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Yes, Syle! To ObiWan you listen!Ah! I can't tell you how happy I am to see you drawing all these boxes and simple 3D objects. It's so important yet nobody does it. Just don't forget them when you go to draw other things. The point of drawing boxes is really not to draw boxes, but to be able to draw everything else three-dimensionally. Keep it up. Your cylinders and ellipses kinda stink right now, work on those. Have you seen Yoitisi Island? I feel like I recommend it to everyone, but it is really good. Push yourself to be as accurate as possible with this stuff, don't let yourself get sloppy.
Your rendering is not bad, but do some really nice value renderings of each of your basic solids. Make sure you separate your lights from your darks: the lightest shadow must be darker than the darkest light.
Also, if you haven't already, check out Jeff's measuring demo and Jason Rainville's figure drawing tutorial. I've also got a few things up on the CA wiki under "Studies & Lessons" that you might find useful. Not all the stuff on there is mine of course.
That was a great post by Mr. Corlan. Bookmark it and come back to it often.
Julie G: Thank you for taking the time to critique. I really appreciate it. I am working on figure drawing all next week, so I will definitely implement the method you mentioned. 4 lines?! You're crazy! I'll be jumping into some Vilpuu as well, so I am excited for that.
p sage: /bow Thanks for stopping by. I already bookmarked ALL of the links Mr. Corlan posted. I will be referencing a couple of them this next week when I do my figure studies.
I've done some ellipse practice. Very challenging, but I feel I am already better seeing and feeling the ellipse shape in perspective. For some reason, I never put any practice at all into ellipses...I'm gonna keep chugging on them until they become second nature.
This was supposed to be a figure drawing week for Joe and I....but dammit, I tried my hardest to avoid it, and I succeeded, heh...
The silver lining is that I still managed to get SOME drawing in, even with my busy week. I had some fun creating some thumbnails/storyboard thing (some of the thumbnails are not my own, I referenced someone else for them, so I can't take credit for all of them, especially the character silhouettes). I also progressed in my ellipses studies. I am really starting to feel them.
Next week, my studies revolve around "Anatomy". So, I hope to stick to the syllabus, and I hope to be updating this sketchbook with some better and fresher material!
Starting my Vilpuu studies. Anatomy this week.
I'm actually looking for a decent way to study anatomy. Watching the Vilpuu videos, and kind of sketching along with him as I go is pretty helpful, but I am looking for something I can go and shut myself away with for hours just drawing.
Common sense says I should just get my hands on an anatomy book...? :shrugs:
yogeshj25: thanks for stopping by! I'll be checking your SB here in about 30-40 minutes!
Joe: thanks dude. good luck with your studies this week! lets rock this sh*t!
Tom fenton: a big thanks to you for stopping in as well! I will also be checking out your SB here soon.
hey thanks for dropping by! I also want to point out that your thumbnails are sickk! I see that you have gotten really good with shapes and still life. Got any good refs for building perspective? Dude Vilppu is the mann! his videos are great and full of true knowledge. Speaking of, I need to start watching his lectures again! And to answer your question, Iv been drawing since a young kid and I started getting into drawing as a hobby around 6th grade but never took it that seriously. I would only draw here and there, and whenever I would, there was no thought process put into it. It was just mimic work. To be honest I was never intense about it until these past 4 months. I was actually going to college for computer engineering but then decided my heart for art was too strong. So now im planning to go to school for illustration. Im currently 20 and I will say that im fairly new in my journey. How about you??
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Some random Vilpuu, and some random doodling/sketching. Nothing special to report about...it felt like sort of an off night. The skull came out okay.
I also just received "Color and Light" by James Gurney! I've only made it a few pages in, but I can already tell it's going to be a favorite. Woot!
"The Watchtowers" - A random/from-imagination environment that I started working on today. I am about 1 hour in.
I REALLY need some help on how to approach it from here on out. The foreground is killing me...I left some boxes in the space to kind of give a compositional sense to that space...I am thinking of tossing in some rocks or a stunted tree or two.
Anyways, just any help at all would be great. Thanks!
Update: 4-5 hours in. Need some help on what to polish next.
Update: I switched up the composition.; I think this works better as a whole (though, parts are still a bit wonky to me).
You have no idea how greatly appreciative I would be for some solid/harsh crits. I feel like this was a big step forward for me in my painting skills/understanding of light and color....BUT, I also became fully aware of how much I don't know and it makes me nervous...haha.
Thanks for looking.
"Door to Nowhere"
I had a friend list me off a bunch of random names (as if they were titles of Magic cards or something). I instantly latched onto this title, and then subsequently painted this enviro/subject/whatever.
Took me about 5 hours. It was SO much fun!!! I wish I could paint all day long
Any crits would be greatly appreciated.
Great perspective and lighting studies. What books/sources are you studying from?
Thanks for stopping in nickydraws. I'm studying from a lot of different books. Right now it's mostly James Gurney's "Color and Light". Also, a lot of Loomis and Bridgeman.
Good to see all the hard work going down! keep at it!
nickydraws: thanks! i pm-ed you.
kidult: i feel honored that a leet vet like yourself dropped in to say hi I perused your SB; awesome awesome work in there.
here is an updated version of that door. i tried to push the brilliance of the light even further with some light beams and glowing orb thingies. at this point i don't really know if they work or not, i just felt like it was a good exercise at trying out some different techniques. very fun!
The "Demon Trader"
Another concept based off a random name that my friend gave me. This is what came to mind as I was laying the pencil to the paper. No reference. BUT, before I start laying down color, I am gonna gather a bunch of reference for this piece.
Also, I am going to reference some anatomy for the main guy.
"Demon Trader" version 2. I'm going for more of an auctioneer type of a vibe in this one; rather than a demon gatherer/seller.
I think this composition works a little bit better.
A random sketch.
Colored it. Things feel like they are starting to materialize. I find that if I just zone out and let my hands fly, they somewhat take me in the right direction. This is only due to my studies though. I wish I had more time to devote to studies...grr!
Sort of fixed up the first demon trader I made. I'm gonna try and commit some time this weekend to fixing anatomy, reference some clothing/armor, and also get him colored.
unfortunately Im not good enough at drawing to give you
constructive criticism, but what I see looks very impressive,
especially if compared with your first page. Nice progress!
And i know Its hard to focus on Enviros while one want to draw
figures, objects and everything at the same time, i got the
Not sure what the story is behind this one right now. It needs something interesting as a focal point besides just being a dirty cave-tunnel thing. Any thoughts?
So if that is a mine, there must be ressources to win. if there are ressources,
there must be workers or machines winning it. maybe the workers left the
mine for some reason (monsters or anomalies). just some ideas coming to my mind...
i really like your setting and perspective and think it needs just very few
addings. like some ore veins, cristals, or maybe left minecarts, wooden braces
or sth like that. or the miner digged out a very old and mystic artefact?
its up to you
Layu: Welcome to CA.Org! Open up a sketchbook and start drawing/painting! It's seriously rewarding and a ton of fun to boot! Thanks for stopping by my SB, I appreciate the feedback. Some ore veins would be awesome in this piece. I am definitely going to try that out.
Update: "Shobe's Mine" again. I think the monster in the corner is way too cramped...not sure what to do about editing him/her in or out...actually, as i am typing this, i am sort of realized how cramp the entire composition is feeling in general....hrrrmmmmm.
I do like the idea of a roaming cavern creature or something to make it more interesting, but i don't think I placed this particular beast correctly.
I feel like I am getting a good sense of the rocks and the light coming from the mouth of each of the small cave-holes. I am happy about that.