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this is my very first post, so I will use this opportunity for an introduction.
First of all I want to say, that I live in Austria. So please excuse some mistakes in my grammar and my poor vocabulary.
I am 19 years old and attending a secondary college for mechanical engineering.
And.... I love art.
This is my last year in this school, an well, who knows what I can achieve in my future? I want to attend an art college to push my skill. After it we will see where I can find my place as an artist. To be honest, I would love it to be an tattoo artist. But it is to early to start thinking about that.
Some people say, that I am at least a bit talented, others say, I sould aspire a normal job like everyone else.
So, this might be my first post, bit I will try to suck up every piece of information and every advice I can get here. So I 'll try to show you more than only sketches as long as I am here to reveice some critique in digital painting, acrylics and so on.
To achieve all my goals, well, that is going to be a hard road...
At the moment I am going nuts with shadows, lightning and anatomy.
I would like to share my sketches with you, mainly to receive critique, but also to entertain you!
The first drawings in this Post are from Mai 2010.
Just used colored pencil, some ink,...and here we go.
Everything drawn with no reference in my sketchbook.
So well,.... If you want to know sometrhing, just ask.
Last edited by Acki; February 22nd, 2011 at 04:19 PM.
The first two pictures are my very first steps in digital painting.
Just tried around.
The third one is new stuff. A collaboration with a tattoo artist. We will complete it digitally. I made a pencil sketch, and cleaned it up in photoshop. What you see is my part.... hell . He has got to add the heaven.
Hope you like it! I will add some funny demonic creatures.
Another three sketches for you, some evil stuff
Everything without reference and from imagination.
Have fun =)
Here we go
ps: some mistakes, but well, I will do it better the next time. Third one is a older one. Includes the most mistakes...
Here a cd cover design.
At the moment I am trying to put color in it with photoshop. ... seems hopeless, but I am trying to learn it. Up to now I 've quit every coloring attempt because it looked strange. Coloring pencils - no problem. Coloring with ps - lack of skill. I 'll try to put the color in without throwing it away, to show you guys. Don't hold back with crits then, please.
So, here the pencil and the digital ink work.
Some sweet art you got in here> Very nice beginning to this sketchbook.
As for the color on your cd project. Look at stuff you admire, or wish to put into your album. Then emulate the style in a few studies, then start tackling your cd cover. Suck the inspiration in, then work on it with no reference.
Also try to do flat color schemes on your album first with a big brush on a separate multiply layer. You can add as many color schemes as you want, then when you feel the right one draw in the linework and use the airbrush on 50% opacity!
Here's what I mean. Then when you got what you like, paint it in!
Thank you for your help!
I have the colors in my head. I see the finished work directly in front of me.
There is no need for reference so far.
And I get what you mean. In this cover a sun rise is very important.
So I want to get the sun directly behind the squirrel. My focal point, right?
I want a blending white - yellow - ( a bit) orange mix for the sun, and a real nice orange tone for the sky, which gets darker by moving further away from the sun.
The mountains in the background will be just pure black and grey silhouettes.
The Display on the right sight shall show some parts of the song name " living sunrise" .
You see, I am just too afraid to mess it up completely. I will jump right into it the next days, and try it the way you told me.
Would you really put in directly the colors you want to have in the final piece?
A friend suggested to paint in in black and grey tones and to point out the shadows, highlights and texture. Then I should add the color.
What would you say about that?
Thanks again for the kind help!
Older stuff from november!
...some more actual stuff.
Mainly some design for a friend's tattoo. He asked me to invent a cool bat.
I can't show the finished flash, because I do not want a rip off.
And here from today.
2 sketches which I will use for paintings.
Both with no reference. And both as exercise. Have got to learn tons of stuff....
The head is drawn on a canvas. I will try to finish him with acrylics. Wish me luck.
Last edited by Acki; January 5th, 2011 at 03:59 PM.
Where the hell are my images?
Are they gone because I deleted them on the desktop? I hope not. :/
EDIT: ok, my mistake. images are still there, they just did not want to show up.... Didn't want to push my thread on the top, i hope nobody thinks that.
Last edited by Acki; January 5th, 2011 at 10:23 PM.
