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March 28th, 2010 #1
Please crit as much as possible and be as harsh as you like - anything that will make me learn is welcome!
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberMarch 29th, 2010 #2
think I've figured out how to actually display pictures :)
first update I guess this was done yesterday and more will definitely come tonight - Ive been lurking around the forums on-and-off for a while now and thought I'd finally get involved!
Hopefully this thread is going to be a huge learning curve for me and as I've never had any art lessons or classes I would massively appreciate any criticisms and advice!!!
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March 29th, 2010 #3
second day - using the tablet seems to be getting easier been trying to brush up on anatomy today with a couple of diagrams.. (which I found on the concept art wiki!)
I know its difficult to crit on only a few posts but I'll just keep them coming!!
March 29th, 2010 #4
this is just it after a few hours work and as finished as its ever going to get!
March 30th, 2010 #5
Heres a couple I did today, from what I'm hoping is to be a series called "Darwin's Night Out"
First theres a quick photo painting (quick for me is a few hours because i'm still getting to grips with using a tablet and have little idea of how to use colour!). Based on a black and white photo but I've guessed a basic colour scheme...
Second is entitled "Darwin' in 'da club" - name says it all really...
March 31st, 2010 #6
Heres what I've been up to today, first environment painting ever and to be honest not that happy with it... having trouble getting lines to be crisp enough to look half decent whilst being blended enough to not look cartoonish.... I'll post two, the finished one and the "in-progress" one so its easier to see how i came about the final product...
I took the idea from a youtube video with a VERY similar theme just because I wanted to give drawing an environment and painting rocks and textures for the first time with a good reference point.
As can be seen the bottom one looks (in my opinion) worse than the in progress one.. any explanations would be great
April 1st, 2010 #7
Hey Tom! Thanks for dropping your comment in SB, it was a pleasant surprise. Im not used to being an influence on anyone haha! I spend all my time being influenced by other peoples sketchbooks!
Looking good so far, some nice things coming through in your posemaniacs and muscle studies. I think my piece of advice to start with those is just simple simple simple, keep it simple to build a good foundation of basics around your figures. Just think about things in the most basic sense, which ever feels comfortable - line, shape, form. Just thinking about 1 thing and build the figures up. Always thinking about it as a 3d object - so thinking about how stuff overlaps, and how lines create a form. Id reccomend looking at some of Kevin Chen's stuff at character designs.com is awesome, this is kinda what im talking about - just break down simple into form. Being able to think about things in 3d was probably one of THE biggest things that helped me. Theres loads more of his stuff right here.
But keep it up and make sure your always having fun! Hope some of this helps you out!
April 1st, 2010 #8
Reworked environment scene - getting there slowly..
Yo, just some new stuff for today, and tonight will add some more posemaniacs stuff and some character design (i hope)
Here is the (slightly) reworked enviro from before which I am struggling with tbh but as it says above I think I gotta break things down more simply now - I feel im sort of trying to jump on in there and do breathtaking environments without really understanding colour and form ... and im left with this hahaha
Ok from today Its gonna be more simple stuff as I slowly build some semblance of artistic skills!
April 1st, 2010 #9
April 1st, 2010 #10
I think this is all I'm gonna manage to get in today - gotta sleep sometime between drawing and work!
Cheers for the advice PHATandy - I have been working this evening a little on what you recommended. Had a look at some of that kevin chen stuff and was really impressed by it (and shocked at the sheer volume of work that hes done, but if its what needs to be done then I guess im in this for the long-haul!)
Like you mentioned I'm gonna try and get hold of some bridgman stuff and some other classics which everyone seems to use on these forums. So i can really try and break the figure down into the component shapes and see how they interact
Anyway, before I slump into bed I'll post these two, just some more anatomy and figures from posemaniacs.
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April 2nd, 2010 #11
Here are some more anatomy sketches for today - Will probably add some more later and a reworked environ (I'm determined not to give up on that lava scene until I am at least the tiniest bit proud of it!!)
Anyway.. here it is.. some bridgman stuff this time.
April 9th, 2010 #12
This weeks works and sketchings
Been working on the human face this week so here goes nothing - crit away! I have spent most of my time working on Andrew Loomis faces and heads and some are copied from his books "Drawing the face and hands" and "fun with a pencil" - some are my own.
Crit away! and please mention anything I am weak on!
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April 11th, 2010 #13
Oh man im loving all this head stuff! Awesome
My only crit is to pay a little more attention to copying out the right proportions and shapes as much as possible - it sounds like an 'easier said that done' thing but Im talking more about stuff with specific reference to proportions. Like when your drawing out heads with all these contours and measurement lines - make sure your drawing out the measurement lines right and actually making the measurements, not just copying it.
Your getting a lot of distortion in widths and lengths of some areas etc. Itll help you get an eye for the proportions you should be looking for by having drawn them correctly right in front of you. Your more likely to remember the 8 heads rule if you can physically see it working- rather than a note that just reminds you of the rule.
Hope that makes sense Keep up the good work dude.