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May 22nd, 2009 #1
Walking above Water
I wanted to open a sketchbook for a long time but everytime I look at those already existing - my jaw drops and my confidence goes down.
I really want to be as good as everyone else here - so Iīll start my walk above the water. Itīs a bit unsure, a bit impossible, but hey I love water. ^__^
I need to practise: using refereces, lights and darks, anatomy (of course), general composition, persepektive, city and all kinds of technical stuff ... nearly everything.
the picture below is a practise with photoreference I did just now. You can view the photo here
May 22nd, 2009 #2
May 23rd, 2009 #3
@Flashback: youīre right ... but I just donīt seem to be able to stop the ranking thing. Of course I want to improve for myself - to get a professional ad fullfill my dream ( to get where some already are ... and thats where my ranking/ comparing sets in again ^^" )
As you see I have big problems with foreshortening - I just somehow take it out of the picture O.o
I had many issues with the leg too. earlier version :click
May 23rd, 2009 #4
Wow, this is looking great so far. Don't worry about comparing yourself to others -- what matters most here is attitude and determination.
Beautiful work on the colours and form especially. I can't wait to see you progress even more!
May 24th, 2009 #5
@kuni-bob: thank you!
I didnīt have much time today since I wasnīt at home so I decided to do something more relaxing and practise some faces:
the mistakes I see:
her nose is tilted slightly wrong/ her eye area isnīt really right if I mirror - please tell me if you note something else
(I did this last night before going to bed (around 3 am ) - I am aware that especially the eye-area looks extremely distorted
(itīs widened too much I think) )
May 25th, 2009 #6
I love the colours in these new ones. Beautiful expressions on their faces, too -- very calm and serene!
In the first piece, I believe her ear looks as if it's too far forward (as if it's on plane with her cheekbones instead of on the side of her head.) I hope that helps!
May 25th, 2009 #7
most definetly an inspiration to me, I just started a sketchbook too, and well I'm kind of nervous too, but your paintings look nice and I was wondering where you learned to use that computer program, and which one is that exactly?
May 27th, 2009 #8
@ kuni-bob : yes youīre right (since I watched one piece as a child I tend to draw the ears too low ^^")
@Marshall Stevens: maaaany practise. I know thats a boring answer but itīs true. I draw digital for about two and a half years if that helps. yes for now I still have photoshop ... I could use it in my school, but since Iīm nearly finished now I need to get it somehow for myself D: (testversions donīt run forever itīs so sad... xD )
hereīs what I did today
My life is so busy nowadays - Itīs 2 am already again - but I so wanted to draw. (please bear with me but Iīm too tired to search the reference -link out again itīs a photo from click )
3 hours *dies* I need to get faster.
Edit: fixed the link
Last edited by Trudy; May 28th, 2009 at 08:28 PM.
May 27th, 2009 #9
keep it up! The last one is looking really goodSketchbook
Insert very insightful quotes here ...
- get back to work!
May 30th, 2009 #10
ref link: click
I know its very rough - I have so many problems with complicated poses its horrible - it took me an eternity to get it somewhat right.
also my normal drawing style is annoying me lately *gah * I need to change it. Iīll post something soon.
June 7th, 2009 #11
I think somehow the contrast is weak.
I originally intended to finish this- but I forgot to give them clothes and canīt fit them in anymore without destroying the composition. (I was so fixed to get the anatomy right... ah *sighs* )
Done without any references.
my problems: his head / his left arm / her neck / darks on his back
June 13th, 2009 #12
Wow, truly impressive stuff!
I especially like the two portraits, the first study and the last one of the lying man. Very nicely done!
And I can completely understand your nervousness... I am kinda feeling the same, especially because here are so many stunning artists..
But I told you before, I find it very impressive that you constantly try to improve and always question your art and style. - Keep that up!
Hrmm.. considering the last piece I agree with the points you've spoken of..
maybe you should lengthen the left arm (viewers point) a bit more?
Also his right arm lacks a bit of the power which is suggested in the movement. It is the bending of the arm that is damping the power. Maybe it would look better if the arm was shooting straight forward to her?
Anyway, I am hardly an expert, but that's just what I would suggest.
But the picture looks really interesting so far, and I'm curious to see the further progress of it! n.n
June 14th, 2009 #13
thank you for the suggestions. I think youīre right about the arms. >___> ah noes. well see. Iīll have to change alot anyways because of the clothes so the arm wont make the big diffrence. ^___^ Iīll try to make him more energetic.
so hm no I am not dead. I just did more finished looking things, wich are already online at my dA... but Iīll link them here so I donīt look lazy.
probably the oldest of the following and personal. click here if you want a short explanation
again a photo practise: (but I liked it enough to put it into my gallery)
I canīt find the photo again. I have it on my harddrive but I donīt want to hurt any copyrights by uploading it to photbucket...
30 mins speedy out of boredom. ... we all knew link would be alot faster with a REAL waepon xD
(people in dA chat suggested to do something with zelda/ another wanted to see a futuristic waepon ... wich I am bad at drawing ^^" )
and finally the one I need crits on :
I seldom color lineart. But my paintings (if not referenced) miss details... So this is a try to colour one. what do you think in general?
I also have big problems with her hands and feet :/
June 27th, 2009 #14
soo I finally scanned in some of my traditional sketches - wich are really bad.
thats 13 pages:
bigger view: http://cheezycat.deviantart.com/art/...ches-127407747
and one with a bit more effort - somehow itīs far easier for me to draw women.
I always struggle so much with muscles...
Last edited by Trudy; June 27th, 2009 at 02:11 PM.
June 27th, 2009 #15
Nice, keep up with the studies. I see good use of colours here.
I'll try critting the horned female: Although it seems to be quite stylised, I think the hands and feet are very small compared to say, the face. Also, is her right hand bubbling?
Maybe give even darker/sharper shadows. Also check reference on how fabrics fold and contort with body forms. Other than that it looks promising, I'm a noob with colours so no tips from me but I really like the palette on this one.
Keep it up, you'll get there.
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