Thanks everyone. The smudginess is charcoal powder a good portion of the time. Right now I'm just fiddling with it, and when I'm not using any sealant and the sketches are kept in a ring bound book they wind up losing 70% of it, but it's no big deal. Just experimenting for now. 90% of everything (anything that's not charcoal powder tossed around) is a bic mechanical pencil.
US Assassin: I've never really found that the scanner matters a whole lot. Right now I'm using some "all-in-one" hp photosmart plus printer, it's not mine. It's not a fancy scanner, and it does just as good as one I had 8 or 10 years ago. The quality comes from tweaking the contrast to match close to what it looks like in the book, and making sure to sharpen the image to various degrees before shrinking it.
Did some more work on one of the sketches above. I'll also go ahead and post this work in progress digital from this past month, I'll try to pick it up again sometime here soon. Most of it will be redone but it's nice to get some ideas and plan ahead.
Thanks you three. Jovian you're likely right about the white, it's something I'm still finding a balance on. It's especially difficult, because it doesn't show up half as much in person. The scanner does weird things to images from the cream colored sketchbook.
Did some more on the one above. I'm hoping to get back into some digital over the next few days. I had to reformat last week, though, and wound up losing some of my brushes as a result. Will have to remake those, I suppose.
These are looking great, very interesting.
I especially like this last one.
I don't think you are using the whites incorrectly. Rather I think it is an issue of the light source being direct on from the viewer. The result is that the whites are all clumped up towards the center of the figure. Maybe moving the light source around and using multiple sources would do the trick.
Spreggo, that's very accurate. I mostly use a relatively straight-on lightsource right now because it helps me concentrate on what I'm doing. In my sketches, my goal is mostly just to get an idea down and have it be readable. I've strayed from secondary light sources because they're a relatively easy way to give something that "3D" feel. I hope to break that pattern in my digital paintings, though, as there's no reason for me to not utilize a worthwhile technique.
Quick one right now, another update later. I actually drew a head larger than an inch or two in size.
Lav: Thanks for the compliment, so far as the paper I'm not really sure how to answer specifically. One of my sketchbooks, the cream colored paper is I believe just a recycledmaterial sort of paper. The white pages are various types, actually, from simple printer paper to whatever's in my other sketchbook.
fudgeloaf: Thanks man. I'm happy with branching out into things like that as I've been doing lately. I got used to digital over the past couple years and then going back to just a pencil left me wanting more. So...I got more.
UmpaArt: Thanks as always Umpa, nice to see you here again!
Loathsome: I'm at a time in my life right now when I can't very well afford to stop, so hopefully there will be plenty more.
Here's a couple more sketches and a quick digital enviro, I think it's been over a year since I've even attempted an environment. But it was good to get in front of my tablet again, finally got it reconfigured and started remaking my brushes.
Hmmmm.. Love your choice of paper, and your drawings compliment it quite well
Some issues with the robes around the waist of some of your figures. I feel you should put as much thought into the construction of the fabric and form beneath as you do with the torso. Just a nit-pick though
Keep em' coming
Originally Posted by gutss
yesterday, God came to me in a dream and told me that if I don't become a comic book artist, he has decreed that I shall instead be a burlesque dancer.
And I said, "But God, nice panties are so expensive!"
And he said, "Welp, I suppose you better shut up and draw."
Odayga: Hey there friend, been quite awhile, I know. I've not been too terrible, just keeping to myself over the past few months mostly. Various car repairs, holiday stuff, etc. Looks like you've done a much better job of updating than I have, and probably a much better job with art as well. Thanks much for stopping by, though, it is good to hear from a friend!
Here's a few sketches from the past few months. Nothing major yet. I was holding out until I'd finished some digital pieces I was working on, but it seems odd to get responses every couple months without more work to balance it out.
I should have some more digital stuff done over the next week or two, I will be sure to post that up as well.