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I'm Dana, I'm 20 (just turned AGH) and I'm currently a sophomore at SVA majoring in animation.
This isn't my first time to CA - I had a different screen name and another sketchbook thread but I stopped posting soon after I started. I was always so embarrassed to show my work next to that of professionals and general badasses.
But I'm learning to get past that - I'm here to learn, to improve, and to gain confidence in my artwork. I want to be a badass, too, someday! So thanks to anyone who stops by! I would greatly appreciate any comments or critiques you have for me. I'm hungry for knowledge!
Sorry I keep changing the icon. I'll stick with something someday.
GO TO LAST PAGE FOR A LITTLE BIT LESS FAIL ;D YOU KNOW YOU WANNA
Last edited by Dana_T; March 3rd, 2011 at 02:32 AM.
Here's a quick post full of sketches, WIPS, and recent finished work.
Sketches and WIPs!
What I hope to improve on this year is Environmental painting, dynamic poses, and being able to tell a story in an image.
Sorry for the long first post - and thanks for stopping by.
Last edited by Dana_T; October 21st, 2010 at 10:40 AM.
Okay so here's something I'm a little reluctant to post. Below is a concept bg piece I've been working on but I'm having a lot of trouble establishing shapes and giving things "texture". Arrghh. My struggle continues.
(note: those lines are temporary - just to show me to shape of the object)
hi Dana, and welcome back to CA! glad to see you've started a new SB here again, really dig yo stlye!
how's SVA? i take it ur studying illustration there? I took a couple classes there after finding out that james jean came out of there, but then hopped to all around to different ateliers around nyc.
favorite post is the first finished sketch, can't remember which production company it reminds me whether studio 4c or the one's working on paprika but it has that beautiful apprehensive feel to it!
i like the composition in that last post and i could kind of make out the perspective you were going for which looks like a fish eye view based on the way the foreground pillars/walls bend upwards, it's a difficult thing to nail down in perspective and i think it helps to have a sort of perspective grid, to accomplish a correct perspective grid; for the fish eye view you'd need to make sure that the verticals are bending as if around a globe, hope you don't mind but i did a paint over with regular perspective to show you where some things were a bit off (still things off but adjust a few things in the foreground and added a bit of atmostpheric perspective)
also in terms of applying texture, a few simple strokes with slight varying tones will give the illusion of texture but you can always apply that last anyways, more important to get the main elements in perspective because no matter how much texture you throw on it, won't improve the overall composition. but when i think of texture and where it's most scene or visible it's in the midtones or neutrals, because when an object is hit with hard light, surfaces tend to get washed out from the bright light and vice versa with dark areas (cast shadows) of the image but the neutral areas will have a good balance for where texture is most apparent
also as for the lighting, atmospheric perspective exists in any environment whether it's an indoor or outdoor enviro, since this is indoor there can be dust particles in the air, micro bugs/organisms floating around, threads/wisps of hair, etc. that will distort the light slightly and give that feel of atmosphere within an enviro. It sometimes helps to apply some of that with diffusely scatter brush with the background value/hue on top of that ray of light to portray the little things that exist within the atmosphere.
hope this helps, sorry if i'm sounding pretentious by writing this wordy crit because by no means could i even render a beautiful comp the way you do just a few things i see that could help to push ur enviro's a bit further!
beautiful stuff ..i love ur pencil work? are you very much inspired by the avatar?
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The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
@snootchy - You have no idea how much this has helped me! Thank you so much for your crit and the paint over. I'm going to fix those things asap and have a newer version up later this week.
@iceman478: As in Avatar the Last Airbender? I suppose I am. I've always enjoyed that show.
@Alabapsi: I'll be waiting for it.
Last post of the day, I promise.
Quick/unfinished portrait of a scary Argentinean politician I found on google.
yea what she said, hehe! i agree the far eye is facing a bit towards the viewer but i still luv that last portrait, especially dig that texture u caught in the chin, also really dig the subtle cool and warm hues, keep up the goodness!!
