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June 22nd, 2009 #1
Power Doodles - Nicky S's Sketchbook
Welcome to my sketchbook,
I'm Nicky, an animation student from Belgium.
I've been lurking around Conceptart.org for almost 2 years. For the past 6 months I've been working more seriously on improving my digital painting skills and I'd like to keep it up.
With summer vacation kickin' in I'll have a lot more free time to spend on improving my drawing and painting skills.
Here's some recent work I've made.
I'll try to update every day. ^^
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Welcome to CA! Hopefully you'll be posting often like you'd like to, and I hope so too! Because I'm liking what I'm seeing, and I'd like to see where you go.
What I am admiring the most is your sense of proportion and anatomy. The only crit I could give you is to go into some darker values, and maybe define things more, but that could totally be a style you're working out right now, so in that case just keep drawing!
June 23rd, 2009 #3
good start on this SB. of course you can start experiment with more interesting brushes! Your paintings are nice, but I suggest working on skin tone. You seem to use only one color with different value.. Study a photo of a face, and discover the huge variety!
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June 23rd, 2009 #4
ohnojenny - Thanks, yeah I need to work on my values, every time I think I did them well, I look back and notice that I need to go more extreme with them. I need to do mooore studies.
eparts - Thanks, custom brushes confuse me most of the time 'cause I don't know how to use them, I guess it's just a matter of experimenting and discovering what works for me. I'm going to do some face studies, and work on my knowledge of color.
Here's another update.
The first five pages are some sketches I did during the past couple of weeks.
On the sixt page are warminging up doodles I did yesterday.
Also a bunch of quick thumbnails, some nose studies, a sketch of a house, and warming up sketches I did this morning.
I'm really excited on painting, starting this sketchbook is an extra motivation to learn more each day.
June 23rd, 2009 #5
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June 23rd, 2009 #6
These are some great pages, Nicky S. I love how they're all so full -- just what you like to see in a sketchbook!
Great facial features/human body studies/sketches! And great job getting variation in faces -- SO much variation! You're crossing the species borders.
I'd like to see some more environment works -- I like what I see!
June 24th, 2009 #7
HerrleerzeichenS - Thanks man, I still need to work on getting clean lines and crosshattching... But with animation I'm used to do linedrawings, most of the time we don't get to the shading part. ^^ I'm gonna try to keep up this workrate.
ohnojenny - Thnx, I still need to work on my sketchiness though, need to watch out for messy lines. Oooh and environmental work... hehe. I'll work on it. ^^
Eye studies I did yesterday, a facial study, sketches and mouth studies I did today. I'm not gonna have a lot of time tomorrow for drawing and painting, but I'm going to try.^^
June 24th, 2009 #8
Awesome eye and mouth studies! I like how you're getting into the fine details of things. It inspires me to do the same. :3 Who knows how soon I'll get to actually doing it, but...
And I really like the painting of the girl. The colors are awesome.
Keep up the good work! Try some enviros or some speed paints.
June 25th, 2009 #9
ohnojenny - Thank you, they help me in a kinda strange way, I did them before going to bed, first thing I think about when I wake up is eye shapes, and mouth shapes. (I probably even dreamt about it :s) ^^
Today I noticed that a good way to practice colors is to do studies with a hard round brush, without activating the pressure sensitivity. It forces you to make an accurate color choice from the start, it makes me think more about colors. ^^
Another update, gonna do some studies later.
2 Landscape studies, with hard round brush, no pressure sensitivity.
And some thumbnails, messed a bit around with a custom brush.
June 25th, 2009 #10
You are bold, aren't you? Going at things with a hard round brush. The enviros look fantastic, especially the second one! What would be interesting is if you went back in with a fine pen and drew things in detail, like trees or the tiles on the roofing.
Keep up the awesome work! And your crits are always so valued on my sketchbook, so thank you so much!
June 25th, 2009 #11
Nice mix of studies and imagination in your work.
The anatomy feels fairly solid, but your proportions are virtually all slightly 'cartoony' - eg: a large head and small body. This is fine if your doing it on purpose (like I think many of the images are), but it's also creeping into a few of the pics that would benefit from more realistic proportions.
Still, some fun stuff, waiting to see more.
my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997
www.sevans.co.nz , visit them or a puppy dies!
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June 26th, 2009 #12
ohnojenny - Hehe, one of these days I'm gonna try a more detailed one. No problem, I love helping out!
SEVANS - Thanks man, since I need to do cartoony stuff for school as an animation student, the cartoony proportions reflect in my other work. I don't really mind it, but I'm gonna study on realism so that I have a better understanding of things so I can make more "accurate" cartoon drawings.
Neh, or I'll just learn to draw and paint in a realistic style.^^ (that's the ultimate goal)
Here's another update, some sketches, Loomis studies and some landscape color studies. (without pressure sensitivity)
June 27th, 2009 #13
Amazing post! I love all the anatomy studies, and the perspective study... aaaahhhhhhh it's all too much! Really, it's such a loaded post. And great environments again! I really... have nothing to crit. Damn.
June 27th, 2009 #14
ohnojenny - Thnx, I'm using a Loomis book to improve my knowledge of drawing hands and heads. One of these days I need to do a personal painting again, studies are good, but I need to keep my creative juices flowing.^^
Small update, I don't have a lot of time today, gonna go to fashion museum and friends today.
Loomis head studz + a really quick landscape color study
June 29th, 2009 #15
Soo.. here's another update,
a quick color study, some sketches, Loomis studies, and a work in progress for another try at a personal painting.
