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    Greip's Sketchbook

    Hello! My name is Martin Greip. I'm currently (since Autumn -10) studying Gamedesign and Graphics at the Department of Game Development in Visby, Sweden. Before that I spent three years learning the foundations in art. Drawing, painting and sculpture etc. I'm a pretty easygoing and humble person, feel free to leave as much (constructive) criticism you like!
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    Hey again, thought I'd update my previous post a bit.

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    Figure drawing drawn with the "wrong hand"

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    Figure Painting, a bit expressionistic I guess.

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    Collagraphy

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    Painter doodle

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    Self Portrait, Watercolour

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    Self Portrait, Watercolour

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    Inspired by the song "Space Cadet" by Kyuss

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    Stray Toasters fan art
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    Love the technique in the watercolour portraits.. actually just generally when you've used watercolours.

    mere tak : )
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    Hey, thanks!
    Yeah, I luv watercolour. Too bad It's so hard working with when you're painting from imagination, but I'll have to train more.


    Anyway, I've started to do some Bridgman studies. Since I think I've neglected anatomy studies for far too long!

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    Me and some classmates went to Millesgården today to look at all of Carl Milles beatiful sculptures, drew a few sketches of them too!

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    Yes, you needa know what youre doing when painting with watercolours.. no ctrl+z or white acrylics to cover it : P

    Nice hand studies, don't quite get the technique with the 6'edged square though? anyhow, you have a really nice pen pressure in your sketches, it's very clear on this piece: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...0&d=1253204883 , the value is very different.

    Would be nice to see more detailed work in the future : )
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    Greip--

    You have some good work going on here. The "Collagraphy" piece is fantastic--both the technique/"style" ("style" in quotes because I really don't like that word, but sometimes it applies) and the ambiguous, yet thought-provoking narrative situation.

    The Tiger-head Girl is interesting, too. I have no idea what's going on, but the hands & fingers (while being sorta wonkily drawn) look to me almost like she's covering a laugh about something that's freaking out the guy behind her. I'm a big fan of how you let your water media bleed out at the cheeks and mix with the pencil. If it were an illustration for something definite, I'd ask to see some more definition/refinement to make your story more discernable--it's possible she's not laughing; maybe she's shocked by her transformation and she's feeling her new, alien face. (But those wiggly, joyful fingers...!) As a visual free-association aside, I think it's interesting that her elbows look like breasts due to their form, color, and placement. Your application of materials/marks reminds me a bit of Kent Williams!

    The bottom third of your second watercolor self-portrait is dynamite from the top of the moustache, all the way down. Your freedom made those parts beautiful and interesting! (Actually, the hair and top of the head are good, too.) The marks & layering you used in the beard hold a lot of potential answers for the top two-thirds...

    Since you asked for a specific crit, I'll mention a few things I noticed: The Painter Doodle is scratchy and disjointed. If it's just an idea piece, that's fine, but when you post something it becomes more than that. As I was viewing it (scrolling down the page) I was ready to write it off, but then I got to the rabbit-guy with the gun, and he sparked my interest. He cracked me up! For some reason the scratchiness works with him: everything adds up to a quick-yet-realized sketch (minus that "X" mark on his shoulder!)

    For the second watercolor self-portrait, (in the future) I'd just recommend forgetting that the face is IMPORTANT-important and treat it like a lowly beard! That lowly beard gave you the most love back, bro. You didn't get hung up on the notion that the beard was basically a semi-circle at the bottom of your face...and this freed you up to really look] at it and find an interesting set of marks/process to describe it. Some marks are large and diagonal, some are thin and vertical. Then you had the good sense to leave the paint alone and be watercolor. Long story short: think about eyes & noses that way. Don't think of them as two ovals and a cucumber, but as areas whose lighting/color forms tie into the lighting and color forms of the larger face. Allow some marks to "cross boundaries". You did that on your left eye (our right) with that large square-ish brushstroke that spans the bottom orbit and the eyeball itself. The upper right forehead (your upper right) does that nicely, too.

    Watch those wacky wrists in 3 of the the Bridgman studies...but the thumbs and fingers are just beautiful...and authoritatively drawn.

    The gestural figurative pencil work is free yet informative, and I like how you marry that with the yummy, loose watercolor in "Space Cadet".

    The 5 min charcoal gesture and the last 3 Milles sketches are weak, and I'm simply saying this since I think you're serious enough to hear my unvarnished opinion. Here's why I think you can, among other things:

    You are doing all the right things. You are working hard, you are experimenting, and you are posting. You are finding things that interest you and you're exploring your visual relationship with them. The crits I've written are really just small tips; I think you have a really good eye and that you are fully aware that everything comes, in time, with unrelenting practice and a constant sharpening of your eye.


    I'll be keeping an eye on your work, and please stay in touch. Rock on...

    best,
    Nick
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    Kawauchi--
    Yeah, I've always been bad at drawing hands. I have to work harder with that. But I've found a lot of good Loomis and Bridgman books on the net so I'll study hard with that!
    Thanks, I'm trying a different "style" now. I've spent the last year or so with making "Schiele-esque" drawings. I think I've got to go back and train with values and whatnot.
    I'll post more finished stuff in the future, If you feel like it you could always visit my DA page.


    rusko-berger--
    You have some good work going on here. The "Collagraphy" piece is fantastic--both the technique/"style" ("style" in quotes because I really don't like that word, but sometimes it applies) and the ambiguous, yet thought-provoking narrative situation.
    Thanks, I'm pretty pleased with that one myself.


