Sketchbook: Stoat: it's all coming back to me...
Join the #1 Art Workshop - LevelUpJoin Premium Art Workshop

Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 178

Thread: Stoat: it's all coming back to me...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0

    Stoat: it's all coming back to me...

    Okay, here's my story. Went to RISD in the late '70s. Ran out of money after two years. Banged around for a few years as a freelance illustrator. My best work was pretty good...but I didn't always do my best work, and I was terribly slow. But, you know, I was getting there.

    Then, to pay the bills, I took a job in the art department of a research and engineering company. Not bad. Kind of fun, really. Did everything from technical illustration to publication design. Any job where you draw pictures all day is a good job, right?

    A couple of years in, we got our first computer, and I was. Just. Completely. Floored. Knocked out. Blown away. Bowled over. I lost it completely. For the next twenty years, I ate, slept and breathed computers. Gave up conventional illustration completely. I got to play with the earliest versions of image manipulation software (before Photoshop!) and 3D modeling programs. Scripting and programming languages. Markup languages. Publications software. Typographical software. Director. Shockwave. Shoot, I'd play with the operating system, if that's all I had to play with. I got a reputation for figuring out new technology quickly, so I got all the best toys first. I built prototypes. I *loved* my job.

    So now it's, like, twenty five years later, and I'm pushing fifty (and it's pushing back!). I'm about to quit my job and move to the UK. And...I finally have to make up my mind what I want to be when I grow up. I don't think I want to chase the technology any more. I don't have the enthusiasm for new information that I used to have. Or maybe I'm just mentally slowing. I think I want to make art again. But with a technology assist.

    Anyhow, of all the forums I looked at, CA seemed the most serious and professional. So I'll put a stake in the ground here, if I may...even if concept art isn't where I end up. This morning, I dug out my last ever sketchbook. There are no dates, but I think it's about 1984. Here's the frontispiece:

    Attached Images Attached Images    
    Last edited by Stoat; January 9th, 2008 at 12:04 PM.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  2. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Here's the next page in. Obviously, I had some kind of model for the top guy. I'm guessing a magazine picture. It turned into a painting: my last full oil painting. I'll have to dig that up this morning, too.

    You'll notice from the standing guys that symmetry is something I don't do well. And yet, I often choose to draw symmetrical compositions. I think my weakness there niggles at the back of my mind, you know?

    That's one area where digital painting makes it so much easier: flipping the illustration to work on it backwards. You can do similar things with conventional art (shining a light through the paper and looking from the back; tracing it and flipping the tracing), but it's so much more cumbersome.

    Attached Images Attached Images    
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  4. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  5. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Yeah, here we go. Excuse the reproduction; my scanner is busted (this would be too big for it anyhow). Sure, it's an homage to da Vinci, but mostly it's an effort not to paint his genitals. Not that I can't paint genitals, you understand. It's just that...once you've got genitals on the page, that's all anybody looks at.

    Am I right? Am I right?

    This is what makes the comic book guys such geniuses. All those people in tights. You can paint nudes without those terribly inconvenient winkies and thingies and such.

    Huh. I like the sketch better than the painting (isn't that always the way?). The second guy is obviously derived from the same image, whatever it was. Oil on masonite panel. My favorite medium.

    Attached Images Attached Images      
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  6. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  7. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Right. Back to the sketchbook. Next page: bird man.

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  8. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  9. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Next page: Puss 'n Boots in sepia wash. Not a great drawing, but I did a little oil painting from it I was very proud of. I gave it away. I gave most of my finished work away.

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  11. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    150
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    impressiove works, love how you put shades and lights on bodies!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  12. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Ooo! My first comment. Thank you, toubab.

    Here's the last from the sketchbook. I'm not too happy with the way I rendered the animals, but I still like the idea. I was going to make a big two-panel painting out of it, like a religious diptych. The other panel (for which there are drawings around here somewhere) was the wedding portrait of the Dish and the Spoon. The little painting is a watercolor study. I never finished it; a bigger drawing of this is as far as I got with it.

