Marian Rowling-Hey Marian, thanks for keeping in touch. yeah, I practice fundamentals everyday! I think I have a better idea of where I want to be as an artist now. I'll check out your stuff soon!
GoGoJojo- Hey there! Thanks for checkin out my sketchbook. Hope you come back . I'll check your stuff out sometime!
Kungfoowiz- Thanks for checkin in kungfoowiz- I'm not sure why the stuff isn't showing. I'll go and check that out, I'll see your page in a bit!
Hey concept artz peoplez...
Here is some things I've been doing lately. I don't wanna go back to massive posts lol, but I have a lot of contemplating right now. Trying to think more professionally where I want to be. I've seen so many past illustrators works that have really opened up my eyes. I'll try and update regularly still though.
Here ya go:
experimental watercolor self portrait- need to get better at that! my sister, some still life studies, a lot of posemaniacs gestures 10,30 and 1 mins- trying out my new approach to gestures using my brush set. I'm unto something with this one folks! and the last thing is a mock advertising illustration project we had to do for business class. As you can see, I love experimenting with the invert colors in PS.
I'll update with some more practice sketches later.. there's too much to post right now.
Hey Andre thanks for your comment in my sketchbook. I'm actually not at an Atelier. I'm just self studying, but if I could afford to go to one I would.
I love these updates they are all really interesting and I can see you are progressing. I recognised your Graydon Parrish study, he used to post on these forums, not sure if he still does. It's great to see you working on all areas and I think with your passion and enthusiasm you are just going to go from strength to strength. I really enjoy seeing what you've done.
I see you are progressing nicely. That has got to be the result of hard work so well done for that. I have no crits at the moment, but I'll look for trends to change in your work after a few more pages. Good luck
definately a big improvement from pg 1! great to see hard work paying off eh? love all the experimental stuff, like the quick gestures, silhouettes, and trying out new materials. thats great to see. one thing though, even when you do a master copy, like that unfinished Randolph Melick study, i wouldnt say copyright-your name under it. even though you are drawing it, give credit to the original artist. ive seen people get in trouble for trying to copyright studies to themselves. just saying.
Marian Rowling- Thanks Marian! My mistake lol, I thought you were going to an Atelier. Well, keep up the self study. If you don't do it, no one will ha!
ThomasM- Thanks Thomas! I don't know when a trend will happen, I'm just doing very basic stuff right now. Kind of abandoned digital for the moment, though it is very tempting lol. Want to get masterly fundamental skill-sets first.
Look forward to more of your stuff!
NickyBeats-Thanks for the enthusiasm Nicky. I'll keep that copyright in mind next time I do studies. Perhaps attributing your name and beside it put original artists name works? Still learning this stuff so...
Ivan_kolor- Hi Ivan, thanks for looking. You said something about my tendencies for drawing low foreheads? do you mean I should draw higher foreheads? thanks for your help though.
Hi Concept Art. Progressing as usual I see... well, here's the hapz-
I've been doing daily practice techniques, and I think I'm at the point where all the theoretical approach stuff feels numb to me-- you know the feeling: why am I doing this, what does this profit me kind of thing?, so I'm gonna switch stances for a while. I'm gonna start doing more life-studies. So these next two posts is all the sketchbook and imaginary stuff I've been practicing theoretically.
After that, I'll try and stick to a more practical outcome- meaning things not too concept related; anatomy, still lifes, etc. I think I have a problem being freely imaginative. I'm going to try and just actually copy stuff straight up for a while and get out of my comfort zone, which is good! I'll see how all that theory stuff helps me on the illustrative battlefield.
First up, is some classwork of a conceptual chest design, (final design not shown),
-then all the theoretical explorations: you know... shapes, lines, contours, etc, understanding what makes art basically. It's abstract thinking with practical results, but imaginative. I definitely see the improvement from doing these exercises. Try them out!
Here is the next post I promised... the first is classwork, and a watercolor practice, and then I think there are some gestural practices, life drawing studies, cafe sketches of people, cartoon explorations, and more theory stuff.
Speaking about theory, I have been exploring numbers and letters in form practice, and my approach to the human figure from imagination is using the number 5 slightly tilted backwards, the bottom part is curved to fit the appearance of flesh over bones--this is only an abstract method, like using boxes for the face, but you have to experiment with it. Just wanted to share a little secret I've been using, if it matters.
I Feel like all the crazy abstract theory needs to be put to practice on life now, so I will post some actual renderings of life studies for my upcoming posts. I'll try and stay away from my selfish imaginative sketches.
I'm still working on that anatomy stuff. I always find though, copying simply isn't enough. I know I see a lot of sketchbooks where artists imitate the exact same sketches that are in the book they're learning from. I think that's fine, but I always find myself straying into some form of creative interpretation, so sorry to anyone who's not seeing fancy anatomy studies from me.
I'll be showing a lot of process though. For me, this journey is found through abiding by the principles and elements of art that are practiced daily, and that some take for granted (for example, lines don't really exist). I believe in those. So I'll keep doing them. They might look like scribbles, but I really am learning a lot. I'm sure that somewhere further in this digital sketchbook I'll be showing works that look aesthetically pleasing. But for now, the theoretical and fundamental tools is what I'm focusing on.
I have a better grasp of where I want to be as an artist. It's now simply about using time and having patience.
Holy shite!!That is a LOT of studies!! You put my ass to shaaaaaaaaaaame!
