Great sketchbook post I see a lot of stuff in there I want to emulate. I need to overcome my shyness and draw from observation!!
@Eternal Apprentice There's a lot of good subject matters to use out there. I'm kind of lucky because i live near a zoo.
So after watching CTRL-Paint vids on his site i learned quite a bit. because i thought he put everything on his youtube channel. Apparently you can change the opacity on your eraser?? I was unaware of this, i also had no idea what flow actually did. Anyhow after a few hours of Feng Zhu, CTRL-Paint and Zhang Lu, i made quite a few changes to my digital setup. Here's a quick study on photoshop.
Will upload some junk tomorrow, probably going to be up late doing lots of digital practices.
Hey it seems a little too soft, personally i almost never even touch my brush hardness (but thats just preference) and ill just lower the flow to about 30% and that gives me enough gradient to color pick, try it out. also whats your process?
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Love those studies from the zoo - makes me want to take a trip myself to see some animals in motion, pity it is so damn expensive!!
I love your pose drawings, they're really fluid and dynamic - and I think you have a great attitude to your art and progress too.
Keep working on the shading studies, I feel like that neck/face one shows good progress though I don't know if you need even more variance in your greys, particularly in the throat area where at a first glance it looks a bit limited. On closer inspection I could be wrong but still...XD keep going! You'll get there!
Yeah i'm not sure what to do, i painted it in a style similar to how Zhang Lu does it using the soft brush almost all the way through. I probably just need to use darker values here and there with small areas where i use a hard brush. Otherwise the whole drawing kind of goes out of focus. I need to watch the video again so i understand it better.
Darker it is.
If i can't make it to the zoo i try to quick sketch animals i find in the yard. The old owners planted three fruit trees in the backyard, so it attracts a lot of birds and bugs. Then you have all the neighborhood cats that wander around here.
I'm still trying to figure out how to shade the neck muscle, i know where it is and how it functions. I just don't know how it gets effected by light hitting it.
These are from today, i didn't do a whole lot of studies. Just wanted to really spill my imagination vomit onto some paper. The helmet is a digital photo study
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Alot of new work since I last checked, the digital stuff has improved alot.
Keep up the good work.
Hi Ixallus, you've got a lot of good work going on here. It does seem a little bit haphazard though, so my one bit of advice to you would be to really stop and think about what you know and don't know. Make a list of things you do know, like the anatomy of heads, or value scales. Do you know how values really work? Have you done some scales? Loomis has a bit on values in his book Creative Illustration, that would be an excellent place to start.
Don't just copy drawings from Bridgman and Loomis and all those other books, really break it down and try and see if you can categorize what they're trying to teach you. For example, Bridgman is teaching you anatomy but he's also teaching you simple lighting of forms. He's teaching you rhythm and movement in the body. He's teaching you about balance and offsetting, not just in the body but in his lines, when he puts curves next to straights. So the next time you draw a figure from your head, don't just ask yourself if you've got the anatomy right: is the figure balanced? If it's an active pose, is there the same kind of movement Bridgman puts in his drawings?
When you've determined what you do know, then you can begin to figure out what else you need to find out about in order to really start getting better.
For example, you said you need to figure out how to light neck muscles. Really, a neck is just a cylinder with a bit more undulations in it. Figure out how a cylinder looks like under lighting. If you can't light basic shapes in your head without reference, you need to study that. Work backwards from what you need to get to the basics that are the foundational rock on which you can build the rest of your art on.
Another example: you said that you're following Zhang Lu's video, that's great. But do you know why he uses soft edges? You'll need to study more about lighting and forms to understand that his use of soft edges is strategic and follows light logic. Edges become soft or gradate when the forms turn away from the light, for example, and that's just one instance. So really think about soft edges -- observe it in what you see around you. Where do you find soft edges on a sphere?
Anyway, sorry if that came out too long I think it's great that you're looking up all this information and really studying, but I think you'll have an easier time studying and improving if you try and break things down into the utter basics.
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Love the imagination vomit - you have some very interesting ideas floating around in your head
When you feel that you are stuck or when you just do not know
what to do, you just think about Loomis and Bridgeman. I do
remember Bridgeman all the time. Back in the days, we were
together in a winter camp up in the Himalayas. He was sitting
by the fire, sipping whiskey and drinking beer, with one of his
wooden legs in the corner. We misplaced his leg for a fire wood.
All that I want to say is that no matter what happens, you just
remember the bloke and you will get more inspired. Fresh and
new ideas will hit your mind just as ketchup and mayonnaise hits
a beef burger. Nice and clean, swift and stiff, you are stepping
forward, doing great achievements, with every piece you paint,
with every piece you draw, you get better. I am truly amazed
by your progress.
Hey Ixallus, your doing pretty good. If your not already, I suggest attending a life drawing session. It really helps to see the human form in real life and it's a good way to apply what you learn from reading books like Loomis, Bridgman etc. It says your in palo alto, which is pretty close to where I am, I've attended a few sessions at the palo alto art center and it's really fun. I hope you keep practicing.
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