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    Pete Smith Sketchbook - life drawings and other work

    Hello, thought I would create a sketch book and post some of my recent work. Last year I did a painting course for one year which was fantastic. I started to do a lot of life drawing in pen and ink which was a great challenge. Here are a few images from some of my sketchbooks.

    I am now doing a lot of life drawing digitally - I will post some of these shortly.

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    I like them. You're coming in with a good head for the proportions of forms, which is a massive advantage over most people. You handle the outline and colour well also. I'm very interested in seeing what your digital life drawings are like.

    A lot of your pen hatchings are all over the place - not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but you can get more description of form out of the direction of the line if you think about them more carefully, rather than scribble. Like on Chris the Thinker's leg up above. If those lines followed the form of his leg more and joined up with no gaps and white spaces, it would look rather well.

    Anyways, good start on CA. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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    donalfall: Thank you for your encouragement. My drawing style tends to fluctuate between tight and expressive which probably comes from the fact I am still undecided between fine art and illustration. So I will just keep practicing for now.

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    first attempts at digital sketching

    Here is a first attempt at digital painting from life. I had already done a few quicker sketches before this one. It took about 40 minutes. I will also try to upload a SWF showing the creation - hope it uploads OK. If it works and its useful I will post more.

    comments very welcome.

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    2 hours life drawing today

    This is the result from todays life drawing class, done digitally with painter using a very simple set of tools. The background is a scan of a print that I did last year. I will edit and upload the screen recording later.

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    Screen recording

    OK here is the screen recording of the final picture from the session. Can't see how to embed SWF in post other than as an attachment link & that seemed to be timing out for larger files, so I have hosted it on my site for now.

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    Keep it up man, I really see ur good wid colours, and the layers idea is really nice!

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    Nice work. Keep it coming.

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    Life drawing from Saturday

    doudou & thespianmonsalvo: thank you for your encouragement. Appreciated.

    Here are another couple of drawings - from life. Starting to enjoy working directly like this. Have been trying to keep the tool set very simple and relating to what I would do if I was working traditionally. I think this week I will start to expand the toolset slightly (I am wary of losing myself playing with all the tools that Painter offers).

    I think a big challenge for me is going to be developing the ability to work away from life - I have been very focussed on working from the model so much recently.

    If anyone has any thoughts on how to start developing imaginative drawing I would be delighted to hear it. It kind of scares me.

    I will see about posting the screen recording from the session as well some time soon.

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    A couple of quick sketches fom Saturday life drawing class. Trying to slowly expand the range of tools that I am using with painter - added a couple of oil brushes and an airbrush.

    the ones in the top row are 10-15 minutes. The bottom row ones are 30 minutes and 45 minutes give or take a bit.

    Will shortly be starting a creative arts degree course - can't wait to get going.

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    those studies are shweet, especially the last batch.

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    Nice studies. All I can say is keep at it and maybe use some larger brushes for the initial first strokes/masses etc.

    my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997

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    Screen recording

    kuroart: thank you very much.

    Here is the screen recording from two of the pictues of Charlote (the ones posted on the 28th sep. This is hosted on my site because it is too big to upload here I think (13Mb) SWF.

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    Brush size

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    Nice studies. All I can say is keep at it and maybe use some larger brushes for the initial first strokes/masses etc.
    sevans: thanks for the comments - I agree, brush size could be interesting to look at. I have been deliberately trying to keep the tool set as close to what I would use traditionally but bigger brushes would make sense for the initial blocking.

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    Starting my degree course work, so hopefully will have lots of stuff to post from now on.


    After about 2 hours working on full length (couldn't quit fit it all in due to space in room an location of bed.) Started in pencil on slightly textured light brown watercolour paper. Switched to compressed charcoal and then a little charcoal as well. Dealing with the scale of the hand in the foreground is tricky, but I think I am happy with the general composition (It changed as it was originally supposed to be me with my arms folded). Thinking of Giacometti's seated man while I do this.

