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This week I'm back at work, so I'm mostly doing fast sketches based on Twitter posts:
Not spectacular, but at least they're fun. Going to do some more painting this weekend since I'll have a sidewalk spot at ArtWalk in two weeks so I'd best have *something* to display.
Painting for the street fair this weekend. And panicking! Lots of fun.
Hamster not-idol. A test for some home-made paint.
Some poppies from my backyard. A test of my outdoor painting equipment.
Acrylic on hardboard, approximately 9x12.
So about 8 years ago I bought Neverwinter Nights and decided to do up some custom character portraits. Never got very far since my work ethic wasn't very developed at the time. Recently I was going through some old folders and thought it was pretty pathetic how I'd just abandoned a fairly easy portrait after barely any work. Just for a lark, I decided to do a paintover.
I feel a little better about my skills seeing how far I've gotten just by dicking around in my spare time.
I'm sure there's lots to be improved on here. I wonder how it'll look in another 8 years?
Nice work. I love the idea of sketches based on twitter posts. That's hilarious!
On the last portrait - the cloth could do with some texture - folds or creases, and some hint of the type of fabric. For the gold choker, you might want to add a few bright highlights to give it the highly reflective surface of a bright metal. Otherwise - looking good. Nice work on the hand too - that's a great improvement over the earlier version
Thanks for the input everyone!
@torstan - Yeah, you're right -- I think I should spend a bit more time on the jewelry and the dress.
@Suncut - Do you mostly mean the acrylic paintings or the digital ones as well?
Anyway, I've been on vacation and I usually like to get a few sketches done while I'm out in a strange area. I never do as many as I want to. It's tough enough to just find a spot with something interesting to draw. Finding one that has a place for bored spouses to sit and amuse themselves is nigh-impossible.
Here's the remains of the Five Roses Flour factory in Montreal:
More when I scan 'em!
I totally feel you on the bored spouses front, that's why I prefer to rent a house somewhere pretty now, so the bored spouse can just sleep while I draw/ paint!
I did a quick and rough paintover of what I mean, it's not very pretty, sorry. Even though I can see you thought about lightsource when doing this, light is just coming from "left". Where from left? where would the cast shadow from the head go? What about the bright highlight on the nose? You got some cast shadows in, but left some out which adds to the confusion. Planes facing up and facing the side can't both be getting the same amount of light, is the lightsource up or straight from the side?
I hope this helps.
Jealousy of skill...overwhelming. Speaking like...Shatner.
Amateur Artist. Professional Asshole.
Lookit the Pretty!
Rule #1 of depicting soldiers: KEEP THE DAMN FINGER OFF THE DAMN TRIGGER.
@Falchion: Just don't do his rendition of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and we can all be happy.
@Vineris: Stop posting on Twitter so damn much.
Speed painting to remind myself that there is more to life than giving out passwords and drawing comic strips (30 minutes, my own photo ref, Photoshop):
Two people sitting in Parc La Fontaine in Montreal (from my vacation sketchbook):
Chow 213 submission (8-bit character redesign) - Firebrand the Gargoyle
Rejected gargoyle designs:
This week's batch o'stuff:
The Octopirate (for the Sketch Like a Pirate Day post)
A couple wips:
A speedpainting from my old photo pile. I found this thing chained up behind a building that houses some artist studios:
More screwing around. I've been working on improving that bard portrait using Suncut's advice and my guy agrees that it's looking much better, but it still needs a good bit of blending. Since I'm trying to post something on my blargh every day in October, though, I'm trying to sketch when I'm not comicking/fixing stuff up.
This was an old sketch I decided to colour quite a few months back. Did a god-awful job of it the first time, this attempt is looking much better. Need to fix up her right arm, the clothing folds make it look wrong:
Ah, meeting sketches from work. I'm starting to sympathize with Jen the Bunny.
Failed CHOW. Needed a lot more work than I had time for. The design wasn't terrible, but when I scanned it in I realized it was skewed all to hell and instead of redrawing it (as I should have done) I decided to fix it digitally.
And hey, since I spent time assembling my influence map I might as well repost it here:
nice stuff you've got there) the characters all look unique and fresh)
here is my sketchbook
I really like some of your speed paints. They seem to have the most grounded color palettes and compositions, which makes sense if your using reference. I would encourage you to keep those up, as they seem to be progressing you well.
I like your ideas to. It seems like your acquiring the skills you need to express them even better. Nice progress.
@umbinc: Thank you!
@Lunarsis: Thanks! I'm on a bit of an ink kick right now but I'm planning to get into more speedpaints soon.
@maeshanne: Paintings are definitely not my strong suit! I'm a lot less experienced with them then other media -- especially the acrylic paints. I used to be terrible with them and now I'm only less terrible. But I'll keep practicing!
CHOW 213 did pretty well, as far as my CHOW efforts go! I got 17 votes, which was the most I've ever gotten, I think. It did about as well as my movie monsters. I'm glad you like him, I think he's pretty cool.
Trying to do more 1-hour speed paintings more regularly. I feel like I haven't been improving much lately. And I've only posted 40-odd things to my dA gallery in the past year! UGH. No wonder things aren't going well. (I also did about 70 comic strips I can't post up, but still. Hardly working at all!)
Vacation sketch. Random person in Parc La Fontaine (got the name wrong in my sketchbook). Kinda crummy because my eyesight is bad:
Naginata-do demonstration, from a photo I took last year.
Random sketch just so I'd have something to post to the blargh:
A speedpainting of a birdhouse that used to sit in our backyard. Both are gone now. From a photo, about 1 hour.
I'm participating in POW for the next week or so, so next time I'll be posting my finished comic pages. In the meantime...
One of the characters from the POW comic:
A panel from page 2 with the final version of the character:
And now for something completely different:
Still trying to do a post every day on the blog. I've been working on a commission for the past few days so the updates have been a bit sporadic and sketchy.
Doing cartoony faces from random photos:
Gesture sketches of horses for commission:
Weird-ass sheep. I think this one might have been a failed experiment.
I've seen you do the deviantART influence map also.
You have an account over there?
In any case, nice sketchbook start! You have some nice colour schemes,
figures and scenery. Perhaps work some more on that flow and lighting?
@BlackDelphin: Thanks for the suggestions! Yeah, I have a deviantArt account too. I use the same name there and here.
@Pixel Trick: Thank you! I really loved Montreal. I didn't get much of a chance to see the galleries (next time, I guess) but we did catch the fountain show at their modern art gallery and we rode out to the sculpture park at the end of Lachine canal. I spent like... half my time photographing the graffiti and murals, though.
And now... an art dump.
My character from a D&D game my friends are running:
Two pages of people I sketched in Montreal. The lady with the baby was in a shopping mall, the other people were all from Tamtams on Sunday (a gathering in Parc Mont Royal where there's a drumming circle, jugglers, musicians, LARPers, dancing and whatever else comes to mind.)
Random sketches from my sketchbook:
I wanted to do the Zombie Self-Portrait for CHOW but I was busy doing POW that week. Still, that's me (give or take). Drawing and eating brainburgers.
Just messing around in Photoshop, listening to Lady Gaga videos.