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February 9th, 2009 #1
2009 sketchbook - CLOSED
Welcome! The sketchbook starts at post #3,
but don't linger on page 1, there is new stuff on page 2.
Post #1 is just for holding the thread thumbnail:
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February 9th, 2009 #3
OK, here starts my new sketchbook
There will be a few comic projects here, but for now I'm in a dark mood.
Here are a few works in progress - or forever unfinished - made from imagination on open canvas.
How can I improve?
February 9th, 2009 #4
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February 12th, 2009 #5
Excellent update. Glad that you've stayed busy (I have too, but my computer's on the fritz 'til tomorrow). One thing I just now noticed is that you aren't varying the weight of your lines. It would make working with large brushes easier if you were able to do so... I don't remember which program you were using but it ought to have such a function.
Keep up the good work , dude.
February 12th, 2009 #6
Hey Leo, glad to see you're back ^^ I really like the first image in your post. Obviously the red is really pushing the focus on your character, but I really enjoy that you offset her with a very subtle neutral blue backdrop. I feel like sometimes you have too highly saturated colors happening in the background which flattens the image a little and makes it difficult to determine the real focus of the piece. Great work so far, keep it up!
February 13th, 2009 #7
Thanks for the feedback, dear SSG buddies!
Color's still frightening to me, but I took a deep breath and dived
I didn't really stay busy unfortunately, all pictures on post #3 but the first two are from before my art syncope.
When I use the basic brush I link pen pressure to opacity only. Linking it to weight as well would make thin lines almost transparent. I don't know how you or others manage. But recently I picked up using the oil brush of opencavas again, that way blending is dynamic and I can save pressure for weight.
I'm trying to focus on composition and readability, which includes seriously tackling color, but I really feel like a kid mixing tints, I wish I was more serious
February 13th, 2009 #8
Keep at it!
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February 15th, 2009 #9
Thank you kidult, I will!
Those who know my old sketchbook will recognize Wild Nymph:
Yes, I'm still dark mooded. It will get away.
February 16th, 2009 #10
New things, all shaggy WIPs really...
February 16th, 2009 #11
February 17th, 2009 #12
hi leo! wow, you've been @ it good. I really like pieces like the red woman, where you use subtle colors to show her skin, but still use a stark contrast color for the background. finishing something just to see if you can do it does seem like a good idea, but you can always just pick a good piece for that later right?
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February 18th, 2009 #13
Haha my favorite green gurl! Now, go do something more finished! You churn out lots and lots of nice sketches, thumbs, wips, etc, but you rarely take them further. I know you hear this a lot, but I think it's worth repeating.
For color testing, I think it would be beneficial if you did a thumb (not too big, not too detailed, but with a well defined foreground and background) in neutral tones (like a sepia brown) and used color layers on top to experiment with color. That way you can really sit down and practice color relationships efficiently. Typically students just draw a ball sitting on a table for color studies like that, but I always find that a bit silly because a ball doesn't exude a mood, not like a figure in a scene does.
I like that you've been pulling out some more interesting colors in some of these sketches, colors that are delicate mixes that I haven't seen you using before. I particularly like ghost rider and revenge is now.