    The Tiger-head Girl is interesting, too. I have no idea what's going on, but the hands & fingers (while being sorta wonkily drawn) look to me almost like she's covering a laugh about something that's freaking out the guy behind her. I'm a big fan of how you let your water media bleed out at the cheeks and mix with the pencil. If it were an illustration for something definite, I'd ask to see some more definition/refinement to make your story more discernable--it's possible she's not laughing; maybe she's shocked by her transformation and she's feeling her new, alien face. (But those wiggly, joyful fingers...!) As a visual free-association aside, I think it's interesting that her elbows look like breasts due to their form, color, and placement. Your application of materials/marks reminds me a bit of Kent Williams!
    Yeah, her arms and hands look weird. Tried to make it look good, but I'm still struggling with drawing hands. Have to work harder with that.
    I think that we humans are pretty pretentious in thinking that we're allmighty and whatnot. We're really just animals like all the rest. So she's trying to hide that fact or something. And that guy in the background is some kind of boring clerk who wish he were a monkey. That's what I thought when I made the painting atleast.
    It's an oil painting actually, but I've used a lot of linseed oil so I guess It looks a bit like watercolour or something. The elbows looks pretty strange, especially the right one. Meh... I'm pretty disappointed with the arms.
    Hehe, I'm a big fan of Kent Williams. I love all of his work!

    Since you asked for a specific crit, I'll mention a few things I noticed: The Painter Doodle is scratchy and disjointed. If it's just an idea piece, that's fine, but when you post something it becomes more than that. As I was viewing it (scrolling down the page) I was ready to write it off, but then I got to the rabbit-guy with the gun, and he sparked my interest. He cracked me up! For some reason the scratchiness works with him: everything adds up to a quick-yet-realized sketch (minus that "X" mark on his shoulder!)
    Yeah, I guess It's pretty sketchy. Tried to make it look like a linocut, but yeah, It's sketchy. I'm pretty pleased with the composition though.



    Long story short: think about eyes & noses that way. Don't think of them as two ovals and a cucumber, but as areas whose lighting/color forms tie into the lighting and color forms of the larger face. Allow some marks to "cross boundaries". You did that on your left eye (our right) with that large square-ish brushstroke that spans the bottom orbit and the eyeball itself. The upper right forehead (your upper right) does that nicely, too.
    Your absolutely right, I'll think on that more in the future!

    You are doing all the right things. You are working hard, you are experimenting, and you are posting. You are finding things that interest you and you're exploring your visual relationship with them. The crits I've written are really just small tips; I think you have a really good eye and that you are fully aware that everything comes, in time, with unrelenting practice and a constant sharpening of your eye.


    I'll be keeping an eye on your work, and please stay in touch. Rock on...
    Thanks for all the good crits, I'll be in touch! Love your work, but you already know that.
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    Hey all! Thought I'd update my sketchbook!


    As I've said in earlier posts I'm not quite happy with my "style" (or whatever). I used to draw like this, great for figure drawing (and observation stuff overall) but I felt that It wasn't that good when I drew from imaginaton, So I'm trying to experiment a bit with my drawing technique.

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    Yeah, I've still a long way to go. But It feels like I'm going in the right direction!




    Still life studies, made with acrylics.

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    "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet", -Aristotle
    Assignment from school, we had to illustrate a proverb. The proverb Is kind of fitting for a sketchbook, eh?
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    Hey hey! Nice book, not sure why but I find the woman with the fox head(?) intriguing(the fingers are a bit wonky but I quite like them like that). Liking your watercolours, nice last update. Your Bridgman studies look great, keep going like that and your well on your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greip View Post
    Kawauchi--
    Yeah, I've always been bad at drawing hands. I have to work harder with that. But I've found a lot of good Loomis and Bridgman books on the net so I'll study hard with that!
    Thanks, I'm trying a different "style" now. I've spent the last year or so with making "Schiele-esque" drawings. I think I've got to go back and train with values and whatnot.
    I'll post more finished stuff in the future, If you feel like it you could always visit my DA page.
    I don't think the hands looked bad, I was just curious about the technique : ) I really love schiele's style too : D what other artists do you like? And I've noticed you like quotes too : p ..I used to keep an archive of quotes i collected xD
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    RedSquirrel--
    Thanks! It's supposed to be a Tiger's head, but It doesn't matter really... as long as it looks like an anthromorph It's fine.
    Yeah, Watercolour is great. I like oil and stuff too but I love waterbased media. Nice to see so many fine artists who use watercolour here, I mean take DA for instance... you don't find that much there.
    It's good to hear that I'm going in the right direction!

    Kawauchi--
    Well, I'm a big fan of Kent Williams stuff. Uhm... Roj Friberg, Egon Schiele, John Bauer, Kim Hiorthøy, Alvaro Tapia etc. ...and you?
    Hehe, yeah I guess! That sounds like a good idea!



    Here's a mini update! A tiny (3x3 cm) self portrait!
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    Hey all, thought I'd update with a few figure drawings.

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