Hiya CA'ers, I've been following along with you guys in the shadows for quite sometime but the overwhelming want to learn has lead me to begin my journey and post . Like mostly everyone here I've been drawing since I was a child but once highschool hit I really lagged behind on my art since I was usually thinking negative thoughts. Towards my last year when I was a senior I began to really start practicing and attend lifedrawing classes at my local community college. I'm now 21 and have a strong desire to practice everyday and I'm very excited knowing that I will improve with this community Now enough talk, more scribbles.
Messing around with Robots:
more Ashely Wood inspired stuff:
meh, this one could have been much better but doubt that I will go back to it:
some more painting with acrylics:
But I've told myself that I should focus on Black and white and learn values and how shadows fall on form before I dip into color.
time to leave off on a SP i finished up today:
Thank you very much for taking the time to view this and even more if you comment! Until next time(which will be tomorrow), take care and keep drawing.
Last edited by KidApe; October 2nd, 2009 at 07:41 PM.
Hey KidApe, great start to the SB! Some really nice stuff here..Liked the Ashley-wood'esque paintings, but go a little crazier with those brush strokes next time, Its all about creating a dynamic feel with the strokes! Really dig your single moleskine image. Keep swamping this sb and welcome to the sb section.
Thanks for the advice Brozzi, i think i see what you mean about being crazier with the brush. Now that I look at Wood's work there are brushstrokes ripping right off of the bots and into the background,etc. I will remember that next piece I do.
Last edited by KidApe; June 20th, 2009 at 03:57 PM.
thank you Dan, I will def have more creature sketches in the future.
Impressive stuff! Yeah, go to life drawing sessions/classes as much as you can.
I like that deer looking sketch that you have, in particular.
thank you very much for the kind words Mcgee, yes I've been going to a figure study meeting that is held on mondays.
Okay, well a couple days ago I picked up two tubes of oilpaint and some turpentine. Here goes my journey:
First oil study, man I really prefer oils over acrylics alreadyXD
second go at it, i think I spent around an hour on each one. I'm pretty happy with this bananna
3rd, disapointed with how it turned out but I guess I'll learn that not each one is going to be better than the last. heh.
and ending off with a different fru..err vegetable? lol. This one got me excited, starting to pay more attention to values and squinting my eyes a lot.
I've been pretty busy with the creature contest, so once that ends I will be doing one a day, inspired by seedlings activity=D
Here's a preview of a COW entry for the contest, it's a thorny headed scavenger
An undead horse, inspired by Brom.
Blah, I tried painting a potato today but I just had too much difficulty in trying to sculpt the forms with shadows. I kept making the paint go muddy, but did learn somethings in the process.
I will start cropping my images in my updates, just wanted to show the size of studies compared to those crazy bulldog clips clamped onto my board=D. Till next time, peace!
Last edited by KidApe; October 23rd, 2007 at 02:47 AM. Reason: forgot to upload image
Looks like you're busting out the studies. I'm digging the strangely horned deer thing. It'll be sweet when everyone gets their 100 COWs done, sweet to see that you're participating in that contest. Keep posting thew work, you'll get better quick.
Nice start with the oil paints. Something you may or may not be aware of is that not all white and black oil paints are made equal (kind of goes for other colors as well). I'm not really sure of which two you have there but it looks to me like they are probably pretty opaque and on the cool side of the spectrum. If you wanted to add a little more variation while still keeping to black and white you could play around with using a warm transparent black and or white. They just over all act differently. For me personally I prefer using Titanium White (a cool opaque) and Lamp Black (a warm transparent) most of the time, but still keep around a Flake/Lead white (a warm transparent, toxic) and Ivory black (cool opaque) just for special times of use which does inevitably happen. Anyways, I'm probably rambling at this point. Keep up the studies!
like the horse and the skull (first post, the one with the pencil and all the dots), how'd u put all those dots?, just curious
Super cool start! ^^
Beware, it's a crappy Sketchbook.
