after quite a few dsgs, I think I really should make my SB as well it's a sign I became serious...
I dump various things here along with some thoughts. feel free to skip the blurb, especially that my English is so bad. I understand almost everything, but I rarely write and never talk in English.
I'm a programmer, born in 1976, I live in Hungary.
as a child I loved drawing, but at 7 I realized I suck and maths are more exciting for me anyway...
I made not even doodles, but I always loved nice visual things, especially pictures full of beauty, mood or idea...
20 years passed and I felt an urge to draw... but it was only playing... I drew faces (then bodies too) and almost no more and they were simple copies, mostly from an anime.
my copies were often impressive for a complete beginner, but I just traced the lines well, I didn't know how to construct a human figure, my own ones were horrible. so I studied human anatomy, but still half-heartedly.
imagination was never my strong point, but I realized I had no own ideas at all, not even for poses or for a unique face, it was strange, I felt so lame.
then I've "accidentally" found CA and the Daily Sketch Group. I've read and watched DSG topics for 2 days, it was wonderful. one topic, many different styles and interpretation... I registered and made my first DSG entry. it was bad, but it was such a good feeling to make something and to be among the others, making new things.
my progress is noticeable, my confidence has grown, my imagination seems to be not completely dead yet and I have new goals.
it's hard to draw every day, I'm struggling with it. but this feeling is too passionate and wonderful, I won't fail.
my favourite topic is the human(oid) body. I want to be really good at it, anatomy, every kind of expressions, different facial features... both simple and realistic, various styles.
I like clothes and accessories too and I like creatures, plants and I'm ready to make limited effort in order to create backgounds for completeness and mood, but I have an extremely low interest in mechanical things, especially if they're not humanoid-shaped ones (no, I have no mental/emotional problems being a programmer, it's just another thing ). the fact I drew robots shows the power of DSG =)
I like the simpleness and charm of some anime style (I can admire even the most simplest comic), but I think I usually prefer a more realistic approach... I definitely won't use big eyes and anime noses everywhere, but I like interesting shaped eyes and a bit more slender body then ours.
I dunno if it's a problem, but I'm reluctant to spend too much time and efforts for a picture. I love simple but expressive and feelingful styles and besides, I'm a beginner, I need learn the basics and for now, I need making many sketches about anatomy and stuff, I don't like working in detail on a basically messed up base.
thanks if someone has read this much and now my little things...
I start with my few drawings _not_ created with pencil or photoshop.
1. (+dragon pencil sketch) my best (though rushed and unfinished) Commodore-64 picture, 2005, FLI (still 16 fixed colors and 320x200 resolution with 2x1 pixels, but this format has more freedom with colors. except for the first 3 column, but I used a trick. I've created the viewer program and the painter, too )
I really like the dragon, the original pencil sketch became my first avatar.
2. two funny creatures from a thanking card, 2007:
pictures created in Flash (all from 2007):
the winged girl I often draw is Reki/Haibane Renmei. I usually copy very easily, but she drove me nuts!!! I drew many hundreds of Reki, so now some of them are similar to her. I'm not particularly fond of her, but my Love, Alvaro is, he writes fanfic about Reki and himself and I will be his illustrator one day...
3. a picture about her (the body is horrible)
4. an anonymous haibane girl. I just made lines and circles with my new wacom tablet, as an exercise, but I got bored pretty quickly and suddenly she was there. I had to tidy up her a bit and add colors... it was fun.
5. a one-minute dog a test element for a comic maker site which I've been working on.
6. it's a funny pic about Alvaro. Alvaro isn't only a real person, but his own character their appearances and abilities are different, though
7. a logo. it's a request of Alvaro. the Haibane Renmei has a logo, and Alvaro has his own, vaguely resembling the other one. it still need a finishing touch.
Last edited by shiNIN; October 12th, 2009 at 08:11 PM.
Reason: title change
(expcept dsgs )
I don't have much to show. the copy stuff don't show how I can draw by myself. the others are really messy, with too many lines and my goal usually wasn't a nice rendering, but grabbing something about the anatomy or feeling. I usually don't use shadows, only lines.
but there were some exceptions.
especially the fanfic I've already mentioned gave me motivation
1. hands: one of my favourite topic. they have a very important role, but really tough to draw.
even my copied hands tend to be awful, so I must show these gloved ones (original: Getbackers anime, the fingers of the first doesn't have a 3d feel):
2-3. when I go home, to my Mother, I have no computer, but more time and energy, so I draw more and I copy from various books.
so I've copied these (I alter some of them in the process).
