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I've wanted to be able to paint and draw well for years. I went to art school for totally the wrong thing, and in that time, discovered the wonder of taking myself seriously. So now I've decided to really try and do this, instead of half-assing it as I had been until about a month ago. Now that it's for serious, my goal is to have a real update at least 4 days out of the week.
I'm really happy to have a community like this, please don't hesitate to completely rip apart anything you see here ... I need as much help as anyone is willing to give.
Thanks for looking!
Last edited by Spreggo; September 27th, 2010 at 03:58 PM.
Here's the first few chronologically:
You have a good eye for observation, and observational work is the key to everything, imo. Will be watching this!
For today, another skull study, and some Bouguereau studies.
Keep posting! I like your stuff so far. To see some imaginary work would be nice :]
ColorExcursion: Thanks My imaginary work is pretty miserable right now (especially in pencil for some reason). I'm trying to bolster it by working on my observational skills. Maybe I should switch back to digital and start playing with concepts again.
Anyways, here are a couple pages of imaginary doodles just for you.
Jaytea: Thank you I just started doing the single direction thing randomly, and I found that it really let me focus on the shapes of the shadows so I stuck with it.
The digipaint was a quick self-portrait for a group thing, so I probably won't finish it. I'll be doing some more of those, though, when I get around to buying a mirror.
Okay so I decided not to upload every single crappy page I've drawn in the last few days. I think this was the best of them.
I'm having a lot of trouble getting a foothold on drawing from imagination. I think I have really poor visualization skills, or a broken imagination or something. Probably I will switch back over to observational work for the time-being, if only to keep from getting too discouraged.
Love the tree guy on ur doodle page
I think I moved slightly so my nose is twisted in the wrong direction... either that or my nose is actually twisted and I exaggerated it.
Other problems to think about: where is the jaw, and how wide should it be... does it inform the shape of the cheeks et cetera... I also should have judged the turn of the head and treated it that way, I was thinking it was straight on even though my observation was pretty close. I think I got the relative proportions pretty near to truth, but overall I stretched it a bit horizontally which causes some problems. I need to get the basic layout down faster if I am going to get it all to work as whole...
Yay goblins! Looking good, dude. You really do have a good eye for form.
I think that looks a lot better. The shadows on his face, especially his left cheek, still look a little heavy, but that warm light from outside really helps.
The best way to learn lighting is to copy photos and master's paintings, and to paint from life. Like that picture of your gf in the second post; those shadows are done really well; saturated, transparent, and cooler than the light. Do some copies of Zorn, or Sorolla, or Sargent sometime; I think it'd take your imaginative work several levels further.
And have you seen this? Recommended reading!
really cool man, I like your digital portraits. I like the sketches too with your directional shading. I've done that before as well because to me it helps uniform my shading so its not all wild and out of order. I'll keep watchin you. Keep up the good work bro
Hey sorry it took me so long to reply!
jcpahl: Yeah the face is a problem. I think what I need is to find some suitable references. I just made the face up and I think it suffered for it.
I'm thinking of working in acrylics for a bit (I have a side project that I might do in acrylics too). I think that might be a good opportunity to do some master studies.
Great link, thanks
danlucas: Thanks Yeah the directional thing really helped me start working with shadows as forms. I mess it up a bit and lose track of the angle though.
Nice sketchbook dude! I love the digital of the guy with the straw, very nice. Your head studies are really good as well, keep it up! Oh, and your goblin is bad-ass
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
MORE!! This last post is lookin good man. Really like the wizard guy, his left hand -between the thumb and first finger- looks a bit too round to me. But eh, maybe he just has fat hands :] Cheers
Thanks Color: If I remember correctly I was trying to make those up from imagination which is why they came out a bit silly. I'm working hard now on hands and feet as I get a bit more serious. I'm going to try that "fill an entire sketchbook with hands" thing and see if I become a jedi or something.