"We are all heroes! You and me and Boo..."
Thank you for the kind words. Mybutterflyiris-I've heard about warm and cool black and whites but haven't had much experience in seeing the difference. I'm currently using titanium white and ivory black. Qadi- for the dots, I googled for some halftone comic dots and them cut them out in PS=D
this was originally going to be a SP but then less than midway through started to look like a priest, and then well, turned into a mockup band flyer
SP. Going to try and pop one of these a day. but in achromatics only:/
Black and white oil paints are fun and all, but I enjoy doing monochromatics with white and a dark non black color, like Burnt Sienna. Then eventually you can add in a few other colors to mess with color temperature, and eventually start making palette choices. Digi SP looks pretty good, maybe just darken core shadows more next time. Hopefully the COW's going alright, mine's kicking my arse.
Thanks Blue, I don't feel confident enough to work with colors just yet but the other day I did start experimenting with a limited pallet of ultramarine and yellow ocher. I will post it up once I get hold of a camera.
Okay, so I'm trying to get into the habit of doing some warmup sketches before I start painting to settle my mind a bit. Two gestures of my sleeping dog
then some good ol' hands:
and some fun in front of the mirror=D
Okay, I've been studying Bridgeman and Hogarth lately but decided that by doing characters I would have a bit more fun with the learning process. Hopefully I will get past the skewed heads eventually.
Cool stuff man. I like how loose the black and white fruit studies are. I think that you should incorporate that more into the imaginative robot stuff. I also like the pencil sketches. The have a nice loose quality and I think that if you really got your proportion and anatomy down they will look awesome. So, keep coming to the figure drawing.
Okay, time to get the ball rolling. I've been practicing lately and have been attending the local art association on mondays to practice figure drawing.
I've been practicing with ink and did a couple monkeys!
This guy is a test pilot:
and this gorilla had some augmentations done to communicate with his mind.
this was a comissioned piece for a coworker, not too happy with the contrast, oh well.
one of my friends loves yoshi, so here's a more modern realism approach to the dino:
started to get more into charcoal recently, here is a silly SP i did.
another Sp as well, love me goggles :
this one was very fun, starting to mess around more with a toned backing and working up to the lights and down to the darks
Thank you for taking the time to open up me sketchbook, and stay tuned for updates!
Love the figure with the knife and the animal below it. you have a lot of potential. What do you want to end up doing?
tmbritton: Thanks for the kind words, I really do try to stay loose and expressive and hope to transfer that trait over to my paint. You're right about my anatomy, I'm still not confident when it comes to drawing limbs especially from my head. I need to work on my contours much more.
Ash888: Ash, thank you! Well, I would love to work in the art field in some form, a concept artist would be wonderful! That, or exploring intense subject matter as a fine artist
Okay, so here are some updates from the figure drawing get together at AVAA:
holy shit batman!
wanted to make this model as a giant:
portrait of the model, got a horrible likeness but at least it looks like a person
thanks for turning the page of my SB, and stay tuned for updates!
Nice update. Cool to see the same subjects drawn by somebody else. I really like how your shading gives a good sense of the planes of an object. Like the faces that you've spent some time on for example. Very cool stuff. I also like that your self-portraits aren't just academic studies, but have a lot of character to them.
See you at the AVAA.
tmbritton: /bow Thanks man, I'm trying to be actively conscious of drawing the planes, exaggerating them I guess you can say. =D I'm going to try and have interesting props in my self portraits from now on,hehe.
Some more experimenting with pastel during a SP.
A pill a day keeps the beast at bay
Whipped out me o'l' moleskin today and did two artworks:
I really like this new portrait of yours.
Great job with the eye and the ear.
In the pill portrait I like your colors and design, I would fix the jaw.
As it approaches the neck, it stops making sense.
Good post, great work.
Please visit my sketchbook.