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I started this sketchbook thread on another forum, but this seems to be the place to be! I'll copy across the first few posts to get the ball rolling and then try and keep this up to date with newer work...
Last edited by LeeSmith; August 2nd, 2010 at 07:02 AM. Reason: added attachment
Hey all, I thought I might start a sketchbook style thread here where I can post personal or open works in progress and hopefully get some useful feedback from some of the ERS members. My goal is to try and improve myself, so please feel free to jump in with any thoughts/comments/critiques and I will do my best try and learn from the experience!
First up is an attempt at 'painting'. This is in the sense that I have always been the sort of artists to draw the lines and then just 'colour in'. I have for a long time flirted with the idea of ending my reliance on linework and actually being able to digitally paint. I have had limited success at this, so any help would be appreciated
Picked a pretty straight forward subject to start with, this is a wood elf style portrait intended to be suitable for a card art style application. As usual I started with a rough sketch based very loosely on this reference: http://chonastock.deviantart.com/art/Woad-16-64995421
The started painting in photoshop, initially using a multiply layer over the sketch to rough in the colour. Planning on flattening the layers soon to get rid of the sketch completely...
I'll add progress shots as I get further along.
Started work on my next personal/study piece along the same lines as the previous 2. This time a composition featuring a couple of characters and hoping to work in some strong colours into the piece without it being too overpowered...
Here are the first few stages:
An update on the 'Brothers in Arms' piece I have been working on. There are some parts I am really liking in this image, and some other parts I'm really not so sure about. I'll have to see how it progresses...
Reworked the faces a bit to try and get the structure and eye shape better. Think it helped, I am much happier with the left character now.
I think this is about done, I may come back to it, but time to move on to the next me thinks!
Refined one of my earlier thumbnails into a more refined sketch. I think this will be my entry into the ArtOrder Pin Up challenge. I decided a Gnome best suited the personality of the piece, hopefully I got the likeness ok...
I like the dwarven thumbnails you did. They look to have a good sense of form and the poses have character.
Time to be a dutch uncle. I think the most recent one has some anatomy issues that shooting some reference would probably clear up. The color dwarf is well rendered but really doesn't get me excited. Looks like card art dimensions but the content seems really ambiguous. It looks like he's just been through a battle and is teary eyed. If that's the story I'd push the body language more even within that zoomed in image. Have him more hunched over and maybe mouth hanging open as he catches his breath. Maybe even have his helmet off and his hair all sweaty and screwed up.
thanks for your input! I'm glad you like the sketches, I quite enjoy that stage of an illustration before it gets bogged down in rendering details
I agree with your comments on the Dwarf, it really was a study in the painting/rendering process and trying to elimnate the heavy line work that has dominated my stuff in the past. No reason I couldn't have made the composition a bit more interesting/dynamic though or at least built up the narrative as you suggested. I tried to go with something a bit more interesting for the Brothers-In-Arms piece.
I don't see too many pressing issues with the Gnome Pin Up anatomy, I'd be happy if you want to point them out so that I can try and work on them. I think there is an issue around the shoulder blades area I haven't resolved yet?
Some quick thumbnails for the ArtOrder challenge 'Gotta have a Hook'...
For more details on he challenge, look here: http://artorder.blogspot.com/2010/06...challenge.html
This is a medieval accountant taking stock of the kingdoms inventory. It was originally going to be painted up for a card game but the client decided to go with a different sketch. Hoping I might get the chance to come back to this one on my own time, but for now thought I would share the line drawing...
A couple more things to add,
First up is a cover I finished recently for an adventure module 'The House on the Hill' soon to be released for the Sci-Fi RPG Metamorphosis Alpha by WardCo. If you like your Sci-Fi retro, with mutants, killer robots and evil holograms then this is for you...
And also a rough sketch for a horror anthology comic cover I am working on...
here's my next stage in the ArtOrder 'Gotta Have a Hook' challenge, only working in line at this stage as I find that easiest to nut out all the details. Hopefully combined with my thumbnail it will give an idea of where the final image will end up...
and a detail shot of the dwarf character...
Here's an update on my ArtOrder entry. I realise I probably shouldn't have gone this far before getting feedback from Jon on the drawing stage, but I was just having way too much fun to stop Hopefully there wont be any calls for major changes and I can utilise the extra time for polishing, revisions and acting on any feedback I get.
Here's what I have so far...
My entry for the ArtOrder Gotta Have A Hook challenge. Here's the brief:
Setting - A cavern
Characters - A Male Dwarf Fighter and a Hook Horror
Scene - The dwarf has just delivered a mighty smack to the hook horror and knocked it backward through a stalagmite and/or stalactite.
Details: The dwarf is wearing heavy scale mail armor. Wielding a warhammer and a heavy shield.
11.25" w x 4" h @ 300 dpi, RGB
Yes, it's a wacky size, but with a challenge comes an opportunity to create something unexpected.
Here's the forum friendly view
And a larger view: big version
Hope you like it, I'm available for work if you think my stuff may suit your project and I'm always happy to hear constructive crits