*snap!* Argh, fell into a friggin' goblin trap! Full of... studies?!?
Nice to see your hard work is starting to pay off
Some great improvements in the last pages!
Keep practicing, keep experimenting also. In other words, keep up the good work!
"...it had the serene look in it's eyes of a creature that realizes it's a tube on legs..." ~ Terry Pratchett
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." ~Pablo Picasso
Sweet bust studies! Do more, more I say!
Can't crit them all that much without seeing the ref images, but I would advise you to pay attention and make observations of reflected light. The more I have drawn/painted the more I have realized how essential it is to get those things right.
I have found it useful to consider every lit surface as secondary weaker light source.
So for example, consider the table on which the bust is on as a weak lamp lighting the bust below. But remember, it's bounced light, and so weaker as the direct light. So keep those areas lit by bounced light lower in value than areas lit by direct light.
I also notice that some of your digital brush strokes have sort of jagged edge. As if low opacity brush is serially stamped one after another. I had the same problem when I started to paint digitally and took me a while to figure out how to fix it. In case you want to, here's how you do it. Go to brush settings click 'brush tip shape' and then use the 'spacing slider'.
Say whatever you want, I can't dislike your flowers in glass at all...
I dig your watercolor painting as well. I like watercolor but I can't make myself to start painting, my baby steps are kinda painful.
Hey man recent stuff is looking good, the life drawings and the bust have successful values and I like your 30sec gestures, try and bring some of that to the longer studies they seem much stiffer. Also really pay attention to the silhouette/shapes of the hand, its easy to make it look sausaugy its a complicated form. :3
Hey Satu you are doing great to keep this momentum up. I can see the improvement, even if you can't always. I especially liked your 'messy still lifes' on Day 21 and your landscape on Day 23, lovely soft feeling, like the feel of the glowing light and the colours you've used, good piece all round.
Also I posted a reply to your questions about shadow boxes, lights and charcoal over in my SB.
Harm: Haha thanks Trying to post some more of them studies for you so you won't get bored on your time in entrappment (since I'm not gonna let my prisoners escape, muahhahhaa).
Ville: Oh my god mister I could so much as hug you right now for the piece of information you just gave me about brushes. Though I have no idea how to use it yet and have no idea about edges for that matter. I guess it's something I should really look into. Some really good information you gave me just now about the lightning as well, thanks! I was thinking of making that shadow-box thingy now and start doing more life studies and focus on setting the light and observing the values.
shiNIN: Thanks girl!
TFsean: Oh a new visitor in my sb, cool Thanks sir very much for stopping by and for the tip! I really wish to get the looseness from the gestures to longer poses.
I'm thinking I should do more gestures to get it come more naturally and to get the same looseness in longer poses as well.
Marian: Oh thanks for the encouragement, it really means a lot to me! And thanks for the link and instructions, I have a feeling that link will really help me a lot!
Oh man I feel so happy for getting so many replies, I think it has never happened in my sketchbook before. Thanks again for all of you.
So the final challenge day was a self-portrait and it really did become a huge challenge for me. I tried first making it from life, then got discouraged and tried to make it from photo. Didn't work either. It wasn't a good idea to try make it with colors, since I don't even understand values yet. (And no you will not see those self-portraits.) Also I hate drawing my own face. So hence I got a short momentum of depression and fell into the arms of the dark lord Diablo. But now I'm forcing myself to draw again so here's another bust from photo. It doesn't really look like the bust in the photo, so the main thing I really still need to study on faces is the structure. I have a pretty good practise for that in my mind though.
Also sorry about all the cheesy smileys, I just feel that kind of goofy right now.
Oh and also I shortened my name since I got bored of my silly name, in case you wonder.
Last edited by Satu; May 19th, 2012 at 06:30 AM.
Maybe I realize it late but you... You changed your extremely funny name!!! I liked it. But I like you whatever your nick are so it's okay I guess. If you're happier this way.
I don't know the original for the study in #293 but the proportions seem slightly off, it's very hard to me to say something more useful about it, except maybe that the eyes feel a bit too high and not quite at the same level, maybe.
The last one: He has smaller and less open eyes in the original, the forehead and the somewhat bigger nose curves a bit differently too. Focus on the eyes, usually they are the most important feature in the face or making an expression... Subtle changes can matter a lot. But you surely know this already.
The proportions are kinda good in this last one, it's much better than the previous ones You're improving, don't worry ~
shiNIN: Yeah I just got bored of its sillyness I guess. But you can still call me that or whatever you wish Oh man yes the proportions. I just don't get it how difficult it is to get them right. I usually try to make good measurements but then turn out makin for example eyes smaller, then I have to make nose smaller too and everything is soon very distorted. Thanks again! I feel sometimes that I might have improved but then I make something totally awful and feel like I'm back to square one. Oh well.
Here's another photo study. Was really lost with this one. I guess using a squarish brush wasn't a right way to go. Also it's too flat and I think my head is more tilted and too skinny. Ref. Also been doing some basic head structuring stuff with Loomis but I'm too tired to scan/photo anything now.
I'm back after days and still no new stuff? I have to write what I didn't last time then.
As almost every time, I read your post and nodded. I know that very very well. My figures were always the worst, ellipse for head, ribcage, whatnot - and in the end, I had to make the head at least 2 times bigger. Every time. Human proportions are tricky.
About your study (Tell me if just stating flaws are useless, I usually am able to do just that): Not bad but there are a few not so tiny flaws. You noticed some of these. The angle is different, I don't feel the head is tilted, it's like we see it from a bit higher place than in the reference... But the angled "eyes line" (I wish I could explain better, well it's the line both the eyes are on) gives a skewed feel now that the angle is different. The mouth is too small, the corners barely reach farther then the wings of the nose, it's never the case in reality I think (except flat wide noses of other races).
I'ts tricky, I guess you just should keep doing them and they becomes unavoidably better. I will shout if I see a repeated flaw or have anything else that seems useful.
shiNIN: Thanks girl! Oh yeah I fell into some kind of Diablo coma. Very serious. It's hard to come back and post something after you've been away for a while. After that it feels like everything you do is so crappy that you can't post such a crappy crap in here. So I need to get back to posting regularly again. Thanks for the crits! I really appreciate it since even though it's sometimes hard to see one's own mistakes.
Well here's just some screenshot study just for the sake of posting something.
It doesn't look like Johnny Depp. -_-
It's hard to come back and post something after you've been away for a while.
I know. I'm back after a few days and I'm tired and lazy and "how the hell did I draw anything before?"... *sigh*
And I come here spamming your SB instead of drawing.
it's sometimes hard to see one's own mistakes.
You finally said something I can't relate... If I look, I see and it hits me hard. This skill is only turned off while I'm drawing without looking what am I doing. It's amazingly easy to do.
It doesn't look like Johnny Depp. -_-
Not totally but the eyes and something in the whole face tells me it's plausible he was in your ref. Similarity is damn hard, I experience it all the time.
The cigarette looks weird, floating. The skin seems oily or wet, I wonder what your ref was like. Nothing else I can mention due to the sketchyness level and my critic skills. Not a bad start, would I say if you wished to continue this.