    Attached Images Attached Images    
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  13. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  14. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0

    Mullets Are 4ever

    Oh, god. May you live long enough to embarrass yourself this badly. This is me, around 1985.

    The provenance of this image is interesting. It was a little oil-on-panel, about the size of the palm of my hand. The background is gold leaf (the one and only time I used gold leaf). I had the painting at my desk when, years later, we were loaned a color Xerox machine (back when they were a quarter of a million bucks). I blew up the image about 1,000% experimentally. This one is about three feet by three feet; you can see the seams.

    Then I mounted it on foamcore stuck it on the wall. Which thoroughly pissed off...exactly the people I wanted to piss off thoroughly.

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  15. The Following 7 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  16. #9
    speedysam267's Avatar
    speedysam267 is offline *a user title that is customized* Level 3 Gladiator: Catervarii
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Pearl River, NY, USA
    Posts
    109
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    those are some great paintings, and don't worry I think everyone as made a heroic pose at least once, they just didn't have a camera and canvas around!

    keep posting, and How did you do the area within the circle for the last one? is that just light hitting the little ridges made by your brush?

    sorry, I was thinking about something. what'd you say again?

    >check out my sketchbook<
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  17. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by speedysam267 View Post
    keep posting, and How did you do the area within the circle for the last one? is that just light hitting the little ridges made by your brush?
    That's the gold leaf. When I tried to burnish it on, the leaf began to rub off, so I left it. So there's a bit of the panel from below showing through on the knobbly parts.

    And just make sure, when you strike your heroic pose for the canvas, you don't have a really stupid haircut!

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  18. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    409
    Thanks
    148
    Thanked 139 Times in 65 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Great works man. I especially love the all pencil drawings. You are a skilled painter too.
    Do you plan on going back to traditional drawing, or are you just showing us to see what people think of it nowadays?

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  19. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    Do you plan on going back to traditional drawing, or are you just showing us to see what people think of it nowadays?
    Hm. Probably both. I'm trying to psych myself up, I guess. When I hunted up the sketchbook this morning, I hadn't seen those images...since I drew them, I'll bet. I'm touching base with the last place I was at.

    I've developed all kinds of technical skills since then, but I suspect my drawing ability is frozen in time. And drawing is the master skill from which all the others derive.

    What I need most is to get back to life drawing, but that'll have to wait a while longer.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  20. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    HK
    Posts
    59
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    great skill in pencil sketching, also great in painting too
    would u teach me?

    zeroc sketchbook
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=108389

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  21. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Posts
    1,844
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 129 Times in 118 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    ohhh man you've got some awesome stuff there. great sb

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  22. #15
    zephyri's Avatar
    zephyri is offline professional guacamole maker Level 5 Gladiator: Myrmillo
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    453
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 519 Times in 189 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Wow, these sketches/works are gorgeous, the sort of work I might inspire to myself should I ever find the time to fiddle with oils. I love your pencil work, the form and light is just wonderful and I love how none of it really gets lost when you transfer to paint. The way you handle flesh in the medium is beautiful too. Fabulous and inspiring! Oh, and its great to hear of another artist who frequently gives work away too, I'm a sucker for that.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  23. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Hotlanta GA
    Posts
    1,611
    Thanks
    84
    Thanked 554 Times in 191 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    after reading this i just have to ask
    which pieces are the recent ones? and if they are all old
    you have to start again man
    too good to go for so long neglecting it
    ps
    not tryin to give you a bunch of crap
    after my pancreas gave out on me this year
    ive become a bit of a ass hahaha

    i would love to see more, and more recent, work from you
    the man elected jesus commands it haha

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  24. The Following User Says Thank You to trevor For This Useful Post:


  25. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Awww...shoot, Trevor. You're no fun. We could've had a really good blood feud or something.

    Okay! Enough with the memory lane already. It's back to the basics for this little weasel. How was your morning? Mine was beige. Very, very beige.

