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Who am I: Talis... Talisker is an Island Single Malt Scotch whisky produced by the Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Scotland; the only distillery on the Isle of Skye. The distillery is operated by United Distillers and Vintners for Diageo, and is marketed as part of their Classic Malts series. The brand is sold as a premium whisky...
I decided to join this community after lurking here for quite a while. I decided that this will be the path I walk. I already have come a long way by making the choice to start a sketchbook and to be serious about art, but there is alot more to sort out. and as I go it gets more addictive, exciting, frustrating and blasting! I want to improve myself and study the critics that I get in order to develop, but also improve myself on my analytical visions by trying to contribute here with my own comments.
Lets get busy!
Last edited by Talis; March 12th, 2014 at 04:47 PM.
Hello there! First of all a merry xmas. (better late than never!). Hope you all got stuffed with loads of food, just like me!
Today i scanned some drawings from my sketchbook. These vary from around summer this year till now! So this update should show my current skillevel. Sorry for the darkish scans, but im quite new to all this.
Some impressions on anatomy studies (some might recognize em from Simblets book, not the anatomy one)
the results of the above studies:
Last edited by Talis; December 25th, 2011 at 07:42 PM.
great start to a sketchbook, you have taken the first step towards your dream.
Keep on posting, and the best bit of advice you will get from anyone on here if you want to improve is to draw AS MUCH as possible. If you draw enough you will improve so try to stay positive about the learning process.
Hopefully this page is the first of many, good luck!
As a crit I would suggest trying to make your lines less "whispy" and more solid. Work on trying to be bolder with the way you hold the pencil and the lines you draw. Eliminating the sketchiness of drawings is a good place to start I think for many people.
Hello there, it always takes allot of courage to start a sketchbook on this site so the hardest part is done and dusted.
Apologies if you've already heard of him, but I've got two links to Loomis's books on figure drawing and drawing the hands and head. They've come in very usefull for me.
Keep up the good work, mate. Hope to see more soon.
Hi there! I woke up today and started sketching immediatly. I almost went ko at 14:00 when i found out i didn`t even ate yet, haha!
@ThomasM: thanks for replying man. I wonder do you have an example of how "clean" lines should look like? Because I actually don`t really have an idea. Also i`m sketching with some really bad quality pencils. Wood breaking off the pencil etc. I know it should be done with any kind of material u get, but it might be more comfortable to buy some new pencils first
@Fantasyart: Thanks! I should be watching the proportions, it`s hard tough! tried to make it up today, check out below
@Naidy: Thanks for giving me the links to Loomis. I did heard of him, but at the moment I`m learning a bit about proportions and anatomy from Riven Phoenix and the anatomy book from my mom (she`s a doctor). I`m afraid that i get lost somewhere if i dive into too many different approaches.
today`s wakeup session
Tought i should try some sketching with a ballpen since my pencils are seriously not nice to work with
Last edited by Talis; December 25th, 2011 at 07:42 PM.
Hello. The lines are much better. Keep the drawing going!
Hi again Talis,
When I say "cleaner" lines and less "sketchy" I mean that rather than stroking in very soft feathery strokes to make up a line (as every beginner tends to do because of a lack of confidence), instead try and be as bold as possible. Really try and get the line down in one sweeping movement rather than many.
When you are drawing, to avoid this "feathery" look attempt to draw from your elbow. Sweeping movements across the page without bending your wrist too much. Drawing from the wrist and keeping your arm still is probably why you are getting those sketchy lines.
If you get the chance to observe someone who has been drawing for a long time you can see they keep their wrist and hand fairly motionless and instead their whole arm moves in sweeping motions.
I hope that helps you - its certainly helped me when I started out.
Thanks Thomas for the info. I was shocked to discover that I was indeed drawing with my wrist. It`s kind of a mental thing indeed. I tried to work that way with a little piece I made today with some experimenting with conte.
Here is a little something I made today, inspired by the following text wich I think is very powerfull:
People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true.
That`s how they define reality
But what does it mean to be "correct" or "true"
Merely vague concepts... Their reality may all be a mirage.
Can we consider them to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs?
Hi all! First of all a happy newyear, and may everyone draw like a madman!
I`m working hard to get my lines a bit stronger. I find it very difficult tough, so to practice I wanted to create an impression and capture a moment. while tring to hold my pencil in alot of different ways. I didn`t really know what i was doing, but I had alot of fun with this!
These are some quick sketches to capture a bit of emotion.
A light study in a midsummer afternoon from the backalley`s of Barcalona. I might convert this one into a painting.
Some slower studies as a result of the first three images above. Trying to capture a bit of emotion in a deeper and more detailed way. its fucking hard!!!
two acrylics I made this weekend.
I see alot of you guys drawing in watercolors sketchbooks. I immediately fell in love with the style. I want to try that out really bad! I was wondering what the technique is like? Is there any way to find out about this?
Last edited by Talis; December 25th, 2011 at 07:43 PM.
What a wonderfull day.
I decided to redo an old painting to measure my progress.
The first painting is dated from february this year, and the second one i redid today. tried to add some character to the painting by playing around with some nice autumn colors. Both done in acrylics.
