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Edit: New stuff is being added again.
After realizing I have been seriously neglecting starting one of these, I see now that I am out of reasons (valid or otherwise) to put it off anymore. So I'm going to start with just a couple of little doodles, and hopefully all will go well. For as long as I can remember all I have wanted to do with my life is draw, so hopefully we can all learn from each other and make dreams a reality.
If you're looking at this now, thanks for stopping by.
PS- If you have any tips or advice on what I might need to work on, or just see something in one of my images that I could have done better or differently then don't hesitate to let me know. That is the point after all right?
Last edited by Riddimensaur; February 17th, 2010 at 04:36 PM.
Thank you Josh! I will try and do tighter more finished work. I find myself slacking off and not taking my time and studying properly, so hopefully I can remedy that.
I call him Thumbhead. I've been relying on a lot of the same head shapes over and over lately, so I need to break that.
Last edited by Riddimensaur; September 3rd, 2009 at 02:31 AM.
Thank you p sage. I agree with you, my line quality is pretty horrid for the most part, and its a problem that I've had for a while. Any suggestions on how to improve that?
One more for today. A jock/high school athlete type fella. This was much nicer looking before I went in and darkened everything a bit too much.
Thank you Pretty Angel. I will try and do some more polished stuff and a few figure studies (I need the practice) as soon as I can. I hope to do some color stuff too. There seems to be an issue with the images, so I will update again once that gets fixed, or maybe even before if I get to antsy for an update.
Quick update here:
1- A zombie guy head. Really what's more fun than zombies? Not that happy with it but its just a doodle so....
2- Random guy with an evil grin on his face. I really dislike his hair
I'm going to try and limit my personal art over the next week or so to figure studies and digital painting practice. I find both of them to be pretty intimidating but I'm going to take the plunge and see what happens.
Last edited by Riddimensaur; September 4th, 2009 at 08:01 PM.
Thanks Gorilla@Attack, I most certainly will.
Two more here.
1-A little shack type thing. The idea here was that a leprechaun, woodland sprite, or maybe even a squirrel with carpentry skills refurbished an outhouse into a home. The chimney is way over exaggerated.
2-This guy was inspired by a bowling trip. Not based off of a real person or anything, but he's what I sort of think of as a typical high-roller bowler or king of the lanes type guy.
Again man... good style.
I think line quality comes about by loosening everything... even your grip on your instrument (be it pen/pencil/graphite/charcoal/brush)...
Then you try and throw your arm into the movement from your shoulder.
You do have to hold your instrument firmly enough not to let it wobble in your fingers, but you can do that with minimal effort.
It's taken me a long while to get the hang of it, but my lines are starting to show improvement.
Good luck and keep working.
Thanks p sage. I will give that a try. I do seem to work more from the elbow with a relatively tight grip so I'll put more of my shoulder into it.
Really cool caricature stuff here! Would also like to see their bodies
Thank you Rabenkind. I agree I need to give them bodies, and this upcoming week will all either be figure studies, characters with bodies, or some type of digital painting practice. I need to do more of that and so I'm going to.
Two more for you here:
1-A robot. Typical cylinder head, hinged jaw, holes for eyes robot. I like robots but I don't find myself doing as many as I'd like so expect some more crazier ones.
2-Another big guy. I'm not sure what emotion this is, but it was fun to draw it.
try using ink or inkpen ... might come in handy have fun dude
Thanks AtreyoS. I've been wanting to get a Brush Pen for a while, but for now I'm just making due with all of the ball point pens I have lying around (everything so far except the first sketch has been ball point pen). If I can get to an art supply store I'll be sure to try and pick up some better quality pens though.
I think I'm getting used to my wacom now, or at least more than I was. I knocked this out earlier. Just an expression sketch, but I was thinking it would look pretty cool on a mouse pad or maybe even a t-shirt. What do you guys think?
Just updating for today. A smiley guy, his bottom lip looks weird. I like drawing people with really oversized collars and scarves and things like that.
Nice, that last one in particular I like, I always have a hard time getting really clear, expressive faces without over complicating things. That last one manages it without overloading the page with too much detail.
Thanks Brodiggan. I've messed up many a sketch by getting too detail happy so I've been making a conscious effort not to do that.
As promised earlier this is a character with a body. I'm not too fond of it, the composition could be way better, and looking at it I realize I really need to take my time.
Very good start with your sketchbook... I really like the expressions of your characters. As already mentioned, I'd love to see some of your work with polished outlines and more full body work. I do like the last character.
Seeing your way of scribbling, you might want to try using a blue pencil, which is way lighter than regular pencil and doesn't clutter the sketch as much. I love working with blue Colerase.. as the name suggests erasable. Give it a try
keep it up
Thank you very much t.m0. I think I will try and get a hold of one of those pencils. I used to have some really light purple pencils and those were really quite nice. I've got some red ones right now, but I'm not sure how those are working out (I'll do some stuff with them and see).
I haven't updated recently because I've been spending all of my free time practicing and studying. During the recent dvd sale I finally got a hold of Marko Djurdjevic's Character Ideation dvd and it has basically been on a loop ever since.
So that being said here's an update. I've had this character kicking around in my head for a while but never really dove in to giving him a try until today. I call him BoB. Why are both B's capitalized you ask? I really have no idea.
This guy's hair nearly killed me. The struggle between getting what I wanted and avoiding an anime wanna be was pretty hard, and I'm still not sure if I won or not. It's still pretty scribbly, so I have to work on that. Also I'm not sure if the head shape really works with the body. There is no rendering because I'm not good at it. I tend go from decent simple rendering to overworked pile so I held off.
This is all for right now, but I have a lot of other stuff that I will probably dump into one big post.
Thanks mcunha. That is going to be the next step for me. I'm not that great of a painter but I won't get any better until I do it right?
A quick little doodle using Alchemy. After making a bunch of rorschach ink blot test type stuff I decided to do something for real. I brought it into photoshop just sign it. I'm loving Alchemy so far, its a niffty little program, and hopefully I can do some great things with it.
Thank you daveneale. I'm working on doing that now actually. I've been inspired lately and taking my time a lot more than I have been. Before I just wanted to get the ideas out of my head and onto paper with no regard for line quality and with no patience. So, I'm slowly but surely kicking that habit to the curb.
Another Alchemy doodle. I'm really loving it.
nice style. maybe start your pencils a little lighter to get cleaner linework
You got a very nice comic style. I like it! But as some people said before, try to use less lines to get a cleaner linework (I've problems with that too). Keep it up man! Looking forward to see more from you.
Check out my sketchbook if you've time. Would be nice with some critic/tips/anything.