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  26. The Following User Says Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  27. #18
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Shoot. I was going to take this week's Spartan Camp #18 -- I need to loosen up and work faster and 50 gesture drawings seemed just the thing -- but I only got to eight before the phone rang and I got lumbered with a stupid job. Stupid clients. Stupid not-being-born-rich. I'm going to be hella busy between now and Sunday, so here's my stupid eight:

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  28. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    588
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    H0ly shiet! o_O man u rock! love the birdman!! anyways about that black painting u talked about. yeah that is weird stumbled apon the same situation too, but i found 5 black paintings with the headline "5 words"... and i was like... "um..OK?!"

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  29. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Argentina
    Posts
    972
    Thanks
    132
    Thanked 183 Times in 95 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Hello, you draw well, the best way to learn is to teach, so why not teach?, i think that would be the best choice you could make in your life... think about it. keep posting.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  30. #21
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Thanks, Christian but...teaching? Holy cow! There're kids on this site half my age who blow me away! I got some serious catching up to do...

    This lady showed up on our corporate website this morning winning an award or something, and she was just so shiny and pink...like delicious candy...

    Attached Images Attached Images  
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  31. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  32. #22
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    56
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I would love to see more of your old pencil style, but newer images. I think you should try to relive the style where you have shading, and while it is a delicate looking shadow, it gives the image all it's personality. I am not sure if I described it quite right, but my favorites were the minimal shading pencil renderings.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  33. #23
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Thank you, ThaHellion. I'm itching to get back to traditional media, too. I'm in the middle of a complex move, though, and all my art stuff is packed up. It's going to be a few months, at least, until I can unpack it in a new workspace.

    Until then, I figured it was a good opportunity to play with Photoshop. I've done business graphics with PS, but I've never before tried to get arty with it. I'm having loads of fun, but this doesn't really look like me.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  34. #24
    zephyri's Avatar
    zephyri is offline professional guacamole maker Level 5 Gladiator: Myrmillo
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    453
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 519 Times in 189 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Wow, i love the look of the coffee in that cup, looks like it might spill out of the screen. ehehe. And I think, to say you've never really used it for artistic purposes that you seem to have a great handle on the ways of painting in PS. That last sketch reminds me a little of Zhu Zhu's work: http://zhuzhu.deviantart.com/

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  35. #25
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    762
    Thanks
    988
    Thanked 189 Times in 97 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    wow these are really good

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  36. #26
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    19
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    uuuuuuuuum, amazing.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  37. #27
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    2,547
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 1,477 Times in 731 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I'm having totally STUPID amounts of fun playing with Photoshop. And, yes, I really did have a red velvet sailor suit like that...for about ten minutes. Then I think they realized I was going to set fire to the house in the night if they made me wear it. I was youngest; I got hand-me-downs. But god knows when that thing was handed down from -- a Victorian orphanage, by the look of it.

    Attached Images Attached Images    
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  38. The Following User Says Thank You to Stoat For This Useful Post:


  39. #28
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    1,038
    Thanks
    77
    Thanked 281 Times in 244 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    haha your crativity is a great thing. I like it when someones personality comes right out in their work.

    The birdman, I also enjoyed...what about bringing him back and doing a nice digital? I don't know exactly what your wanting to dig back into though. thanks for correcting my aweful 'beetle' spelling. Don't be a stranger, I want to see what you do in the future

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  40. #29
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    1,440
    Thanks
    167
    Thanked 93 Times in 72 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Welcome to CA Stoat, and to the sketchbook section.

    The oils are what get me, just beautiful. Not sure about that haircut though .
    Hope you keep posting and updating this thread, would be cool to see the progression in a year. Cheers!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  41. #30
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Berlin
    Posts
    255
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 30 Times in 25 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    *jahmy*cooOooffeee........oh sorry, it looks so delicius^^
    realy great work here, please go on.... i want to see more!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast

Members who have read this thread: 136

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •