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August 19th, 2010 #1
[NOTE: Decided to edit this post to make a more colorful thumbnail for the thread. The original images attached to this post can be found on my website.]
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I used to have a profile on here but I let it fall into disuse. So, I decided to get a fresh start with a new profile and a new sketchbook to go with my new blog (www.roamingground.com) and new project: the goal of drawing and posting one 15-30 minute sketch everyday.
I've been at it for 5 days now on my blog, so I will post the first five sketches here:
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August 21st, 2010 #3
Daily doodle #7! One week down (though only the third day posting them to ConceptArt.org) and approximately 2,236 weeks to go!
This is my second doodle to start off with automatic drawing (or automatism, if you want to be fancy). Today we have a man being threatened by a 50 foot jelly. You gotta watch those jellies...
August 21st, 2010 #4
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August 21st, 2010 #6
Decided to make a full size painting out of my first Daily Doodle.
Painting landscapes has always been a weak skill for me, but this summer I took a class with a professor who was a professional concept artist (http://drawingtom.com/) and watching him do some photoshop painting inspired me to try more.
August 22nd, 2010 #7
August 22nd, 2010 #8
While cleaning my living room today I came across some figure studies I did a few weeks ago and decided to post them.
I'm coming to realize that, with figure studies, how well the drawing works as a drawing often has little relation to how closely it resembles the model. I'm hoping to experiment more in the future with intentionally modifying or manipulating the models' poses to create more interesting compositions.
August 23rd, 2010 #9
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August 27th, 2010 #13
Today's doodle is another quick concept sketch for an animation background (a portal to the nether world). Obviously, these are not in the proper proportions for a movie, but for now I'm simply experimenting with how to render stone walls and such rather than worrying about the actual layout of actual shots.
August 27th, 2010 #14
Hiya Peregrin, thanks for your comment in my sb.
Your sketches are wicked! I like your sexy fairy, your style is really loose but nice and stylized with little details here and there. I like your random line then sketch technique!
Lovely life drawings too I think you're right about manipulating the pose, it's like any reference i guess, just use it to know where things go but then you can still use artistic license to make it look more fluid..better composition etc...artistic license..the best two words ever!
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August 28th, 2010 #15
@Angel Intheuk - Thanks for the comments. I'm hoping to go to a figure drawing session this afternoon, so hopefully I will get a chance to experiment with composition some more.
Today's doodle is another quick concept sketch related to the short I'm working on. This is a portrait of the aged protagonist. The helmet is really just a place-holder until I've managed to work up a convincing medieval helmet from reference images.
August 28th, 2010 #16
Went to the local "Naked Lunch" figure drawing session for animators this afternoon: lots and lots of really, really short poses.
Here are some highlights. Mostly 1 minute poses. If the last model looks a little different it's just that I got bored waiting for the session to start and drew a troll because...you know...it's a troll.
August 29th, 2010 #17
August 30th, 2010 #18
Experimented with adding color to todays daily doodle, but it ended up taking waaaaaaaaaayyy too long. My 15-30 minute sketches are now taking 45+ minutes to finish. If I try adding color in the future I am going to need to figure out a way to make it much simpler and much quicker.
August 31st, 2010 #19
August 31st, 2010 #20
I really dig that pyramid/cone painting that you did, but I don't know a faster way to produce something with decent quality.
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August 31st, 2010 #21
hey man..really nice sketchbook..i love the troll, kinda reminds me of tmnt with the head...you've really inspired me to work patiently...i think i'll start posting a doodle a day as well...thanks and keep it up
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September 1st, 2010 #22
@Boywonda1 - Thanks man. Glad you got something out of all this randomness.
@FightingSeraph - You're right that it's hard to work fast and make decent work. The reason I'm trying to keep these daily doodles as short as possible is that they're kind of like an exercise that I do every morning after going for a run in the park and before eating breakfast. It's not so much about making my best work as it is about making something every single day. That said, I would like them to be as good as possible too, so that's why I'm experimenting with different techniques and such. I do plan to do more finished paintings, like the one you mentioned, whenever I get a chance.
And with that, here is daily doodle #18:
September 2nd, 2010 #23
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September 2nd, 2010 #24
@Evolvana - Thanks! I'm glad you like the cartoon-ish work. I got my BFA in traditional art, so I always feel a little bit self-conscious about drawing in a cartoonish style, as if it is somehow less "official" than either realism or purely abstract work.
No realism today, though: daily doodle #019:
September 2nd, 2010 #25
September 3rd, 2010 #26
@BenjaminL - Alas, I probably won't be working that sketch into a finished piece anytime soon. There are a number of other projects I have in the works.
But for now, another daily sketch:
This sketch developed some odd, jpeg artifacts when I saved it. Tried to smooth them out in Photoshop, but with limited success. Not sure why that happened with this one more than others.
September 4th, 2010 #27
Three weeks of daily doodles! Let there be rejoicing!
...No? No rejoicing? Okay, fine.
So, here's daily doodle #21. Not sure why but when I'm lacking inspiration in the early morning I seem to default to ninja-ish scenes. Still playing with coloring, but today I'm using it as a purely abstract design element without relation to what is being colored.
September 5th, 2010 #28
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September 6th, 2010 #30
Daily doodle character #1 looks really good. Proportions make them look quite nimble. Thanks for the feedback on my thread with the helpful advice. I'll probably be using After Effects with a similar method you mentioned about composite animation.
Anyway, you've got some great work here, but I think doing more life-drawing / anatomy studies will really take your work a long way: try a proportionally accurate sketch of anatomic ligaments, then redraw them in a stylised manner. I get the feeling you enjoy drawing from the imagination as opposed to observation more (?), like i do... and have found this to be a really good way to keep enthusiastic about drawing from medical books and such.