The fashion museum was pretty cool, there was a pair of lady shoes of which the design was inspired on the work of H.R. Giger. Really nice.^^
June 29th, 2009 #16
Wow, it's as though your pages go on endlessly... how big is your scanner? I'm in awe of how full they are with substance. I could learn a few things by just staring long enough, I bet. I might just do that -- I am so desperate to get the female figure down, and you just have it.
And I love the last work! Speedpaint? Great composure... do more!
June 29th, 2009 #17Art ninja
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Oh wow, your pencil work is really awesome. You've got so many interesting concept in here. Your colored work is good too. Overall the proportions are good which is definitely a +. You might wanna check the girls legs in the latest painting, they like slightly big.
Ps: where are you studying in belgium? what school?
June 30th, 2009 #18
ohnojenny - Hehe, scanner is normal size A4 ^^ I'm still working on getting the female anatomy right, there's allways some little thing that doesn't feel quite right when I've finished my sketches.
The last painting is a work in progress, gonna develop it this week.
And offcourse I'm going to do more. ^^
Wanna - Thnx man, I tried to fix the legs, I hope they're looking better. I'm studying in Limburg/ Genk at the Media and Design Academy (department of KHLIM).
A small update, will do more tomorrow.
June 30th, 2009 #19Art ninja
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I totally love your pencil work... argh if only I could steal your skills :p
For the WIP the hat looks huge or is it just me?
Never heard of the school. It is hard to go and study in Belgium if you don't live there. There aren't many websites and all. I might've gone there :p but I got in in a better place.
I'm belgian too btw ^^
July 1st, 2009 #20
Hey thanks for stopping by You got some great sketches here! I'll be back to check your updates, that's for sure
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July 1st, 2009 #21
Wanna - Thnx, the hat IS huge, hehe I totally didn't notice it untill you mentioned it.^^ I'll fix it.
Nice to know your from Belgium as wel, what school are you attending?
Emrey - Thnx for stoppingg by aswell, I'll be checking your stuff also 'cause it's kicking some ass.^^
Loomis studies/ Heads, Some figue poses from imagination. And a character sketch, he's supposed to be part of a team of demon hunters. He probably lost his arm fighting a demon once. But now demons won't be happy to meet him...
Oh yeah, and a really quick color study of a landscape.
July 1st, 2009 #22
Hey Nicky and welcome to CA
Great start, you've already been pumping out the good stuff! At this rate you'll be filling pages and pages in no time!
I think your pencils need a little more love. Think quality over quantity. Try to push yourself, think of values and line quality. Your renderings seems sometimes a little sloppy--always think of every stroke you're making aforehand. So try maybe fewer but longer studies when sketching.
I like your digitals! That pirate chick WIP is promising, hope you'll continue. Maybe try to polish some of the environments too!
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July 2nd, 2009 #23Art ninja
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I'm joining Digipen Singapore in september , doing their BFA program (so fine arts and animation =) )
July 2nd, 2009 #24
AsaB - Thank you, yeah, I noticed that I was getting sloppy, I'm gonna show my sketches some more love. ^^ Thanks for the critiques and the visit. I hope you'll visit again sometime.
Wanna - Cool. ^^
Tried to show my sketches some more love. need to work on that...
And worked more on the Pirate chick, and some quick faces in PS.
July 2nd, 2009 #25
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Nice work man. Do you get to do that stuff for your school? That would be friggen bad ass. I went to this stuffy Modernist/Avant Garde School they took themselves waaay to seriously. It was more about talk and less about the work. Good to see you like the work.
I like your sketches, a lot of thinking going in them. Your hands are looking good too.
I think you could experiment with different brushes in your digital paintings. They’re really easy to make and you can mimic all the brushes that make canvas painting awesome: hard bristle, round, square or badger. Linda Bergkvitz has the best brush making tutorial (it’s a little overdone you don’t have to follow all the steps.) I’m sure there are better one out there but they’re kind of hard to find with out coughing up some cash for them. Good luck with your studies.
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July 3rd, 2009 #26
Desero - Thnx, hehe, if I got to do this work for school, I would be dancing on the tables while wearing my pants as a hat. No in school they prefer a lot more simple figures in an even more cartoony style.
I'll try to use some different brushes.
A small update today, need to visit a museum or two today. Maybe that I can update this evening with some sketches I've made during the day. Not sure though.
Landscape study again, tried to use different brushes but it's still kicking my ass... hehe, It needs more work, don't know if I'll get back to it.
July 3rd, 2009 #27
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July 3rd, 2009 #28
your work looks not bad.. got some crits for your digital paintings.. so i think u have to learn to work with the tonal value.. doin more contras in the foreground and less in the background.. just try to learn how the light is really workin.. u find everything to learn in the nature
thanks for stoppin by in my sketchbook
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July 4th, 2009 #29
GweNdZ - Thanks, no problem.
FAST ART - Thanks for the crits, you really pointed out some problems I that are really kicking my ass.^^ But I'm working on it.
No problem with stopping by, good work needs to be viewed.
Some sketch of a town in a wild west setting. Some life drawing sketches from in the train station, really fast ones, 'cause people move all the time.^^
And some hand studies I did in the train. Also a sketch of a girl, try to work on line quality, but still need to crank up my knowledge of anatomy.
And a quick painting, found a brush that I like, still need to work a lot on my tonal values...
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Your sketches kick ass! You can tell you come from an animation background, they have so much movement. Good job on the daily updates too, always a good thing to be drawing that much everyday.
Keep it up
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