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December 5th, 2008 #1
If youŽre willing to sacrifice some of your time, IŽll appreciate any critique you can give me, and of course comment on your SB as well.
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December 5th, 2008 #2
December 7th, 2008 #3
IŽm having a little idea on a few pictures from detective / police enviroment. I was shocked when I realised this is my first project from realistic enviroment (you know, drawing all kinds of sci-fi and fanstasy, but never done anything this-world). Also, IŽve always had problems with making concept art that is understandable.
Anyway, this is a first concept for title character, Sergeant Samantha R. Levine. As IŽve said before, any crits or insights will be helpfull and apreciated. (whether its anatomy-wise, concept-wise, or idea-wise). Make me smile =).
December 8th, 2008 #4
December 8th, 2008 #5
Nice start! Love the gestures, but don't forget more detailed anatomy studies too, from time to time.
December 9th, 2008 #6
December 9th, 2008 #7
Well as far as I can see you need to push yourself a little more! The poses are great (I'm doing them too), but you need to strive to do more - even if it isn't every day.. From life is damn important! You can't hear that enough. Just draw what you see around you..
December 9th, 2008 #8
Kasper_P: You actually moved me to quickpaint my glass of juice. First thing I saw after reading *YOUR* comment. And you are responsible for my dehytratation now, cause I couldnŽt touch it .
Nah, IŽm just kidding, It was fun, so thanks for comment! You made my todays smile!
Last edited by Mr. Smile; December 9th, 2008 at 02:43 PM. Reason: Made the comment more menacing, with "*".
December 10th, 2008 #9
December 10th, 2008 #10
PM sheet... 4 I guess
...and more gestures
By the way, is there anyone knowing if Toshiba Portege M700 is wacom penabled? IŽm definitely getting this baby soon, but nobody can give a clear confirmation if it even supports pressure levels! Even the internet is blind to this subject. Make me smile!
Last edited by Mr. Smile; December 10th, 2008 at 09:30 AM.
December 10th, 2008 #11
December 10th, 2008 #12
Mischeviouslittleelf: Oh, great, youŽve been to my sketchbook! Makes me smile! Thanks, IŽll keep working hard to see you here again, trust me!
Just a quick timefiller, IŽll go to the pub, but my friend moved our little appoinment for an hour. So, like thirty minutes on this speedpaint. An no, I donŽt draw manga (well didnŽt for about four years now anyway).
And yes, the hand is cut cause I fucked it up Smile.
December 10th, 2008 #13
Yes okay - before you can even begin to make something that resembles what you were going for you need to have the basics down. Good effort tho. Draw from life!!!
December 10th, 2008 #14
Very nice start to your sb And hooray for PM marathon gestures! For crits I think you need to watch out for how you are rendering the wrinkles in your clothing. You're using a lot of hatching across the fold lines which gives the material a rougher look. Also watch out for the balance and position of the feet on your characters. In the first set on the left she looks like she's tipping over a little and the second one in that same image she's tipping forward and on her toes. The first one in the second set has her right leg twisted outwards while her hip is cocked in the same direction. I think that would torque the knee quite a bit. But otherwise the concept is looking good! I can't wait to see the other characters. After all a detective story is all about the villian that needs to be caught Keep it up!
December 11th, 2008 #15
Another PM... IŽve lost count
Kasper_P: Thanks! IŽll be sure to make more stills as soon as time allows.
zhonked: Thanks very much! Yeah, Posemaniacs are like the best invention since pencil. Makes my coffee breaks so much more usefull!
I have to admit I rushed the first concept, and out of lazyness I left it as it was. And that is the mistake! IŽll do it again and do it right this time.
Thanks a bunch for help in the second one though! I knew something was wrong, and it felt somehow stiff, but I couldnŽt put my finger on it.
Oh and IŽll try to find diffirent way to highlight folds. Thanks for a suggestion mate!
For everybody poppinŽ in, you really make me smile
Oh aaaaand.... is there anybody knowing anything about the tablet pc from the earlier post? I really want to be sure before buying something this expensive...
December 13th, 2008 #16
IŽm not much of a Star wars fan, but IŽve seen the original trilogy today (after a few years). And man, I didnŽt know the Bobba survived that snack-fest. (I checked the net).
So IŽve found the nerd inside me, and did a quickpaint to celebrate his survival
And I tried it without a ref, so there might be some inconsistencies with the char. Sorry about the background.
December 13th, 2008 #17
nice start to your sketchbook, I especially like the shading in post #9, it's so simple and still provides so much information. keep on smiling
December 13th, 2008 #18
Meilin: Well I am using this technique quite frequently to quickshade (mainly when doing concepts and doodles), but as zhonked pointed out, it should be used only on rougher materials as it gives the hint of texture. Still, thanks for kind words .
Thanks for stopping by! I surely wonŽt stop smiling now (the grin wonŽt come down anyway). In fact, your gallery is making me smile right now. Those color studies of streets at night are awesome! IŽll be sure to drop by sometime.
