Hi, welcome to my sketchbook post. Any advice pertaining my work is greatly appreciated.
Newer pictures are posted on later posts as usual, but not necessarily when the works are created, because I tend to post some stuff from the past. The work creation date is after the description of the number in respect to the image. So head on to later pages to see later works.
The pictures that were originally in this post have been moved to page 2 as of 4/28/2011.
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Last edited by Vay; October 19th, 2012 at 11:13 PM.
amazing stuff , love sketch number 4 ... keep it up
I think you're pretty good with proportions already. i think you're pencil shading can't keep upt with that. try to follow the form a bit more instead of using your fingers to smudge (and hide) "mistakes".
hope this doesn't come along to harsh. just wanna give u some input
Also, I uploaded two more:
8.I. Inspired by music and my novel-in-progress. As you can see, some of the type design got left out because my scanner is not big enough. 4/8/11
9.I. Inspired by my novel-in-progress. circa 8/23/10
Last edited by Vay; April 10th, 2011 at 08:02 AM.
Feng Zhu from FZDschool talks about inspiration, but inspiration is not limited to just the things he says:
Something he says that I totally agree on is that novels or stories can be great sources of inspiration. When you read novels, you have to create the scenery and the people yourself, since there are no pictures to guide you through.
This is a sample music by audio machine (very good and inspirational music):
These are by Two Steps From Hell:
This one inspired my very first picture:
You can search for more of these music on youtube.
The inspirations are for coming up with a gesture, and the rest is the anatomy you know. When I draw figure, I break down the figures to the bones; I draw sticks to represent bones, then I draw ambiguous geometric shapes around the stick until they look like a body part. The fact that I am not experienced at rendering and shading probably lies in the fact I don't draw a lot from real life.
Last edited by Vay; April 13th, 2011 at 12:48 AM.
You've got some pretty cool sketches here, Vay! I agree with the previous comment on shading - I think your sketches would look better with a wider range of tonal values. Other than that, great work =]
My Sketchbook - Advice would be very much appreciated! =]
10.I. Inspired by music. 4/10/2011
13.I. Inspired by music. 4/10/2011
Is my shading better, am I heading in the right direction?
These observation sketches are 4x6, it is from a small sketchbook I travel with. I will sketch things around my neighborhood or a bit further beyond of it into this sketchbook. I live in New York, New York city on the Lower East Side of Manhattan Island:
11.O. From observation. Barbed wire, barbed wire post. 4x6 4/9/2011
12.O. From observation. Car, pigeon, plant. 4x6 4/9/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 10th, 2011 at 11:16 PM.
Two things I did in high school.
13.O. Shoes I drew for fun in high school. Circa 12/1/2009
14.O/I. A glass cup from observation with imaginary ash tray and cigarette with fume. I drew this around the same time for required art course in high school as the shoes above. Circa 12/1/2009
P.S. I decided it is not wise to put up all my sketches on one reply, as my own post will drown in the oceans of sketchbooks here if I don't impose on myself a limit on the sketches per reply.
Last edited by Vay; April 12th, 2011 at 12:22 AM.
16. I. Concept sketch of knights, which is inspired by the same story I am writing that has inspired my other sketches. 4/13/2011
17.O. Another glass drawing I did in High school. circa 12/1/2009
Last edited by Vay; April 14th, 2011 at 09:47 PM.
18. I. Learning to use charcoal. On rough paper. 4/13/2011
19. I. Inspired by music and knights. Attempting to improve rendering. 4/14/2011
20. Inspired by music. Quick sketch in 5.5" by 8.5" sketchbook. 4/14/2011
If any are wondering what music I listen to, I listen to Two steps From Hell and Audio Machine. You can listen for free on youtube.
Last edited by Vay; April 14th, 2011 at 04:59 AM.
Your observational studies are surprisingly great, especially that glass holy shit.
The graphite pictures are not detailed because the pencils were very blunt, but they look a lot better in real life. Good thing I brought my Pilotpen Hi-Tec-C Cavalier on my walk.
