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April 22nd, 2011 #1
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April 23rd, 2011 #4
I say it's a nice start. I happen to love dragons and I like how you draw them- but there's no harm in building up your knowledge of real lizards to help strengthen your understanding of dragons (You might get inspired to create all sorts of new types of dragons too.)
Also, I have to say I really like how much attention you're paying to your anatomy studies here, they look like polished off peices of work in their own right.
So, so, I hope you keep on posting- keep up the good work, mate.
April 24th, 2011 #5
wow, your dragons are sooo alive, I really like them. And I'm ipressed by your anatomy studies: they are great!
April 24th, 2011 #6
oo...you bring my dragons to shame! they r so good yours, how long did each of them take ?
April 24th, 2011 #7
Reminds me to start drawing more dragons or any lizard like creature. I am not a big fan of dragons now that they are over-used in the fantasy genre.
Very nice texture work on your dragons. Good form and rhythm too.
Twinkle, twinkle little star
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April 24th, 2011 #8
Providenc, I'm a slow worker so probably a lot longer than they should. Maybe about an hour on average for the sketchier ones and about three hours for the more finished ones.
Vay, I hear you about the saturation of dragons in fantasy. Guess I've just been working on my own type for so long I cant let it go or see it as part of the rest of the genre. Heh, love is blind and all that.
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April 25th, 2011 #10
your anatomy studies is simply gorgeous! I wish I have your patience and diligence!
April 25th, 2011 #11
Thanks Kat. Though, I actually admire your ability to produce technically believable anatomy studies quickly and in just a few lines. To me, thats a much greater skill.
A few more anatomy sketches then hopefully on to some other work later on. First three are observations from source books. Last three are from imagination.
Again, all C&C welcome and thanks for looking/commenting.
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May 1st, 2011 #16
I really like your anatomy studies, especially a women's figure in post # 14. And I simply like the very last tree!!!
May 1st, 2011 #17
the dragons are awesome!!
May 1st, 2011 #18
Hey nice anatomy drawings you posted! Reminds me I should work on that too
Quite good comic characters you are working on too! that anatomy studies will make them look even better and help you when they have to move around!
May 2nd, 2011 #19
Thanks all for the encouragement and positive feedback. It pleases me endlessly that you like my beasties.
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May 10th, 2011 #22
I like your latest posts =) Especially the eagle: it's sooo alive!
May 10th, 2011 #23
Thanks, Kat! I used to love drawing eagles and other birds of prey but fell out of it in recent years, so it's good to hear I can still get them to look vaguely believable.
Ech, havent done much sketching lately. Been getting bogged down with digital attempts - a total pain in the arse because it makes me feel like a useless beginner with no talent or skill whatsoever. Humpf! Got to keep grafting it though or I'll never learn.
Will try to update this thread soon.
May 12th, 2011 #24
Study from source book in pencil. Lost patience with this and ran out of time so it's a bit scruffy and a lot of mistakes in it.
First ever attempt at digital painting. Had no idea what I was doing so just painted greys and black on top of a scanned sketch.
Got some fantastic advice from cool folks in the critique centre and had a go at a banana. Used a few different sizes of round brush and tried to blend the colours together. Not sure if it worked, and the under drawing is terrible but it was a good experience.
Any tips/suggestions/feedback on it would be very much appreciated.
May 12th, 2011 #25
Wow, you're working really diligently Good start!
I love dragons even if I rarely draw them (they're hard)...
It seems you tend to draw knees from front a bit too thin. You studied the bones there, it's a massive part of the body
Blending... I just use my hard round brushes and play with them for a while, 33% opacity is enough for my sketches I use the eyedropper tool like crazy, I use one of my tablet buttons for it Experiment a bit and you will find your way I guess, just forget about soft brushes unless you need some perfect smoothness for some fluffy stuff, for example... Well it seems you already know that I usually use a pressure sensitive opacity hard brush for a smooth look. But I'm still a beginner and we are different, that's why life is so interesting
May 14th, 2011 #26
Thanks Shinin! Thats a good point about knees. I hadnt noticed until you pointed it out so I'll definitely work on that in future.
And thanks for sharing your blending methods. I've not used the dropper tool yet, wanted to get a feel for blending with the pen the same way I would with a real brush first, but will definitely be trying it out soon.
May 29th, 2011 #27
Oh man, I havent been in here for so long... Been away for a bit then sick with the flu so no time or energy for art.
Still, managed to get some bits and pieces done over the last couple of days. Hopefully will have more updates to add soon.
Some hand studies first, from source book. I'm still really struggling with them. Think I need to do a lot more of these...
Very rough layout sketch for a webcomic panel. I've been mucking about in photoshop with colouring on it but couldnt get the next stage file size down small enough to display here, even after merging the layers and reducing it to a fraction of its former size...
Will keep trying and hopefully get it up soon because I'd love to hear what you guys think and if anyone has any tips on digital inking, I'd be very appreciative.
May 31st, 2011 #28
Oh man, I'm totally useless at this digital malarkey. Not only am I struggling to learn all the tools and goodies and how to apply them believably, I also have no idea what I'm doing with the image sizes, layers, file types, previews etc...
Eh, the joys. But, no pain no gain as they say. I'll figure this thing out eventually.
And I just figured out how to merge layers and change the image to a smaller jpeg so I can post it here without blasting my browser to bits.
Would love to hear if you guys think it's heading in the right direction and I'll hopefully have an update of the next stage to post soon.
P.S. Apologies for rabbiting on. Just needed a bit of a rant I guess.
June 4th, 2011 #29
Not much anatomy progress to report. Actually, not much of anything to report. Life keeps getting in the way right now and time just slips away...
Just a couple of very quick sketches - hands and legs. Going to need to do more detailed bone and muscle studies I think, because I'm just drawing what I'm seeing without any real understanding of whats going on underneath, and it shows in the legs sketch.
Any and all C&C welcome as always.
June 6th, 2011 #30
Okay, back to the bare bones for a bit, apart from the first one. That was plundered from the posemaniacs site. Not a 30 second attempt - I'm too used to taking my time and feeling my way through a picture than banging out a few lines fast and furious. Probably need a lot more practice before I'm ready for that kind of thing anyway.
As always, any/all comments welcome.
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