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Hi, I'm Henri from Finland. I just want to join the grand game of the big art world, to pursue the journey from a humble student level to even humbler master of the craft. Getting employed in the field is optional. Money, acceptance and fame can wait (they're pretty unlikely in this competitive field anyway). To draw and paint is like breathing. The point is not about who wins the game but about playing like masters. This is all about the joy of art making and self-development, overcoming weaknesses and practice, practice and practice. Having a background in comics and animation, I have taken more interest in the representational art aka illustration, the classical path from master copies to anatomy to drawing and painting from life.
Last edited by Combust Deficit; November 18th, 2013 at 01:14 PM. Reason: changed intro
Haven't updated for a while, so here's some sketches and studies (also in my blog):
My oil painting teacher encouraged me to show some of my sketchbook contents to people instead of keeping them in the drawer, so to speak. Most were done last year. Anatomy studies, old master studies, referenced from classic works by Barcsay, Szunyoghy, and others like Imagine FX Anatomy issue.
Here's some moleskine spreads that I have not shown elsewhere. Style studies, my own original imagination works, thumbnails and anatomy memorization practices. The last spread is done in oil color, prepared with two layers of gesso (studies of Phil Hale's and Joshua Reynold's techniques).
Some works since last time. This batch contains observational drawings from life study course and natural history museum. Plus some anatomy studies and master copies.
So, since last post I've studied a year at university, graphic design again. I spent much my spare time practicing traditional and digital, figurative art skills, drawing over a thousand of anatomy studies, drawing and painting figures at least once a week and studying old masters (see my art blog for more, contains some nudity if that bothers someone). Some selected, latest sketches:
I scanned and compiled some older 2010-2011 sketchbook pages just for the sake of reflection. Some from the animal anatomy workshop of Imagine FX magazine.
More of the same. Marshall Vandruff workshop and anatomy studies of Andrea del Sarto, del Piambo and José M Parrámon.
More sketchbook nostalgy. Anatomy practices, photo analysis, old master studies (da Vinci, Annbale Carracci, Jacopo Pontormo), hasty sketches in Louvre and imagination or memory practices.
Sketches from last year when I was seriously learning anatomy, as one may notice the Bridgman and Loomis approaches, plus a Mignola study and some randomness.
A bit more diverse studies from various sources, film stills and photos as well as brainstorming, also from last year. I'll post some newer works later. My cheap scanner is not working correctly so here's photos.
Using colored pencil and sharp charcoal pencil gets one nicely into the right mood for anatomy practicing.
Here's a portrait practice I did two weeks a go. Painter 11. Sketched live, then grisaille and finally colors.
I want more experience with industrial design and concepting, so here's a sci-fi motorcycle design. Oils on illlustration board.
A drawing and painting course assignment: copy some painting. I chose The Valpincon Bather by Ingres. Oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm. Flemish layer painting technique. Process stages documented.
Grayscale work. "Dodo aristocrat". Brainstorming with open mind. Focusing on the idea, the design.
Scifi vehicle doodle.
More sketchbook retrospective. It has been a while sinve last post. Bridgman, Ellenberger and Rafael studies
More studies and memory drawings.
More master studies from Renaissance to 1800s (Raphael and Géromê. Some imagination drawings too.
Asta head, random studies of artmor, photos, Bouguereau, more Géromê.
Random scribbles, animal anatomy, grotesque heads, and cars.
More cars, armor studies with ink brush and head studies.
Bargue plates from last September when I read Classical Drawing & Painting Atelier books by Juliette Aristides plus the classics by Harold Speed. I learned to sharpen the vine charcoal with sand paper.
The second and third Bargue plates. Even the simple ones take many hours but are absolutely great training for the eye. It was pretty straining to measure with plumb line for the first time but one gets used to it. Pocket mirror was also helpful.
Bargue, random master copy from a Russian art instruction book, and 1 hour live model study from January 2011.
I took the time this weekend to finish the Bargue plates 5 and 6 that I started many months a go. Lots of time spent with mirror, black mirror, skewer, and plumbline. I received the hard quality Nitram Fusains in the mail some time ago. They helped with getting the very light midtones. They are also helpful with rubbing the charcoal to the paper pores for a smoother, more even surface.
Last edited by Combust Deficit; October 27th, 2013 at 08:44 AM.
Hand study and some anatomy drawings after Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy