It crawled out of the desert one dark and lonely night
So I've followed a common script on CA: Long time lurker, posting more recently...and have been blown away by the incredible art posted here...and encouraged by seeing the VAST improvement in sketchbooks over years of posting...and have finally decided to start my own SB.
I'll be posting some older pics (so you can see where i've been) with the new.
Just finished this portrait of Keira Knightley...created using Sketchbook Pro w/ a Wacom Intuos tablet.
You can see some of my process “steps” over at my blog.
Last edited by Jephyr X; August 27th, 2011 at 12:43 PM.
It's raining in Phoenix...something we don't see often enough for my tastes.
Anyway...had a good day. Met with the department chair this morning to see what classes I need to finish for my associates degrees.
At first, when I started back to school I took a bunch of Maya animation classes...and then after a bit...went over to the fine art department and have been taking classes there.
Two teachers had told me recently that the school was now no longer offering a 3D animation degree. But I researched the catalog and thought I could still be "grandfathered" in.
Initially, it seemed the chair was also suggesting that I couldn't still get a animation degree...but I persisted a bit...and YES...I have enough core classes to qualify under an old catalog.
So now I need to decide if I wanna take some extra required classes to get the full degree. Otherwise I'm well on my way to getting an Associates of Fine Art and Digital art and a certificate for animation.
I kinda want to finish the animation associates too though.
So any advice or suggestions? It'd prob'ly add at least another year of classes.
So here' some stuff from Anatomy class...both charcoal/conte...and if I'm remembering correctly...24 x 30":
Last edited by Jephyr X; March 12th, 2010 at 07:44 PM.
Heya Jephyr, welcome to CA, and grats on getting your SB Thread cherry broke
I'm mostly an urban environments kind of guy, so I can't comment much on the anatomy of most of your humanoids (But those leg muscle studies look real nice). One bit of advice I can offer is to not be afraid of hard edged brushes. Took me a while to get use to it, as I was used to using soft brushes for blending all the time. But trust me, hard brush blending, when done right, looks A LOT better than soft brush blending.
Just relooked at the image of Ms. Knightly (Is that how her name is spelt?), and it seems out of focus, the face (Minus the facial features) seem blurry, but the eyes especially seem sharper. But then again, I do have poor eyesight =).
Keep on trucking.
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And thanks taking a look and for all the feedback...it's appreciated.
I will give a harder brush a try. I also found that I wasn't working at 100% zoon. When I was working on the skull overlay I discovered that and when I went to 100%...it seemed to make a difference.
I think that'lll take care of that soft focus blurriness...that and as you suggest...a harder brush. Thanks again! Oh and I'll slide over and take a look at your SB.
So my instructor asked for my process "steps" on the skull pic. I'd already created one for the Keira portrait and had postd it to my blog. (as you'll see I was originally intending to do a figure study)
On the skull/anatomy pic I created a layer above the skull with a copy of the original prtrait on it and used a soft eraser to try out different compositions.
Yo!BoneKrishna here!Came to check on your sketchbook!You got a good thing going on here!Keep it up!!!You got a wonderful control over your collors and a great sense of anatomy!your traditional work is really great!the only thing I can give a advice on is in your digital pieces...just like Rabbi Satan said, you need to harden your brush!I know it seem kinda tempting to look for the ultimate blending that just seems impossible to achieve with traditional media and when you see that smooth perfect soft brush it even calls your name!but believe me...it just backfire on you!the hard brush may be harder to use but it will give some really great results!Try it out and blow our minds!hehehehe
love the studies, and the thing with the skull is pretty awesome; as for that look at the colours of the studies, and that of the bird and old man ~ you seem to be over saturating it and using often very agressive value contrasts that do not really click together: All good though since you seem to be on a good path.
BoneKrishna: Thanks! I've been trying harder brushes on some of my WIP's. I'm afraid it'll be a hard habit to break...but I'll keep working at it. Thanks again.
dan liimatta: Thanks! I definitely see what you mean. I've been a nothing more than a (bad) pencil sketcher for years...so am just now finding my color sense. I appreciate the extra set of eyes and will try less saturated colors...and integrating them.
Here's a few more digital pics from '09. All done with sketchbook Pro.
This first one was a quick one done just for fun...and made me laugh.