I havent seen someone improve this rapidly on the SAME PAGE before. Geez man! Keep up this hard work! Just make sure not to overdo it and burn out, k?
Justyna- HEy, Justyna, thanks for your comment. Yeah, I know what you mean about anatomy studying, it is kind of a pain. I'll get to it. So you mentioned my leg issues, sure I'll study those!
Seage- Thanks for the boost man! all I have to say is, If i burn out, I burn out! lol. But I must get to a certain level. Of course the learning will never stop. But I'm a hard worker so...
HEllo everybody. I added an avatar. Guess it was time *shrugs*. I've gotten to know this site a bit so why not.
here are some more studies. 2 things I really like, and that is: my 1-2 min Life-drawing gestures improved a lot (yay!); also, my digital blending is way better, and I haven't been practicing haha! I was so confident, that I even made a quick tutorial for y'all, YEAH! but the traditional painting really helped me out with that too, can't deny it. Also some pink panther classwork, and some exercises from last year animation which I got a hold of for you. Enjoy.
Whoa.. half your images don't show for me, it's like image overload =)
From the ones that I can see, the life drawings I often find for myself, they give you more possilibities to work from. I can see you are doing them too, and you are really getting into it. This is how I see my some of my improvement as well, cuz when you are drawing like that, there is no construction or technique, you are just looking at the raw shapes of life, and putting them on paper, it's a personal thing imho. I think this is why I don't like using construction that much =) Also I see that you are drawing nicely through on many of your drawings, for example the treasure chest.
Marian Rowling- Hi Marian, thanks for the encouragement! I hope I can put even more energy and spirit into what I do lol!
Kungfoowiz- Hey man, that wasn't even an essay, so don't worry. You can crit as much as you like, it's all for getting better. I take no crazy-pride over my work like a lot of other artists, so feel free to tell me my faults, knowing that I will only improve from that!
Hello everybody. Here is a bunch of character process work that I've been working on. None of these are final. Feel free to use as ref.
I did some rough scribbles (literally scribbles lol), but then I printed them out multiple times and used white pencil crayon to try and get some nice shapes inside those silhouettes. These are the traditional copies. The digital copies would be a little different. I'll try and post those some other time.
Also, I'll soon color those pink panther poses with cleaner lines. And then are some new techniques I'm working on: Line-contouring portraits, and using high contrast to learn lighting from portraits.
I have soOo much to do! I've been slacking a bit on personal art, mostly because of school stuff, and I'm also starting to get some commissions- so YAY!...
I disagree with working in greyscale for paintings - it's quick to learn colour if you just dive in. Okay, you might want to improve your drawing and finish them to a higher degree. The practice picture with blending - remove the lines so you don't rely on them and then see you can make the form.
I like the way you changed the expression on the last picture.
Edit: Well this is embarrassing. I looked at your first two pages and missed the next two completely. Just carry on what you're doing - sod me.
Last edited by Black Spot; May 18th, 2011 at 05:15 PM.
I'm officially dead-broke and I owe some institutions. Yay for that! <<(*sarcastic*)
So anyway, I might do caricatures again at Canada's wonderland on weekends to at least make some money to pay these overdue bills.
With that in mind, here are some caricatures from last summer that were laying around my hard drive. There's a whole bunch, but I took the decent ones. SO Let us judge by a couple of categories, and see how I faired at this caricature thing, and what I should aim to improve at this summer. These are my personal self-crits, please be harsher rated if you feel I'm being too nice to myself.
1.Line quality: 7/10- definitely improved all throughout last summer
2.color quality: 6/10- I believe the color choices were good, but handling & effectiveness wasn't great
3.3d quality: 5.5/10- now that I'm more structural, this should highly improve
4.lighting: 3.5/10- very hard to achieve lighting in my opinion at theme-park caricatures. It's usually done by leaving white space in selected areas.
5.likeness: 8.5/10- oh YEAH! that's all me. except this one itty-bitty time when the woman ACTUALLY didn't like it. She said "that's not my daughter"-- oh well, I liked it, but no pain, no gain! hey, it happens a LOT in this biz.
6.exaggeration: 6.5- Need to explore more stylistic approaches
7.humorousness: 7.5- I did get a couple laughs from the people sometimes, so it's not that bad.
8.space use: 5/10- probably harder than lighting, especially with multiple peoples on the page- you gotta make sure they all fit!
9.consistency: 8/10- it can get pretty boring sometimes standing all day. But when you get a client, you gotta keep your A-game up. I think I achieved did pretty good all throughout.
10.speed: 6/10- I was a SNAAAAILLL when I started. 1hr/1/2 for 1! oh man... then there was a time when a lady said "look honey, look how fast he is", that's when I knew I got faster, lol!
weaknesses: speed, 3d quality, lighting, space-- mostly the first 2!
TOTAL SCORE= 63.5/100 -Damn. I think I was a bit harsh on my own self! lol
Hm.. Well those are some categories I can think of. All in all, I think I did pretty well, I am always hoping to improve, on everything.
I am now going to get into some anatomy studies... stay tuned y'all!
Hey Andre you never cease to surprise me. These are great and a lot of fun to look at. I think perhaps your self critic is indeed a 'tad' harsh but it's always good to want to improve. I'm not sure what you charge but I hope you do well enough to pay of your debts! Takes a lot of guts to go out and do this and I have no doubt you will just keep getting better and better.