I've been at a plateau art wise for a while so I figured I'd start posting here and see what happens. I've been doing at least one sketch per day for a while now. Varying quality, but so it goes. Anyway, I'll be posting them here once per day in the hopes of improvement. Let me know what you think, what I need to work on, and ideally how I should work on that. Or, you know, not. Whichever.
I need to work on simplifying my figures... but I'm out of time right now.
Nice start! Have you thought about incorperating atmospheric perspective to the second piece? The foreground could use more contrast.
I tried to add a bit more contrast to the foreground then realized that I wasn't sure of my light source. Anyway here's what I've got.
I should probably mock this up in 3d so I can get a better idea of the lighting. I think I should have the figure directly lit for added contrast... I'll try something along those lines tomorrow.
Well, I tried the altered lighting. It's better, but not much better.
another one that needs a lot of work. I've got an idea of what I want to do now though, which is why I did this. Needs a better background too.
Mostly I spend between one and two hours per session but without timing myself I can't be sure for any given one. Today's was only about half an hour since I didn't have much time today.
I agree about things being too dark in the one I did yesterday. I wasn't satisfied with the figures anyway so a lot is getting changed.
Worked a bit on the background and a very small bit on one of the figures. I need to figure out the foreground. I often find myself having trouble with foregrounds...
Some Sketches from reference trying to figure out the face
And some work on the figure for whom I was trying to figure out the face
hey man great sketchbook, Your values look great but was wandering if you have any color work or pencil stuff.
I usually find that i improve after hardcore studies and experimentation with style or different media.
Can't wait to see your current WIP finished
I find myself kind of lost when I use color at this point. A lot of it comes from not knowing what value a given color is, I think, but there's a lot about color I don't understand.
I plan to put color to my current WIP once I have the values done though.
As for pencils - well, I sketch in pencil sometimes, but I'm not set up for convenient scanning so I don't put many of those online.
For today I did a little bit of work on the foreground and worked a bit on the two figures on the right. I'm not sure how well the lighting is going to work out over there yet.
Some nice studies. I see although you use low opacity brush strokes, your work does seem to come together quite well. Have you tried working at 100% opacity, and from really dark to light? I think that would accomplish more contrasts. Overall nice work. Keep posting!!!!
well, now I've tried the 100% opacity thing... It was interesting. Definitely have to be more decisive about the brush strokes that way - which is probably a good idea anyway.
good one...! in b&w.
Thanks! er, which one? the 100% opacity or one of the others?
Some studies from some pictures I found online. I tried changing the angles a bit to make it fit with my ongoing design.
and incorporating it into the design
Still not satisfied with the female figure. I did some sketches playing with the pose:
Then I settled on one and started changing the piece:
I was reminded about the "Kill your darlings" thing when I destroyed the face.
I enjoy the way you go about your images, nice sketches and I think your lighting isn't bad at all.
One thing I noticed though is that you hairlines and hairflow are a little stiff/straight. Hair is affected by all kinds of things, but it takes a real blast of wind to lift so much and so long hair up a lot.Try searching for some reference shots.
Your right. I made the mistake of trying to find reference that looked the way I thought it should look... and I had a lot of trouble finding it.
Anyway I did a page of sketches from a bunch of things I found online (really fast and sketchy since I was trying to get a feel for the movement)
And I tried to incorporate what I found:
It still needs a lot of work but it's a start.
A bit more work on the hair and figure. Nothing much to say really.
Still struggling with the hair on the figure turning her head... I can't seem to get the movement quite right.
Still trying to figure out that hair...
More work on the figures and foreground.
Seeing improvement on this piece, but would like to see more sketches and studies. Also try to vary a little more between sharp edges and soft ones, especially there in the foreground. Good start though and keeping this sb will be a great way for you to continue to progress I think!
"It's just that boys at their age have unchecked desires coursing, nay RAGING as a tempest would, through their tingling nethers!!"
-- Dr. Orpheus
I finally started a SKETCHBOOK! Hoorays!
More studies certainly can't hurt. I need to think about the hard/soft edges in the foreground some more. Actually I need to make decisions about all of the ground in the foreground.
I did some sketches from reference then tried to extrapolate some poses from that. I think I'm going to change the pose on the figure on the left (it seems like more of a body twist helps the movement)
Still trying to figure out proper edge control. Next one I'll try varying my brushes.
Back to working more directly on the ongoing project.
Some sketches to work out how I want to redo the foreground lower left corner.
Applied the changes I came up with sketching yesterday. Not that they're finished, of course...