Yar. This be my first sketchbook post! I just like to draw, in general, and so I may be posting random creature designs, especially from doodling in class. I would especially love to hear feedback and ways I can improve.
My goal: improve my ability to portray figures and perhaps spaces in convincing 3-dimensionality. Especially in the "digital" medium. I haven't quite figured out how to utilize my tablet to the fullest, I think. Dragons are my favorite thing to draw, but another goal I have is to perfect my drawing skills of OTHER things than dragons
Thanks for the comment, Psychotime! I'll try to post some more of my work... it's not all scanned yet.
Here's a process pic of a commission I'm doing for someone... I'll probably post the next phase in the crit forum to see how I can improve it from there. My client already noted a couple of changes she wanted, so that's my next step =)
I'm also working on this idea I had of a really strangely-proportioned mutant dragon... I think what I was going for subconsciously was a weredragon. I should post pics of that fairly soon. Like most of my ideas, it started as a doodle in class =)
Howdy. More sketches!! Please critique with uber-criticalness... I want to improve!
Some designs at the bottom of this page were for a COW entry: "Nectar Spender" Didn't use them exactly... Attachment 496090
Some sketches from figure drawing class, and also flying buttresses. Attachment 496103
I'm a super-fan of Metroid Prime 2 nowadays, so I had to get my Metroid fix... Attachment 496092
Some creature designs for the lastest COW, "Strange Walker". I used the crablike design... Attachment 496093
My actual entry for COW "Strange Walker" ... yeah the background kinda sucks. Please crit!!! I realize it was really too rushed for a finished pic. I would appreciate ideas/advice on how to finish it up, or whether it deserves finishing. Attachment 496095
And finally, a creature design that I am currently working on, which I am 3D modeling using Maya. I realized it's basically a were-dragon after I drew it. I tried to draw it in its most extended and curled-up poses, so I could figure out where to start the neutral pose. Ideally, I'm going to rig it and everything! Attachment 496094
I also have this idea that I'm going to try to do: look up creatures online and draw sketches of them, first anatomically analytical and then focusing on rendering.
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I found this one, it's the original development sketches for my were-dragon idea. Attachment 497425
And this is the one I SHOULD have done for the Strange Walker COW. Drew this in class yesterday. Also you can see my notes thinking about the next COW competition, which is a creature that takes a different form depending on the season. Attachment 497426
Mantis study, copied from a photo I got on Google image search (but not traced )
I'm gearing up for this month's COW (the seasonal shifter). I'll probably be taking my reference from dragonflies, moths, and mantises to create the "fairy" that I am designing. Mantises are such beautiful and strange creatures.
thank you for visiting my humble SB well, I've already saw your sb, I came when I read about your seriousness about the current COW, you want the shape changing to make sense. a concept artist should think this way, but not everyone does so, I liked your way of thinking. sorry for my English, it's very clumsy sometimes
you have nice sketches and it seems you are inexperienced with digital. but I didn't write anything surprising... I'm looking forward to your future works!
oh, about mantises... I have a few good photos about newborn mantises, they hatched under my windowsill! they were very gracious and cute
okay, digital was a wrong word indeed... I was meant your sketches (lines, without colors - it's a very different style) are cuter than for example, your last COW entry. I like the colors and it's not bad, but the sketches are more impressive, not talking about the detailful non-sketches with lines... well, I love skilled sketches, this could be a reason too
but the new mantis is handsome the lighting is very good for its beautiful body.
I am still not as facile at digital painting as I am at drawing with my good ol' bic pen. I think I still have to find good brushes. Something about the tablet and pressure or something... I prefer Gimp's default brush settings to those in Photoshop though. Something about it enables darker line drawing. Well, practice makes perfect. It's definitely my favorite medium for coloring though. No mess!
Wow, many days later. Has it really been a year and a half? I should post something. I've been sketching a lot in the intervening time! Not much from life though.
If this file isn't too big.....well, I'll link it from elsewhere.
This sketchbook time covered several events and fascinations in my life:
- Aircraft, specifically military aircraft
- I got Spore over the summer, so lots of creature designs
- played Mirror's Edge
- TEAM FORTRESS!
~30 mins in Gimp
I tried a new technique: just using the brush and eraser tools on different settings. Brush for detailed crisp work and eraser for the semitransparent fill work. I probably need some better texture brushes. But I've known that for a while.
I agree! I should do more studies! My main problem is that I usually draw in class, so all I have to study are the things in class. So, either 1) I have to get out more, or 2) learn to draw the people in class. I guess my main problem is I always like to draw something new and innovative. Oh well, it's good advice... I should take it. Thanks =)
It still looks pretty ugly right now and is basically a checklist. Took me forever to compile, so I'll just hide the categories that aren't in use yet. Soon it will look better with some real CSS and stuff. Not my top priority at the moment, but a fun hobby.