Farsh, thank you You're right, painting works best only if one has strong drawing skills. I'm working on those, making lots of drawings from life.
(The link to your sketchbook in your sig does not work, by the way)
Recently I bought this book and it is really good stuff. The author (who is an awesome painter) shows the progress of a figure drawing from life and advises to start the drawing by "enveloping" the figure in a simple shape consisting of lines and corners. He says "You'll save time if you learn to do so"; me thinks "o really"?, and tries it. It works quite well. I'll get accustomed to it either way It can only be good to try something.
looks like a good trick, i know its all ready a long time ago that you posted this bu can you please tell how this works? i like the images that are made with it. I'm also sketching work from great painters in history. It realy realy works well.
Sebastian - thanks it's actually very simple You look at the image you want to copy; and try to "envelope" it into a big, simple shape, and draw that shape on paper. Then, you find the outer contour of the figure/image and draw it inside that envelope. The envelope allows to see and check proportions better. And when you have drawn the outer contour, you draw the details "inside" the figure. It takes some practice but in the end it saves time.
Whitevillage, thank you I'm glad if it was helpful.
I was really inspired yesterday evening; so even though I had an Abitur exam today, I painted some environments at night. They're done from photos, no colorpicking, about 10 minutes each.
as for the char concepts, i'm not sure how i feel about the lineart being with the soft shading...i would either change the line color to something softer looking (like dark brown maybe) or vary up the line quality. or maybe throw in some harder shadows/lites.
also perhaps the sides of the top lip should overlap the bottom on the outer edges a bit more. it's only really apparent on the girls...i know you're prolly going for a winged look but it looks a little strange.
hp, thanks yes, I'm a DN fangirl, the movie rocks! and the photographs too I especially love L. He's just so funny and adorable. Have you seen the scene in the 2nd (?) move where he falls off the chair? *laughs* I'm a fangirl. Also, thanks for the tips
oOHereticOo, thank you ^_^
Some new stuff (all from reference photos, about 10 mins each):