Viel - thanks! Hope the line studies-things work out well for you. XD I think they're helping me too, soo..
cloud - by direct-color, you mean not-starting-in-value-and-adding-color-on-it-but-working-in-color-from-the-get-go? o: Cuz I'd say I actually work that way most the time. The most recent study was an exception. ..You saying "so many possibilities" makes me want to experiment more with direct-color, though. <3 Thanks for the comment!
Hello, it's been a while. :P oops. I had finals at school so I took some time to study, and have been mostly doing Loomis excerises and perspective study since.. nothing that exciting to post.
Instead, have some Reynold studies and a portrait from imagination!
I have mixed feelings about the portrait -- while I was working on it I was like this is the greatest thing I've ever drawn oh my god but now I just see mistake, mistake, mistake. So the typical routine, I guess! What I DO like about it is that I stayed up until 3am to finish it.. which hasn't happened for a while. I think I need to allow myself some more creative art. Fostering that and remember why I want to do art in the first place is just as important as learning the technical craft..
by the way, I'll post the portrait's steps tomorrow. There were some pretty major changes along the way, so that might be interesting to look at if you like walkthroughs..
Damn, I love your SB! All of the variety - environments, portraits, Bridgman studies, and perspective training. My eyes went absolutely googly and I love how you did those stairs (the ones with the yellowish lighting, looking upwards). Every time I click a page, your studies are getting tighter and tighter and your values are improving so much.
@Star; Thank you! I think the range of topics "art" includes is one of the reasons why it's so much fun~
It's finally springgg (somehow)!! Figure drawing is starting up again~! Although I've realized, my *ahem* TAD class overlaps with a lot of figure drawing times, so I might not be able to go as much.
But I'm taking Linear Perspective at TAD~!!
Life is good!
So art today--
A portrait from imagination.. I lost control of the colors/saturation and scrapped it.. I seem to have a problem with over-saturating things. Whoops.
And animey doodle, just experimenting with technique..
Annd master studies! :D been doing lots of these, and am loving doing them. Learning so much~!
Plus, steps from the earlier portrait.
Thank you for the wonderful advice. You have the same feeling about the figure drawings I have (mine may be even worse :-) ); but hey, there is little better than improving!
Live your studies, especially the ones that don't look quite like the original, but have exactly the same feeling - perfectly captured, e.g. Leighton. I know nothing about TAD, but hope you are enjoying it!
Dennis -- thank you! We have all of history as a resource. Might as well use it, right?
Jansi -- Yeah, my goal with the master studies was/is not an exercise in exact copying per se, but to analyze the decisions they made with portraiture and to understand why and how they drew the way they did. Glad some of that came across. Thanks for commenting!
A Jules Bastien-Lepage study, that is just.. never.. finished.
Annd some gestures. I was trying to focus on a sense of motion, cuz my gestures are always so damn still, but got sidetracked by delicious, delicious form for a few of them.
Some clothing studies to start, and some figure drawings/paintings next. I just did one spontaneously and really enjoyed it, so I did a couple more. The idea was to focus on the larger masses, after the advice to never break a plane if it could be avoided (I think that was Robert Hale?). I was also thinking about Robert Henri's "never use a highlight unless you absolutely must; avoid half-tones as well." Amazing how using less highlights and keeping the form as simple as possible makes it so much stronger...
These were about 20-30min each.
one thing i notice about your faces is that there seems to be a lack of definition in the planes, especially the area of the "muzzle" (the area around the mouth from the nose to the chin) and the lips themselves. most times, the top lip is the same color from one end to the other; that flattens out the face. it's only slight changes, very subtle things, but keeping the light consistent in the way it falls over these planes will help round out the face.
like i said, keep up the great, hard work. you're an inspiration and a kick in the pants.
Murderotic - thanks! I've been realizing the value of economy lately. Purb - That's a great crit, thank you! ..Looking at my previous work, I can see where you're coming from.. partly, I've consciously done that a bit because of "importance" (like look at Gilbert Stuart's portraits)...but I'm clearly not Gilbert Stuart yet. I'll try harder to clarify the muzzle planes. Thanks again!!
I've been doing a lot of traditional stuff lately, whichhh I'll try to scan in sometime soon. For the meantime, have some figures from photo reference!
Gestures were about 2-5min.
