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Update - I hate that time goes so fast...
-My cow entry
-Some paint overs for a mate at college
-Some more warrior concepts for college, taken from my favourite warriors around at the moment red sonya, dragon age etc etc...
-crappy self portrait trying to use solid hard brush, it was hard lol
-Another Hell Boy fan art portrait =D
Sketchbook stuff on its way, thanks for stopping by - Will
Hi LP, very nice sketchbook you've got here. Your daily struggle pays off, your self-portraits are getting better and better (is the zombified one a photomanip or pure dp?). I like your 5 min environments and character designs, but you should imho push them further and avoid taking directly from some well known designs (when I saw your first female warrior concept I immediately recognized Aveline from DA2). And it's good to see that you're struggling with hard brushes, I have to try it out too. Keep it up!
My sketchbook Crits and advice highly encouraged!
Got some good stuff going on here, especially liking the slug and toad pics as well as the Abe Sapien portait. I think you should try to push your self-portraits a little further, try to clean up some of the brush strokes as your painting and see if you can push yourself to block in the values faster and more accuratly. Keep up the work, dude!
brambor Thanks for your advice, i'm glad the portraits are paying off, sometimes it feels like i'm getting no where lol. The zombie portrait was bout 80% photomanip 20% paint, was mainly just for fun ;D
Yeah i'll move away from using well known designs as I improve. I'm not worried about posting my stuff here because the stuff I copy is purely WIP and studies. The concept sheet I did (which you where right has Aveline in it) was a rough designed to inspire the modeller into deciding a type of warrior he wanted to work with.
Ive always had this thing with my personality where its all or nothing. Kinda going for extremes in everything i do. Reference is no different. I either copy stuff (like myself and others, environments etc) or completely free style, like i do with the COWs i enter.
Thanks for stopping by man and cheers for your advice =)
Rob Powell Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I will continue to push myself and work on nailing those values.
Thanks for stopping by =)
whew, too much exitement for one day, heres an update
-couple of self portraits, working those values and the hard brush!
-value studies + hard brush
-cow entry which is looking to become speed paint and WIP
-environment speed paint, taken from ref
Not much to show i'm sorry. Also i apologise for the shit sketchbook quality.
My crappy job as a removal man is hampering me from getting beter...
Can someone please tell me, how you're suppost to get beter, spend time practicing when you work? People keep saying to me "You need to quit your job and take the leap!" How the fu^& are you suppost to eat? and live? with no money? it pisses me off....
Sorry about that little outburst, i'm just abit lost at the moment, I just dont know what to do...
Help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
For the next week im gonna be busy with coll stuff coz its my last week. I'll hopefully get the stuff loaded afterwards and also do more value studys with solid round brush. Maybe in colour? Also do human forms as well as animals...
I finished college! Which means i now have more time to study and shit.
cow wip and studys + couple of portraits
I quite like your COW canopy crawler, and that (i guess it is one) selfportrait. You should do more of those, they help a lot.
I also had a shit job at a bakery a while ago. I'm still studying, so maybe not the same situation, but I felt that it held me back and took too much time and energy which I could have put into drawing.
I'd say just keep practicing on the side. I also often take out my sketchbook in the mornings on the way to work and sketch the people on the train/bus, or go to museums/parks on the weekends for sketching.
Stefefef Thanks for the advice, i'm glad you like the canopy crawler
Not much to update again. Been doin stuff but its all been going wrong so ive ended up just deletin it. Its like i'm actually getting worst the more i pracice...
failed studys -
b and w female portrait study -
another dump, sketchbook this time (my pencil skills are painful to view )
1 hour self portrait
starting another cow, hoping to finish this one despite lack of time
Crits are very welcome.
weekend off, means day of studies
Sketchbook stuff, Bridgman studies - sorry bout the quality.
Not much to show this week. Busy week at work and time comsuming COW means little studying done.
