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Well, I guess some time has passed since my last attempt to start a sketchbook. There have been reasons, though there is no excuse for me stopping to post updates and especially me stopping drawing. I started my new job at a hospital and have been working my ass off for the last few months.
But enough of the excuses and the complaining, time to make some kickass art and have my ass kicked. I am planning on living on my art someday, and it's time for me to start acting like that I guess. In the following months I will have to build up a portfolio, something I have a great respect and maybe also quite a bit of fear of doing. The biggest problem is that I haven't got the best idea how to start on that and what to include and how to put it together and most importantly what to actually draw/paint.
I wouldn't say I am a complete beginner, but there are a few basics I still have to get a firm grip on, like lighting and anatomy. I am going to start and just upload everything I do on the computer and on paper, something I was a little embarassed about before. Regarding the thread title: The Sketchbook is going to be two-faced in the meaning, that I do draw, paint both realistically and cartoon-style so expect both in here. I will start of with two studies I did today. I know I know... Apples. What a nice object to draw. I was just curious if it's that much fun to paint them, and I guess it is.
So CA I am eager to make a fresh start. Let's roll!
Last edited by Janos; January 13th, 2011 at 07:06 AM.
Just an exercise in drawing human faces. I kinda like how it's coming along. At first I was really doubting if it would work, but if you just keep going you arrive at a certain point and you suddenly see the homestretch and then its all fun and stuff so yay!
Should I start another one or blend this one better?
Last edited by Janos; January 10th, 2009 at 03:16 PM.
it looks ool the way you use the colors, but are you colorpicking from the picture? If you are, stop that! :X Lets see you would have to paint someone from life, there is no way you could color pick then, so if you are colorpicking your way trough the image, please try one without it. Anyway, i think you are doing great, keep it up! I rly like the eyes you made, they look rly good!
Check my new version of the girls head!
Hey thanks rogerb for the first COMMENT EVER IN MY SKETCHBOOK!
I can see that colourpicking isn't the best way to start. I did pick colours, though only the ones drawn into the picture (the coloured squares). Then I just started painting from scratch and of course picked from then on the colours of my own palette. I guess that's acceptable isn't it?
So tonight I'll do some more studies and I've also downloaded the Loomis-books, so I'll have some reading to do tomorrow at work!
I'd sincerely enjoy any comments and critics so keep them coming.
Yeah you definitely want to avoid color picking as much as possible. If you can't get the color of something to look right, just go through some trial and error until you eventually figure out the proper color to use on your own.
Although on the flip side of this argument, sometimes color picking can help you learn things about why certain colors are the way they are.
@BlackGuy: As mentioned above, I pic soma representative colours from the image and than go from there, adding if necessary my own colours. I really enjoyed doing this, and I hope I will keep doing so in the coming weeks. In how far can it help me (other then basic exercise) with my general painting skills?
@NoodleDoodle: Thanks a lot. I also like how the apple looks, especially in the thumbnail! I will try using bigger brushes, though it does not come natural to me. I have always drawn with a pencil, so... I suppose I will continue drawing fruit, too. It's a nice exercise.
And another update. Done in an hour. Another model as reference.
Last edited by Janos; January 12th, 2009 at 03:31 PM.
Really great paintings! There really isn't anything to critique... Keep posting, I look forward to seeing more.
these are awesome
my photo studies always suck
but thats beside the point
my realpoint is that the red heads lips are to small
they make her look like a cross dressing man
the tones on the shadowside, while accurate to the picture, seem muddy.
her right eys is small and creepy looking
and her forehead kinda looks like its bulging out and to the right
was that too blunt?
if so im sorry
these /are/ really really great, so you should keep up the amazing work
@Azekariel: Thanks a lot and I will try and post a lot more.
@Oranje Joe: Wow. You are right in every single point. I will go back to her tomorrow and revision. I see exactly what you mean, and Peeleaze believe me, I've heard a lot harsher critics.
@Mariusz: I will post some new veggies tomorrow. Come back and you'll see some tasty fruit.
