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October 14th, 2007 #1
=== Unsharpened's sketchbook (a little bit nudity)===
This is the first time I post here since I've been hesitated for ages because of my poor works, but I think I really need some critics to improve myself.
First of all, the list below are questions that I have been coming across constantly:
1. It is always difficult for me to creating some really "original" stuff, and it seems that I can only draw certain angles (45degree side view? maybe).
2. I love do more female character design, but I just can't get their costume right. Well, even there is a ref book in front of me, I might still struggle with the wrinkle of cloth
Anyway, a picture says thousand words, hope you enjoy them.
P.S. All of these pics I've done some changes by Photoshop, I hope this will help you guys identify where my problem is faster
Some works done by photoshop (I'm desperately waiting for my Wacom tablet... )
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberOctober 15th, 2007 #2
I tried to practice more in phtoshop, though drawing still my favorite....
I found that my digital work is quite ....flat? or too mild probably I would say.
Using mouse to paint on photoshop was really annoying me, but I think my problem might be still in the aspect of understanding of colour.
Anyway, suggestions and criticisms will be appreciated, thanks!!
Last edited by UnSharpened; December 7th, 2007 at 08:43 PM.
October 15th, 2007 #3
If you're just starting in photoshop, I suggest not jumping right into color right away as it can get overwhelming. Try doing some grayscale studies, and then moving on with a full range of value color palette. Having a palette really does help.
The drawings look good, but it looks like you suffer from vangogh fingers [like me], maybe clean up your linework some?
October 16th, 2007 #4
October 17th, 2007 #5
Joatley: Thanks for the crit! Your works are pretty nice~ I was wondering where did you get your ideas from. Fantastic!
enthombed: Your line quality in your sketches is really a model for me to learn, Thanks!!
I've just got my hand on my Wacom tablet(A6) today, and it looks just beautiful! However, it did take me quite a while to get used to with it, and then after 2 tonal practicing, my wrist was killing me..... The other thing is, it seems that all works just starting to pile up right after I decided to push myself harder..pld:. There are some assessments that I have to finish for the course I am taking currently.
It's really a shame that I can't finish both one sketch and one digital painting a day, which is my original plan. Thus I think there is another issue that I should really take time to tackle with....time management.
Two grayscale practices(1 hr each? hopefully)
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October 18th, 2007 #6
2 speed painting practice which I've done today. They took me about 30-40 mins each..., but I am still feeling that it is really difficult to catch the right feeling of them. It just like... I don't know how to describe that, but I hope I'll improve myself by doing this grayscale practice.
Suggestions and criticisms are always welcome!!
With reference. I just couldn't help be distracted by the colour on the photograph.....
Landscape practice without ref.
October 19th, 2007 #7
One portrait practice before going to bed.....
By the way, can anyone tell me what the favorite brush when you starting a work in grayscale? I am using oil pastel brushes currently, there is no reason why I asking that.... just curios
Crits are always welcome!!
October 28th, 2007 #8
for starting out, you're already on the right path (lots of studies from photos or from life), and after that, everything's just practice-practice hehe the brushes don't matter that much, i think.. i use the basic hard-edged round brush for almost all my preliminary sketches.
what will help you "be creative" is to expand your mental "image library". once you have understanding of the basic structure and why things are shaped the way they are, you'll be well on your way to be able to bend the basics into interesting things
keep up your practice/studies (try spend more time on them to get them "right", no point rushing them because the idea of studies is to learn) and also, check out the tutorial and tips forum for lots of good tips from some of the most awesome artists here
October 28th, 2007 #9
October 28th, 2007 #10
To deadred & RandAlThor:
The only reply I can post is .... I envy you guys' talent!!!pld: Your works are veteran.
I'm serious!! Anyway, thank you for those kind words
I've felt so guilty since the last post I did, and I know that it has been a long time past already. I have tried to fix my line quality in sketches, and kept studying as many masterpieces as I can. Well, I actually just imitated their strokes, so all I did was copy.....more or less.
Studies of Raphael
Tried to imitate the strokes
Landscape +1 ( I really should use some refs,...but I didn't)
I was curious that many brilliant guys here have mentioned about him, so I borrowed some books about him. They are awesome.. if there isn't so many text.
Head of Ana-Capri Girl from John Singer Sargent
I think that I had better to make my works more clean and complete from now on. There is no reason for me to post craps just because this is a sketch book... , it should still be well managed after all, isn't it?
P.S. Almost forgot, crits are always welcome!
October 30th, 2007 #11
a few studies
A character design practice, Blade Master in Warcraft.
It is difficult to make the cursor to follow how your pen move on the tablet... or it is just my lack of eye-to-hand coordination?
November 19th, 2007 #12
It has been a month passed and it seems that I am always staying in the same stage....
I am taking a life drawing class once a week, and I've also found tons of valuable resources for me such as the Workshop DVD (It's all free in the library!). In brief, I think and I do push myself everyday. However, the progress isn't so impressive for me. Probably I am going the wrong way? I hope not.
Anyway, a few up date today,
Some brushes and layer combination
Concept drawing for my study... I know it's horrible, but I can't think other way about conveying Global Warming...
