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August 14th, 2008 #1
My name is Blue Canary, one note spelled L-I-T-E
After a review from one of my professors, I realized how much further I need to go before I can even hope to compete in the job market. My goals are clearer, now, and I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to get ahead.
I figure a new start needs a new sketchbook, so here I go. My old one can be found here, for the curious.
I'm starting off with an old CHOW entry I decided to revisit. It's Diamond, from CHOW #104, Four Brothers.
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August 17th, 2008 #3
My professor suggested that to loosen up my poses I should pick a good anatomy book and do some studies from it. For lack of better books at the moment, I've chosen Burne Hogarth's Drawing Dynamic Hands. I'll start doing studies from a proper anatomy book when I return home to my collection.
And here's the latest WIP for the Diamond image.
August 17th, 2008 #4
August 18th, 2008 #5
Here's my Hogarth page for the day. I've only been doing these since Friday and already I realize how horrible I am at judging negative space. It's something I'll work on while doing these studies.
I also decided to do some light shape constructions before I start copying the page. Doing straight contours didn't seem like it would be that helpful to me since I'm trying to get a better sense of form.
I may add a Diamond WIP later, depending on time.
August 19th, 2008 #6
August 19th, 2008 #7
reject-D Thanks for the encouragement!
Hogarth for the day and a colored version of a lineart I grabbed from the coloring book thread; I forgot what page it was on, otherwise I'd tell you the artist's name. I'm trying to learn how to do the painterly stroke in Photostop thing that so many folks on CA are great at. I know I could just switch to Painter, but I don't want to tie myself to one software package, especially one that's not as standard in the industry.
For this first attempt I tried to use big strokes and no blending. The color was applied entirely with color and overlay layers.
If anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear them.
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August 19th, 2008 #8
that you for the advice!!
and WOW your anatomy is AMAZING!!
i really need to practice that....anyway
August 19th, 2008 #9
August 20th, 2008 #10
why'd you start over? your last sketchbook looks awesome. anyways, the stuff you've got here are awesome. the hogarth studies are some of the cleanest i've seen on here. totally sick! the dude with the horns and the big eye is coming along nicely (do you plan on adding more is it just a doodle?).
fuck yeah, i can't wait to see more of your work.
August 20th, 2008 #11
wow i really like ur stuff iv heard talk of an older sketch book and im dissapointed that i missed it but new beginnings are always fun. mabey if you did some reeally short 10- 30 sec gesture drawings would loosen your style but not that i think u necissarly need it but keep the studies up.
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August 23rd, 2008 #12
Radio24--I've decided that I prefer a bit of levity in my work vs. doing dark fantasy/sci-fi stuff. But I'm going to try and do both, since my job will certainly call for it.
Peetar--I've had my old SB thread for a while, and I updated it infrequently. I figured it was time for a fresh start. As for the horn guy, he isn't mine. I got him from the the Coloring Book thread.
Demo--Thanks! I really need to get more life drawing in; I'll be leaving school soon so I have to find some sessions to join at home. Gestures really do help you loosen up your poses.
Here's what I've been working on the last few days. The scanners at school are out and my camera isn't that fabulous, so I haven't been able to scan my dailies. I'll see if I can do so tonight.
A Diamond update.
I hated the folds on his shirt before, so I tried fixing them. They look less suck-ish, but I feel like they're still wrong. On the other hand, I don't want to put much detail into them, because I want his face and cloak to be the focal points of the image. I have so much trouble painting crisp cotton folds, and painting white fabric in general. Does anyone have any tips for this?
Here are some assignments from the Peer Project thread. They are, in order, assignment#1 (four spheres of diff. materials and lighting) assignment#2 (a b/w sphere with a colored replica of it) and a little side experiment I did for #2 involving the reflection of color onto shiny surfaces. Shiny things give me a HUGE amount of trouble, metal particularly, so I want to focus on that for a while.
August 23rd, 2008 #13
Love the illustrations and the poses