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August 14th, 2009 #1
Chris Hilbig's Online Sketchbook
My name is Chris Hilbig a.k.a. theYiffer. I decided after listening to Manley's web-seminar from, I guess two weeks ago, about creative business, I decided too take a page out of ManCandy's book and start an online sketchbook. (I plan to keep a duplicate over on CG Society.) My point and purpose for this sketch book is to improve on both my accuracy and speed. I feel that I have quite a few weaknesses in my work including proportions, light/tone, and (I wish I could think of the third one) but I'll say color for now. Color's a big stumbling block whenever I paint. Anyways, I originally intended to link to my photobucket account, but that's against the rules... That's okay.
I mainly do cartoonish type of stuff, thanks to Disney and Warner Brothers. (Or better yet Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson, Romano Scarpa, etc.) That seems to be my comfort zone. I do wish to sharpen my skills further so I can draw more realistically, and not with so much frustration. There are a ton of awesome artists here online and here at CA. I understand that skill-wise, I have a long way to go.To give you more of a vague idea of what I'm about or like, I'll start with the following samples:
1.) Character sketches for a story I planned to submit to Radio Comix
2.) Sketches of a steam-punked tanny
3.) Pencils from page 14 of that same submission
Any comments, suggestion, etc will always be greatly appreciated.
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Wow your comic pages are so dynamic. I love your style and can't wait to see more. The only thing I can think of is to make your lines maybe a bit more solid (less sketchy... er... if that makes sense haha)
Otherwise, your lines are fluid and dynamic! Keep at it and I look forward to seeing more from you
August 14th, 2009 #3
Cool work, try to be more confident in your lines.
One thing about the comic, the last panel is confusing to me, because the hole looks very shallow all of a sudden. That might just be me however haha
Keep it up
Edit: Don't worry about the shallowness, I get it now!
August 14th, 2009 #4
Very neat looking comics man, how long have you been drawing?
August 14th, 2009 #5
Nice start for someone who just came here.
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August 15th, 2009 #6
First and foremost, I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. I didn't expect to receive so many. (To start with anyway. )
Dr.Blindsy: Sketchy lines have been my habit. You're right, I should break it because there are time when people (including myself) will look at a sketch and become somewhat confused by the lack of clarity. (i.e.~ What's that supposed to be?)
corza334: Thank you for the complement on the pencils for page 14. To more or less continue on with Dr. Blindsy's answer, I'm also a perfectionist, which might explain my lack of confidence. I'll draw a couple of lines, not like what I see, and redraw them. Now that I'm putting in more thought to this, being sketchy might be my way to half-ass my way to a more perfect line...
You're right about the last panel, it's supposed to be shallow. The version of the story that this came from (I had to cram it into two chapters, 14 pages each), the adult in this story is a detective in search of a missing girl who was pulled down into "a ghost well". In page 14, the end of chapter 1, the detective exposes the "ghost well" for what it really is.
The inks for panel 6 of page 14
Demon Lizardman: I've been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. I've been trying to be more serious off and on since high school. So I've been an amateur for roughly a decade. (I won't waste any bemoaning here...)
I'll be play catchup for now, but will try not to flood this thread with too much at once. Some of the sketches I'll post originate from magazines I find at my work. I'll try to give proper credit or the source.
1.) Model from a hotrod magazine. (Source: Super Street Magazine Photographer: Henry Z. DeKayper Model: Tracy Nova)
2.) Three sketches, two from observation, one from imagination
3.) A quick female sketch.
Last edited by theYiffer; August 30th, 2009 at 04:59 AM. Reason: To properly source the first sketch
August 17th, 2009 #7
Update 8/17/09 ~ MMA fight sketches
These are some quick sketches I scratched out while catching up on some MMA. Since the fighters obviously won't stand still for me, I had to pause each moment the best I could with the ol' VCR, and draw them as quick as the VCR would let me. (I'm guessing about a minute.) I had to rewind and pause again a couple of times just to get the majority or as much of the moment as I could...
The first two are from the Leonard Garcia v. Jameel Massouh fight at WEC 42. Awesome fight!
The last jpeg is sketched from a rebroadcast of UFC 100 on Spike this past Saturday. These were from the Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher. (I'm sorry I couldn't do them justice....)
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August 17th, 2009 #9
Those studies are faboo! And haha, don't worry about the sketchy thing, so are mine. Hehe, still great update!
August 18th, 2009 #10
Izer: The comic pencils were done in Painter. Basically I scan in the thumbnails, scale them up in Photoshop, and draw out the rest in Painter. I normally complete my pencils enough to when I ink, I can still tell what's going on.
August 20th, 2009 #11
Update 8/20/09 ~ Stuff from work...
I don't if it's from the lack of sleep or the amount of time it takes to scarf down food, but it sometimes seems almost impossible to complete any sketches while on break and lunch...
Anywho, here's something from my sketch book from work. It start out as a sketch from another hotrod mag, but I just went forward from the partial and made it more complete on my own...
Then I decided to quickly throw in some color in painter. If I complete it, I may just finish it in Photoshop, due to my frustration with many of Painter's brushes. (Or how to best use them.)
August 30th, 2009 #12
Update 8/30/09 ~ Stuff from work...
To make things short and sweet, here are some more scans from my work sketchbook. (Note the last was sketched from a photograph taken by an unknown staffer in Super Street Magazine, July 2009, pg56)
September 6th, 2009 #13
Update 9/6/09 ~ Pirates and bears and squares, oh my!!
At the moment, I'm entertaining the thought of going back to school again, and I'm planning to take an online/distance learning direction. One of the schools I'm thinking of enrolling in to is the Art Instruction Schools. Today I started prepping or working on some warm up sketches for a scholarship they offer. (See the first image below) The paper I have to draw on is a little heavier than your usual photocopy paper, but with a matte or satin finish. The basic objective is to replicate one three drawings inside the square. My first instinct was to sketch out the pirate on plain photocopy-paper and then transfer it with graphite paper. That would save me from tearing up the paper, since I would naturally end up making numerous corrections. Thus the reason for the warm-up sketches. I chose the pirate, because "Cuddles" was way too up my ally (since I'm more comfortable with cartooning) I should opt for more of a challenge...