@snootchy - thanks again! By the way I was wondering, how'd you make that grid that you put into my previous bg piece? That kinda stuff could really help me out for future bg paintings.
That last portrait is good. I would just focus on adding more definitions to the forms of his face.
waddup dana, and no prob, i actually added that brush to my set from DJahaLand's website, i think it was the basic brush set but his brushes are pretty fun to mess around with
also i'm actually learning a new thing in photoshop, it's under the filter's tab 'vanishing point' not really sure how to use it yet but going to incoporate this tool a bit in the paint process as well, here's a link to a mini-tut i found on youtube if your interested, vanishing point tutorial
looking forward to see what crazy guhood composition ur gonna hit us wif!
I just wanted to drop by and say that you are doing really great work. Your skill level is much greater than mine, so there is nothing really I can say.
Just that I want to see more!
Btw, Are you the Dana from SVA that was on one of Matthew's SB videos?
Just some lame doodles and a speedpaint of a friend of mine.
ninjacat11- Thanks! Yeah, I'd usually clean that up a bit but alas I think I'm putting that portrait aside for now.
snootchy- Thank you thank you thank you - I'll totally be putting this stuff to good use in the future.
Alternative- Yep that's me! Damn I didn't think that video would follow me here, too! xD
strong start mate i like your style
keep it up
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Here's a newer version of that interior bg, much thanks to Snootchy! It's a little rough atm, left out a lot of details that I had to paint over (been trying out this new brush I discovered in cs5) but I think it looks a helluva lot better like this. I'll work on it a little more later this week.
I hope you don't get caught up in a moment again, i really enjoyed your work thus far.
I think the first sketch features Huey from The Boondocks? which i enjoy greatly XD.
Your expressions and line quality is very appealing as well.
luhooking good Dana! I see that you've flattened out the image and this will help especially in the beginning phase to push and pull forms as you need to, to create depth in the enviro.
The oxygen tanks might need to be fixed in perspective depending on if it's a fish eye/macro view/perspective or regular perspective. Also would be interesting to see you do a line construct of that environment, which i think is really challenging and a good one, because of the spherical shape of the environment. Master the ellipse in perspective and u be master of the universe in no time!
The ambient fill light is looking better as it's not completely blown out like the first pass, keep pushing it u on fireeeeEE!
I can definitly see potential in caricature art when ever you are low on clients.
Postin' some more random crap from today/yesterday before getting to bed.
Thanks for the comments guys!
Some stuff from life, some from imagination. blah blah blah. The dog is a frame from an unfinished pencil test. I'll be posting more of those as the year goes on.
Late reply at snootchy: I'm an animation major, though I would have loved to double major in illustration too. Ah well, guess I'm learning that stuff on my own.
Oh yeah. Just my kind of thread. Really loving the sketches. Especially the ones with clothes in them. Your line work is truly your strong point. The Shaolin monk boy is my favorite so far. Will have to keep an eye on your work.
Your ability to draw FORMS first really gives your line art a sense of volume. Really nice work all around in this sketchbook- I like how your sketches are fairly presentable. That's something I need to learn .
really dig the gesture of that creature sketch on the bottom right, nice sketchees!
oh man, this is fate, i have been trying to learn animation for the past week or starting to, any beginning exercises/practice u can recommend? look forward to seeing some of ur animation works!
@Placeboast- Thank you so much! I was just looking at your sketchbook the other night and I was thinking to myself "damn he's awesome". That comment really means a lot. : D
@snootchy- Richard William's Animation Survival Kit was pretty much my bible for first year. It taught me more than any of my teachers could and it helps your learn the essential basics really quickly. You could also get it with a stack of educational DVDs which are mad helpful as well.
There's also Disney's Illusion of Life which is pretty good but not as helpful, I think. There are more, of course, but the Survival Kit, in my opinion, is the best out there.
Hope this helps~
A few figure studies before going to bed. Been working on an animation assignment all week so I barely have time to do any personal work these days.
col erase pencil and ballpoint pen