i feel like in this last painting you are trying to do too many things in one painting
it feels like there are 5 different paintings happening at the same time i think you should try and focus on one or to elements that you like and flesh them out
just my 2 cents keep up the fight !
Hmm, i think you've made yourself a harder job by doing it this way.
First of all I think you went too fast too details in that grayscale sketch, leave it simple you will efine later. Overlay or color layer with basic colous and then overpaint. That's hwo most of people including myself are doing.
Altho cool idea, ah big bad orc protecting a vunerable weak woman, is it love or desire? ;>
P. S Those clouds start to look neat!
Zorcron thanks I will consider that
Ice! yeah I was kinda carried over with this piece and started the rendering too soon, I am in the process of it it will take time until I finish it though because I can't release it before it looks the way I want it to.
a quick speed painting was experimenting with brushes on this one.
any way a little background about this dude, so he was walking around the scrabble in a local scrap yard to look for a pipe to fix his toilet, and he found one but it wasn't just an ordinary pipe it was the pipe of a mad scientist who lost it when his lab blew up this pipe is charged with epic powers and the wielder of this epic pipe gains +10 to toilet fixing skills and +100 to saving on electric bill.
anyway here's a small update on the orc piece.
Last edited by Danny_K; August 8th, 2009 at 11:24 PM.
Hmm its getting better but i almost can feel your pain with finishing this piece
If you have started with basic colours or overlayed some colours earlier it would be much faster. Take a look on a samurai speedpainting in my sketchbook, and it took me like 2h and 10-20 min. Because its waaay faster if you start like i said.
i really like the eyes. keep working and study anatomy obsessively.
"Although being a toy seems undesirable, you should enjoy it while you can. At this stage you can bite all you want with no remorse"- ESPO
my sketchbook- http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=165559
thanks for the help guys I keep it all in mind, so helpful when others look at my work and see whats wrong I can't find everything thats wrong without critique.
so this one is from a photo, a collection of amazing photos I received the other day of Us troops in Iraq to my email this specific one though was my favorite.
I tried to make it a speed painting but I think it took too long about an hour maybe less, but hey it's all about learning right?
and then just some sketches into the night, let my mind wander to somewhere...
Last edited by Danny_K; August 20th, 2009 at 01:17 AM.
Great stuff dude. Keep this up!!!! I'll be looking forward to more stuff.
Uhm speedies can take even longer than an hour, it's about you painting fast; but you can actualy spend alot time on a speedie sometimes. Its about sculpting the image with some quick strokes or random, rough forms etc.
I see that you are experimenting with custom brushes, good it's always cool to have your own library with favourite brushes. Do more black & white stuff and practice the efficent use of value. Laters!
Enough partying, back to work!
a little more progress on the blizzard piece aaand
two speedies the last one is from 300 took me about 30-40 min
Last edited by Danny_K; August 26th, 2009 at 02:37 AM.
hey wow there is some amazing improvement here.
i really like your work its really inspiring. i really like the metro pictures the trains look really like the real thing!
hey bro its been a while ,the 300 image is spot on
good work great feeling i feel like its hard to read the shield though and when i squint if i didnt know it was a shield it would be hard to
tell how he had it suspended in the air but thats movie stills for you haha... your use of value is improving loads keep
up with the B&W studys they are doing you a lot of good
break out some traditional mediums man its
a whole different vibe and a very nice way to work i find
keep up the good fight !
jack1995 thanks buddy! glad to know that my junky art inspires some one
Zorcron thanks for the critique always appreciated! squinting does help a lot in the learning process that's for sure, and the thing is with movie stills that they don't make much visual sense sometimes, there was an immortal in mid air with his butt up in this still, it took me 2 minutes to figure out what tha heck is that thing obviously I didn't draw him LOL
I took Zorcron's challenge and took the candle pic from his sketchbook took me around 40 min
I was looking through Colepoopface's sketchbook http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...=118736&page=3 and I got inspired from his fantastic work and anatomy studies, and his posts crack me up.
this one started as a figure experiment and then just went trough with it around 2 hours I think, into the night + mp3
Last edited by Danny_K; August 30th, 2009 at 01:18 PM.
Hi Danny_K; nice sketchbook so far. The faces you draw are good. I think using more photoreference would help you. Your digital b/w works have a too high contrast; maybe you should not start with white as a background colour. Keep practicing!
engelhardt Thanks a lot for pointing that out! you are absolutely right my black and whites are waaaaay to contrastic and it doesnt look realistic, bah that's it back to the reference! I really appreciate the critique!!
Tup turrutup! Iceman is back!
That candle piece is really neat!
I think that your mind is still locked in the cage, when it comes to painting you think too much about details too early. Take a look at the wip of Colepoopface's. ( I saw his works, and i admit they are superior)
He doesnt start on a white background, i usually start out on neutral 50% grey or throw in some basic colours from start. It is much easier to think then, with no shiny canvas blinding you ;>
Second thought, i was suggested to sculpt form with blobs, mostly by using huge brush sizes. Few strokes can usually lead your mind to a great idea, of creating something. Also don't pick black for your value sketches. Pick something dark but not 100% black, it then makes it easier to work with it.
