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December 16th, 2008 #1
Not so Sketchy Sketches
I thought I might give this sketchbook thing a try. I have no idea where I want to go with my art right now. There's a part of me that wants to do serious enduring images that move people. The other part of me wants to play and do it for the "now".
I have a BFA with an emphasis in graphic communications. I love doing any kind of traditional art, but my passion lies with printmaking. I dabble with painting on the computer, but find it extremely tedious (funny, considering most printmaking processes can be even more tedious).
The aspects of my art I would like to work on the most are improving my compositional techniques, line quality, and color theory. Pattern and texture really appeal to me. Creating space and accurate shading don't. I believe flat, stylized, graphic images can be even more powerful than an accurately lit, anatomically correct, detailed image... I just haven't found my voice when it comes to creating such images.
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberDecember 18th, 2008 #2
you know ive bin thinking of getting rid of that rat for a while now
i think you executed him err i mean it very well
u only exsist if i think u do
so give me a reason to think you do
December 21st, 2008 #3
Just something I started working on tonight. Copying from the cover of National Geographic Magazine from April 2008. For some reason I've been drawn to this image ever since I got it in the mail. I don't get much practice studying from real life or photographs anymore so maybe this will be good for me. The hardest part so far has been the man's leg. The photo makes it look like it has some unusual bends in it. My brain doesn't want to accept that fact. Also I've realized that I have trouble with horse's legs being the right distance apart.
Anyway, maybe I will work on this some more tomorrow (or never).
December 21st, 2008 #4
It's kinda of odd going back to doing work from references isn't it? Shouldn't take too long before you get more comfortable with it. ^_^
December 21st, 2008 #5
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December 25th, 2008 #6
Thanks for the comments guys .
This is just a little progress update since I feel bad for not being very active. I'm not sure I'll be working on this anymore, even if I want to finish it for the sake of having something finished. I've got to get to work on finishing up a printmaking portfolio to apply for grad school. I may or may not post those images. I'm not feeling too great about them right now.
January 2nd, 2009 #7
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January 3rd, 2009 #9
Mr Spect: Thanks. Maybe I can get back to the horse after I get done with a printmaking project I'm working on.
Sasha: I'm not really sure what you're talking about, but no, they are not logos. Thanks for the complement though.
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January 4th, 2009 #10
I had some old friends come by today and I asked them what I should draw. One of them suggested one of my Aardvark Scout characters floating in a giant umbrella with fish. I haven't gotten to the fish yet. I'd like to finish this because I think it's a cute idea, but I'm not so good with color and I have a print that need to be finished.
FYI, that's supposed to be a seagull trying to sallow a fish sitting on top of the umbrella handle. The fish isn't clear yet.
If you have any advice on this (especially on painting), let me know.
Last edited by AmandaMyers; January 4th, 2009 at 12:33 PM. Reason: typo
January 18th, 2009 #11
Here's something I started last night, posted, got feedback on and then tweaked it a bit. I'm sure there are things still "wrong" with it, but I feel like it's time to let it go and move on. I mostly wanted to practice with color and painting in photoshop. Tried out the "flow" option quite a lot and can see myself getting used to it. It sure beats smudging every little thing.
BTW, it's an Arabian Oryx (with some wrong markings and a long tail).
P.S. is there anyway I can change the icon that shows up for this thread? I really don't want the same crappy art to haunt my sketchbook thread.
Last edited by AmandaMyers; January 18th, 2009 at 01:30 AM.
January 19th, 2009 #12
Here are some sketches I did last night. I did the sitting figure first--just trying to get some interesting perspectives in my images. I had no reference and originally it was going to be of some monstrous creature but just a human figure was difficult enough. Then I got caught up trying to get the perspective right on the head and I ended up taking a picture of myself and drawing from it. It's very obvious I need help with the human figure.
February 1st, 2009 #13
THat man on the horse is nice. I think it could be something really special if you finished it. Nice stuff so far, too.
February 7th, 2009 #14
Thanks Ayem, there's a part of me that doesn't want to finish it because it's just a copied photograph.
here's an ink drawing I did last week:
February 10th, 2009 #15
Arrrg! my laptop may be on the verge of dying so until I get it fixed I have been reading about and drawing hyenas. I'm also trying to get the hang of these new charcoal pencils I've had.
February 17th, 2009 #16
March 2nd, 2009 #17
These are sketches of photos from a Jane Goodall book called Innocent Killers.
From left to right: Lady Astor, stylized family (made up/not from book), Mrs. Stink, Countess Dracula, and Nelson.
March 2nd, 2009 #18
This turned out quite ugly IMO.
March 4th, 2009 #19
March 23rd, 2009 #20
2nd time to sketch at the zoo:
April 15th, 2009 #21
The uploading process of this site is just as tedious and annoying as deviantart.
April 15th, 2009 #22
April 15th, 2009 #23
hey Amanda, you have some really great stuff here. There is definately some improvement to be made, just like all artists, but you seem on the right track! Just keep up the studies and never forget to do you own things. I cant wait to see more
April 15th, 2009 #24
oh my, that swan you did in ink is simply beautiful!
April 15th, 2009 #25
the studies are beautiful, they have a character to them that you lack in your more "animated" figures, that swan is sick as hell man, keep it up this is a great sketchbook
April 20th, 2009 #26
Thank you Loremjay.
If you have any suggestions on what I can do to improve Newman101, don't hesitate to tell me.
Thank you tandy, I like the swan too.
Thank you Grobyc. I assume you're talking about the cartoony stuff as being "animated".
This is a free-hand drawing with crow quill pen and india ink.
April 20th, 2009 #27
Oh god those poor fishes. Love teh expressions on them. The stork could be a little more evil or so just to contrast with the angst of the fishes. These last few updates reall show a new side to your art, which is great and a lot more expressive. Traditional media seems to be your thing. Love the Hyena pages and the brush-strokes on the other animal pages.
The trumpeting giraffes belly looks wrong though, its just too sharp edged.
YOur digitals lack A LOT of contrast. That is one are you really need more work.
The swan is beautiful, love the format. The lion killing teh Hyena is actually quite a powerful image.
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April 30th, 2009 #28
Here's a small page of sketches I did last night. Done with a ruling pen and india ink. I like the wildebeests the most.
Also, I'd still like to know how to change my preview image for my sketchbook.
May 2nd, 2009 #29
May 3rd, 2009 #30
I've decided that I need more practice with landscapes and watercolors. This was the first picture in a book I have called Africa's Animal Kingdom; A Visual Celebration by Kit Coppard. It is riddled with typos but has some nice photographs in it.
As for the painting, I didn't sketch it out or try very hard to get a lot of detail. It's a rather small painting... probably about 3.5" x 5. The colors didn't scan very well, but if you have any crits on getting better with landscapes let me know.