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November 27th, 2007 #1
Matt Kelley's Sketchbook [Nudity]
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I've been digging around these forums for weeks now and have been inspired to get busy with the drawing again. I'm on a mission to develop my skills and kick my old bad habit of not sketching all the time. I think i read in a magazine article somewhere that an artist is just a sketchbook with an arm attached to it. So please, don't hold back, critique the hell outta me, and get onto me if there isn't a fair amount of new sketches at the end of every week
and so it starts....
1 hour pose
1 hour pose
Sharpie sketch from photo reference
Still life from three years ago
graphite and collage project from two years ago, unfinished.....still
Wacom sketch, 4x6 in. graphire...
Line self portrait
Quick digital sketches
started to layer on values in photoshop, abandoned
Quick sketch in alias sketchbook pro
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November 27th, 2007 #2
Nice mix of studies from life and works from imagination. No huge crits from me - only that the sketches from imagination aren't quite up to the life studies works. Try to incorporate what you learn from life studies more into the stuff you do from imagination. Good luck and keep up the goodness.
November 27th, 2007 #3
November 27th, 2007 #4
MarkWinters - Thanks for the advice, I'll def keep that more in mind, I'm going to be concentrating a lot on Bridgman studies for a while, trying to build a better conception for form and function in anatomy, up until now I've vastly neglected that.
FourTonMantis - Thanks man, I see what you mean about the object. I added it last just messing around in Photoshop, I have this tendency to leave things unfinished and move onto something else, another thing I'm working on changing.
My main driving ambition at this point is to develop as an artist and incorporate that knowledge into traditional 2D and stop-motion animation. I'm using this thread as a motivational tool in the drive to keep going and I really appreciate the feedback. Here are a few screens from a (1st and only to date) stop-motion project I did last year entitled "Thou Art That." I shot over 4,500 frames with my digi-cam to create it, was fun... after the headaches subsided.
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November 27th, 2007 #5
Your animation looks really cool. Your drawings, most importantly ones from life, will definitely improve your skill in animation as well. I see alot of variety in here, which is good. Your pieces mostly look incomplete, ty and spend time to complete each piece, because i think you might be moving too quickly between pieces. Anyway, your studies and still life look great, so keep it up!
November 27th, 2007 #6
amer-nazri - Thanks for the kind words, That's def a problem I've had for a while without consciously realizing it, I will be making it a point to finish a piece before jumping away to another thing. Btw, your work is awesome.
Here are four peices of one drawing, scanner is to small. Went into a trance drawing this still life.
November 27th, 2007 #7
Thanks for the comments dude. I wanna see some of these concept drawing completed (as amer-nazri wishes also) and coloured. They would look so badass.
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November 27th, 2007 #8
November 28th, 2007 #9
Thanks Sarxous, lots of Bridgman on the way. I hear ya Peetaer, I'll be working on completing drawings before moving on to the next thing, although color is something I fear at this stage, working bigtime on my understanding of value and form right now.
Acrylic Value study of Norman Sunshine's "Double Fugue (diptych)," (1st and only time i've messed with paint of any kind)
Graph drawing from photo reference (had to piece it back together in Photoshop, damn this small scanner. A bit of the top of the drawing is missing in this photo but you get the idea)
Project i started and never fully fleshed out. Natural and mechanical objects combined, this is a small corner of the larger sheet.
November 29th, 2007 #10
Here are a few Bridgman studies from today. To those of you who may never have heard of him, George B. Bridgman has some incredible books out there breaking the form down into planes and interlocking wedges. Really helpful stuff.
Crits and feedback really appreciated.
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December 1st, 2007 #11
December 1st, 2007 #12
Some stunning work on here, especially the things you've drawn from your mind - it's like you've pushed them that much further? There's seems to be a confidence to them that's missing from the life drawings, good as those are. "thou art that" looks really pretty too and I can't put into words how much I love "Zippo Hills", what an opening piece!
I'm not an expert on colour, but a common technique appears to be to start off with a gradient in the background to establish a general feel for light/tone..etc, and then start blocking in colour with midtones, and then go over it with direct lighting and shadows, before starting on all the secondary (bounced light). Jeremy Vickery has an amazing DVD out on colour theory which has completely transformed the way I see things, I can't recommend it highly enough.
December 1st, 2007 #13
hey, your stuff is pretty cool man! I like the stop motion stuff and the trees the best
December 3rd, 2007 #14
Thek - Thanks a lot for the comments, I'll be sure to check out that DVD.
Lynus - Thanks man!
An ink drawing, tossed a lil color on it in photoshop. Was playing with watercolor but not really sure if the paper i'm using is ok for that, I need to look into watercolor technique. Critique and tips on techniques to try really appreciated!
December 4th, 2007 #15
Tweaking around with the drawing in photoshop has really improved your latest sketch. Good contrast between light and dark and focusing the viewer's eye to the most relevant details of the image.
December 6th, 2007 #16
Just picked up a Moleskine and some ink, and now I love them both.
Eat your Veggies
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December 7th, 2007 #17
Fresh off the presses.
I'm starting to really love ink.
I have a thing for trees...
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December 7th, 2007 #18
Hey there. Haven't seen you around before.
Nice start to a SB. Bridgeman studies are looking great.
Nice creative work aswell.
Get some more anatomy books if you can, it's a good idea to study from multiple sources.
Keep up the good work.
December 7th, 2007 #19
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December 8th, 2007 #21
Jokisalo - Thanks, much more to come!
FourTonMantis - It was a black and white photo in a book on Greek sculpture if memory serves. The title of the piece was "Zeus battles the Gods." It was a three part exercise One was to make a grid and copy a master work, then skew the grid and draw again, then a charcoal value study, found the skewed drawing.
Skewing the grid.
Quick ink sketch. Heart Surgery. From a project I'm working on.
December 8th, 2007 #22
Beautiful - i love your imagination and style even more now.
December 9th, 2007 #23
Thek - Thanks! Didn't know I had a style yet.
Here's a flash drawing I was workin on.
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December 10th, 2007 #24
December 10th, 2007 #25
I love the exploration in your work. Your style really has a storyteller feel to it and I'd love to see more. Did you finish with your animation project and did you post it somewhere like youtube...would love to see it. Keep the work coming!!
December 10th, 2007 #26
Thanks Peetaer, man I did it again, started something and left it half-assed. Will make it a point to finish that thing!
Silvestri99 - Thanks man! The storyteller comment made my day, and I'll be putting up a website within a week or so that'll have a link to the animation.
December 16th, 2007 #27
Semester is finally over and done with, time for more regular updates.
Shoulda started this on something other than newsprint...ah well, 1st attempt at Celtic knotwork
December 16th, 2007 #28
December 16th, 2007 #29
Cool creative stuff. I like the heart (?) and the decoration that holds it . The scull man with circle around seems to me it could be a pretty nice image. Like a summon of some sort. Hades maybe. Fusion of flesh and bones looks good.
Anyway. Keep up the studies and all, and post more mate.
December 16th, 2007 #30
Jokisalo - Hehe, all is well.
joaKimArt - Appreciate it, I'll go back and finish that one at some point, and def need to get back to the studies. Really dig your work.
some doodles, trying to see where i'm at without references
Feedback and info on good reference material to look into greatly appreciated!