The cube is something we made at TAD, for drawing reference.. probably the best craftsmanship I've ever demonstrated, I worked really hard on some of the designs, and I was pretty proud when I figured out how to put a triangle in a hexagon in a circle.. and then my teacher didn't see it cuz I used the wrong file format... so I'm posting it here out of sadness. ;__; Maybe then I will feel complete.
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Expresso maker study (perspective practice), charcoal stuff (just playing with mark-making--tons of fun though. scanned crappily, but you get the idea), annnd some sketches from a comic project I'm fooling around with. Oh no, is my anime showing?
Been a while, huh?
My computer broke and it took nearly a month to replace it. Luckily I already knew what comp I wanted. Unfortunately my old computer took all of its files with it, and I never backed up. So there goes... everything. Back up your stuff, people!
I've been doing lots of traditional work these past few weeks, so here are a few scanned selections.
Some cube practice for Perspective class using a little worksheet I made--
And some figures done in nupastels, about 20 minutes. It was my first time using nupastels and I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to do more!
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Great work JesseM! It’s wonderful to see the variety of the studies.
The body sketches and paintings are very nice and you’re also good at skin tones.
I’ve looked through the whole sb and it inspires me, thanks!
Keep up the good work!
Greenhouse - the entire thing? o//o You have MY thanks, then. Keep working hard!
Konm -- Thanks for the sympathy! It's great to be back.
So I will spare you summarizing how awful my day was, but the good news is that I now automatically start a self-portrait when I'm feeling unsure, anxious and/or am in pain.
I really recommend this habit! Not only is it a great way to get yourself to practice even when you're feeling down, but it helps you calm down and you [quite literately] get a good look at yourself and can think about where you want to be.
Anyway, for this one, the spotlight (I wanted some good shadows) and computer monitor were too bright for my tired eyes, so I said screw it, WHY NOT, and put on sunglasses. It was pretty strange to be seeing the reflection of photoshop on my sunglasses in the mirror through the shades... I'm really happy with the end result, so victory!
Hey! i just came by here to see how much you've improved from the last time i saw your stuff a few months ago ( just realized i didn't comment on your SB so you probably didn't know i was here... but i was... lol) and it's looking really good
you should be proud of yourself!
I only recommend that you do more studies directly in color (whic hyou actually already have been doing), because it's helping me a lot but i know i'm not great with colors so as more evidence: I heard Algenpfleger say that there is no point in doing studies in Black and White on one of his livestreams (that are old now) and while i don't totally agree with that Algen is an undeniable color god (and general art god) so i think it's pretty good advice
also Linda Bergkvist, who is a color goddess, only worked in B&W once (that i know of) and she instantly regretted it
Anyway just wanted to share the info with a fellow...art... learning... person... haha
Duck--hmm..interesting you'd ask that. I wasn't really thinking about it when I worked on them. I think if you just get the proportions right, the likeness will come. You know? Because if everything is placed and colored correctly, it's gotta look like the subject. I've struggled a lot with getting likeness in the past (well, still do!), but I've found that focusing on it doesn't really help. It's a side effect of a good drawing, I guess, is my stance now. //really wimpy answer Jaik--haha, thanks! I love painting skin tones... maybe to the fault, because they always distract me from what focus of the drawing. But those complements of cool and warm... Caleb--Wah, thanks for visiting my sb, twice! o.o And thanks for the tip on color studies! I've gotten that recommendation before too, but didn't really follow through. Guess I have to now, though, if Algen and Linda Bergkvist (one of my idols) says it's the way to go! Thanks again for sharing the advice!
More figures in nupastel (still getting used to the medium), some foot studies that I did in reverse order (start with anatomy studies, then form studies, then from photos/life!) but I'm still feeling better about feet so okay, and some 1-2min sequential gestures of Eito Yasutoko's Twister. I always forget how much fun this kind of practice is. Gotta do more of it!
Though, the landing was a bitch to draw. I never established a ground, and it gets kind of unclear what he's doing. The camera angle was bad enough (above him facing his back) so you can't really see what's happening, either.. guh.
Last edited by JesseM; March 24th, 2012 at 12:24 PM.
Hello! Thanks for the comment in my SB! I wish i could go to figure drawing more often, but the only place for it around here is $15 a week and I have no source of income. Guess I'll just draw from lovecastle more :/
Really nice studies and paintings and everything! I like the nupastel drawings, that was one of my favorite mediums when I was building my life drawing portfolio.
Well uh, good luck, keep it up