21-25. O. I went around Chinatown and did random sketches in a 4x6 sketchbook. 4/14/2011
26. O. This "5-minute burn" is of my messy room, this is on newsprint and it is harder to achieve darker values with my hard pencil. However, it looks darker on the paper in real life. 4/13/2011
Plus, look forward to a drawing of another knight :p
Last edited by Vay; April 15th, 2011 at 12:23 PM.
moar more more \o/
Never Attempt the Possible;attempt the impossible and even if you fail,you'll fall among the stars.
27. I. Inspired by music. 4/14/2011
Sorry for the yellowish images here. My sister's camera's white balance is broken and I cannot use a scanner because the pictures are too big.
28. O. Life drawing of fake skeleton. 2/1/2011
29. O. Life drawing of statue head. 4/12/2011
30. I. Logo design for school (before coloring). 4/13/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 25th, 2011 at 08:07 AM.
31. I/O. Horse study. The muscles I drew are imaginary, I used Ellenberger's book to describe where the horse's muscles will be from a photo reference. 4/15/2011
32. I. Inspired by music. c. 2/15/2011
33. O. Horse study. Drew this skeleton from Ellenberger's animal anatomy book. 4/14/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 15th, 2011 at 10:09 PM.
I have been doing private work, so I missed uploading for 2 days or so. Plus, I scanning so many pictures and editing the size in paint takes so long :p.
34. Oriental lion statute I sketched near a Chinese monastery. 4/17/2011
35. Facade of a police headquarter near Little Italy (New York City). 4/17/2011
36. Lion statute at the front of the police headquarter near Little Italy. 4/17/2011
37. Couldn't scan this big paper. Experimenting with cheap paint. The paint really sucks, the brand is Reeves. Every time the paint dries, the colors condense on the edges forming hard edges. It required a lot of reworking. Lesson learned: buy better paint. 4/17/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 18th, 2011 at 03:42 AM.
Please critique or something or else there will be too much pictures on one page ;_;
38-43. O. The first picture contains a horse from google. The others are photo studies I did from characterdesigns.com. 4/18-19/2011
43. I. This is a mech design that I randomly started sketching it without any thought. 4/19/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 19th, 2011 at 02:17 AM.
Pen drawings are nice, i guess pencill ones should be as well but you need to put more values into them. work on anatomy with reference there are some mistakes here and there, anatomy can't be guessed it has to be worked and analysed. A good thing is to practice what you've learnt with a study on a drawing from imagination to check if you've learned what you intended to improve.
Keep up the good work and progress will come.
Thanks everyone for the critiques. I will do more value and anatomy studies. Here is another of my poor attempt at value hatching:
44. I. Randomly started sketching without much thought on form. This is mainly to experiment with value. 4/19/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 19th, 2011 at 05:07 PM.
45. I. This is from imagination. A random character design. (Forgot to draw the insigna on her right chest). 4/20/2011
46. O.This is another photo study from characterdesigns.com. I drew this very very lightly to allow for more slight value changes. 4/19/2011
Last edited by Vay; April 20th, 2011 at 01:03 AM.
Thanks for the reply. It is really hard for me to know when am I failing.
47. I. Practicing figures in perspective. 4/20/2011
48. I. Random submarines in perspective. 4/21/2011
When I saw you comment about about difficulty shading I was actually going to suggest maybe switching to something like pen but now I see you are using pen more.
Personally, I always find myself timid in laying down pencil very thickly because I am afraid of smudging it (I tend to work all over the place) As long as I give it a couple of minutes to dry, not so much a problem with inks. I also just love the look of hatching.
In any case, very nice stuff. You do a really great job with armor.
"This is a paint and pixel-splattered furnace that forges the swords of artistic mastery. This is a place where swarthy and belligerent dwarves drink turpentine mead, berate their apprentices and slap the trade into their skulls. It's where the anvils are made of graphite, the hammers are as true as rectangular marquee selections and the fires burn with the light of a thousand lensflares." --Jason Rainville
Nice pencils. Seem to know what your doing. Give us more.