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This was an outstanding event put on by Bad Unkl Sista. They are a Butoh troupe who among other performances, gave us an inspiring drawing/ painting/ photo workshop set to ultra hip music spun by our hosts husband, a talented DJ.
The mood was playful, and yet there was a seriousness involved because all of us were working in a medium, dance, visual arts, music... etc.. that we all care so deeply about. And we were sharing these talents with each other.
Loads of fun, and food for future paintings.
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Working on Quickly painting and studying anatomy. Though it would be preferable to have excellent Model workshops to attend, I visited character designs.com for photos. If you haven't checked it out, it is an excellent resource.
As always, crits or comments appreciated
This is a personal piece based on a memory from my tour in Mosul, Iraq back in 2004-2005. Violence is so commonplace that these girls kept playing on their makeshift swing during fire fight with militants. The swing was made of electrical wires tied to an overhang, and the girls were playing directly in the line of fire, and made no attempt to flee as the fire fight took place.
I tried a few different styles to try and catch the right mood, Critiques welcome.
Here is an environment rough paint that started as a sketch 2 days ago on the 38 Geary, while listening to the recording which proposes yet another fee hike. Somehow this image was a response to that, I suppose I disagree with the proposal. This is a disused transit line left to decay.
i'm a big fan of that environment. great stuff!
I think the shadows on her face are too saturated. Her spine is twisting more than any human can without breaking it. Various facial proportions are off, such as the ear. I recommend hogarth for that. The robot and the truck are looking pretty great though! Wish I could render like that.
I feel like the composition could be improved if we saw the entire figure, so that the whip didn't have to cut across it. The robot's pose is a little strange. I'm not sure what you're going for in terms of subject matter. By contrast the environment in the previous post (IMO) tells a more interesting story than this.
Sorry if this came out harsh. I hope it helps though.
Thanks for the crits, I must admit, I worked and reworked the torso and just think that should have been resolved with some reference earlier on, still not quite to the point where I can draw believable figures from imagination, at least not in any dynamic poses. I also agree that the face should be more dynamic and expressive.
I will work out some more sketches/paintovers to see if the pose can be changed to help the composition more.
PS- I will also work more on the previous enviro when I get a chance, still working on more sketches for this series.
These are good. Continue to refine your work. Look forward to seeing more from you!
I won't call this a series until I hit about 10, but this Wednesday I did a 35 min self portrait. I looked at it this morning and was shocked that I posted it on my blog. Then I used that shock as motivation to do a better one, and not delete it. (I also realized I need to hold still better to keep from drifting proportions.)
My Friday result is better and I dare say it has a likeness, but I want to do enough of these that I can get a consistent likeness, and hopefully find some other models.
Any crits welcome as always, or suggestions for other exercises that have been helpful to you in learning to paint people from observation.
Here are some projects I have been working on separately.
The first one is a study from a photo from character designs.com, thanks to there lovely photo resources. Its a study i did from a maquette.
The lady with the arrows and dog was an impressionist type painting where I was trying to evoke some sense of story and a rich warm environment.
The guy in the armor is a fella I worked on after watching Brad Rigneys "Hostile Takeover" lecture and trying a loose hand at some of his metal rendering techniques. Far from mastering it, but was worth a shot.
The lady with the fishnets was another photo study, very fast.
And the Palace of fine arts, I built a model in Maya and tried to get a believable perspective, though really didn't have a great point of interest I admit. Its a project I want to keep working on from different angles, and with some narrative that is more compelling.
Thanks for any comments and crits!
Here are a few environment sketches from Burlingame CA. Before going to work, a friend and co-worker, Emery and I will bust out a 15 min sketch before hitting the office. Maybe some day we will have enough of them to submit to google to make a "sketch view" of that city.
These are looking great! The legs on a couple of the last ones look a wee bit out of proportion.
Great sketchbook. I like the pencil sketches.
Keep it up!
My portfolio http://lucaspandolfelli.blogspot.com/
Finally finished http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=238380
Took a look at an over the shoulder pose from a catelogue, cropped bellow the behind, and made a full figure out of it, then attempted some costumes that got increasingly lude as the time wore on. Then I tried to make a 180 front view referencing my previous drawing.
I had the pleasure of attending another one of Darnel's Motosketch events at the Tosca cafe in San Francisco last night.
For anyone who lives in the SF bay area looking for a fun drawing workshop, you should head out and try to catch the next one. Its a $7 fee if you wish to draw, and the bar sells affordable beer,wine,coffee,water while you sketch. The models are beautiful, costumed and different each time. In addition, there is a different motorcycle each time for the model to pose with, usually a custom Harley, but at times other types as well.
The Tosca cafe is in North Beach, just south of the intersection of Broadway and Colombus.
Here are a collection of drawings from my sketchbook on a recent trip to France. Most of the imagination drawings were done on the plane to make the flight go by faster, and that really worked!
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There's some really nice stuff going on in here.. I especially like the small piece with the woman holding the bow in the jungle setting -- the brushwork is great! (Nice colors/lighting, too!)
Keep up the great work! ^_^
I agree with the post above. Your proportions are still a bit off. (I have the same problem myself sometimes) but I can see you are working on it. You have some fun ideas in here. I think the two women in the middle sketch in your last post look a little stiff to me.
Here are a couple sketches I did up at the Benbow Inn. My wife and I went up there this weekend to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. It is a wonderful spot for anyone near Northern California, off the 101 about 3.5 hours North of San Francisco. It is a historic building which has the look and feel of an Old English Inn. The food is fantastic and the views of the surrounding Redwood Forests and Eel River are breathtaking.