I like a lot what I see here, especially that still life.
Also, I think that the woman on last post needs just a bit more color and value variations on her upper bod, but the cloth and background are very good.
Thanks a bunch, heix33! I totally agree with your crit too, definitely need to push those subtleties. Thanks!
So, I've recently achieved my goal of drawing every single day, it's just become ingrained in my sooouuulll, so to follow suit I'm going to start updating both my sketchbook thread and my blog every day. I'm gonna start posting more WIP artwork, as well as smaller studies, and of course the big fancy finished pieces when they get done every now and then.
Here's some TAD studies. Just started our second semester, totally excited!!
Thanks Josh, I appreciate it! And totally, Head Painting class is gonna blow art education out the water, haha.
For today's arts, here's a master copy of a piece by the great Dean Cornwell, done for an assignment in Painting class!
The main purpose of this was to get the look and feel of traditional brush strokes using digital tools, which is a ton of fun to do. If you're interested in it, I'll be making short tutorials over the next 4 days about how I got the painterly brush strokes in this, which will be posted on my blog. The first one will be posted tomorrow, you can check it out here: [link]
This piece was a bunch of fun to analyze compositionally too, Cornwell's arrangement of shapes and values is really masterful, and the limited color palette is quite powerful. Overall a great learning experience!
Here's another portrait for head painting class. The assignment took the next step in using oils, so now instead of using just a dark and picking out the lights, we're using a dark and a light paint and mixing them to create the different values, which also creates a different temperature as white will cool off other colors when mixed together.
It was a little more challenging than the pick-out technique, which was essentially drawing with paint, but I'm happy with the results and it should be a ton of fun to explore it further! : )
Not much of an update to show, had a really frustrating day which makes creating things a pain in the everloving arse. : P
Soooo here's a WIP study for Figure 2 class. We have to draw a simple-formed skeleton from a photo (Which is the one on the far left) and then draw the same pose rotated in 45 degree increments from imagination. It's really challenging, but I'm learning a ton. Gonna start fresh with a different pose over the weekend and get all 8 drawings done properly.
1-hour environment study done from life. We're working on time of day in painting class, doing the same scene at 3 different times, 2 from observation and one from imagination. This is my first at dusk, gonna get up dark and early tomorrow and catch the sunrise!
Painting digitally outside is weird. Both the sun moving and your battery power urge you to paint faster and more efficiently. : P
@Zenobia - For sure! Gotta study the masters, no need to reinvent the wheel. And totally, digital is a great tool, but there's so much to learn from traditional that it's a shame when people totally neglect it. Thanks a bunch!
@Dope Fiend - Thanks a ton! Workin' hard is always good; and though it is good to have direction, you can still get direction without necessarily going to school. Constantly look for resources that you can use to better yourself, and if you get stuck just ask someone for some guidance, most people don't bite. You can probably even find a mentor online that'll guide you along if you're respectful and hard-working. And of course, practice practice practice!
@Karantina - Thanks a bunch! : )
@Lunatic Hermit - Thanks! And yeah, it's a tough exercise, but you learn soooo much from it. Simplifying the body in to big forms and learning to turn them in space is really the only way to draw figures from imagination.
Don't have anything fancy to show for today, so here's a 2-ish hour figure painting I did during a session yesterday. The time went by quick and I wasn't able to clean up the female figure on the right, so overall this would probably be better if I had just focused on the guy and gotten the proportions and forms more accurate. But ah well, at least my oil painting skills are improving, though I've still gotta remember to vary my brushes, the markmaking in this is pretty dull.
@blazinwolf - Thanks, I appreciate it! More is on the way! : )
@Quigleyer - Haha, not much in the water, but the 14 hour days drawing and being taught to draw help.
Here's my second and complete attempt at the figure turnaround study. This really whooped my buttocks, but I think I understand the concepts of it and if I had had time to really lay down ellipses and work out the perspective I could've gotten it totally accurate. But for now, I think this'll do! Draawwiiinnngggg!
Yet another portrait for head painting class. This time I tried using paint straight from the tube, no thinner or medium. It was pretty tough, getting the first layer of paint to stick to the canvas was really tough and it took me probably an hour just to cover the whole canvas in paint. I also tried a constructive method to start out, building the head in forms and planes rather than just looking for light & dark shapes. Lovin' the oils, and doing two portraits every week is just crazy helpful, you can tackle all kinds of art problems with just a portrait.
@Fuzzy Brown Shark- Thanks! Lots of drawing has occurred over the past year, haha. Glad you like the figures, they're some of my favorites to draw! : )
And speaking of figures, here's some architectural ones. Same as the previous turnarounds, we had to observe a pose and draw its skeleton, then draw it from different views from imagination. Tough, but extremely helpful.
Didn't get to do much drawin' today, so here's a WIP of another cast drawing! This one should be lots of fun, we're going to spend the entire semester on this one drawing in cast class, working with vine charcoal. It's gonna be nice to have a project to just chill out on and not worry about looming deadlines, and the end goal will be a perfect representation of reality. Fun stuff!
Some more anatomy study from Figure 2! It's oh-so fun and highly educational to break things down in to simple forms you can draw from imagination. Gonna be exciting once we start getting in to muscles!
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The only downside to posting every day is I don't always have something hugely interesting to post, but nevertheless here's a composition study I did today of a piece by Edmund Blair Leighton. I'm trying to do one of these every day, and have been sorta failing at that but am getting better. I'm gonna make a list of art push-ups to do every day and try to reserve an hour or so for them.
As for all the written jargon on the right, it's really just an analysis for my purposes. In Composition 2 we're learning to abstract artwork and use just the light & dark shapes to create the right feeling for the piece. One really helpful technique we've learned is metaphor, it's kinda tough to decide how to draw a bunch of soldiers, but if you can decide you want those soldiers to feel like shattered glass you have a much clearer idea as to the shapes and arrangement that can be used to get your point across. Sounds kinda crazy first, but it's actually tremendously helpful for composing. And don't worry, it's not pretentious art school crap, this is nothing more than a tool to help the artist compose, it's not some secret hidden message that the audience is supposed to extract.
Here's another study from one of the best artists of our time, and one of my personal favorites, Justin Sweet!
Justin has stunning compositional skills, and he executes his pieces with great simplicity and strength. Definitely worthy of studying! This one has some of the best movement and balance (or lack thereof) that I've seen, you could devote quite some time to just studying the angles in this and seeing how they all relate and strengthen each other.