Pete's Sketchbook (Haven't posted in a few years - see bottom 2nd page)
After a multi-year hiatus, I figured I should start posting again. My new stuff is at the bottom of the 2nd page.
Thought I'd start a sketchbook to see if it could keep me motivated and improve a lot more. I've been pretty unmotivated past few months but now I think I'll be able to churn out a lot more sketches and paintings.
I welcome critique and comments, so please feel free.
Last edited by Peter Stapleton; January 15th, 2013 at 10:26 AM.
Reason: Coming back after a few years.
Your values and colours seem to be at a very high level and the non-referenced salad bowl just blows my mind. With the cut out view and all there might be some tiny perspective problems giving away the secret (like the shadow not being as round as the bowl and the bowl seeming like it would have room for more sallad on the top and left) but the colours fool me completely. I think also control of detail makes the referenced paintings about people look so gorgeous. Gotta learn to think about that myself some day.
On the last sheet of figures, I think the pelvis often looks too small and close to the rib cage. Keep those Loomis-mannequins coming and try get some Bridgeman in your hands some day too. His books give the best sense of keeping the overall proportions with the simplified block figures IMO.
Thankyou all so much for your kind words and help,really helps me to stay motivated:
Creatinity - Thanks so much
ped454 - Thanks, I've been getting pretty down lately becoz I haven't been able to do some images from imagination, I just sit here trying to think about what I should do and stare at a blank screen for a while. I gotta go about in a different way I think.
smuli - Thanks for the awesome comments! When you said "I think also control of detail makes the referenced paintings about people look so gorgeous" were you referring to my portraits of famous people? Also thanks for the tip about the pelvis', I looked at them again today and realised it myself, it amazing how if you go away from what you've drawn for a while and come back you can see lots of mistakes.
Thanks so much for the advice Krist, it's almost like I'm too scared to create from my own imagination. I don't really know why but it's sort of like my paintings wouldn't live up to my expectations and I'm not ready. Don't worry though, that's how I felt with portraits before so I'm sure I'll get out of that mindset with new pieces.
Here's something old from imagination, I didn't like it, too bubbly, he's supposed to be a giant - Attachment 262561
Fayt - Thanks mate, my most recent post was actually done in photoshop, almost everything else is done in painter.
psy33 - Thanks buddy
I was a bit busy today and didn't get to start drawing until 1am :-|At least I did something right? We had bad thunderstorms with torrential rains and I was busy protecting neighbours houses from flooding all day. That never happens here. It was kinda fun though, only because nothing was damaged