Sure sometimes pure black is THE choice, but those are rare situations.
I also suggest doing posemaniacs 30 sec poses qite often, eventually you will get the hang of describing something with simple understandable forms.
Lay in some textures to your work from time to time, they can bring something unique to your work. It's sometimes color, form, or a fancy effect.
Use what photoshop offers, whatsever in it, it's made for peep's to use it.
Gradients are cool to lay in some atmosphere.
I know how difficult it is to do it by yourself as i am exacly in your shoes, also a self learner. We have to work our asses twice as hard to get to some point but hell no, i don't regreat any second spent on my " gettng beter" trip. Hang on budd, best wishes, as always.
Iccyyyyyyyyy! thanks a lot for the kind words man, you really push me forward with you're comments and I thank you for that, and all the artists who bother in looking at my sketchbook and giving me advice I thank you too!!
I tried a 50% background in this one it started as just a value and brush experiment and led to these Alien designs, I feel it's not as contrastic as the other ones.
and also a norseman wip
Last edited by Danny_K; August 31st, 2009 at 02:58 AM.
There! you did it! and now it looks way better.
I think that video tutorials by superb artist Daarken
could be useful for finishing that norse warrior.
P.S i am not concerned if you're using the right brush, when i started painting i also thought that i am using the right ( Hard round) brush.
Make sure it is it, it's the one which u can have vector like effect if not set to other dynamics.
By the way what tablet do you use?
Nice work sir ! give your self a pat on the back because you are improving Boatloads keep up the goods and you will be Planting Images From your mind like there is no Tomorrow
Ice thanks a lot for the sweet link it helped A LOT!
Zocron thanks man It's a long road that's for sure
more progress on the Norseman, it took me like 40 minutes to place the chain mail because I didn't like how it looked in the first attempt so I tried to figure out a way to adjust it, looks kinda sketchy but I'm happy with it.
quick thing here the Values on the axe Warrior are almost the exact same as the backround so it naturally makes the painting hard to read i would probably define a light source and probably fade the backround quite a bit so he Pops
looks good though im not a buff on the type of actual armor and weaponry he would have if he was Norse from X Time period but it helps sometimes to go do some research and referance hunting
keep em coming !
you really have some nice posts here!!
i so love the sparkly bits that make those creatures what they are~
and that landscape from post #78...stunning colours!!
seeing how you improved on landscapes from page 1 till 3 is quite impressive...you make me think i still have a chance with landscape details n such
and thank you for dropping by again ^^
I have an advice on that norse guy, which you can basicly apply to all your future work. You did put some light gray as a neighbor of his bright chain mail,
well the good thing to do is try to balance values and put darker colors/values to emphasize the brighter colors/values and so on. So lay some darker values near the bright spots to make them pop out more. Also try to make his shoulder visible as for now it's completely flat. I also assume that your refference was a samurai, which i can see by the pose of his legs and the way he's holding his axe looks exacly like he was wielding a katana. Try to close his hand to make it look like a soldi grip :] ...ooor you can make him hold an enormous sized sword, which would be very cool.
P.S If you havent yet, get Manowar-Gods of War album, you may find it very epic and inspiring.
Last edited by Icecold; September 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 AM.
Hey guys thanks for the tips! you all are like a good medicine for me that keeps me from being lazy keke
Zorcron you're right I've noticed that the background needs to be adjusted, as it's still wip I go back and forth and try out different things.
A little history about the Norseman ( boooring I know), they are more known by the name Vikings or Gauls (man of the north) basically these guys are from Scandinavian origins and they kicked every ones butt in Europe from the 9th to the 11th century, they spread all over and savaged mostly on the seas like pirates.
these guys even reached North Africa and north America with their long pointy ships, and there's still a settlement that was founded by them in Canada today.
the armor and the axe is the one they used at that period. (except of course the huge world of warcraft style long sword he's holding now LOL)
BlackDelphin thanks! I actually didn't want to post that landscape on 78# because I think it's lame but this is a sketchbook after all so I basically post everything unless it's really horrid in unrecognized ways to man kind, I feel I have a very long way with my landscapes for I am really struggling with custom brushes and color, but I'm glad you like it!
Icecold thanks for the push! the dark next to light and light next to dark is an awesome tip! it does make every thing pop out. I must say you have very strong observation! the reference did hold a sword! but not a katana though, if you are interested to see the reference you can get it here http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n.../norseman2.jpg
http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n.../norseman1.jpg ,feel free to use it if you like! it's a book I got as a gift called "the fantasy figure artist's reference file" by Peter Evans "Barons publisher" I like this book because it has a lot of unique poses to use as reference.
anyway here's the sword you asked and you know what it does look cool! hehe, and about your question in the previous post I am using Wacom intuos2 6x11 which is really nice for a widescreen monitor.
so some more progress on the Norseman
Last edited by Danny_K; September 2nd, 2009 at 01:35 PM.
I will call it done, I am not very happy of how it looks I feel like I aim for a different style but this what comes out, back to the life drawings and studies for me.
hope you like it
Icecold thanks again for the link to Daarkens tutorials it helped a lot!