I also did a portraiture from a photo, and a concept wich represents an event that occured in my life a couple of years ago.
My father gave me a starterset with oils for christmas. Im very excited about this. Stay tuned for my first oil painting wich will probably tomorrow and some anatomy studies!
Last edited by Talis; December 25th, 2011 at 07:43 PM.
One year ago, here is where my journey continues! Changed my introduction post, set a new goal! and lets get busy
Starting off with some basic color theory, atmospheric perspective. The first ones are really crappy, but hey... i got the idea
Last edited by Talis; December 25th, 2011 at 07:45 PM.
Merry Christmas everyone! Really shitfaced right now, bumped up on some stuff I made last week! Would love to hear critics!
Trippy stuff, what was I on?!!
Some stuff I made in the train
And trying to get back into the digital stuff. Was never really good in it, but since I went traditional I never did anything digital. Decided to try out my traditional knowledge into this computer thing going on. Curious to see where it`s going to get me. Got a little landscape going on which i`m painting with my new Wacom tablet!
Yeah i know..., I screwed it up here with my drunkass head! Tried a beginning on the sky, turned out I erased stuff and saved it like that......
Merry Christmas all!!! ho.ho.ho! keep the wine commin!
Sorry to hear that you had a hard life,
I hope that the situation is better today.
I am happy that you found your self in art,
and that it helps you tremendously to fight
your way through the tough times.
I am with you all the way.
Wish you happy holidays buddy.
Happy Newyear everyone!
Thanks ltplissken for your reply. It definately helps me that I have found something to stick with, it adds up to a positive state of mind. Cheers!!
Here is an update on my photoshop thingy, and while I was installing Asassins Creed Revelations I found something nice to do, draw Ezio in pen. I don`t have much experience with this "crosshatching" (I think it`s called like that?) so I thought of this as a nice exercise.
Last edited by Talis; January 11th, 2012 at 04:20 AM.
Whoa, that has been quite some time, since i`ve last posted here. I haven`t been sitting still tough, I learned alot of new stuff, however this kind of thing (typography and such...) is not what i`m after. Now i`ve finally found some time to do what I really like again. Here you go!
Some hatching practice, experimenting with ink on my good old buddy afro samurai!!! (wanted to draw this dude for a loong time!)
and as last I`m practicing some digital stuff such as clouds! Comments very well appreciated!
I like the Cataclysm Art Book one. Love that style and you did a great interp. ^^ Keep it up.
Thanks very much Euphorius, I find it a very good exersice to find out how other drawers look into things and how they are searching with their pencils.
Here is the finished Afro Samurai, getting more into ink. I tried not to copy it blindly, but I tried to use and find the fundamentals underneath it and then fill it up by letting all kinds of cool things happen. I tried to take it a step further with also experimenting with ink, also all this was pretty much improvised as it is my first (serious try) time working with ink. Comments are very much appreciated.
Also a Kerrigan replica, which is cool to notice that the drawers really have a different attitude towards drawing and sketching.
And a painting which didn`t work out the way i would like to have, and to bad it ripped somehow while I was moving..
Till next time!
Good day folks!
Arty mood today!
Here is the final result of the landscape I painted in photoshop earlier. Only the middle part is a editted photo, the right and left part are a painted extension of the photo. Comments and critics on this one are very much appreciated!!
It`s an album cover, the music is about a search for the edge and borders of reality and imagination.
You just keep the environment rich and charged,
cause you really have the ability and the skill to do that.
You are in charge of your life and your neighborhood,
cause you are like TNT, like a dynamite a true power load.
And if they ever ask you why you do this, you just answer
boldly that you have been created for this.
The last environment got struck my soul and heart.
At the same time.
Done some new things in my sketchbook. I`ve been doing alot lately, and haven`t found time to upload it, finally got the motivation to throw something under my scanner again!
Some of these drawings are from reference, others from imagination, the overall focus lies on line quality combined with perspective. Didn`t use a ruler, which was very interesting!
Critique very much appreciated.
Last edited by Talis; June 1st, 2012 at 05:54 PM.
personal log:- i find it really helpfull to draw from artists I admire, it`s quite challenging to try to draw drawings from different hands, im starting to see how they move their pencils and their lines.
Time for an update again. I`ve been away for the whole summer travelling Eastern Europa, which is very cool and awesome. It gave me alot of inspiration and fresh energy to dive in again!
Below is a calender I made about historical toys up to 1900. I tried to make the paper look old by baking it covered in coffee and give it an overall oldschool and unified look with corresponding typography.
Drawings from life around my environment. Practising my hand again, started out really rusty, hope it improves!
2nd part of my update, since the uploader only allows 20 files to be uploaded.
The one below is a replica of a persian carpet, in order to train my hand, and to test my dedication and concentration
Hey Talis, keep working from life/reference as much as you can, you will improve greatly!
But try to be a bit analytical when drawing, try to draw things how really are, instead of how your brain remember it.
Also, lots of anatomy studies are highly recommended.
I hope you dont mind my comment, i was just trying to be helpful. ^^`