Man, i totally feel your pain: I went to art school too, and I just wish I'd had more live drawing and less arty- farty stuff... Anyway, let's get to things.
I've noticed your portraits are gradually coming together and looking convincing, but there's a tiny little things that I don't quite like: the eyes. They look a bit too big, like you're putting too much effort on them, trying to make them expressive. That's fine, as long as they're in proportion. I'd say just forget they're eyes, and draw them as basic shapes. Then step back and see if you got the expression you wanted. If not, at least you've got the proportions right, and you can work from there. And hey, everything else in them looks fine and dandy, and this is just my opinion, so take it w/ a pinch of salt...
I agree with Ninjacat that you should maybe put some more work on plain linework to try and make the figures stand out more and have a better base from which to build volume and stuff. But hey, I'm the line- only guy, so maybe that's me
Keep it up, dude, 'cause it sure is going somewhere nice!
why does that poll say that you should work more on anatomy??? I know that anatomy is important but that's not gonna solve all your problems, in fact right now that ain't gonna solve anything at all. I think you should do gesture studies, and you'll definitely see an immense progress.
Agreed.. you should probably try more expression and suggestion in your drawings, since it looks like you have a pretty strong anatomy foundation to work on. Quick 30 second gestures, lots of them, will definitely help you in that. And I think you could try different expressions / emotions for your portraits.
Looks good, with the potential to be even better. Keep going =)
*poke* Demo we can use an update
Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!
Pigeonkill, Holybovine,Andres333, odiolitos, ninjacat11, Sonia Leticia
Thanks for the comments and the crits, Iv read over them all and am working on most of what has been talked about, already so thank you. I decided to just answer everyone at once so sorry next time ill be better about specific replies, I should be able to post again almost every day now that my life's a little more back under-control
As for comments about the poll and anatomy, the poll was introduced like 2-3 years ago I cant take it down i would if i could. And at no point have I stopped working on any of those things, Yes anatomy will fix things it would be absolutely foolish to believe other wise, and gesture of a figure would be a subset of anatomy. I do have a ridiculousness amount of gesture work but its super tedious to post and really not to much worth it, I don't necessarily have the time to post 500 pages of 15 second drawings, don't hate me for it, just love me
soo sketchbook stuff
and some figurative drawing
some paintings that are in progress
And starting over on portraits.
AHHHH sorry about the sizes ill try to work on them when I get back home. ;P
Now that's an update. I like the anatomy studies and bones structure is pretty solid.
Is that gold paint or gold foil in your sketchbook?
In your traditional paintings. It looks a bit muddy. I would try to avoid the blacks and whites. You can do a lot with just burnt sierra or umber. You can just paint a canvas in light umber wash. Let it dry slight and take wet brush and erase the paint and white shows through.
Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!
cant wait to see your finished oil paintings... very exsited ..
i love to do everything and learn everything... i hate to be cornered in one place.. i believe u can be anything u want... Your mind is limitless... check out my sketchbook ... u will find a bit of everything
I was just meandering through here. Very nice stuff. Love the oils and the studies.
Nick Trip:Thank you Nick
Pigeonkill: Thanks Pigeonkill the gold is glued on gold flake you can go to pretty much any general art store and find either shredded up gold, silver or such or you can buy it in sheets, I bought this marker so i can keep it all stuffed in my backpack and play with it during classes. As for the muddyieness mehh Rembrandt studies my professor said to start with black and muddy colors and work to lighter and saturation so it probably is just that in combination with the unfinishedness.
Dleoblack: Thank you.
Rain Walker: Unfortunately I probably wont go into either of those oils any further, but thank you none the less!!
RSloan: Thank you.
Anyways some more school work from the last show First one was bought by the school, unfortunately I did not get great photos before handing it over.
After that a few ceramic pieces, lots of other studies a Priemevera, a Mucha, some still lifes, portrait, then sketchbook pages.
Also big news I received a pretty big Grant from my school which will cover some very nice large paintings (ONE LIGHT BOX!!!) and what not for a show in October. So
I will sneak updates in here hopefully everyday.
Heres a more stylized piece in progress should be done soon. !!
and I have most of it screen recorded so will post a video along with progress shots.
Last edited by Demo; May 30th, 2011 at 08:50 PM.
I've had a nice journey through your SB. You drawing has improved a lot from the start, but you've lost some of the joy of colours that you once had. I'd love to see that back.
Nicktrip, Aryeh Thanks you two, for the kind words, it was a bit of a ridiculous piece with all those rocks
Heres some more what not
And these are progress shots of one of the paintings done for a grant i received Horray!!
its one of 2 that will be center pieces of an opening of some of my paintings!!
Here's a little thing l made out of a small little doodle in one of my books.
Thanks for the SB visit, I have been back through your book and have come to the conclusion that ........ well I have a hell of a long way to go yet!
I liked the heads you did way back in post 274 of your book, they started out kinda vague and built up to a finished image I dont quite do it like that, my opening lines are thin and spidery, not as confident LOL.
All the best and thanks again for the input
A great kind hearted lumbering bullock
http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209918 = my Sketchbook
Sorry every one I have been quite busy with everything and have not had the chance to do a proper dump of images and work heres a small little selection of current paintings. Thanks all
O sorry for the terrible qUAlity
Last edited by Demo; November 22nd, 2011 at 08:32 PM.
with the anatomy studies, one important thing to do is to understand the superficial muscle groupings. Sometimes its not enough to just know them observationally. But you must also follow up all your studies with repetition of drawing the musculature from memory. Even if it's wrong the process of correcting an error is more conducive to learning often than simply copying.
More recent work...
Here are some small paintings, mostly landscape studies in oil and various others some have sold!!
Better pictures of paintings
Last edited by Demo; December 11th, 2011 at 10:10 PM.