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Thread: Portraits and Concepts!
March 12th, 2009 #91
BTW I like that you cannot look at these. They are EMOTIONALLY effecting you. Don't you think this is what fine art should be about?
Thanks Meduza, I appreciate every post you make here
I may not be able to post today's work because this day is for oils. I might be able to post a WIP of one of my final pieces. So here is an oil painting I painted yesterday. This is called 'life' and has been digitally captures with my camera. I hope this is as good or better than the scanner!
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Yeah, haha I don't want to be looking at ghost at the moment. I'm alone in a dark place. Plus my maid says There's ghosts in my house..haha.
Not hating it man, just wanted to say that even the ugly can be mesmerizing that you would want to look at it for a very long time. Kinda like Hussar or Basil Gogos' work.
It did affect me but I kinda went the opposite way, haha, can't stand to stare at them for a long time. Gives me shivers
But the last one isn't even scary dude, looks like he's having an orgasm
March 22nd, 2009 #93
March 26th, 2009 #94
March 26th, 2009 #95
Cool, man the last 3 portraits are great. But aren't as terrifying as before. hmmmn, Seems like I don't know what I like, huh?lol
Is the ast creature "on" some object or it's part of it's body? I think you've put more emphasis on that area rather than the creature?
Is the box art an asignment? Based on the sales pitch, it seems intriguing. But you didn't show the gameplay. Or Maybe this is just for composition graphic design. Would love to see a Matsign response, because I sure don't know anything about this area.hehe
I actually couldn't make up the creature in the shadows, until I remember an earlier scorpion painting.
Glad you are super busy, man!
March 26th, 2009 #96
The last three were painted while I was on my break at the coast. I think my present mood gives the effect you see; so a more relaxed mood created those 3 you mentioned. For my bigger portraits I am beginning to revert back to some older painted portraits as reference so that I can convey the same mood.
The creature carries this pod into battle. There are scorpions inside which are released when the creature drops the pod. This painting was created for part of the games manual. Because the painting will be shrunk to around 10% of its original size I need all parts of it in pretty high contrast. I could explain more about the game if you are interested and I have time.
The boxart is a self established assignment for my university course, just as the portraits are. The gameplay will be discussed in the manual. I am glad you brought this up as it may need mentioning somewhere about the gameplay. The game is like a cat and mouse affair, where you are the mouse and the scorpion are the cats. BUT, this cat and mouse is more like Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpson's rather than Tom and Jerry. You as the player can fight back by triggering the dynamite on your back, blowing you and as many scorpion to bits. The goal is to get your team to the red pod and blow it up. But if you, as a member of this elite squad, sees that the team cannot make it without you sacrificing yourself, you have the choice to explode; taking out whoever is pursuing the team.
The idea of placing the scorpion in the background and obscure is so as to fill the space, but to also show that there is something lurking there.
Here is a painting I did before the other last three portraits. The tension can be seen in this one I think. oil on board
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May 9th, 2009 #108
until you stop being lazy about drawing from life, your work is not going to improve. you will keep making the same mistakes over and over again, just as you have been.
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May 9th, 2009 #109
My course required outcomes without having to do life studies so all year I have been concentrating on final outcomes. Now that I have nearly finished I can get back to what is important, but without Life Drawing classes I'm afraid (none to speak of where I live). To offset this I will do self-portraits through a mirror, portraits of family and friends, and sketching in public. I'm not particularly lazy I just have had a lot on this year and neglected life studies.
You harsh criticism has been really useful. I will make it a daily process to include life studies, whether organic or inorganic.
No updates yet. Been busy organising my final show. I know I will do some life studies
May 9th, 2009 #110
your portraits are lovely! i would really like too see a full-body portrait in that very interesting style
My sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...106521&page=11
May 10th, 2009 #111
ajvenema: Thanks! I could try some full body paintings in the future.
Taking up the call from Manley, here are some Chiselled Cube studies. The black glossy object is made from onyx. I made three carefully studied drawings and then some speed sketches to try and speed up my observation skills and overall improvement without the need for hand to eye measurements.
May 13th, 2009 #112
Some more life studies.
Cup, HDD, Simpson's Glass, Self-portraits or face and lips. I am learning from this so thanks Mr Manley! I needed this kick up the ass.
To mix things up a little I might begin a cartoon project. Similar to those weird creatures I did last year.
May 13th, 2009 #113
Wow, I've totally been posting in your old sketchbook. Your portraits in this thread are great. I love the stark darkness, and the textures you use in them.
One tid bit that might help is whenever your shading try and make the marks go the direction of the shape of the object. Have the lines wrap around the object, this includes people as well.
Nice to find you current book, looking forward to more!
May 13th, 2009 #114
May 14th, 2009 #115
This is a new image I am working on. I was first inspired to paint a rabbit, but while painting it became something else, maybe jar jar binks, maybe my pet dog...
I would say this is 70% complete in grayscale. I will possible colour this the way I was taught by Bobby Chiu
May 14th, 2009 #116
May 15th, 2009 #117
Rist, I have been prowling your old SB. Glad to have finally found you. Post 107 left an impression. Your faces are amazing, the grasp of color is a joy to look at.
Man, I want to suggest something which helps me, I practice my draftsmanship for one hour each day and that is above and beyond my paid work.
I find it increases the authority of both my imaginary pics as well as my ref'd ones.
Commit to it for a month and I think you will become addicted to the process.
May 16th, 2009 #118
Thanks! Those portraits were done over a period of 4 months, and yeah I was beginning to be committed to it. I am not sure its where I want to take a potential career though. I think I will incorporate what I learned into my illustrations.
Here are some thumbnails for a junior hockey team logo I have been asked to do.
May 16th, 2009 #119
Finally scanned my new moleskine!
Some are from imagination and some are observed. I do imagination because a few years ago when I just did observational it really drained my creativity. So here's a tribute to those reckless times!
1: Freaked out soldier wondering where the heck he is. I was possibly watching Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers when I did this. The second one is a random weird creature. I enjoy creating creatures which have no logical anatomy or believability.
2: This was so random. I was just rubbing graphite from my fingers onto the page and then I saw it. So I refined the imagined image and this is what came out of it.
3: Some more random drawing. Free the mind.
4: Also random drawings. Love drawing skulls when randomizing. I usually draw like this when bored.
Others will come shortly.
May 16th, 2009 #120