Having seen herone hour quickies and her youtube videos I decided to draw with mouse too (till I buy a tablet). It isn't nearly as difficult as it is said to be.
Result is attached. (I used a photo as a reference)
Total painting time: Approximately 8 hours
Mediums: Photoshop CS2, mouse
Last edited by Novbert; December 22nd, 2007 at 04:54 PM.
Artist:Novbert Concept:Xarotonga (a.k.a. Santahead Treehugger)
This peaceful parasite – inhabitant of the sultry tropical forrests of Aldebaran-V – spends virtually all of its life on the same wuawu tree sucking the sweet sap of the tree. The Xarotonga - or as the human astronauts who discovered this weird creature named it after its special body shape: Santahead Treehugger – is an all-female species reproduces via parthenogenesis two or three times a year with each litter containing 1-2 pups.The feet of newborn Xaratongas are very well-developed and strong, so they can easily climb off the tree and take long distances in order to find a suitable, vigorous wuawu tree to live on. Once the little Xarotonga finds that tree, she climbs up on it, gnaws through the thick bark of the tree with her modified mouth and starts to feed. As Xarotonga never leaves its chosen tree the muscles of her legs atrophy gradually.
Xarotonga has a unique defensive mechanism against carnivores: it’s her frightening screams. Her apple-sized lidless eye scans her sorrundings constantly and if she sees a potential enemy approaching, she makes a terribly loud high frequency sound with her large, yellow, mouth-shaped organ on her back. How this sound takes effect is not yet known, but the fact is that fearful panic takes hold of every living who hear it.
Xarotonga is the totem animal of the local Vokioki tribe. In their language the name ‘Xarotonga’ means: ‘The One Whose Screams Make Your Blood Freeze’
The shading is incredible, and you've got a lot of talent. Just keep practicing anatomy, I'd say you should get yourself a good anatomy book from any near bookstore or library, or perhaps go searching on the internet for Bridgeman or Andrew Loomis, who are very good in explaining everything.
I saw some mistakes in the face of Jessica Alba in the Sin City drawing (Have the video right beside me at the moment), but that's, as I said, only in the areas of the face, and such mistakes can easily be repaired. Your digital art is very good also, I'd say keep that up! =) The head of the woman in your very first drawing is maybe a little too big, but I am not sure.
Also, drawing from life is the best way to learn anatomy and other things to draw.
Success, and I can say this is a great way to start yer journey!
Thanks for the kind words on my sketchbook. You've got some good work here too. The digital paintings especialy are really high quality.
So far as a crit, the first figures feel, not so much flat, but wispy, and lacking structure. The second group are stronger, if a bit clunky. You know who would be good to look up? Giacommetti, when he wasn't doing abstract art was an excellent draftsman. Try and find some of his drawings. Also, I never heard of posemaniacs. Could you post a link?
The black and white figure has much finer proportions then your sketch work, and has a great softness to her. You might take certain areas and sharpen the edges a bit - like the wrinkles and such in her shirt, and a bit of the background. It looks a little hazy.
The green parasite has great colors, but it's kinda confusing. It's back looks like a big pair of lips, so I wasn't sure what I was looking at, at first. Maybe make it's outline crisper, and make the color scheme of it a little more different from the tree? Also, refining, detailing, and sharpening up it's limbs will make it clearer that they are limbs, and not some weird veins from the tree.
Long time no updates, huh?
Well, thanx for the comments, folks
Kai Black: here you go ;-)
MikeHamlett: Thanks, man
Morthrong Eterech: Thanks. I know that I have to learn a lot about anathomy. I'll try to focus on this.
TASmith: Thx for the comments and the Giacometti tip. I'll check that guy's works if I have some time.
So I finally bought an A5 size Wacom Bamboo Fun, and it's really fun to use. The only thing that bothers me is that photoshop keeps crashing every time I try to use it and I don't know the reason (It only happens in RGB mode sometimes). If anybody has troubleshooting tips, well... just tell me.
As I had the appropriate device, I decided to draw even more often than before. I also decided to create assignments for myself. The first one is: "Portrait drawing". I know that it's not really for beginners like me, but... well I really like to draw portraits.
So my current purpose is to draw 100 portraits. I don't really want to get too detailed, I only want to practice the use of my tablet and I want to develop my own working method. I also want to get familiar with the softwares I use - PS, Sketchbook pro, Artrage, etc. Unfortunately I don't have too much time, so I'm not likely to be able to draw more than ten images weekly, but I guess it will be enough.
So here are the pictures from the last week.
C&C are apreciated
Last edited by Novbert; January 17th, 2008 at 01:30 PM.
Though I might recommend using a little more texture for skin, soft brushes work well but getting some good custom made brushes for texture will help speed you up in rendering and make a portrait more interesting. (Blah I'm not at the level to be saying this but hey I hope it helps)