4. Alvaro's fanfic is a crossover one... he use not only Haibane Renmei, but Bleach too... the two are extremely different, but fortunately Bleach is more compatible for me. Inoue Orihime is the only Bleach character I'll need to draw as the illustrator...
5. Reki is a Haibane Renmei character, and these are her usual summer clothes, but I drew from memory:
6. "tearful" - after 150 Reki, not-Reki and almost-Reki faces I tried to give her expressions too... I think she's a bit younger here.
7-9. I had so much time on the train to home, plus a little face (anime profiles are fun)
10-11. sometimes I step closer to caricatures (the second one is the real Alvaro, I drew on a bus, about 2 minutes. I don't have a problem with my _speed_).
12-13. some of my better "Alvaro, the arrancar" drawings. I know, anatomy...
I'm still don't know how his face will look like exactly. the clothes, the crow skull (I'm glad with my stylized version ), the holed black wings and the broken black halo are from Alvaro's fanfic and the character _must_ be a slim, feminine boy. *sigh*
the clothes are correct on the picture with adult and child (the adult figure wears it), and I usually forgot the wings or the halo (or there wasn't space left for it).
the child version has a shiny halo and gray wings like every good Haibane.
14. a muscular, totally off-character Alvaro. you know, I just need to play around sometimes... I was cruel, but I enjoyed it
15. "Mine is bigger" (it's about his wings, of course ). I messed up his left hand.
Last edited by shiNIN; June 29th, 2008 at 05:48 AM.
after the period shown by the previous pictures, I made a really big jump.
I drew still rarely, but it was from another world: Daily Sketch Group entries and studies for them. I made things I didn't know I was able to...
most of them are (wow, they're many... I didn't realized it until now):
1. DSG 1326: Environment: NATURAL FEATURE OF DIRT AND ROOTS RISES OUT OF WINDSWEPT PLAIN (Flash)
2-3. DSG 1327: Creature: BIZARRE ALIEN IS LIKE AN AMBULATORY COLLECTION OF SLIME-MOLDS
the shot of my pencil sketch was horrible and I applied an effect. it couldn't do much harm I redraw it in Flash.
4. DSG 1328: Sci-Fi: LUXURY YACHT'S SUPER-LOADED FANTASY JUMP-JET
5. DSG 1329: Creature: THE ALIEN "SPHINX" IS COMPLETELY FREAKISH (Flash)
6. DSG 1333: Sci-Fantasy: WEAPON-TOTING DINOSAUR W/ A HUMAN FACE VS. LAND-SQUID THING
7. DSG 1335: Creature: CENTAUR IS RIDICULOUSLY, VEIN-POPPINGLY, MUSCLED
8. DSG 1344: Creature: GREEN, ELEPHANT-SIZED, HERBIVORE W/ YELLOW MARKINGS + SHORT-HORNS (human figure added only for showing its size)
9. DSG 1346: Sci-Fi Character: CYBER-AMBASSADOR IS A ROBOT KNOWN AS "THE BIRD-WOMAN"
I've got fed up with the quality of my entries created with pencil and shot with a camera, and I like colors anyway... so I've switched to Photoshop.
some time later I threw away my beloved lines too. I had no experience with colors and composition... it was tough, but I wasn't bored at all.
DSG 1349: Open-Ended: THE CHANGELING (only the best part)
DSG 1351: Creature: FREAKY ALIEN "TREE SPIDER" WAITS FOR PREY TO WALK BELOW
DSG 1354: Creature: AN ALIEN HOLDING ITS BABY
the original pencil sketch has some charm, but the result wasn't the expected . somehow it became a bit distorted (in the original the parent looks exactly into its baby's eye) and I had very serious problems with colors I just couldn't fix.
DSG 1356: Fantasy: NEWLY DEVELOPED FAERIE EMERGES FROM ITS CHRYSALIS (I consider it a failure, though I like the leaves and the idea: the newborn fairy is looking to the wormie and thinking about what she gained and what she LOST)
DSG 1360: Creature: UNIPED CYCLOPS (lines again. I needed them )
not very tidy, but I liked this pic and I drew one such cyclops every day for a while. even the whiteboard in the office couldn't avoid its fate. my collegues were glad
DSG 1361: Sci-Fi • PEOPLE SPOT THE HUGE ROBOTS CRESTING THE FORESTED HILL HORIZON
the people are too black, but I drew a scene and there's some lightning, I was a bit pleased
DSG 1362: Sci-Fantasy • RED SEMI-CIRCULAR ALIEN CRAFT IS KNOWN AS THE "BLOOD ARC"
crafts aren't my thing, but I focused to the colors and played with PS brushes, it was fun
DSG 1365: Creature • CLOSE-UP SHOT OF A SEA BEE... BEES THAT'VE GONE AQUATIC
I still played with brushes. the coral is referenced, though it wasn't really like this
DSG 1366: Creature: HIDEOUS DEEP-SEA MONSTROSITY IS CREEPILY KNOWN AS "THE MERMAID"
I got a bit carried away... 2 versions
DSG 1368: Sci-Fantasy • THE GREAT MECHANICAL SQUID
I'm proud of it at last, I did something I was really pleased with!
