda been sleeping... sort of anime-ish--not that there's anything wrong with that--but it's for a buddy of mine. Oh, by the way, if anyone has any excercises they'd like to suggest, I'm aaaall ears.
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September 18th, 2007 #12
The character drawing itself is solid in the last update, but im not too fond of the colours and values themselves.
Colour-wise, the green, red and blue colours are all really saturated, whereas as the rest is almost grey in its saturation. Its quite unbalanced in that sense, though even something small like red bounce lights on the whiteish cloth and whiteish bounce lights on the red cloth would help bring it all together more.
Value wise your colour/value choices arent getting enough contrast, the skintones especially are real grey, but not dark enough to pull it off, so she just looks sickly. The shadows on the lighter cloth are also quite pale, and barely register as shadows compared to the red cloth. Try squinting at the picture to blur and simplify it, and you should see what i mean.
What kinda exercises are you interested in?
September 18th, 2007 #13
SirGreenSock - Weeell I took what you said and twiddled with the pic some more, and you're right, it looks better. Part of the problem might be that i'm working on a laptop, and i've noticed a lot of stuff comes out bright and crazy looking when i view it on the desktop pc. But I think I tend to get lazy with colors too, and just say 'well, this is white, and this is red' and forget to think about how they act together under the same circumstances. Hopefully this sort of improves on that a little...
And since you ask, actually exercises in lighting/atmosphere and color would be rad! =P
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