Wonderful work! I envy people who can have so much fun with their artwork. Really inspiring! I think my favorite sketch so far is in post #3 of all the old men's faces morphed together. It's so cool to see all those wrinkles intertwining.
My only crit is that some of your forms seem SO energetic and elastic that if I were to touch it it would mold around my finger like silly putty. Gotta make those a little more solid and believable.
Not very helpful advice but I suppose it wouldn't make sense if I said "make your figures more stiff!" as that isn't exactly the issue. Sorry I couldn't be more specific!
Oo I love that bat character you're drawing. :3 Very lovely design.
Dana's HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF sketch blog
Thanks for your comment =)
I do not exactly know what you mean. I guess this effect could be a matter of rendering. I try to use a line only there, where it is needed. I avoid to much linework.
Maybe that is the reason?
Oh.. and the acrylic painting is completly messed up haha
I try it another day. Again, then again, and again....
Here some new stuff for a COW CHALLENGE - You all should jump right in!
First ideas. I am not even thinking of winning this. But it will help me to improve my paintings. I NEVER painted a whole picture. This is my first time .... Let us see how it will turn out.
Here some sketches. The first sketch is ok, but nothing exciting. The second one is funnier. A creature putting ripped off animal heads on his back: He hides somewhere between trees, so the prey can only see the cute (ripped off) bunny head. While it is amused by the sweet bunny, or trying to catch it for lunch, my little bastard here is preparing to kill the prey.
Want to make a nixe painting as a whole, nit just creature design.
Thought about a black orange red scene, in the jungle.
Here a new creature. I think the old one is too far away from the actual topic.
Just a very lose sketch.
Here we go. The next step.
Try do figure out, how to paint.... From now on, this will be a lot of work to bring out forms and colors... and I never really painted enviroment before in my life... wish me luck
Crits = welcome
Worked on that predator dude.... still not ptetty to look at, but the outlines are finished....i think.
So... enough for today then....
Changed him again. I think it looks better?
Thank you for the kind words! I am just hard working to get this stuff done. And I am not happy at all. I can't really concentrade on drawing and painting because school is hitting on me. I wish I could attend an art school .... i know if anyone would teach me, I could do so much better.
anyway, I'll get this done on my own.
Changed a few things again ...I don't want to put in too much details. I think it is important to know what you can put in, how much, and when to stop.
I put in the tones, and a few colors. Very rough.
Now I start the rendering. Good exercise for me. I am still wondering how some guys can put in so unbelievable textures. Is it just zooming in and looooong hard working, or is there any trick? Filters?
..new stuff. Have got a lot to learn for school. Nearly no time to draw. That's killing me.
Very cool and original style. I ilke it. Keep it up, mate.
wow! These are grate!
Here my finished cow entry
Last edited by Acki; January 27th, 2011 at 07:53 PM.
sketch for a painting
My COW Entry teached my alot. It was my very first real finished painting.
So,... lets keep it rolling.
Here again the sketch for a painting I want to call "facing death", but this time the scan, which is a better qualitiy. And a layout + sketch for a cover, which is about tattoos.
ps: before I forget, CRITS ARE WELCOME I feel lonlely in here....
solid graff work , i really like your sense of color and light, and your fluid forms are candy to my eyes. Also, i dig that you're practicing more "realistic" anatomy and such and drawing cartoons at the same time, the studies in musculature really help out on all fronts.
One quick suggestion, on this last peice , with the monster tattoo gun, your thumbnail has a ton of energy which was lost in the final preliminary sketch. Lately i've been getting into the habit of tracing my original sketches at a larger scale to capture that same feeling in the thumbnail. You can go about this many ways, scan and re-print them as light blue-lines to draw over, or what i do is scan it and blow it up to the size i want on my monitor screen, tape some paper to it and trace over it to get an enlarged copy to put your final inks on. It's kind of a pain but the end result is gorgeous.
Not much of a crit, but perhaps it can be of some help. Solid work again, i'll be back for more!
Last edited by AustenFM; January 30th, 2011 at 02:54 PM.
hey man, yea i remember your work on that COW project! nice stuff man!! i see your making the transition to digital fairly smoothly. i think youll master it in no time, seeing how far youve come in only a short time. i can see alot of Carlos Huante in your own stuff! -i see were both big fans of his. anyways, great stuff man, keep it up!