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    your signature is right on btw, I am realizing how bad I am too
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    but ya great works i like the traditional stuff better but thats just me :/
    keep it going man and stop by sometime
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    work for today.

    Done a few more hours on this self portrait. Really tough to get going when you are working on your own. Starting to feel a bit happier about the tonal balance now. Maybe going to do a bit more digitally now. Might go back to it tomorrow - we will see.

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    jedi: thanks for the comments - BTW some of your stuff is awesome.

    This is the second picture in section 1 (of 10) for this module. (I am on module 4 of 7 in the degree course - 2 modules are approx 1 year at college). This is going to be about 7 hours on a close up self portrait. Doing this one all digitally.

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    More on the first self portrait

    OK, here is the work on the elf portrait for today. I decided to do more digitally and took the photo ref that I made (by compositing a number of images) and started with that as a more accurate composition. I then made a digital collage - cutting bits I liked out of the original hand drawn one, building up the initial layer. Then carried on working on it. About 3 hours on the digital version so far.

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    Reallly like the life/compositional digital studies...keep it up & I'll be back for more!

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    Mark: Thanks for encouraging words. I will try and post every day that I am doing stuff.

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    More work on the close up portrait

    Got another couple of hours on this tonight. Starting to look a bit better now than the first go at it. Still finding the angle in the mirror very hard.

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    nice sketchbook. i like all the quick studies and how simple you make it. maybe a little patience could help out the value and form a little more.



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    Update on the first portrait

    l0stinth0ughts: You are so right with your comment about patience. I always feel the drive to get onto the next thing that it is hard to keep focussed and working on one piece. I think that doing the degree is really going to help with that. Just reading a Giacometti portrait by James Lord - very interesting to see how long it took him to develop that work (18 sittings) and he is only just getting the head and shoulders going!

    Spent a couple more hours on this one today - sorted out the composition slightly (felt the thumb was too close to the edge and generally worked round the drawing before adding a bit more detail. I think that is enough on this one for now (more than the 7 hours I was supposed to do).

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    the color on the last lifedrawing is pretty realistic and good picked. good work on the mirror image, too. wish you luck and success for your course.

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    very nice work, dude.
    you did a good job keeping the traditional look on that big selfportrait.
    and the lifepaintings on your colored background look great as well. you definately have something of your own there.
    and thanks for the processvid!

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    Life painting from today

    Kfeeras: thanks for the support.

    monotony: thanks for all the comments. I'll try to post some more process vids soon.

    Here is todays effort. I got about two and half hours on this one. Had been inspired by a Stanley Spencer self portrait the other day which had a more classic feel. Pleased with the likeness which is a bit closer than I have tended to get in the past, and some of the colour wok too. Looking forward to spending a bit more time on the next onehopefuly.

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    Yesterdays work

    Started the project on "near and far" which was to look at objects close up and further away. I was inspired by a Ken Howard painting showing the interior of his studio with table and model and the exterior view through the window (he has an amazing studio). I had started work with a life model a while back so I thought about combining that with some other objects in the scene. So part 1 was to draw the scene from life adding more objects with a view to then digitally extending the composition to include the figure.

    Did a quick drawing for a couple of hours and then a longer one for 5 hours until the light faded.

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    Todays work

    Spent another day on this one moving into the digital domain by compositing various photos to fit with the original pencil drawing of yesterday, and to introduce the figure. Reworked it as a pencil drawing to adjust the composition (first image) and then worked on it more with charcoal and chalk tools mainly (second image).

    Still haven't brought through the tonal range that I am after yet, so will need to keep going with this tomorrow.

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    Work for the last few days

    Spent a bit more time on the drawing of the figure in the room, working round it and developing the tonal work a bit more. Bit more pleased with it now.

    Spent today messing around with Painter tools to investigate some of the features and then spent the afternoon having a blast at painting the standing self portrait. This is the first time I have painted a black and white without any sort of colour reference which I found a real challenge but good fun. Could go much further with this but need to move onto the next module now.

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