Right now I am grinning into Jack Hamms "Drawing head and figure" book. Very similiar to Loomis, but hes got something new here and there. Here are some hand studies that caught my eye and study of a sketch by Ron Tiner.
Last edited by Mr. Smile; December 13th, 2008 at 11:15 PM.
December 16th, 2008 #19
Aaand another timefiller! This time done in work... (so I had more time to polish it).
I was thinking of steampunk something girl, but in the end I decided to remove flying goggles and toolbox =). Oh, again its non-ref. And yes, I'll study some hands, because this is *BAD*. Smile
December 16th, 2008 #20
December 16th, 2008 #21
Keep going, you're doing great.
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December 17th, 2008 #22
About the poses, did you read what it says below the 30 second drawing application?
"10. Observe your result, and analyse the good point and bad point. Change the style and find the way to conquer your weakness. IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT"
Now, your poses are almost exactly the same. DON'T just mindlessly do the same thing all over again - consider what could be done differently to gain more gesture, movement, dynamics and line!! The tip that says that you should try to keep the pencil on the paper is good - it forces you to think in forms in stead of lines.. Experiment!
December 17th, 2008 #23
Well, this is work assigment (for company's T-shirt). My supervizor said to me it's more like for 7-year olds and that she won't use it. It's a bit stylized yeah, but she sounded more like it's ugly . Ya'll be the judge.
I'll respond later, got to leave this shithole. Smile anyways
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December 19th, 2008 #24
FightingSeraph: Thanks man!
IŽll keep going... maybe even speed up a bit. Been slacking too much lately.
Kasper_P: Thanks for a suggestion! IŽve been thinking about more indepth gestures already (three minute ones, outline and shading). IŽll try out that trick. Seems more messy though.
Oh and thanks for repeated visits, I appreciate it!
Today I was doing some anatomy from mind, to see what to focus on. Yup, it pretty much sucks all . I guess what I need to train most are hands, feet and overall energy of the sketches (do you know of any tutorials on this subject?). I also found out that my torsos tend to be somewhat stretched, got to watch this.
Thick rimmed glasses rule.
December 19th, 2008 #25
Nice new posts I'm glad you are doing personal evaluations and seeing that there are some proportion issues with the figure. Critiquing yourself is the best way to improve in my opinion. Take the same exact drawing and do it again and don't leave it until you get it right. There's no time like as you're drawing to correct yourself and learn. As for tutorials on hand and feet or any anatomy details, I'd suggest the usual set of people: Bridgeman, Loomis, Vilppu, and just plain old drawing from life and photos Vilppu, who was an animator as well, has a real strong emphasis on the gesture and his stuff may offer you some good insight in capturing the energy of a figure. You may want to try some really exaggerated stuff like cartooning or comics to really get the feel for big poses before going back to the really subtle stuff too. The colors on that squirrel are looking good! He looks a bit angry though Too bad she didn't want to use it! You should find out why and then make another version that suits what they want more and try again. The reward would be the awesome feeling of seeing your stuff printed on a t-shirt! Keep up the energy level man! You're doing really good!
December 20th, 2008 #26
The squirell ain't ugly! He looks a bit pissed though like "What are you looking at?"
If you wanna get better at gesture i'd suggest posemaniacs and if you don't like that you could always go out and just draw people in a coffe shop, mcdonalds or whatever place suits you really.
Here's a process vid of Vilppu btw:
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December 23rd, 2008 #27
Damn my head hurts.
zhonked & Imaginary: Thanks guys! I canŽt wait to look into this Vilppu guy. Unfortunately I caught flu (what a great time to get sick! Damn.) so IŽm pretty much wasting my time laying in bed and watching television. IŽm glad you like the squirell. I think he looks pissed, cause I was pissed at a time... picture with a message, you know
Anyway, as I said, IŽm sick, my head hurts, and I watched too many chritmas movies from the horizontal position... so I got all pissed about not doing anything and did this portrait of my friend. No-brainer really, just what I need right now.
Anyway, have a nice christmas and SMILE!
December 23rd, 2008 #28
December 23rd, 2008 #29
Thanks very much for visiting my sketchbook, Mr. Smile!
I'm loving the huge amount of figure drawings you have here. Wow. That must help a lot when it actually comes down to drawing completed figures. I have to say, though, my favorite pieces so far are that glass, and Boba Fett. Way to go!
Keep it up! I'll definitely keep visiting.
December 23rd, 2008 #30
Vickie B: Yeah, they will definitely help when IŽll beat 1001th pose. Right now? Dunno .
YouŽre gonna keep visiting? I should really work on myself now!! And I must thank you back again, because that rancor piece youŽre working on right now inspired me to do this. I love CA, the deepest pool of imagination and creativity!
Anyway, it doesnŽt matter if youŽre good guy or a bad guy person, still, everyone knows that sith just have more style .