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My first sketchbook postings...
Critique welcome. Just basic sketches, one from the DSG too!
hey sudsy the two things you got here are okay, but very much still sketches. its a bit hard to read what the anatomy will be for them. Its not a bad start persay, but just try to do your search lines a bit lighter and come back with more solid ones to define your drawings a bit more.
let us see more
Thanks for the critique! I'm transitioning from "organic" art to digital right now, going from good ol' fashioned pencil and paper to Wacom tablet... Thats a tough process to get used to, mainly I miss paper's tooth, its amazing how much your media gives you control over line work! I need to invest in new felt nibs for my tablet... My heavy hand destroyed the one that came with the tablet! Wonderful nibs!
I'm here is the Centaur in color now, still in a very rough state. I used GIMP, and about three layers (one for line work, one for color, and the default background layer). Someday I'll be able to afford Painter...
The A-10A Thunderbolt II more commonly known as the "Warthog" has fascinated me for years. Partly because I got to work with them very closely in my old job with the US Air Force... But also, you just don't see too many aircraft in reality built around a cannon someone just happened to have laying around. The A-10 was built around its seven barrel 30mm cannon... I can see them doing the concept work for it...
I did these two images based off of some images on www.af.mil/photos Because the military uses your (US Citizens anyway) taxpayer dollars, they can't copyright the images for commercial use or profit; making them public domain images that anyone can use! Great for stock imagery for any hardware geek... Great perspective, and a useful resource for anyone looking for inspiration for aircraft pictures!
WIP using this stock image from Deviant Art
Trying to get away from drawing with just black lines and using color... That and using color instead of black and white!
GIMP and Wacom tablet!
Being a big fan of military SF, I couldn't help but brain dump my visions of IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and Tanks of the future. Most especially David Drakes fusion powered GEV (Ground Effects Vehicle) tanks... Those are practical, and probable, especially with the use of a fusion power plant (the only real far off technology along with its fusion power gun, fusion is at best a dream power source we'll never see in our lifetime beyond our sun!).
Just some quick speed paints that took about 20 minutes apiece using the GIMP and my Wacom (I love that Wacom!).
source photo: http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photo...-2171A-416.jpg
Explosion painting practice off a reference photo. C-130 being blown into bite sized pieces for removal from a farmers field in Iraq.
Hey, nice job on #4, I think you should do more of those large scale b/w images, on what ever it is you want, just try to start simple!
Okay, so maybe don't celebrate excessively...
This is what I think the "Hammer's Slammers" mercs use in his novels about them (see "Tank Lords", "At Any Price", "The Warrior", "Paying the Piper" etc...). I was using an M-60 Patton tank as a reference, and figured it would be perfect, just change the hull! After all, David Drake drew heavily on his experiences in Vietnam with the 11 Armored Cavalry Regiment (BLACKHORSE!) which utilized the M-60 extensively... While it may not match the description in the book perfectly, I figured I'd do my homage to one of my favorite authors!
German made Leopard I and II (modern) this time. Provided some inspiration for another sci-fi blower tank.
I do like the slope on the armor. Very futuristic! Its fascinating to see the change in tank designs between WWII and today. We see a movement away from the rounded armor to the sharp angular sloping (mainly because of the newer weapons systems!). Its a continuous cat and mouse game of armor advancement versus warhead advancement (warheads are much cheaper, and therefore have quite the advantage!). These days, armor isn't made so much stop projectiles dead, but to deflect the worst of the Armor Piercing rounds away!
Just an experiment, my first really, with charcoal pencils. I've used charcoal in the past, but never really got into it, I always thought it was too messy... Then I had kids, then I got used to being messy and getting messy with my two sons... So I figured I'd get my hands dirty with some charcoal! And here is the result! Adds a new tool to my black and white art media! Speaking of messes, this is my Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner that just happened to be within view when I drew a blank of what to draw with my new toys first... Now I can clean the charcoal dust off the floor!
But my Wacom and GIMP are such fun new toys! You know how it is! New toy, must play! Sometimes it just takes over and drowns out all the other toys for a while until the novelty wears off! Thank you much for the grounding back into the real world of art for a better digital foundation!
A-10, ugly as hell but hung like a hog. (thats all the pilots got to say about it out here in beale, they're flyin' U-2's out here mostly) Good goin' keep on drawing.
...Taking recommendations from the DSG seriously, I've updated my sketch for DSG1395.
Suggestions taken in and utilized (name followed by suggestion)
Goran: "Nice dynamic angle ,nice pose ,maybe some references for the sky ,find you way for the clouds"
Gorgoleon: "I like your image and pose but i would personally remove the sun and rainbow to the right of the image, i think it steals to much attention if you get what i mean."
Hamorhage: "nice angle , pretty succesfull jump pose aswell, The distance between the 2 buildings doesnt look that big tho, so I wonder if he needed a jumpsuit to do that ;P"
Top image should be the improved 2.0 version of the sketch, bottom should be the original...
You seem to use the gimp, which I think is good. But I suggest you should get the colours more solid before you start using the smear tool. That way your pictures will look more defined, and kind of less smeary. Been there, smeared that
Keep it up. You improve all the time. //Lotta
FUTILE EFFORTS <-help me I suck.
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1219079243 Nice piece. The building that he's jumping onto needs to seem more foregroud, try and up the contrast on that building and/or add more detail to it. Great picture
You have some nice stuff here
Congrats on the first place prize
Just figured I'd post some more of my learning experiments here in various media.
A couple Painter X paintings, the rifle being a DSA Arms modified FN/FAL 7.62x51mm NATO cal. battle rifle drawn from multiple photo references; and a picture of yours truly in full battle rattle just for fun (thank God those days are over for me!).
Finally, the sculpture is my first attempt at doing an African American face in that new clay Sculpy has out, Studio Sculpy! I used the techniques described in Katherine Dewey's book "Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay" which I recommend to anyone interested in learning how to sculpt realistic scale figures in polymer clay. Not to mention its chalk full of great anatomy lessons and figure theory!
Still alive, still kicking out artwork. Just not as much as I used to, but I think the quality is certainly getting better! Can't argue with that (if it is getting better that is)!
Last four pages are a comic based on Hitchcock's Psycho, and the model Nikki Lane who works in the firearms industry (references used with permission of course). These also exist under the name Prototype S582... Which is me. Just my "Skunk Works" ideas account elsewhere.