My name's Joanne, I'm self-taught, working in the IT industry, and would like to move to doing art professionally sometime (maybe as an illustrator, maybe as a concept artist). I need to improve but there aren't any applied art schools where I am, so... I'm hoping people here can help get me moving in the right direction.
Last edited by vineris; April 28th, 2014 at 02:40 PM.
Great start! I like the environment though I think it could've used some lighter colours for contrast. The street thumbnail and the lady next to it (nice style on the face and hand) are great too. Looking forward to seeing more.
"Skill is the result of trying again and again, applying our ability and proving our knowledge as we gain it. Let us get used to throwing away the unsuccessful effort and doing the job over. Let us consider obstacles as something to be expected in any endeavor; then they won't seem quite so insurmountable or so defeating." - Andrew Loomis
@Nezumi Works - Thanks! Maybe yellow industrial doodads are a Canadian thing? That would be pretty interesting.
@Psychotime - I've been there for a couple years, and I've liked it -- I still follow many of the artists I discovered on there, although I don't post much any more. Much like everywhere else, you don't really get attention unless you're great or participate a lot. Someone told me that he's been having a really hard time trying to register there for the past few months, though, so you might have problems joining up.
Finished Stilgar for CHOW #131, and this week's speed paintings. Vista and Photoshop conspired to eat a particularly nice speed painting I was doing, so in a fit of... well... art rage, I bought ArtRage to try out. So there's one crummy experiment and one not-so-crummy one. Both are from photos.
really good start to a sketchbook you have here. the comical characters are great and the stylisation in the mosh-drawing is cool. also the colors in your studies look pretty good.
now I'd recommend you try to do some studies of wide open range landscapes. In the Stilgar piece you left the background to flat and lost a bit of the perspective. do some studies of these to see how color and value changes in distance. same goes to the sky as it wouldn't have almost the same color everywhere at this time of the day. repeating a few cracks or rocks close to the viewer and further away also helps to create the illusion of depth.
oh and the little markerscene looks awesome. looking forward to more!
It's a slow month. I have a ton of stuff in the sketchbook, but it's not coming home until the book is full. In the meantime, one speed painting from a photo (the nicer-looking one) and one quickie for EOW 99 (just screwing around with painting landscape not-from-reference, I'd probably brighten the colours in the refining stage).
My favourite piece here has to be the cartoony demons... your later digital paintings have NONE of that confidence in design and line. Why!? I know you're self-taught and all, but the demons look very professional and claim the SB so far. Please apply that style to bigger projects/paintings!! Just in terms of interest, here's a new blogspot page I've recently stumbled across to inspire your style - http://kalikazoo.blogspot.com/2008_10_01_archive.html
You may wonder what the hell this has to do with improving your skills; but it should help with how to free up your drawing skills at this stage.
I've followed JohnK's blog for a while. I'm a huge fan of Katie Rice & Kristen McCabe, and I've been trying to do more goofy caricatures and whatnot to loosen up. I'm just finding it really difficult to do a more complete digital painting without having things look flat, or cleaning it up to the point where there's no life left.
Also, I'm glad *someone* likes those demons, because I'm really fond of them -- and the sorcerer girl too. I can just hear her going "FZOW!" every time I look at her.
Now if I can only find a good market for demons, I'll be set.
While I'm here, it's been a slow month (NaNo-ing, so not much time to draw) but here's an art card I did that actually got to the intended recipient. Marker, ink & pencil crayon on cardstock.