To blunt the scythe, maybe make it rounded instead of pointy at the tip? (Perhaps curving the highlights more to match this?)
Colouring looks very nice. I like the purple dude most (also the wolfe). One thing, though: they all have a 'cold' tone feel -- perhaps you could warm the main colour more, to balance it out (especially with the girls)?
Lulie: The cold colours were somewhat intentional other than for the blonde haired girl, after reading your comment and looking back at the girl she does seem to have this odd "cold" colour scheme which I'd never noticed before (warm compared to the other characters, but still cold in general), so thank you for pointing that out to me. ^^ Very interesting...
And that idea for the scythe might work very well, so I'll give it a go. Cheers man.
Jasper_Flick: An excellent point about the double shading too, and how much more chaotic it can make an image look. I could really use that advice in future now so that's fantastic!!!
Also really knives DON'T need to be blunt on regular TV but, I used to do short cartoons for a little kids show here, where knives and cigars etc would be inappropriate.
^ The fun part about that is that we were always trying to see how far we could take things, like replacing a cigar in someones mouth with a leek or vegetable, then LIGHTING the vegetable and smoking it etc... just saying "well hey, he's not smoking a cigar." Push the envelope!
Okay so... I had a lot of drawings done at the workshop, but haven't scanned 'em... and ever since the workshop for some reason I haven't been drawing, and have wasted too much time. The guilt of that really smacked me in the face last night, and today I got a massive bulk of inspiration from The Kung Fu Panda opening animation by James Baxter Animation... I *really* want to be an animator once again, and I rushed to the Wacom pretty damn quickly tonight.
I've decided that I'm going to do studies of one animal every week. In that time I want to do a completed painting, a number of gesture sketches and muscle studies (semi-quick ones to get an idea of their movement), and a number of cartoon renditions of each animal. I'll be doing human studies all the while too.
Here's my progress for tonight... What with it being Thursday here the Sea Lion won't get much coverage this week, but on Monday I'll be starting properly on another animal (or might just do sea lions that week too).
I spent the weekend in Queenstown with the girlfriend, so didn't have much time for Sea Lion studies. But since I started those studies late in the week anyway, decided to spend this week examining the animal.
I need to learn more about the actual nature of the creature of course, to understand WHY it's shaped as it is. Not something you can fully justify in one week in my opinion, to condense so many years of evolution into one week of study. But hey.
So here are my studies of the Sea Lion for tonight, just taking reference from a youtube clip or two. The bottom left sea lion was done from imagination, shortly after the other sketches, which were from observation.
Note to self:
- Human foot studies!
- Next animal: hoofed animal (curious)
I'll be making Self notes like this from now on ^ Please forgive me if you can't understand some of them haha.
Last edited by BlightedArt; December 8th, 2008 at 07:33 AM.
It seems as if you've blocked in the whole front plane with the lightest light rather than a mid of some sort. The chest is really overpowering at the moment and it really needs to have the halftones put in. Also I think it'd be a good idea to bring the little one up at the same time because it is very hard to read what the picture will look like with such a strong orange shape dominating it.
good idea with the animal studies, keep it up man
GG in l4d just now was fun. pity we got spanked at the end.
Very nice sketchbook, BlightedArt! I love the vibrancy of the colours you use, and the difference between the cartoon art and studies makes the sketchbook very fun to wander through.
In particular, I like your pieces Frolic by the Pillars and The Glowing Swamp. I love the finished version of the second of those pieces. It's really pretty. And I love the design of that Skull Buster.