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January 6th, 2011 #1
NeecHMonkeYing Around ...
My name is Travis, I'm an Aussie living in Japan (since 2005) and I started taking my art seriously back in 2008 (April, I think). From around 2009, I've had fairly steady freelance or part-time work on video games, a card game, a toy/model range and even a couple of movies that are now in pre-production.
I consider myself blessed to have stumbled into the odd jobs I've been offered over the past 2 years and though I've learned a lot on these projects and from my fellow artists who I was working with, I've always pushed myself to learn more with every piece of work I do. I still have so much to learn and challenge myself with.
I was thinking 2011 would be a good time to start myself a sketchbook on CA.org to post all my practice work, quick sketches, wips and whatever else.
- First up is a quick one I did for the 2010 holidays - mostly for the fun of it but I also wanted to play with colors and values. About 4hrs work.
- Next is an environment I was messing around with. Not really sure what I was trying to accomplish and I think that's it's biggest problem... it doesn't tell any kind of story. It was fun to paint though and it got me in the mood to do more work.
- Last up is my most recent, a Huron Scout very much inspired by Wes Studi's Magua in Last of the Mohicans. I used a reference pic I found of Magua for the lighting and form but changed the image and pose to tell my own story. I don't mind using reference but I try not to become a slave to it.
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January 6th, 2011 #2
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January 6th, 2011 #3
What a great story and what a great style! Well done for starting up the sketchbook and hope that many more paintings and practices will follow. My only critique so far is that the sky in the second painting doesn't look overly convincing, but I am really scraping the bottom of the barrel here - good work! Oh, and I've just noticed - perhaps Magua's left hand is a tad too small?
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January 6th, 2011 #5
hey Travis! yea dude, you finally started another sketchbook!! great! now i can stalk you hehe. awesome work on that native american! im part mohawk (pronounced Mo-Wah), my grandfather was half. cool stuff!
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January 9th, 2011 #6
Nubian_Greene - Thanks and yes, Japan and I are getting along fine... mostly.
Jansi - Yeah, there's so much about that piece that I'm not happy with, sky included. As for the Huron Scout, I've got an update version on my blog where I re-sized both his left hand and the tomahawk.
Parsakoira - Thanks. Love that piece you did with the monster in the FF Section.
NickyBeats - Feel free to stalk, you won't find much.
Not much of an update, I've just been using my free time this weekend to do some quick studies on my weaker areas. Each done in pencil, scanned and then redone digitally as the repetition helps me remember.
Simple Head Studies
Simple Gesture Studies
EDIT: I also did a quick screencap study - for shits and giggles.
Original shot from Kingdom of Heaven
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January 9th, 2011 #7
Nude Figure Study - about 2hrs work from photo reference:
January 9th, 2011 #8
Niiice, this looks like it could turn out to be a very promising sketchbook. Love the native american piece. One thing, this latest female study looks a little like she is floating rather than sitting, by the way you've positioned the cast shadow I think. Good work man, excited to see what kind of things you'll be bringing to CA!
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January 9th, 2011 #9
Great sb, can't wait to see this thread fill up
Dana's HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF sketch blog
January 9th, 2011 #10
wow. awesome start here my friend! i particularly am drawn to the Wes Studi-inspired paint i agree with jasper on your last female study. perhaps rendering out all that 'gray' matter just below her and adding the surface she's sitting on will ground it~ but of course, you probably know all that and was just paying attention for the anatomy and values ^^
really promising start i must say~ post again!
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January 10th, 2011 #13
Jasper_ & teapo - Thanks a lot guys. You both caught me being a little too lazy which is a bad habit I get into when I'm nearing the end of a painting.
Dana_T, hücumkedi, RandAlThor - Thanks guys, glad to have a few followers of my work.
I really want to challenge myself with perspective this year as my compositions recently have been (to me at least) boring. I've been watching Feng Zhu's perspective tutorial from Gnomon to help inspire me and knocked out a few 20min practices:
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