Really nice studies! Like the gestures, I see what you mean, I definitely need more of those Really like the simple hair studies though, the face shapes are confident and consistent and it all flows nicely.
Hahah the age 30 thing never occurred to me, but wow, I'm only 4 years away myself!
Oh and btw, I forgot to mention this last time, but watch your ellipses - the perspective on the candle holder (?) in post #127 appears distorted. It looks like either the ellipse marking the base is too wide or the ones up top are too narrow. Right now it looks like the stem is bending in space to make that perspective work.
carakhan: Hey thanks again! Trying to keep the studies coming Haha well you'd better be prepared for that freaky-eyed slime-dripping monster! You don't want to know what happens to artists who meet him unprepared..
dierat: Thanks for dropping by again! I know I'm still such a lousy at perspective, especially what it comes to ellipses. Need a lot more practise with it. And ooh what a cool-looking book, thanks for linking it! I have to have that! *stares the book with a mad glittery gaze in her eyes and drool dripping down her face".
Well not so many updates here past weekend, eh. Well let's just say things the way they are. Umm I was partying and didn't have time to update So nothing much this time. Some anatomy and couple of quick, messy still-life studies. The landscape has been actually made earlier this summer (it was also bigger but somehow I managed to accidentally crop it). These studies are actually done with my new phone, Samsung galaxy SII and a sketchbook mobile. Just wanted to try what it is like to draw and it is pretty neat. Allthough drawing with finger is somewhat hard so hoping to find somekind of pen for that. Anyways, time to get back to hard-core studying.
Blaah, I feel like everything I've done these couple of days have just turned out to be total crap. Is it possible I'm actually getting worse?!
Well anyways here are some anatomy stuff mostly and some still-life. Just wanted to try still-life with a colors for a change..
Thanks for stopping by henri, and thanks for your encouraging words! I've hit my head against the wall so many times, that I've kind of gotten used to these momentary periods of depression. Now I just force myself to keep on drawing even when I don't feel like it and even if it feels like I'm learning nothing. You are absolutely right, I should do more personal stuff. Soo here's something from imagination.
Well not really pleased with the head but hey positively thinking, I've done worse! There's something really fishy with the eyes. Also the values suck, it's just too dark overall. After I finished the painting, I tried the auto contrast to see what it would had looked like if I would had made the values less dark Anyways it was fun to do. Commets and crits are welcome as always!
Oh and I hope you guys don't get frustrated to my momentary whining every now and then. Just kind of feel like letting it all out sometimes helps me to carry on.
I think the portrait looks great. For some crits - the neck is too wide, the ear looks too small and a little too high, and the lighting is rather confusing. The highlight on the nose suggests the light is coming from the front and above, but the highlight on the eyes is on the top right, and then you have a rim lighting on the left side. Also, keep in mind that highlights that follow the 2-d shape of an object (as opposed to the 3-d volume of the object) flattens the image. Just something to keep in mind!
Also, I like the vegetable platter still life. I think the contrast is a little low on that one as well (mostly on the vegetables themselves which have a very low value range) so maybe you should try to focus specifically on your value range in future pieces.
Keep up the good work!
Last edited by dierat; September 15th, 2011 at 04:50 PM.
Thanks again dierat! One can always count on such a good crits from you. So yeah I came to the conclusion that I need a lot more value studies. I also need to study the facial features more and especially their location on face. I decided that from now on I try to focus on studying mostly one thing per day instead of studying little bit of this and little bit of that. Might be better to concentrate on one thing at a time. So here's some anatomy studies made yesterday and today. I suddenly got this weird urge to study anatomy. So gotta take most out of it and study it while it lasts lol.
Ah anatomy.... nice practice work in your book so far. A trick I used to do is look at bodybuilders (mostly women because the male examples away from the old greats are just ridiculous). Because of the very low body fat they have, I discover what muscle is what and see it being put into dynamic motion. Helped me alot with making anatomy practice applicable to artwork.
First thing after getting the drawing down should be deciding the location of the lightsource and blocking in the unlit area either with value or with lines. You could also try to work with just 5 values, 3 in the light and 2 in the shadow. Doing studies with simplified values really helped me when I was starting out. A good rule to remember is that the lightest dark (an area not lit) should never be lighter than the the darkest light.
Here's a quick paintover I did while waiting for a pizza. I used the liquify tool to push the face and neck back, brightened the planes facing the light and made the darks darker. Judging from the shadow of the nose, the main light source was from top left. I also softened the edges of the lips, darkened the eyeballs (they really aren't that white in real life) and tweaked the eyelids a bit.
liquidjack: Hey thanks a bunch! Very nice trick indeed. I've been kind of thinking of where could I find good practise material for my studies and that sounds like a very good idea! Gotta start hunting some muscle(wo)men after I've learned more basic stuff of muscles.
henri: Wow awesome paintover! I appreciate a lot that you got the time to do that, thanks a lot! It is also a first paintover anyone has ever made me.. sigh, I'm getting all sobby and emotional here The lightning makes a lot more sense in it. And thanks for the tips also. I just realised that I should also study the facial planes more.
Soo I started to do these still-life studies where I set only one light source and starting to do studies with basic shapes. Most of my still-life studies are made on light coming from this and that window and sometimes from a lamp also so it can be rather confusing. I'm gonna learn these bloody values! Here are couple of first studies and some.. erm.. bones.