Sketchbook, from imagination while in a moving van ;p
Face study, (lips fail)
I'm gonna open my soul abit more in this sketchbook and show my currnet thoughts and stuff.
Ive had to work more than usual coz my job as a removal man got really busy, sucks i know but what can you do. Been through all this stuff before so i wont touch on this, my main thought process recently has been my boss. Hes talking and bragging alot recently about how hes been doing this job for 21 years now, but hes shit. Now my understanding is the more you do something, the beter you become, so how is he still so bad at his job? Its been puzzling me alot and also been making me think about my learning. Is there a right and wrong way to learn? Are there methods of learning which are faster and more effective than others? Or is it as simple as 'the more you do something the beter you become'. Something i notice about my boss is hes ignorant. Ignorant to new ideas, other peoples suggestions, new concepts which i guess doesn't help him.
1 So i guess on step to beter learning is to always been shifting your comfort zones. Doing things agaist the normal ways and expected. Learning things can come from unusally circumstances and unexpected places.
Second thing i notice alot about my boss his hes slow and tends to just float about aimlessly. Its typical to see him on automatic pilot just 'doing' things which leads me to the second pointer
2 When studying, or doing anything for that matter, try to concentrate on what your doing. Its easy to drift off and work automatically, but to beter yourself you have to question your actions and motives. Are there other ways i can be doing this for beter results? Is this the most effective method to achieveing my goal or outcome? I guess only from assessing your own actions and questioning yourself can you open your mind to new ideas.
Thats enough for today, sorry for the lengthy nonsense, just needed to get this out. Any thoughts on this? Thing i'm wrong? Please don't hestitate to say so, also crit on my work crappy would be cool ;p. How can i get beter?
quick update, more scraps
unfinished face study
value and form studys
and wip cow entry which is takin aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages.
Having trouble staying inspired. My hearts just not with this at the mo. I'm finding it really hard to concentrate because i'm finding it very boring...
What am i doing wrong???????
Cool sketchbook - can REALLY see you improve so much with the practice you've been doing. I noticed that after you said you felt demotivated your sketches weren't quite as good as the ones you'd previously posted - don't get too down when you don't feel like you're making progress! All the practice you're doing is clearly showing and you've already improved so much from the beginning of your sketchbook .
Looking forward to seeing more!
bobtail Thanks alot for your kind words, i guess your right, i probably am too hard on myself. I guess patience isn one of my strong points ;p
Its been a short while, been having to work alot more this week so less time too study. Ive been doing alot more sketchbook/pencil stuff because it truely sucks!. Kinda embarressing posting it but what the hell. Done about 20-30 pages of these 30 sec poses, poses from memory etc etc.
My wip for IDW entry
female form study (unfinished)
Oh and also, i would love to hear some feedback on how to draw faces, because is something ive noticed isnt improving at all. My digital painting faces i guess are abit beter by pencil faces are terrible.
Here goes again, been doing stuff but can't remember everything ive done so i'll just post abit.
Sorry bout the skbk quality, when i get a scanner this problem will go hopefully
Female form study
speedie of xmen character
cow entry - 3 familiars in 3 weeks, exciting shit, stay tuned for mooooore ;p
come ooooooon page 4 ffs
Great sketchbook! I've been interested in your work from the recent COW's, so I thought I'd check out this thread. You are progressing so quickly, those studies are really paying off for you. Keep em coming.
stunning progress inspiring stuff
Showng good progress. Keep them coming. Good stuff.
Riox Hey, glad your finding the Cows interesting, I enjoy doing them alot. There good practice too, thanks alot for your support
darxx Lol thats probably more than i deserve, but i'm glad you think so ;D
mitze Thanks alot, i'll keep them coming.
Daily update -
sketchbook stuff, bridgmans and animal anatomy practice
cow study - unfinished. struggled alot but learnt much in the process.
monica bellucci with stuff which is hard to paint on her face
Update on the cow entry.