Saara huuge thanks for the encouragement! Hugs for that!
Awesomeness is my goal, haha! And yeah I also like to show off with my artbooks lol (did I say that out loud)
I ordered it from suomalainen.com but you can also get them from adlibris.com. I think they have been brought back to printing for like a while ago or so.
So today's still life studies are from erm.. skull! Also some foreshortening studies.
Something from imagination (which turned out to be a total failure). The weight on her is carried utterly wrong but hey, luckily I just got (in Loomis) to the page that tells about weight carrying, lol. Allso some gestures. Should really really do more stuff from imagination.. Also I really don't know how I should adjust my images after scanning them, because they look so light and when I add contrast or curves they end up looking unnatural, sigh.
great studies youve got going on here man. I like the pencil still-life's too. I did loads of them in the last year and its really helped my value-identification progress. Keep on doing what you're doing!
Hmm lets try this again cause I don't really know where my yesterdays posting went since I can't see it anywhere (at least not right now) Anyways here's a screenwhot study and a fairly quick photostudy. I'm embarrassed to put them here cause they're really awful But the truth is if I wouldn't post crappy works here I wouldn't have anything to post lol.
Awesome! I'm so glad to see that you have been producing studies regularly.
Regarding yiur latest photo studies there is absolutely no reason to be embarassed. They look great. In the landscape I think you managed to capture the hues really well, but I think you should look into saturation a bit more carefully. Always rememember the effects of atmospheric perspective. Very important when it comes to landscapes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_perspective
In your speedpainting the mountains are the farthest visible object yet the saturation seems about equal to foreground object.
The portrait one looks nice too. Quite difficult one color wise I think. There's loads of very pale subtle colors. The reference pic has a bluish hue to it with some pale reds in lips and nose and brow.
You might find it useful after finishing a study to check the colors with the colorpicker. It's great way to study colors as it shows where one has gone wrong. I have had several heureka moments by doing just that.
Thank you Ville for your useful crit and encouragement! I know in theory (a little bit at least) the effects of atmospheric perspective, but somehow I tend to forget it/don't see it so well while doing photo studies. Should study it more more more! Allthough I don't want to rush to color studies yet but somehow doing something different for a change, like enviros is really relaxing. Also it sounds a very good idea to use the colorpicker after finishing a study! Gotta try that.
So here's some Loomis studies and still-life study (don't worry, maybe some day my still-life studies will have again some other object than a skull, lol. What, you say an obsession? noo.)
Oh my god I'm seriously thinking of starting to play Age of Conan again. So if it happens so that I start pleying it, please could someone just slap me on the face if my updates will cease to exist/decreases considerably because of that?!
Games are bad mmm'kay. When I started Mass Effect 2 last year I probably didn't do any drawing for couple months. Though, you can sometimes get inspired from playing quality games, so I guess it's a double edged sword.
ismo: Thanks I agree about games being bad, hehe. But then again maybe its only natural to do some things together with my husband too, when mostly our evenings go by him playing something and me drawing next to him
Annd no sign of addiction here yet! I actually missed one day's updates (I've been trying to update every other day now), but that was because of me being sick, not because of Age of Conan. I swear!
I'm actually more worried when the Skyrim arrives, because that is a game that I have truly been waiting for since the Oblivion. But when it comes I will try to find time to both the game and drawing. I mean.. it can't be that impossible.. really.. it can't..?
Anyways here's some more Loomis studies and some random photo-study. I hate being so sick you can't do a thing without some place starting to ache. And it seems to me that when I'm sick I get even more critical about my own works and even more depressed when I don't get things right
Wow, great anatomy studies; you seem really dedicated to learning the human form. When studying portraits, pay special attention to the placement of the eyes, especially in 3-quarter views. In some of your previous photo studies, you seemed to be placing one eye a little far out (like in the Denzel study in post #78).
For color studies, I highly recommend continuing with colored still life studies. Photography doesn't always capture color accurately, and the saturation often becomes distorted when editing the contrast. You could also work the painting up monochromatically, then add your color on top using layers set to color mode.
When working in color, remember to pay attention to the color of the highlights and shadows on the subject; they will be desaturated but not black/white. Think about color temperature - is it a warm color I'm looking at, or a cool color? What is the temperature of the light falling on the object, and how does that affect the color of the object itself? In the still life in post #75, the whole painting feels very desaturated but shadows especially appear to be almost black. Be stingy with pure black and white paint; if you use them at all, do so with restraint. And remember that not all shadows are cool; if light bounces off of a warm surface onto the shadow of another object, it will create a warm shadow (this is especially true with light bouncing off of one skin surface onto the shaded side of another skin surface. for example, the underside of the jaw tends to be very warm due to light bouncing up from the chest).
Btw the oil painting of the red house looks great; very subtle color variation on the roof and in the shadow.
Originally Posted by Satupeikko
Oh and I made myself a goal to be really good when I'm thirty. So I have three years to practise very very hard!
Oh man, I feel the same way. I guess we'd better get cracking'! pld:
Hey, Satu. Figures are looking very confident. You've picked out a lot of things from those anatomy studies already. I came across these two great videos from Feng Zhu about studying on the tutorial forum, thought they might interest you too. I had seen 'em before, but for some reason didn't try any of those exercises afterwards. I'll have to correct that mistake cause they make so much sense now.
dierat: Thanks for stopping by! Haha yeah I know the placement of the eyes has always been kind of huge problem for me. Been kind of avoiding studying it (don't know why though), but you kind of inspired me to start studying more faces. I've started reading Maughan's "The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the head" and I really love that book! I feel like I've already learned bunch of new stuff from it. And not only from portraits but also of values. Also thanks for the great tips concerning the colors! Your comment is really much appreciated. And glad you liked the oil painting.
Ismo: Thanks for those videos! They had really cool tips for studying. Think I gotta try that skeleton-stuff, hehe. The book mentioned above also has some cool stuff about the chiaroscuro technique that concentrates on values in drawings rather than in lines. Anyways gotta definitely check more of those videos!
dierat & Ismo: Haha yeah nearing 30 has surely given a new motivation to this stuff
Hungh, been so busy in drawing that I haven't had time to update. So here's first some quicker gestures. Been kind of feeling that my figures have been somewhat stiff lately so I've been trying to loosen up a bit. Also some skulls, gesture-head thingies, and gesture-head thingies with facial features (?). From photo ref. Mainly been trying to concentrate on the placement of the facial features. Allso look, its me eyes! (Drawn from photo taken by me, yey.) Some more eye studies coming later.