Practicing after studying a tutorial
Crits and comments are welcome
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November 23rd, 2007 #13
Got some time for practicing.. today's update
Developing the skill to dig ideas from my head and visualize them on the paper is really a difficult task for me, now I admire those brilliant artists here more than before.
Hope have crits as always
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November 25th, 2007 #14
Few update today.....
A storyboard practice...I am watching DVDs recently, and that's really a huge inspiration to me... I love the concpet by Feng Zhu, and story-telling tutorial by Lain McCaig. Strongly recommend!!!!
November 27th, 2007 #15
I think that I really need to have a clear idea about what I am going to draw rather than just head to sketch on the paper recklessly....Maybe even doodling need some concept beforehand?
One portrait of my friends.
These are a bit out-of date, I was thinking that they're too messy. Yet I decided take some of them, these are the works I have done after all...
Have a nice day!!
November 28th, 2007 #16
Update about today
Speed painting practice with ref.....it still to me about an hour though
I wanted a innocent girl character in the beginning, but somehow it ended up with a....wild cat?
Hope I can post a bit more later on.
P.S. Is playing games helpful for developing concept art? I mean, how suppose you'll have time to practice once you start to play games even if that's benefited to you?
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November 28th, 2007 #17
Pretty sweet pencil shadings. My only crit atm would be to watch out for those proportions around the face. Particularly the length of the nose and where the eyes meet the bridge.
And thanks btw for the comments you left in my sketchbook. You asked how I did the apple digital paint so I shall oblige. Basically you need a live reference and set up a decent lighting for it. Then start painting with a really opaque brush, picking out colours that best match what you see, and dabbing them in. Sketching an outline first would've helped but that would take time since I wanted to keep the speedie under 30 minutes.
After laying down all the colours on the apple I switched to something with a low opacity and blended everything into shape, keeping in mind about revealing form, with the help of my strokes by following the contours of the apple. Finally add in the little details with a really small sized brush till you're satisfied.
There was a particular thread on this site that explained what was a good exercise for this, which was what inspired me, but I tried looking and couldn't find it because I wanted to link it to you. When I do find it again I'll be sure to include it in my sig.
From the looks of things, though, you're on a good path to getting into digital. So keep up the good work, man.
November 28th, 2007 #18
November 28th, 2007 #19
November 29th, 2007 #20Wulfsbane: Thanks for kind supporting! Your comment is really helpful for me refining my work. I am wondering that would the tutorial you talked about be this one ?Tutorials, Tips & Tricks. If not, I think it's still definitely a worth reading, massive amount though.
Dan Valkar: Cheers,man!
RandAIThor: The progress you got makes me feel small.....I do think so even it sounds like joking...
Painter practice with ref.
Stuff done in the life drawing course
Study....of my body
P.S. I found this website Art Renewal Center when I was watching the tutorial DVD. This website has provided the best masterpiece study spot after aimless research for my learning model.
December 1st, 2007 #21
December 2nd, 2007 #22
Update before going to bed
All of them are still practicing from photograph. One useful suggestion I've learned is that observing things as much as you can, otherwise your work will be lifeless. I love this advice purely because it helps me build up my data base in my head....
Crits are always more than welcome
December 7th, 2007 #23
Hi CA, time for posting some update.
Again, just trying to use photos for improving speed painting. Without reference, it could take me more than one hour and only come up with some miserable pieces which is too shame to show here.
Now I just wish that I can have more time for practicing, but I am still struggling with my assignments....
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December 8th, 2007 #24
December 9th, 2007 #25
Time goes so fast. Just manage to try some more different themes during this weekend. There you go.....
Emotion practice. Well, doesn't mean that I was practicing my facial expression, but I found that I had to involve in it to take a good photo for ref.
A normally angry man
The first time trying to create something, but I lose my patience after all...
Insect #1, hope I'll do more about insect
December 12th, 2007 #26
Just one for update today, though I know that it has been a while for not posting. I am trying to raise the completion of my work, even it may result in the potential idleness of this SB........
Another storyboard finished under time constrain. It helps me on visualizing things and observing things I am not familiar (It forces you to look for reference) with a lot.
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December 13th, 2007 #27
Update for today.
I really want to finish this, but I am tired enough today.....
I'll post the finished work tomorrow. Well, hopefully.
Masterpiece practice of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
There is always bright atmosphere in his work, just love it.
December 15th, 2007 #28
December 18th, 2007 #29
Update for today. Has it been 4 days pasted? Time really goes so fast..
A random sketch and finish painting. A new finding as well, the basic brush is really a nice tool! I couldn't catch the feeling of using photoshop until I started to use it. No wonder someone says "Simple is beautiful". OK, that might just be my excitement about getting the feeling right LOL.
Sketch (Actually I like it more than the painting....after looking both at them)
Painting, it took me about 3 hours
December 19th, 2007 #30
Hi CA, some post for today.
Still practicing goes on everyday but not many "design" thing in my head, where is my muse?
Tonal practice, the one below this is the ref photo I took on my trip.
Crits and comment are welcome. Actually, I need them more than before in order to kick my self from being lazy during this Xmas.