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September 10th, 2008 #1
I think I should write some info about myself. I'm from Spain, I want to be a concept artist some day, and I'm working on that, studying, drawing a lot, etc. My biggest problem is I'm very lazy. Anyway I've managed to make big improvement over the last couple of years, but it's not enough yet.
My main goal with this sketchbook is to share my artwork (mainly sketches, scribbles and stuff) with you people from CA so you can help me with my drawing and painting skills. So in a way, I want to take advantage of you, heh. Maybe you can also provide with some encouragement along with the criticism, and help me think about some decisions I'll have to make for my future as a concept artist.
First I'll post some of my latest sketches so you can evaluate what is my current skill level.
I think I'm going to post this ones in individual posts so I can add a brief description for each one and not make it too messy.
This one is a rabbit by a tree, photoshop. This took maybe 30 minutes more or less, it was fun. I like to make a mess of my painting, love the 'noise'. I don't want my art to have a 'finished' look, I prefer it to be fresh. Plus I get bored of working on the same piece fast. The longest I've worked on a single one was maybe 6 or 7 hours. I know I should work on that
Last edited by sodAp; November 27th, 2009 at 01:19 PM.
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This is a 'portrait' of some knight. The design does not make any sense. I was trying to be less childish with my colours on this one, inspired after looking at the works of justin sweet. That guy is amazing, I don't think I'll ever get to that level, but at least I'll try...
There's no focal point, it's uninteresting. I know. I seem to have a lot of ideas but they are not very pictorial or something. I don't have the skills to portray my ideas, so I usually just paint or draw something without thinking too much about it.
September 10th, 2008 #3
I read James Gurney's blog following a link in a post in this forum. I decided I should try that, and I painted a fast doodle to check what I came across. Very poorly made, don't mind the drawing too much, it was very secondary. The experiment was about colors, and I didn't mean to make something super reallistic. I think this advice from James Gurney was very useful, it made the face very colorful, fresh, alive. Not unsaturated and plastic-like. Good stuff
September 10th, 2008 #4
This is a cartoony version of myself, did it for my blog. Quite used to make these cartoons, but I had never cleaned up any of those, I think it paid off. Will crop the head and use it as avatar
September 10th, 2008 #5
I was going to paint this one, haven't get to though. It's a swordsman. I rarely draw lineart with my a6 grapphire tablet, but I felt like it that night.
September 10th, 2008 #6
I wanted to try the method of Prometheus_ANJ, an artist I got to admire through reading these forums and his website(s). In addition, I made a template with which I could draw lots of similar dudes. I was going to design different types of medieval guys and all that unoriginal crap. Was fun and I liked the result, but as always it was just an experiment.
September 10th, 2008 #7
This is a bull, I love the "Toro bravo", that's the ones used for bullfights. I hate bullfights, however. And san fermin, and all that crap that is so loved in traditional festivals in my country like dropping goats from towers etc.
Last edited by sodAp; September 10th, 2008 at 02:13 PM. Reason: this was a double post
September 11th, 2008 #8
I love your bull pic. It has great colors in it.
There is a problem with the black contrast with the rest of the picture though. You can really tell at the knees (is that what they call bull knees?), but it can be seen throughout the outline of the cow.
Maybe have an every-so-slightly lighter shade? And don't be afraid to add some reflective green to the areas facing the grass, and blue to the areas facing the sky. But, like I said, ever-so-slightly.
I would really love to see more of your work. Like I said, you have great colors.
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I would really love some honest critiques and improvements suggestions
Renewed Study - I'm drawing again!!
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Saw your sketchbook... Thought I'ld stop by.
I like your toon work. Bull looks nice, though I think the grass is a litle too saturated and intense in it's color.
I would like to see you finish up your toon art just a little bit more. And maybe try posting some action poses?
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September 11th, 2008 #10
Man, this bull pic is hot!!! But i have to agree with JTown... You need an overall desaturation on your background... Some bits of saturated grass and sky on a bigger unsaturated area will do wonders to your painting.
BTW, thanks for the tips in my Sketchbook! I´ll try to do that! Cheers!
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September 11th, 2008 #11
Saivix: Couldn't really understand the problem you mention about black contrast, but I do know that I usually have problems like that, sometimes I just go too far with the blacks. Thanks for your compliments, even more for your help, it's really welcome.
JTown: Have to agree with everything you say. I always end up with too saturated and flashy colors. That's what I tried to avoid in that knighty guy. I agree I need to polish more my toons. It's just I lose focus soon after having put down the idea, I get lazy when it comes to polishing and cleaning
carlosranna: thanks for dropping by, I'll take your advice about colors in future works .
One of my problems is that I don't know a lot about anatomy. I'll be making studies with my Robert B. Hale Books (Master Class in Figure Drawing, Drawing lessons from the great masters) and maybe some Loomis. I did some Neck studies a while ago but I can't find them in my messy room, We've moved just a few weeks ago to a new house. So here's half an hour of studying the Shoulder Girdle, directly in PS. Never had done studies directly with the tablet. It's cool because I can arrange them on the canvas pretty easily and I can get strong blacks having the abbility to erase as well.
September 14th, 2008 #12
This weekend has been pretty "busy". There's a big festival going on in my city, so I've been drinking and having fun on the streets. Anyway, I've done this quick sketch of an explorer in a cave. I think I'm going to do a finished version of it this week, this was just to capture the idea, but I'm thinking about how I want the final version to look like, then I'll go for it.
It's inspired (partially) in a mmo called tibia which I used to play. It's full of narrow underground caves to explore... good memories...
September 15th, 2008 #13
I changed my idea a little bit. I'm enjoying working on this, a lot. Next I'll be starting to work in more detail. This is the hardest part for me, I hope I wont make a mess
September 15th, 2008 #14
hi there...good stuff dude...i think one day you're gonna be a concept artist as you dream,but hold on and keep drawing and studying.
i'll only give you one advice for your work...try to make variety of color temperature, you're using alot of saturated colors,and that makes your work look plastic...the great artists in the past used neutral colors alot to make their work alive..but anyways great sketchbook...keep the artist in you alive ;DFUCK frustration...i'm comin baaaaaack
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September 16th, 2008 #15
more studies... This time from bridgman's constructive anatomy, great book, it's really the best way I've found to understand anatomy. I'm not finished with arms, at all. More tomorrow. I need to develop the habit of making these studies.
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