I'm such a loser for not making a sketchbook yet, lets fix this. A few things from recent sketchbooks:
This one wasn't horribly sketchish, but hey, it was fun!
Again, not a sketch, but fun to do
More to come as I get spare time. Maybe I'll do some actual studies soon....
Last edited by cmalidore; July 1st, 2010 at 10:23 PM.
I love these sketches, the one with the warrior and the rock like monster seems to really stand out to me- really fluid and dynamic!
Don't feel like a loser, I can never regularly update my sketchbook it seems!
I like that one too, but it bugs me that they're planted so firmly on the ground, the guy should be moving more... but hey, maybe next time
Yeah, I usually forget about these things, which is why I kept putting it off.... but I figure some feedback and having a reason to sketch more would at least a lil beneficial for once. Not like it'll hurt to try!
Okay, looks like I have a moment to plop up some more...
One I keep meaning to turn into an actual picture but I never get the time, oh well. I've got a few different sketches on this subject, but I like this one the most so far...
The right most figure became an oil piece a lil while back, may post that up if I can ever get a good photo of it.
Boring dragon? Check
A lil sci-fi crash landing scene that I greatly enjoy but will likely never get to
And a no prize to which ever lovely person knows what Lovecraftian horror this was a study of...
I think tonight I'll probably do some studies, haven't done any real anatomy focus work in a lil while.
Having a crappy day, figured I may as well dump some work in here. I always feel like I should drop sketches in here, but all in all, a collection is more of what a sketchbook is, from unrefined to fairly.... so I'll go with it.
Work from awhile ago that I never really put anywhere... why not here? An oil piece for a CCG. I seriously need to get better at my oil painting...
Recent piece for a pulp horror game
My band's album cover - in progress. Sorry for the white edges, I just extended the canvas out for some breathing room on the left side, it was too cramped! If there's any crits for this piece, I sure won't turn em down
Working on my penguin revolution series.... this time it will be penguins versus zombies. Will you be ready for the zombie apocalypse? They are.
Recent book cover thang. Not one of my favorites, didn't have the sort of playing room I prefer, but it worked well enough - I can't complain too much.
hey dude nice your from Washington too!
The band picture, I think you should push the values more, the background and the creature are close to the same values, try and make your darks darker and the lights lighter. Though now that I look at it the light sources don't match very well with the shadows. But not everything needs to be followed that way. The boy (girl maybe? lol) not very clear where he plays in to the whole point of the image, he kinda fade off, If hes meant to be looked at then I would make him pop me, maybe make him bigger or something. Hope this helps in some way! surprised only 1 other person commented!
Always loved your confident sketchings. Every time I see them it makes me want to draw on paper again... ... . So I will .
Keep updating with all you've got, if you've got time.
Lookin' good man.
AND you should totally render out the cockpit scene from the first post.
Thank you for the kind words.... graphite was always the thing I felt more comfortable doing... after a bad day, it was always pencils that I found got it all out of my system.
Can't do any updates yet, but hopefully soon - major deadlines are sorta destroying what I can show publicly... NDA's suck sometimes heh. And no spare time means no real sketches to share.
And yeah, I wanna do that cockpit one bad haha. It just looks like fun!
Great work those pencil sketches are very detailed, dynamic and very fluid. Inspirational stuff. Thanks for the treat.
cmalidore, thanks for posting all the sweet drawings! your pencil sketches as most have said show a great deal of confidence, and they really shine. your finished pieces, while really good, dont have the same effect. every pencil piece has excellent composition. you really make great use of the space. they just FEEL right. your finished pieces on the other hand feel just a little imbalanced. if you could use your sketchbook composition skills in your finished pieces, you'd be unstoppable!
JAB: Thank you very much!
Ryan: Hey thanks for all of the nice words, it's very appreciated. I have noticed this.... I have a strong inconsistency with even my finished work.... it doesn't feel as powerful as the sketches, and even then, it ranges too broadly. A lot of my current stuff on NDA is better than what most of you get to see.... but even so, I'm seeing a lot of stuff that needs that tightening. I BELIEVE that the issue is that many of my things that go to final lately are getting faster sketches, and that perhaps I'm not spending as much time on the foundation stage as I normally do when just brainstorming for fun. So that's my new project for this fall
Thanks again folks, I can't wait to really dive into my sketchbooks again soon
Sooo, I was stuck at a bar a week or so back while watching my girlfriend's friends drink..... thus stranding me from work. Whats a guy to do? Play in the 'ol sketchbook!
Second guy's face is a lil flat, but oh well.... if I get bored I may adjust that.
I like the penguins - I wouldn't mess with them. How did the band cover turn out in the end? Glad you updated.
Very little has happened on the album cover - with me pushed against a large gaming book deadline I had to put it on a momentary hiatus.... which isn't a problem considering vocals aren't done being recorded anyway. No sense in packaging unfinished material.
I've started to consider shifting the image to a different view though for a dynamics boost. Thinking of a "from the ground up" view for that immense scale (and because that level straight on view bugs me). But we'll see, too many ideas too little time to play with them right now.
EDIT: I totally just nailed a fresh sketch for the album cover that'll add the dynamics back in. I hate to start over, but you do what you gotta do!
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Really great sketches. I second the fluidity of them, and really enjoy how loose your initial sketching is. It really brings a sense of movement and energy to your work.
If I had any sort crit, it would fall in line with what Ryan A. said, in that your finished pieces seem to be a little off kilter compositionally. They almost feel too tight in comparison to your sketches. I would really love to see you develop a brushy, painterly kind of style for your finished work. I only say that because of how much great energy oozes from your sketches.
Love this post. Keep it up!
Very impressive work! Post more...
So a few people have inquired about the future of the album cover shown before - something that's bugged me for ages is that it was a straight on view, it looked good in the thumbnail base sketch but upon building on it just seemed anti-climactic. So this is what I'm currently working on.
I've also determined that since my graphite skills are obviously my main strength, that it would be good to set up a foundation layer in graphite. While this is a sketch done in ink and markers, my next step is to do a full graphite piece, and then colorize over that... a process that's worked well in the past for me.
Some elements on this sketch have changed on the base sketch of the full size graphite for compositional reasons (needing room for band name and what not - I've removed the elements in the upper right corner)... but this is the main idea.
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Worked on this last night - hate the colors but like the shapes. I may continue with it.
Remember the CGtalk challenge from a lil while back? B Movie? This was a sketch I didn't go with, but just rediscovered in my WIP folder.... I may pick it back up again.
I need to work on my creature designs badly....
Thank you, Liffey - I don't disagree one bit. It's something I used to do and eventually got away from too soon. I think we often forget to keep up on those foundation studies as we get buried in work and various priorities.
I've been doing a lot of studies lately but nothing is scanned yet, hopefully soon I can take a moment and assault my scanner with the ol sketchbook to show you folks.