DSG 1370: Creature • ESIPHET, THE VELOCIRAPTOR-HEADED EGYPTIAN GOD OF PUNISHMENT
too crowded in the breast area, there are some anatomy issues and it's not sharp enough, but I like his legs. I need to draw figures without outlines
2. Gimme Face #4: Pucker up my hero! first I thought of Catwoman, but she's not a hero and the current dsg was about bunny... so here's my make-up hero
I will continue making entries (usually with Photoshop), they're useful and it's good to show my little things.
but I badly need making a lot of anatomy studies and I lack experience in everything. as for human anatomy, I have a good eye to realize what the problem is, but if it's anything else (composition, color, lightning...), I just feel something isn't right and often have no idea how to fix it . so any good advice is highly appreciated!
I will do what I can myself, I'll practice (and draw instead of writing)
thanks for visiting my very humble SB! crits are welcomed, of course. be honest with me, I will be the same in your SB I like to crit when I am able to give a reasonable opinion.
me again. soz if i was a bit vague in my earlier post, I meant to say something was slightly off about your anatomy but i could not place my finger on it. looking at your newer stuff I can see alot of improvement in your work. keep it up
phoenicorn: OK, I understand, just I saw soo many times "nice start", even in extremely beginner SBs that it's very shallow for me... but now I get another very frequent and highly true phrase yeah, I have to work on anatomy, very, very much, especially that I want to draw mainly humans - and do it well, at that (it can't be helped, I'm like this ).
the ANGRY filipino: don't worry, I don't mean to give up there are hard times, tough.
my number one task is now: DOING STUDIES. I never did such things, I just drew something ocassionally. I'm extremely slow if I have to develop a new habit. I love human anatomy, but I am not a disciplined person and I do anything but studies after my work's day and the most basic household chores.
my new picture is for gimme face #5. in my latest DSG entries I tried to draw without my dear lines, but for faces, I have a very strong desire using them.
I never drew a decent (for my level) face without lines and I like them anyway and I know there's cases and styles they have a right to exist
the problem is I can't control my lines when I'm using a tablet.
the bunny girl was created mostly with the eraser tool, because I was not able to draw relative thin and correct lines. it was tiresome.
creating "Sly cry", I used Flash (line smoothing, if my lines are wonky... it's not like 'real drawing' but I was desperate) and PS for afterwork (limited shading and hair). and my Flash picture was based on a PS sketch based on a pencil sketch. it just... turned out this way.
shading are minimal, because I lack knowledge on lighting/shading and have no confidence. and I can't draw hair.
okay, I've learned a couple of things...
DSG 1379: Character: SHORT BOUNTY-HUNTER HAS WEAPONRY/BACK-EQUIPMENT TWICE AS TALL
well, I had an idea. not literally a bounty hunter, but I thought it wasn't a bad idea
the problem was that for a such difficult picture I am far too tiny... I needed quite a few hours making only this sketch. it's about my idea only, technically it's not much. maybe I will make something about it one day...
I had to make this sketch, but now it's better to use my time for studies!
"Photography is a sublimated murder" /Susan Sontag/
I tried to do something for GIMME FACE #6 - KISSING. I spent hours on it and the sketch was still horrible. I had difficulties with the lips, I drew them several times. and line control with a tablet is definitely not my thing.
at last I used Flash and its line smoothing, then some silly colors and shadows, though I don't know much of either. well, here is the result. I'm tired and it felt not like 'drawing'. maybe I have an unusual small talent. or I am bad at choosing ways to achive something. now I'm a bit disappointed in myself.
or just facial expressions are such a hard nut to crack? they're tough, I'm sure, but still...
I won't give up, next time I will use pencil. this time I faced with too much difficulties at once.
now I make some anatomy studies too. the weekend is almost gone and somehow I made everything but studies