Another one for me and you and everybody. Expect more fruit and some revision for tomorrow. If you can't tell, that's Natalie Portman, the by far prettiest girl I know. Expect more portraits of her.
Last edited by Janos; January 12th, 2009 at 03:32 PM.
Nice work man! Dont be afraid to use the liquify tool to improve the likeness of your portraits, immerhin ist das digital painting ;-)
Also get some really hi res reference of a face/object and work at a large scale and really zoom in to get the details right, this may take a while but it pays off! Also zoom out to thumbnail scale to see mistakes early.
And keep this updated! ;-)
New update. Another model (lily donaldson) with some brighter colours. I enhanced the skintones a little to make the image pop. Hop you like it. Fruit is coming tomorrow+some ideas for a childrens book, set in Russia, 200 years ago.
Ah, and one comment. Don't expect me to go on painting exclusively such beauties. Guys and other mortals will come soon.
Last edited by Janos; January 7th, 2009 at 03:48 PM.
A small update for today. A smunchy Mango and a smunchier skeleton. I'm not sure what I'll be doing next, but I guess anatomy studies are the way to go with some paintings from time to time. I'll just keep on with the skelleton and his good freinds Mr and Mrs Skull. Oh yeah and sorry about the feet, there wasn't enough space on the sheet of paper.
It would be nice to see some more texture in the hair and hat on the last one. Also, the shading seems slightly darker on her left cheek than in the photo- perhaps it's something to do with the hues. Your pic uses a bit more pinkish colours, wheras the photo is more orange and purple tones in some place. Also, not having highlights in the eyes makes them look a little flat, and without her eyelashes... I know it's just a study, but it looks a bit off all the same without little details like that.
Otherwsie, it looks really cool, as far as the nose and lips go. The forms look very 3d.
I really like the mango's texture, and the colours are pretty much perfect.
I'll have to subscribe to this thread so I don't miss any more updates!
@Shalite: Yeah you are right, these are all models. Guess I was just interested in their beauty and wanted to translate that. I am planning on exercising with other fotos though, too, eg my brother and his girlfriend.
@Azekariel: Thanks man. I am going to continue with my studies, but I guess I should not forget the paperwork. Anatomy and forms are still a big chunk of what I am going to have to improve.
Another update for you guys. I do have a question for you guys. My paintings aren't really polished yet. They are supposed to be colour- and colouring-studies so I'm not sure if I should perfect them or let them be. Is this the way to go for portfolio material? Studies like these as a profile of my work, do they belong into an artist portfolio at all?
A little extra for you is the .gif of my WIP. Any interest in seeing more of these for my following paintings?
things that i notice : her eyes are tilted to much,
brightness to the left and right of her lips is also missing,
and the angle of the shadows on her forehead
is to great making her forehead seem really rounded
but other than that this is stellar and you are improving alot
i wish i had the dedication to do photo studies
but i find them utterly tedious
keep going strong, but remember it is also important to draw from your imagination every once in a while
i see you try to realistically to paint things...
and you do great.
Here now some of my personal work on a small project I've got going. It's a russian fairytale about a girl named Stasia (Anastasia) and her Matrjoschka-doll servant named Babu who have to save her town from the evil Icewitch. I'm working on the concepts of the other characters, such as the evil witch, a young boy named Putin (Rasputin) and his grandmother, Babayaga. I hope I will be able to show you some more soon.
I am probably going to go with the third design for Stasia. the others may be used for other random women.
Man thats a real good idea, pasting the picture onto your canvas. Never thought of that, thats one thing thats always deterred me from drawing from photos. Thanks!
Oh and sweet work! Man keep it up and POST POST!
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Some really beautiful portraits and fruit studies on here, and those recent designs are adorable. By the way just out of curiousity, do you have any work on hand done in traditional media? (Graphite pencils, pens, watercolour, Acrylic, etc.)
My sketchbook, if you really want to see it...
"Picasso is a painter, so am I;... Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I." - Salvador Dali